Sunday, July 19, 2009

No More Mondays

This post is about following your dreams. Doing what you love. Being happy every day. And No More Mondays. I love that phrase. I first heard it about a year ago from the evil great financial guru Dave Ramsey. A man named Dan Miller wrote the book with this title, about following your dreams and making your career what you love, not what you love to hate. That way there is no more dread on Sunday night. No more waiting for Friday to arrive. No more Mondays.

For me, it started when I was pregnant a few years ago. Many of you know how getting that news completely changes your focus. All the things you say you'd never do -- you want to do. I always said I would work full time after I had a child, but all the sudden, when it was real, I felt differently. I loved my marketing job so much. I loved the people I worked with. I was just getting bored. When I had started my position was brand new -- and I had built it up and was proud of it, but realized after a few years that it didn't need to be a full time position. So when I found out I was pregnant, I was hoping they would work with me on a part time/work from home plan. We talked for months about it and in the end their response was simple -- NO. I was devastated.

There are usually bigger plans for us that we just aren't aware of. I wasn't aware of mine.
Then our squishy-face-so-cute-I-could-die-I-love-you-more-than-the-moon son arrived. And as we all know, babies change everything. During my leave, I told my husband I wanted to do something different. My heart was calling me to something I really wanted to do -- decorating. I had tried for years to get into the business. I even got my own Web site, made business cards, talked to many interior designers, and it went nowhere. The only response I ever got from the professionals was I had to go back to school for another degree (this time in design) to make my dream a reality. I had just done another few years of masters classes, so there ain't noooooo way I was going back to school folks.

But it was still calling to me -- and I was determined. Right before I went back to work, I made one last ditch effort to make my dream a reality. I e-mailed every. single. person I had known, knew or cared to know and told them my dream. I wanted to decorate. Did they know anyone? Could they help?

Wouldn't you know it. We had a close connection that we didn't even know about. She owned a home decor shop and design firm. I called her that night and fell. in. love. I met with her a week later and she made my dream come true. She hired me on as her assistant to learn the ropes. I did it, I loved it, I thrived on it and I learned a lot. I got my first client just a couple months later.

For more than two years now, I've been working with clients part time, helping them decorate their homes. I have loved it, learned so much and had so much fun. It has sparked my creativity, made me better, broadened my horizons. But now, something else has been pulling at my heart.

I guess not something. Many things. Many people. YOU. I am so in love with writing this blog, I enjoy it so much I cannot tell you. I have met so many wonderful people, made so many new friends, and been more inspired through you then anywhere else in my life. I LOVE IT.

Lately I've had this urge -- this desire to focus just on this blog and put all of my attention to it and really make it all it can be. So I've decided to do it. For the time being anyway, I'm not doing design work anymore. I'm going where my heart is telling me to go and that's here. I want to put more effort and time into it, I want to inspire you even more.

I am so excited people. I am loopy!! Like, adrenaline rush, excited. YAY!!

So to kick it off, I wanted to share a few of the changes and new things coming soon:

Consultations:
I've been offering these for a while now and will continue to do it. For $10, you send me as many pictures as you want of your space or large project. I'll give you a long list of my suggestions on furniture placement, paint colors, accessory ideas, molding projects, painting furniture, etc. All with your budget in mind. But now, I'm hoping to get new software so I can offer you a little more in the consult -- like using your pictures to show you what I'm talking about. I think this is so exciting, it's just going to be a learning curve for me. I haven't used a design program in forever. Any suggestions? Photoshop? Something different?

Facebook and Twitter: I've been doing both for a while now, but my I've been neglecting my Crackbook page badly, sorry about that. You can find me on Twitter here. I have been loving Twitter like I never thought I would people. I used to make so. much. fun of it. Swear. But in the future, I hope to offer even more updates on both -- while I walk through Goodwill I'll take a picture and share how I'd make it fab. (Many of you say you need help with the creativity part.) If I spot a deal, I tweet about it. It's fun. And on Facebook (search Thrifty Decor Chick), I'm going to start highlighting some of your projects from the Linky parties. I'm giddy at the potential folks, I hope you'll join me.

Blog design: Ummmm...I've been a total slacker on this -- it's been in the works for MONTHS. I'm finally getting serious about it now, and we hope to have it up in the next few weeks. I'm so excited I could pee.

Advertising: As you know, I offer this now, but I've added some options. If you are interested in finding out more about them, let me know. And with the new blog design, your ads will be more prominent than before.

Getting the word out: I need your help you Web gurus -- how do I go to get my blog out there more? Do I need to register it somewhere? What the heck does "feed" mean? What is my url address (I thought it was my Web address)? I'm clueless folks. Do I need to improve my domain or whatever the heck that is? I have no idea what that is. Help. Please.

More projects and more FUN!!: Do you have suggestions? Ideas for parties? What do you think? Tell me!! Fall is going to be here before we know it, so if it's going to be anything like last year, I'll be posting fast and furiously. What do you want to see here? I want to know because I want you to be inspired and entertained. YOU are the reason I'm here.

