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Glad to see you want to learn more about me! This page gives you a quick background on myself and this blog, as well as my contact form.

About This Blog

I’m Kay- also known as The Great Zambini- and Out of The Hat is a lifestyle blog. I focus on creating content that will inspire others to live their maximum lifestyle on a minimum budget, and to help refuel the creative fires. I want to provide near magical solutions to everyday problems and generally think outside of the box. I really like thinking outside of the box. It confuses mimes everywhere ;)


About Me

In case you were curious, because this is a kind of abstract name, I am, in fact, not named Zambini. That’s completely a code name I made up for myself when I was eighteen because I thought it was very amusing. Honestly, I still think it’s very amusing, and it’s been a few years since I started- maybe I didn’t grow up as much as I thought I did if I still hang on to a crummy joke like that. My actual name is Kay and I write full time as a professional writer, both on this website, and on K.G.Wilkie where I write about my adventures writing YA novels. That, and I also write said novels. It’s more than any decent sensible human would sign themselves up for- especially when you consider that it’s now officially my job to keep up all the social media outlets for two different writing outlets as well. I guess that goes to show I’m not the most sensible and practical person and prefer to live a little more optimistically. I took a short break on this blog where I did only occasional posting while I was grinding through college, but now I’m back full time so there will be no radio silence ever again. Yay!

I also occasionally write updates about myself, from my travels to new hobbies to just living in the DC area. I feel like I’m always doing something, so there should be some posts that will amuse you no matter what your interests are.

In the past I did a lot of different styles of writing on this blog, from poetry to novels to blogging to live storytelling which isn’t technically writing at all, so don’t be surprised if there’s a variety in content on here. That said going forward I have determined to focus on the home and lifestyle posts that I began this site for, so you’ll have to click over to my writing blog if you miss my fiction posts (though you can still access all of them in my archives because I couldn’t bear to delete them).

In case the name of the blog made you curious, I started this site to share the magical solutions I found to the everday problems of my life while staying within my original college student budget of $0. I still am cheap at heart and still do my best to share ways you can have the creative and green lifestyle you crave at even the smallest budget.

Contribute to This Blog

I welcome anyone who has a guest post they would like to share with my audience to get in touch with me. I will consider any guest post that fits neatly into one of the categories shown at the header: Experiences, Home (this includes food), Style, Self, All Natural (this includes environmental posts), Career, Wellness, The Arts, Money. My readers seek to improve themselves as well as the world around them, and they enjoy creative posts. Posts that are very poorly written, boring, or go against the values expressed on the site will likely not be considered. Posts that are crude or offensive will also likely not be accepted. The world has enough problems, and I do not aim to add to them with this site.

Stay Connected

Out of The Hat content can be found through this blog, a Twitter, and a Pinterest .  All of them are under the name The Great Zambini. If you look at the sidebar to the right, you should also be able to follow my posts through email. If you would like to guest post on this blog please feel free to contact me with a post idea! If you have any other questions or just want to give a shout out I love hearing from people so feel free to contact me below.





30 comments on “About”

    1. As a matter of fact, I`m not. I found the sign up took effort, and it really wasn`t necessary. There`s a very vibrant and active Craigslist community around here, and all kinds of really good stuff shows up for free. For example, I got a (new) Bosch dishwasher for free, because the people who owned it got a new color scheme in their kitchen. Stuff like that happens all of the time. It`s crazy, but I benefit a lot from it!

  1. ooh i love your blog! I am also a casual geek – atm Im into Star Trek:TNG – really looking forward to watching season 5. Haven’t seen the Hobbit yet cos live in the country where cinemas are like an old projector and a few wooden stools. Waiting for the DVD to enjoy the film in the luxuries of home.

    1. I haven`t actually seen the latest incarnation of Start Trek at all! I saw the original season (I was hog tied down and couldn`t avoid it) and the 80`s version (I decided Sci Fi may not be the worst thing ever invented after watching the original), but I really don`t watch television that much in general. I`m rather proud that my geekiness is usually limited more to books than what I watch, both in Sci Fi and Manga geekiness!

  2. Hi Zambini, thanks for your visit on my blog! I wanted to let you know I’ve visit your blog also and I am curious what you are going to do with recycling, what you will let us see. It’s a great subject, success! x Cynthia

  3. I’m sorry I didn’t notice your posts… I like your mirror, it’s nice. It’s a pity you don’t have a picture of the room divider too.. And I’m happy that I am inspiring someone else, thank you! You are inspiring me as well to try to do something with cardboard!

  4. hi again TheGreatZambini, i really enjoyed the conversation thread we shared on my blog, and just wanted to visit a bit to ty for following my poetry and artwork. encouragement is always really appreciated.

  5. As promised I dedicateda borscht recipe to you on my blog today. I linkde you but am not sure if you will get it so you can find it at frenchgardenerdishes.wordpress.com and it’s Pretty in Pink Al Fresco Lunch

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