About

Hi, I’m Chelsea!

(pronounced chel-see… you know, like Chelsea Clinton or Chelsea Handler.)

I’m a twenty-something Hoosier, working as an infant & toddler developmental therapist by day and blogger by night.  This little slice of the Internet is where I share my home improvement projects, furniture makeovers, crafts, recipes, and home & seasonal decor ideas.

No, I’m not really naked in my head shot photo to the left.  Or am I?

5 random tidbits about me:

• I’m 5’10”, which is why I may look like a giant standing next to others in photos.
• I’m a sarcastic/humorous person.  That often comes through in my posts.  If you don’t care for sarcastic people or you have a difficult time reading sarcasm you probably won’t care for me or this blog.  You’ve been warned.
• I have naturally curly hair.  Sometimes people will walk up to me and ask to touch it.  If they appear to be trustworthy, I oblige.
• Much of my creativity was developed during my 13 years in 4-H.  My projects of choice were cake decorating, photography, foods, tin punch, recycled articles, and flower arranging.  I get the rest of my creativity from my mom.  (She get it from her mama.)
• I grew up in a small, Mayberry-esque town in Northwest Indiana.  Michiana, represent!

Want to know what I sound like?  You know you do.  Watch my very first (and currently, only) vlog.

That’s my husband, Brad, and I K-I-S-S-I-N-G in some trees.
We met and began dating in 2005 while attending Indiana University. Go Hoosiers!
He was in a fraternity.  I was in a sorority {Phi Mu♥}.
Ours paths crossed because of our “Greekness”, and the rest is history!

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We married on June 25, 2011 after five and a half years together.

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You can read about our wedding and see the photos here:

Before the Ceremony
Ceremony
Reception
The Details

 We’re expecting our first baby– a boy (currently named “nugget”) in August, 2014!

Pregnancy announcement

 We have a 6 year old puggle mix/mutt named Jack.  We got him from an animal shelter when he was a pup.  He loves his giant tennis ball, chewing on sticks, napping in the sun, long walks in the park, and snuggling with us.  We love him to pieces.

In June, 2009, we bought our first home in Indianapolis.

It’s a 4 bedroom, 2 bath ranch.  We’re attempting to make it a little less cookie cutter and a lot more awesome.  Read about our house by clicking here.

(Please don’t stalk me.  If you do, be warned that we are gun owners.)

Comments

  1. Jenny says

    I stumbled upon your website thru Pinterest and saw something about Niles Michigan. I too am from Michiana….born and raised! It’s a small world. I currently live in Columbus Ohio…..every once in awhile I get home sick.

    • says

      Hey, Jenny! So glad you found me– I love running into Michiana people. I hear ya on the homesick thing. Every time I go back home I mandate a trip to New Buffalo to get ice cream at Oinks, followed by a walk on the beach.

  2. says

    Hi Chelsea! I happened to find your blog through Pinterest and LOVE it! Your beautiful photos and entertaining writing make it such a pleasure to read…I have like 10 of your projects on my to do list.

    I also love that you have a dog named Jack…because I too have a dog named Jack :)

  3. Pam Spaur says

    Hello fellow Hoosier. I am a transplant, originally from Baltimore. I currently reside in Muncie, but have lived in Indy, Fortville, Griffith, and Hammond…all Indiana towns. Love your blog. LOVE your pooch. Too cute. Wishing you much success in the future.

  4. says

    I just found out about your blog due to a guest post you did (and for the life of me can’t remember which – I follow like 100!). Love this about page – I hate the word “panties” too! That and “moisture”. Looking forward to getting know you through the blog as I am now following you too!
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  5. Suzanne Cartmill says

    Recently found you blog and love it. What products do you use on your naturally curly hair? My stuff has changed and I am always searching for good “curl” products!

    Thanks!

  6. says

    Hi Chelsea,
    I just started blogging about 2 months ago and I’m so impressed by your posts, design, and stats! I also have an almost 9 month old boy so your day job sounds really interesting. I’ll start following your blog today!
    Lindsay
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  7. O'Leary says

    Just want to assist since you are hopefully read by hundreds…,please check your use of pronouns, i.e., “me, my, I.” In your post regarding your grandmother you mentioned “I’s.” There is no such thing.

  8. says

    Hi Chelsea – it’s Alli Stolper, we were in Phi Mu together! I love following your photos on Instagram and am constantly in awe of them. I am an aspiring blogger myself – do you have any tips or tricks for newbie photographers? What do you shoot with? Hope all is well!

  9. Chelsea says

    I just stumbled over here from iHeart Organizing, just wanted to say I love your blog, and congrats on getting married and the new house. Will visit often (the blog!) :)

    p.s. The fact that you explained how to say your name leads me to believe that I am not the only Chelsea that has to correct people that say Chel-see-ah!

  10. says

    Hi Chelsea! I’ve been following your blog for a little while now and love it! Really enjoy the projects and the layout as a (brand) newbie blogger myself. I just realized you’re a Hoosier!! ME TOO! Born and raised and was at IU from 2004-2008. Just wanted to say hi!
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  11. Kelly says

    Wow! Another Hoosier! I just stumbled on your site from Pinterest (packing a suitcase). I love your style and decorating ideas/theme. After browsing around and hitting on your About page, I was thrilled beyond belief that you are in Indy! Me too!! “Southside” (picture it sounding all ganglike)…Ha!!