Thanks for putting up with my excitement folks. I know it's not a big deal to you, but I am so happy with this decision. It didn't come easily and it took weeks to make it happen, but I'm really happy I'm following my heart. I hope I inspire you to do the same -- whether it's in in your home, life or work.

Tomorrow is Monday but won't be for me. Because of you. Sniff.

P.S. Sorry I'm all gushy here but I'm all verklempt. Oh, and can I tell you how much I love you all and how much you all ROCK? Do you know how many e-mails and questions I got about my Summer Beer recipe?? Ummmm...lots. It's 12 ounces light beer, Diet Squirt and tequila and then a concentrate can of limeade or lemonade. That makes plenty. You could also use Sprite or another clear soda I'm sure. It's all good and you all rock. Smooches.

126 comments:

  1. Yeah for you! Unfortunately I know zippo about what all the blog-ese means for advertising, but I wish you lots of luck.
    I love reading your blog and love all your ideas. I am sure you can make this really successful!

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  2. I've been following your blog for a month or two and in your typing i. love. it. A friend of mine told me about you and I was hooked. Thanks for sharing all of your ideas. I'm in the middle of an office makeover thanks to you! My husband really appreciates it. :) I just want to make my space beautiful, you know? And I'm a terrible organizer, but i'm getting better. Looking forward to all of your posts.

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  3. Yay I love your blog, your playroom is my FAVORITE! I really want to do the consultation thing and send you some pictures of my living room because I am having pillow issues! And I just might have to email you about the advertising thing, I just started a website selling hair bows and other handmade baby things and I am trying to get the word out. I am trying to keep the prices super low because who wants to spend a ton of money on that stuff? Okay I am going to email you...

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  4. How exciting for you!!! I love your blog and all of your wonderful ideas! I'm so excited for you and know you will be successful!!
    Toni

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  5. Hi there! I have been following your blog for a couple weeks when I recently got on a decorating kick. I am so glad you are focusing more on it because I visit it everyday to see what new ideas you have to share with everyone! I look forward to seeing more!!

    I have a suggestion on what I would like to see on your blog! What are some good ways to decorate without painting or using wallpaper? (Oh, and cheap too) Us apartment-goers are limited to the creativity we can put on our walls and mine are just...well, blah - without being able to paint. I would love to hear suggestions if you have any!

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  6. I too love the blog. While I have zero creativity or patience, I learned that I love to spray paint thanks to you. You will make oodles of money from me. I want to go take a pic of my kichen right now. How much to fly you to my house in AL?

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  7. Congrats on making your dream a reality, you are an inspiration! Good luck growing your business.

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  8. Yay for you, Sarah! You are awesome and I so look forward to checking your blog every single day. :o) Go ahead and follow your heart, it's taking you to a great place!

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  9. What an awesome idea...I am pretty new to your blog but love it so much that I come lurking everyday. I wish you much success....

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  10. I.Love.Your.Blog!!!! I usually don't leave comments. Yes I am one of blog stalkers! Ha! I found your blog a couple of months ago and it is now my FAVORITE!!! You inspired me to finally start working on my precious little boy's playroom. The precious little boy who was the reason I left a job that I LOVED but had grown bored with to be a stay at home mom. I swore up and down that I would never be one of those. Fortunately God knew all along I was going to be one. So glad to hear about your decision! I can't wait for your next post!

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  11. Cool beans! I'm excited for you and can't wait to see all the good ideas rolling in! Let's get this party started! lol Natalie,

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  12. congrats, you will do great! I want to send you $10 and get some advice on my master and other questions. But it will have to wait a couple months when I can focus (having a baby). Good luck

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  13. Congrats! This is definately my FAVORITE blog and I have been inspired many times. Something I would LOVE to see is your garage & how it is organized. Good luck, I know you will do awesome.

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  14. You. rock.
    Here is to doing what you love and and loving what you do.

    "If you want to be happy, BE!"

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  15. I've been following your blog for awhile now and you are VERY inspiring!!!! I wish you the best of luck with all of the new things you are taking on. I'll be right here following you. :) I might EVEN need a consult here in the near future for my living room.

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  16. wish you all the best!! Your blog is full of inspiration and practical projects!!
    You can change your url to just simple www.thryftydecorchick.com ( if available0 the best way to do it since you are on blogger is to go to the settings and you can add and look for a domain you want and blogger will redirect all your visitors that are going to your old domain (thriftydecor.blgospot.com) to the new one...and is only $9.
    You can also start a tumblr account ( a blog between tweeter and blogspot)...another way of getting yourself out there!
    Well I hope something helps..wish you all the best!

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  17. I am so excited for you!!! I am on vacation righ now..but cannot wait to get home and get crackin on taking soem pics of a room or so to send to you :) I need help. How cool! What a great service!!!

