Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I guess I’ll go eat worms

First, the winner of The Sheet Boutique giveaway is Allison from Princess Mommy of 2! And the winner of the $50 HomeGoods gift card is #92, Red Door Home. (Check out her Before and After here. Wowza!) Ladies, please email me!

Well, back in September, I shared all I knew about blogging. I know I’ve been promising a sequel to that post, but I quickly realized a follow up post about blogging would be about 15 miles long! So I figured I’d break it up a bit.

Today’s topic? It’s a biggie. Wait for it…

Not everyone likes my blog.

What the what?! Who the who?? I KNOW.  ;)

I got my first negative comment almost a year into blogging. I was reading merrily along through my comments and there it was. It felt like a punch in the gut. I’d seen negative comments on other blogs here and there, but until I got one myself, I never realized how much it would hurt.

It doesn’t matter who you are, what you do, how you write, what your house looks like, someone -- many someones – will not like you. I’ve mentioned before that I make a point not to discuss anything controversial on my blog – I want it to be fun, laid back and relaxing for all.

But it doesn’t matter if you just talk about rainbows and pink sunsets every day – people won’t like you and they will tell you.

They won’t like that you decorate above your cabinets.

They won’t like a paint color you used.

They won’t like that you say “lurve” or “cauuute.”

They won’t like that you advertise on your blog.

They won’t like that you are happy.

They won’t like that you don’t spend every waking moment interacting with your children.

They won’t like you because they wish they’d thought of that!

They won’t like you because you use too many :)’s and a lot of !!!!!!!

They won’t like you because even though you really, really, really want to, you just don’t have enough time in the day to visit their blog.

They won’t like you because you have more time, resources, followers, hits, subscribers…on and on and on.

I’m going to be completely, brutally honest and say I have felt these feelings at one time or another when reading various blogs over the years. It's just human nature. Most of the time it’s that little green monster called Envy that rears it’s ugly head in my head.

It takes a lot of maturity and restraint to not comment and just shrug, get past whatever is bothering us and move on. Change the channel you could say. But I think in the end you can’t go wrong by doing that. For the life of me, I will never understand why someone would be blatantly mean…just to be mean.

I think I’ve stuck up for a blogger a time or two when they’ve received a nasty comment, and it may have come across as mean. But I probably meant it as mean. (Nah nah, they started it!!) So there. you. go.

See? Mature is my middle name.

There is a difference, of course, between constructive criticism and a nasty comment. And we need to remember that the written word is very easily misunderstood. Often someone is just trying give advice and it can come across wrong when written.

But then there are those who are mean and nasty and downright awful and there’s no mistaking it.  ;)

I’ve learned the only thing you can control when you get a comment like this is your reaction. When I get one, it takes my breath away for a minute. Then, I stew for a few more minutes. I’ll call my hubby, tell him what they said, he’ll tell me he loves me. (Much better.)

I’ll stew a little bit more. Maybe call a friend. (Feeling even better.) Then I’ll look at my son’s face and say to myself -- “Making this kiddo happy is all that matters in my whole world.”

Then I’m done. It doesn’t take long. The process takes less and less time with every comment I get.

I know it hurts. Most don’t realize how much it hurts until they get one themselves. Bloggers share much of their world with readers and when one person comments on how much they hate it, it stings.

But in the scheme of things, those comments should not take up any of your life, your head, your heart.

Call a friend. Shrug it off. Let it go.

And maybe add a big. fat. ppppppbbbbbhhhhhhtttttt…

It will make you feel better. Promise.

:)     :)     :)      :)    !!!!!!!!!  !! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

P.S. I’ll explain more of how I hung the airplane art with the acrylic over it in my next post!

169 comments:

  1. Great post - Thanks for writing! I am going to bookmark this ~ hopefully I won't have to ever re-read it =) I love your advise and the pic just makes it all the better! Hope you are enjoying your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  2. I think you totally hit the nail on the head when you mentioned people being ENVIOUS! I know I am! But I "LURVE" your blog and the ideas you give me! Seriously! And it doesn't make sense why someone would even read your blog if they didn't like it?? Love your blog, all your lingo, and love the picture!

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  3. I think your blog is awesome. Plus, if someone didn't like something why would they bother putting effort into writing it out? Thats lame.
    You are cool! Don't worry about that!

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  4. My philosophy is that it's your blog, and you can do anything with it that your heart desires. If someone doesn't like this or that about it, then they certainly don't have to read it. Something most people should live by...if you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything at all. Easier said than done. By the way, I read your blog because I enjoy visiting here!

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  5. Mean people and spammers should get together and invent a cute and cheap shower curtain that won't attack you while you're rinsing your hair. All that time being negative, snarky, and hateful could be spent giving something good back to society.

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  6. LOVED this post! LOL!! Girl you are so right!!! Why, I just can't figure out why, if they don't like something, they certainly don't have to take the time to read a person's blog. As for the rest of us...We Love your Blog!!

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  7. Thanks for the great advice AND for keeping it real. I lurve it when you keep it real! ;>
    God's blessings sis,
    Sarah :D

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  8. Okay... I don't comment much, but I have to say I can't imagine anyone not loving your blog! THANK YOU! You are an inspiration!

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  9. Right on Sarah!!! I think the other important thing to remember is that for every person that doesn't like you there are a hundred that do!!!

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  10. Great advice!!!!! I do that all the time.:) You made me laugh!! When you did that at the end. !!!:):) That is so funny.

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  11. Love your blog! I went back and read your post from September. I've just recently (about a year ago) gotten into blogging and I've been trying to figure out how to get people besides just my friends and family to read it. Great tips! I look forward to reading other posts with this topic!

    Swing my by my blog if you get a chance!

