and we’re live.

a handful of months ago when i had the brilliant  idea of starting a blog, i had pictured it all differently; i had a plan – a vision, if you will. first off, i was going to have a visually fun and quirky blog/website and it was going to be about my d.i.y.ing adventures and misadventures. i was prematurely in love and obsessed with what i was about to embark on, despite being a major amateur in both blogging and d.i.y.ing. i came up with a name for said blog, continued thrifting for disasters projects to be chronicled, went on numerous websites to get someone to create a layout and even a vampire “mascot” for your viewing pleasure {the reVAMPsession. classic, i know.} and started laying the groundwork for what was supposed to be an amazing-ish introduction.

and then it happened…

my blog layout suddenly didn’t look as cool as “hers” and “his,” oh and let’s not forget “hers”; trying to figure out how to even make the layout look nearly as awesome as i had anticipated seemed impossible {and still does} for the sheer fact that it involved research and potentially, money. that amazing-ish introduction i started writing turned into a mess of a trilogy. and let’s face it:  i just wasn’t sure i would be able to convince people i was cool enough to be a “blogger.” things just weren’t right and so, i quit.

i made excuses and i quit.

and so the “real” story begins via that trilogy…

i.                    me

my name is ana. ana patricia if we’re going to go ahead and get all semi-technical. i am currently a whopping 28 years old, born under the aries sign. i’m happily in love and shamelessly living in sin with my best friend, life partner + soul mate – al. i’m the adopter of tanner macgyver – the most awesomest lab/beagle/shetland sheepdog mix you’ll ever get to know via the world wide web. i suppose i wouldn’t be true to my personal identity {according to al}, if i didn’t mention somewhere in here that i am portuguese-american. i used to spend a good number of hours of my life “working for the weekend” but have now found myself in that “in-between jobs” phase. and, most importantly, i am a notorious quitter when it comes to all things fun and oddly enough, not-so fun.

and just for good measure, let me throw in here some of my likes: typing in lower-case and writing in upper-case; the magic of trees; the art of capturing moments via mediocre pictures and then manipulating said mediocre pictures with photoshop to create an oddly-colored mediocre picture; naps; the feeling you get after reading a profound quote or passage; coffee in my french vanilla creamer; trips to the thrift store; cobblestone streets. i think i may be able to sum it up by saying i like all things dreamy and magical, like drew barrymore and hugh grant. 😉

ii.                  the inspiration

after having bought our first home in february of 2010, i found myself on a ton of blogs in search of home décor ideas on the cheap. i absolutely LOVED it. i loved the idea of transforming things into your own piece of artwork – and, did i mention, for a fraction of the cost? enter: a pseudo addiction. al and i quickly ended up acquiring a number of pieces from the thrift store {or for free} to “revamp.” coffee table {$24.99}; guest bedroom nightstand {$9.99}; a record player console {$30}; guest bedroom chandelier {full of cobwebs in our basement for free}; etc. the list continues to grow and with each new piece comes a greater sense of excitement in giving it new life and meaning. sadly, however, our basement is bursting with possibilities and yet, time, life, laziness and fear took over and nothing has yet come into fruition. now enter: blog. it turns out that time, life, laziness and fear {and a plethora of other excuses} have played a major role in making me a chronic quitter. dancing: quit. piano: quit. photography: quit. knitting: quit. writing: quit. learning french: quit. exercising: quit a million times. even the tarot cards that i had wanted so badly since the age of 12 and finally bought on sale at b&n as an adult: quit. and now d.i.y.: quit. and so, the point is, what was supposed to be a simple blog about a girl learning how to d.i.y., has completely transformed into a mission to revamp my own life.

iii.                the objective

when i initially decided i wanted to write a blog about my misadventures in d.i.y.ing, my goal was to…wait for it…learn. after all, i don’t know how to sew, reupholster, measure accurately and – according to the beau – i can’t even hold a can of spray paint correctly. now that i have decided to incorporate all of my quitting failures and life in general into this blog, the same holds true: i want to learn. i want to learn to make the most of each and every day; to follow through with everything that i would normally quit and to ultimately hold myself accountable for the life i really want to live.

so, here goes: this is my cordial invitation for you – whoever you are and whatever walk of life you come from – to follow me on a quest to a revamped life via the small adventures that make life feel like a cold shower after a long day at the beach.  😉

<3 always,

ana patricia

p.s. shout out to one of my awesomest and bestest friends, demaris @ cucinacubana.com, for giving me the ultimate inspiration in publishing my blog as-is shortly after hers went live. we have gone through a lot of firsts in life together and here is to another one! 🙂

p.s.s. pictures to come!