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  18. ~WOW!!!! I can feel your excitement and it's contagious. I am soooo happy for you. Love your blog! I can't wait for the new look and all the changes.
    YOU rock! :)

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  19. I think you are doing pretty well getting out there..You are one of the most popular sites I know! From what I know, your URl is your http:// blog address. web addresses are www. You can make sure you are on the majority of blog linking sites like blogarama, blogflux etc. there are about a bazillion to get linking. I've got the biggest exposure from advertising on other blogs.I've noticed a lot about blogging is time. Cindy at My romantic home is the one to talk to about getting big, really big.

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  20. WOW!!!! Good for you!!!! I absolutely LOVE how you decorate like a real person, on a real budget! I have a long laundry list of things I'd love for you to consult on - just waiting for the extra change... I'll be eager to support you in your new endeavors.

    xoxxxxoxo

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  21. So ENJOYED your enthusiasm in this blog. You stepped out of the boat and dared to leave your comfort zone and that's where JOY is. Have fun!

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  22. Your blog has helped (and inspired) me so much! I have found new uses for old furniture, painted sooo many things to make them look new. I LOVE your blog so much! I wish I had more information on all of those things you were wondering about. I guess I'm just as clueless.

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  23. Congrats on your new plan!

    I do know that it's best to have an actual domain, like: thriftydecorchick.com, instead of the blogspot address.

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  24. Your enthusiasm is contagious, Sarah! I've been meaning to do more with marketing and advertising my blog in hopes of building my etsy shop, and I am going to devote several hours a day this week to research and expansion. I'll pass on anything I learn and hope you'll share, too!

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  25. Ok, first, I have been telling everyone about your summer beer! I am sooooo excited about this turn of events. I'm always hanging on your every word, waiting for your next post. Seriously, practically every good decorating point in my home has come straight from you. Yay! I'm freaking out because I have been your professional blog stalker for a looooong time :)
    -Jill

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  26. Hi,I came across you blog about 3 months ago.Your ideas are such an inspiration.Im very excited for you on your new venture and wish you all the best. Cant wait for you to get all set up so I can be one of your clients. All the best!

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  27. Oh how exciting! I love your blog! You inspire me so much! :) I love all of your revamped goodwill & garage sale finds! It makes me determined to find some vintage goodies & make them new! :) I would love to know more about your "get the word out" question...You must share your answers b/c I would love it for my shop! Thanks so much girl & I'm excited about the future of your blog!

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  28. It puts a smile on my face to see that you're so excited. Good for you! I've made so much fun of Twitter, that if I began to use it, God would strike me dead with a bolt of lightning for being such a hypocrite, but I will look for you on Facebook.
    :0
    Happy No More Monday to you.

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  29. Great post - thanks for the inspiration!

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  30. I will be sending you photos of my living room soon. I've got some crazy things going on and have been wishing I could afford the opinions of an interior designer. Thank you for offering your opinions for such a reasonably price! Congrats to you for finding your niche in life!

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  31. Good for you! Follow that dream! Your blog has wonderful voice. All writers need to put feeling and a sense of "urgent sharing" in the text they write. Your blog meets that goal and more. I am an avid follower of Thrifty Decor Chick and look forward to the new changes. Thank you for sharing.

    Charla

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  32. Yay for you! I started following your blog a few months ago, and I have to say that you are my favorite decorating blog. Everything you do looks like something that I, a non-decorator type person, can actually do. And then the NKOTB concert...a girl after my own heart! Best of luck!

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  33. Congrats Sarah! I've been lurking for a long time, but your excitement made me want to comment. Love your blog. I look forward to checking it daily. I'm excited for you!!

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  34. Sarah, happy, happy Monday!

    I am so excited for you! It is a terrific decision to do what makes your heart happy and you are wise to listen to it.

    It sounds from the comments, like you have a lot of support. Congratulations with your new venture.

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  35. Congratulations, how fabulous!! I already thought your blog was pretty darn snazzy, so to hear that it's going to be getting even better is SO EXCITING!!!

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  36. Congratulations, how fabulous!! I already thought your blog was pretty darn snazzy, so to hear that it's going to be getting even better is SO EXCITING!!!

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  37. Congrats to you! This is most definitely one of my favorite blogs! Because of you, I have gotten rid of my "I can't go in the Goodwill because it's so dirty!" attitude and now I'm all "Dig, people, dig! I've got hand sanitizer...you're not going to die!" :) I love your creativity and frugality! You rock! ;)

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  38. That's so amazing! I am so excited for you! How cool that you can dedicate your time to something you love! And I can't wait to read more...I LOVE love LOVE your blog!

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  39. I'm so excited for you because I can tell how excited you are!! That's how excited I was when I discovered my passion for photography and like you I've had to really dig in to figure things out but, in time it all falls into place:). Have you ever heard of the blog younghouselove? They do design consultations also and I love seeing how they display the pictures and the ideas on their blog. I think they charge a bit for it but, they are overbooked all the time because people love it!! Their site is http://www.younghouselove.com I wish you the best of luck and would love some tips from you on our living room...I'll have to send some pics!! :)

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  40. I too am trying to do what I love. My husband and I were taking Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University when he asked a question about whether you love your job or not. Being a stay at home mom I love my job! But I have also written a couple of e-book tutorials but wasn't really in love with doing that. When Dave presented the question I decided that I Love quilting and that I would start to focus on that. So now I am in the process of writing quilting patterns and embroidery patterns. I couldn't be happier.

