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25 August, 2014

Behind the Scenes at Confessions of a Plate Addict

I have been blogging for almost six years now, so I thought it was about time to share a little peek at what goes into the process here at Confessions of a Plate Addict! I have shared little snippets of my life that explain the path I have taken to arrive here, but I have never given you a peek inside my head…a scary thought!

Yvonne I was invited by my sweet friend and fellow Scoop host Yvonne at StoneGable to join in this blogger series by answering four questions and introducing a few of my favorite bloggers. Please be sure to head over and pay Yvonne a visit! If you are not familiar with her blog, then you are in for a real treat! She is one mega-talented lady who shares tips on cooking, decorating and living the farmhouse lifestyle that is so popular now.

1. What are you working on?
I am in the process of transitioning my home’s décor from late summer into early fall. I know some of you are saying…No! It’s too soon!…but here in the South we are sweltering with the August heat and humidity and won’t get any relief until well into October, so you must at least allow us to pretend that it is coming! ;-)

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Fall Home TourAnd just in case you missed it, here’s a peek at my fall home tour from last year!  I have already begun adding some fall touches and my little wheels are turning with ideas for ways to incorporate some of my favorite thrifting finds in this year’s décor!

2. How does my work differ from others in my genre?
This is a tough one because there are so many talented bloggers who are also in the same genre as me! But I have to say that I think that my years as a French teacher and the time that I spent living in France give me a little different perspective. My goal from the start has been to turn my home into my own little corner of Provence with warm colors and a lived-in feeling. I have found that by combining vintage and much-loved family pieces with my “frenchy” creations from thrifting and repurposing, I can achieve just that effect.

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT Creating a French Country Dining Room on a Budget Perhaps there is no better example of my style than my French Country dining room…created on a budget! It is by far my favorite room in my house! I might also add that not everyone is lucky to be aided as I am by my feline staff of four, one of whom, Baby Kitty, can be seen above,  under the table taking a break from overseeing my work!

3. Why do I write/create what I do?
I have given you a little hint at one of the reasons in my previous answer…the need to be on a budget! lol Add to that the need to create that I think most bloggers feel and you have the result…my DIY French style! I love all things French, but as a retired teacher, I honestly can’t afford the fabulous antiques and wonderful vintage linens and brocante or flea market finds that I see in magazines. Sooo…I have had to come up with ways to re-create what I love without spending a fortune!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT No-Sew Vintage Look French Monogrammed Linens My favorite example of frenchiness created on a budget is my no-sew monogrammed French tea towels! They are actually 79 cent dish towels from IKEA embellished with an iron-on transfer…so easy that anyone can do them!

4. How does that writing/creative process work?
I am sure that for every blogger you would find a different answer to that question. For me, I try to keep in mind that anything I create needs to be simple and inexpensive, both for myself and my readers. I love finding a vintage or flea market piece that speaks to me…begging me to use it in a vignette or repurpose it. Sometimes I see something that I love and my mind goes to work immediately figuring out how I can make my own version of it. I suppose that many of my readers would tell you (and I freely confess) that I am a copy-cat!

CONFESSIONS OF A PLATE ADDICT 15 Pottery Barn Inspired ProjectsFor example, I love it when the new Pottery Barn catalog arrives in the mail!  It’s always as if they have thrown down the gauntlet…challenging me to create it for less! You will find many of my Pottery Barn inspired ideas here. But they are not alone in being subject to my scrutiny for hacks! You will find many more in the Copy-Cat section of my Project Gallery. And stay tuned because I have a really good one in the works now! ;-)

And now I have a couple of my favorite blogs to share with you! Be sure to check back with them because they will answer the same four questions on Monday, September 1st!

Suzy-picture-300x279 Hi everyone!  I'm Suzy, the voice behind Worthing Court.  Here at Worthing Court, I share home decor projects, inspiration and tips, diy projects and recipes.  I love to offer advice for solving challenging design dilemmas that many of us struggle with.  I hope to inspire you to live life to its fullest and to do so beautifully.  My mantra is, "Creating 'HOME' doesn't have to be expensive and I'm here to prove it!"

 Hi everyone! I am Barb Garrett, the host and underpaid Blogger at The Everyday Home. My blog is a place where I can share the things in life that mean the most to me - my family, my home and my love of living a simple life. It's all about Cooking, Crafts, and Home Décor with a touch of Southern humor. I would love for you to visit me!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed seeing what goes on behind the scenes on my blog! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants. 
Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party , Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday , Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday , The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday , Coastal Charm for the Show and Share Party , A Stroll thru Life for Inspire Me Tuesday , My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Inspire Me Monday, Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays ,   French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday , Common Ground for Be Inspired on Fridays , The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday , Craftberry Bush for the Inspiration Gallery on Friday
See you next time! À la prochaine!

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  1. This was a fun way to get to know more about you, Debbie. I am impressed that you have been blogging for six years! Although with all of the help from your staff, I'm sure that it has been a breeze ;)

  2. Debbie, thanks for sharing more about you and the blog. You know I'm a loyal follower and avid fan. You French inspired home is full of grace and loveliness. The projects you create are most impressive. You are one very talented lady. Thanks for sharing with all of us.

  3. Debbie, I so enjoyed reading this post. Your home is lovely and the projects you make are stunning. I know it's hard being retired and living on a budget. (I'm on one also). But, you sure have some amazing French decor. You are very talented lady and I so enjoy reading your post.
    Tell your staff that they are doing a outstanding job also.

  4. I so enjoy reading your posts. Your home and the projects so lovely.

  5. I love your take on blogging. I also love all things French. My Mother's side of the family were French, but I did not realize I still maintained our ways until I started blogging. My Mother used to tell us stories about her Grandmother and how they all spoke French at home, but we lost that over the years. Our way of cooking was more French that I knew until I started blogging. It has been fun following along.


  6. Debbie,
    There are so many of your affordable easy-to-do projects on my list that I want to re-create. Your sources and directions are great, and I always look forward to what you are up to on your blog. Thanks for sharing your French-inspire talents.


  7. Debbie, I have always been impressed with your projects and your ability to create your own version of expensive items. You are one talented lady, but I didn't realize you'd been blogging for almost 6 years!

  8. Debbie, I've enjoyed your blog over the almost 4 years that I've been blogging! You're making me long to return to Paris...see how I put that blame on you! I've really been enjoying the Parisian decor this year.

  9. Debbie, Your blog is one of my very favorite!!! I adore all you do. And YOU ARE the best copy cat in blogland!!!! xo


Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie