House For Six

Albuquerque Blogger Series: Thistlebear

Deme Crinion20 Comments
Last week we kicked off a mini Blogger series running on Tuesdays for the month of January, introducing you to some incredibly talented bloggers from the ABQ!  Our family loved our time in Albuquerque and the few home bloggers I know of in the area happen to be pretty amazing.  Last week you met Amy from Delineate Your Dwelling and today I'm excited to introduce you to Jennifer!  She's the author of Thistlebear - a blog where she shares her love of all things creative, crafty, yummy, and beautiful. 

Why did you start blogging? 
I started blogging primarily to create a record. I wanted to savor and share the simple moments in my life. Writing about my little world and photographing things around me helps me to feel more connected to the people I love and the things we do together. 

I also wanted a place to share some of my hobbies and passions, which include crafts, decorating and photography. I appreciate the way that the blogging community supports and encourages people in their creative pursuits.

What makes a place home? 
To me, home is a comfortable place where everyone has space for creativity, relaxation and growth. Home is warm and cozy, simple and uncomplicated. Home is where you feel safe and loved, and where you can be yourself. Home is a place full of personal creations and items with memories attached. It's a composite of each family member's interests and ideas.

What's your favorite project to date? 
I think my favorite project is my Giant Granny Square crocheted afghan (January 2013). I loved making this blanket, which was a colorful and cheerful addition to my bedroom. 

What's your biggest project fail?  
My biggest project fail is probably anything I've ever tried in the area of gardening since moving to Albuquerque in 2006. I do not have a green thumb! I love gardening, and was usually very successful when I lived in the northeastern US, but here it's very tricky and I'm just not getting it right yet. But I do like it and I'm leaning more all the time, so I hope to have more success as I keep trying.

What do you love about ABQ? 
I think this is a really nice place to live and to raise a family. We have found great schools here, we love the Biopark and the open spaces and bike trails. We also like the way of life here; people are largely open-minded and accepting, and the pace of life is relatively slow. I also appreciate that there is a thriving artistic community here, especially in the area of fiber arts; there are lots of great resources for people at any ability level and many ways for people's talents to be showcased. We've been really happy here and are proud to be transplants to this interesting and eclectic city.

And the question you'll be asked at every restaurant in Albuquerque - red or green [chile]?
This is a tough one! I think I would have to choose green, though I only eat a little bit. Funny story: when I moved here, I didn't know anything about New Mexican cuisine and I was so surprised when I ordered food and it came with no seasoning or sauce. I think my first experience was with a taco salad at Los Cuates. I didn't know about using chile at the table. I've learned a lot about NM dining since then. 

One goal for 2013?
 House painting! We have lived in our current home since 2009 and we are slowly getting through all the rooms in the house. Our foyer desperately needs a facelift, so it's high on the list.


Does anyone else feel the need to learn how to knit or crochet now?  Or maybe take a photography class?  All these photos are Jennifer's - Thistlebear is full of her creative projects and beautiful photography documenting their family.  She also has some incredible recipes that make me want to jump through the computer screen to gobble them up.  Thanks so much for chatting with us today, Jennifer!!

Thanks so much for reading! We would love to keep in touch!