Today I have a special guest with me on the back porch. Okay, not really “with” me, but you know the drill. She’s a delightful blogger and boy did I learn a lot about her today reading her interview. Remind me not to make her mad. (You’ll know why when you read this!) Here’s Barbara from The Everyday Home.
1. Why did you start a blog?
I was in an extremely non-fulfilling job. I desperately needed a creative outlet. I was part of the HGTV Rate My Space crowd (or as much as I could withstand the meanness) and I ran across a few pictures that mentioned other sites.
I looked into them, and lo and behold – a whole new world opened up for me which I never even knew existed. I blog stalked for a few months, and then one night – when there was absolutely nothing on television – I started a blog.
2. What was the most exciting thing that has happened to you because of your blog?
I was discovered through Country Woman Magazine and they contacted me to feature my Christmas Kitchen.
It was thrilling and exciting. But, it was also strange and hard work. I only had a few days, it was the middle of July – over 100 degrees, and I was out cutting pine clippings and holly. We took pictures out on the Christmas-decorated front porch – in sweaters! *(there may have been some profuse sweating going on.)
I always wondered what the neighbors were thinking.
3. What is your dream gig or do you already have it?
For a long time, I dreamed of having my own HGTV show or a Cooking Show. I’ve appeared on both HGTV and The Food Network many years ago, (my recipe for Southern Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce via foodnetwork.com)
and recently, I made it to Level 3 of HGTV’s Design Star. Now, I enjoy being home and spending as much time with my Grandloves as I can. I would never want to do something which took me away from them. I do still dream of the Cooking Show, though, as long as it could be filmed in my own kitchen re: Ina Garten. LOL I would also love to write a cookbook. Maybe one day. 🙂
(Note: if anyone reading this has an inside to the Food Network and knows someone looking for a Grammy with a great humor and can fix a mean Shrimp ‘n Grits….call me!)
4. What are a few things that readers would be surprised to find out about you?
I was a former cop. It didn’t take me long to realize that I was not meant to wear “blue.” Also, I am very politically active, although that is a side I try to keep private. I adhere to the “don’t talk about politics, religion and the best styles of BBQ” on the blog. They would also be surprised to know that I love driving fast, I am a wine snob, I shoot a pistol at the range to de-stress, I long to live in the UK and own an Inn and Pub…and would love to invite God to dinner. For a Southern meal, of course.
5. How would you describe your style?
Wow. One of these days I keep hoping they will come up with a name for it and I will know what to tell everyone.
What do you get when you mix Farmhouse with Traditional with English Country and Charles Faudre? You get The Everyday Home. I have always said I need at least 5 homes, one for every style I love. I guess some would call it “eclectic” but I have always thought that word sounded so raw and uncertain. So, I prefer to use the term “heartfelt.” My style is “heartfelt” 🙂
6. What are your top 3 favorite posts?
#1 Favorite Post: “Autumnal Table in Blues and Rusts”
This is strangely my favorite post, not because of what I blogged about, but because of the story that is behind it.
It is a glimpse into how our family works around here.
We’re a very close-knit Southern family, and I am extremely blessed to still have my sweet Mama and Daddy with me and in reasonably good health at 80-yrs old. To this day, I still refer to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint the way my Mama did on this day.
#2 Favorite Post: My most recent 2013 Summer Home Tour – “Come to Visit, Stay for Supper!”
When I hit the publish button to post this tour, I felt like I had emptied my soul onto the pages. I had edited and wrote and rewrote all day long. But, more than that – it was the week leading up to taking the pictures that was the hardest.
I worked really hard getting some too-long-put-off projects completed, and I loved how it looked fresh and Summery.
Even The Hubbs kicked in and helped me along the way. But, also – it was the prettiest (and cleanest!!) our home had looked in a while. Looking around while I write this, I wish I lived in *that* house.
#3 Favorite Post: “My Best Christmas Tree Ever”
This post was written – what feels like a lifetime ago – on December 17, 2008. (yes, I’ve been blogging that long)
The pictures are dark and hard to see. (Boy, has my photography improved!) Both my son and daughter-in-law were stationed in Iraq for their second 15-month tour. My husband and I were blessed to keep our 3-year old grandson.
I felt so much pressure to make it the best Christmas ever, because his Mommy and Daddy would not be there. But, my business and job were stressing me out tremendously…and I found that between work and taking care of my grandson, I just did not have a lot of time to decorate for Christmas as I normally did.
One day after work, I came home and while I was making dinner – I got out craft paper and cotton balls and glue and glitter, and we sat there at the table and made our own ornaments. We printed out pictures of Mommy and Daddy and Grammy and Grandpa and the great-grandparents, and we made gingerbread men and cotton ball snowmen.
Grandpa helped him hang the ornaments up high…
And as I took these pictures, I realized that it was *the* best tree ever…and I knew that I would never forget it.
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