These ladies are seriously talented! I am so happy to have Vanessa on the back porch today. Heather had some other commitments and wasn’t able to join us, but we’ll make do. Here’s Vanessa…
Hi there! I’m Vanessa, co-author along with my sister Heather, of the lifestyle blog At the Picket Fence and I’m so thrilled to be joining Anita On the Back Porch today! We’re two sisters, sharing one blog all while living thousands of miles apart.
While you will find a variety of crafts, recipes, party ideas, DIY projects and other inspiration on our site, the common thread among it all is our desire to reflect our hearts in everything. Anita has asked me a few questions and I hope my answers will help you get to know me a bit better and that you might even come over and meet us sometime At the Picket Fence!
Why did you start a blog?
I am super passionate about homemaking! The true, honest-to-goodness process of making a home. I absolutely love seeing an idea come to life and figuring out just how frugally I can make that happen. I’m also a writer but that passion was dormant for quite awhile as I was elbow-deep in diapers, laundry and sippie cups.
As most moms of younger children know, sometimes we just need a little outlet. A way to connect with other like-minded folks and share our ideas with one another. Blogging seemed to be the perfect way to do that and it has taken me on a completely wonderful and unexpected journey. Not only have I made life-long friends whom I absolutely adore, but I’ve also had incredible opportunities come along!
What was the most exciting thing that has happened to you because of your blog?
Besides the incredible, amazing, awesome, fabulous friendships??? Well, I would have to say that the recent opportunities I’ve had to be published in magazines has been pretty exciting (more like mind-blowing!) and honestly quite surreal! I’ve had articles published in FOLK Magazine and just this week our latest gig was announced. We are thrilled to be contributors for the Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll magazine! I’ve also been privileged to work with some fantastic companies and organizations including being apart of a campaign for LG Appliances which took me all the way to New York City for an exciting weekend at the Food Network Food and Wine Festival and got me a new dishwasher. Craziness, huh?
What is your dream gig?
My dream gig would have to be putting dirty clothes in the hamper only to find them freshly laundered and folded the next day. Oh wait…that wasn’t exactly what you had in mind with that question, was it? It’s always hard to put it out there and just declare what my dream gig would be.
BUT, if Anita is going to twist my arm I would have to say that my dream gig would be to have a book published. Being published in magazines has given me the encouragement to think that the dream might someday become reality. I also love speaking/teaching and wouldn’t mind having the opportunity to do more of that in conjunction with our blog.
What are a few things that readers would be surprised to find out about you?
I always feel tremendously boring when asked these types of questions! I don’t have any hidden talents (unless you count being able to go potty pretty much on demand…too much information?) and I’m still recovering from my failed performance in the 4th grade talent show where I got “gonged” for my lip-synced version of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”.
I think maybe readers would be surprised to know that I rock out in the car to AC/DC, dust the baseboards in my house with my socks while I’m wearing them, that I wrestle with worry, fear and insecurity and that I have a basketball trophy which claims I was the best free-throw shooter in 10th grade. There couldn’t have been very stiff competition for that one!
How would you describe your style?
I think I might be a bit of a style mutt. The architecture and design of my home lends to a very traditional feel but I like to bring in touches of French Country with a hint of English charm. That sounds a whole lot better than “mutt”, right?
What are your top 3 favorite posts?
I recently shared my daughter’s Vintage Girl’s Bedroom and that was truly one of my most favorite reveals because it had so many personal details.
Isn’t she amazing? I sure hope you’ll check out their blog. I could honestly stay there all day soaking up the fabulous DIY ideas and recipes.
Did you miss any of the interviews on the back porch? You can catch up here.
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