Monday, June 23, 2014

Keeping the blog tour going . . .


Recently I was invited by Kelly of The Essence of Home to participate in a Blog Tour.


I have to tell you that I was extremely flattered to be noticed by Kelly because she has a beautiful home, great style and I am a big admirer.


Kelly's home, which is featured in the recent Romantic Country magazine, has a much different color palette than my primary color scheme, but I get lots of inspiration each time I visit.


Now, on to the tour and 4 questions to answer -


#1 What are you working on right now?


I signed up for the Mad Tea Party at A Fanciful Twist so I am working on plans for a garden party at my house on June 30.


I also signed up for Where Bloggers Create at My Desert Cottage


which calls for cleaning, re-organizing and playing in my creative space.


I am photographing a friend's amazing beach house


and another friend's home filled with wonderful vintage finds for blog posts.


#2 How does my work differ from others?


I guess the difference is that my blog does not fit into any specific category.


The tagline of my blog header is "life in a little cottage by the sea" - one day a post might be about my garden,


another day it will be about table settings,


and frequently it will be about my love of primary colors.


#3 Why do I write/create what I do?


I am hyper active and always have to be working on something - I see blogging as a way to give that hyperactivity focus.


In order to have something to blog about, I have to be painting, rearranging furniture, setting a pretty table . . .


#4 How does your writing/creative process work?


Spontaneous combustion . . .

 I write about what's happening at our little cottage that day - new dishes, a soup tureen picked up at a garage sale, something I just made, a walk along the beach . . .  very little planning.


And, now to continue on the Blog Tour,  2 more bloggers on the tour will be posting about their blogs next Monday.


 Jeanette of Creating A Life.

Jeanette has always had a passion for thrift shopping, decorating, DIY and making pretty things for her home.  She began blogging in the fall of 2012 while on a journey to begin a new life with her children after a traumatic divorce.  Her blog focuses on creating a beautiful, cozy and personal home with very little money by re-inventing, up-cycling and re-purposing items you already have.  She loves showing you how to see what you have through new eyes, while acknowledging God's grace to her family in the process!


Ricki Jill of Art @ Home.

Ricki Jill is an artist and stay-at-home mom who loves to cook and decorate.  She treats her home as her canvas.  She enjoys reading and hosts a weekly link party, "Literary Friday".


Be sure to check out both blogs next week, you won't be disappointed.

50 comments:

Susie said...

I love visiting your blog. You do post many things that others do not. I like your walks along the beach, the things you find there. The things you create are interesting. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

podso said...

I really enjoyed this post and a look at some new blogs. Your plans in the works sound very interesting. I also keep moving (notice I refrained from the word hyperactive) and wonder if that's not the way many bloggers are.

Poppy said...

Whenever I visit you, I feel refreshed! I don't know if its our love of primaries, the fact that you live on the beach, where the sound of waves splashing against the shore brings to mind sudsy splendour, or all your pretty projects, which inspire me to get moving and colour my world!

Poppy

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

There is always lot's of goodness going on here! Your place is Blogland's wonderful world of color!

I have some new places to view because of you!

Have a great week, Carol!
withLove

Custom Comforts said...

Lovely post that allows us to get to know you better. It is always interesting to know why and how ladies blog and come up with their ideas. Sounds like you have a lot on your plate and lots of ideas swimming in your head. Look forward to seeing them in print.
Cindy

JoAnne Weisser said...

It was fun reading your answers, Carol. Your pictures are beautiful too. It sounds like you have some fun posts in the works.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Good morning Carol! I love what you do, for believe it or not, I too act on spontaneous combustion as well!!!!!!! I am a planner only in my mind as far as what my goals are, what materials I would use and the steps to get toward that goal. But I prefer (like I suspect you do), to let the journey along the way fall into place on it's own. I LOVE your home and garden and you fit into all the categories within the tour. YOU INSPIRE!

Cheryl @ The Creative Me and My McG said...

