Monday, March 01, 2010

Questions, Comments?

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Usually every week I pretty much know what I'll be blogging about all week but this week I really have no clue! I'm not really working on any projects and I didn't go anywhere fun this weekend, except for the Santa Cruz Flea Market but I didn't take my camera with me. The highlight of the weekend? I bought Lauren a Nintendo Wii finally and I got Wii Fit Plus and now my arms and legs are sore from riding the bike and flying...sorry, if you don't have a Wii Fit Plus you probably have no idea what I'm talking about...

I thought rather than not blog all week, I'll see if you have any questions for me. Feel free to ask anything! I'm not a super private person so chances are I will answer it...I think. Also, this is a chance for you to give me feedback about my blog...what do you like, what do you dislike? The negative comments don't even bother me as much as they used to...I guess that's the true test of a seasoned blogger. After almost 5 years of blogging I no longer end up shaken to my core with mean words...I do prefer constructive criticism though! This is your chance...
I'll answer the questions tomorrow and if more come in after that then I'll answer those later.


Susan said...

Hi Cindy...I LOVE your blog. As a matter of fact, it was the very first one I discovered when I fell down the blog rabbit hole! Before that, I knew nothing, absolutely nothing, about blogging, blogland, or bloggers! I love your photos and heariong about your excursions. Would love it if you could share more on how to do things such as make photos bigger, do links, etc. To those of us who are new at this, those kinds of challenges are big! Don't have a clue how to do them. So it would be great if you could do a HOW TO column, now and then, for new bloggers! Just a suggestion. So thanks, Cindy, and I hope you have a great week. Sincerely, Susan from

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

Cindy, I adore reading your blog and looking at all of your beautiful home. I especially love the gorgeous cakes you have learned to decorate. I'd love to see a post where you describe different cake decorating techniques. Thanks!

Beeutiful by Design said...

Cindy - I love your blog. It's always chocked full of great ideas and pictures. Speaking of pics more tips on pics would be great. I'm always stuggling with getting mine to turn out decent. Have a great week!

Laura said...

Hi Cindy,
You know Im a HUGE fan of your blog! I only have one suggestion, if you could please change your header more often. I see other blogs that change them about every 4-6 months or so and it is very refreshing. And if you could add more recipes.. the ones you post are awesome!!!

Thanks for all your info and beautiful things you post!!!


Lisa said...

I think your blog is wonderful! Having never been to California it gives me a glimpse of CA life :). You have alot of blue in your house which I love and I was wondering what color blue do you use? It is such a peaceful shade.


Victoria said...

I saw you mention a while back that you were going to start dating! I have a good friend who's in her late 40's and her dating stories are so much fun to hear.
I'd love to see more tips of how you made your outdoor space so lush and beautiful, we have a tiny deck so that would be so awesome if you shared more gardening tips.
What I love most about your blog is your living situation is so much more realistic for me. I drool over a lot of other blogs but they're just not realistic or do-able for me. You've shown me that you can have an AMAZING home with a small budget and some elbow grease and you've also shown me that you do not have to own something to make it home!

Kristen said...

Everything is gorgeous on your blog. Tons of eye candy. Unless I missed it, I would love detailed tutorials of the things you do. Maybe easy upfront links on the sidebar. You are an inspirations to all of us bloggers out there. Thanks!

Adrienne said...

Cindy, I absolutely love your blog. I am new to the blogging world. I've started one but am still learning how to get things set up on it. I completely agree with what some of the other ladies have said about what an inspiration you are. I am completely amazed at how you have transformed a rental into a beautiful showpiece. I love seeing your decorating ideas, but would be interested in more techniques. Thank you so much for your willingness to share with us. Have a wonderful week.

Debbie said...

Hi Cindy - I have only wonderful things to say. You are one of the first bloggers I stumbled upon and you are still my favorite - I look forward to clicking on "My Romantic Home" everyday. One thing that makes you stand out, is the fact that you always include photos and they are GOOD ones at that. It makes a huge difference for me. I feel like you are one of my best friends - too bad we live on opposite coasts - we'd make wonderful neighbors. How is the etsy shop going? Are you making enough money to make a difference. That does intrigue me. I am always looking to make extra $$$$$

Gail said...

susan said it beautifully! some tips from the expert would be much appreciated:) i am struggling a little..your blog is beautiful:)thanks for everything cindy.