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  12. OH it's totally like a punch in the gut! so sorry that happened! boo!!! ;)

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  13. Thanks for the reminder! I can't imagine anyone not loving your blog or having a problem with the fact that you say Luuuurve a lot! lol. I adore your blog and would stick my neck out to defend you if I ever read a nasty comment about it! :)

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  14. I love your blog. I must say that I am quite envious of your goodwill finds - I have tried my local goodwill store several times & have left only with the feeling I needed to take a shower, and fast!!!

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  15. Great advice! You are so right. You just have to "rise above". :)

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  16. Amen sista! I was thinking this too with a few random, rude comments I've gotten lately. I've felt envy too, and it's definitely the fuel behind that fire.

    Here's my thing though-- if you don't like someone's blog. . . why the heck are you reading it? You know? We all come across blogs that just don't interest us. So what do we do? We.never.go.back. Simple as that. We don't leave a nasty comment behind as we leave. HElloooo?

    A while back, I was on Pioneer Woman's site at thee very beginning. And she is so the queen of blogging, ya know? And some rude A left her the meanest comment. And then it hit me: if PW can get some rude A comments, well, heck, anyone can.

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  17. Sarah...this post is great!! I think your wonderful and have loved reading your blog since I have been in this blog world! I luurrvvee you...did I do that right? lol I would only use that for you. :) Have a great week friend!!!

    Hugs,
    Victoria

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  18. I think it is a shame that more people don't follow the advice that "if you don't have something nice to say you shouldn't say it at all.". I love, love, love your blog!!!!!!!!! I'm
    so glad to know that you, and lots of other creative bloggers, don't let one or any negative comments from keeping you from sharing. I cant wait to see how you did the plexi molding bit. I've been looking fir someway to fill up some wall space in my bedroom. ;)

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  19. This was very helpful to me - I am a big time people pleaser and I know I need to develop a thicker skin when it comes to my blog. You don't realize till you have one how much a part of you it is. Even if we don't talk about controversial things, our personalities and likes/dislikes will come through. And really - that's the way I want it when I am reading someone elses blog - I want to know a little about them. Thank you for addressing this and letting me know it effects you too - that helps me!

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  20. I luuuuurve you Sarah and I think you are so caaauuuute. :-) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Don't change a thing, EVER! That's why we love you. Luurrrrve you. :-) !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    xoxo
    Kate

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  21. I love (er, I mean lurve) everything about your site! :) :) :)

    Thanks for sharing all of your great ideas. You are wonderful!!!!!!!!

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  22. Well said. I hope I've never offended anyone. Before I started blogging I never realized how long it really does take and how it's hard to respond to everyone. I appreciate all the time and effort that goes into the blogs I visit. I think you do a great job. I love (lurve) you blog.

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  23. unFLIPPINbelievable that negativity fuels passion. Use it to succeed beyond your wildest dreams.

    You can also use that "anger" to VOTE for GARBAGE TO GOLD at www.refresheverything.com/garbagetogold

    Tumaini Rivera
    www.flippinfactory.wordpress.com
    Twitter:@twitter
    Facebook: Flippin' Factory

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  24. Well I for one love your blog and think you have a great attitude! I'm still floored that anyone would write something nasty to you.

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  25. Pfft! They're just jealous.

    You are lovely, sweet and talented and I'm glad you share all of your wonderful projects with all of us.

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  26. What a great post, Sarah! Thank you for sharing this; it will be a good spot to come back to when I get negative comments! Your attitude is inspiring, just like your projects, your energy, and your exclamation points!!!!!!

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  27. Your blog is fantasic, you are talented and imaginative, and unless your next post is How to Cook Kittens I'll be back daily as usual.

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  28. that's right, momma said you can't please all the people all the time. Actually, when I became an adult, I stopped trying ;-)
    ps... I hadn't commented but I lurve your big boy art for bub's room!

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  29. I can't imagine you getting any mean comments! And I didn't even know people did that!!! I'm shocked!!! Hope the joy you get from the nice comments cancels out the mean ones anyway! I don't have many followers and the sister who has mean things to say to me, emails instead of posting a comment! Way better! Then I can respond to her privately! : )

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  30. Amen, sister! Very well, and maturely, said. I LOVE your blog, and I gain so much inspiration from you. Keep on keepin' on...can't wait to see you on Indy Style tomorrow!

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  31. This is a great post and you are so right. I blog because it makes me happy to connect with lovely people, such as yourself. I would never say anything negative or mean to a fellow blogger, it's not what we are about.
    I had the wind blown out of my sails when one blogger didn't like that I mentioned another blogger on a post she was hosting!
    I was shocked by this and was hurt, but I took a deep breath and got over it.


    hugs
    Sissie

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  32. I can't imagine anyone actually taking the time out of their day to stop and write something snotty to someone about their blog! And THEN they are the ones who keep coming back for more! Of what they hate!

    I, for one of many, LURVE your blog and hope you don't change a thing. I find myself saying your sayings in my own head (i.e. lurve, squeezies, etc.) and think you and your blog are great!

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  33. Poo poo on the people who leave negative comments. I think your blog is great. I think you're hilarious. I like that you say lurve and caute. :) But wait a minute...have you ever visited my blog? Now I'm mad. Hmph. Kidding! :D

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  34. Say what?? People don't like you?
    Just so you know, I luuuurve your blog! You are hilarious, and you inspire me! You have thousands of readers. You can't possibly please everybody! And you certainly cannot visit that many blogs! They are just jealous! To leave mean comments is just childish! Why don't they just click on the little x in the upper right-hand corner instead? Meanies!
    Keep doing what you do, because the rest of us love you!

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  35. I (heart) you, Sarah! :) I remember feeling so shocking and hurt when I first received a nasty anonymous comment. It was from someone who disagreed with me politically and resorted to calling me a "fat white girl." While the comment was true (I can be honest), it didn't make it hurt any less. I've had to learn to hit "delete" immediately...I treat comments like that as spam. If I let myself dwell on them (or the blog envy that creeps in!), it just makes my day miserable.

