Blooming Blogger: Cassie from Primitive & Proper and a bonus feature

Good Monday Morning friends!  Hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend with family and friends!  After enjoying a really busy spring break, I’m glad to be back blogging and into a routine this morning.
After a few week break from the Blooming Blogger series, it’s being resurrected today (ha, get it?  Easter?).  Anyways……who better to kick off the series again than my girl Cassie from Primitive & Proper!  If you don’t know Cassie you will after today and then you will come back and thank me for introducing you to her and her awesome blog.  Cassie is such a great blogger, she always leaves the sweetest comments on well I think every person who blogs blog, turns blah furniture into beautiful (check out my favorite project of hers, the gold leafed nightstands)and has an awesome sense of humor!  I am uber excited to meet her at Haven, although I’m pretty sure she’ll be surrounded by her fan club when we get there.  😉  Ok, I’m kidding but not really.  Without further ado, here is Cassie and an added bonus feature for today, her husband Chris joined us as well!
Hello Bloomers!  So happy to be here today at one of my favorite bloggers’ places!  I just love Ange and cannot wait to meet her in person at Haven.  Woot!  I am Cassie from Primitive and Proper, where I blog about my own home, furniture projects, some crafts, and really whatever I want.  It is my blog, right?  he he.
Here I am with my family this past Easter Sunday.  And yes, I am currently the tallest member of my family. :)  I am 5’7″.

Ange has supplied me with an arsenal of questions and I will answer to the best of my ability.  Or at least answer so you think I lead an uber-exciting life.  Which I do.

How did you come up with your blog name?

I started this blog thinking I would use it as a business tool to market my furniture business, so I just took the business name (which was chose to show that the furniture I sold ranged from rustic primitive pieces all the way to fancy pants proper pieces).  The blog has taken a life of its own and sometimes I think about changing the name, but maybe it’s too late in the game for that.  Maybe.  I think The Wilting Hydrangea might suit me… thoughts?
Favorite thing about blogging?
The friends I have made…. I feel like I have connected with so many people all over the world and I love that!  Some of them have become friends that I will cherish the rest of my life.
What is your favorite food?
Ice cream.  I loooove ice cream.  My absolute favorite treat is soft serve vanilla or white chocolate ice cream (or fro-yo, yes going’ 80’s) with raspberries and granola mixed in.  YUMMY.  Before my wedding almost 9 yeas ago I worked very hard to be in great shape for that day. We lived in New Orleans near a TCBY and every Sunday as my weekly indulgence I went and got just that.
Name one thing you can’t do that you wish you could.
I wish I had mad carpentry skills.  I paint furniture, but imagine if I could build and paint it.  The possibilities would be endless!
How did you meet your husband?
He was my boss at Abercrombie & Fitch (CRINGE- don’t ever let your kids work there!).  We both went to the same university, but he graduated in ’99 and I graduated the following year.  I met him my senior year.  We were friends first and I didn’t even have a clue he was trying to date me.  It took me 3 actual dates to realize what he was doing.  I just didn’t see him beyond friend, and thought our dates were just regular outings with a friend!  Well, 12 years later, we are still friends…. and then some.
Favorite item in your home?
My favorite thing is definitely our gray fireplace/mantle.  Our last home did not have a fireplace, so I am really enjoying this!  I think so many family memories are created around a fireplace.  We lost power in a freak snowstorm in October, and we all huddled around our fire and played board games.  I will never forget that, and I don’t think my kids will either.
We moved in last fall and my first project was painting it gray.  Here it is decorated for Spring.
Best book you have read lately?
Well naturally it’s the Hunger Games series.  Of course.
But I also enjoy pretty much anything by Kristin Hannah and Jodi Picoult.
One thing people don’t know about you.
Although I am a very social person, there are some normally sociable activities that I love to do alone…
I love to shop alone, at my own pace.
I love going on walks alone.  If I felt safe, I would hike alone.
I love going to the beach alone.
I just love to be able to get lost in my thoughts, clear my head.
My husband knows that if I don’t get a little bit of alone/reflective time each day, I tend to get a little batty.
I like to drink alone.  Ha ha!  I am kidding on the last one!  I like to drink with my friends!
Show us your favorite room or project you’ve completed.
My favorite room was my dining room, with its gray and white striped walls and aqua sideboard.  But then the dog peed on our living room rug, and I bought a new one, so that room might be on its way to being my favorite.  But for now, in completion and done, the room that I am most proud of is my daughter, Emmy’s room.  It’s a woodland fairytale sort of room.  Here are a couple pictures…