    At the time I had an Etsy shop where I sold childrens clothes. I decided I hated sewing for others. So I switched my focus and now I sell digital profile silhouettes and I love it!

    I can understand following your heart. Just because we are stay at home moms doesn't mean we have to give up our dreams. We just have to work them into our lives!

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  41. I had a great time reading this particular entry. You sound so happy, and that's awesome! You go, girl!

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  42. I stumbled on your blog about a month ago and I have been running my big mouth about it like crazy to all my friends! you have such great ideas! I subscribed to your "feed" and it just let's me know on my blogger dashboard when you've posted something new. Don't know if that tells you anything or not. You have such fabulous ideas that I am dying to try. Your laundry room is a true inspriaton and I have 4 uppercase living sayings in my house already!! I also heart facebook and will share your info, (great resource that millions will see!) I think that is a good marketing idea too. YOu could put your button as an ad on fb. scroll to the bottom and click advertising and set up your ad!! Love ya and hope things continue to do great for you! Way to go on following your heart. That is awesome!

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  43. that's awesome! I am a BIG fan of following your dreams - no matter what the route may be to get there!

    i've found some great tips on cobyblogger for growing your blog this link in-particular may be inspiring to you...

    http://www.copyblogger.com/the-real-secret-to-getting-tons-of-blog-subscribers/

    simple mom, tip junkie, and like a warm cup of coffee also have some good explanations of techy things related to your blog.
    blessings as you go - you rawk, girl and I always enjoy the way you transfer your natural spunk into your writing, so fun to read, keep up the great inspiring work
    cheers!
    heidi@1wonderwomanwannabe

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  44. Good for you! i can't wait to see what you have in store for us!

    PS: I am new to facebook, but am going over right now to look you up.

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  45. That's great! Any time you can do something you love, that you are passionate about, I say go for it.

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  46. Good luck with all you're doing. I so totally understand. I just need the "guts" to take the plunge with my passion.

    By the way, we call your summer beer "poor mans margaritas" and the are indeed yummy. Thanks for reminding me of them.

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  47. Good luck to you in your even bigger and better blogging adventure! I'm sure you will do fantastic.
    ~Michelle

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  48. What a great way of looking at things! I enjoy browsing your blog! I really like to see how you take something you find and turn it into something beautiful...what a gift! Keep up the great work and I wish you the best as you continue to nurture your passion!

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  49. Good for you! If you ever decide to expand *wink wink* I'll work for ya! The hubster has been out of work since January and although it pays the rent, I'm sick and tired (really, tendonitis and a go-round with pneumonia) of cleaning up after people. I'm currently the caretaker of 2 large apartment complexes which means I get all the glory of cleaning up ater people who leave their homes and none of the fun of actually making it into a home. Now, this nugget leads me to a request for your new venture...ideas for folks who rent. No wallpaper, paint, or lots of holes in the walls allowed as well as light weight or easy to move furniture, etc. for the lucky peeps who live on upper floors (with no elevators. EEEK!) Warmest wishes to you on following your dream! You are doing what a lot of us out here want to be doing so get out there and do it to your heart's content!

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  50. Good luck sweetie! You will be great!

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  51. I thought you were going to say you wouldn't be blogging as much and I was going to CRY! You inspire me to be creative, which is pretty hard for me to do! We are planning on moving soon, and I would love to have a consultation to help make my new home what I want it to be!! LOVE YOUR BLOG!

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  52. Hey, if this means more postings about more amazing projects, I couldn't be happier. I wish I had the courage to follow my heart and do what I love. I SO need to. I work at a power plant, for crying out loud. Would love to be decorating cakes and taking pictures. You're awesome. Keep it up.

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  53. Life is too short to spend one moment doing something that you don't love or that doesn't make you feel more like YOU. Good for you for taking the bull by the horns. I'm sure you'll be glad you did.

    Congrats!

    Oh, yeah, I love the blog!

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  54. I wish I could help with any of that but I'm way new to all this. I can tell you how much I love your blog and I'm very excited that you will be spending more time on it. I've been inspired by a ton of your projects and can't wait to get them done.
    Thanks!! And very much looking forward to more:-)

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  55. WONDERFUL news!!
    so excited to be MORE encouraged, motivated and even get a giggle!!

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  56. You are ADORABLE! I wasn't expecting to be inspired in my home and my life this morning. Thanks for the fresh Monday morning perspective! Have a beautiful day!
    ~Jill

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  57. Yay! Congratulations! I'm super excited for you and can't wait to see all of your changes. This does sound like a dream come true!!

    Oh, and you need your own domain name. Just sayin'!