Elsie said...

Cindy~ you know I love your blog,so
the only question I have is one
that my hubby wants to know."Did
you try the may-haw jelly." Won't
hurt my feelings a bit,but he was
dying to know if you did. :O)

Debbiedoos said...

Cindy, I refer to your blog on occasions on pics your layout and how to do things. I have mentioned we have different styles, but I envy what you have done. When you first started blogging I am sure you found it easy to go from blog to blog to comment back. One thing I have noticed the larger the blog the more difficult that becomes to do so. Some people get annoyed by the lack of responses. I can say I have asked you things and you get right back to me, so I do appreciate that. However, have people ever been slighted or assumed they where, and let you know it?? I am just wondering because about a week ago a blogger did a topic on blogs that have large followings but the blogger never takes the time for the followers questions, or not once has even gone over to their blog. Then others followed in the conversation and said they took those blogs off their list to follow...just interesting to me the dynamics here....what's your take??

Elsie said...

Cindy~ I forgot to tell you my
daughter has that wii Biggest
Looser game and I tried it and
OH MY Gosh,Bob will kill ya.
It is an awesome game,just like
the show.:O)

TuijaH. said...

Hei Cindy, greetings from snowy Finland!
I dont have any questions now but i want to say that I like your blog and these beautiful photos so very much.

Tuija R. from *Roses and Weeds*

afistfullofweeds* said...

Hi Cindy, I ran across your blog and the whole blogging world through the last magazine you were featured in. I had no idea this little world of its own, even existed!! I have blogged a little when e-bay had their blogs open. Iam new to these blogs and still learning. I accidentially deleted my first blog and just opened another, everything is the same, if that matters. I enjoy reading your posts, just wish they were more often! I was curious, if you had the chance to have your own cute little cottage, but had to relocate to have it...would you? I have never been to California, but, would love to visit! I imagine it would be hard to leave it! Following you and Lauren!! Rhonda

frankie said...

Hi Cindy.. I too love your blog! I check it everyday to see what you are up to and see you photos..
I have a question, I am considering buying a sofa and chairs from Ikea, like the one you have. Do you still love your sofa after all this time, and is it holding up to everyday use? Thanks!

Bunny Jean said...

Cindy, don't fix what's not broken.

I always love to visit... everything is so peaceful and comfortable.

I loved when you commented on one of my posts back in October (A Rainy Day Read), that included a ME picture. I had mentioned that someone in Rancho Marieta had embelished the matting. You told me that lady was your mom's neighbor. Such a small world!

Talk to you soon ;)
Bunny Jean

Sandra said...

I would like to know what exciting things have come about since being featured in Romatic Homes?

We bought our teenage daughter the fitness Wii for Christmas and I loved doing the ski jump but had a harder time with the yoga balance exercises. Our married kids thought it was hysterical watching their parents to the activities!


Cindy, I just love looking at your lovely home and I look at mine and I just go OH! MY! You have absolutely no dust, I think it is ALL at mine! Seriously,who does all your dusting? Keep on doing what you are doing, because it is RIGHT!!



Beth @ The Quilt Ladies said...

Cindy, I've been wondering, How or why did you start the blog? Did the numbers (follows) come fast? Do you want to write a book? Or design homes - linens - furniture? Thanks for all the lovely things you do.

Arlisha said...

Cindy - I look forward to reading your blog everyday! I look at your home and admire it ... I have many pieces you possess, however, they are in boxes stored in my daughter's garage. You did inspire me though ... I asked for one room and I was able to decorate it with some of my things.

Keep sharing what you bought, your home projects and links.

I recently moved to NC from Culver City, California and I miss it so much! So, I LOVE the photos of the ocean, Carmel and even Campbell (my brother used to live there).

Keep up the good work ... I admire your work and dedication ... I wouldn't have the energy!

