For as long as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed using my hands and heart to create beautiful things for friends and loved ones. I’m Lisa Tutman-Oglesby and if you’ve spent any amount of time on this blog, you can see I’m pretty hooked on creativity. I always have been. I can’t help it. I just like making stuff and I delight in the simple rewards that come from taking raw materials, applying a little elbow grease and imagination and making something wonderfully unexpected. I’ll bet you’re the same way.
As you explore Celebrate Creativity, you’ll notice I’m pretty passionate about many things including (but not limited to) recipes, sewing, gardening, decorating and photography (just to name a few interests). In my book, there are no limits on the number of hobbies a person should indulge in. Do what you love and you’ll love what you do.
I’m a diehard bargain hunter, DIYer, crafter, collector of fabrics and vintage dishes, home décor enthusiast, wife, mom of two and a Virginia transplant. I relish taking the everyday and the ordinary and transforming it into pretty darn extraordinary… without spending a fortune to do it. Celebrate Creativity is a natural extension of that affinity and I hope you find inspiration here to help make your home even lovelier.
Before turning my attention to Celebrate Creativity, I spent more than 20 years as a television news reporter and anchor at stations in Flint, MI, Indianapolis, IN and Atlanta, GA as well as Washington, D.C. where I was a White House/Capitol Hill correspondent. The latter half of my reporting career was spent at NBC in Chicago, IL where I also won an Emmy award for Outstanding Achievement for Individual Excellence. That winged, golden lady with her raised globe looks just great on my fireplace mantle. You know I keep her looking fresh and shiny thanks to my dandy, handcrafted feather duster. Yes, I make those too. I think my experience as a journalist certainly influences my news-you-can-use blogging approach where I blend words and vibrant pictures to inform, entertain, educate, enchant and hopefully… inspire.
I’ve been fortunate to have my writing, photography and projects appear in some wonderful books and magazines including Romantic Homes, Crafts ‘n Things, Creating Keepsakes, Apronology and many more beautiful publications. Perhaps you spotted me as a finalist in Country Living magazine’s 2012 Blue Ribbon Blogger awards competition. I didn’t win the category but it was still really cool to be nominated and in the running against some of the biggest bloggers out there. I was also featured in the book, Blogging for Bliss by Lark Books (2009) and my popular handcrafted cookie mix gift sack project appeared in the December 2015 issue of the French crafts magazine, Creative. Also, keep an eye out for the cookbook, Sunday Dinner published by University of North Carolina Press (2015). I styled and photographed the cover image and you can read more about that experience HERE. You can also find my photography, projects, recipes and tips in Country Sampler’s Celebrating Everyday Life magazine (2017), Bake from Scratch/Feed Feed special Holiday Cookies publication (2017) and Country Sampler Autumn Decorating (2018) and the German magazine Landhaus (2019) and Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Christmas (2020) and The New York Times (2020).
My commercial photography has included partnerships with a number of highly-recognized brands including; Calphalon, Oster, Amoretti, Jord and FTD ProFlowers.
Creativity sits at the heart and soul of this blog. My aim is that you’ll take my colorful tutorials, doable step-by-steps and other offerings and put them to good use to make your day easier, beautiful, more efficient or just plain fun. Take a look around. Try a new recipe, tackle an interesting project or attempt a craft you never considered before. I think you’ll find plenty around here to tickle your fancy.
From my heart to yours, I hope Celebrate Creativity helps you create a home and life you love. I’m behind you every step of the way.