    Big props to you for this post. :)

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  36. Good Morning.
    I just have to say right out of the gate - I love your blog. You always make your visitors feel welcome. :o) Thank you for taking the time you do to post what you do. :o) It brightens my day when I come over. I don't always have a chance to comment, but I really wanted to express my gratitude for what you do!
    I hope that you are having a wonderful day.
    Sincerely ~ Trish

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  37. I lurve lurve lurve your blog. I have not gotten any negative comments, yet but I am sure they are coming. It is sad when people feel the need to bash others. (I am speaking to myself here, too.) And by the way I AM SOOOO EXCITED I WON!!! Have a great day!

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  38. well said! you can't please everyone and it seems to be me you have plenty of reinforcement here- we love reading what you have to share!

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  39. I'm sorry - people can be mean. Feel sorry for that person because they obviously aren't happy -probably in all areas of their life.
    Just think about all the people who DO like you and how many great comments you get. And what about all the lurkers who don't leave comments. You have lots of fans so don't worry about one sad soul who had to make themself feel better by trying to hurt you.

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  40. In real life people either love me or hate me. I've always evoked a pretty strong reaction one way or another, so it is in the blog world too. I typically just ignore cutting comments, but I chose to respond publicly to one particular slamming comment n a humorous manner (at least I thought it was humorous). I firmly believe that you teach other people how to treat you and I wanted to let this anonymous reader know that I wasn't going to just "take it". I ended up losing a few readers over that one and had to be okay with that. Sometimes it's good to just ignore and sometimes it's good to let others know it's not going to be accepted to slam in your blog home! Love you Sarah! Keep being lurrrrvely and caaaauuuutte!

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  41. for the record...I luuuuuuuuuuurve your blog and think everything you do is caaaaaaaauuuuuuute! :-)
    !!!!!!!!!!!

    Suzie in St. Louis

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  42. You know what I don't understand is why do people who don't like a blog bother to read it, much less take the time to leave some snippy little comment? I come here and to all of the other blogs that I follow because I like them and gain something from them. Just keep being you and doing what you do and don't worry about those sipping the haterade!

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  43. Okay, I have to get this off my chest.....

    You. are. awesome. And, I totally LURVE your blog!!!!! :-)

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  44. You Go Girl!!! =) I Lurve everything you you post on your Cauuute blog! =)

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  45. Wow, I am so sorry that you received a mean comment. The question is Why? Why do people do and say mean and hateful things? I guess what we all need to remember is that some people have "issues" and they want to share their pain, so they do.
    Keep plugging along, You are doing great!
    Have a wonderful day,
    Joyce

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  46. Oh my sweet Sarah! I can promise you that no matter how many people don't like your blog, I love you and your blog enough for all of them!

    It makes me sad that people (be it grown woman, 12 year old girls, or teenage boys) feel the need to cut other people down. Seriously how they think that makes anything better I will never understand.

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  47. PS - Even my 2 year old daughter has enough sense to love your blog. Although it might be because she thinks the boy with his tongue sticking out is hilarious (and her brother!)

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  48. I'll never understand people who just want to be mean. Your blog is awesome and such an inspiration!!! I have learned so much reading it and can't imagine how someone wouldn't love it!

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  49. Well said, friend.

    It took you a year to get a mean comment?! You are too kind!

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  50. Humph! Mean people suck! Ooo . . . is it okay I used that word???? :o/ But it's true, right?!

    I could never understand why people leave mean-spirited comments on blogs of this genre. I don't believe there's any reason for it other than to help make a miserable person just be more miserable.

    Words can hurt, but blow it off. Keep doing what you're doing!
    Carla

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  51. Good post, Sarah. I also want to add that I'm extremely suspicious of these types of comments and negative feedback. They are generally from anonymous people, which says a LOT about them in my opinion. It doesn't happen much, but it does feel like a punch in the gut! I delete it from the comment box, and I delete from my mind.

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  52. Sarah, sticks and stones do break bones, but words hurt more! I understand this, believe me. My mom always said "always be kind and you'll never give them anything (valid) to say about you". When people talk about others, it's just to boost themselves up because they're insecure. Good for you for always remaining positive. That's one of the reasons your blog is always one of the first I visit. ~hugs~ to you and don't let them get you down.

    Brandi

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  53. Sarah... I'm so sorry, I know it does hurt! BUT, look at all of these wonderful comments. Shake it off girl, know why? cause you rock!
    I hope you feel better getting it off your chest. I think most of us can totally identify with the situation. Don't let a mean comment change anything about you or your blog. One bad apple...
    Have a great day! Enjoy this beautiful weather!
    gail

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  54. Big ones, fat ones, short ones, skinny ones, I am going to eat some worms.

    My Dad used to sing that me when I was a kid.

    I need to do better at ignoring negative things myself.

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  55. oh my gosh! Great post! I NEVER can understand why people leave mean/rude comments on others blogs. Sure, I've been reading a blog & didn't like something they did {paint color, project, etc.} or something they said, but I would never think of leaving a nasty comment, I just don't leave a comment at all or I stop reading their blog. I don't understand why some people feel the need to try to hurt others or bring them down. And I love how 99% of the time they leave their snarky comments as "anonymous"! I think it's especially painful b/c you'd expect other bloggers to know/understand how much time, effort, love goes into a blog.

