Today I’m answering questions from you about me or the blog or any projects. I’ll do this periodically, if y’all are interested, so let me know if you have questions for me.
How did I start blogging?
Since we moved into our home in 2003, I have been doing all sorts of DIY projects to improve it. After all, when we moved in, almost every room was painted banana yellow, and the guest bathroom ceiling was on the floor after a valve leaked upstairs. Several friends suggested that I start writing about my DIY adventures. After much encouragement and prodding from friends and family, I started Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza in January of 2012.
I started the blog to talk about those home projects, but I thought I’d also write about other things, like recipes, organization, family, etc. Later in 2012 – after I posted my daughter’s green room makeover and got such positive feedback about it – I realized that DIY and home decor was what I really wanted to focus on; it’s what I’m really passionate about.
Since then, the focus of the blog has been on DIY, home decor, and a little gardening thrown in for good measure.
My first real DIY post was about the basement, which is the kids’ playroom.
I am still amazed at how much I’ve learned since I started blogging. I’ve learned how to take better pictures, to include pictures in my post (my early posts are WAY wordy and have almost no photos), to write tutorials, and so much more. It’s been a fun and amazing journey so far, and I hope I’m just getting started.
As long as I’ve known you, you’ve been a zealous save-the-Earth kind of girl, and that is reflected in much of the upcycling you do on the blog. What started you down this path, when did you first move from recycling to upcycling? What was your first upcycling project?
I think my mom was the first influence on my path, because she taught me about using old furniture or pieces in a new way and to appreciate old “stuff.” She furnished my first apartment almost exclusively with yard sale or outlet store finds, and I loved it. It all worked.
I think my first upcycling project was one of those garage sale finds. Mom had found this chrome and wood storage tower at a garage sale for peanuts. It was way ugly, very 70s or maybe even 60s, and missing shelves. I added glass shelves and styled it in a way that made it look more modern, recreating it into a media center. I wish I had pictures of it (sorry! It was 1996 – I didn’t even have a cell phone!) – it started out so ugly, but became a useful and nice addition to my apartment.
I remember my first DIY fail, too – I still think about it today. Mom had gotten an apothecary-type chest at a yard sale, and it was not in good shape. It was painted red, but the paint was peeling and looked awful. I decided to paint it teal, which sounds good, right? The problem is that I didn’t yet understand about sanding and priming and all that yet, so I just kind of wiped it down and then painted over it with latex paint.
It was awful. The paint peeled and chipped in no time. I was so sad. I didn’t know how to fix it at the time, so I ended up donating it to Goodwill. I still regret that. If I knew then what I know now, that chest would be in my entry way still today. Grrrr.
So, that’s the Tuesday Talk for today! Remember: if you have questions about me, the blog, design, organization, etc., let me know! I’d love to answer them here.