Blog post

Beginning Again

August 4, 2013

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My name is Jenny!

Some of you might remember me as the “homemade diva.” If that’s you, it’s good to see you again! I’m glad you’re here.

If you have no idea who the “homemade diva” is, follow me . . .

I began blogging in 2009 on a different blog titled The Homemade Diva. I’m not gonna lie . . . I wasn’t very good in the beginning. Not. Good. At. All. I like to think that over time I got better. Better posts. Better pictures. Better stories.

I blogged about crafts and baking and parties. Oh my! All the stuff that I love.

I was happy. I didn’t really make any money on my blogging journey, but I had a decent amount of followers and I loved sharing my projects with others. I didn’t always have time to post consistently, but I did what I could. Sometimes I’d go for months on end without a word. But I always missed it. I always came back.

Then I had a heartbreaking blog catastrophe.

Through some stupid action on my part, I accidentally deleted all the pictures off of my blog. Every. Single. One.

4 years worth of blood, sweat, and tears. Gone.

4 years worth of posts, all now without pictures.

To someone who doesn’t blog, they may not understand that pictures are the life-blood of a crafting blog. Without them, there might as well be nothing!

I wanted to cry.

I managed to recover a small amount of images, but many of those were now poor quality shadows of their former selves.

Some said I could hire a recovery expert to dig through the rubble and try to exhume my departed files. But that costs money and money is (always) tight. I couldn’t justify spending that amount of money on a blog that didn’t make me any to begin with.

I thought long and hard about trying to pick up the pieces. I could ignore the gaping hole of the last 4 years and just continue on. Pretend that everything was fine. But I realized that The Homemade Diva would never be the same. No matter how hard I tried, it would always be . . . less. So I decided the best thing for me to do was to start over.

So here I am. Fresh start. Clean slate.

I’m hoping to use my former experience to create something new. Something better.

This blog isn’t going to be all about crafts and baking and parties. Oh, I’m sure there will still be some of that, but it won’t be the center of this world I hope to create.

This blog is about creating. Creating beautiful things . . . a welcoming home . . . a good life.

I want to focus more on my life and how I’m creating my dream home, and less on just crafty stuff.

I’ll be honest and tell you that I can’t say I’ll be posting much or with any kind of regularity. I’ll try. But one of the things I want to do in this new adventure is to be more selective about my posts. I don’t want to create something just so I have something to post. No more “Look Ma! I spray painted a picture frame!” posts here. My aim is to showcase the projects/things that I love. The things that I find beautiful. Special.

I may end up duplicating a bit at first. Writing about things I’ve written about on the old blog. Things that I think should be shared with this new crowd. I hope my old friends won’t mind.

I’ll probably leave the old blog up, at least for a while. I’m not quite ready to pull the plug just yet.

So if you’re here from The Homemade Diva, thank you for your support. I really am truly glad you’re here.

If you’re a new friend of mine, welcome! I hope we’ll be friends for a long, long time!

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