Welcome to Women who create Joy! Joy from the Joys of Home is someone I consider über creative ... Armed with a great sense of style, a love of vintage and a can of spray paint, she turns regular household creations into fabulous pieces.
She is a Mother of five and Grandmother of one; with a love of family, a good thrift store find, decorating, designing, spray paint, she loves sharing a good laugh and has a dozen projects planned a day and considers it a great day if she can accomplish one.
Joy, when did you start painting furniture and doing home decorating projects?
I've done decorating projects for as long as I can remember. As a teenager I designed and made Barbie furniture for the little girls in the neighborhood that I babysat. When I got married I enjoyed buying furniture at garage sales. Back then I would strip and refinish everything back to a beautiful wood finish. It's only been the last few years that I've been able to justify covering wood with paint.. Who knows, maybe in a few more years I'll be taking those same painted pieces and stripping the paint off to get them back to the wood finish.
Where do you find ideas and inspiration from?
I get ideas and inspiration from everywhere! Magazines, catalogs, HGTV, model homes, movies, the internet, you name it. My husband teases me that my mind "is constantly doing ten things at once and doing it at lightening speed." Too bad my body doesn't keep up!
What is one of your favorite projects?
I think that my favorite project is one that I design and then my husband and I build. I literally get giddy when I see something turn out in real life as good (or better) than it did when I sketched it on paper.
Your blog is very popular, did you ever think it would grow the way it has?
Never in my wildest dreams did I think that ANYONE would be interested in my blog. I am truly honored when someone leaves me a comment. My biggest regret is that I can't visit with everyone who reads my blog. I really wish that I could. But my time with my family is very precious and they have to come first in my life.
Where do you see your blog in 5 years?
Five years?!? Honestly I have no idea where my blog will be in five months. Almost every other week I tell my husband that I'm going to stop blogging. Then I'll receive an email from a complete stranger telling me that I've inspired them. That is such a humbling experience. It gives me the motivation to continue in hopes that I can be a blessing to others and help them find the joys of their home.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to showcase their items via their blog?
I would tell them to go for it! I've been blogging for almost two years now and it is so exciting to look back and see how many projects I've been able to accomplish because I had the motivation of posting about them. It's also fun to see how I decorated for past holidays and to challenge myself to change things up. I've learned a lot about myself because of blogging and I've grown a lot too.
How did you find your love of vintage, repurposing things and spray paint?
I've always had a passion for old things. Put something vintage or antique in a room and it instantly becomes more warm and cozy. Re-purposing is an awesome way to save money, save the environment and build your self-esteem. It's so thrilling to take what others consider trash and turn it into a real treasure with a little creativity and hard work. And who doesn't love the instant gratification of spray paint? I would have to say that I found my way to all of these because of the example of my wonderful parents. They taught me to be creative, resourceful, and frugal.
Thank you so much Joy! You can visit her at her and her fab style and projects at her blog The Joys of Home!