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 Bohemian Farmhouse.
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 in a fixer upper from the eighties. The house needed a lot of love and gradually I am giving it all the attention and time that I can spare. You will also find many pictures of my former home on Songbird. That home was over 80 years old and needed a lot of love too. In my forties home I naturally gravitated towards adding vintage items in my decor, because it suited the house perfectly. Now that I am living in a more modern home (although definitely not new), I see myself using vintage sparingly and adding in more modern details. But isn’t that what decorating is all about? Making it work with your home, your lifestyle and your evolving tastes.
For a long time, I worked as a social scientist in different Universities. But after hours I am and always was a decorating and crafting wannabe, who always has at least a couple of projects on her mind. My blog is essentially a journal of my quest to be creative, both in my home decorations as in various crafts. You can find many different projects, big and small, here on this blog. My endeavors range from giving whole rooms makeovers like my craft room or my bedroom, furniture rehabs, and all kinds of crafty creations that could involve things like plaster, doilies, feathers, sewing machines, and much more.
Just look at the top of this page and you will find my projects neatly organized in galleries.
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 with 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!’
♥︎ ♥︎ ♥︎ Marianne
PS: If you share my love for vintage and French Flea Markets, you might like to shop in my Etsy Store: Songbirds Nest.