Today, I have Wendi from H2O Bungalow hanging out and answering questions. Wendi is a blogger than I ran across thanks to Rebecca @ Love At First Book- and found myself visiting Wendi’s blog when I needed a jumpstart to my creative process. Essentially, I sit at Wendi’s blog and drool over her creative genius self!
But enough about why I like Wendi- read her Bloggers Made of AWESOME interview and become a fan of her as well (I just know you will!)
Interview with Wendi @ H2O Bungalow- Bloggers Made of AWESOME
Wendi- when did you begin blogging?
This month is my one year anniversary! I completely forgot about it until your question made me think!
How did you come up with the name H2O Bungalow?
I wanted a name that reflected my family, our life and me. I knew I’d blog about the experiences of renovating and decorating our 1950’s bungalow while learning to simplify and downsize our life. My husband and I kept tossing around names and nothing made me sit up and say ..that’s it! H2obungalow was originally our family email name. I made it up for us when we moved here and loved the name for our new adventure. I kept coming back to it because in my mind it summed up who we were and what this stage of our life is about to us. So it stuck.
What are your thoughts on blogging today in an ever-changing crafty world?
Yikes.. The online craft world moves even faster today than it did last summer. There’s a lot of talent out there and I think the information that is shared helps refine and grow even more talent. I love that information, tutorials and products have become much more available to the general public. To me, upcycling, DIY and creating items for a home are such a wonderful way of personal expression.
Is Pinterest helping the creative spirit?
I think so. I used to keep tear sheets from magazines for all of my ideas, now I just keep pin boards. They keep growing with fantastic ideas. Like my furniture inspiration board, it has over 250 pins of great furniture makeover ideas. Every now and then I pick up a piece of furniture and don’t have a clue what kind of makeover to do…After browsing through my pins I almost always come up with something fun.
When you are not blogging (or being crafty!)- what do you like to do with your time?
Good question! I really enjoy the projects I make for the blog, creating things is very relaxing to me. I cherish family time and time with my husband. We usually end up at the beach or on our sailboat. We love the water and the break allows me to come back refreshed and energized after being outside.
How do you find other blogs to read? Recommendations of other bloggers?
Being active in the blogging community constantly exposes me to blogs I haven’t read before. I’ve probably found most of my reading list being active on Google +. A few of my favorite DIY decorating blogs are Vintage Revivals, Thistlewood Farms and The Happy Housie.
How do you stay organized with your crafty supplies and projects?
HaaHaa.. Organization is the key. Because we live in a small house and space is at a premium I have to stay organized. I have an armoire in the living room and a heavy duty lateral file in my office that holds lots of art supplies. I’m overflowing lately and things are kind of all over because we’ve just started construction on a small master bath addition. We’ve never fully unpacked from when we moved in because of this addition and the other projects that we’ve done. The exciting thing is that when the addition is done I will finally unpack…after almost 2 years of living here and I’ll have new storage space!
If someone wanted to create a crafty blog, what advice would you give them?
Ultimately, I’d say you have to enjoy the journey. It’s an ever changing process. Content is king. Focus on the quality of what you post as well as your pictures. Be patient, there’s a huge learning curve and a lot of the time you’ll feel like your drinking from a fire hose. Be an active community member. You’ll meet and make wonderful friends along the way.
What is your hands-down favorite crafty creation?
My favorite crafty creation is a holiday wreath that says “Seas & Greetings”. My favorite activity is furniture makeovers.
On H2O Bungalow, what type of post gets the most traffic?
My small home posts are crazy popular. I share different tips and strategies for living in, decorating and organizing a small place. A few months ago I changed the blog tagline to “Small house, big style”. It’s all about having fabulous style in a tight space. Many people get stuck or overwhelmed at the thought of decorating a small space or getting the most functionality out of it. It’s so doable, my dining area is only 7 feet wide, but I’ve designed the space so I can still entertain. I just had 10 people for Mother’s Day brunch and there was room for everyone. It’s all about getting creative and thinking out of the box, It’s just DIY from a different perspective. in a small home.
If a fairy godmother stopped by today- what would be the 3 crafty tools you would ask the fairy godmother to give you?
That’s easy….A paintbrush, a jigsaw and a nailgun:)
Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,
T @ Traveling With T