Sometimes I feel really guilty about the oodles of time I devote to blogging. A nagging voice, in the darkest corner of my mind, tells me I should do something more “important” or “meaningful” with that time. I’m not sure what I think more important or meaningful things would look like, but I think they might have to do with being a better researcher, getting published more, and contributing more original research. I often feel pretty deficient as an academic and I sometimes blame my blogging time for this. Compounding these anxieties, sometimes I start to think maybe it’s really selfish that I blog. Some comments replying to this Apartment Therapy post suggested bloggers blog as a way of saying, “Hey, look how awesome I am. Validate me!” I’ve always thought I blog because I don’t have DIY-savvy folks in my non-blog world, but am I really just an approval-junkie, devoting hours of my time in exchange for virtual pats on the back? But, really, isn’t either reason for blogging pretty self-serving?
Sometimes I need a blog friend to pull me out of this negative tail spin. When Jenna emailed me photos of her gorgeous version of my Artful Expedit Hack, I was reminded that in addition to making DIY friends and getting virtual pats on the back, I might also be helping to make someone’s home a little lovelier. I’m not just taking from these blogging relationships – I’m giving something back, too. Even if I’m giving the tiniest thing back (like a tutorial so readers can make pretty little billy buttons) that’s definitely not un-important.
So huge thanks to Jenna, for emailing me recently about how she took my Expedit Hack idea and made it hers! Here’s the email that totally made my day:
Thank you for your IKEA Expedit hack! It was exactly what I was looking for. It looks so much better with the canvases on! I used your tutorial for attaching the canvases to the Expedit. I couldn’t find matching hooks and eyes, so I went with the white hooks to match the Expedit and silver eyes. I knew I didn’t want to paint them, but couldn’t decide what I wanted to do with them so I left them for a few weeks. I ended up using burlap to cover the canvases and love them! Masking tape was used to secure the burlap to the canvases so I can change it out if I decide later on I want something different.
Thank you so much for all of your tutorials and writing your blog in general. You are one of my favorite blogs! Good luck in Hungary!
She started with a white Expedit. I’m jealous. I wish I’d gone for white.
And here is her Expedit with her burlap covered canvases. Aren’t they perfect? I love the pattern she installed them in – so graphic and cool. Her whole Expedit looks perfectly styled and un-cluttered. I just love it! She pinned it to Pinterest (along with her fabulous etched baking pans).
If you’ve tried a project of mine (even if it turned out totally different), I’d love to see and feature it on Dans le Townhouse. Feel free to email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.