Touring Blogland – Come on in Y’all

Hi Friends,

I am excited to be a part of a little tour going around “Blogland”. It basically gives you a little behind the scene peek at Paper & Fox. Bre from Average But Inspired invited me  along and I will pass it on to some awesome bloggers at the end of my post. So, come on in and make yourself comfortable.

My Happy Home

Here is where I work, live and play. I live in  Charlotte, NC in a 1950’s brick ranch.  It rained a lot last week so our bushes are kind of out of control. We are the 3rd owners of this home and really love it.

doormat in action

You will see a lot of my front door in photos on Paper & Fox. I get a lot of questions about  the green door, and how I did it. The door was already here when we purchased the home. It it was lured us inside.

baby mama

Welcome to my life. I am a “Baby Mama”,wife, artist and always on the move.

Make your own Baby Mama Gloves with this tutorial.


Here is my family. Top Row  – Me and Bryce. Bottom Row-Knox and David. These dudes keep me busy and make huge messes, but I love them dearly.

Our home decor is always a work in progress.

paintig 10

I just finished painting my fireplace a few weeks ago.


This is my living room. It is pretty simple. I am not a huge fan of rugs because I think they hide dirt and grime, but I realize that this room needs one. I just haven’t found the perfect one yet. The large painting on the wall is by Joanna Wardell.

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This my son Knox, working at his art/snack table in the living room. The painting is by Steve Chellis.

Paper & Fox World Headquarters

This is my office and the “world headquarters” of Paper & Fox. You will remember my Lady Desk that I painted last year. My goal was to always work in my office, but I work all over the house. Wherever I can keep a good eye on my boys.

Porch Pool

Last, but not least this is my classy above ground Porch Pool…complete with a floating basketball goal. We use this pool a lot. The boys and their friends think it is pretty cool.  It is a bonus not to have to  keep applying sunscreen on my redheads.

As part as the Tour Through Blogland I was asked to answer the following questions:

1. What am I working on?
The past couple of weeks I have been working on paintings. I go through these spurts where I am really focused on one thing. It could be furniture, jewelry, sewing, but I have been thinking about creating art pieces that could be incorporated into other future projects.

Little Miss Donut by Paper & Fox

Here is a painting that I just finished called “Little Miss Doughnut”.

2. How does my work differ from those in my genre? I guess my work is classified in the DIY/Crafts/Décor genre. I am always of thinking of ways to create beautiful functional pieces, designs and accessories for little cost. I am a big upcycle fan and love the challenge of transforming a tossed or donated item into a gem. I also don’t think I take myself too seriously. I know what I am, but more importantly I know what I am not. I am not that “cool” and not always perfectly polished, but I have a great eye for color and design and a sense of humor.

3. Why do I write/create what I do? If you were to ask me a few years ago if I ever thought I would have a career in writing and publishing, I would have laughed. I could have never dreamed that I would have allowed myself, thoughts and projects to be put on display for the world to view and possibly criticize. Once I took the first leap, there was no looking back. I am absolutely in love with blogging and Paper & Fox. I only work on projects and write about things that make me happy. That is the simple formula. I provide tips, tutorials and ideas on how to create beautiful things. What a fantastic topic to focus on, right?
4. How does your writing/creative process work? I sometimes have a process and I sometime do not. My goal is to sit down with my calendar and plan projects and post throughout the month. I can sometimes make this happen. Mostly, my process is to be flexible and seize time to work anytime it is given. I work well early in the morning and can knock out post and projects before the kids wake up. I am absolutely useless after 8pm.

Touring Blogland has been so much fun.


Now, It is my pleasure to announce the next stops on the Tour Through Blogland.

Meet Amy from Homey Oh My!    Amy has freaking awesome taste and sense of style. One of my favorite projects of hers is this “Hey” DIY Marquee sign.

Head on over to Homey Oh My so see part of the Tour through Blogland today

Now, let me introduce you to Kathy of Up To Date Interiors.

Kathy is a fellow NC Blogger who provides  color inspiration, decorating tips, organization, and a lot of DIY projects for any budget. One of my favorite pieces of hers is this DIY Oyster Mirror.

Visit Kathy on her tour on August, 11.


I hope you enjoyed my tour, it has been a lot of fun showing a little behind the scene of Paper & Fox.

Thanks, Carmody





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33 Responses to Touring Blogland – Come on in Y’all

  1. Madaline August 4, 2014 at 7:40 am #

    Ok. I’m obsessed by your house! When I lived in LA I looked for something similar (externally) for YEARS. No lie. It just reminds me of home!

