Friday, 22 August 2014

Happy 2nd Birthday to The Mansion - Blog Anniversary

That's right 2 Years!

How to celebrate though? First  thought I'd give hundreds of dollars away, but my damn kids have this nasty habit of want to eat and the only step program in this house is Madeleine grabbing her little chair to reach the cookie jar.

Last year I dedicated a post to how I had achieved perfection, because you know all bloggers are perfect right (insert sarcastic snigger) you can read that here, this year I have decided to be a little more honest with myself.

Real feelings, pretty tricky for me actually, in fact I have written and deleted this post a few times but nothing seemed right, then I saw this picture on Facebook.

Although I wouldn't call myself an artist,  because I'd sound like Dr. Jeffrey Steadman, he's the guy in the glasses. (SCRUBS)

The part about selling for me holds the same sentiment for blogging. Write and create whatever you want to someone will read it and love it.

I am one of those "creative" types who sees all the flaws, at first I am all like, yay I am genius, I figured out how to do this or I made that. Then I stare at it for a while, and every teeny tiny little imperfection stares back at me, mocking me.

I get really down on myself, even my PMS symptoms now include wanting to give up blogging and stop doing the DIY thing. I'm not joking either peeps, the day before "Aunt Flow" arrives I'm in foetal position crying, "I'll never get this thing right".  Feel free to send chocolate and/or wine.

But after I read that quote on FB I did a little tour around my blog. Only to discover I have come a long, long way. I am now doing things I wouldn't have dreamed I could do two years ago. So what if I still have disasters, they truly are becoming less frequent. (Although I just finished something 10 minutes ago, BIG FAT DISASTER!) Even though I was disappointed with it, I have at least tried, I know where the mistakes were made, so I've learned something that I can use next time. That my dear friends is exactly what I wanted to do when I set out on my DIY/Blogging adventure, to learn and to improve on the skills I did have.

After looking through old posts I realised I have learned, want proof?

One of the first things I did a laundry station, I measured it wrong so many times but the end result, I was happy at the time. Now it's long gone from my laundry, wasn't too safe and I cringe looking at the photos.

Super tacky, but hey I did it and was very proud of it at the time!

Few short weeks ago I built a freaking fold out table that actually works, see progress!!

Who knows what I will be able to do in another 2 years? Not me that's for sure!

To those who say "I couldn't do that", well maybe you can't today, but really who cares, just start and learn from your mistakes!

Also guys I just wanted to say a huge thanks, if not for your comments and visits I'm pretty certain I would have given up a long time ago. I really appreciate each and every one of you. I especially want to thank the wonderful friends I have made, who have become true friends, ready to dispense advice on anything from décor to how to deal with the kids and the problems, joys and issues they bring.

If my kids ever decide to give up that nasty food habit I'm sure to give away the $$$$ (or go on a kid free holiday) Here's to the next year of DIY Delights and Disasters, cheers.

p.s wouldn't call myself classy either!

Thanks for reading,

Mel xo


  1. Well happy blog birthday to you! and HEY! I LOVED that laundry room....that's where I met you!

  2. Mel, I've truly enjoyed following you through all of your delights and disasters. You have expressed my sentiments about blogging, exactly! Knowing you has been so rewarding! And it's just amazing here in blogland on what we can accomplish! Congrats on your two years of growing.

  3. Mel! I love this post! You are the real deal girlfriend! I enjoy your sense of humor, your wonderful sarcasm! And you're a very talented creative soul that I am so glad I have met here in Blogatopia. Congratulations on your blogaversary! I think mine is in November .. I need to look. Happy Weekend!

  4. Happy Blogiversary Mel! I look forward to your posts everyday. Your a real and rare gem so here's to you and your blog Mel. Cheers!

  5. Happy Anniversary to your blog!! I always think your disasters are not disasters. I think blogging and DIY compliment each other wonderfully though, and the blog posts inspire even me, and I'm totally disaster-crafty queen.