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  56. Sarah...I love your blog! Your craftiness, your sense of humor, your ability to express all of your little "funny sayings"! I enjoy it so much and just wanted to tell you so! much love, Robyn in KY

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  57. I am a quiet reader as you are on my bookmarks and i check you out all the time!!!!! Not to be a stalker but because you do such fun and creative work..:) Nasty comments will happen, and shame on them. I can't get enough of you and the FAB work you do do. When you say LURVE or caauuuuttee i say them OUT LOUD, yes i know.. loser.. but that is what i say just not write it as much. Forget them, they need to find something else to occupy their time and let you enjoy your blog world and YOUR fun you have decorating it!!! PHheww.. I am officially a commenter!! hehe:)

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  58. Here's what it comes down to... if you can't say something nice, then don't say anything at all. If you feel you MUST say something, do it in private as the comment section is not really the appropriate place to start a fight. That's just my opinion. I am a pretty quiet reader and you are very talented. Love stopping by here! Thanks for sharing!

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  59. I guess I've been lucky so far ~ I haven't had a meanie come after me yet. I've seen them on others blogs and don't understand it. Like you, if I don't agree or like something I don't comment. I move on because just saying "Great job!" and not meaning it is not how I roll. I would never hurt someone's feelings either by saying something negative and hurtful.

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  60. Yep, I've gotten them too & you're so right. It does sting, but you just have to delete and get over it. You said it all just right! I don't understand either why some folks go to so much trouble to say mean things.

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  61. Ok, I am going to de-lurk over this. I can't believe anyone would leave you an ugly comment! I visit almost daily because of your inspirational projects and wonderful attitude! I don't know how you accomplish everything you do-you must be superwoman! Please just keep doing what you do. Obviously everyone lurves you, except for the one meanie who probably mouths off to their own mama & throws garbage out the car windows!

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  62. Your blog was the first one I found when I started in the blogging world. I have loved you and followed since then. (Jan.2010)
    If someone doesn't like something why not just move on. Why ruin someone's day with a negative comment. Anyway, keep up the great work because I love your blog.
    Brooke

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  63. You rock! I love your attitude!

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  64. Great post! I've expierenced a little of that because of my harmless "house blog" from people I know personally. Yikes! I guess some people are just weird like that.
    ☺ Celeste
    ps I LURVE your CAUTE blog!

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  65. They say that it takes 100 positive comments to erase 1 negative. A sad but true fact. Why we take the negative to heart more than the positive is a mystery to me. I will be one of those 100 and tell you that I LURVE your blog, not only the decorating ideas, but I enjoy your outlook on life, your sense of humor, and your love of just being. You really do inspire me to be a better person and I appreciate all you do.

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  66. LURVE LURVE LURVE your blog! You are the freakin BOMB!!!! :) !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  67. DITTO all the other comments! I lurve your blog and when my little blog grows up.... I want it to be just like yours!:) LOL

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  68. Don't let it get you down! I lurve :) your ideas and will be implementing some molding very soon. Thank you for your cheerful spirit and your happy homemaking. I appreciate all that you take the time to share!

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  69. It makes me sad that there are people who spend their time spreading misery. I guess that they really don't have anything better to do, huh?

    But even without nasty comments, there will be people who don't like our blogs. You're right. This is true even for someone like me with a little blog. I'd rather be the real me and not be liked by everyone than end up being a nobody by trying to please everyone. But I need reminders sometimes, and this post was a good one. :)

    Know what? I luurrrvvvveeeee you.

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  70. Thank you Sarah! What a perfect post for me to read right now.
    I just adore you and your blog! Make this :) and !!!! these all that you want too! This is why I've been reading along on your blog for an entire year and a half. Your positive spirit just shines through in every single post that you create. You won't get rid of me. Ever! *Smiles* Ha!

    ~Blessings my friend. ~Melissa :)

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  71. I'm just a lurker, no blog, and old enough to be your mother.

    I think your blog is terrific. I check it out every day. At least once. You're the reason my husband had to put off eating his delicious Dungeness crab salad last night to get more spray paint so I could finish up my baskets before dark.

    Which reminds me. If you ever get a negative comment that reads, "Quit leading the old goat astray. I'm tired of making runs to Wal-Mart for spray paint", you'll know you've heard from my bigger half.

    Keep up the good work, TDC, I don't even want to remember what mornings were like before I had your blog to wake up to.

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  72. I love your blog! You inspire me with your creativity and resourcefullness. Keep it up, and don't let one jerk get you down!

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  73. You go girl! You're awesome and we love you darling. :)

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  74. Great info. No matter what you do some one will like it and others will hate it. That is the beauty of design. I go with what i like because after all I am the one living with it everyday. I also think that something written as a comment will tend to be taken harder than how it was meant.

    A big thank you also for the gift certificate. I am so excited.

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  75. Amen, sistah! A perfect post. Think of what a miserable life someone has to have to intentionally take time out of their day to make mean comments. Seriously:just move on to the next blog~there are fifty kabillion jillion...

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  76. You are hysterical!

    I have definitely had my share of nasty comments.

    I can't believe that as popular as your blog is, you've only received one! Maybe I'm less likeable than you... Ha!

    I luuuurv that you are so real. And silly. And peppy. And non-dramatic. And light hearted. And fun. And non-comforming.

    There.

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  77. I've already commented on this subject, but I forgot to tell you that I saw some cute baskets at K-Mart with antique airplanes stitched on the liner.

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  78. Love this post! It's funny, no matter how much I tell myself I can't please everyone (and I am okay with that) it still hurts when someone has something negative to say. Why is the hater reading your blog anyway??

    P.S I LURVE everything you do. =]

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  79. Eeew what a mean person to write a nasty comment to you! Didn't their mother teach them if you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all. I love reading your blog!

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  80. Oh, shoot, guess when I told my last RUDE COMMENTER to find another blog they like better they came to visit you and decided yours was just as awful as mine. WE STINK! Yeah. Whatever.

    Why people feel compelled to be rude I do not know.

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  81. This was a great blog and I needed to hear it, it really cheered me up! Thank you for always having such great blogs and making my day and home better and nicer place!

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  82. Standing on my chair! Cheering wildly!

    I was stunned the first time I got a nasty, unkind comment. I haven't really gotten used to them but I guess I deal with them a little better now. Shrug, blow raspberries, delete.

