15/06/2018

An overshare & a re-introduction

I've uhhhmmed and ahhhhed about whether to write this post but I feel like I should, firstly to let you guys know whats going on and, secondly, because, well, writing is therapeutic......I have lost my mojo, there I said it and it feels good to admit it! For quite a while now, since before I was pregnant with Jacob, I have been feeling like I've really lost my enthusiasm for 'The Merry Magpie' and all that that entails, which includes this blog.

I've been selling online in one form or another for well over 10 years now, I started out selling vintage homeware and clothes with a pretty, chintzy, country feel, I then had a shop and, several years later, a pop-up shop and now I'm selling on etsy mainly after closing my website. I think somewhere along the way I've lost MY way. Maybe it's being constantly bombarded with interior images (albeit lovely images) on all forms of social media, maybe its not having my own house to experiment and discover what really floats my boat, or maybe its a lack of funds (which is also connected to not having my own house) but I'm just not sure what I like anymore and therefore what I feel inspired to source and sell!!

We have also had some major changes in our life recently, we had a little boy, Jacob, 10 months ago and we have moved back in with my parents to save money for our ever elusive 'first house'. So, I don't have lots of pretty interior shots for you guys (my parents house is lovely, but its not 'mine') and my life currently revolves around feeding, nap times and soft play which don't make for particularly interesting blog posts!

Having said all of that, I have really missed this blog and having somewhere to share things, so I have decided to start posting again. I am going to take the (self inflicted) pressure off and maybe post once or twice a week but I want to try and focus on budget friendly decorating, how-to's, things I'm loving and hopefully some DIY ideas too.

So, I thought I'd re-introduce myself and let you know a little bit about me as I re-start my blogging journey....

I'm Lizzie, I'm 31, I'm married to Tefo, who happens to be Turkish, and we have a 10 month old little boy called Jacob. I started this blog before I was pregnant to document my travels, my wants and whims and my obsession with interiors. Now, we are living back at my parents house, have very limited funds for traveling and no real desire to do it with a 10 month old, but I do still have lots of 'wants' and I'm probably even more obsessed with interiors as I'm always looking for inspiration for when I finally buy my own house. We currently have an etsy shop where we sell a mix of vintage and contemporary homewares and accessories and we also sell our more rustic finds through Pedlars Vintage Marketplace.

As I mentioned above, I feel as though I've lost my way with our shop and social media a little and I'm kind of taking some time out to re-think what I actually want to sell and find a new direction. I will ALWAYS be drawn to vintage, it's just a part of me, antique shops and flea markets hold far more appeal to me than shopping centres or mass produced items. I can't ever imagine not loving interiors, homeware and rugs so I think we will always have some sort of shop where we sell our finds, as I don't have enough space to keep them all unfortunately, but how thats going to look is still a bit of a mystery! I'll keep you guys posted with any new developments as I have so many ideas running through my head and I'm still figuring things out.

A major area I've been struggling with lately is social media, I put so much pressure on myself to post something interesting, pretty, funny or engaging every day and I feel exhausted with it all. It's so easy to compare yourself to others and feel that you're not good enough, does anyone else do this or is it just me? So, I'm having a week off technology next week to spend time with family and friends, get outdoors a little and hopefully feel inspired to get back into the swing of things very soon. So, if anyone out there is still reading, I'll be back with some new posts very soon!

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