As you know, I’m a fan of blogs that show repurposed and DIY projects. Well, I have a soft spot for bloggers of any type, but I really like blogs that teach me something. That’s one reason I was happy to find My Repurposed Life, and even more delighted to talk with the blogger behind it, Gail. There are a lot of things I like about the blog (the design, the projects, and especially the spirit). I also enjoyed Gail’s answers to my questions, especially the last bit she added. I know you will as well.
Enjoy this interview.
How did you get started blogging?
Over the last few years I had several life changing incidents. I separated from my husband of 29 years, then I lost my job of 19 years. For all those years I had been a wife, a mother, and a teacher. I had lost sight of who I really was. To keep myself busy I picked up some tools and started creating and repurposing “found” items. I had some online friends from the HGTV Trash to Treasure message boards that shared before and after photos. I started taking pictures and keeping a record of my projects.In July 2009 I jumped in and started writing My Repurposed Life on a whim! I woke up one morning and decided to do it. My daughter Jamie helped me come up with the name. Not only was I repurposing unwanted items, I was also beginning a new journey of repurposing my life.
How often do you update the blog? Is there a set schedule you adhere to, or do you write when inspired?
My blog has become a huge part of my life, I’m not sure if I work on projects so I can blog or if I blog so I can work on projects. I try to update My Repurposed Life 5-6 times a week, having a goal of at least one new project. Most of my projects are step by step tutorials so that my readers can get a real sense of how they can also start repurposing those unwanted items.
I generally do reviews and/or giveaways a few times a month. I love winning giveaways, and it makes me even happier to give something away to one of my readers. They are always so giddy to win! I have a weekly Link Party on Thursday nights, Catch As Catch Can. My daughter Jamie also helped me pen that name. The phrase Catch as Catch Can has been in my family for a few generations. It refers to making do with what you have, generally referring to dinner. When I was younger, my mom worked full time, and on nights when she was too tired to cook, that was my favorite phrase. It meant that I could dig around the cupboards or refrigerator and eat whatever I wanted. The projects I do are a lot like that, making do with what I have on hand to build.
I occasionally have “guest bloggers”, but the content on My Repurposed Life is 99% mine.
What appeals to you in a repurposed project? Are there certain things you look for more than others?
I am drawn to items that are free or cheap. I work on a very tight budget. I find a lot of my items at thrift stores. I have a $5.00 limit. I have found that having a limit cuts down on impulse buys and buyer’s remorse. Rarely do I have to think about purchases. If it is under $5.00 and has good bones, it quickly finds its way to my car. While curb shopping, items I never pass up are shutters, bi-fold doors, old windows, sewing cabinets,cribs, and of course headboards. One of my most popular posts on search engines is my Headboard Bench Tutorial.