Since I haven’t had the time to get any projects started since getting home from Florida, I thought I would answer some frequently asked questions for my post today. I have been meaning to do this for some time as I do get lots of the same questions over and over again on a weekly basis. I even had a tab made for it a few months ago – ready to go above my photo at the top of my sidebar. I will be linking this post to that tab. It will no longer say – “Coming Soon” when you click on it.
My most frequently asked questions – answered!
What did your husband do? This is the most FAQ I get. I bring him up from time to time telling you about his quest to find employment. Since I started my blog over 3 years ago, he has been “in transition” – the new catch word for the unemployed. I never posted about his unemployment in detail as I didn’t think readers would find it interesting. But from the amount of email I get asking about him – you do. Bless all of you XO. So here is his story.
Ed, who I have been married to since 1983, lost his job at Merck & Co., Inc. when the economy tanked back in 2009. It will be 4 years this April 9th. He worked there for 21 years. He held many roles, with a final position of Director of Business Integration in the Research Division. Before that he was a Naval Officer, serving in the nuclear-powered Navy and also as an ROTC instructor at North Carolina State University.
To give you a little bit of background about what kind of guy he is – a few days after he was laid off – he got a call from the company telling him he was chosen for a company award for excellence. It was a monetary award, which in the face of unemployment, was nice. Knowing this made it a teeny bit easier for him knowing that his lay-off was more about cutting the workforce numbers to a bare minimum and not about him personally He has two degrees – a Bachelors from the US Naval Academy and a Masters from North Carolina State University – both are in Engineering. He is also an advocate for the blind and has served on the board along with being the President of the Board of one of the Philadelphia area Blind Associations. He is one smart and well-spoken guy. Funny and well-liked. He is my rock!
He had no idea how hard it would be for him to find a new job. Since our daughters are grown, we can move anywhere and he can travel extensively if needed, so he thought that would open up opportunities. He has done everything possible and works at it 24/7. Not once has he taken a day off – except on the weekends and when we went to Ireland. Even last week when we were in Florida – he was and is constantly networking and interviewing. He knows what is needed to get a job and has gotten jobs for others in the past four years as a byproduct of all of his networking. Not just one unemployed person, but a handful. He tells them what he is doing and they do it and have had success. Some are so thrilled they insist on paying him for the advice he gave. He is seriously thinking of doing this as a business if something doesn’t turn up soon.
As awful as long term unemployment is, we stay positive and are lucky that he had such a good job for so many years and that we saved and invested a chunk of what he earned. That has made the past 4 years a bit easier, knowing we would not lose our home or worse, as some others have.
I pray every night that the economy rebounds and that all of the big companies I keep hearing about on the evening news, whose profits are way up, start hiring again. If you would like to know more about him you can check out his profile on LinkedIn.
Do you sell what you make? No, I don’t sell the things I make. I used to decoratively paint and sell furniture, made jewelry and other things, but found I didn’t like the production line quality of life that making and selling things requires. I like coming up with ideas and making them once or twice, but not in volume.
You find the best stuff – where do you shop? I have a stellar thrift shop near me called, 2nd Avenue. I never walk out empty-handed. It is a huge place that has a quick turnover of merchandise and is highly organized, which makes it easy to find what you are looking for. My other favorite places are TJMaxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods.
What Camera Do You Use? When I first started blogging I used a Nikon point and shoot. A year ago I bought a Canon 60D. It is a mid-range DSLR. I have a photography post in the works that I will be posting soon. It will answer many of the other photography questions I receive.
Do You Offer Design Services? No. I used to do residential interior design when my daughters were growing up, but no longer offer any services. I enjoyed it back then and even had a room featured in Traditional Home magazine. This blog keeps me busy and I would not be able to blog if I had to draw up floor plans and search for just the right furnishings for clients. Blogging is the best job I have ever had – I love it and want to devote all my resources to it.
Where Can I Find Your Book? My book, Instant Decorating was published by Meredith Corporation in 1994. It is no longer in print. You may be able to buy a used copy online at used book sellers for a few dollars. Try a Google or Amazon search for – Instant Decorating – by Diane Henkler. I am sure a few copies will pop up. It came in hardback and softback editions.
How do you make money from blogging? I make money from blogging by the ads in my sidebar, header, and footer. I also have the opportunity to write sponsored posts from time to time. I only accept these if I love or use the product myself or if I think the majority of you will like the product. It is hard to say no to them as they pay well and since I am the sole bread winner, I seriously consider every offer I get. I also create income when I write for other sites – My Colortopia and Momtastic are two sites that I write for on a continual basis.
What color is? I should probably put links to these colors in my sidebar to make the colors I use easier to find. For now here are the colors that I get questions about the most:
Kitchen cabinets – Sherwin Williams - Antique White – semi-gloss
Family Room walls – Sherwin Williams - Natural Choice – eggshell
Dining Room walls – Benjamin Moore – Shelburne Buff – flat
Front Door – Sherwin Williams – Dewberry – exterior high gloss latex enamel
Hall Bath – Benjamin Moore – Shelburne Buff mixed 70/30. I mixed it with 30% flat white paint so I could match the color of the paint to the existing tan bathtub surround.
My friend’s New Jersey house that I posted about – My Weekend at the New Jersey Shore.
Family Room – Benjamin Moore – Shaker Beige 75% tint
Hall Bath: Sherwin Williams – Rainwashed
I want to start a blog – how do I do it? This requires its very own post. I am not sure if I will do a post on it or make a page as a reference for anyone wanting to know how to start a blog. Stay tuned.
What font is that? I love type and lettering – when the personal computer came out way back when – I loved the fact that what I used to have to do by hand was now instantly attainable with the click of a mouse. I use many fonts and have created 3 posts with links to my favorite ones. I put the links to these font posts in my sidebar to make it easier for you to find.
Who designed your blog? I designed my blog and have tweaked it from time to time. I come up with the designs, but hire someone to get those designs up on the site. I am pretty clueless when it comes to .php and coding. I have always loved images of notebooks and sketch pads filled with clippings or drawings of inspiring photos and ideas. In fact, I have an entire file filled with them. That is where I came up with the idea to make my blog page look like a spiral notebook. I highly recommend Christine at Great Oak Circle and the guys at Foliovison. I use WordPress. The WP theme I use is Thesis.
I will link this post to my FAQ page and will add to it every so often to keep it updated.
I am taking a little break from writing for Momtastic over the next few weeks. It will allow me to spend more time here on my blog. I want to focus on the things that make me happy and not having enough time to keep my blog updated was adding unneeded stress to my life. I am looking forward to the extra time to get the posts and changes I have been wanting to do – done!
I will be back on Friday – till then – My best XO