10 Things You should read while I am on the road

A long time I have talked about going to Blogtacular! It’s finally here! I’ll be in a room full of creative people.

And I’ve prepared something for you to spend your time while I am gone. Why don’t you read my 10 most favorite blog posts here on craftaliciousme?

 bridal boquet to necklace

DIY Craziness

♥ My idea of saving the world of dusted bridal flowers – make jewelry and wear it!

♥ No secret that I am the biggest X-mas addict around. In 2014 I had my DIY advent calendar. I think the star lantern is my fave. But then I love the magnet too.

Baking Away

♥ Read the story behind my love for blueberries and make yourself a yummy blueberry cheese cake.

♥ I love bread. Specially when its homemade. Here is my take on potato bread.

blueberry cream cheese cake

Photo Love

♥ I love browsing Berlin with my camera. I take you on a walk through this lovely garden.

♥ Always amazed what nature is throwing at us. When we look closely you can find the weirdest seeds!

 weird fall seed

Travelmania

♥ Just realizing I only have one travel post up. Crazy I’ve been to 20+ countries… But this is a great one: My honeymoon at the arctic circle.

snowy landscape at glass igloo

Living Life

♥ I am big fan of lists and I feel setting goals is important to not get lost in the everyday hustle. And specially New Years.

♥ It’s not all rainbows and unicorns so I struggled with job hunting in 2013 and wrote about it.

♥ Having a great drink and being relaxed is a wonderful. Even better with homemade lemonades. Pink Grapefruit is my fave.

homemade pink lemonade

Now you read and I better get going to the airport.

Happy reading,

Tobia

Bonus: I forgot my most favorite DIY!

10 Things getting ready for blog conferences :: Blogtacular 2015

Only a couple more weeks and I’ll be sitting with a bunch of creative people and chat and learn and laugh while being on the blogtacular conference.

The last conference I went to was so very last minute I couldn’t prepare at all. This time I am all in to get the most out of it. Here is my list – and yes I might take it a bit too serious but hey I did spend money to go.

Going-to-Blogtacular-200

1. Get excited

When I planned on going somewhere I couldn’t be more happy to have Elisa jump on the band wagon. Because getting excited together is just so much more fun. Hubby sure listens to my babble but he’s not going so obviously he doesn’t care that much. And doing a bit of planning together and pitching ideas and realizing over and over again: same idea! Yeah high five blogging friend! Is just exhilarating. Don’t know anyone yet? Go anyways! What do you think where Elisa and I met?

2. Who will be there

It’s always great to know who is attending. I started following all people I know will be there on bloglovin and Twitter. I set up a bloglovin file for blogtacular speakers, blogtacular attendees and blogtacular faves (like the blogs I really have a connection with). I also have Twitter lists for speakers and attendees. I try to primarily read blog posts of blogtacular attendees, try to comment and already build a connection. I am sometimes shy when I see someone I want to talk to. Already having a connection might help.

3. Make a list

After getting to know the people I start a tiny list of people I would really like to talk to. I don’t know if I will (dare) manage to meet all but at least I define it before. Otherwise I might be overwhelmed. My list includes name, blog name and Twitter handle (so I actually have a way to contact onsite.)

4. Elevator Speech

I have a hard time saying in two sentences what this blog is about. I started out with crafting and baking but I don’t think that covers it now. Looking at my categories it says most stuff is “Just Life” so is it a creative and delicious lifestyle blog? I need to figure it out before the conference. Help and feedback welcome!

5. Have a great picture

Load up a picture at Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest/e.g. where people will recognize you. Like your face. I know, not a fan either but hey you wanna get to know people so they probably should recognize you, huh? And it should be the same on all platforms.

6. Equipment check

What will you need to bring?! I read of additional chargers (don’t have one) so I better pack a cable, camera (I need a new battery), I wanted to get a phone cover (better order soon √) and I need to figure out if a laptop is necessary. And I need to stock up of cute pens and maybe sew them a little pouch so they don’t get lost. I already have a fun notebook including notes from my first blogging conference.

7. Know your blog stats

Just in case you are meeting the most awesome company asking for a cooperation. A girl can dream, right?

business cards craftaliciousme

8. Get your business cards

For my last conference I was really last minute and handmade a few cards. I loved them but with the blog redesign I needed new ones. I ordered them right away so I am already set. But you should definitely have some and if only to collect creativity from other bloggers by exchanging.

