‘nice to meet you’ linky party . come join in!

August 10, 2012 separator Life

1.   I love to create something beautiful – and occasionally practical – from a big pile of chaos. Or a semi-organized box of chaos, as the case may be. 
Are you wondering what the ‘Nice to Meet You’ linky party is yet? Well, it’s party one of my very busy Friday, and it’s a collaboration with a super-creative group of ladies I ‘met’ at one of the Alt Summit classes I told you about. We decided to try to introduce our readers to the whole group and get everybody together for some blog hopping. First, I’m going to show you six pictures of how I love to spend my time at home. When you get to the end, I’ll tell you how to share your own blog!

2.   I love love love decorating our home. Yeah – it’s only a rental, but it’s ours. It’s not a dorm room, and it has no expiration date, so I’m making it as ‘ours’ as I possibly can. In this post I have a step-by-step tutorial to teach you how to make your own frame collage faux headboard. 

3.   Even though ‘home’ only has a tiny little kitchen, I love to cook. I’m vegetarian, and Andrei’s not, but he’s a ridiculously good sport/guinea pig for all my favorite recipes. This is my favorite cookbook, and this is the tutorial for the picture above to make your own vanilla extract. You should start now to have them ready in time for wonderful holiday gifts. Get your free labels to print right here

4.   I love putting all my junk and various and sundry neat things together to make gifts for the most important people in my life. This monogram necklace was for my bestie. Yeah – I said ‘bestie.’ Wanna make one? Check out the full tutorial

5.  I’m cheating on this one. I’m gonna call ‘home’ anywhere in town. ‘Town’ being Lexington, Kentucky, in case you wondering/hadn’t finished stalking me yet. I love exploring where we live, and I really love picnics. Picnics are really just another name for a good excuse to consume a bunch of wine, cheese, and bread and hang out with wonderful company under the clouds. 

6.   I saved the best for last. The best part of ‘home?’ This guy. Even though the left side of his head has dissolved into the sky. I love him enough to get past the missing 1/3 of his head. ;D Andrei is home, no matter where home is. He’s my favorite part of everything. 

Here’s the deal, amigas and friends (which is redundant if you’re Spanish/English bilingual)… You can find a list of all my buddies for my first-ever linky party below. Go check ’em out, and find a couple new ones to follow. 

One of the ladies had the fun idea to help you find new blogs to follow using Venn diagrams. Do you remember those from way back in the day when we were still in school? Even if you do remember, I bet they were never as pretty as these, right? Right?!

Now go browse the blogs linked above, and then come back to find out how to get involved and even get some attention for your own blog!

Did you go check out a few new blogs? Great. Now you get to share yours! Post your six favorite things about home, using pictures, words, or a combination of the two. If you don’t have a blog, then you’re welcome to leave your list in the comments on this post, or even over on the Shrimp Salad Circus Facebook page if you want lots of people to see it. If you want, you can even create a Pinterest board with your six things. Just please be sure to credit any borrowed images properly. 

If you link up, be sure to let your readers know by sharing my button in your blog post or on your sidebar!

You can use the linky tool below to share your own list, even if it’s on Facebook or Pinterest. Leave a comment on this blog post, too, so that I can be sure to pop over and visit you, since this link-up list will show on all the hostess blogs!


  1. Hi Lindsay! I love the gallery wall above your bed! The monogram necklace you made is super cute too! Great gift idea!

  2. I’ve been following you for a while and it’s nice to meet you! I’d love to swap recipes with you. With a full garden any recipe that calls for only vegetables is worth trying.

  3. great post! i love the collage headboard you created… i think i may have enough prints to do something like that in my home! reading your post makes me want to get a little more DIY with my projects… even though they usually end in disaster, haha.

    1. Doooo it! And send me pictures! The more you diy, the less likely it is to end in disaster. lol

  4. You two are adorable! It’s nice of you not to mind that Andrei only has part of a head. Okay, and I’m so close to clicking on your vanilla extract recipe, but do I want to start thinking about Christmas now? Maybe.

    1. No, you don’t want to be thinking about Christmas now, but by the time it actually rolls around, you’ll be glad you did! lol

  5. You did a great job curating that wall! I’m a vegetarian as well, so I appreciate that cookbook suggestion.

    1. Thanks, Ashley! I have a couple Moosewood cookbooks, and I really do use them all the time. The one I linked it their healthier version.

  6. I’ve seen many of your posts before through Pinterest, etc. but didn’t become a follower until this link up. I’m so glad I did-your blog is awesome!

    1. I’m so glad you’ve decided to officially follow, BreAnna – glad to have you as a reader! 😀

  7. Beautiful pictures, Lindsay. I especially loved the box of colorful beads – it made me want to go make something pretty!

  8. Great post Lindsay, I love your images! This is so fun getting to know each other better!!

  9. I love your thoughts on home, and you definitely have a lovely one. I’m especially fond of your “headboard.”

    1. Thanks so much, Rachel! I can’t even imagine how crazy I’m gonna go when I actually own a home!!

  10. Fun fun! Your bedroom is beautiful! Your list has a lot of similarities to mine!

    1. Thanks so much, Suzannah – I just checked yours out, and yeah – so much similarity. It’s too bad we don’t live closer – we could do some serious decorating damage!

  11. Love that gallery wall – I’m just about to hang some art in my flat for the first time… and we’ve lived there for three years! You are a lot braver than me with a hammer and nails 🙂 The photos in this post are beautiful too – did you use a special photo-editing/filter programme or do you just have ninja skills in Photoshop?!

  12. You live so close(We live in cincy) and I love your blog. I dont know how you do it, but your home is beautiful! I will be joining this linkup, this weekend!


    1. Tabetha, so glad to have you involved! We’re thinking it’ll be every two weeks.

  13. That headboard is gorgeous! Looks like we have some things in common: I am currently making a rental into a cozy home, and I think it’s a fun challenge. I am also a vegetarian living with a meat-eater – only you’re far luckier, my meat-and-potatoes fella doesn’t like to try my dishes, even though I KNOW I’m a great cook!

    1. I definitely am lucky in that respect, Lauren. He’s a great dietary compromiser! lol

      We only get the meat for his cookouts and whatnot from a local place that we know where the food comes from.

  14. Beautiful post, I really love the feel of your blog. I am going to spend the next few weeks going through your photoshop tutorials. I need to progress from Instagram!

    1. Thanks so much, Eva! I’ve taught myself everything very slowly over the last few years, but it’s starting to pay off, I think!

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