Name: Beth Callaghan
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Family: husband Steve, and two boys, ages 8 and 4
Started writing for Ohdeedoh: October 2010
We have a talented crew here at Ohdeedoh and it's high time readers got to know them a little bit. Today I'm pleased to introduce you to Beth Callaghan. She is our resident scholar-crafter; a wordsmith as well as a glue gun goddess. Beth brings an eye for style with an emphasis on green living to her Ohdeedoh posts. Let's find out what makes her tick:
A little bit about me: I started blogging after I received my PhD in English Lit in 2009. Academic jobs were (and are) scarce, so I wanted to keep up with writing in a less "how shall we say?" formal context. I started my own blog, Remarkably Domestic, in the fall of 2009, and a year later when I got the opportunity to write for Ohdeedoh, I jumped at the chance. I now continue to write at both sites and I run my own small crafts-based business making girls' hair accessories called Buggle and Boo (named after my sons' nicknames). I'm a bit of a craft junkie: I love crochet, needlework, needle felting, beading, making jewelry... there's not enough time in the day to do all the crafts I have lined up!
3 adjectives to describe your style: Clean, casual, and whimsical.
My favorite Ohdeedoh post: The Star Wars wall mural. ZOMG, I would've died for this as a kid. I had stills from all the movies on my walls growing up. And I appreciate that it's from the original movie; I'm a traditionalist when it comes to The Force.
My go-to gift for new parents: Something handmade. I recently crocheted a sweater and a duck baby rattle for my very close friend's new baby. I also always send a new baby mix CD with some of our favorite songs by kids' artists on it. It's especially helpful for new parents who have no idea about the world of kids' music.
A baby "essential" I don't find essential at all: A wrap or a sling. I could never get those things to work. My kids always ended up folded in half or something.
Favorite room featured on Ohdeedoh: Addison's Attic Playroom and Dreamy Bedroom. I would have done chores all day long for an attic playroom like this one as a kid. Something about attic spaces has always appealed to me. I love nooks and crannies, and the way they've made these spaces clean and open amazes me. I've always wanted a window reading seat, too.
Favorite children's book: Goodness, there are so many. I'll have to choose two: Hippos Go Berserk, by Sandra Boynton, and The Sleep Book, by Dr. Seuss. I find the Boynton books so clever and sweet, and you can't go wrong with Dr. Seuss. I have very fond memories of reading the hippo book to both my boys, and great memories of being read The Sleep Book when I was a child.
My next DIY project: I'm constantly doing projects, but my next big one is to refinish a sweet antique kids' roll-top desk we inherited when my husband's father passed away. I don't know the first thing about restoring furniture, so I'm a bit terrified, but I can't wait to get it in working condition.
On my fantasy shopping list: An Eames Chaise in olive leather. Oh, the luxury...
Thanks Beth! Readers, check out some of Beth's stylish posts below and find all her posts here.