9. Outfit

I usually don’t plan my outfits that much in advance and just go with what I feel like but I am all set for an outfit and try to gather and make the missing pieces. I am kinda running out of time though. But as you already know I am a color-coding person so my color palette for the trip is set to blues, whites and I think pinks.

10. Enjoy

Being all set leaves only one thing to do: ENJOY. Even though I’ve got my list of people I would like to meet and sponsors to introduce myself I will not force it. If it doesn’t happen it doesn’t. I’d rather be open and go with the flow.

Now, who is going too?! And who has a few more good ideas or things to think of?! Let’s hear it!

How all this went down you’ll read here in June!

Happy planning, Tobia

Catching Up or is it Hustling Along?!

Hey and hello,

it’s been somewhat quiet here. That’s ok if anyone else feels as overwhelmed as I am with the number of unread posts in my feed reader. So I am doing us a favor in not adding more…

No seriously, how do you handle the load of interesting posts and thoughts and ideas and recipes? I sometimes feel like I am just hustling along but missing out on life while doing so.

Do you have a good strategy on how to read up on blogposts? Do you organizing them in files as to know what to read when you feel like food or DIY topics? I do use bloglovin however I do have an account at feedly too. I think bloglovin is easier on the eyes though.

I have a lists of Favorites with 10 blogs and I try to read those always first and I try to comment.

Then I have a few lists for topics such as DIY, Food, Baking, Photography, WordPress & Blog Tips/Help and the overall group Lifestyle.

And then I have lists for certain happenings like Blog Conferences I attended (The Hive) or will attend (Blogtacular), blog events (Adventskalender, Monthly Resolutions, Twitter chats, etc.).

That all leaves me with over 200 blogs I follow. Is that a lot? I know  a few need to go because I dread opening my reader. But than I think there’s been a reason the made it in the reader the first time. Ah what a nightmare…

Ok, so when is a blog out of the picture for you? Spill the beans I am listening. I need to tackle this “problem”.

See y’all later,

Tobia

My Blog – My private Diary! {Schreibzeit #3}

This year Bine has another interesting project going on – Schreibzeit (writing time). Her topics are very blogging focused and I kinda like it. Because you get to think about what you’re actually doing here on deeper level. In March ( I know I am late) it was “My Blog – My private Diary”.

Every one of us has her own reason for why we got started. And one could say everyone of us is probably also a bit exhibitionistic.

So how private is this blog of mine?! How private do I want it to be?! How private is too private? And when can this privacy get dangerous?

Schreibzeit Diary

One of the reasons why it took me 5 years to get started on a blog was the privacy issue. I knew from the beginning, that everyone will know who I am when looking in the imprint. This kinda scared the s*** out of me. However the urge to try this blog thing got the best of me and I started telling myself I’ll figure out the scary stuff when it comes my way. Fortunately for me I didn’t have to cope with scary yet. Please be nice and don’t start now…

When I started out I wanted to document all the things I created. The blog was also my way to make myself accountable to create. I get easily distracted and don’t find time to get started. So that’s how it was for the first months. Then I read more and more that – if you want your blog to be successful – you need to show yourself and let your readers know the person behind the blog. This was kinda a dilemma. Because in my first year of blogging I was also (desperately) trying to find a job, had a lot of self doubt, questioned my career choice and was just feeling very miserable. I didn’t want this out. Because let’s face it – we Google people we get to know and especially when being on a job hunt.

But I had to admit to myself that I loved reading about how other people manage their everyday life, how they handle stress or cope with tough situations.

So I eased up a bit on telling more about the person behind. However there are some things (for now) that will not appear on this blog

  • There are hardly any pics of me on here. I don’t find it necessary, I don’t feel like I need to be recognized and I know once they are out there I can’t get them back.
  • Pics of my family will not find their way to this space. Because you can’t take them back. And I would need to ask permission – and not all of my family knows of this blog.
  • I will not announce my vacation time on this blog. Maybe I am unreasonably scared but I believe people will check and then go break into my apartment. And while I am typing this I wonder if I give ideas.
  • I would not discuss private problems here.

What I really can not understand why some bloggers promenade their kids on the blog or Facebook (specially in the US). I get it that you are proud of your kids and want to share the adventure. But honestly what would the 15 year old say when their friends Google and find picture of a one year old in pampers?! I believe kids have personal rights too. In the end it’s not my place to judge but I sometimes wonder if parents think that far…

I was also struggling a lot in 2013 if I should post about the death of a family member. I am not sure if I would do it again but back then I needed to get it of my chest.