    I do hate that one anonymous rude comment can get inside my head more than all the good ones. Bugger.

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  83. While I don't think I have enough followers to get a nasty comment, I think it's just rude. While I love your blog, yes some may not...but that's no reason for them to voice their opinions in such a rude way. If I don't like someone's blog, I don't go there anymore. Simple as that. Don't let it bother you, people are jealous you have a happy home, family and that you're creative. I instead embrace it and take your ideas and use them in my home. Some people don't get it. :-)

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  84. I linked over to your blog only a few months ago and I'm a true fan! I luurve everything you do - keep up the excellent work!

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  85. The world is full of wonderful people, (and some who, um, aren't!) You just can't let them get you down. Clearly, you are luurved by many:>)

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  86. I can't imagine that people wouldn't like your blog! I think it's GREAT!

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  87. What are people thinking? Seriously???

    The beauty of the blogsphere is that if you don't appreciate or connect with a particular blogger, there are MILLIONS of other ones out there...maybe even some who don't mind people spreading their misery around the internet (hard to believe, but who knows).

    When I found your blog I was inspired to start my own - and I'm sure I'm not the only one. I hope that carries more weight than some random snarky comment from someone who is so unhappy with their own life that they need to be mean to someone they've never even met.

    Keep the faith -

    Julie
    www.CabinChronicles.com

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  88. You go girl... don't let A.N.Y.O.N.E. gets you down! There are many of us, bloggers, keep coming back to you because you are cheerful, funny, and very informative!
    I, personally, want to thank you for inviting me into your lurvly home and your beautiful family!

    I love ya, sista! :)
    Hint, hint... you were the first blogger I subscribe!! ;)

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  89. Well, I will say I like you(or at least, your blog, cuz I don't really know YOU--although I'm sure you're a super nice person). And I mean that in a Sally Field kind of (Yes, I REALLY REALLY like you) way. Hope you have a great day!

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  90. You go girl. It's really not a hard concept...if you don't like it CLICK OFF THE SITE! Which I don't do, btw...because I "lurve" it and always get good ideas and helpful hints. Keep it up! XOXOX

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  91. Yes, why is it we can get 100 super nice great comments, but it's the one nasty comment that will stick with us? I've only had a couple, but you're right, they STING! Keep up the good work, I sure love your blog! :)

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  92. I enjoyed this muchly :)

    I think it's important for people to remember that it's not all about them!!
    There's a few new bloggy trends that drive me up the wall (picture link ups instead of just text link ups is one!) But I still play along and don't say anything because the bloggers that do it obviously enjoy it and their blog isn't written *just for me*. (Darn it!) haha.


    I am working on our boys room too and wanted to show you what I'm calling "Hobby Bins" - they're so perfect and inexpensive and hold all the important little things like race cars, finger puppets and balls!

    http://boyterrain.blogspot.com/2010/04/decorating-boys-bedroom.html

    can't wait to see more of your sons room!

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  93. I say good for you for finding something you succeed at, and more power to you for making a living with it! I do my blog just for kicks, what I am REALLY good at is teaching ballet and dancing, and that is something no one on the internet can touch :)
    Keep it up! I NEED your ideas because I don't have enough time or energy to think of them....

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  94. you rock my socks off. i just bought a house and i am taking ALL of your advice. my husband is working himself to the bone because everything you do is so neat (and im clumsy that is why he has to do it) so he is doing it all!

    THANK YOU

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  95. Your blog is FANTASTIC and filled with so many unique fun ideas. I like that you're happy, we need more happiness in this world!!
    Keep up the good work:)
    Angela

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  96. I love your blog! You are on my bookmark as a favorite. I love checking in and seeing what you've been up to.

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  97. Hi Sarah,I lurve your blog, I dont have one of my own, but read yours almost on a daily basis and enjoy it so much and I'm just cant understand why people are so unkind, and why dont they just butt out, keep up the good work, your home is so beautiful.
    My name is Chris, and I live in Melbourne,so gidday from Australia.

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  98. To quote the great Chelsea Handler, whoever was nasty to you regarding your blog can "Suck it! Suck it hard!"

    If someone has time to comment about you not spending enough time with your kids...the time they invested to write their comment, is time away from THEIR kids - they can suck it.

    If someone complains about a cheery disposition...yep...you guessed it - they can suck it.

    If someone complains about your decorating technique, they merely have to navigate away from your page...oooh amazing concept! They too can suck it.

    Personally, you have inspired me to copy pretty much EVERY little idea you have on here, cuz your ideas are THAT cool & totally in line with my style & taste...Sarah my dear, if you have a problem with that...you too can suck it! lol I'm just kidding! ;-)

    I look forward to your posts every M, W, & F...keep 'em comin'!

    Erin D.

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  99. Oh noooooo, I love your blog and all your awesome projects. All I can think about is that bumper sticker that says "mean people suck" ;) Keep up all your good work !

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  100. Girl, it's your blog. You can say whatever (well, almost whatever) you want, use as many :-)'s as you want, and say lurve as many times as you want (which I have to admit...is starting to "grow" on me ;-)) I felt so bad for Rhoda over at Southern Hospitality couple weeks ago. Her blog was about "How NOT to decorate" and some HO-BAG (can I say that?) basically said "Who are you to tell US how NOT to decorate? It's yall's BLOG for cryin' out loud. For every one negative commentor, there's probably thousands that can't wait to see what you have to post next. I wouldn't waste my breath nor my husband's time repeating what some of these jack legs say. I, for one, adore your blog. Keep 'em coming!! You rock girl (<--I bet some won't like that...but you know what? Who gives a flyin' flip??)
    Becky in SC

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  101. can't. find. those. silver. frames.....akkkkkkk!
    did you say you found them at Target?.....if so how long ago. I'm going to check on-line after I finish here....

    sacksaw@aol.com
    (Suzie)

    Thanks!

