Monthly Archives: September 2012

A Texan and Her New Boots

UPDATE – this contest is closed.  Thank you to all who entered!

 

Isn’t one of the common Texan stereotypes one that involves boots?  Do we all have boots?  Are we born with boots?  Do we only wear boots?  I’m sure there is one about boots.

And big hair.

And fake boobs.

Well, not to pull back the curtain, or anything, but we don’t all have boots.

Or big hair.

Or fake boobs.

However, we do have great style, so when the opportunity came up to attend a conference about blogging and get a free pair of boots out of the deal, it didn’t take my long to sign the dotted line.  Those boots were finally going to be mine!

I’ve never been a huge fan of cowboy culture.  When I was younger, I wanted more than anything to live in Jackson, Wyoming and ride horses all day.  I blame my grandpa, that is what he did.  That passed, though, as many young desires do.  I also used to want to buy a big house with one of my 3rd grade friends and fill it with creepy, old, porcelain dolls.  Still not sure where that came from, but I found proof of it on some school project I found from 1989.  But I digress, and dolls have nothing to do with boots, but Wyoming did, at least.

While my love for boot scooting boogies was as short as my first “relationship” in HS, my love for boots never faded.  In HS, the only boots that were popular were Doc Martins.  I wasn’t a Doc Martin kind of girl.  So imagine my excitement when I left the suburb of Dallas that I called home for much of my life and moved south to the capital of Texas.  Not only were cowboy boots cool down there, they were worn by people who didn’t spend their weekend riding electronic bulls at the local honky tonk.

These boot wearers were hip.

They spent their evenings at places like La Zona Rosa, Antones or The Continental Club.  Okay, so a few of them might be found at The Broken Spoke, but it’s iconic and kind of hip.  These boot wearers didn’t listen to Dixie Chicks (it was 1999, mind you) but they listened to Old 97s, The SCABS and Ben Folds.

Yes, these boot wearers were hip.

Do you want to hear the sad part of this story?  Boots are expensive and expensive boots were not things I treated myself to while in school.  So I never got a pair of boots.  Instead, I was hip in my purple Cons (which I still wear to this day).  Cons cost less and I could wear them to band rehearsal without killing myself or looking ridiculous in the process.

After college I left Austin and moved to a place where only lovers of cowboy culture wore boots.  That wasn’t me, so I didn’t buy any.

Then it happened!  Boots were in.  They became fashionable.  Every bride who followed popular trends for the past few years had boots on her bridesmaids.  Boots were not western, boots were everyday.

But still, boots are expensive and expensive boots are not things I treat myself to while working for a living.  So I didn’t get a pair of boots.  Instead, I was trendy in a pair of burnt orange cons (or piquant green, or brown with little frayed holes backed with gingham or black houndstoothy looking stuff – yes, I have a problem, look away… just look away).

Back to the free boots.

I went to the conference, learned a thing or 24 about blogging and got some of the most WONDERFUL boots I’ve ever owned seen.  I have to send a huge THANK YOU to Country Outfitter for finally helping me realize my true Texan roots.  My Texan feet have never felt so… well… Texan.  My Texan knees have never looked so Texan cute hanging out over my new boots.  Skirts that were old and tired have been given new life pairs with my spiffy new pair of boots.

I could go on and on, but I’m not.  Instead I’m going to give each one of you the chance to win your own pair, or at least a $150 to apply towards your very own pair (I found my dream boots for right under $150, but I know some of my readers have EXPENSIVE taste and there are some fabulous boots on the Country Outfitter website).

Here’s how to enter:

1. CLICK HERE and submit your email (no, if you don’t submit you can’t win boots – sorry, ladies, those are the rules)

2.  Leave a comment here letting me know you submitted your email to Country Outfitter and tell me about that ONE thing you always wanted to put in your closet but never did (see below for another item I never got and still kind of wish I did).

