Haven 2013:  How To Blog and a Giveaway

Haven 2013: How To Blog and a Giveaway


(me and Jess)

This is how my face looked for the last 72 hours.

Grinning from ear-to-ear with red lipstick on.

I couldn’t help it.

I just smiled and laughed and chortled and giggled and guffawed my way through a blog conference.

Remember how nervous I was about that speech?

Remember how my knees were shaking?

Remember how carefully I planned out my earrings and my outfit and my funny story?


Just between you and me…..shhhhhh…..

…..IT WAS AMAZING.  🙂Continue reading

Home Sweet Home Giveaway (over $4000 in prizes)

Home Sweet Home Giveaway (over $4000 in prizes)

I am so glad you are here!

Today is the day of the most amazing….over-the-top…..incredible…..exciting giveaway I have ever had the joy of being a part of and I am so excited!

Wait until you see the prizes!

homesweethome1 with over 4k


I am so lucky to join with nine other bloggers that I absolutely adore…..to put together TWO of the best giveaways on the web.

There are tons of prizes….but two of my favorite are the “I hope you dance” sign from Between You and Me and a beautiful Houndstooth jute rug in any size you choose….from Soft Surroundings.


This is a wonderful world we live in. 🙂


Please note that this giveaway has ended!  

All details about the giveaway as well as contest rules can be seen here.

Can I Sit Next to You?

Can I Sit Next to You?

I wanted to say thank you.

Humbly, sincerely, and from the bottom of my heart.

Writing a blog can be a little scary sometimes.  It’s like walking up to the popular table and hoping that someone will invite you to sit down.  You walk up to the table and you stand there trying to make eye contact, holding your tray awkwardly, shifting from side to side, and waiting.

Waiting and hoping…..hoping that someone will like you for you.

This blog has been a lot like that.  You love your house (and it’s already been established that you are having an affair with your porch)…..but will someone else like it?  Will someone care that your vintage, thrifted, painted, sanded and glittered rooms are in blogland.  Will anyone listen?

And as I typed and posted and typed and posted….so many of you were encouraging me, in ways perhaps, you will never know.  I guess that’s what makes this wonderful, scary, thrilling blog world so exciting.

I feel like I am at the beginning of a very long race and each little comment you leave only makes me want to walk faster.

So I couldn’t go another day or post another post without letting each and everyone of you know how treasured your encouragment is to me.



And I want to send a special thank you to Kelly from Eclectically Vintage  for a fantastic feature she posted of my curbside treasure turned chalkboard.  Her blog is an ecletic mix of old and new, sprinkled with humor and creative genius.  Please stop by and check it out.

PS  Note to self:  when you post a picture of chalkboard that is then featured on a fabulous, fantastic, well-written blog like Eclectically Vintage, please, please make sure your children know how to spell “Environmental Science Club!”  🙂

PPS  All photos were taken by RTM Connect.