    • carmody August 4, 2014 at 7:59 pm #

      Madaline, I cannot even imagine what this home would cost in LA. I love old homes with character.

  2. Alli August 4, 2014 at 9:06 am #

    What a fun tour! And I love your front door!

    • carmody August 4, 2014 at 8:00 pm #

      Thanks Alli! It has been a lot of fun.

  3. Bre @ Average But Inspired August 4, 2014 at 9:10 am #

    Carmody I LOVE your home and I need your donut painting!!!! Such a great tour – thanks for participating!

    • carmody August 4, 2014 at 8:01 pm #

      Thanks for inviting me Bre!

  4. MJ @ Daisy & June August 4, 2014 at 9:38 am #

    Omgosh your house is friggin adorable!!! Thanks for the tour!

    • carmody August 4, 2014 at 8:02 pm #

      Thanks so much MJ!

  5. Shirley Wood August 4, 2014 at 9:40 am #

    We moved to middle Georgia from Charlotte in 1967! Charlotte has grown so much over the years, it is huge now!
    I enjoyed your tour! Fun stuff :-)

    • carmody August 4, 2014 at 8:03 pm #

      Shirley, I have lived in Charlotte since I was three. It has grown and changed so much. It is a lovely place to live.

  6. Skye @ Planet Jinxatron August 4, 2014 at 11:03 am #

    Those gloves are fantastic!

    • carmody August 4, 2014 at 8:04 pm #

      Skye, I love wearing those gloves. They make awesome gifts too.

  7. MrsTee August 4, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

    What a great idea and a great way to meet new Bloggers! Your house is absolutely charming!

    • carmody August 4, 2014 at 7:58 pm #

      Thanks Mrs.Tee!

  8. Neatly-Packaged (@Neatly_Packaged) August 4, 2014 at 3:04 pm #

    Loved the tour!! Thank you so much for sharing :)

    • carmody August 4, 2014 at 8:06 pm #

      Nancy, thanks for stopping by.

  9. Julie August 4, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

    Thanks for inviting us into your home, Carmody. How fun :) What a cute place and family you have! I also love Amy’s “Hey” marquee!

    • carmody August 4, 2014 at 7:58 pm #

      Thanks for coming over Julie!

  10. Diana from Paint Sew Glue Chew August 4, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

    Hi Carmody. Just stumbled onto your blog via Amys blog. What an awesome idea. I love your home, and completely adore your donut picture.

    p.s I am similarly rug phobic! It takes me years to finally put them in rooms that definitely need one.

    • carmody August 4, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

      Diana, thanks for stopping by! Rugs can beautiful, but I still think they are gross.

  11. Kristin August 4, 2014 at 11:25 pm #

    Your house is beautiful! Love the fireplace!

  12. Amy @ Homey Oh My! August 5, 2014 at 12:01 am #

    Your house. Is gorgeous. The brick. The door. The ranch style. I would have been lured in, too!!!
    I feel the same exact way about never thinking I would be blogging for all to see, but you pinpointed why it’s so amazing- being able to constantly talk about what I love!
    Thanks so much for the tag, Carmody. Enjoyed your tour!!

  13. howdothejonesdoit August 5, 2014 at 1:20 am #

    What a fun family! I love the finger mustaches;0)

  14. Katie @ Upcycled Treasures August 5, 2014 at 12:04 pm #

    This tour was so much fun and I LOVE that desk and your new painting!

  15. melindacaldwell August 5, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

    Stopping by from The Makers No. link party. Love your door finish and the door mat, supper cute! Great wall with the built-in shelves, awesome storage! Thanks for sharing!

  16. August 5, 2014 at 11:54 pm #

    Your family is beautiful. I love that you have a kids pool on your porch. Take advantage of it while they are young and before they ask for a big pool. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Tami August 9, 2014 at 12:12 am #

    Seeing as this is my first time here on your blog, finding this post as an introduction to you was perfect. Your house and family are beautiful. And, you are very talented. Love that painting.

  18. August 10, 2014 at 9:11 pm #

    Love your style! You have an adorable little family..looking forward to following your blog.

    @Seeking Lavender Lane

  19. Kathy August 23, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

    Carmody, I loved reading your tour and your paintings are amazing!!

    • carmody August 25, 2014 at 8:24 am #

      Thank you so much Kathy!


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