Creative Spotlight: Behind the Big Green Door | Live Pretty on a Penny

Creative Spotlight: Behind the Big Green Door

Happy Wednesday good folks! Thanks so much for stopping by and weighing in on my cabinet color selection on the blog and on Instagram. Your votes were so helpful, and I think that I may have narrowed down a color choice. I am excited, so stay tuned!

Moving on...I am back with another Creative Spotlight. You may remember when I posted about Brandi a couple of months ago, now I would like to present to you Alaya with Behind the Big Green Door.

I love Alaya's blog! I think it has a perfect mix of DIY, along with sharing some of her personal happenings. Alaya also has the cutest daughter, who she sweetly refers to as "Baby Girl" that pops up through the blog helping with projects occasionally. Enough about what I think, let's see what Alaya is sharing in her Spotlight!  
What are three interesting facts about you that we may not know through reading your blog?
1        - Most people are shocked to find out that as girly as I am that I’m a football fan and know quite a bit about the sport.  GO DAWGS! :)
           - I’m a huge lover of flowers. I keep fresh flowers on my desk at work and usually at home.
3     -I graduated high school and went off to college at the young at of 16.

Why did you select blog name?
I started with the blog name “My DIY Diary.” About a year later I changed the name to “Behind the Big Green Door.” My blog name refers to my big green front door. It’s abnormally tall compared to most doors. I felt this name better suited my blog as it allowed me to discuss not only DIY but also, life, family, recipes, work, and whatever randomness happens in my home.

How long have you been blogging, and why did you start?
I have been blogging on and off since Dec 2012. I started blogging at the encouragement of my family who thought I should share some of the project that I was doing around the house.

What has been the most rewarding experience from blogging?
The most rewarding experience from blogging is receiving text or emails from people who say I have inspired them to decorate or re-purpose instead of throwing away. I never thought the small things I was doing around the house would reach people and touch them enough to give it a try.

What has been your most challenging?
The most challenging thing about blogging is consistency. I go on a run where I have tons of ideas and then hit a dry spell. Or I just don’t have the time to invest. Knowing how to keep readers engaged during dry spells and off periods is challenging!

What has been your ABSOLUTE favorite project you completed, and why?

My absolute favorite project is my mother’s dining room. This was my favorite project because of how much my mom loved her space. She deserved it! It was a surprise from me to her on Christmas and she really loved it. I loved seeing her happy and knowing that all the thought I put into the project made her so happy.

Any networking ideas? How do you like to meet other bloggers/readers?
I have met other bloggers by stumbling across each their blogs and then eventually connecting through email. I would love to get more involved in networking and meeting others who share the same passion

What is your favorite quote to live by?
My favorite quote is “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...” by Dr. Seuss. Yes, Dr. Seuss! Lol! It’s amazing where you can draw inspiration from. I always try to live by this quote and it’s inspires me to know that whatever I choose to have can be obtained and wherever I want to be in life, I can be there.. It is all up to me!


Many thanks to Alaya for her participation. Who knew she graduated High School at 16! Smarty Pants!! Just kidding. Make sure you check out her blog. She has tons of cute projects that are sure to inspire you. One of my favs is her DIY Polka Dotted curtain makeover. I think the part that warmed my heart was that her daughter participated. Adorable!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by. Until next time!



  1. So fun learning more about other bloggers! Wow, graduating at 16...that is impressive!!

  2. I agree, that was fun. I think it was really sweet that Alaya redecorated her mother's dining room. I loved the quote, too... :)

  3. Wonderful spotlight feature. You were right, Alaya does have a wonderful blog!

  4. Love your spotlight post! This is a wonderful way of meeting new-to-me bloggers or just getting to know them better. Now I'm off to check out her blog.

  5. Love Alaya's blog! Her creativity and fresh ideas are such an inspiration!!


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