Congrats on being asked to be part of the tour...I always enjoy seeing your home and garden!

Lin from A {tiny} Cottage In The Woods said...

Spontaneous combustion. I LOVE it! :)

Lovely tour & chance to get to know you a little better.

Have a happy one!
xo,
Lin

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

I always love stopping by your blog for a visit and I love your love of primary colors!!

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

i appreciate your blog name, and addition. "art and sand" "life in a little cottage by the sea"

i appreciate that you let readers know, right from the get-go, what they will find, reading your blog.

and the "cottage" drew me in. i'm a "patsy" for anything-cottage. :-)

HEATHER GRAHAM said...

Congratulations! I love visiting your site, and know exactly why you were chosen to participate...you are so talented! I love, love, love all of the beautiful color in your spaces. It's so funny that you are hyperactive, and that your blog is an outlet for that... my husband and daughter are both extremely hyperactive. I understand what you mean - they both are in constant need of something to do. We get a lot done at our house - it can be a blessing! :) Hope you're enjoying your Monday, and not working too terribly hard. Have a great week!

Kathy said...

Carol, this is a great post. It perfectly captures you and your blog and I loved reading it. Well done!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home said...

It was fun learning a little more about you! Thanks for participating in the tour. I am off to visit the other two blogs you mentioned.

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol,
Spontaneous combustion, yeah that fits your very energetic lifestyle. You truly are a powerhouse of inspiration and I always enjoy a visit to your blog.
XO,
Vera

Junkchiccottage said...

Love this Carol and love you and all your blog posts. I love to visit and see where all that energy you have is going! It is always channeled into something great.
This was fun to read your answers to the questions.
Kris

Lorrie said...

How lovely to read more about you and your creative processes. I really enjoyed this post. You are a ball of energy and that comes through on your blog!

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

I loved reading all your answers! It's been fun to see how everyone on the tour answers the questions. It cracked me up when you said "spontaneous combustion." I'm getting to where I blog more like that too. Your home is beautiful and I love all your flowers! :)

Sarah said...

Carol, you are the perfect choice! Your blog is a happy place indeed, full of bright cheerful color, pretty gardens, charming table settings, and creative endeavors. Kudos to you for sharing such joy!

Rita C. said...

What a great blog tour post. You are busy!! Love your style - spontaneous combustion, lol. I do love your life in the little cottage by the sea, too - always a fun variety in reading and looking at your photographs. Thanks!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The tour is leading me to new blogs! What fun! And you have such a fun blog...filled with color! Enjoy your week! Hugs, Diane

camp and cottage living said...

I'm not at all surprised your were invited to join in the tour, Carol!
And I love visiting your blog to see what creative venture you are up to next.
I sure wish you could send a little of your energy my way!
I'll pop over now to see the two other tours..

Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

Spontaneous combustion- I LOVE that!! I hadn't really identified that before, but I think that's really why I enjoy visiting you so much. Your posts are so varied, and I always feel like you are welcoming us into your home and projects in a very down to earth (and beautiful!) way.
I'm *hoping* to get my space together for "Where Bloggers Create", too (wish me luck with that)I loved this post, Carol and I appreciate you including me in the tour!

Jeanette

Melanie said...

Great post with beautiful photos, as always. Like you, I usually have a lot of energy (sounds better than hyperactive, lol) and always have to be doing something. I get stir-crazy if I'm not up and about doing something, even if it's just housework!

Kelly said...

Oh my goodness! It sounds like you'll be working on some fun projects soon. I hope you will get to share the photographs of the homes you will be visiting! Sounds like you write your blog posts like me. Very spontaneous about what you're working on or doing. Thank you so much for the nice words you said about me and my blog and taking the time out of your busy life to participate in this blog tour.

20 North Ora said...

I always enjoy visiting your blog because of your diverse posts. I never know exactly what it is going to be about - but, that's what I like.

Interesting questions and really great answers.

