I started blogging back in January 2008. It seems like a lifetime ago compared to today! Needless to say blogging looked very different back then. There were only a few hundred DIY/home bloggers as compared to hundreds of thousands. Pinterest didn’t exist and most creatives blogged purely and simply for the love and passion of it all. Money was not the motivator and our payment came in the number of positive comments a post received. Since I had been sewing together cloth napkins to make pillow covers and hot-gluing curtains since my college days in the ’90′s, I was ecstatic to find other kindred spirits who embraced my thrifty DIY decorating ideals! Some of the first DIY/home bloggers I found are to this day the bloggers who inspire me the most. One of them being MyQuillyn Smith, better known as The Nester.
Myquillyn has always preached the message that “It Doesn’t Have to be Perfect to be Beautiful”. It is a message that resonated deep within my heart back in 2008 and is a message that is desperately needed today. In our Pinterest-perfect culture that has raised the bar so high that few feel worthy, we NEED to reminded that perfection isn’t relatable and kills our connections with others.
Imperfections are important in our life and our home because they put people at ease. -Myquillyn Smith
My blog’s tagline has always been “Creating beauty out of chaos one story at a time”. Like many (most?) of you, I live in a busy chaotic household with dogs, and kids, and overwhelming mess. My home is far from perfect, but I adore it. I embrace my home’s imperfections and do my best to make it what it is…our safe place, our nest, our backdrop to life.
Myquillyn’s new book The Nesting Place will give you the courage to take risks within your home and transform it into a place that’s truly your own. Her quirky down-to-earth style, her encouragement to embrace all of yourself, and her overall relatable beauty shine through in this book. I think we all need this book in our lives to remind ourselves WHY we strive to create imperfect beauty in the home! (Are you wondering why? Read the book to be reminded!) You can order it on Amazon here (affiliate link) or find it at several popular retail locations where books are sold.
I am so excited and proud of Myquillyn and am honored to host a giveaway of The Nesting Place to THREE lucky (U.S. only) winners! To enter, please follow the prompts in the rafflecopter widget below. Good luck and remember that It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful! #idhtbptbb