Sunday, October 21, 2012

Finding Joy

Images: Oh Joy

Although I have been a fan for some time, I would say that one of the blogs out that has grown even more on me as a favorite is Oh Joy!. As a lifestyle blog I appreciate the diversity of her posts - food, fashion, decor, art and design - and that she shares her life as a mom and a wife. 

The other week I had the pleasure of attending the book party at West Elm in NYC for her newest book, Blog Inc. The timing of it coincided with Blogging Your Way Boot Camp taught by Holly Becker of Decor8 which I am currently enrolled in (can you tell that I am wanting to rework my blog?).  Joy talked to the crowd about how she started, what to do when one is not feeling inspired, Pinterest, and why she recently revamped her blog format - just to name a few. 

Joy recently decided to revamp the format of her blog where all of the posts come from her. Previously she had contributors posting on various themes, etc., but in the last year she felt that she wanted it to come from one voice, especially when she became a mother and her posts were more about those new experiences. Not only did Joy share this the other week at her book party, but she shared that on her blog. Very honest, very real. 

Coupled with the content change, Joy tweaked the design of her blog. The essence is still there, it has just evolved. The logo is still the same, the layout a little different, and I love the additional of the hanger at the top of each post. Nice touch. 

If you have not checked out Oh Joy!, I highly recommend you do. I think you will enjoy. If you have not picked up Blog Inc. and you are a blogger, you may want to check it out. Very informative and very helpful. 

I would love to know what you look for in a blog. Please share!

Simple Harvest Wreath

A couple of weeks ago a couple of friends and I headed to Linvilla Orchards outside of Philadelphia to get our harvest time decor: pumpkins and other gourds, stalks of wheat, hay bales, wreaths and mums. I live in a neighborhood where everyone likes to do it up for EVERY SINGLE HOLIDAY so feeling a bit competitive I knew I had to step it up. I do not like to go over the top, but rather prefer restrained exterior decor, but I wanted to do something. So while at Linvilla I bought a wreath made up of branches that I could embellish for a particular holiday and then reuse later (I prefer to buy things that have mileage). Below is a step-by-step: