Thursday, January 22, 2015
Painting Beauty From Ashes - A New Blog
Several years ago I started this blog, The Lavender Tub. I didn't think of myself as a blogger, or really a person that anyone would find interesting enough to follow; I just wanted a place to share some recipes and other "how to" ideas. An insatiable desire to learn and try new things, combined with homemaking skills learned from my stay-at-home mom put me in a position of being a resource for some of my younger friends. It made sense to have a public place to publish information that I seemed to share over and over again.
As time went on, however, The Lavender Tub became a place of therapy for me. The death of my remaining parent (both to cancer), a job loss for my husband that lasted two full years, learning of the lengthy abuse of some children I love - which sent me into counseling to deal with issues from my own past - were all so difficult and wounding. There were wonderful events that greatly eclipsed those painful things - my daughter gave birth to the two, most beautiful children on the planet, my hubby eventually found work and then became a partner in his CPA firm, my boys acclimated to public school from homeschool very successfully, and I even stumbled upon a little business that keeps me in some spending money. Still, the hurt could be so heavy at times. This blog has been a lovely escape for me as I've worked on those hurts. When I was emotionally unable to reach out the way I once did, I found I could still blog and share ideas that might help someone. I could get lost in editing pictures, and learn new techniques as I worked. I could even find a calming joy in remaking a piece of outdated, undesirable furniture into something that is pretty and quite useful for our home. It made me feel like I was Painting Beauty From My Ashes, and healing happened. I wouldn't say I'm 100%, but I'm certainly in a better place than I was.
Since I didn't realize I was starting a real blog when I began The Lavender Tub, I made choices in my set up that locked this blog into formats and styles I am unable to change without undesirable consequences. Honestly, I'm kind of eager for something fresh that can evolve as my skills change, and as I learn more about how to be a blogger. For those reasons, I've decided to start a 2nd blog,
I don't think I will abandon The Lavender Tub, for it is dear to me - mistakes and all. I just wish to have a place to present better pictures with a cleaner format for some of what I blog about. But then again - you just never know!
Or in the words of
Lady Violet of Downton Abbey fame,
I do hope you'll continue to visit, and please check out and consider following, Painting Beauty From Ashes, here. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being here for you are the reason I keep blogging, and you helped me through a most difficult time. You will never know how much you mean to me!