Creative Journey

Creative Journey

Thanks to my friend Debbie from Refresh Restyle for inviting me to share a little about my creative journey! Debbie is a Georgia peach and I am so happy we finally were able to meet this summer in Atlanta for Haven Conference.

Debbie-Refresh Restyle

Here is how Debbie describes herself, “I am a paint brush, frying pan, nail gun hailing woman, a grandma, a wife, a sister, a daughter. I have been known to paint over precious woods and laminate surfaces without even a thought of what I might ruin. I am disorganized and I have a short attention span.  I even look at new things and wonder what I can make out of them.

Now you will really see why I love her…She spray painted her dining room chairs!


How about this bench made from a bed and an end table?!

Awesome, right!

Bench-Refresh Restyle

SO, now onto me. Debbie sent me these questions to answer, here goes…

1. What am I working on?

In my normal creative world I work on many projects at once.  I don’t advise it because most times it is not very effective!  Right now I am working on a dining room makeover and hubby said I must finish before I start any thing else!  For those of you following on Instagram with my behind the scenes pics, you’re probably thinking what the heck is taking so long?  I’m trying to also enjoy summer with my family 🙂

If you look at last years fall home tour you will see that my dining room looked like this.

Fall Tour Dining Room

The new dining room reveal is coming VERY soon.  If you aren’t on my email list be sure to add it at the top of the page so you will see it first!!

2. How does my work differ from others of it’s genre?

I think home decorating, furniture painting and DIY projects are all art forms and although I may use someone or something else as inspiration no two things ever turn out exactly the same.  Take furniture painting for example.  I pretty much use the same technique when I am painting and every time the outcome is different.  I believe this is what makes my work differ from the MANY others who paint furniture.

We all have a different eye for how we see things.  This is a great thing because none of us want to be identical.

Here are some of my painted pieces that you may love to copy but in reality they would never look exactly the same, even if I painted them for you.

Buffet Makeover

Paris Grey Buffet Table-Antiqued-Distressed-Finish-Title

Coffee Table Makeover

Coffe Table Makeover-Before and After


3.  Why do I write/create what I do?

Creating is just in me.  I’ve done it since I was a little girl when I use to make homemade glue for all of my projects.  I never actually saw myself as a writer but I love words.  I love a great quote that speaks straight to me.

When I started my blog it was to share projects that I knew others could do, all they needed was a little inspiration.  I have some wonderful loyal readers of this blog {THANK YOU} and really, that is why I write and create.  I love to inspire people.


4.  How does your writing/creating process work?

Let’s just say blogging has caused me to change a few things.  It requires more organization and discipline, for which I have not mastered but I am constantly working on.

I’m a note taker.  Good old pencil and paper.  I write down everything.  Once I get totally organized I will be able to use my notes more effectively, LOL.  Seriously though, if I think of something, anything that inspires me, I write it down.

As far as a process, I don’t have a particular way of writing and creating.  Although I may seem stressed to my family I work best under pressure. Deadlines keep me going.  I’m a check mark girl. Which really seems contradicting to a free spirited creative.  What can I say, my I’ll get to it when I’m inspired, carefree self mostly clashes with my I love things organized and in there place self.

Well, there you have it.  A little about my creative journey.  I’d love to hear how some of you guys work.  Let’s talk!

Be sure you have added your email to my list, this Fall is going to be great with projects.  Working now with some AWESOME bloggers that I totally admire on a Fall Home tour here on the blog.  YOU WILL NOT want to miss it.


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  1. I always love reading your comments!! Thank you so much! I’ve found some amazing friends through this computer and I just know that if we all met in real life we would have a great time. Have a great day ~Sonya

  2. Altho you sure don’t really know me the way you described your way of working sounded like me. As you said tho, nobody elses’ idea of something will ever be same as somebody elses’. Thank heavens. That’s one of things that keeps me reading posts, learning and being so wonderfully, happily inspired. Finding blogs and meeting so many talented people on blog land has been so inspiring for me.
    Of all people I know and are friends with none of them are crafters or enjoy fixing things up, changing things in their homes. I was so jazzed when I found blog land and all these creative people, bonanza. Don’t have my own blog, too busy reading blog posts and making things, fixing up our little house. What fun at this point in my life to be able to enjoy some of things and people I enjoy most. Happy week

  3. Thanks Julie! So great meeting you as well. I just found 4 index cards with list on them…I need to combine them into one list! ~Sonya

  4. Loved reading more about you, Sonya! It was so great meeting you at Haven because now I can actually hear your voice as I read your words! 🙂 You sound a whole lot like me. I just cleaned up a bunch of my little papers with all my notes on them and tried to get myself organized yesterday. I’m sure that it will happen now because I’ve never done that before – ha! 🙂 Have a great day!

  5. You are awesome and I totally know what you mean about using those notes one day when you/I get organized ;)…I can’t wait for the dining room reveal!!

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