When it rains, it pours. There seems to be a lot going on in my world these days. This week I’ll have celebrated my birthday, Thanksgiving, my niece’s birthday, and next Tuesday I’ll be celebrating my retirement!
And with all of that celebrating going on, I almost completely forgot about my blogiversary!
Wowza, can you believe that 8 years ago today I posted my first blog post? Time really flies when you’re having fun.
Over the years, I’ve gone from this header …
to this header …
to this one …
And then last February I gave myself a fresh, neutral look with this header …
In 8 years, I’ve written 1,271 blog posts. My posts have been viewed 875,743 times. And you guys have left 31,782 comments! Thank you for that!
My furniture painting style has certainly evolved over the years too. My color choices have definitely changed. Early on I used a lot more color overall, especially that pale aqua/sea glass sort of color.
And who remembers all the pieces I did with vintage wallpaper?
That was a fun phase.
Lately I’m doing a lot more neutral pieces.
I’m not entirely sure if that’s because neutral is more marketable, or just because my own preference is leaning more towards the neutral.
Maybe it’s a little bit of both.
Up until the last couple of years I shared far more vintage garage sale/thrift store find makeovers.
They are still one of my favorite things to post about.
But COVID did a number on garage saling, with barely any sales in 2020 and things just starting to come back in 2021. Hopefully going forward I’ll have a lot more vintage find makeovers to share, especially now that I’ll be able to garage sale on weekdays!
For that matter, COVID messed with my travel posts as well.
I’m happy to report that after meeting with our financial planner, it appears that we’ll still be able to afford to travel in retirement. I’ll admit that I was willing to give it up if that meant I could leave the day job, but thankfully we won’t have to. So hopefully I’ll have more travel posts to share in the future too.
I’ve shared a few home tour posts over the years, including Nancy’s house …
And Amy’s house at Christmas …
I really need to get back to doing more of those. After all, Amy has since moved and has another fabulous home that I’d love to share (hint, hint Amy)!
I’ve done quite a few room makeover posts from my own house over the years as well.
Since beginning the blog I have made over the living room, the piano room, the dining room, the pantry, the principle bedroom, the guest bedroom and the q branch (ie. the study where I write this blog).
Now that retirement is going to free up a bunch of my time, I hope to tackle a few more redecorating projects going forward too.
And let’s not forget the garden tour posts!
Sue’s peaceful garden is one of my favorites.
And Jackie’s scented garden is amazing as well.
And of course I like to share my own garden on occasion too.
I think that being retired from the day job is going to result in a renewed enthusiasm for blogging, and I’m really looking forward to it!
So I want to express a huge THANK YOU to all of you who have supported my blog over the past 8 years whether it was with a purchase of one of my pieces, becoming a follower, leaving a comment, or simply just clicking on a post and reading it. I appreciate every single one of you!
It wouldn’t be a blogiversary without a giveaway, would it? Since this one sort of snuck up on me, I didn’t have a lot of time to compile a super fabulous giveaway. But recently someone commented on how they scrutinize the books I use to stage some of my furniture photos looking for clues on what decorating books I like. She also suggested I write a blog post about my favorites, and I still might get around to that. But in the meantime, I thought it would be fun to give away a couple of fabulous decorating books by two of my favorite bloggers.
First up is Liz Marie Galvan’s new book, Cozy White Cottage Seasons.
Who doesn’t need 100 ways to be cozy all year long? And has anyone else noticed that even her dog matches her preferred color scheme of whites and pale wood tones?
I’m also including Marian Parson’s (a.k.a. Miss Mustard Seed) new book, Feels Like Home …
which is filled with the beautiful photos that we have come to expect from Marian.
I have to be honest though, I still miss the old days when she painted furniture on the regular. I don’t think we’ll ever see that from her again though, more’s the pity because her painted furniture pieces were to die for.
Her work, especially her photo staging, has totally influenced my own style.
And her new book is fabulous and definitely worth a read.
I’m also going to throw in this gorgeous Staalmeester brush, just in case the winner wants to do a little painting.
The rules: Simply leave a comment on this blog post to be eligible to win.
Your comment must be left on this blog post, not on Facebook or Instagram. You are not required to follow my blog, although it would be awesome if you did!
I will randomly draw the name of a winner for today’s prize from all of the comments left on this post by Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at the stroke of midnight (U.S. Central time).
The fine print: no purchase necessary, you must be 18 years of age or older to win, void where prohibited by law, the number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning, approximate retail value of prize is $60, if the prize is not claimed by Friday, December 3, 2021 another name will be drawn at random to win, blah, blah, blah.
Thanks to Mr. Q for ordering the books for today’s giveaway from amazon.com 😉 Good luck!