Guess Who's in the Hometalk Bloglight?


I am so excited to share Hometalk with you today.  Have you ever heard of Hometalk?  It’s a wonderful online community where members can post their home and gardening tips and photos and also get answers and advice from other knowledgeable Hometalk community members.  It’s an awesome source of inspiration for all things home.

Once a week Hometalk picks a blogger to be in the Hometalk’s Blogtalk Bloglight {now that’s a mouthful} and this week, I’m their pick!  {Do you hear me screaming with joy???}

Miriam, the so very helpful and amazing Director of Community Development for Hometalk, sent me some questions to answer so here you go:

How did you first get into blogging?

In April of 2007 I left a job where I worked about 70 hours a week. I had lost touch with everything but when I started working from home I discovered blogs. I was smitten! After over a year of following along I decided that I would give myself a birthday present and on October 1, 2008, published my first post. {I had no idea what I was doing!}

Is blogging something you do on the side, or is it a full-time job for you?

For the moment, it is something I do on the side since I still work from home and homeschool my two younger sons but I would love to do it full time ~ that's my dream.

What do your friends and family think about your blog? Do they read all of your updates?

I hadn't, until very recently, really told anyone outside of my husband, boys and best friend about my blog. My husband subscribes to my updates and reads them when he can and is always my biggest fan.  My kids think it’s pretty cool that I blog and always ask before touching anything {especially food} if I need to take pictures first {those poor hungry kids}.

Do you stick to a strict posting schedule?

My intent is to stick to a schedule but that never seems to happen. I work ‘on call’ so never know when or if I’m going to have work.  I post when I have a break from work or the kids and squeeze in time here and there. I have so many pictures that I've never written posts for and some I've even forgotten the purpose of the picture or exactly what I did.  I’m not the most organized blogger out there.

What advice could you give to other bloggers that you wish you had known before you started blogging?

My best advice would be to just do it. Don't be afraid. You'll make mistakes along the way but don't get discouraged. If you really want to blog just start somewhere, anywhere, and keep going. Don't be hard on yourself. When you look at a picture you've taken or a post you've written and find the negative also find the positive and keep on moving forward.

A big heartfelt thank you to Hometalk and Miriam for letting me share a little about myself and featuring me in the Bloglight this week. 

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  1. Miriam@Hometalk says:

    So excited to feature you today, Mary Beth. You have a heart of gold. 🙂

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much for picking me ~ I can't tell you how much I appreciate it and all the great support you and Hometalk give to bloggers like me.

      Mary Beth

  2. SheilaG @ Plum Doodles says:

    Congrats on the feature, Mary Beth! You're a sweetheart, and totally deserve to be recognized and applauded. 🙂

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks, Sheila ~ you're comment put a big smile on my face!

      ~hugs, Mary Beth~

  3. YAYAYAYYYYY! So happy for you sweety! You are one of the most amazing people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing! <3 loooove you!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      You're such a doll...thanks for always being such a good friend and you know I love you, too!

      xoxo ~ Mary Beth

  4. Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage says:

    Too funny that your kids ask before they touch food! My girls friend was over and she tried touching one of my pom pom flowers and I screamed, "Don't Touch"!!

    The poor girl was shocked but hey, I had it all set up for a picture!


    1. Mary Beth says:

      My youngest was a little guy when I started blogging and he learned early, no touch, and I totally agree...if something is set up for a picture screaming is not only allowed but mandatory!

      Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.

      Mary Beth

  5. Funky Junk Interiors says:

    Hey Mary Beth! I hadn't realized you had an on call job... that is so my life so I can totally relate! As for the 'no blogging schedule... yep, that too! haha!

    Nice feature, it was fun to read more about you!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Hey, Donna! I never can plan anything because I never know if I'll be working or not but I much prefer that to the day job I used to have and office hours. So glad I'm not the only one without a blogging whole life is sort of hit or miss!

      Thanks for you sweet comment ~ Mary Beth

  6. Tammy Killough says:

    Mary Beth,
    OMG! You're a busy lady! WOW....Congratulations on the feature! I'm saying it's long over due! ~Tammy

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Tammy! I really appreciate your kindness.

