Today I’m sharing some of the results of last week’s reader survey!
First I want to say a huge thanks to everyone that took the time to complete it! Your feedback is so valuable to me and will honestly help me create more Sarah Hearts content that you love. So let’s get to it!
You guys love DIY projects!
This may come to no surprise to you, since so many of you said your favorite type of post on Sarah Hearts are DIY ones, but what was a big surprise to me is that the runner up was my wallpapers. I’ve honestly thought about phasing them out but don’t worry, they are here to stay!
If you have something you’d love to see on a future wallpaper download, please leave a comment on this post. Your idea might just appear as a cute little illustration this year!
This one also surprised me! Food has always been a part of Sarah Hearts and I plan on including more easy to make, delicious recipes this year. And the winner of the most requested food category? Party food! Which was closely followed by dinner and dessert.
Target is your fave.
You guys love Target and oh, so do I. It was overwhelmingly everyone’s go to place for all things home decor, and for good reason. I mean just take a look at the new OhJoy! collection. #targetdoesitagain, am I right?
You love buying handmade.
Sometimes you can’t always DIY. So what’s the second best place to shop for all things handmade? Etsy! This was definitely a winner for so many of you.
Thanks to all of you that took the time to submit your questions! I’ll be answering more of them in further details in the coming months but I wanted to answer just a couple of them now.
Western or English?
It seemed like quite a few horse-lovers and equestrians complete the survey because I got several questions about #justinthehorse. I’ll be sharing more about my favorite gelding in the future but to answer the question, it’s both!
Over the past year and half I’ve been riding western dressage and it’s just so much fun. If you’re unfamiliar with it, it’s like riding dressage (which is what I rode in college at FSU) but in a western saddle. It kinda happened upon it by accident, after still experiencing crazy foot pain, even while riding. Several friends suggested I try riding western as it might alleviate some of my pain. I gave it a try and then after watching a local western dressage show, I knew I had to give it a try. And now I’m hooked!
My favorite room in the house…
Is definitely my new home office. It combines some of my favorite things: horses (on the wallpaper), bright color, and tons of organization. In our previous home in Orlando, it was definitely the den, which was the room in the house with the best light. My favorite thing to do was read a book or magazine on my iPad while sipping coffee in the afternoon light.
I plan to expand more on this one and share more behind the scenes about creating and building a blog but here’s a brief list of the programs I use to create!
I feel in love with Illustrator in college, when I was learning both it and Photoshop. At the time, Photoshop was confusing and not very intuitive to me but I instantly took to Illustrator. I always was drawn to vector looking art and loved the limitless possibilities that it created. I use Illustrator to create my wallpaper downloads. I also use it for 95% of my printable downloads too.
I just this primary to create product roundups (like my gift guides). I also use it as the last step in my photo editing workflow. I run a script that uses Rad Lab as the “icing” on my photos. I then crop them in Photoshop and save them for the blog and all other platforms.
This is my first step in photo editing. I import my RAW photos directly into Lightroom and then make all my adjustments.
Final Cut Pro X
This is my go to program for editing videos. I know many pro editors prefer other apps, but as one who originally learned to edit on iMovie, I found it very user friendly. The newest version also has some great features (like copy + pasting color, location, volume and more) from one clip to another.
I could not work without it! I have it open on my computer all day and constantly take notes and reference it. It’s search capability makes it a breeze to find something and I love the ability to tag notes to keep things organized.
Thanks again for taking the time to take my survey! I cannot wait to share new content with you guys!
P.S. If you don’t already like the Sarah Hearts Facebook page, you definitely should! That’s where I share really fun videos of easy to make DIYs and recipes.