summer, and the changes it brings

You probably noticed a few changes here today, eh?

I've been doing a lot of introspective thinking about what I give my time to, and my priorities this year.
Reading some great articles about what success means to me, running a business, photography, but mostly just making memories with Hannah.  
Especially now that she's home during the summer months.

I kind of hold a lot of what I'm gleaning close to me, and don't really feel comfortable sharing it most of the time. 
Not because I'm trying to hold out on other people learning from what I'm learning, but just because it's revealing itself to me in bits and pieces along the way.

So here's where I'm at and where my head is.
First of all, as I mentioned, I don't ever want what I do to get in the way of me being a good mom.  
I want it to complement it.

If Hannah can learn anything from what I do, and be a part of it, I will feel like that is one aspect of parenting I have succeeded in.
She is enjoying discovering some new things herself, and I am trying to do what I can to support that.

Like cooking.  And baking.

Yesterday she wanted to make a new cookie recipe that she had seen on Pinterest.
They were fabulous!

If you are gluten free, you definitely need to try them.
Ooey, gooey, super chocolatey.
I may or may not have eaten two for breakfast.


My goals for my blog have clarified for me this year, and really, I want my blog to be an accent to my vintage furnishings business, and not my sole bread and butter. 

 I like blogging, but it's not the only thing for me.
What really gets me excited is hunting, painting, researching, staging, and selling.

I want my blog to be a beautiful experience for the visitors and regulars who come.
 I really want to hone my photography skills, so I am experimenting and learning all I can right now.

The blogs I love the most are the ones that have gorgeous photos, simple design, and feel like a breath of fresh air when I visit.  
They are inspiring, but not overwhelming.


I read this article over the weekend, and L.O.V.E.D it.
I actually sat down and wrote out my version of success.

And you know what else? 
I appreciate someone else giving me permission for #2 on the list.
It was interesting how many people agreed in the comments and said the same thing.
I have enjoyed finding some new blogs this summer- ones that are artful, honest, beautiful.
And I don't feel icky visiting.

The obvious- my blog has a different look today.  
This also relates to what I just wrote in the last section- what I want my blog to feel like, and how I want my look.

Clean and unfussy.

And I know that a lot of blogs just switched over to BlogLovin because of the Google Reader drama, but I'm not a drama lovin' girl.

I switched for a couple reasons.  
If GR was going buh-bye, then I needed to have a way for people to stay connected, but also, that little followers box didn't make me feel awesome.

So why keep it?  
I like the freedom of just being me, and writing and creating and doing what makes me happy and not for the numbers.
I hope people like visiting, and what I do, but I'm not doing it for the numbers.

If I'm being totally honest, I want people to follow my blog because they actually like it.
That's why I follow blogs!

I loathe the "follow me, I'll follow you back" comment.

Because I know from experience that person will visit maybe one or two times, and then see me as just a number in their followers box.

I'm pretty simple (it's even one of my nicknames - simple girl...)
and I think having a cleaner, simplified look is more me.

That said, I did a lot of the tweaking myself, except for the new header.  
My designer, Megan from Red Pearl Designs did some updates for me, and I love it.

The general look of my blog though...well, I'm no blog designer, so I hope to get it tightened up and a bit more spiffy here soon.  
For now, it's got a cleaner, streamlined look, a la me.

What will I hope to bring here with some of my new found clarity and ideas?
Mostly the same stuff, just with a better idea of what is guiding me.

Home decor
vintage finds
creative projects
yummy food
...and the occasional DIY project.

See? pretty much the same. 
But different.

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I know my social media buttons are missing, but I'm hoping to work on that over the next couple of days.
I'm still on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram!
And of course, you can still follow me on Bloglovin, email or Feedburner.
Those are all in my sidebar.

I'm also going to be adding a section in the blog comments
box for me to reply to you.
I have a hard time keeping up with everything during the day, (including commenting on visits and questions), and I think it will help you and me.

(I do reply to some of the comments left here....usually via my iPhone!)

Thanks for letting me share where I'm at, and thanks for your visit.
Love you guys.

xo Denise


  1. Love the new look, your blog, and you, and your wonderful outlook. I am about to go read that article!

  2. Denise- That is what I like the best in the blog world, too. REAL- honest- true to self. You are on the right track. I keep it simple, too, and could learn a lot more about photgraphy but my blog shows my love of family and life and my sense o humor. xo Diana

  3. Good for you! And I love the look of your blog redo :)
    I'm with you on the 'I followed, follow me back' comment - I've never liked that! I might follow them somehow to give them the number but the blogs I love I get in my inbox and that is the ones I go back to. Because i LIKE them! :)

    1. :) yes, Jill!! I always appreciate when someone invites me to their blog for a visit, but that other phrase is a total turn off. And thank you for the blog compliment!

  4. Your blog looks great, Denise, and I love your perspective on blogging and how you spend your time. Hannah is a lucky girl to have you for a mom!

    1. Thank you so much Lisa. I don't even know what to say :) You are very kind.

  5. Love the quotes! I am not sure what the former site looked like but this looks lovely and fresh. If I may let you know (because I would want to know on my site), in Firefox your banner/header looks pixelated. It could be because it was stretched to fit the space, it's a pretty easy fix, I don't know what the original artwork is set to, but the space it occupies now is 1303px x 333px. It's such a lovely banner that it should be just perfect for you:)

    1. Thanks Miss B! :) I appreciate you letting me know about the header. I was noticing that too, but wasn't sure if it was my screen setting, or the actual logo. I'll talk to my designer! xoxo

  6. It looks really great, Denise! And I don't know what those cookies are called, but we have a family recipe for those...chocolate crinkles....they are not gluten-free, however! :-)

    1. Yes! A different variation on the classic! I think you'd love these as much or more, Lynn. ;)

  7. Summer is a great time to take stock. I'm looking forward to your changes. I have always enjoy my stops here at your blog and I'm sure that I will continue to in the future.

  8. I love your blog design and I agree with everything you said! If I had tried to run a blog when my kids were still home I'm certain things would have fallen through the cracks. I admire any mom who can do it. I agree also that simple is best. Honesty and staying true to myself are the two things I strive for everyday. I have difficulty juggling my Etsy shop and my blog. When I concentrate on one, the other suffers. I'm working on that! Thank you for sharing your heart ~ Ann


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