I've Been Featured in the Bloglight!

May 30, 2013
A wonderful honor was bestowed upon me this week.  I was notified by Miriam Illions that I am to be featured in Hometalk's weekly Bloglight Series.

Whether you want to share your own creative DIY projects, ask the pros and community members for answers to your DIY questions, or just get some really great DIY ideas, Hometalk is the place!  

I find Hometalk much more up close and personal than Pinterest, and much more concentrated on home enthusiasts.  With help from Hometalk, you can make your house a HOME, and have so much fun doing it!

A bit about me:

Why I became a blogger...
I have always been interested in home decorating and flower gardening.  About 20 years ago I started collecting vintage treasures (kind of like my Mom), and I found it a challenge to work my collections into my home and gardens.  I was inspired at first by various country decorating magazines and also HGTV.  I especially loved "Decorating Sense" with Joan Steffend, where decorators were given the task of a room makeover for less than $500.  It was my first taste of "Trash to Treasure" decorating, and I liked it.  Then grew to love it.  I was even influenced to decorate my outdoor spaces, especially my gardens.  Mary Randoph Carter's book "Garden Junk" was one of my favorites.

When my older children and grandchildren moved 300 miles away in 2011, and my youngest child was off to college in 2012, the need to fill my spare time with a fun hobby of sorts, (even though I work selling furniture four days a week)  resulted in "Organized Clutter" in December 2011. 

Why "Organized Clutter"...
The name for my blog "Organized Clutter" came to me quite naturally.  I sometimes refer to my decorating style as "Organized Clutter".  It's not hoarding if it's organized, right?

Junk gardening, my most popular niche... Since a blogger begins a blog with zero followers, it is really slow going in the beginning.  I hit my stride with my junk garden posts.  They were well received in blogland, and they had even better success on Hometalk.  My first very successful post on Hometalk was my version of the popular "fairy garden".  As a thrifter/collector/junker, I threw together a "kitchen fairy garden" with what I had on hand.

Some of my most popular Hometalk posts and projects...
This Hometalk post of 2012's Kitchen Fairy Garden has over 10,000 views.

My most recent Hometalk post is 2013's Kitchen Fairy Garden.  Just planted last weekend!

Adding interest to your garden with junk was another Hometalk favorite.

One of my favorite Hometalk posts featured my front yard flower border.

I had a two Christmas crafting projects that were received very well.
My Book Page Christmas Tree on Hometalk.

My re-purposed yardstick tree was well accepted on Hometalk.

About blogging... I try to post to my blog 2-3 times per week.  Sometimes a little more during flower gardening season, or holiday seasons when I have extra decorating and crafting to do.

I have met a slew of creative and talented people in blogland and on Hometalk.  I admire you DIY ladies who use the power tools.  It would make things easier if I did.  I wouldn't have to bother my husband with my sometimes "goofy" ideas. My DIY creativity far outweighs my DIY abilities, but I do love the challenge of dreaming up a great re-purpose or an up-cycling idea with my thrifty finds.

I am so grateful to be featured in the Hometalk "Bloglight", and for all of you who read my blog.  Thanks from the bottom of my heart.

Thanks for reading my blog, Carlene

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  1. Congratulations to you Miss Carlene. I will say you have the cutest gardens I have ever seen...and my Mom is a gardener too..hers are pretty darn cute too, but yours are different. Awesome spotlight.

  2. Congrats Carlene, your gardens and organized clutter is very nice and I agree if it's organized it's not hoarding!

  3. Congratulations, what fun! Love seeing your 'clutter'!

  4. Love your gardens and your collections, you always put them both together so beautifully. Congratulations!!! Hugs, Marty

  5. Congratulations Carlene! It's always such fun to see your organized clutter. You come up with fabulous ides for using it. That takes so much imagination. Believe me, I know. I have the clutter, but not the imagination. laurie

  6. You are one of my all time fav junk bloggers! ADORE what you create! Yes, the best kind of clutter EVER. :)

  7. Congratulations to you. And how I remember your paper Christmas tree so well! Loved that one!

  8. Thank you for sharing your story in the bloglight Carlene! You know I Iove your projects. :)

  9. Congratulations for being in the spotlight! I love everything you do and your gardening stuff is extra special!

  10. Congratulations Carlene! I always love seeing your clutter, and I think you have the best ideas about organizing it! You are one talented lady and well deserving of the spotlight!

  11. Oh, I still adore that book page Christmas tree. I pinned that with every intent to make a few. I never did ... but there's always THIS Christmas!! I used to watch "Decorating Sense" too! Love your blog and all your creations, Carlene.

  12. Love your "junk"! :) So nice to get to know you better :) Congrats on the Bloglight Carlene!

  13. You are my junk hero! I love the way you look at things in such a unique, fun way!

    I remember Joan Steffand (remember Christopher Lowell)!!

  14. I love your garden and your ideas.. YOUR so talented and give such a splash to a garden .. LOVE all the ideas....................

  15. Congratulations! Your gardens are beautiful!

  16. Congratulations, Carlene! You deserve to have your gardens in the spotlight!

  17. Well deserved honor to be in the Spotlight.Congratulations. Always love how you display your clutter.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  18. I am not surprised at all! Such a well deserved honor Carlene! You know that you constantly inspire me with your creativity in and out of the house :-) Luckily for me, I found out about Home Talk from YOU! Here's to even more success to you friend ;-)

  19. Congrats!!! I am so excited for you and it is well deserved. Your blog is right up there with me!! I learned more about today too. Enjoyable!


  20. Congrats on being featured in the Bloglight!!

  21. Congratulations! I enjoyed reading you blog spotlight!I can see why your fairy garden has had so many views that is so cool! What beautiful garden.Yes I too love using vintage elements in my yard.


  22. Congratulations on the Spotlight! I always love seeing what you've created. You are very talented!

  23. You are a true Hometalk maven! All your posts are so fun, colorful and informative, not to mention inspiring! No wonder they wanted to spotlight you! Love it! Congrats!


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