Hi, I’m Toni and I’ve been on this blogging journey a little over a year. My life took a turn in 2015 when I was laid off from my corporate job and I knew I never want to work in the ratrace again. I wanted to go head down and focus on my dream of blogging; but, I kept letting things get in my way. A year ago I finally stumbled upon daily live videos by a blogger named Gina @ The Shabby Creek Cottage. She inspired me to get serious. Finding a community of like-minded creatives has been a huge bonus.
It was only my faith in Jesus (and a lot of awesome prayer warriors) that got me through the stressful time and ultimate layoff with my sanity. My biggest supporters were and continue to be my husband, Kevin, and my daughter, Whitney. I asked daily for the Lord to get me out of that stressful situation; how could I not honor His answered prayer by giving it everything I have? Over the past year I’ve created some pretty cool stuff and had some sweet successes.
I’m a California girl with four brothers and four sisters. Yep, there were nine of us and I’m the youngest. It was crazy in our house and life was far from perfect but there was always just enough food, money, clothes, and lots of love. Since money was tight and dad worked long hours mom learned how to fix just about everything that needed attention, she made most of our clothes, and made and sold crafts at Christmas time for extra money. She was an original DIYer and I’m thankful for her example and inspiration.
After two cross-county moves and a few rentals we bought our first and current home in 1998. It’s a 60 year old “eichler wanna be” in a small town in the San Francisco Bay Area. Our daughter moved out of our only other bedroom several years ago so our 1100 sq. ft. house seems just a tiny bit bigger.
We’ve done most of the work and improvements ourselves, mostly to keep costs low but we love the knowing “we did that!” Many of our earlier projects are in need of updates; mostly because I was playing it safe with my interior design choices. My tastes have changed over the years and I’m tired of playing it safe. Life would be boring if our surroundings didn’t change a little from time to time. Besides, fixing up what you have is cheaper than moving. And the big bonus is that a small home means less housework.
I hope you’ll join me on this journey. It’s going to be a lot of fun, and stress, and anxiety, and maybe even a few mistakes. But that’s ok, because we’re all imperfect beings.
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