March 17, 2013

Perceptions and Scrutiny

So dear ones we are about a month out from our first meeting..... I needn't tell you I love long nights on the computer, wild moments of losing my perspective on pinterest and ah me followers how I love the little heart that shoots straight out of the computer each time I get a new one....

but enough about me...... no actually let's talk some more about me.....


 The thing is I said "I'd love to have y'all over for supper after the market" because, well because I love having people over. I really, really do. I like hosting and it's about the only time I ever vacuum and clean the loo which means The Atlas (my hubby) loves it too.

(Not enough to stay in town during the weekend though - he is high tailing it out with our boys - no need to inflict undue trauma!)

So I merrily invited and offered and I'm actually rather excited to be meeting you and hosting you (just a heads up we don't have 60 chairs and I think we can probably all just fit but forgive me if you spend the night sitting on the toilet because it's the only place left to sit or stand )... and then I stopped to think.... gosh I guess people will be linking me and my home together. I know this because I do the same all the time - I love to look at what people hang on their walls and the books they have in their shelves..... but then I got all girly about it and thought what if people think things that aren't correct.


I love my home and I think it is lovely but I want you to know I'd still have wanted you over in our last place which was less white and more fake wood veneer everywhere (even on the back of the doors - a little like a sauna with clothes on)..... and I'm actually pretty stoked that everything in our home is second hand, or we are babysitting it, or we were given it or (which I am most proud of) I made it or someone I love made it....... maybe you will think it is 'nicer' than your home or maybe you wouldn't want to live here but I guess I wanted to point out that for me hospitality is in the warmth of the welcome and the joy in your coming. And I hope you feel both those things....

I want you to know if I was visiting your home I wouldn't be levelling it against my own I'd be asking does this home feel loving and welcoming and does it tell a story, in the little details (not the expensive designer stuff), about the people who live in it.... and that is what I hope my home does too.


I also write this long and waffly post because I'm sure some of you are feeling just the same about
your blog,
your clothes,
your body,
your haircut,
your lack of followers,
your inconsistent posting,
your lack of craft.....
the fact that you have no freaking idea what HTML is (maybe that's just me?)

..... and I want you to know I'm thrilled you are coming because you are interesting, because you have a story, because you are a blogger (big or small) and whatever our differences or common ground I'll be doing my best to meet the woman behind initial impression.....


So please say you'll come to this weekend with an open heart - ready to accept and be accepted.

and to my home expecting to be warmly welcomed (apologies if I flit about and don't get to have a proper conversation - or if I do the opposite - I can be a little unpredictable)

and I'd also really like it if you just made yourself a tea or coffee because I often forget to offer and really I mean it when I say help yourself!

..... and if the loo needs a quick scrub I won't be offended if you do that either :o) no I really won't

how about you????

38 comments:

  1. I just love that you are so welcoming and more than happy for me to make a cuppa :D(as long as I remember to actually turn the power to the kettle on)

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    1. the way i remember it I offered you the cold water!!! :o)

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  2. Hehe this is all true, Miriam is a fantastic host and her home is warm and welcoming just as a family home should be - but you WILL be making your own hot drink ;) heehee

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    1. Take it from Sophie and Treena you really will have to make your own. They have personal experience!

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  3. Exciting! I am looking forward to meeting everyone, since so far I know exactly ZERO Christchurch bloggers. Apparently I live in a bubble. :O

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    1. Looking forward to popping your bubble :0)

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  4. Yaaaaay! Our house is more of a 'help yourself to the cup of tea corner' too! And I totally dig what you're saying. Very excited that I get to meet all of you lovely folk xx

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  5. Haha, hit the nail on the head. It's going to be an epic adventure, this Bloggers Connecting gig. :)

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    1. And, I too made my own hot drink at your place. :)

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    2. seems to be a theme emerging here!!! :o)

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  6. Miriam, I love you already! BTW everyone makes their own hot drink at my house too because I don't drink tea or coffee so don't even pretend to know how to make them : P

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    1. Me too!! I don't drink either so I don't know where to start :o)

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  7. Haha! I can't wait to come to your home Miriam!!
    And I'll happily clean your loo ;) (not really, unless you ask me to)
    I LOVE what you said about ... your blog, your clothes, your haircut.... yep.
    <3

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    1. Hopefully you'll notice the awesome hand made toiletry bag that I've hung in the bathroom (too nice not to be on display!) made by this talented blogger I know!! :0)

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  8. This just makes me even more excited to meet you, lovely lady! Love this, simply love it.
    (I know what HTML is...but what you do with it? Not a clue!)

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    1. Ha ha so you're a step ahead then :0)

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  9. I love that you write so naturally about yourself. Thanks sooo much for having the vision to organize this weekend.

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    1. I might have had the vision but I would not have had the skills to make it happen the team have done that!

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  10. I shall be helping myself to copious amounts of coffee! I am looking forward to escaping my own house and becoming a bit more social after the birth of my second son- who is now eight months old- as I have only been out at night a couple of times since he was born.

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    1. Oh yes a night out after months of being required! You'll have a great time

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  11. thank you so much for welcoming us all into your house! I'm really excited to meet you!

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  12. Am looking forward to a great start to the weekend!

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    1. Hopefully we'll make a good first impression :0)

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  13. Great post, I can't wait to be inspired by you all :)

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  14. Love love the honesty!! Feeling pretty welcome already so will happily make my own cuppa and anyone else who sings out
    :-)

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    1. oh that would be great - maybe you'll be the cuppa lady?? :o)

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    2. Hi Miriam, just realised I wont be able to be the cuppa lady as have a stall at Craft Love Festival so wont see you guys until Sat morning but I'm sure everyone will feel so welcome and comfortable they will make there own :-)

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  15. I'm sure I'll love your home too! And I'm totally excited to be invited to your house regardless of whether I'm stuffed in like a sardine a bunch of bloggers or not :)

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    1. ha ha Laura - yes there may be some stuffing :o)

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  16. Really looking forward to meeing you Miriam and your home and the other bloggers. There is something special about a welcoming home, no matter what it 'looks' like (although I must say, your chairs are the coolest chairs ever!). xoxo

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  17. You're the COOLEST miriam.
    I have to say, I really enjoy the way you are writing these posts on here... it seems like your "real life" voice comes out loud and clear in your blogging...
    LOVE IT.
    x

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