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  58. Hey Lady! As far as getting the word out about your blog. I know that you can pay (not sure how much...I can check) so that if someone types "home decorating" or "cheap home decorating" or whatever, into google, it will make your blog come up as the first link so that would make a ton of people come to it. Not sure if you'd be interested in that at all but my Dad used to work for google doing that so I can ask him about it if ya want! Also, I saw you spray painting something in your driveway on Sunday, I'll have to check back on your blog to see what it was! :) :)

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  59. AAHHHHH!!! I'm so excited! I love, love, love your blog. I actually just linked mine up to an older post of yours today.

    http://myfourcrazykids.blogspot.com/2009/07/spray-paint-hot-glue-gun-and-fabric.html

    I def. think you should have parties.

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  60. I am a Dave Ramsey fan. I am also crazy about Mondays. Monday is MY day - after a weekend of serving my family, I am ready for the husband to go to work and the kids to school, so that I can pursue my hobbies (painting, blogging, and tennis). I hope to turn my new painting hobby into a profitable business, soon. Great post!

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  61. Congratulations on following your heart!!! :)

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  62. Love your blog!! I can't seem to find you on facebook.

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  63. You just picked me up after a long horrid weekend of, "I am going no where" and "what am I doing with my life". Like you, I had a dream of being a stay-at home mommy, at least part time. That has not come to fruition for me. I think I truly lack the focus necessary. But it's always inspiring to read about real people achieving this dream.
    I have been following your blog now for less than a month, and you are already more motivating than I can explain.

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  64. Dear Sarah,

    I'm not a blog expert, but I do read quite a few blogs. Yours is one I really like. So here's what I think you should do: just what you've been doing. Your blog is fun to read, your instructions are easy to follow, your ideas are inspirational. So I say: If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Thrifty Decor Chick ain't broke. Now, if you want to do more of what you're already doing, I think we'll all love that.

    I hope it works out for you to be able to devote yourself to doing just this, where your passion so obviously lies. Best of luck to you in this venture. Just don't take away the Sarah that we know and love!

    Blessings,
    Richella

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  65. Sarah,

    I found your blog by googling "beadboard" about 2 weeks ago and now I check in EVERY DAY. I have been watching your "followers" count go up every day and I have wondered to myself a few things:
    1. WHY you DON'T just focus on this blog (glad to see you make the change)
    2. WHY you don't make more money off of it (as some bloggers apparently do via advertising)
    3. WHY i am so obsessed and inspired by you and your constant projects that get FINISHED!

    I would really love it if you could help motivate me to FINISH my projects in a timely manner! I have great creativity and the naivete to assume I can pull off just about anything that I think of, but then i get overwhelmed and distracted and over-budget and lose my steam!! help!

    "LUUURRVE" YOUR BLOG!

    angie @ tomandangie.blogspot.com

    PS. link that might be of interested to you:
    http://www.blogher09.eventbrite.com/
    what are you doing this thursday? might want to make a stop in CHICAGO!

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  66. I really love your blog. I'm glad you are making the steps to put more time into it. Congrats on your decision! I've just recently been introduced to your blog from a friend of mine and it is so inspiring. My husband and I just bought a condo and I was OVERWHELMED with the decorating responsibilities. My mom's a master decorator so I feel like I have huge shoes to fill! I'm amazed at all the projects you've completed in the two months that I've done NOTHING. But, I just spent the last month painting (because you said it is so easy) and decorating and getting things to feel cozy. So thank you for the inspiration! I'm looking forward to all the fun holiday ideas you will post on here this coming fall! Yay! Thanks again for sharing your knowledge with the blogging world!

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  67. Hi, Sarah! I've been a follower of your blog for awhile now, and I always read everything you post.

    Why?

    Because not only are you talented, but your enthusiasm spills over onto the site when you write. :)

    I'm so excited for you, and I found this post to be very inspiring! I wish I knew what my *dream* was. :)

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  68. Congrats. It sounds like we are both kind of heading in the same direction. Check out www.itssoverycheri2.blogspot.com and I have the 3rd week of the July give away going on at www.itssoverycheri.blogspot.com

    LEt me know if we can help each other out.
    Cheri
    www.itssoverycheri.blogspot.com
    www.itssoverycheri2.blogspot.com

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  69. Unfortunately I'm of no help to you, but I just wanted to say "Congrats!" What a great decision and you seem so happy. I've been following your blog for sometime now and you are a definite inspiration to get my house looking great on a budget! I didn't know about the $10 consultation.. I may be taking you up on that!

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  70. Great for you!! You are my blogging role model!! I love decorating and restoring goodwill items as well and wish I had started displaying my thrift makeovers a long time ago. Even for lil ole me, it's so fulfilling so I can just imagine how you must feel with all this blogging stuff and where it might take you. Best of luck! And thanks for an entertaining blog - can't wait to see what's to come :)

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  71. Congratulations, Sarah. You really are my very favourite place to visit on the web. I wish you all the best.

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  72. That is such awesome news! Congratulations! The big world wide web can be a fickle bunch of folks, but I certainly think you have a great bunch of fans and a really solid blog to support it.

    You'll do fantastic!

