Things for Thursday

Three Things for Thursday

One: BlogPodium

BlogPodium is a one day workshop for design bloggers on the topic of blogging. And networking. Oh, networking. That thing everyone says is important. That thing I kind of loath with a passion. But guess what? I’m kinda going.

I’ve known about BlogPodium for months, since before the Design Bloggers Meetup. I’ve hemmed and hawed over purchasing a ticket, acknowledging the benefits (Meeting new people! Seeing old blogging friends! Cocktails! Swag bag! Making connections!) and cringing at the potential for awkwardness (The what-am-I-going-to-wear part, those first few moments part, the putting myself out there part, the chatting with brands about partnerships part, the uh-oh-no-one-knows-what-to-say-to-each-other-this-pause-of-silence-has-lasted-too-long part). I figured I would continue to comfortably hem and haw until the purchase deadline passed or it sold out.

And then Jen emailed me. I am powerless to a personal invitation.

So. I set aside all my personal insecurities. I pulled out my low-limit credit card. My name, This Dusty House’s name is on the list. I’m going. I’m focusing on the benefits, allowing for the awkwardness. It’s all part of the fun, right?

Canadian blogging friends, look out for me! I hope to meet as many of you as possible there. Also, a question: where do you get your business cards printed?

(This is now a sold out event! However, you can sign up for the waiting list and if you follow @BlogPodium on Twitter, you might get a chance to snag a ticket from someone who is no longer able to go.)

Two: Canning

Last week was gardening week, so you already know that I have all sorts of gardening plans. I’ve also been thinking about how we’re ever going to eat all the produce I hope my garden grows. I mean… there are plans to plant 12 different tomato plants. We are only two people!

Clearly I’m going to have to learn how to can some stuff.

I have many months of debating the methods, whether I should pressure can or stick to canning more acidic stuff, of finding recipes for red pepper jelly, salsa, sweet pickles, and relish. Any suggestions, tips, and tutorials are more than welcome!

Three: Butterfly Bedroom

Earlier this week, Lindsay shared these shots of a bedroom from Gossip Girl. I think I streamed the pilot of that show once, but I’m more or less completely unfamiliar with it so this was the very first time I’ve seen this space. I was immediately drawn to the wall behind the bed.

Butterflies! Dozens of them, in a scattered circular pattern.

The Husband and I still have no art in our bedroom. Or, well, in most of the house. I’m pretty certain I have neither the skill nor the patience to pull something like this off, but isn’t it pretty? Inspiring, even.

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