Judy

Beth of "E." Lizard Breath Speaks said...

you are so busy. but so having fun it looks like. thanks, for sharing. i love all the colors. love those windows. what fun!! ( :

Lady Lilith said...

You have a really nice blog. Congrats on your blog hop.

Jann Olson said...

Carol, what a fun idea! I really enjoyed it. You blog the same way I do, very little planning. Just random thoughts that pop into my head. Love your blog. I love Jeanettes style and Ricki is a very talented lady. Can't believe I am not familiar with the blog 'Essence of Home'.
hugs,
Jann

My Garden Diaries said...

What an honor for you to be picked to show off your stuff lady! And your creative energy has always been something that I have admired about you! You never cease to amaze me!!!! I can't wait to see your upcoming posts! Happy Tuesday to you!!! Nicole xoxo

Cheryl @ TFD said...

I always love visiting your blog. I love your color-filled photos and each post is so interesting. Off now to see visit the others. Have a nice week!

Suzan Sweatman said...

Well you're certainly busy this summer with blogging!
I'm not surprised in the least that you were chosen with your beautiful taste.
And I can't wait to see your friends homes - the first one looks amazing!
Hugs,
Suzan

Art @ Home said...

I love your answers, and I think my answers will be similar to yours. :)

I can't wait to see the photos of your friends' cottages on future blog posts. I love being a looky-loo in other people's homes, especially beach cottages!

Thanks for including me on the tour. I'm working on my post already!

xo,
RJ

Debra Howard said...

I just popped over from Poofing the pillows and so glad I did. Loved your post and the pics from your little cottage by the sea.

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Gorgeous photos! I love the walkway in your garden. I also love all the window photos. You have great style and you are quite artistic! xoxo

cathy@my1929charmer said...

I love your little cottage by the sea! I have a little cottage by a little pond? I love your love of primary color, I just love color. I love that your always into something, I love that I'm always trying to get out of something! I love you style of writing is spontaneous combustion cause mine is too! I love that you take great photos, cause my aren't. and I love that you got asked to partake in a blog tour, I never had. I think your leading and I'll caught up someday!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Nice post, Carol! I like the variety I find when I visit your blog. I will look forward to seeing the posts about your friends' homes.

Patty Antle said...

Good job, Carol! I enjoy reading the variety of topics on your blog.

Keity said...

Thank you for sharing! Love this post, which inspires me:)

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Congratulations Carol. I love reading your post. Your so inspiring with your home, garden and tablescaping. Love all your colors and how you make them work. I wish I had some of your energy - you go girl.
Mary

Sue said...

I loved seeing the other blogs that are so inspiring. For not be organized or on spontaneous combustion, your blog flows like a river.

Bliss said...

Both you and Kelly got style!

Soiled Rotten said...

Great post Carol! Congrats on the feature!
Alison

fiona anderson said...

I'm not surprised to read that you're working on various things, your friends homes look very intriguing, and as usual, my visit here is inspiring.

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

I left a comment on your about page... enjoyed my wee visit here.

So glad you stopped at my place and left a comment so I could get to know you more here.

Lovely post...

Brenda

karen@somewhatquirky said...

You have a wonderful way with words. I'm glad to meet 2 new bloggers that I don't think I have met before!

Cathy Carroll said...

I love coming to your blog Carol. It's always so cheerful filled with all its bright, happy colors and vignettes. Your style is so much fun and just makes me smile everytime I visit. Thank you for sharing, Cathy

The Painted Garden said...

Hi Carol, I adore your blog and find it a breath of beach fresh air - your creativity and use of primary colors is endless and I look forward to each of your blog posts. I also love primary colors and seeing how you use them in your garden and home - love the way you bring the outdoors indoors with the harmony of your colors.

Looking forward to the blog tour.
Blessings, Erin

Jen Ham said...

How wonderful for you! So well deserved! xo Jen

Carla said...

I love seeing what you've been up to... Be it a new place setting or changing up some corner in or outside the cute cottage.
Keep on sharing ;o)