Arlisha the Blog-less

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Hi Cindy,

Of course I adore your blog. And I agree with several other suggestions. I would love some tutorials and would love to see some ideas for a small outdoor space. We live in a condo/townhouse and have a small yard area and I am always on the look out for pretty creative (and thrifty) ideas.

Kimberly said...

Your blog is beautiful!

I am your newest follower.

House and Garden Boutique said...

So enjoy your weekend adventures & the beautiful photos that you post! Interviews w/ artists & other bloggers would be a great treat. Thanks for your on-going inspiration! Lynn

nina@themissadventuresofnina said...

I probably told you this before , but I started the whole blogg world after finding you on RMS. I love your home and your blog (please don't change your header, it confuses me when they get a brand new identity- sorry Laura)

I would like to know, of all the beautiful things you own, what is your top 5 most prized possesions and why?

I will also love more of your recipes.

I had a few more personal questions about financials but I think they may sound rude or indiscrete so I'll refrain :)

Anonymous said...

Hi, Cindy. I am rather new to reading blogs (about a year). Your blog is the best of the limited amount of blogs I've read. Your photos are always beautiful and make me want to re-decorate or start another home project. Plus you seem really "real" to me.
I do have a question for you..........where and how in the world do you store the items you don't use? How do you organize all that?
Thank you for your beautiful blog site.

Betty Jo said...

I'm waiting for a Wii to come in, as our stores have been sold out. I'm getting the Wii Fit Plus. I've used it at my sons and love it. I also love your blog just as it is. My question would be if you've ever had ads on your blog (seems I remember them) and if so, why did you stop? Thanks Cindy!! ♥

Terri said...

Hello Cindy,
Yours was one of the first blogs I came across when I first caught the blogging bug and it remains a favorite of mine. I'm all about decorating on a budget and that side of your blog really appeals to me. My question to you is how in the world did you garner so many followers? Did you post giveaways, comment to every blog comment you received, or ask other bloggers to mention your blog? I've been blogging a year now and have 32 loyal followers but would like more. Thanks for sharing your enviable artistic talents with us.

Esther Sunday said...

LOVE your blog, of course!!!!! And you are very open as well as very creative, and I feel like you are one of my friends!!! My question - when in the world is Romantic Homes going to come to their senses and do a FULL article on you!!!! Thank you for all you do!!!

Sandy said...

Dear Cindy,
We have the Wii Fit and we love it! We don't have the plus version yet. I don't have any complaints about your blog. None at all - zero! I L.O.V.E it! You have beautiful photos, interesting posts, educational posts and an absolutely beautiful home and family. I don't know how you have continued to blog for FIVE years - I just started last November and there have been days I didn't have a clue what to blog about either. I just hope you NEVER stop blogging. Your blog makes me smile every day. I wish I could meet you in person and walk through your lovely home but I will settle for visiting your blog. One question - have you always lived in California? Have a good day sweetie!

Teacup Lane (Sandy)

Teacup Lane (Sandy)

Jan ~ BellaCasa said...

Hey, I'm right there with you! I've been using my Wii Fit for 50 days now. I'm feeling much better and having lots of fun trying to loose weight. Have you tried the hoola hoop yet?

tarrah said...

Cindy, can I just say that I absolutely LOVE your blog?! I have been on your blog all day, and I am 100% serious....all dang day! :) I am currently on March 2008! LOL.....
Our decorating style is different, but I am becoming more and more eclectic....decorating with just what I like, which is such a mixed media. I have gotten some great ideas and inspiration from your terrific blog....I have become quite a fan! :) If your ever on the East coast....let me know!

mariondee-designs said...

HI Cindy, I just love your blog too like so many others.. I mean you have sooo many followers so you must be doing something right! It's very hard to imagine any one leaving negative comments?? they must be sick or something! Anyway, I love all your posts, your beautiful crystal clear pics, your visits to places (as being in Australia it's very interesting for me to see) and especially your beautiful home and how you decorate it. So I really think just keep doing what your'e doing, it's just perfect! take care, Maryann

R. Charles said...

Hi Cindy, I Absolutely LOVE your Blog! It was the first one I became a follower of and has been so inspirational to me.I love how you've shown that a rental can be as charming and beautiful as any home. I'm still very new to blogland, so I would appreciate tutorials on things like: How to make your personal pictures into backgrounds and a blog header, and how to use pics from flicker, and does adding ads to your blog really make a financial difference? Who has the best, google or blogher? Thank You SO much for sharing!