    Best of luck. I could offer a lot of the "technical" kind of advice if you need it. I'm a really, super small time blogger, but that's mostly by choice. I have the technical know-how, but not a lot to say these days. :)

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  73. I have been reading your blog for a few weeks now, and all of your pictures of your house have totally inspired me! I am such an ogranization nut (ahh I hate to admit it but its true!) and I loved reading all your ideas of different ways to organize. And after I saw pictures of your laundry room I fell in love! I actually have already cleaned it out, and gotten ready to paint in there.

    I posted a link to your blog on my blog! I hope it helps.

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  74. Congrats on the progression of your blog. I have a quick question - what is diet squirt?!?!?

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  75. Don't scare me like that! At first I thought you were trying to gently tell us you were quitting your blog! Ahhhh! I'm so glad you are keeping us! I read your blog every day. My husband says you are my new best friend. Anyhoo - thanks for all you do to inspire the creative gene in us all. - Jennifer

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  76. Congratulations Sarah! Much luck with your "new" venture!

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  77. I'm glad you're sticking around!! :)

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  78. this is great news. I follow two decorating blogs. Yours is one. I am looking forward to the great ideas that you will be sharing with us.

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  79. Hey, Sarah! Good for you! You are one of the best out there so I don't think you'll have any problem. You constantly inspire me with your ideas. As others have said, just be yourself since we all love you and your style already. :) I can't wait to see what's coming~
    Melissa

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  80. You definitely have a wonderful thing going with your blog-Keep it going! I came upon your blog about two months ago and I am soo glad I did. I haven't been in 'the (creativity) zone' for about ten years now. I had been busy and having fun with other things, but I'm glad to be back! : )

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  81. This is GREAT news! I really enjoy this here blog - you've got such a great attitude. Keep those great ideas coming!

    Sydney

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  82. if at any time in the future you doubt your decision to focus entirely on your blog as your business then go back and read this post- because honestly- your excitement and joy just leap off the screen- it is absolutely infectious- always come back to this day if you ever need reminding why you chose this path-
    best wishes-

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  83. I love this post. As far as getting your blog out there there are many ways to do it...registering it on just about every social networking site you can find, guest blogs, flat out e-mailing people and telling them about your blog, and so much more...it's all about connecting with people I believe and since you have so many great things to offer, I don't think it will be too hard for you. ;)

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  84. Good luck. It all sounds very exciting..

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  85. Wow! I am giddy with excitement that there will be more to see on this site. I am positively addicted! But more than that, I am thrilled for you!! What a blessing to be able to do what makes you happy...to follow your heart! You are fortunate...BUT SO ARE WE!! Good luck...I can't WAIT!!!

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  86. I'm happy for you! I visit everyday, for quite a while now, and I will continue to visit. Good luck in your plans, I'll be here.

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  87. AWESOME news!!!!! So glad you are going to be posting even more. LOVE your blog. I tell everyone about it!

    Can't wait to see more thrify ideas!

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  88. Double gasp. I went out of town for a week and first thing I did when I got home was check your blog. I missed a ton this week but I am very excited for your direction change. I love your blog, tips, ideas, lingo and humor. This blog could really explode into much much more! (I would love to see what you would do with an HGTV show!!!!)

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  89. OMG, I thought you were going to say that you were dumping your blog. *sigh of relief*

    I'm so happy for you and your decision. I lurve your blog (you have me saying that silly word now). :-)

    I'm still planning on writing the article I emailed you about. It should give you even more exposure. I'll email you once it's live.

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  90. Keep up the good work! I love your blog, and it will only get better.
    I just updated my blog platform (whatever that means) and it looks soooooooo shiny and cool! Love it :)

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  91. Sarah,
    Yay for you! I'm so excited that you're following your dream. I might be able to help with the domain name. If you go to GoDaddy.com. You can purchase a domain name (i.e. www.thriftydecorchick.com, or whatever you want it to be) for under $20 per year I think. Then you just link it up to blogger so you don't have to change HOW you upload and arrange your stuff. If you do have your domain name, then it will make you more easily accessible to searches, look better on business cards, etc. Just a thought. :) I just moved to a new space so I might hit you up for a consultation soon too. :)

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  92. I'm so happy for you. I was actually getting all sappy and verklempt reading that. LOL You go girl. I'm excited about what lies ahead for you.

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  93. love, Love, LOVE your blog. For real. Didn't know if you were up for blogging topic suggestions.. but I have one. Perhaps a series! Decorating--Where to Start. Some of us really enjoy reading crafting blogs, buying things to make over, etc... but where to we start?? I think, molding, beadboard my kitchen, redo cabinets, makeover bedroom, and suddenly, I can't do anything because it is sooooooo over. welming. And take care of kids. And make meals, and clean house, and live life. I just need some direction of START HERE. THEN DO THIS. Just a thought, thanks for listening!! Keep up the fab work!!

