Jose and I were sitting down this weekend & I looked over at him & said “I should re-name my blog.” He of course questioned that right away, & my response right away was something like “because my blog isn’t just me… it’s me & you.” cue the “awwwww”. But really, Jose is such a big part of my blog that sometimes I feel bad calling it “Liz Marie Blog” even though we have our farm blog as well, White Cottage Farm Blog, there isn’t a project or room makeover that he doesn’t touch. & that’s how it’s always been.. the two of us living out our dreams of room makeovers, DIY’s, projects, decor, farming, & so much more. Eleven years of marriage for the both of us this year & since day one even in our little first town home it’s been project after project & I think, actually I know, it’s made us stronger as a couple & truly has become a deep passion for the both of us. I’m just the lucky one documenting it here & hopefully you guys have always known that Jose is the backbone of this blog with me & we are both so grateful to share with you on here & that you stop by here daily to see what we are up to. One fun thing that we get to do as bloggers is go to a blogging conference this year in Charleston, South Carolina, the Haven Conference with some other fellow DIY bloggers & I can not wait…
The conference is called Haven & Jose & I attend it together & it’s so fun to visit every year to learn new things & most importantly connect with other bloggers. Most of what we do is just the two of us & sharing it online which is super fun, but we also want to see the people we chat with daily. We get to meet fellow bloggers & hang out with our old blogger friends that we have had for years.. it’s pretty great & something we look forward to every year. This year Jose & I get the great pleasure of being mentors again & it truly was my favorite thing about the conference last year.. not being the mentor, although that was fun, but the mentor groups. I learned so much from our little group & I hope they did as well, but I loved connecting in that group with people on a more intimate level that I might have not connected with otherwise on that level. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again.. I’m an introvert who struggles with anxiety on a whole new level most have never seen so going to things like this, although super fun, is super exhausting & scary for me.. I want to meet all the people, but I’m so scared at the same time. So when you see me… say hi, because most likely I’ll be scared to.. haha I wish I was kidding. But I think that’s why I love the small mentor groups.. in a huge sea of people at the conference it forces you to sit in a small group and chat. But really, this conference is amazing to connect with others at, laugh, cry, & just really get to know another side of blogging that you never knew before. Everyone has a story & it’s really amazing to get to know their story in a different way.
I thought it would be fitting to show you something Jose built this week & that I styled in our home that he wanted to share with you guys how to build your own… you see, he is one half of this little blog here & this is just one example….
dog bench adorable? Jose painted it as well & he explained how to build & paint it on our farm blog [HERE] for those of you who want to build your own. I put it in our sunroom with some of our plants on it to sunbathe… & of course Winnie chose to sunbathe by it as well. I love how this bench looks like a flea market antique find, but it was really built by Jose out of some scrap wood that we had in the workshop.. I love DIY projects like that!
I hope to see some of you guys at Haven if you are fellow bloggers.. & I’m serious, please stop and say hi because I would love to meet you & so would Jose! Thank you guys for cheering us on always, supporting us, & for stopping here always to see what we are up to or where we are at in our journey.. it honestly means the world to us. Thank you! & be sure to visit our farm blog today to see what Jose has to say about this cute little bench [HERE]. Thank you guys! xx
Ps. Other Haven mentors are blogging this week about the conference & you can check the ones that blogged today out here…