Cindy, I love everything you post and have been following you for a few years now! You make everything look so beautiful and effortless! How do you do it? I am going to be repainting a guest bedroom and was trying to decide on blue or yellow. Can you share the shade of blue and yellow you have on your walls? Keep doing what you do, you bring so much joy to so many.
Kim Stracuzzi

Terry said...

Hi Cindy!

I love your blog. It's so warm and inviting like visiting a friend with tea. I do have one question. I love the white and blue look and would like to do more of that to my home, but how do you keep it so white, crisp and clean, from the furniture to the linens. Especially with all boys in the house!!! Thank you for your help.

Anonymous said...

Your blog is like a haven to me - when I get overwhelmed at work and need to escape I just "go out to your patio and sit a while and enjoy your beautiful flowers. Your blog was the first one I ever visited, and I still visit daily. My only question is when do you sleep? You're always doing something. I especially love the way you elevate everyday occasions and make them special.
Susan @ Katy Cottage

Lia at Petite Little Bee said...

Cindy, I love your blog. It is amazing. Anyone who would leave a negative comment must be out of their minds. There is nothing negative - everything is beautiful. I would also love to learn more about decorating cakes. I saw your cupcake cake with seashells and could not believe my eyes. I ran out and purchased one of those giant cupcake molds right away. Thanks for everything!!! Lia

Anonymous said...

Cindy, I really do love your blog. I just have one comment, I would love to see some new projects. Maybe I visit your blog TOO much (hehe) but I feel like I have seen the same pictures a lot. I love your ideas and your style. Seeing some new project pictures would be fantastic. I know doing projects and working full time is hard. But you've made us addicted to your style and now I need a new fix!

Anonymous said...

Hi Cindy. I found your blog thru RMS and that's how I learned all about the blogging world. I think you have the best blog out here. You seem to say just enough - not too much, not too little. You share tutorials. You share recipes. You share all your pictures on Flikr. I love that. You post just enough pictures to see, without being redundant. My question - why do you blog everyday? Don't get me wrong - I look forward to it. I think everyone does. We'd be disappointed if you didn't. I was just wondering. I hope you and Lauren have a lovely week, and thanks for letting us ask nosy questions. Rosie

Marilyn said...

I can share that you DO answer questions because you've helped and encouraged me! Is it difficult to make the linky thing work? How do you do that? I've joined in on one recently, but not hosted anything. Remember, I work on the KIS principle--keep it simple. ;-D

I always love your garden and lovely treasures you find!

Susan said...

Hi Cindy!! I am new to blogging as well, and I started blogging because of your blog. I ran across it one day by accident, and now I check in with you every day!!
I hope someday you can take a look at my blog!! I know your busy!

My Cottage Charm said...

Hey Cindy :)
I personally love everything about your blog! I wouldn't change the header either, it's very soothing to click on your blog and see that header and know something great is going to follow. :)
I think I'd like to know more about know, your life with your kids etc. :) Also, how did you get chosen to be in magazines etc, did you send in things to them or did they find you? :)
Just wanted you to know that you and Layla (the lettered cottage) are the reasons I started my girls are full of inspiration! I'm hoping to inspire others as well....just need to know how to get my blog out there!
Hope you have a wonderful week!

Anonymous said... are one of only 2 blogs i love and go to when i am so tired and done i need re-newing..I love your blog..and i love you, thanks for all you do, you re-new me everyday..warm loving hugs from Vermont!

huntedtreasures said...

