I spent this past week in McKinney, Texas at a trunk show for the fabric line.
It was held downtown right off the historic square in the cutest quilt shop known to man called Happiness is Quilting.
There was laughter and a food truck with dinner and cookies that looked like the fabric and giveaways and slideshows and a local crew from the high school filming the event.
And mid-way through the event, someone suggested I get up and talk.
That’s how I ended up in front of a group of people, surrounded by quilts, waving my hands, wearing red lipstick and fancy earrings talking about fabric and the little blog that started it all.
The very beginning.
The very first post.
And how I ended up where I never thought or intended or even planned.
All because of a Christmas tree.
I started this blog on December 11, 2011.
I was an avid blog reader. I never missed a day. Every morning I would wake up with my coffee and run to my computer to see what bloggers had posted. I was inspired and encouraged and challenged and fascinated.
And so when we finished renovating the farm house, I wanted to share it with the world.
So I started a blog.
It was going to be super fancy like some of the blogs I read.
You’ve seen articles like that.
I was going to tell you how to layer in textures and neutrals into a space with style and distinction.
And how high your chandelier should be over your table.
And when to introduce color and pops of geometric pattern for dramatic emphasis.
Extra super knowledgeable.
And I was going to fill it with glorious pictures and never use exclamation points.
Except I couldn’t really take pictures.
I had a camera that was yellow and you threw it away after you turned it into Walgreens to get your pictures out of it.
And when I tried taking pictures with it they were blurry and lopsided definitely not blog worthy and looked like they were taken by someone adrift at sea.
And so I hired a photographer to come out to the house and take pictures.
I cleaned for days and got everything ready and straightened and fluffed and primped and karated chopped all the pillows because that was kind of a thing in 2011.
And he spent the afternoon taking pictures and sent them to me a week later.
I was in awe.
I was in love.
The pictures were incredible.
This is the picture that started it all.
The very first glimpse of the farmhouse I posted on the blog in December of 2011.
Let’s pause for a moment in the way back machine and unpack this photograph.
There’s so much that is different about this room now, but that is not EVEN the point of anything about this story except to tell you I needed to calm down with the over abundance of evergreens on the mantle.
The point is that when I first saw this picture, I fell in love. I couldn’t wait to show everyone the living room at the farm house.
And I sat down to the computer ready to post and talk super fancy and tell everyone my pearls of decorating knowledge.
And then I saw it.
Do you notice anything missing in this picture?
Here’s another glorious angle in case you missed it the first time.
Look at my WalMart Christmas tree.
Standing there with silver poinsettia and white ornaments and glitter reindeer and silver swags of beads and pine cone ornaments…..
…..and plastic WalMart feet.
Decorator heal thyself.
How in the world was I supposed to give any one advice on anything when I couldn’t follow Christmas Decorating 101 and add a skirt to cover my plastic feet?
And so I went with what I had.
I cropped my picture to look like this.
Then I introduced myself and my skirtless tree and told the world I was starting a blog and I was 100% not fancy and I was off on my blogging adventure.
And a little red lipstick. 🙂
PS Good thing I went with the whole keeping it real thing, because when I went to post pictures of my dining room, there on my hutch with all my white ware and the prettiest nativity set…..
….were my white pumpkins from Thanksgiving. 🙂
PPS If you are looking for some fun spring planting ideas, be sure and check out how I planted my herb garden over on Homes.com.