i know that a lot of you who read this blog don't really read many others or live in "blog world" (like i didn't 10 months ago when i had no clue this world existed)! first of all, to all of you, and everyone who reads this blog, can i just say thank you? it is so sweet of you to read and i so appreciate your generous support and love. secondly, i want to give a little background to introduce the project that i'll be starting this weekend.
i also must tell you that it's a good way to get more eyes on this website. after almost one year of blogging, i'm honestly overwhelmed by how many people read it on a daily basis and i'm so thankful. when i started this, i committed in my mind to do it for one year. that anniversary will arrive in january and so i've been thoughtful lately about whether i should keep going or go get a "real" job when the kids are off to school. blogging takes a lot of work and hours; i know i can't do both well. and i truly love writing here. i love being able to spill the longings in my head into a post and then not long for them quite so desperately anymore. i love getting to journal and share the transformations in our home. i love the people i have met. i'd love to keep doing it, and to try getting the word out there a little bit more.
the plan is to host this party weekly, on saturday nights. those posts will feature kyla's, grace's and my favorite projects that were linked up from the week before. hopefully it will be a way to bring you some really good, inspirational new things to read, blogs to follow, and projects to try! you have an open invitation to let me know your feedback, and we'll see how it goes.
all that said, i am very excited and passionate about the inspiration behind our theme. we chose to name our link party "found & foraged." it's a concept that is very dear to my heart and really represents where i'm at right now with design, and how i want to encourage people to look at the things around them.
our world (and our very nature) is structured in a way that makes us want more and more, and newer and newer, all the time. i don't think that is inherently evil- not at all. God made us in his image and "he is making all things new." i sometimes think about how in heaven everything will always be new, and never feel dated or off-trend or be old or unusable or discarded. it's incredible to imagine. but in this world, the constant pursuit of the new can be exhausting- to the soul and the budget. i not only want to be content with what i have, but i want to exercise the creativity God gave me to repurpose it when i'm craving something new instead of just running to the store. i'm finding such beauty in the fallen branches and garden blossoms and crumbling leaves outside that i don't really need to look much further to decorate my home.
at the same time, it is joyful to run to the store now and then. what if we were more careful with our shopping- to find deals, clearance, treasures? or more purposeful- to buy from companies making a difference? what if we spent a little extra time to hunt for a vintage piece that would bring more character than the big-box stock? our homes would feel more like ours. our money would feel more well-spent. our rooms would be pieced together over time and tell a story. those are the projects i'm excited to feature as we host found & foraged. the things loved, collected, found, reused, foraged, and built. the things that make our houses into homes. i hope so much that you'll love it and find it inspirational and that it will be a good thing for all of us.