Cindy, you must know by when you get down to us that you are the Queen of Blogging. You have inspired so many of us and as I read along some have left and come back to you. Something about you that catches our focus. I see a lot of them request for recipes, which I am not so found of. But if you do it only once a week it be ok. The best things are your stories of projects and ideas that do not bore us. It's like a magic wand that you have a touch of this that and you convert the Pumpkin into a Beautiful carage. It's like a fair book story the intrest you put on things. Oh and stories of your kids, what they are up to. I adore your daughter wish she meet my son some day I am sure they would be great friends. Other than that never stop blogging, you are my insperation each day to turn on my computer to see what you are doing. If you do ever get famouse please invite me to your show front seat or back, Would want to meet you one day to tell the world how you inspired us all.
Maria &Ruth

akawest said...

We finally bought a ii this past weekend. My arms were a bit sore, too. I will be happy to report to my daughter that not EVERYONE had a Wii before we bought ours. Enjoy!

No ideas for your blog. I like everything about it. Even if you just posted photos, I would be thrilled. I am easily pleased.

Michele said...

Hi Cindy!

I LOVE your blog, and am always so grateful that I stumbled upon it!! I find you very inspiring, and I have no negative comments or any constructive criticism.

A few suggestions of what would be fun to see:

1. I actually agree with Susan's request of offering tips for new bloggers to become successful "seasoned bloggers" like yourself. You have done such a great job, and if I check only one blog a day, it's always yours!! :-) I have a blog, but I usually only post giveaways on it because I don't really know how to do the things I need to do to make it a great blog that people would want to visit. I finally have a digital camera and have taken some photos, and I have just downloaded Adobe Elements, but I don't know how to use it to make my pictures look nice to post on my blog. Your photography is one of my favorite things about your blog because your photos look professional, and you are great with staging! So, basically, tips on how to have a successful blog and maybe even one succesful enough to generate some income, though that's not my first priority.

2. I also thought it would be fun if, for the local people, you offered workshops on making small projects together. The reason I thought this would be nice is because it would give those of us with similar interests to meet each other, have a social thing, and leave with a shabby chic project, as well. For example, making the trays was one idea I thought of.

Always looking forward to what you come up with next!!

Thanks for everything, Cindy!

Thanks so much!!
Michele R.(CA)
Luvkittysmeowmail at Gmail dot com
Butterfly Whispers

Liz4yoga said...

Dear Cindy,

I really enjoy your blog. Thank you so much or sharing your creative & inspiring home & ideas. Your home is truly beautiful. You have inspired me to try the fondant seashells. Thank you for being a positive spot in my day!!


Emmy said...

Hi, Cindy...I have loved your blog for years now. I love everything about it. I don't have critiques but a possible suggestion for a good topic you may consider posting on--since you are out of ideas this week. I recently purchased a Canon Rebel Xsi camera ( because of your gorgeous pictures). Yeah! I think it would be great if you shared with your bloggers a brief tutorial on photo tips you have learned along the way. I bought that camera specifically so that my friend can take pictures of my wedding in May. Any tips would be appreciated! I'm sure I'm not the only one who would love a post on this topic.

emptynester3 said...

Cindy- been visiting for a little while now-my sister and I just started blogging and I always brag about your blog to her- "she always does her own stuff and makes the most of what she has".

I have a question for you- I am camera shopping and wonder if you would recommend the camera that you use (you take great pictures!)

Oh, I bought one of your etsy hearts and really like it.

Thanks so much for such a great blog!

Meadowsweet Cottage said...

Cindy, your blog is always a delight to visit no matter what you write about! I guess I'm yearning for garden weather--perhaps you could share how you transform your small yard into such a delightful flowery bower. Any special rules or discoveries you've made along the way?

Mikey said...

Love your blog!

What is your favorite 'oops' project?
(ex. faux paining something, getting colors mixed up, resulting in a happy, but unintentional result....)

What is your fav. yardsale find?

Does your boss let you blog from work?

What does your landlord think? (before I bought my home, I had a similar landlord.....)

Pearl Maple said...

As a regular fan and irregular commenter, always enjoy popping by to see what you have found to show us this week, cause it is always fun.

If you were looking for questions, have you posted before on how you got into blogging or how you decided to adopt this beautiful style of decor?

Pearl Maple said...

