Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Blogging For Bliss Party

Kari over at Artsy Mama is hosting a party for the release of Tara's new book Blogging For Bliss. I picked it up as soon as I heard it was in stores. I am taking my time reading it (usually while I'm sitting in the car alone at one of my kids sporting practices). It's a great book if you haven't read it yet - so many great tips for bloggers new and old!

I started my blog 3 years ago. I wanted to connect with my website customers. When I first began selling online, I thought it was all so amazing to be able to sell to customers all over the country. But, I was missing something and it was knowing who my customers were and them getting to know me. I was so used to selling in person, either at shows or my open house sales. So this was an obvious way for me to let them know a little more about the person behind Hydrangea Home.

Through my blog I also show some of the many trash to treasure projects my husband and I have worked on over the years. Decorating a home really can be done on a budget!

I also love to share recipes. Cooking healthy is really important to me. And it's not easy when you're always on the run - but it's possible and I hope to inspire my readers with quick and simple recipes that can also involve the kids.
You can also find simple how-to projects on my blog, maybe a centerpiece project or tablescape for entertaining. My guests know I love those tablescapes!
I also post about sales and new products at Hydrangea Home.
As a stay-at-home mom of 4 (it's been 13 years now!), I feel very lucky to be able to have my home business. It's my creative outlet and something for ME! It does get very hard to find time for "my work" (especially in the summer), but I wouldn't give it up for the world. I have met so many great women through my online business and blog.

Hopefully, my blog is a place that women can come for inspiration to create something, decorate something or maybe even to start their own business or blog.
That would be my dream!


Jen R. said...

You have many wonderful things here and you are very inspiring!! Jen

Michelle (Shell) May said...

Love your store, love your blog, and now I want to have tomatoes with mozarella and basil for lunch! yum!! You always inspire me my friend.
bunny hugs,

Connie from Big Bear Lake California said...

Dawn, I have awarded you with the One Lovely Blog Award. Go to my blog and claim it and copy&paste to your blog. Connie

Ellenay Designs said...

Hi Dawn! Wonderful post-I'm so glad you have shared your life, and creative talents with us. I love your blog! Keep up the good work. I'll be picking that book up too. Thanks for sharing!

Kelley at My Island Wedding said...

You better believe that your blog rocks!!

Thanks for stopping by today..., p.s. where is your favorite L.I. destination?


Bella Dreams said...

Hi Dawn.....Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment! I appreciate it sooo much! I hate to cook, so maybe I will find some inspiration here from your recipes!

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

That is such a lovely photo of the 4 kids!

Farmgirl Paints said...

I just stumbled onto your blog and I feel the same way. I started my blog because I live in a cold climate and get really depressed in the winter. Blogging has been the best possible answer for me. I can connect, have self expression and keep busy.

I just picked up the book this weekend... sooo good.

Susie from Bienvenue said...

I need that book too....looks like a good read!

Cheri Peoples said...

I came over to become a follower. I just had to leave a post under this one because hydrangeas are one of my vary favorite flowers.