In the end it is a tough topic. I agree with Bine: I say things on my blog I would share with people I get to know and have a connection with. I can imagine it will get tougher to distinguish once you blog for a long time. 

What are your thoughts? Is that something you actually think about or do you just do what you feel in the moment?! Do I overthink it?! I’ll be jumping over and read a bit on Bines link-up.

Happy thinking,

Tobia

Get to know me – more random info

Hey everyone,

how nice of you to stop by.
It’s one of those post were you get to know me better by the end. Well not because I like talking about myself, more likely because I’ve been nominated for the Lybster Award by Nina and also a while back for the One Lovely Blog Award from my friend Nicole.

about me

And since I might not like threatening chain letters and such I LOVE surveys. And those questions were just too good to pass up.

Here it goes:

1. How did you come up with your blog name?

Well I originally wanted to name my blog “Sunday Afternoon” because that’s the time most of the crafting and baking took place, where I felt at peace and it reminded me of childhood when we would sit together. BUT this name was already taken. So I started to think about all the things I love. Crafting and baking was high on that list. But then I love delicious stuff. And I realized that lots of crafty things are also eye candy. And that is how I came up with craftalicious. The “me” ended up there because the domain was taken… I wouldn’t mind loosing it but then it’s a blog and about me… So what gives…

2. What is the most fun about blogging?

It’s a tough one because I can already see a shifting of feelings after 2+ years of blogging. When I started the most fun was that I just started to be creative again. I put those ideas into action and things – made by me. So I would say in general I gained back my creativity. I also lost some of the self doubt by putting myself “out there”. And I am on a good way to making some friends along the ride. And isn’t that the core of being happy? Having people around you who get you?! So I’d say that’s the most fun. I am more happy and more me. Might add things over the years. 

 3. What time of day do you blog?

Usually in the mornings. Lately I draft a lot of the posts on my commute time e.g. this one. I then might finish them at night when I am home. Or more likely on Saturday or Sunday morning while hubby is still asleep. It works fine for me. I also take all pictures on weekends unless I use up older ones or took some during the week.

sky with tree

4. Do you have a tip for writer’s block?

Don’t stress!
Honestly I don’t think I really really had one. I only blog when I feel like it and when I don’t have anything to say I shut up. Works fine and I don’t have too long of times where you don’t here from me. You know I usually have something to say… ;-)

 5. What three things do you always carry when leaving the house?!

Easy: keys, phone, wallet

On a more fun note: Chapstick, my tiny moleskin calendar and a pen… Oh and I usually wear a pashmina

6. Cat or dog?

Neither.
Once bitten by a dog (and no it’s not my fault – I was walking down the street and he jumped a two lane road to get to my neck!) I kinda avoid them and try not to be scared. Cats well if they roam outside fine by me but I don’t need them in my apartment. My childhood dream would be having a tortoise.

7. As a kid, what was your dream job you wanted to when you were grown?

I wanted to be an archeologist for a very long time. I found it exhilarating to discover something old, I loved history and was fascinated by Egyptian hyroglyphs. My dream vacation would have been being part of a an archeological excavation in Israel. I once took a fragment of some clay jug from a historical sight and I still feel bad and really hope it’s not the missing piece of something really important.

8. When was the last time you wrote a letter with pen and paper?!

As this is part of my yearly goal I’ve send already 6 letters this year. I also write Xmas cards every year and they are always written by hand.

9. Where do you want to go on vacation to, where you haven’t been yet?!

Oh there are so many places I want to visit. Iceland is high on this list followed by New Zealand and Australia. Also Scandinavia – I’ve been to all but Norway. And I would love to see more of the Netherlands. But than Canada and the U.S. (again)!

10. What book should everyone read?

I just love Jostein Gaardners “The Solitaire Mystery” it’s one book with three stories and it’s fantastic. Everyone really should read it.

11. What’s your motto? And why?

Mhm I don’t know if I really do have a motto. Lately Steve Jobs saying: Stay hungry, Stay Foolish resonates with me.

I love learning new things, I love trying something new and love getting to know new ideas. So maybe that’s it. I am a curious person.

After babbling so much about myself I would love to read something about you. I am not doing the chain letter thing but if anyone wants to answer go ahead and drop a link in the comments. Or maybe just leave a quick answer in the comments below.

Happy Weekend,

Tobia