About Me

Hi! I'm Val. Thanks so much for visiting my labor of love.

I am a wife, a mother to two awesome girls, an avid reader, a former librarian, a writer, a Buckeye fan, a baker, and a hopeless DIY addict.

Home Made Modern began as an outlet: a way for me to retain a sense of myself, my sense of style, and my personality through the very tasks inherent to being a stay-at-home mom. I love to read and write, so blogging about my home-making adventures seemed like it would suit me just fine. I must admit, though, I once saw a T-shirt that read, "No one cares about your blog" and thought it was the most hilarious thing I'd ever seen. I couldn't imagine why someoone would want to share the details of their day to a nameless, faceless online community. But then I began reading some of them, and I was hooked. So...once the dust settled after our first child was born and we no longer had that deer-in-headlights look so common to new parents, I discovered that my once-observed life was a thing of the past, and that while our daughter couldn't have cared less what the house looked like or what I made for dinner, I cared. And cared a lot. So I decided to write about our little life full of simple pleasures and found that it gave me purpose and lent structure and a sense of accomplishment to my days (something I really missed).

Along the way, I learned that the little things in life matter to me, the everyday can be special, and that I very much want to pass this love of home on to our two daughters. I want them to know simple pleasures and be comforted by them. The world is hectic and moves at a frenzied pace. The things that make a home, however, can be their touchstone. A homecooked meal, a clean house, arranging fresh flowers, the smell of something baking...these are all things that I grew up with and want to pass on to them.

Now that the girls are a tad older, Home Made Modern has become a passion of mine and the girls are my sidekicks. While some of the project and recipe ideas don't spring from my own imagination (those I call Copycat Crafts), they are all executed with intention and flavored with my own sense of style. I hope that all of the projects and recipes I share are as successful for you as they were for me, at least as creations of joy in an ordinary day.

I hope you enjoy looking around. Thanks again for visiting!


  1. It's so nice to "meet" you! I found your blog at Thirty Handmade Days. I love your tagline! I'm a new follower and looking forward to reading more. (P.S. The t-shirt is funny!)

  2. I loved reading your About Me Val. I can tell you are a writer- it was beautifully written. I think the t-shirt is funny! But I really have found that there is a wonderful community waiting to embrace each other through blogging. It's amazing. Thanks for reading 30days and taking the time to link up!

  3. Hi Val,
    Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I loved perusing you so much that I am now a follower on Facebook. And I too, love your About Me.

  4. I just came upon your blog today and like it so much I want to be able to add your button to my blog! But... for some reason I can't get the button to work. Not sure if the problem is on my end or yours, but I thought I'd let you know. I'll like your page on Facebook so that I get your updates anyway. :)


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