There, that’s it!  Easy, right?  I’d like to think I had 100s of followers and this gift card would be hard to win, but I don’t.  So you might have pretty good chance at this.  So go ahead, click the link above and get started.

OH – don’t forget to leave a comment here telling me that you entered and about that one thing you never had and desperately wanted.  Maybe you wanted a hypercolor tshirt but you never got it, or maybe you wanted that white, Guess sweatshirt that had “Guess” spelled out in different colors of embroidery (I wanted one so badly, but it was $60 and my mom wasn’t down for that when I was in Jr. High… or ever really), or maybe you wanted a femullet haircut but your parents were wiser than you and wouldn’t let you.  Don’t worry about being honest, we won’t laugh… in your face at least! 🙂

DISCLOSURE: Country Outfitter, a retailer of the best boots ever, gave me my boots to review.  And if I didn’t love them, I wouldn’t tell you to get your boots there 🙂

I’ve Figured It Out!

Since returning home from the Bloggers Conference, I’ve struggled to develop something to share.  I was reminded of so much, but I had trouble pin pointing that one, big “ahah!” moment.  It just wasn’t coming to me.

You see, I’ve been blogging since 2001.  I started things off with ‘Ramblings of a Generic Female’ and I’d be hard pressed to remember which platform I used to build it, but I learned a bit of HTML with it so I could play with the theme colors and fonts.  It wasn’t quite a plug and play as it is today… at least, it wasn’t in my world.  I very quickly purchased Ehwin.com as my domain name and kept that for many, many years.

My blog changed throughout the years and as I grew older and wiser, I left Ramblings behind and started IdyllHands.  Before you cringe upon hearing that, I did print ALL of my posts from Ramblings and put them in a binder.  Those were my college and then some years.  It was my diary.  I posted my ups, my downs, frustrations and celebrations.  I couldn’t let it go away forever but I certainly didn’t need that stuff sitting around the internet for the rest of time.

So along came IdyllHands and for a while it was just a blog about stuff.  A lot of the stuff centered around crafting and gardening but has since evolved and I now include a LOT of professional discussion.  I’m transitioning between young professional and whatever comes after that.  I have a lot to say as I make that step.  It’s a big step.  It’s scarier than anything I’ve done before but it’s oh so rewarding.  So, naturally, that is what I like to talk about.

At the conference, many discussion topics revolved around what it is you want your blog to be.  What is your point?  What are you saying?  Who are you?  What is your gift to the reader?  HECK, I don’t know.  I’ve done a pretty good job maintaining a theme around creatively balancing my professional and creative life.  Is that what my blog is?  I suppose.  I hope it’s good enough for you, if not, you might as well leave now because I doubt I’ll change it anytime soon.

So my take away from the conference wasn’t about content.  So many of the attendees are talking about content, but I can’t find it in me to do so.  Maybe that is why I haven’t blogged since then.  I thought I needed to live up to something and I just couldn’t do it.

Then it hit me.

This weekend, while cleaning up my creative space, I glanced at my DSLR camera that my dear, sweet brother sent me a couple of years ago.  He had moved up in the camera world and this guy needed a home.  I’ve used it all of once.  I know, I know!  I’m a terrible camera owner.  I just don’t know how to use it.

And no, I didn’t read the manual.

Leave me alone.

I like to figure things out on my own.

But I can’t figure this one out.  Because of this small, tiny detail, I went to a 1 hour talk about photography basics.  In that one hour I learned EXACTLY what I have been needing to know in regards to that camera.  Every day since the conference I’ve thought about pulling out the camera and reviewing my notes and taking world class pictures!  This weekend, I finally started playing with it.  No, I don’t have anything to post just yet.  I’m honest but not that honest.  I will say this, had I known reading the manual or a few online tutorials would have sparked this camera interest in me, I would have done so 2 years ago.

As it is, that is my take away from the conference.  Photography.

Hi, my name is Erin.  I went to a blogging conference and fell in love with my DSLR Camera.

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