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  102. "nobody loves me, everybody hates me, I'm going out and eat worms" the words from an old song that my dad would sing whenever we sulked about something. Whenever I need a lift, in my mind i hear " nobody loves me, every body hates me......" , makes me smile.

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  103. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog! I come here everyday. You write like I'm one of your friends, and since I'm stuck in such a rural place, that means a lot to me. I would be devastated if you changed or ended your blog because of horrible people.

    I hope you always enjoys sharing your great ideas with us and don't get turned off by random, mean people! Thanks again!

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  104. If people don't like what other put on their blogs, they don't have to read it in the first place. I think there are some who just like to make negative comments to others thinking it will make them feel better about themselves. Just keep doing what you are doing. There are plenty of us who will not be mean to you.

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  105. AWESOME post! I do a lot of those things plus I use parenthesis like they are on sale!

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  106. Would lurve, lurve, lurve to know hwat all that chinese stuff say up there....

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  107. I have a sign in my office that says "BE NICE OR LEAVE". I bought it at "House of Blues" in Vegas. Maybe you should post that at the top of your blog. :)

    I read your blog every day and LOVE it!

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  108. good. good post. i'm sorry, but i see a lot of stuff that i think looks like it belongs on regretsy, or i think i have a great redo, link it up to thousands of parties, and have yet to get a feature. but i am sure as heck not going to insult the person who does, or tell the crafter or redo-er that i don't like something. i just won't comment on it. it's really that simple, so i am amazed people actually choose to be plain old mean. i really like reading your blog, i think it's funny, and you can use all the ca-ute you want! it's YOUR blog!

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  109. I LOVE your blog!! Your ideas are wonderful and you're so FUN!!
    I need to decorate an entry table...any ideas? Keep up the great work! Not everyone is as talented as you and we need to COPY!! :)

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  110. Excellent post. I think it's hard to take criticism - whether it's constructive or otherwise. As bloggers, we put ourselves out there, and hope that everyone else loves us as much as we love us. ;) But, that isn't always the case. And, there are definitely lots of folks that get jealous, even when there's ntohing to be jealous of. (I've been there.) And, I just ask myself, what did I expect? I don't really like everyone either.

    But, I guess the difference is that I try not to make nasty comments, and would never do it on purpose. If you don't like someone/something, just go elsewhere. I mean, there are only like billions of blogs to check out.

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  111. Poo on them! I love you, your blog and all of your :)'s & !!!!!

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  112. You're right: everyone has opinions and you can't please everyone. But, honestly, I love your blog. I check it everyday. Literally. I think you do a great job of explaining how you do things and love the fact that you are a discount shopper and you share where you find your goodies. I SO went and bought little birdies from the Dollar Store, just so ya know. And they found a nice, cozy home in some moss that just happened to appear in bowls on our dining table. :o) I'm not a blogger so I can't relate as far as that goes, but keep being happy (who doesn't like happy, I mean REally???) and keep shopping cheap, and keep being creative. You rock!!

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  113. GREAT post! I love your blog and love you, you caaute luurvely thing, you!

    Seriously, so glad you said this "out loud"

    A couple months ago one of my projects was on lifehacker.com. I was so excited until I got that first negative comment. Then there were a couple more. I also got a ton of positive comments, but the negative ones, one in particular, really caught me off guard. Man, those tech blogs are harsh! I responded with a polite, but somewhat snarky retort and regretted it as soon as I hit send. Lucky for me it was only sent to "no-reply". I decided then to ignore any other negative comments.

    I'm so glad that our community of home dec/mommy/homey blogs are generally much gentler!

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  114. I'm new to blogging and this is my first time to your blog, but I really appreciate your post. I've worried a little about what I'll do when someone writes a nasty comment, but I feel a little more prepared to handle it now, thanks to you! I'll be back! ♥ Michelle

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  115. well, I love your blog, even Lurve your blog and think it is cauuute! Your ideas are inspirational as well as your attitude. Keep it up.. I'll be back for more...

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  116. I love your blog Sarah and you are a blessing!!! I take tips from you for decorating, organizing, spray painting, etc. You have helped me so much and I tell all of my friends about your blog.

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  117. I love your blog. I never say this out loud, but I have started using the word "lurve" and "cauuuute" in my head when i am working on something. i accidently said it to my hub the other day and he said, "what did you just say?" and laughed at me. Haha. see what you've done to me?

    but for reals, i love your blog and it is a JOY to read. every single time i love it. i've done a post multiple times telling my own few readers how much i love your blog. way to be the bigger person. i only have close friends and family who read my blog so no negative comments yet. i'm sure they are to come. i'm also sure i will call my hub, my sister, stew, and then feel better. also, chocolate helps too.

    keep on bloggin! i love it!

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  118. Man you are awesome. It is so encouraging to read this. We just started a blog, and it takes so much courage (for me) to post some of my stuff up there, especially in an area that EVERYONE has an opinion on. It's the nature of the beast, I guess. In the end, we're all just tryin to have fun and network. Thanks for keepin it real.

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  119. Well shame on them! I LURRRRVE your blog! I love the heart that you put into everything and I envy, in a good way ;) your energy and creativity! If I had one ounce of what you have I would be ecstatic!! Keep up the work and keep spitting at the haters!!! :):):):):):)

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  120. I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!! YOU ENSPIRE ME TO DO PROJECTS I WOULD HAVE NEVER DONE BEFORE! YOUR BLOG IS ONE OF THREE THAT I CHECK EVERYDAY...SO THERE...PEOPLE...SHE IS THE GREATEST!!!

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  121. While I may not love it when you say “lurve” or “cauuute.” I also use a lot of !!!! and think it annoys people!
    I love your writing style and the creative ideas you share so freely. Yesterday I noticed our company had lost a "fan" from facebook. I was scowling, looking at our posts and wondering what we had done wrong! I went and ate a sliver of chocolate cheesecake instead of worms! Ahhhh.

