Happy Summer 2014!

 Hey all! I have missed you in my short break! I took my blog status to private for a week or so to clean up some past posts and to re-think my purpose of blogging. Writing posts about home projects is way fun for me but through the few years of keeping up my site, I was beginning to feel an obligation to feature and write about what ever I was doing, even if I had to ignore my kids for an evening to do so (Mom guilt). 

My boys are growing up fast and I know this time in my life is so precious and short. I have decided to take a little step back from my blog and give more time to my family.

I’ve had several requests from readers to still be able to read past posts so I decided to keep it up and public but just post when it is convenient.

I get panic-ee about my kids growing up and fear looking back and think that I didn’t absorb every moment of their childhood. My husband works hard to support our family and gives me the opportunity to be a full time mom…I’d be so crazy to take that for granted.

I hope you will all still visit here and there and I will keep in touch. We have plans this summer….another new baby cousin coming and plenty to celebrate. I balance home projects and blogging much better when the kids go back to school.

I hope you all enjoy your own summer with friends and family.

Enjoy every minute!

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Hey Holly just stopping by to say hi and to let you know Im thinking about you and so funny I was looking at my kitchen island I made and I thought about the day I showed it to you lol! Hope your enjoying your summer. Deidre

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Cathy Cobblestone

Oh Holly – I understand totally – so please enjoy your precious boys! I too, have an 11 year old son – and I realize that before I know it – he's going to be grown and gone. The time is going way to fast. I will miss your incredible talent and all your posts but I'll look forward to the projects you share with us. You have inspired so many of us. Best Wishes and Happy Summer.

Karen Marie Kedzuch

Holly, I was blog networking today and found you! Happy dancing!!! I will you be following you and already signed up for emails. Happy Blogging, Karen Marie Dragonfly & Lily Pads


Good for you girl!! My kids are grown and off on new adventures for themselves. I can tell you time goes so fast, it seems like just last week I was going to PTA meetings, loads of laundry and keeping the pantry filled for ALL the kids coming through the house. Now it's just me and Mr. P… and it's a new adventure for us too! I miss those days though and I might do things differently now, but I was so blessed to be able to stay home and raise those kids myself and spend my time with them,… Read more »

Michelle Marie

You have a fantastic blog, Holly. But you also have a fantastic family! Take a breather and focus on your kiddos! Us here in blog land will be fine. I promise! 🙂


Thanks so much for bringing your blog back, I got the twitchies when I couldn't click through my pins to your site :-)Seriously – life is way too short to waste it – enjoy those kiddos, it does go by way too fast (from the mom of a 21 year old who doesn't need her much anymore, sniff, sniff). Patty


I am in the same \”boat\” here…it all started after the new year for me. I've decided to \”let go\” of the guilt and pressure I put on myself to post…and just post when I have something to share. I feel so much better 🙂 Enjoy your summer and those sweet boys!!

Angela Ryder

Enjoy your family! The blog will always be there. You definitely have your priorities straight!!! Enjoy your summer!!~~Angela

Shelly Schember

Holly, thank you so much for this post! I am new to your site this year and really enjoy your style. So glad to hear you are taking time for your family-soooo important. I definitely will keep checking into your blog!

Donna Lotshaw

Family is the most important and should always come first. I'm so grateful for the time and posts you have shared with us all! Many blessings to you and your family 🙂

chateau chic

Such good priorities, Holly! You'll never have regrets when you put your family first. Enjoy your summer to the fullest!!Mary Alice


I tend to be more attracted to blogs that have their priorities straight….. you know, more down to earth style.

Cris Eddy

Enjoy your time with your boys. Best time of your life! Thanks for keeping your blog open so we can all steal, I mean admire ideas.hugs~Cris

ImSoVintage Laura Walker

We will miss you, Holly, but you are right, enjoy every moment with those boys. They do grow up way too quickly. xo Laura


Hi Holly:Enjoy the summer, life does go by too quickly. It says so much about your character that you put family first. Thanks for keeping your blog online you are such a creative inspiration to us. I look forward to seeing you again in the fall. XOXO


Enjoying your family has to be a priority. We have no children but my hubby works long hours and has a killer commute. Our weekends are very precious to us. Our pups and our new home are our priorities right now as well as finding some moment of time together which is not easy when living with people.Cynthia

Deb Hrabik

All the best Holly! So supportive of your decision. Blessings,Deb

Mary Ann Parker

Hi Holly,I'm so glad that you decided to keep the blog up but I'm more elated to know that you acknowledge what you value more. And that's family. You're an awesome wife and Mother! :)With that being said, Thank you so much for keeping your blog online. I use your blog post to inspire me.


So glad that you put it back up. You have so many Super Decorating Ideas on here!I know I got excited when I could not access your blog – I have so many of your ideas pinned:)Enoy your children and making memories with them. You can't get that time back!

Leslie Harris

Well you know what my opinion is. I love your blog and your creativity amazes me, but go enjoy the boys, especially during summer. You'll know when to post, and when you do, you'll have all your followers right here waiting. You're that special.xoLeslie

Katie Mansfield

I'll miss you but have a wonderful summer with your boys. Don't take any of it for granted. It flies by in a blink of an eye.


Your boys sure do look to be growing up fast from the photos Holly. Thanks for all that you share on your blog … my friend contacted me in a real panic when your blog went private as she feared she may lose you altogether. I told her to just be patient & you would return 🙂 Enjoy your summer with your family – these times are special & pass by so very quickly, My 2 sons are grown young men now – it happened in the blink of an eye. Hugs, Julie x0x

Tracey McCartney

Glad to hear that you are leaving your blog up! I find so much inspiration here. You are so creative and talented! Enjoy your kids.

Raination Nation

That last comment was from fern creek cottage. I didn't realize I was logged into my so'ns acct and I'm too lazy to start over again ;)Lisa

Raination Nation

Have a great summer with your kiddos! I'm planning on taking most of the summer off from blogging too!

debi rosin

Enjoy your summer, boys, and free time. . . you don't even know your blog friends so we fully understand you need the people that need you. . . .see you when we see you. . .

Coastal Cottage Dreams

Enjoy your family. I am debating taking a break too, I have my home up for sale, a new granddaughter and so many things going on. Blogging for me is a hobby not a business…….best of luck to you!

Gee Singh Newbanks

Hello you!!! :DLife goes on… way too fast I think. I blog in between family. So my posts are maybe once a month on average. BUT my family is growing way too fast for me to keep up and blog. Like you , I have had the pleasure of staying home to be a mommy an now GG and I wouldn't trade it for anything. Enjoy every second of your boys. Hugs, and have a wonderful summer.Gee