As a regular fan and irregular commenter, always enjoy popping by to see what you have found to show us this week, cause it is always fun.

If you were looking for questions, have you posted before on how you got into blogging or how you decided to adopt this beautiful style of decor?

Elaine said...

Here are my questions:

I just bought a Canon XS and I'm wondering how you like your camera. Anything you don't like about it?

Do you think it's worth it to add advertisements to your blog?

Anonymous said...

Hello Cindy, your blog.Big...infact huge fan.Day doesn't start without a peek at "My Romantic Home".
Some possible blogging ideas:
1.Pics of your cubicle/space/desk at work and how you have made the space yours.
2.Pics of Lauren's room(with her permission of course)- so we can see mother and daughter's decorating style.
3.Pics of main or master bath.Am in the midst of remodelling and could do with some ideas.
4.Segment on gardening - how the flowers bloom so well,
tips /techniques,fertilisers and vermin erradication ideas.
5.What's for dinner tonight!
** Hope the ideas help with the "bloging block".
Have a good week.

Anonymous said...

Hello Cindy, your blog.Big...infact huge fan.Day doesn't start without a peek at "My Romantic Home".
Some possible blogging ideas:
1.Pics of your cubicle/space/desk at work and how you have made the space yours.
2.Pics of Lauren's room(with her permission of course)- so we can see mother and daughter's decorating style.
3.Pics of main or master bath.Am in the midst of remodelling and could do with some ideas.
4.Segment on gardening - how the flowers bloom so well,
tips /techniques,fertilisers and vermin erradication ideas.
5.What's for dinner tonight!
** Hope the ideas help with the "bloging block".
Have a good week.

Anonymous said...

Love your decorating style and everything about your blog, you are my favorite blog to read (which I check every day). Love your different flea market treasures and how you use them, i.e. silver tray turned into chalk board.
As one of the other readers asked, I would like to see suggestions, info on how you:
1. Organize and store your decorative items when not in use or when not in season (i.e. how and where do you store your items for autumn, Christmas, etc. (You always seem so organized and your house so neat and uncluttered.) Our house has less than 1000 sq. feet, small 11x15 ft living room, small eat-in kitchen - no room for china cabinet or bookcases. We have only half a basement which is filled with about 20 totes for decorative/seasonal items, candles,and I am running out of room. I try to keep the seasonal items in their own totes (all the Easter decor together, all Spring decor together, but feel like I am so unorganized, is there a trick to packing items??).
2. Do you keep your old magazines and if so, how do you store them?
3. How do you organize your recipes?
4. Also, any ideas on how to store spools of ribbon? (I must have 30 spools at least.)
Keep up the good work, you are such an inspiration!

Masy said...

Tulips, wonderful .
Have a good week!
Beautiful pictures.
Greetings from Norway and

pdubya said...

Cindy, your blog is beautiful. I love the pictures and things you blog about. I turned my MIL on to this blog and she loves it too. Like so many others, your blog is a delight to the eyes.

Jacque said...

Good Morning Cindy

WOW, if you can answer all these questions, YOU ROCK!!

I do love your blog--even better than the master, Ms. Fifi...I think that you connect on a personal level with your readers and THAT'S a GOOD THING!

Keep up the great work. We love ya!

Anne said...

Hi Cindy, I just love your blog and visit it pretty much every day. I have two questions for you.
1. How do you feel knowing that your living space is known to many many people?
2. You have many beautiful things. Do they all fit into your home or do you have some in store?
I would like to echo one of the anonymous comments/requests. Please may we see pics of Lauren's room and your master bathroom and more of your beautiful garden?
I would like to say a very big thankyou for spending so much time creating posts for your blog when you work full time and have such a busy live. You are just amazing.

Mikey said...

With all you have done to beautify your apartment....have you no desire to paint or install the decorative 'knuckles' or otherwise modify the black metal banister so out of place with your style? If you are a Designing Women fan, I'm sure you remember the episode where Julia gets her head stuck in the Abbot Banister...

Lynn Kellan said...

Hi Cindy,
I'm new to you, and I'd love to hear a bit of your history...why did you start blogging? How did you build your readership? Do you design your blog, or did you have help? I'm inspired by your beautiful photographs - thanks for the good reading! :)

Jaybird said...

