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02My name is Chelsey. I am in my late twenties, living in Atlanta, GA. My husband (Zach) and I moved here from West Virginia with our two cats (Cini and Kashka). 

My favorite colors are red and yellow. I also love orange, green, purple, gray….


I love sweet red wine. And whiskey. And that’s all you really need to know, isn’t it? 😛

I bake a good bit–mostly in the fall and winter (who in their right mind wants to go anywhere near an oven in the summer?). I am incredibly introverted (I’ve been described as an INFJ). That doesn’t mean I don’t like people, it just means I need more quiet time than extroverts do. Socializing exhausts (and often bewilders) me. Zach likes to believe I’m secretly lonely. In reality, I am extremely happy being alone for weeks at a time.

01I love snow. I used to hate summer, but it’s grown on me over the years. But I’d still rather then put on a jacket than let my apartment get too warm. And if I didn’t have to pay the electric bill, I would definitely do that.

I started running Budget Girl when I decided I wanted to learn how to DIY…lots of things. Since then, I have expanded into teaching myself ALL KINDS of stuff–knitting, embroidery, photography, cooking, furniture refinishing, etc. This blog is often categorized as a “food” blog, but it’s more of a “learning” or “self-sufficiency” blog. 

I try very hard to put some level of “why” into what I do, which requires research. Even if it’s something as simple as, “Why should I use butter instead of margarine?” I think experimentation is important. Trying something different and completely destroying it is a better learning experience than getting something perfect every time and not understanding why it turns out that way. When you mess up, the first thing you do before trying again is figuring out why it didn’t work. I’ve learned so much through my mistakes, both in and out of the kitchen.

A few more random facts about me:

♥Even though I prefer baking, my self-control is pretty terrible so I try to limit that to special occasions.
♥ I try to spend as much time as possible in sweat pants.IMG_2244
♥ I don’t curse a lot on this blog, but I definitely do in real life.
♥ I’m a contributor at Growing Up Gabel!
♥ I’m not a morning person. If you talk to me before I’ve had coffee, I won’t remember anything you say because I will spend the whole conversation concentrating on not punching you in the face.
♥ I love to read, even if I don’t do enough of it. Friend me on Goodreads! I don’t always remember to update, though. Also, if I can’t find anything new and interesting, I tend to just read the same thing over and over again until I do.
♥ I love to knit and play board games.
♥ I believe you can teach yourself anything if you really want to and I HATE when people say, “That’s cool! I wish I knew how to do that….” Everything you see on this blog, I taught myself with almost no classes (I took some online cooking classes when I was first married, but that’s basically it). The fastest way to learn something is to stop making excuses and just dive in!

On October 20, 2014, I wrote up 27 Random Facts About Me to celebrate my 27th birthday. Check it out!


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Kelly (Cobwebs, Cupcakes & Crayons) May 23, 2013 at 7:27 PM

Thanks for stopping by and following my little blog. I’m enjoying looking around yours!!

Chelsey May 31, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Thank you! 😀

Bismah Abdelgawad October 19, 2013 at 6:01 AM

I enjoyed reading your introductory page and looking forward to reading more of your blog posts!
Stopping over from the “Bloglovin Blog Hop”. Following you on Bloglovin, Twitter, and Facebook.
Have a great weekend 🙂

Chelsey October 19, 2013 at 6:23 AM

Thank you! I’m checking out your blog right now. 😀

iheartstormyweather January 29, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Hello Chelsey!

I have been really enjoying your blog! Love your creativity! It is also so pretty! I have been enjoying your blog so much that I am nominating you for the Sunshine Blogging Award! Thanks for a great blog!

Have a wonderful day!

Chelsey February 19, 2014 at 1:58 PM

Aw, thank you!! 🙂

Aspen Jay February 28, 2015 at 9:04 PM

Ah Chelsey, the more I read your blog and learn about you, the more I like you! That is awesome that you have taught yourself so much, just by getting to work! So glad I found your blog!

Chelsey March 7, 2015 at 5:38 PM

Aspen, I don’t know why I didn’t see this comment before. 😛 Thank you so much! It means a lot that you like my blog (and me!) so much. I hope we can get to know each other better! 🙂


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