I can't remember how I came across Ileana's blog Loisaida Nest but I do remember that as soon as I read her "about" page, I had to read more! I mean, homesteading in the lower east side of NYC? Who does that? Who is writing about that? You can read about the start of the homestead here.
And that is what I love about blogging, I get to meet all sorts of people doing all sorts of amazing things that I otherwise would never have known about.
Let's meet Ileana.
When Sandra asked me to participate in this column, I thought “oh no, I’m going to have to show my home office?” This is a BEFORE picture, people. I haven’t begun to revamp the living room and office yet. All of our decorating decisions previously had been based only on the need of the moment. We needed storage and we needed something to put the computer on, so a friend was enlisted to build the cabinets and the desk tabletop. The file cabinets are useful but super ugly – they will be painted a bright accent color. I just bought gorgeous wallpaper for the office and I’m researching how to do the cabinets and the tabletop in a ceruse finish in charcoal grey with light grain showing through. I like the long desk where two people can work at the same time and there is plenty of room to spread out stuff.
Ileana has a great pattern for a knitted wool cowl for little dogs here.
What time of day do you work and why?
I write at the computer early on weekend mornings when the house is quiet. That is pretty much the only sliver of time I have to actively work on my writing, so I take full advantage of it.
What's your go to snack when you are feeling peckish?
I sit with espresso brewed in a French press and eat clementines. There is almost always a tiny Toy Fox Terrier in my lap when I write at my desk.
I relate to this quote from Anais Nin, “My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living.”
That is such an inspiring quote for us bloggers who write about our lives, isn't it? I have been thinking lately about inspiration and creativity and balance and that quote speaks to me - I need to remind myself that it's the living that comes first, then the ideas and the inspiration.
So go visit Ileana and her blog and learn about what it's like to be an urban pioneer, a homesteader on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.