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  94. Sooo excited for you!...I started following you via Twitter, so I feel like I don't miss a thing ;)

    I totally recommend Adobe Photoshop. It isn't the easiest to learn, but there are a ton of great, FREE tutorials online. It's also very versatile. You will use it for a lot more than you think. You can totally use it to build room layouts for furniture placement, etc. You can also use it to create a totally custom blog, a "logo" design, digital design boards, not to mention all of the wonderful designs you can make for crafting!! (and having fun with photos of the kiddos!)

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  95. Good luck following your dreams!!

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  96. YAY FOR YOU!!! I'm so happy for you. Keep it going...I love your energy!!!
    Can't wait to see how this unfolds!!
    xo

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  97. I really enjoyed reading your story. It seems like you have an exciting blog future!!

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  98. Congratulations, this is so exciting. I remember from previous jobs that Sunday night feeling, and it was awful!

    Might I suggest, go down to your local library, and borrow (request) a couple of blogging books. They'll help you fill in any holes in your basic knowledge. I've recently got value out of the Huffington Post's blogging guide, and Blogger for Dummies.

    Next, look at blogs you admire, or with features you'd like to offer. What do they use to do that? Are they on Blogger, or WordPress? (WordPress, I think, is a bit more feature rich).

    And of course, you can see advice from blogland. Places like
    http://www.problogger.net/
    would be good for you to check out, and/or you can search on a particular topic that has you stumped.

    Wishing you the very best of luck!

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  99. Ok, so you probably don't remember me because clearly you have a million fans (me included!) but I sent you an email a couple months back about how wonderful your blog is and how you're so inspiring and all that jazz. Well, since then, besides reading your blog, I've been quite the busy bee! In most part, thanks to you :). I actually just finished redoing my kitchen and posted it on my blog. The reason I'm telling you this (besides hoping you'll give me your opinion!) is that I gave props to you in my post :). So you go on with your bad self and jump in with both feet. You're amazing and will no doubt be successful. I wish you all the luck in the world!!! And thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your inspiring posts!

    xoxo

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  100. Here are some things I've read about getting more exposure....most of them I'm trying myself on my site.
    *Get Biz Cards - Free at Vista Print and others - Leave them everywhere-at the table at restaurants, Joann's etc.
    *Do guest posts on other blogs...my blog visits sky rocket when I do this.
    *Host a Giveaway and link with other sites that share this info. Ask the people entering to tweet about it etc.
    I visit you're site daily and I have your button on my favorites page. I have also posted about several projects I've done that you have inspired. I'd love a guest post on my blog from you!
    Keep up the great work and let us know what works to drive your traffic.
    Thanks for the inpiration:
    Karen

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  101. Good for you! Sending an email your way! I'm very excited for you. Love it.

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  102. Hey there chica. Check out Blogher (just google it). You should be able to get hooked up with them since you have a MILLION followers. Love you girl!

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  103. Congrats on your new direction! God led me to start a private practice from my home office, last September (I'm a Lactation Consultant). It was exciting yet scary. But my family will tell you it was the BEST decision ever!!! I know you will enjoy every minute of your work. I look forward to using you for design help! God bless you and your sweet family, Sarah :D

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  104. Can I first just say that I have no idea how you get all this done with a little boy at home! I have a 2 year old and 9 month old and I'm lucky just to clean the countertops, forget decorating. I absolutely love your blog though, so someday I'll be able to put it into practice. In the meantime, I've come across a site that might help with your blog aspirations. A mom with a very successful blog is writing a series of entries on how to be a professional blogger (mixed in with some extremely entertaining mom posts). You may already know it: http://www.absolutelybananas.com/

    The post you see when you scroll all the way down is just one of many in her series. She writes in an easy-to-read fashion, is very forward with advice, and give tons of great information. Most of the posts are found in her archives I believe. Hope this helps!

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  105. Hey you! Email me about the website stuff! I can give you some good info!

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  106. Congrats! So excited to read about your new endevours (sp) I recently found your blog and love it! Looking forward to more! Thanks for the beer details, my sister thinks it sounds yucky but not me, I am making it next week on vacation amd I am sure she will be drinking! ha ha

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  107. Congrats on knowing what you want!
    That is half the battle!!

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  108. Wow, and I think I'm speaking for everyone, we're so flattered that you would choose to spend all of your time bringing us great posts that keep us coming back again & again :)

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  109. Ok so I've been "stalking" your blog everyday for about a year now. Never really said any comments not because I didn't want to, but because I always forgot to. But this post inspired me so much and I knew I just had to write something! I've told EVERYONE I know about your site! I absolutely L-O-V-E it! You inspire me every day! And I pretty much almost peed my pants when I read that you would offer consultations! And $10 bucks is something I can afford which made me even more giddy! The only thing missing, a home. I live in a crappy apartment still who doesn't let us even hang pictures on the wall. Yeah...tell me about it...but I will definitely tell my mother about it!...and sister...and sisters in laws...and every woman I know! My mother is more of the girl who loves to work on cars, knows every tool, and has no clue how to decorate (I got that gene from her). She gets so down on herself because she can't "see" things or know what goes together and neither can I so I can't help her. I will definitely tell her this delightful news and hopefully she can finally one day feel good about her home. Thank you so much for your delightful posts and for sharing your incredible talent with us all! And especially for making your suggestions and help at a price that people can afford instead of the 100's and 1,000's of dollars most places do. =0) (sry this is so long)

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  110. Sarah, you and your blog have totally inspired me in the past few months and I can't thank you enough. I am all about following your dreams and I hope nothing but the best comes to you. Keep your fabulous inspiration coming. I can't wait to sign up for a consult for my family room. You are the best!!