  6. Congrats on your blog anniversary, Mel. It has been a delight getting to know you through your blog. :)

  7. Huge Congrats on your blogiversary Mel! I'm so glad you stuck with this blog thing. Whether you're posting about a delight or a disaster, you and your blog are always a delight. Cheers!

  8. Hahaha! I love this post and relate to every single word!!! You are a rock star. I'm so glad you share tour success and failures with us. The really fancy photo/perfect every time blogs really bore me. You are just what I need!! Happy blogaversary:)

  9. What a great post! Happy anniversary! I'm so glad I got to meet you thru Danni and Inspiration Café! Oh, and thanks again for featuring one of my disasters at your link party! That feature made my mess much less painful! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  10. Mel, you are truly one of my "mommie" heroes. I really do not see how you manage the kids, keeping them clean, clothed, and fed plus writing very enjoyable blog posts. I cannot wait to see the house you will build by next year! Happy, happy blogoversary!

  11. Happy 2 years! Good for you recognizing how far you've come and realizing you don't need to compare yourself with others. When I first started blogging, I wanted to compare myself to others and of course, my little blog was nothing like some of the ones I started out reading. Mine will never have thousands of followers and my creations may be second rate compared to others, but I aim to please myself first and if someone else enjoys reading and looking at what I write and create, then that's OK...if not, that's OK too! Keep marching to the beat of YOUR drum and we'll all keep following along. I truly enjoy reading your blog and your sarcastic humor is very funny to me. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Blessings, Vicky

  12. You are a one of a kind, Mel, with a very unique approach to blogging, and a very unique decorating style that I'm inspired by all the time. As you may remember, it was in your laundry room that we met as well. I think it was your makeshift ironing board, right? And you were the only one to take the time to comment on a post, letting me know that I was a no-follow. Congrats on 2 years. Here's to 3!! Are you ready?...Squeeeaaalll!!

  13. Congrats, Mel! (You could give away one of your extra kids.)

  14. Congrats, Mel ! I somehow missed this post {good thing I just saw it on FB} Time flies and I agree we all still have our disasters but it is all part of trial-and-error and your crafting and especially DIY-ing have come a long way and it also seems like you enjoy it more now? Keep up the good work and the inspiration to us! {I totally missed my 2 year blogiversary this year - was back in May :/ }

  15. Congrats on your 2nd anniversary Mel. Here's cheers (raising my Sav Blanc) to another wonderful year of blogging.

  16. Congratulations on two years of sharing and caring! Even if the odd project has turned out to be a disaster, reading your blog is always a delight! I count myself very lucky to have found you for a friend and don't you ever think about shutting down Mellywood's Mansion. We will track you down and force you to write.

  17. Sweet Mel. I loved every honest word in this beautifully written and inspiring post. It's a highlight to come and visit your blog's an honor to call you a friend. Congratulations on your 2 years. Wishing you many more happy years of sharing your life, your crafts and your sense of humor in blogging. Lots of love!

  18. Congratulations on your 2 year anniversary. I've enjoyed reading your posts in the morning while my younger two children watch Play School and I sit down with a warm cup of tea. It's like sitting down and having a talk with you each day to see what you've been up to. Thank you for your support and friendship and I hope that I can return the favour whenever you need it. I hope that the coming year brings with it many more DIY delights and that you continue to share your witty thoughts with us all. Lots of love xx and maybe one day we might get to meet each other for a catch up (I'll bring you some wine if you take me to a good coffee shop). xx

  19. I so hear you girl, I found when I became myself my blog became a lot better. NOW comments went way down but oh well ... lol

    I LOVE that laundry room, please come move in :)

  20. Happy blogiversary!!!! I love the honesty here and continue to love everything you do. Love you!!!

  21. Happy Bloggerversary! I'm so glad you had a celebration! Some of us are losers and skipped it entirely. =D

    I'm off to make more rounds...



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