I like it all...just keep it up! :^)

Becky from Tennessee said...

Hi Cindy....I have been visiting
your blog for quite a while now
and can't think of a thing you
need to do to change it. I LOVE
everything about it! Your blog
is so beautiful. Your pictures
are the best, love your recipes,
and enjoy the tours you give us
of the places you visit and shop.
I doubt that I will ever get to
visit your favorite places so
it's kind of like going on a mini

I do have a request....I would
like to know how you made your
adorable ruffled table umbrella.
I think you've already told us
but I can't remember and don't
know which archive to go to.

I hope you don't tire of blogging
for a very long time.

Have a great week!

Unknown said...

Honestly, I am just going to say it. I am most interested in knowing the revenue that your blog brings in. I know it must be bringing in money evertime someone links on to your site because you have advertizements all over the place. How do the rest of us generate some pay for our troubles? What are your tips and secrets? I'm new to the bloggy world and want to make some pocket change when I post too.


Oh. and speaking of money-- I would really like to see your decorated office cubicle as well.


Anonymous said...

since we are all asking you to reveal your deepest darkest secrets- I want to jump onboard with my questions for you too! When ever do you find the time to clean! You work full time, maintain an impeccable home, bake, and still have time left to go on day trips and flea market jaunts! WHEN ever do you do laundry and housekeeping and all thoe mundain things that have to be done? Just dusting around all your things would be a project, I am thinking! Please share how you do it all!

Anonymous said...

Cindy, Your blog is in my favorites! I used to live in Monterrey, CA... so all your pics bring back memories for me. I also have a love for cottage decorating-on a budget. You are an inspiration. I do wonder if you are STILL liking your IKEA sofa? I'm thinking of getting one soon.


Unknown said...

Hello from Georgia, Cindy! I love your blog and look forward to reading it every day. I think the new layout is going to be beautiful. So many of the comments already say what I wanted to. I love what you have done on your home with a small budget and limited space. Your place actually looks pretty big in the pictures. Keep doing what you're doing! Thank you for putting links to other bloggers....I have begun to follow a few of them as well.

corrie said...

Hi Cindy, Love,love,love your blog. You have lovely children and a gorgeous home. My question to you is how do you make the beaded starfish??? Several bloggers have mentioned it but never said how they did it. Would you please share?? Thank you so much for letting us share alittle piece of your life and home.
Sincerely, Corrie

Marilyn said...


I really do love everything about your blog, especially the fact that you are unafraid to try various projects. That is truly an inspiration to me!

Re-purposing is an interest of mine. I love seeing cast-offs brought back to life and re-purposed into something creative and beautiful. You are the master of that particular talent!

Marilyn (in Dallas)

Victoria said...

Oh, I have another question. I've always been curious as to why you chose to leave the hanging cabinet with the "I'm in the sign" on it a wood color. It looks pretty but I've wondered why you haven't painted it white or blue...just one of those silly things I wonder!

Victoria said...

Ooops, meant to say the "I'm in the Garden" sign!

Anonymous said...

Cindy, I,too, am a follower and a fan. I may run into you sometime while shopping as i live nearby!

Do you ever wonder how a new man would fit into your very feminine environment? This has been disturbing me on your behalf.

Olivia said...

What Ever Happened To The Dress??? I didn't see it in your Etsy shop!!!

Unknown said...

As a woman, doesn't it ever concern you to put your life out there in the public eye?

Did your love of things have anything to do with your other marriages not working?

Would you ever give up all your treasures for a man???

Just questions I wonder about from time to time as I read your post.

Sandy said...

Dear Cindy,

I recently read Tara Frey's "Blogging for Bliss", and she suggests one should post every day.

Do you feel you need to do that? Because I get exhausted trying to keep up with all the blogs I follow in the little time I have!

Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio said...

Oh, wait, I forgot!

I miss the pretty blue brocade background GIF you had on your old blog.

I guess that's a criticism, I hope it didn't sound harsh, because I really love love love your blog!