Hi, I am Marianne Songbird. Well my last name isn’t really Songbird but here in blogland I go by that name.
Welcome to my little corner of the internet world. In the real world you can find me in the southern tip of the Netherlands with Europe in my backyard. I love anything DIY, craft or decorating and would describe my personal style as Coastal Industrial Cottage.
I call myself Songbird because ‘nesting’ is one of my biggest hobbies. Fiddling and foofing our home is one of my passions in life and the most important reason I started to blog. Oh and Songbird also relates to the fact that I am passionate about singing, maybe one day I’ll have the courage to sing for you here on my blog.
I live in the south of the Netherlands with the love of my life. He is the sweetest and cutest man who won’t allow me to post a picture of him, so you’ll just have to imagine a crossover between George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp – with curly hair –. There is only one challenge: I want to build my nest in a cottage garden on the beach, surrounded by flowers and with lots of soft feathers and a bit of rust to balance it out. He dreams of a nest on the top of a skyscraper with strong clear architectural lines, with lots of Chrome and leather. But we make it work.
I started this blog in 2008 on a whim. I had just bought myself a new laptop and was playing with it. I went looking for a tutorial to sew a bag and stumbled onto a whole world of crafty blogs (oh and btw that bag still is only a dream in my head, but one day……). From that moment on I spent a lot of hours flipping from one blog to another and when I discovered the sisterhood of home decoration bloggers I was sold. Without realizing what I was getting myself into I started a blog (in Dutch, I could never have imagined how soon the whole world would become a part of my blog). I have been hooked ever since.
I love the community blogging is. The friendship, sisterhood, encouragement and inspiration it provides. I have always wanted to be creative, my mind was always filled with projects I was going to do ‘one day’. Seeing all of those creative women out there – doing what they love – is a tremendous inspiration for me. Oh, and the fact that here in cyberspace nobody thinks it is crazy to change your pillow covers every season, AND take pictures of them!
My blog is about decoration and craft, about vintage inspired thrifting and about creativity and living life like it is the only one you’ve got. I am by no means a talented artist or in any way qualified to speak with authority about arts, crafts or design. But I love it all and nothing is too far out there for me to try it at least. When you follow along my adventures on the path to creative living (or living creatively) I hope you will be entertained, amused and inspired. And remember ‘if I can do it, so can you!’