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  122. I too have been hit once by a negative comment and I wonder why someone would bother! Seriously, people have just lost their minds! Even in the Mommy blogosphere!
    It's sad. FYI-love your blog, you know this already, have recommended it to many other friends (like a dose of decorating Vitamin C!)
    Have a fantastic day!!!!! :)

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  123. I wanted to say a HUGE thank you for introducing me to DO IT YOURSELF BUT BETTER!! and the word LURVE since I LURVE it. You have an amazing gift of gab and artistry!! I hope my house can look like yours when I grow UP!!

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  124. You can't make everybody happy so keep doing what you're doing...it sure makes me happy! There are always people that want to complain about something...anything. You're wise to ignore them, they can only bring you down if you allow them to. That said, I can't wait to see more on the acrylic covered airplane art. I have an idea brewing and I think seeing how you did that may save me a ton of time, frustration, tears, tantrums...you get the picture! :)

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  125. Could not agree MORE. I've done the same for some really great people who have gotten nasty comments. And it is the green monster that makes me think mean things sometimes - or hormones. :) But I refrain. Hee hee.

    Have a great day. Your blog rocks, btw. Just meandered over and thought, "where the heck have you been? where the heck have I been?" But I'm here now, thank goodness.

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  126. Ah, humanity -- what can you say. Some just don't fall into that category, right? Your blog is terrific (insert many!'s) -- my complaint is it's too shorrrt! haha. Keep up the good work, and to those nay-sayers here's a big FIDDLE-DEE-DEE to you.

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  127. First comment from me ever: I LOVE your blog...I learn so much from you, and I get the BEST laughs from reading it! Too bad some people weren't raised by a nice mom that taught us "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all"...raised my two kids the same way. It works, and I RARELY have to be quiet:)

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  128. OK, I check out tons of "decorating" type blogs, but this is the one I read every day. I LOVE that you say LURVE and CAUUTE and everything else that you listed! Thanks for spending your precious time here!

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  129. Along with all of the previous commenters...I love your blog. It is the very first one that I check everyday.
    As for your detractors...we tell our 14 year old that those who make cutting/snide comments usually have their own insecurities and issues and bolster their own self esteem by belittling someone else. Yep--that stuff happens in high school all the time...apparently it carries over well into adulthood.
    I hope your blog is blessed beyond measure.

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  130. I'm so sorry you've had to endure rude comments. People can be so petty! I've come across plenty of blogs that weren't my taste but I would never leave a negative comment. If you don't like them there's no reason to return to their site. Even some of my favorite blogs are not the way I would choose to decorate my home but I am always open to new ideas. Please don't let this ruin your day or discourage you...you have a GREAT blog!!!

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  131. My attitude is that if you don't like a blog, THEN DON'T READ IT for heaven's sake!!! It is a free world. And, by the way, I happen to LURVE your blog! The only explanation I have for people who take the time and energy to actually write a complaint is that they are unhappy inside and want to share their unhappiness with the world. I pity them. But that's easy to do when their negativity is not directed at me :)
    Keep up the fun banter on your blog and know that there are those of us out there who don't comment much, but love you just the same!!!

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  132. Jealous hateful toxic people just need to be cut out of one's life. Whether it be a toxic family member or a "super-brave annonmous" commenter.

    The gifts of creativity you have given to us, your readers, have been priceless. Your blog is one of the first ones I had found. When you emailed me with help to a question that I had, I was so surprised that you would take the time to help a 'stranger'.

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  133. I really don't understand why someone would want to put down another person. Oh, wait. It must be because they think it makes them feel superior. I am more likely to be amazed at the creativity and talent that is displayed on the many blogs I have visited, than turn it into jealousy If I visit a blog that I don't like, because it isn't my style or I think they totally got it all wrong, I just move on. When one puts another person down, criticizes or is just plain mean, all they are really doing is feeding their own misery. They should try giving compliments. It feels good! Keep up the good work. You are amazing, and don't listen to anyone that tells you otherwise.

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  134. Mean people are stinky! I've enjoyed your blog from day one. You crack me up and are one that I regularly visit. By the supportive comments and number of followers you are appealing to the masses:) Mean people don't count.

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  135. I love the saying "If you ca't say anything nice, don't say anything at all." I try very hard to live by that. (doesn't always work. lol) I don't understand people that leave nasty comments. I just tell myself they are unhappy with themselves and their life and it makes them feel a little better. You have SOOOOO many more people that LOVE your blog, the negative comments aren't worth your time. Great post!

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  136. oh, it's easy to be so "tough" hiding behind a computer.

    i stumbled across your blog, and while i admit the "lurve" and "cauute" gets me a little twitchy sometimes :P i enjoy your creations, your inspiration, and your sense of humour. i've signed up for notifications and get excited when i get a message that you have a new post. it's fun to see what you come up with next. you can't love everything about everyone. and life's too short to waste it spewing negatives and being hurtful. it's also too short to let those people affect you too much. you're human, of course it affects you... but don't let it make you think twice the next time you go to share something. you are who you are, if they don't like something, it only takes them one ittybitty little click to make you go away lol .. people!

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  137. Sorry to hear about your negative comment!! :-( Try not let it get to you, as that is their intension, right? I don't see why they just didn't move on and if they don't like what you have to say don't read it!! Anyway, I don't post much, but really enjoy your blog and had to leave a comment to let you know! :-)

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  138. I've been reading your blog for about 6 months and have never left a comment before, but just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy it! You are such a positive, creative and happy person and it's reflected in your writing. Keep up the great work. I look forward to each new post.

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  139. I for one I don't think i have commented on your blog before so I just want to make a point to say, I LURRRRVE your blog!!!!! :):)

    I'm a 22 year old girl who does not have a decorating bone in her body, and the first house my husband I bought together is finally becoming a home because of the ideas I found on your blog. And for that, I thank you.