If you could be featured in any magazine, which would you choose?
DEFINITELY Better Homes and Gardens.  I just love that magazine and love how diverse it has grown, showing all sorts of styles of homes.  I was in the bottom left corner of Flea Market Style last fall in tiny print, so that was exciting, but to have an actual feature or a whole page to myself would be so fun!
What was the first piece of furniture you ever painted?
I painted my parents dressers from when they were babies for Sawyer’s nursery.   The style is not what I would do today, but I still look back and love that they were passed on and special.  They were also passed on to Emmy’s nursery, and the paint stayed the same for her.  Here they are in her room 5 years ago…
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I studied English and Communication in college and I dreamed of working as a travel magazine editor.  I graduated in 2000, and have played many roles since then…. store manager, personal trainer, group ex instructor, mother….. Next Fall my baby heads to kindergarten, so I have been trying to decide again what I want to be when I grow up.
Person that inspires you the most?
These people inspire me the most.  They make me want to be the best possible version of myself.  Because their eyes are on me, and the people that they become depends on me.
And now it’s my husband’s turn!  How fun is this going to be?  Oh, and here is a picture he took of himself that comes up on my phone when he calls me.  I think it looks a little psychotic.  So it’s perfect.  Because I may have driven him a little crazy.
So here are Chris’ answers to Ange’s questions for him. When he emailed me with them, I said, “Seriously, Chris?  One word answers?”  And he replied that he is a man of little words.  So this will be a quick read for you.
Favorite room or project that you have worked on?
the living room in our house though all I have done is pay for it and get the windows unstuck. (they were painted shut when we moved in)
If you could choose a different career, what would you choose and why?
Chef/Restaurant owner because it would be fun and I like to cook. (Apparently my husband is 5 years old- who answers like this?)
Favorite Date Night?
a good bottle of wine and good food.
Favorite Movie?
The Legend of Ron Burgundy.
Favorite thing Cassie has done?
Marry Me.
Thank you Cassie and Chris for agreeing to be the Blooming Blogger today!  Chris, you were a good sport and I appreciate your answers.  Cassie, thanks for cranking this out on a holiday, you rock!  Head over to Primitive and Proper and say hello to Cassie, she hosts an awesome furniture link party every week and you should see what people are linking up, crazy good stuff!
I’ll be back tomorrow to show you how I incorporated some Chartreuse in my home for the Color My World Challenge.  Let me tell you, this has been a challenge!
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  1. says

    I’m with you Maury! I don’t know how Cassie churns out all these amazing projects, is such a great and devoted mom, and finds the time to comment all over blogland! She’s amazing!

  2. says

    Awww, what a cute post. I love that Chris’ answer to favorite thing Cassie ever did? “Marry me.” Cassie, my first job ever was at TCBY. I ate so much fro yo and still love it! 2nd job was at A&F. I think Cassie’s well on her way to a BHG feature!

  3. says

    I adore Cassie! Pictures of her kiddos always make me smile! And that hubs! he is so handsome!
    great post, super interview questions. (I even liked Chris’ answers)

  4. says

    Cassie, you have such a sweetheart for a husband :)
    My favorite kind of ice cream is soft serve too. It drives me nuts that around here they are only open in the summertime. Luckily I have a ice cream maker so I can make it myself at home.

  5. says

    I have the pleasure of knowing this beautiful family in real life and am able to call Cassie one of my closest friends. I love all her answers and I got a kick out of Chris’ responses too. Especially with Cassie’s commentary. Ron Burgundy? lol! I love lamp.

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