Special thanks to my friends Erin and Emily from Elizabeth Joans Design for inviting me to participate in the fun series, Tour Through Blogland — be sure to check out their awesome DIY Projects!!! One of my favorites is their DIY Wire Bulletin Board — Totally CUTE, right!
And now a little about me —
Shortly after getting married we bought our first house for $55,000 in Lubbock, Texas. It was 1200 square feet of projects. We brought our baby girl home to this house and have sweet pics of us with her as we came home from the hospital. That same baby girl starts middle school in one week! We sold our Lubbock house when Little B was just 10 months — Stud got a job promotion. We profited $25,000.
Feeling like big stuff, we bought a brand new two-story spec home in Fort Worth, Texas. No more projects for us. NOT. It’s in our blood. We added a bookshelf in the family room, changed all the light fixtures, did a complete kitchen remodel and painted all the bathroom cabinets…probably more that’s just off the top of my head. At this house we had our two boys (about eighteen months apart) and I homeschooled the older two for a couple years. As my baby girl was beginning third grade we both felt right about transitioning her into a public elementary school the following year. We started shopping for ‘THE BEST’ elementary school in Fort Worth, we sold our house to buy in that neighborhood.
Our 1950s rancher was one of the least expensive homes in the neighborhood, but it didn’t matter to us as long as it was within the district boundaries. We got a great price for the house considering the land value, but it was purchased from the original owners and needed to be completely gutted — with exception to the floors. Under the carpet in every single room of the house was beautiful hardwood floors that had never seen the light of day! Pouring love into our rancher was our passion for about a year, and then we transitioned to public school. My little girl started fourth grade and my little boys started first and kindergarten. The first week I cried, but my little girl reminded me over and over, that it was going to be okay, that we had prayed about it and God had made it really clear to us that this was His plan for our family. My kids did exceptional — they made friends and they thrived! Stud and I however learned quickly that ‘THE BEST’ isn’t always best. The school was set up very militant — totally against our parenting and educational convictions. By mid-semester we began prepping our home to put it on the market and as soon as Spring arrived, the For Sale By Owner sign was in the lawn. We made a HUGE profit on the house and were excited for what lied ahead.
With the proceeds from our rancher we were able to buy our dream home in a bedroom community with the sweetest schools, neighbors, and friends. Sometimes I have to pinch myself because it just seems a little over the top! Not only was the house perfect for our little family — it was so much closer to my parents house. (At the time my baby sister’s hubby was fighting brain cancer so my parents spent a lot of time in KY helping their family with their three littles). As soon as my parent’s plane would land back on Texas soil, my mom would get in her car and come to shop, unpack boxes, and share a meal with me! My new home was her total joy! We’ve now lived in this sweet dream home for about a year and I can see so clearly that God led us here at just the right time. Over the last few months, my mom suddenly passed away while helping out in KY and my baby sister’s hubby lost his fight to brain cancer. In the midst of such tragedy, my family has been supported and loved in ways you only see on Hallmark Movies. And now as we transition to a new normal, we are beginning to get back to our roots — personalizing our home. I’m thankful I have such sweet readers that share in the excitement of making things pretty with me — it helps fills the gap of my mom’s absence. And that brings me to –
Question One…What Are You Working On!?!
At each of our houses we have completed a kitchen remodel! When we went house shopping most recently, my family fell in love with our house the moment they laid eyes on the backyard. I totally understood their fascination, but the kitchen gave me nightmares! Stud promised me we would scrape off the thick texture and fix the kitchen (reasons I wanted a kitchen remodel). Over the last year, my mom and I had dreamed about my kitchen remodel. Shortly after loosing two loved ones, and hosting my sister and her three babies at my house for the first part of the summer, Stud met with several contractors and showed them my dream kitchen rough sketches. As a fun surprise to cheer me up, he signed on the line and wrote a check. Two weeks later guys came in and gutted my kitchen completely and then told us that they thought it would be too big of a job for them and they decided we needed to pay them several thousand more or they’d walk. Ugh! Stud left them outside and came into talk with me. We brainstormed and decided that we would offer them an incentive bonus if they finished in the next two weeks (we had been told they only needed ten days over and over again, but we were seriously doubting it). They were good with the new number, we were good with the project being top on their priority list, and so the project picked up again. I’m going to fill you in on all the details (with pics) this week, but for now I better stick with the questions — my answer to the first question, I’m working on the kitchen and it is total cumbersome!
Question Two…How Does My Work Differ From Others!?!
When I first started blogging, I saw other blogs and wondered if I stood out enough or if I was able to shine in the midst of such amazingly creative and talented women! It didn’t take long for me to realize there are plenty of readers for every blogger and that each of us have our own voice which makes each blog unique and special. I don’t know if that answers the question, so here’s my purpose statement — ItsOverflowing.com is a lifestyle blog by Aimee Lane. She shares Design Ideas, Home Tours, DIY Projects, Seasonal Crafts, Organization Tips, Photography Tutorials, and thinks that visits from friends (you) is what makes this blog fabulous!
Question Three…Why Do I Blog!?!
Blogging definitely takes time, but it is also very rewarding. It adds a little variety to usual mom activities, ie. wash laundry, fold laundry, put away laundry, pick up laundry, wash laundry…. It inspires me to continue creating because I have someone excited to see my new ideas and additions. And definitely the cherry on top is that as I share, I’m totally encouraged by some of the sweetest readers ever — like that time you helped me pick out my piano bench fabric!!!
Question Four…How Does Your Creative Process Work!?!
By personality, I’m a doer — it’s a blessing and a curse. Usually I have a project (or three or four) completed before I finally get around to sitting down, editing pictures, and writing about it. In other words, I follow a loose plan and give myself a lot of flexibility. I do have some routinely scheduled blog posts, every Friday I share a beautiful house tour and every Sunday I host a blogger link party. I have learned that my goal is to enjoy blogging and as soon as that gets out of perspective I step back and simplify!
And since this is a Tour Through Blogland — you should join the fun, too! Write a post on your blog, start by linking back to my blog, then answer these four questions, and when the post is live, leave a comment with the link. I can’t wait to read more about some of my favorite blogger friends!!!