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  111. I'm SO excited for you, Sarah. That's wonderful! I think it's great that you're following your heart. I would love to do the same thing, so this post inspired me. Maybe someday! :-)

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  112. I absolutely love your work and I will be sending you photos soon. We are closing on a house next week adn I Know I am going to need help. Thank you for inpiring me! I wish I had your courage.

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  113. Consultations are way fun....just don't do any when you're feelin' silly tired.

    http://olderandwisor.blogspot.com/2009/08/i-might-be-on-to-something.html

    I would blame it on your beer, but I don't drink. Not that I've never been accused of being drunk.

    In church.

    ;)

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  114. Thank God for LinkedIn, I was on your latest post and seen this post as a suggested read. I felt All you excitement in your writing and now I am excited for you and yeas this post inspired me also...."Way To Go."

    I have put your blog on my blog list and will be keeping up with you often.

    I am back in am appartment for now but I am being inspired for when we get a chance to move back into a house. Thanks so much for having this blog and many Blessing for your future endeavors.

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  115. I can not even IMAGINE how many friends you have! How freaking useful are you! I just stumbled upon your blog while searching Kelly's blog for something I might need for this baby I have coming...
    anyway I host a radio show and I do a HIP TIP everyday - I would love to mention a hip tip from your blog (about fall decorating) and I would totally give you credit - my email is Kelly@endonline.com and you can write me back and give me one and of course like I said I would credit your blog on the air and on our website.
    THANKS! (I am leaving on Maternity leave on Friday so It would be on the air sometime this week!)

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  116. First off, I'd like to say I just found your blog tonight and immediately bookmarked you, as I can see I'll be visiting often. Second, congrats on your move to blog full-time. Always follow your heart,sister!
    And third, I have got to agree: Your son absolutely qualifies for the "squishy-face-so-cute-I-could-die-I-love-you-more-than-the-moon" title. A.D.O.R.A.B.L.E!! Congrats on him, too. Aren't they great!?
    See ya soon! (And thanks for your site! You're great!!)

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  117. I just had to say what an inspiration! I love it
    thanks so much for sharing.

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  118. Thank you so much for this post. I too had the devastating experience of my family plans not fitting in with the plans my boss had for me & the growth of her company. I ended-up laid off from my medical office management position at 30wks pregnant due to "change in company finances & elimination of my position" (they changed the job title & hired someone single with no children within one week).
    Like you, that door closed & another door quickly opened - I'm now pursuing a degree in Mortuary Science (Creepy? To most, but I've been pondering the field for a LONG time. Totally recession proof.) Anyways, your blog TOTALLY inspires me - decorating doesn't have to burn a hole in the pocket. With my extra $$ put toward college tuition, I fully welcome your tips for Goodwill finds! Thank you!!!!

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  119. I recently ran across your blog....Love it! When I was searching your older posts I found the post about the book No More Mondays. I ordered it right away. I couldn't wait to start reading it. I wanted to let you know I LOVE the book, it is really helping change where I am at. Thanks again for the suggestion. Keep up the awesome blog!

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  120. Thank you so much for sharing. I feel like I'm reading my own story as I recently had a baby (he's 3 months now) and I've decided to quit my job of 6 years. Big step for me but you are so right about how babies just change everything. I have about another 4 weeks until my last day at work and I am so looking forward to No More Mondays!!

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  121. I love your blog...one marketing suggestion would be to have all of your ads open in a new page. Right now, when I click on your ads, it takes me away from your page, which is a big no no. You want it to open in a new page, that way when someone finished/closes the other page, your page is still there below it. It's a simple change in your html code. Good luck w/ everthing, if you have any questions, let me know.

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  122. I'm a web developer and could help you with some of your questions about domains/URLS, etc. I came across your blog from Dave Ramsey, and I listen to Dan Miller too; I'd be glad to help out someone with similar interests. Follow up with me if you're interested.

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  123. I got a degree in Elementary Education, but I would really really love to do design. Reading this gave me hope!!!! I congratulate you on having the guts to chase down what you wanted to do. I am so scared and I don't even know where to start. All i know is that I get crazy ideas most people don't understand, esp my husband, and then they see it come to life and go, wow! I get the most incredible feeling from it. I would love to do what you have done, and thank you so much for sharing your story!!! I absolutely love your blog! I tell people about you all the time and I am constantly amazed by the things you do!

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I LOVE your comments, thank you! (I read every single one.)

If you have a specific question I will do my best to answer you back here! Be sure to check out the FAQs tab at the top of the site and my Projects page for paint colors and DIY projects as well.

THANKS so much for reading!