My Life in Bloom
Born and raised in the Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Asheville, North Carolina, I’m a lover of capturing beautiful scenery. My roots run deep in faith and I have a heart for expressing my love all of humanity through my posts and photographs. Soon after college, I moved to Charleston, South Carolina where I fell in love with the Low Country and her majestic marsh-views, sunsets, and wildlife. Out of the blue, I met a Minnesota boy who was playing professional hockey at the time. I followed him to the United Kingdom where we lived in Cardiff, Wales for a short period of time. Carolina (ya’ll) meets Minnesota (eh, oooh ya) and leaves the country for the first time?! We learned to love travel, backpacked our way through Europe, and we found ourselves settling down once again in Charleston, South Carolina. I am a full-time nurse and toddler mom. In my spare time, I enjoy learning more about photography, with a focus on plants and birds. I was not raised on a farm, nor do I know a thing about farming, but I love everything about farmhouse decor, along with cottage, coastal, and modern-rustic styles. My papaw was a farmer and I spent a lot of time playing at their homestead while growing up. We are slowly revamping our newer home to have a rustic feel with hopes of one day owning a coastal farmhouse. This is an amateur’s journey as I learn all new things pertaining to home decor, nature photography, gardening, thrifting, and birding.
- Birds, talking about birds, photographing birds, stalking birds, birds on the water, bird calls, birds in nests, you get it, right? BIRDS.
- Home Decor
- Insert “Goodwill” fashion
- Amateur reviews of all new things attempted
- I included my bridal portraits, photographed by the amazing Sean and Iryna Carswell at W4 Photography because seriously, they are rockstars and I have to share their work!
I’m slightly obsessive compulsive with a borderline need for perfection, but a slob with crooked lines waiting and hiding in the closet. I thrive on many projects at once, but stress over those that are never finished. My best ideas come to me at 2:00 am, when I jot down on a sketch pad my ideas, then pass the ideas to my engineering brain of a husband over coffee, to figure out and execute. Then I continue to pout when he says I’m off my rocker. A classic quote goes something like this: “Oh hunny, (in reference to four large pieces of iron fencing I just happened to pick up from an antique shop), look how easy, just weld those iron pieces, tear down a barn wall for wood, top the iron with two slabs of wood, and voila, you have a beautiful console table.” I lost him at welding and thoughts of a fire stick, of course.
I am going to mix up phrases and you will experience “Amy-isms” as we call those terms I commonly use. Like montessori and monastery, or chipot-le versus chipol-te. I promise I know the difference and correct term, I just start jabbering and use the incorrect word. I know that drives some people crazy and I’ll apologize ahead of time, but I promise I’m not going to confuse there, their, and they’re. The Appalachia folk have their own sayings, and I also tend to use those when writing down my thoughts. A recent favorite among my co-workers, “scooter-pootin,” also known as “doin’ your runnin” or simply put, running errands for those who are lost. Doin’ your runnin’ and scooter-pootin’ are not used interchangeably though, with your runnin’, you’re actually running errands, and with scooter-pootin, you’re… well.. fartin’ around on the town. Oh gracious, I just used the word fart on my first post, on my public blog, and that’s not very proper of me. Now that I have spelled it out for you, I really hope you will stick around for high quality posts, I promise!
Thank you for following my journey through all things Carolina… and beyond!