Taby and husband

While I have not had the privilege of personally meeting Tabeta Jean it is my pleasure to call her my bloggy friend. I can relate to her in so many ways and yet we are so very different.

The Closet Intellectual is her blog, she writes a variety of subjects and is always great to stop by and see what she has going on.

Enjoy every moment.

Here is what Taby had to say about her and a few questions that we asked:

"I am originally from the bay area in California.  When I was 22, we moved out to North Carolina, just because we could.  My folks retired, & they came out to NC too, as did my sister.  We then moved to Arizona for a year, before we settled in Tennessee {where my husband is from}.  We didn't have any particular reason for moving around, other than, as I said, because we could!  Now we are settled in though-- this is our home, no doubt.  My husband & I are both historians & college professors.  We have three kids, our eldest in 20 and in college {she has her own place down the road from us}, Thing 2 is 16 and Thing 3 is 15.  We also have 3 dogs {Doc, Alice & Poosh} and 2 cats {Boromir and Mac}.  We live in our little odd house {Cecilia} and are really very happy!"

A quote that they love
The Girls in the Carousel

Besides blogging what are your hobbies.
"I used to faux finish furniture {trompe-l'oeil} & do painting {like faux plaster or marble} while I was in college, and I still do a bit just for fun.  I sew, craft, DIY-- I've even done plumbing & electric work in our house!   I'm sort of a jack-of-all-trades!"

Tell us a little about how and why did you start your blog?
"I actually started blogging as a way of sort of showing off the stuff I did to & around the house.  It was a way of keeping me creative, you know?  Sort of a record of what I'd done & what I'd like to do.  It has blossomed in to a bit of this -n- that: a family journal, a venting space, a photo album-- I just love it."

How has blogging affected your life?
"Well, like I said above, it has encouraged my creative side!  Its also introduced me to a whole bunch of wonderful people {yourself included} & the whole community of bloggers!  Its also encouraged us to explore our own hometown & the areas around it.  Photographing for the blog has also changed the way I look at everyday things, like produce at the farmer's market!  Everything takes on an additional aura of beauty when you are looking at through a camera lens!"

Taby's Children

Before we continue with Taby's answers I would like to take this opportunity to have you view the photo to the left side of this writing, these are her three beautiful children, I just love this shot and had to share it with you all.

Oh, by the way, yes this is a lovely shot yet it is about 15 years old, check out the below pictures from her children as they are today. 

After reading all about Taby and the Closete Intellectual feel free to visit and or follow her via: Her Website // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Bloglovin // Pinterest

Kira & Renan in a Kiddycoaster Kira & Marija in a Firetruck Kira in an Airplane

On the subject of blogging, Taby is the creator of "Five Among Friends" a weekly friendly event that helps us get to know each other a bit better.

Now back to our questions...

Where do you find inspiration?
"Everywhere! The web of course-- pinterest, other bloggers. But also local craft stores & fairs, & the quirky stores around us-- all of which we found because of the blog."

Where do you find inspiration? "Everywhere!  The web of course-- pinterest, other bloggers.  But also local craft stores & fairs, & the quirky stores around us-- all of which we found because of the blog."

Thank you for reading along...

Thank you!
Thank you for such an awesome article Jay!! Hugs from across the internets!