Thursday, April 19, 2012

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.


  1. I'm SO glad you're attending BlogPodium. 99% of the people are just as nervous to attend...this blogger included. ;) You're going to have an awesome time! Check out Moo Cards, or shameless self promotion for my shop there is a sale going on ( But there are lots of places to get some done, such as Moo, Vista Print etc. xo

  2. I bought a ticket to go, but then I was invited to a wedding on the same day! It is bad to say that I'm bummed and I would rather go to Blogpodium?! Probably. Oh well.

  3. April @ Money Pit LoveApril 19, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    I'm so excited you're going!! Our meet-up at the craft show was a total fail, but I'm definitely tracking you down at the conference (does that sound stalker-ish? sort of, right? I'm not. I'm mostly harmless :) Can't wait to finally meet you in person!

  4. ramblingrenovatorsApril 19, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    I'm glad I could give you a little nudge. You'll thank me later ;) Just think, you already have one blogger event under your belt. This one will be even less awkward and more fun!

  5. I also vote for Moo Cards! I get most business stuff printed there and I am always more than happy.

  6. I'm already grateful for your little nudge! I'm nervous, but I am looking forward to it! Thank you!

  7. Not stalker-ish at all, especially since I'll be keeping my eye out for you too! Was definitely excited when I saw Money Pit Love on the attendee list! :)

  8. I saw that on Blogpodium's twitter feed. :( Totally not bad to say at all since, um, I'd probably be with you on that... But, have fun at the wedding anyway! I'm assuming there will be more Blogpodiums!

  9. Me too! I'm nervous, but I'm definitely looking forward to it.

    Thanks for the recommendations. Will check them all out!

  10. I'll be there! Glad Jen nudged you!