I love to blog. I love the idea of being able to be social and share my home and projects on my terms, from the comfort of my own little office with messy hair and no makeup. I really love that I can post a beautiful picture of a corner I’ve decorated while being able to edit out the pile of laundry that I should be doing.
By their very nature, a blog is a public thing. It’s putting your thoughts and ideas out there knowing that not everyone is going to like you or what you write. That can be a hard thing for me. But over the years, I’ve learned to step out of my comfort zone and put myself out there a bit. Hasn’t always been easy and it turns out that you really can’t please everyone. So that’s been another part of this blogging process….letting it go.
I’ve actually had two blogs going for a while now. I started WrensCottageNest.com in 2009 as an extension of my brick and mortar store, The Wren’s Nest. It was a good way to keep customers up to date about new products, show off some of my floral designs and let people know a little more about the Wren behind The Wren’s Nest. ForTheLoveofLillian.com was a blog that I started in 2012 as more of a lifestyle blog dedicated to my Grandmother. It was a way to heal after the closing of my lovely little shop and share things about my personal life and home.
If you compare the two, you might think I have a split personality. The Nest blog is all creams, black and grays with a few muted colors while Lillian is a riot of bright color. Both of them very much me, but different enough that I never could figure out how to put the two together. I would write for a while on one, then write on the other and in between would feel guilty that I had neglected one or the other.
I finally decided that it was time to upgrade a bit and combine the two blogs into one that could show all the sides of me. So, this is it. WrenSmart.com. This new platform is so adaptable that it can grow with me. I’ll be able to add a shopping cart to sell a few of my designs so that’s exciting. And I’ve managed to combine the colors that I love yet still keep it soft and soothing. It’s almost like the first two were my child blogs and this is the more mature, grown up version. I had considered trying to transfer the content from the other blogs to this one, but in the end I decided that a fresh start was in order. The other two blogs will stay online (I can’t bear the thought of deleting them) with all the things I’ve written in the past, but all the new content will be here.
I’m looking forward to this new chapter and I hope you are too. We have a ton of projects to do here at Rosehaven and we can’t wait to share them all with you.