  12. Amy Haywood Monroe says

    Hi Chelsea, I live in Indianapolis as well. I stumbled onto your blog when I googled “How to make curtains” . I love it. I will be following you…online that is. :)
    Thanks for sharing your sweet home/and ideas with us.

  13. Valarie Johnson says

    Well…. I was scouring Pinterest for the right DIY dresser to TV stand and here you are! And, I believe it was fated as I am also in Indy (well Greenwood) to be exact;) Anyway… the dresser came today and as soon as I decide on a paint color for the living area, its next on the list! Keep posting I love your ideas! The jute monogram is on my list too;)

  14. Angel says

    wondering if you could post the links of the bloggers you met at Haven. I couldn’t quite catch the names when you were chatting. I loved the vlog and your posts. You totally say so many things I do. It was fun to watch.

  15. says

    Hi Chelsea, I love your blog! I recently found you on Pinterest, as I was searching for sugar cookie recipes. I made your recipe and it was great! After a long hiatus, I just restarted my blog. And as my inaugural post, I made your cookies, with a few tweaks. I shaped them as flowers, but they came out a little funny looking. But they taste great! Thanks so much, keep up the great work!
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  16. says

    I have an interest in flower arranging and cake decorating too! They’re definitely both something I want to try my hand in but I don’t have the time while I’m in architecture school. As you can see I’m big on design. Haha.
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  17. says

    Hi, I just came across your blog through Pinterest. I enjoy looking at home blogs and wanted to say that I really like yours so far because of how practical everything looks–some people’s houses are so full of decor that it’s hard for me to get any sort of inspiration! But yours is much more down my alley. :) Speaking of alleys, I also notice you’re from not too far from me. I see you’re from “Michiana” (those of us on the other side of the border don’t use that term… ha! :P) and saw a post mentioning New Buffalo. I live up 94 a little bit more, in a small town a bit past St. Joseph. But anyway, thought that was neat. And maybe it really doesn’t have anything to do with alleys? :)

  18. says

    Hi there,
    Stumbled upon your blog today and I’m glad I did. Nice to know that there is someone else out there that gets what Goodwill is doing in the name of “charity” Thanks for not being afraid to publicly call them out!
    Dee Dee

  19. Lindsay says

    I stumbled upon your blog on Pinterest and loved it! Started reading your about me and realized we’re from the same state and I was in Phi Mu at IUPUI and IU until I moved back home! I love your remodels and the way you decorate everything on a great budget! Can’t wait to reference your blog when I get my own place!!

  20. says

    I came across your blog today to read your article on DSLR newbie tips and tricks, and then cruised around a bit on the rest of your blog (love all the home inspiration!). I ended up here and see that you are originally from NW Indiana – same here! My husband and I both grew up in Valparaiso :) (Shout out to all the other Hoosiers who commented above!) We recently moved from Indianapolis to Vancouver, WA and since I went from working full time to part time, I decided to start a blog. I’ve always wanted to write about food/home/crafting and my goal is to write a family cookbook – even if they are the only ones who buy it, LOL!

    Anyway, enough rambling – thanks for the great article! Do stop by my blog if you’d like :)
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  21. Joni says

    Darling website and thought I’d share a possible subject: taking care of naturally curly hair for us curlies.

  22. Mellissa says

    Just found you on Pinterest, then stalked your blog, FB, etc….I am a Hoosier too (from the region) who moved to South Bend (another Michiana-er) and just moved to Indy! So far, loving your posts-congrats on the baby! I’ve got 4 kids, so welcome to the other side ;)

  23. says

    I recently hopped over to your blog from iHeart Organizing. I am originally from IN (moved to NJ 2.5 years ago after getting married) and I was thrilled to find an IN blogger! I feel right at home reading your posts! Just wanted to say hello and congratulations on your baby boy on the way!
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  24. says

    Hi Chelsea!

    My name is Kate and I am the marketing coordinator for private label wine brands at Delicato Family Vineyards. I love your idea of the cork candle holders! I wanted to do a FB post with a link to your website, so people at home can learn how to recycle their corks and make something neat! We like to get permission before posting, so I wanted to see if it would be okay to post your link? It will be for an upcoming brand we are launching called Black Hole, a juicy rich Napa Valley Cabernet. Thank you very much!
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  25. Emily says

    Hi. I had a question about your gallery wall. What size Katie Daisy print did you order? The love you do print specifically? I’m planning to make a trip to ikea this wkend and want to be sure I buy the right sized frame for the print you have on the gallery wall.

    Thanks!

  26. tamara p says

    I just happened upon your site due to Pinterest; I had noticed your broccoli salad I also make, quite often. (So, I
    came to see if we had similar ingredients..ha!) Then, I noticed you were from Indy…we live in Bloomington.
    I am also considering starting a blog/website and wondered if people would get my sarcasm, as well. ;)

  27. Brittany says

    Hi I came across your blog via p interest.. are you an early interventionist or do you specialize in any of the therapies? If so I’d love to chat or pick your brain!! Also. Congrats on your munchkin. .. nome for me yet, but only been married 2 years.

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