Honest Scrap Award

honestscrap12Interesting….  I’ve been asked for honesty.  I attempt to be authentic most times, even to the point of being self-depricating.  I accept the challenge.

I am a huge fan of Susan Cohan so I’m flattered she tagged me for an Honest Scrap Award.  I feel blessed to have an interesting life and fascinating friends, but I must admit to being pretty much an average mom these days as opposed to my crazy youth. I even find it humorous that my very mainstream teenage daughter’s very mainstream boyfriend (who I love) calls me “colorful.”

Colorful, as a description of me, is funny, in part, because I did not wear color for more than a decade.  Yep, I was one of those goth girls. I’ve morphed since then.  I no longer wear jewelry in my nose and it’s jeans and full color t-shirts most days.

See how much of a goof-ball-mom I am? I was helping my husband set up lights he shot this frame.

See how much of a goof-ball-mom I am? I was helping my husband set up photo lights and he shot this frame in a Wellsboro, PA hotel.

The award has two components. You have to first list 10 honest things about yourself (and make them interesting), and second is to present the award to seven other bloggers.   I can promise you that I did reach down and tried my best to be open without embellishment.  I can promise the items are too long.  Smile. I will tag folks who I am curious about; a couple who are local to me. I’m hoping I’m not repeating any tags.  Thanks for reading!

-In high school, a good friend turned me on to thrift shopping.  I soon fell in love with 1950’s era design and furniture.  I fed my desire to be surrounded by mid-century modern by collecting 50’s dishware.  I stored them under my bed.  I had 200 plates at one point.

-Transitioning from a career in newspapers to “still to be determined” is terribly frightening.  It’s comforting, in a way, to feel not so alone in this.  Seems the entire world is transitioning.

I'm very proud of my kiddos.

I'm very proud of my kiddos.

-I have not successfully taught my children good food habits.  They still love fast-food and I give in to them.  I am attempting to wean them off.

-I planned to be a professor, which explains the Political Science/Economics gig I finished at Purdue University.  Didn’t get any money for grad school so I decided to get paid to learn, rather than paying to learn, and took a job as a photojournalist in Pennsylvania.  I was a photographer nearly 20 years.

- I lived on a farm in Indiana for a part of my childhood. I never would have guessed that I’d want a farm as an adult.  It is fascinating how much youthful experience dictates your later life.

-I became interested in gardening and cooking pretty far ahead of most of my friends.  One friend dubbed me the, “Punk Rock Martha Stewart.”   Hence, the blog name.

-I came to my love of local food from an anti-industrialization angle rather than an environmental angle.

-I overcame shyness through photography.  I love meeting all sorts of people and my camera gave me both a reason to interact and a wall to hide behind.  Now, my blog lets me continue doing what I loved about photojournalism.  I get to talk to people and share their stories and images with others.

-I lean on and value my friends more than some folks.  This might be because I have very little family left.  I feel lucky they put up with me.

-My first job was as a waitress at the Triple X.  Now, now… It is a root beer stand.

Tag!  If your name is below I bestow upon you an Honest Scrap Award.  Please play.  It’s fun.

Kenny veggiegardeningtips

Daniel smallkitchengardens

Kerry containergardens

Dan clearwaterlandscapes

Fern lifeonthebalcony

Katie gardenofwords

Carrie readbetweenthelimes

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Laura Mathews

Laura is a garden writer and photographer. She writes online content for gardening websites, writes for gardening publications and blogs for three gardening blogs. Her interests are local food, organic gardening, backyard homesteading and native plants. She assists gardening related clients with social media. And occasionally, she'll offer a solicited opinion as a garden coach.


  1. Whew! Okay- finished! Do you know how hard it is finding people that haven’t been tagged before? BTW- I LOVE that pic of you grinning!

    # Posted on December 17, 2009 at 4:37 pm by Carri
  2. You are every bit as interesting as I thought you’d be! BTW I wish you were in one of my Hort Program design classes…could use some bright bulbs! Thanks for playing…and thanks for the huge compliment…

    # Posted on December 17, 2009 at 5:22 pm by Susan aka Miss R
  3. Golly. I never thought of you as shy….more thoughtful and introspective. And somehow the idea of a shy goth person is hard to wrap around. I think it takes a lot of nerve to lurk about dressed in that funereal fashion

    # Posted on December 17, 2009 at 6:38 pm by T. Burger
  4. Thanks all! Terry, I was past shy once you joined the PN! I have to apologize to my teen. I hurt her feelings by calling her mainstream. She asserts that she is as much a rebel as I was because she is comfortable being the smart kid and has won unprecedented musical accolades. My apologies, my sweet Gab.

    # Posted on December 17, 2009 at 7:04 pm by Laura Mathews
  5. I really like your blog and i respect your work. I’ll be a frequent visitor.

    # Posted on December 20, 2009 at 4:20 am by generic propecia

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