I’m not going to lie. Writing these “about me” sections is on par with setting my hair on fire and beating it out with a golf shoe. But I won’t, because my hair is my best feature. And on days when I’m sleep deprived and the circles under my eyes look like I have a serious illness, my hair is the only good feature I have left.

Either way, I’m not setting my hair on fire. Because I like it.

Here goes.

My name is Liz.

I’m a mother. I’m a wife. I wrote a book one time, and now I freelance. I’ve moved from Arkansas to New York, from New York to New Jersey, and now back again to Arkansas. How do I feel about being home? They’re going to have to carry me out of here feet first. My love for being home is aggressive.

I obsess about all things home related. I get blissed out when I find a beautiful vintage plate. I get hot and yell-y when someone asks me what I think of chevron patterns. I stalk old homes, and bonus points if they have crumbling gingerbread and seem a little creepy. If I was paid in Pinterest-hours I would be richer than the Kardashians, but with sensible flat shoes and a house in the country. Halloween is my favorite holiday, I listen to the Amelie soundtrack way too often, and there is nothing in this world I love more than smelling the top of my kid’s head, even after an hour at the park.


19 thoughts on “About

  1. Liz,

    I know your old email is disabled. Just wanted you to know I really enjoy reading your blog. Your posts got me through a really hard, long season of postpartum depression and anxiety. I’m so sorry to hear how difficult your life has been with this latest transition. Hoping you find great joy and beauty in today! Thanks for continuing to chronicle your journey.


  2. Hi Liz,

    First let me say I have been reading your blog for several years now and am so sorry to hear about the trials and tribulations you have gone through. I’m not usually one to comment on things I read in blogs and what not, but your post on 10/9/14 made me want to thank you for your insight. It seems to have a very close parallel to what my daughter is going through right now. She is engaged to a guy who is very controlling and always turns everything around to be her fault. There are two sides to every story, so they say, but I know my daughter and I know it isn’t always her. He has some serious issues himself. Anyway to make a long story short, I am going to have her read your 10/9/14 post and hope that she stores it in her brain for future reference. I’m hoping it will be the not too distant future. Thank you. You are in my prayers.


  3. I finally got my hands on a copy of your book. And I read it over just a few nights. I loved every word. And so I wanted to say thank you. Thank you for being so real. Thank you for still putting yourself and your writing out there. I am just one reader on the other side of the world in Australia…but your blog makes such a difference to my life. I always look for new posts and do a little happy dance when I see there’s one there. Hoping for wonderful things for you and little Jane.


  4. Hi, Are you the Elizabeth who designed the gorgeous monarch butterfly mask for Better Homes & Gardens? I would like one just like it for a party but don’t see the instructions. Would it be possible to order one from you? Many thanks, Evelyn C.


    • Hi Evelyn. Yes, once upon a time I made that for BHG. I don’t make them to sell. But I did use a basic black craft mask, added a cardboard extension to the back and that’s what the butterflies were glued to to make the form of it. Hope that helps!


  5. I saw you wrote an article in April about Dick Powell and visited his birthplace. I am researching to write a biography about him and I am interested in any information you could give me about his hometown, specifically the address of his birthplace.


    • The house is located in Mountain View, Arkansas (on Main Street I believe). Contacting their historical society, or the Ozark Folk Center, would probably be your best routes of detailed information.


  6. Hi Liz,
    I read an article you wrote about about Dick Powell’s birthplace. Do you happen to remember the address/location of it within Mountain View? I’m trying to find out if the sign marking it as his birthplace still exists. Thanks!


    • Hi Annette. I don’t know the exact address, but it’s located on East Main headed toward the courthouse/court-square area. The last time I passed by I noticed the sign was still there, that was this summer.


  7. Ms. Harrell — Enjoyed your article on Mount Holly and was even more delighted when you included my uncle by marriage, Naorooz Rustam, a Zoroastrian born in Persia, among those buried there. Uncle Rus was an engineer working in the Washington, DC, area when he met and married my aunt, who also worked for the federal government. When they retired, they lived in Mexico for several years, then moved back to the US and finished their lives together in Searcy. Several members of my Mom’s family are buried at Mount Holly, including my great-great-grandmother, Margaret Fry, a Cherokee from North Carolina.


  8. I really like your writing with the exception of the referrals to ArkanSANS…for me, I personally like the original moniker of ArkanSAWYER. This was before we became too persnickity and high falutin. I’ve never lived in KANSAS, but I’ve lived my entire life in ArkanSAW….thoughts?


  9. I just read your piece on Sylamore History. I found it interesting and well written. I look forward to reading more of work.


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