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Tour Through Blogland - A look into our Kitchen

It is day number 6 of the 31 one days of writing...a few things that I am seeing that this challenge requires...lots of planning, lots of dedication to time, and lots of pictures! :) Today I was tagged by Lauren Hooker of Elle & Company Design to share a little peek into my life and what I call "work".

Well, for me my "job" has taken many different looks since I married Ben. I have worked for our church some, been a nanny for a summer, sold design prints, and offered blog design services. I have crocheted my heart out to make a little money for Christmas, and made what feels like a gazillion loaves of sourdough bread for people in our community. I now work as an assistant manager at a bakery in town called The Biscuit Shop, and will soon be baking biscuits...what?!? I also have recently become a distributor for Young Living Essential Oils, AND am planning to launch an Etsy shop in the next month (as soon as my logo is finished). 

So...yeah, it is easy to see I wear a lot of hats. However my passion is in the kitchen. I have only just discovered this passion, and have spent many hours pouring myself into this new hobby of mine. So today I wanted to show you my little humble hallway of a kitchen and let you in to what I am up to right now! 

The picture above is what you see when you open our front door. We live in an old Victorian home that has been broken into several apartments. It is full of character, creaks, and occasional loud noises from neighbors! 

So onto Lauren's questions...

What am I working on? 

Well right now, I am baking 18-20 loaves of bread a week from my little kitchen and selling them to friends and local people around town. I am also tweaking my designs for several products that will be in my Etsy shop soon. I cannot wait to share more, but until then stay tuned to my Instagram account for sneak peeks and updates! 

How does my work differ from others of its genre? 

Honestly I do not know many people that work at a biscuit bakery, make bread every day, and have a huge passion for design and handmade things...maybe I know a few folks that are into one or two of these things but not all three. So I feel like my "job" or the ways that I contribute financially to my family are unique and allow me to pursue my creative passions on a daily basis! I love that more than anything. 

(this wreath is made from piano sheet music that belonged to my mom and grandmother)

Why do I write/create what I do?

I blog because I love it, and it is such a wonderful outlet for me to pursue more creativity. I bake and spend time in the kitchen because it brings me more joy than I can really express. I wrote yesterday about why I bake bread, and that post really does capture my feelings about the kitchen as a whole...creating beautiful, homemade food for friends and family that I love is good for my bones, and soul...and it rewarding to share something that I pour so much of myself into with people so special to me! 

(these frames above my oven all belonged to my grandmother, and have even inspired some products you will all see in my Etsy shop soon!)

How does my writing/creating process work? 

I think I will take this question in the direction of creating process...I am inspired most by daily moments. Little moments in the morning sipping coffee, or when I am cooking a meal for dinner. Inspiration comes to me most in real life not on Pinterest (I love Pinterest though, don't get me wrong). I love taking a recipe and tweaking it to become my own, and more than anything I love working with whole ingredients...especially things that I have never worked with before like saffron, fennel, and acorn squash! 

Who am I nominating? 

Jenni Frank of Frankly My Dear
Leia Bryn of Leia Bryn Blog
Kaitlyn of Sew My Soul 

Tune in tomorrow for my lessons learned about true hospitality vs. Southern Living Hospitality! 

Living Room Tour.

I have loved so much seeing several posts lately about what home means to different bloggers. So I decided to share a little bit of our humble abode with you all today. We live in an old Victorian home that has been split into several apartments. 

5 fun facts about our apartment:

1. We have the front porch, plus a porch swing, and we do not have to share with anyone. 

2. We are walking distance from my favorite bagel shop, coffee shop, Mississippi State's campus, the Farmer's Market, and our favorite local pizza joint. 

3. Nothing, not one single thing, in this house is symmetrical, level, or straight. There are cracks, gaps, holes, and anything else you can think of. And you know what? we love it! most of the time. Our house has its own personality, it makes weird noises, sometimes smells funny, but it has been fun making this funky place our home.

4. Ben tiled our shower, which is something he has never done before and it is beautiful. (See pictures here) We have also built a lot of our own furniture. We love to create, and Ben loves wood working so it just seemed to makes sense. Plus it has saved us a ton of money. 

5. My closet is in the living room. There are only two small closets in our entire apartment, so I keep my clothes in the larger of the two...which happens to be the one in the living room. 

So we love this place, it is quirky, but it is home to us right now. It couldn't be more perfect for us in this season of life. I think one of my favorite parts of creating a home with the man I love has been being able to do just that. No one has told me these have to be the colors you use in this room, or you have to buy these pillows to match that. I have gotten to style and decorate our home exactly how I want. It is a work in progress. We are always working on some new project so a DIYer's work is never finished I guess.
Also, having a "home" even though it is a downtown apartment has been one of my greatest joys as a new wife. Having a place for my small group girls to come and hang out, a place to host showers, staff meetings, game nights, and dinners with company, being able to do those things in a place we have already invested so much love into now that is a joy.


So without further delay I give you our living room. I decided to only do one room at a time, so more to come later on. 



{Fun Fact: all, yes ALL, of our furniture in this room was given to us by family and friends. It was a huge blessing to us}


{Fun Fact: my grandmother made the green and blue crocheted blanket pictured, and Ben made both of those gorgeous large rustic picture frames}


{Fun Fact: see that door right there? that my friends in my lovely little (emphasis on little) closet}


{Fun Fact: Ben is currently working on end tables for this room and our bedroom. They are not finished yet but the tops will look like this and will be stained and finished. Oh and they will have drawers. Isn't my man talented?}


{Fun Fact: We have lots of pictures of ourselves in this room. Haha hopefully we can fix that over time. Also the framed picture on the bottom row, middle frame, this was a gift from my mom. She hand wrote all the names of God and places where they are found in Scripture in calligraphy. It is such a special gift}


{Fun Fact: That is Ephesians 5 typed out with our faces in it!! How awesome? This was a gift to me from one of my bridesmaids. She made it for one of my showers and it has become so special to be, vintage chipped frame and all.}




{Fun Fact: We use that little furnace so much. Wish it was a real fireplace. Also, you can read about the chalk paint recipe we used to paint this beautiful entertainment center here}



{Fun Fact: We got our super plush and comfy rug (that is huge, 8x11) for just $80 at Lowe's. It was such a steal and a purchase we are really proud of}

Well that is it. Like I said, our home is a work in progress and we are always adding, rearranging, or changing things inside. But the best part is that we can totally do all of that as much as we want to and no one can tell us we can't! FREEDOM! (slightly dramatic, sorry). But really making this little space homey for ourselves and all our guests has been a blast. Hope you enjoyed seeing into our home.

Happy Saturday, we are headed to get biscuits from a local biscuit baker, and a steamy Americano from my favorite coffee shop right down the street.

XOXO,

Rachel