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Thursday
Jan122012

Book Frames DIY

Today I’m bringing back a DIY from last year. That’s right, an oldie but a goodie: my vintage book frames project. I originally shared this one on the all-things-handmade blog Papernstitch but since then I have been lucky to see it featured in a few different places, including one of my favorite reads Creature Comforts. I appreciate it so much when I see my projects and pictures out in the blog world. I can only hope that people are seeing them and getting inspired to create themselves.

Yesterday I was lucky to have this project featured on Houzz where it was (and still is currently) on the homepage. I have really enjoyed collaborating with Houzz and everyone I have dealt with, including Miss Vanessa who did the fabulous write-up on my project, has been so nice and welcoming. And what a pleasure it was to see it get a little spotlight. I am excited about future collaborations with Houzz and hopefully getting to share a few more of my DIYs with that community of readers. 

The point of this post isn’t to make myself feel important and say “Hey, I’m so great because my project was on a website’s homepage.” Quite the opposite in fact. I still go through an initial shock when people share my work. I still feel like such a newbie, just the girl with a little blog and huge dreams. And even though my blog is growing, I realize I am far, far from being anything of blog-world importance.

Instead the point I want to emphasize is that this blogging world is such a community and despite being so huge, it can feel quite small, intimate, and welcoming to new bloggers. You may only have three readers but that doesn’t mean your work can’t get out there, can’t make an impact. When I started I only had three readers (thanks Mom, Elysse, & Pat) but that didn’t stop me from putting up DIYs or my work to just get it out there. People will eventually see your work and you can start collaborating and then before you know it, you’re well on your way to growing your blog’s presence. So put together some awesome content…it will lead you in all kinds of good places.

Ok, this post started one way and went in a totally different direction. It began with book frames and ended as an inspirational speech to newbie design bloggers. Random, I know. I guess I thought I might start sounding all high and mighty to you guys and that’s definitely not what I want you to think. I am so honored to be recognized by any site or blog that features my work…it is really just so cool to see it out there, anywhere. So thank you Houzz for making this new-ish blogger feel special for a day. Happy Thursday everyone!

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Reader Comments (3)

I needed to hear that today- so I am just going to keep on keeping on and hope the readers eventually come! Have a great weekend. -jeny

January 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjeny

The readers will come. It definitely takes time and hard work but you'll get there Jeny! I am constantly thinking of the future too and wanting to grow my readers and numbers but the important thing is to focus on the now and making your blog the best it can possibly be.

January 13, 2012 | Registered CommenterLauren Elise

congrats lauren. that's awesome. i was so pleased to have you share that project on papernstitch and its awesome to see it on houzz now. hope you are having a good week.
-brittni

January 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbrittni

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