hi! i’m lindsey!

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maybe you’re new here, or maybe you’ve been hanging around for awhile (i’ve been blogging for over 7 years now!), but either way, i think its time for a proper introduction!

hi!  i’m lindsey!  i’m 36 but forget a lot and wish i were 28 (the perfect age).  i have a fierce sweet tooth that i battle with daily.  i am an introvert and a homebody – i consider it a win if i don’t have to leave the house in a day.  that said, i also love to travel!  i am also the owner of the pleated poppy, which began as a lifestyle blog, grew also into a successful handmade business for several years, and after “retiring” from the business i’m back to focusing on my family & blog.  i love to write about house projects, design ideas, and outfit inspiration.  i started “what i wore wednesdays“, a weekly outfit post & link party, several years ago with the goal of encouraging other women to set aside a few extra minutes for themselves, to try new styles with affordable fashion.

i’ve been married to sean for 14 years – we met when i was fresh out of high school!  our marriage isn’t perfect, but its more amazing than i ever expected.  he’s a hands-on dad and always supportive of my hair brained ideas.  he’s an entrepreneur in every sense of the word, and has been my business coach over the years.  we share big dreams of our lives together and tackle the messiness of parenting as a team.  he works out of the house when he’s not traveling, so i have the privilege of calling him in for reinforcement when the days get tough ;)  we both come from big families and love getting to spend time with our out-of-town siblings and parents – one of those big dreams we hope to see in our own kids someday.

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i’m also mama to 3 kids that are in the sweet spot of ages right now (gracie is 11, lily is 9, and silas is 7).  we do a unique version of schooling, a mix of homeschooling (3 days a week) and at-schooling (2 days a week) following the classical model of education.  in our home we are noisy and imperfect, but jesus always comes first.  family meal times are a top priority, bucking society’s push to over schedule our kids.  we also are big on chores, aiming for our kids to grow to be hard workers and do all for the glory of god.

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i went to college without a clue of my life’s direction, after 4 years of honors & AP classes in high school.  instead of trying out different electives like art or photography in high school, i took another language class or european history.  it wasn’t until i was nearly through my general ed college classes did i realize i loved art and design!  i was finally able to take classes that spoke to me and inspired me, but i wasn’t about to start my college career over with a new major.  i was already dating sean and knew we wanted to wait to get married until i was done with school, so i put myself on the fast track to finishing college (summer and winter session classes every year) in just 3 1/2 years.  during my last year of school, i started interning as a decorative painter/faux finisher.  to be creative as a career finally became an option for me, so when i graduated with my liberal studies degree, i decided not to pursue a teaching career like i had settled on.

i eventually started my own painting business (sean’s entrepreneurial spirit was already rubbing off on me!), and after tiring from the physical labor from painting, i fell in love with all things vintage.  inspired by filling up our newlywed home with garage sale finds, i realized there were more deals to find than what i needed for myself.  i found a local antique mall with space to rent and began thrifting, going to flea markets & estate sales weekly to fill up my booth.  anything that needed some love or repairs i would fix up, using my newly honed painting skills.

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i eventually closed that business once i was pregnant with my first and we moved from the beach community of san clemente, california to 4 hours up the coast to san luis obispo, where we’ve lived for the last 11 years.  during that time, sean and i have also renovated & remodeled a duplex and 2 homes – we work well together: i tell him my vision, and he makes it a reality ;)

since closing my handmade business, i have had several design & business opportunities come my way.  this has been a season of “no” for me as i try to find new footing in this stage.  one of my big “yeses” was to become a design & business consultant for our school’s non-profit thrift store, called fred & betty’s.  it has been a great fit for me, combining my love for thrifting, design, and business.  it takes more of my time than i intend, but i also get great joy out of the work i do there.

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 in my internet life, you can follow along with me here on my blog, sporadically on Facebook, and pretty consistently on instagram.  you can also find me daydreaming on pinterest.  its good to meet you and i’m so glad you’re here!

new baking center

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my almost 9-year-old is the cook in the house.  and the baker!  we were at the point where we were dragging the heavy kitchenaid mixer a couple times a week, so i decided when i simplified our kitchen to create a specific space just for baking.  really, this is lily’s space.

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i still wanted to keep things clean and simple, so its just the mixer and sugar & flour canisters, along with some really pretty anthro measuring cups.  but its all within reach for lily so she can bake to her heart’s content without needing to call me every time she couldn’t reach something.

but you don’t just bake with flour and sugar…

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there’s all the other goodies, too, but they’re too ugly to have out!  and i had them on a too high/too small shelf across the kitchen, so for this to be a legit baking station, it all had to move.  its so much better now, all in one space!

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and i cleared out one of our 2 junk drawers (why 2?!) to put all the little necessary gadgets as well.

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 just doing what i can to ensure fresh banana bread in the morning ;)