Every single time I look at my blog I want to squeal! It is so much more than I dreamed it could be. I wanted to let you all know about the gals who made this all possible and some odds and ends around these parts. I’ve followed Aubrey’s blog for awhile. I loved her approach to design and maybe even more importantly, to life.
Almost a year ago, I started researching creating a blog and a brand and you cannot beat the prices, the personal touch, and the sheer talent of this woman. Aubrey is a professional, owning her own business. She knows what she is doing. (By the way, with all my research and the books I read, this post of Aubrey’s was very helpful to help in understanding the point of view of the designer and the client and made the process run more smoothly!)
I also received a ton of help from Chelsea of Olive and Ivy. I cannot say enough great things about this girl and her willingness to go above and beyond. She and Aubrey teamed up to bring my vision to fruition.
Confession: this isn’t my first blog. I had one before and I learned a lot from it. This time I wanted something very different, or least I wanted to take what I learned, use what worked and throw away the rest. I want this blog to be about me as a writer and as an adventurer. I didn’t want it to be something I did haphazardly but something I was intentional about–you know, posts every weekday (not the easiest thing in the world but I am loving it…creativity begets creativity).
As for the name of this little bloggy, this time it came rather easily. When I arrived in San Francisco, there was a group of people that I emailed and kept updated with what was going on with me (considering I basically packed and left in two days for a new city without knowing anyone but a guy I went to high school with…I know I keep saying this will be another blog post, but that will be another a blog post). Chelsea (not to be confused with the previous mentioned Chelsea), a lover of classic rock like me, sent me the youtube video to Scott McKenzie’s song (If You’re Going to San Francisco) Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair:
When it came to the design, from a prior experience, I wanted to give Aubrey as much free reign as possible. I sent her a ton of inspiration I collected and she went to town. After all, I love her work and her vibe. I sent her a few inspiration photos and told her I wanted a water color look and feel, colors I liked, and a mix of fonts and then I told her to do her thing. I am so glad I did it that way because look at what she came up with! Like I said, I cannot recommend her enough. Thank you, thank you, thank you, for your talent, generosity of time, and advice, lady! I appreciate it more than I can say.
In between all of this, I found this on pinterest:
As a huge fan of Mumford and Sons, I was excited about this other mention. I can’t believe I didn’t put it together before. I won’t say that I took it as a sign. I’m not that type of girl that takes sunshine as a sign that it will be a good day…But I will say, especially with what the lyrics meant to me personally (another blog post?), it was just more affirmation that I was on the right track. Yes, the lyrics capture much of what I’ve been through and where I’ve been. More than that, they capture the feeling in my heart as I closed my eyes and leapt.
Anyway, benvenuti! (Fact: the verb in italian “to blog” is bloggare. No joke. Io bloggo…) I can’t wait to share my adventures and writing here and I can’t wait to see what comes of it. I want to interact with all of you as well so please, keep commenting and letting me know you’re out there. It’s nice to know I am not talking to myself. Over on your right, beneath my picture you’ll find icons for twitter, instagram, pinterest, my Etsy shop. I am super active on instagram and pinterest and of course, you can email me anytime, as well.
Below that, you’ll find the subscribe button. Someone asked me how this works (ahem…Dad. How cool am I now?). All you have to do is put your email address in that box and every entry will be sent to your inbox so you’ll never miss a post (just don’t forget to comment!). For some people this is just more convenient. I personally like waltzing my way through the internet to visit the blogs I read.
So, welcome! I wanted to share a bit of my journey and let you know about some amazing talent in the blogging community. Now, at least for me, the real work starts.
With Grace in my Heart & Flowers in my Hair,