      ~hugs, Mary Beth~

  7. Mary Beth says:

    Right back atcha! xoxoxox

  8. Yay! So happy for you, Mary Beth! I enjoyed reading your blogging story and I totally do that with my family and food too! It's a good thing they love us and support our blogging habits, huh!? Congrats to you.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks, Sherry ~ yeah...if the kids look really hungry I give in and feed them ; P

  9. Congrats!! So great getting to know you through Blogtalk!!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you, Angela! It is so nice getting to know you as well. ; )

  10. Mary Beth says:

    Thanks, Jen! You know I think you rock and you pull off the leopard print pants like no one else I know.

    ~hugs, Mary Beth~

  11. Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique says:

    It's lovely to meet you Mary Beth. Congratulations on being in the Bloglight this week. I'm off now to explore your blog.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      It's so nice to meet you, Kerryanne! Thank you for your kindness.

      ~Mary Beth~

  12. I am so glad you did start blogging since it's how we met! You are such a sweet, encouraging, supportive and super talented friend. Looking forward to getting to meet you in person one of these days. 🙂 Congratulations on being in the bloglight, MaryBeth! So well deserved!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you Roeshel ~ I'm so glad I met you through blogging, also, and I look forward to meeting you in person some day!

      Thanks again for your support ~ it really means a lot to me.

      ~Hugs, Mary Beth~

  13. Mary Beth says:

    Thanks so much, Karen! I appreciate your kindness.

    ~Mary Beth~

  14. denyse@crazy beautiful life says:

    Congratulations on your feature, Mary Beth! You deserve it!!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Denyse!

      ~hugs, Mary Beth~

  15. Chelsea @ Making Home Base says:

    Yay Mary Beth! You are fantastic! You are one of the FIRST bloggers I ever reached out. I had been blogging on a few weeks and I wanted to feature your gorgeous pumpkins in my round up and I emailed you to ask for permission! You were so delightful then and have been ever since!! So happy to see you in BLOGLIGHT!!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks SO much, Chelsea! I remember when I first heard from you ~ I thought your blog was awesome then and it just keeps getting better. You blow me away with your creativity. So glad to 'know' you!

      Have a joy-filled awesome week.

      ~hugs, Mary Beth~

  16. Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads says:

    Congrats on your feature Mary Beth! It has been wonderful getting to know you through Blogtalk, and you are so deserving of this feature. That is too funny about your kids asking if they should touch their food. Do you think my husband is trainable?

    1. Mary Beth says:

      That's so funny, Jane! My kids are trained fine but my hubs is still a problem.

      Thanks so much for your kind words and it has been a pleasure getting to know you as well.

      Have a wonderful weekend,

      ~hugs, Mary Beth~

  17. Karen @ Dogs Don't Eat Pizza says:

    Congrats on being in the blog light! What a nice article - it's great to get to know about you and how you started your blog. Congrats again!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thank you so much, Karen! Have a great weekend.

      ~Mary Beth~

  18. Jenn/Rook No. 17 says:

    Congratulations Mary Beth! It was great reading your interview and learning more about you and the genesis of Cupcakes and Crinoline!


    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks for your sweet words, Jenn!

      ~hugs, Mary Beth~

  19. amanda @ mommy is coocoo says:

    Congrats on the feature! I liked you on facebook. You seem like a pretty amazing person and I look forward to getting to know you. Amanda

    P.S. I was born in the Pittsburgh area. I live in OKC now but I am a Yankee at heart.

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Amanda ~ I 'liked' you as well and it will be great to get to know each other better.

      I'm a Pittsburgh girl born and raised. I dream of living somewhere warmer but for now, this is where I am!

  20. Laura / The Shed blog by Pet Scribbles says:

    Congrats Mary Beth! VERY well deserved! It was nice reading a bit about you "behind the scenes" and I laughed out loud about your "those poor hungry kids" phrase. 🙂

    1. Mary Beth says:

      You are so sweet, Laura! Thanks so much and yes, my poor children....they know when they get the 'look' they can't touch or eat. ; )

  21. Congratulations, Mary Beth!
    And I got a good chuckle about your kids asking before touching...'poor hungry kids'. lol
    Debbie 🙂

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Debbie! Yes, those poor hungry children ~ they are boys and they eat constantly ~ I feel slightly bad when I make them wait but not too bad!