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  140. i'm not super big on reading all the comments on your blog...but this post sure was an invitation to find that nasty comment! haha. me and many others love and follow your blog! thanks for all your hard work...i love jumping onto the computer for a few minutes throughout the day to get a chuckle from blogs like yours and get great ideas from another fellow HARD WORKING MOM! Good job. high five. you're amazing.

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  141. Amen sista!! Well said :) I love your blog, that you're soooo happy and cheerful,and so very talented. Poo to the haters b/c I LOVE it :)

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  142. Your blog is TERRIFIC..don't even bother to completely read those negative comments...just delete as soon as they start to get ugly. No need to read those...move on and know that people out there really appreciate your creativitity, great ideas and are so thankful that you are willing to share with the rest of us...your writing and sense of humor add to your blog and I just love it! LUVRE IT :>)

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  143. I can not even believe anyone being mean to YOU! Your blog is one of the first I (thankfully) stumbled upon and I was so inspired I finally started many projects and eventually started my own blog! I luuurrrrve your posts and cauuuute way of communicating. Keep up the great work! We heart Thrifty Decor Chick!

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  144. I can only dream of my blog becoming big enough to attract haters :)

    Some day, a girl can dream....giggle

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  145. I never get hurt or upset at someone who is obviously going out of their way to be mean. Instead I honestly pity them. I wonder to myself, what happened to this person that damaged them so? Were they bullied as a child, were their parents unkind to them? Etc, etc. I feel sad for them because it is obvious that they themselves are miserable people, and instead of doing the work within themselves to evolve past that hate and misery, they instead choose to try and infect others with their negativity. After all, misery loves company. That is why I feel pity for these people when I am confronted with them. But then I take a deep breath, smile at them, say a little prayer for them, and remind myself that while I can not save everyone, especially from themselves, I can show them kindness even if it is not appreciated. As far as envy over other people's blogs go, I just don't get it. Are they envious that you have more followers and are therefore more "popular". I'm sorry, but like most people, I left that kind of thinking behind in high school. Or perhaps it is envy over the project itself. Again I don't understand this seeing as most bloggers give detailed directions how to achieve their results. Don't envy it, Copy it!!! :) :)
    BTW, I lurve (hmm learned a new word here, lol) your blog.

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  146. I like your blog. And I know I will get a negative comment someday, re-read what you have said, pour a glass of wine and tell my hubby I need a shoulder rub. Then I will read your blog again. And again the next day.....
    But, I like your blog. Seriously. So there, nasty commenter. As my mother would say, 'Go eat an egg'.

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  147. I love your blog! You have a warm, non threatening approach to all your posts! You don't make people feel intimidated because you are real. You know you're great when you have haters. ;) Keep doing what you're doing... it's great.

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  148. Sarah,

    I've gotten a few comments that are like, "I really don't like that" or "you really should have done it this way". It does hurt! Some people are just rude. Or they don't know how to give unsolicited advice tactfully.

    I think it really does boil down to one or two things. IMHO, I think people are just catty and maybe jealous that you happen to have more success then them, or you are more successful in a shorter amount of time, or whatever. Jealously can be a very ugly thing.
    I received a really rude email a few weeks ago, and I did exactly what you do. I called my husband. Then I called my mom. Then I called my sister. And I vented a lot. And after that I just ignored the email. I wanted so badly to reply, but I didn't reply b/c I decided I should probably be the bigger person here.
    You are awesome. Your blog rocks. People are just jealous that you are so awesome.

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  149. Hi,
    I've just started my own blog, and I have very few comments, let alone any bad ones... I worry that I might crumple the day I see an upsetting comment. Thank you for putting such a great post up - and i'll remember it should i have a bad comment. You have my good wishes and I will continue to enjoy reading your posts. KEEP SMILING!! :)

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  150. Wow, I don't know what I'd do if I get a negative comment. Right now my blog is visited by so few people and of course even fewer leave comments. I like your last suggestion though :P

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  151. Yes! "Let it go" a very god mantra to those negative comments. I LOVE your blog:):)!!!!!

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  152. Hi Sarah,
    I just have to say I love your blog and your sense of humor. I am absolutely cracking up laughing :) at the final photo in your post and four smiley faces and, let's see, 1, 2, 3,...uhh, tons of these!!!!!!!!!!

    I don't have a blog, but love to read and get ideas from all you creative ladies out there. Sometimes I comment, sometimes I don't. You are so right about written words--there are no facial cues, hand gestures, inflexions, nods, tone of voice, eye contact--stuff like that which we use in verbal expression that moderate what is be being said. It is so easy to be misunderstood when writing. So we use the tools we have--you know, smiley faces, exclamation points, capitals, "caaaute" phrases that spark a smile from most, just to get across what we are saying in a personal way that will connect with others.

    We know when we have been zinged. Think RMS. Even if the zing has been dressed-up to be "constructive" it hits its mark and we know it, because it usually gets personal--not about improving your room, or whatever, but big drama and attack about the person or person's taste. This is one reason I fled RMS for the blogs! Such a happier, truly constructive, and fun avenue of ideas and friends! Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

    Thanks Sarah,
    Sindy

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  153. I wouldn't have written the blog post like that or have written in that color. Tee hee.
    Sorry I couldn't resist. And I am sorry to anyone I ever gave a comment that they saw as nasty. I feel surprisingly guilty.

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  154. Ha! VALIDATION!!!!

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  155. People shouldn't judge. It's your blog, it's your life. Don't worry about those "life suckers"...

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  156. I know you already have about 160 comments..but I would like to also tell you how much I enjoy your blog. You have a wonderful way with words, have so many great ideas, and you give me energy to get things done around my own house....not an easy job when I work 3 part time jobs, am the mother of a 15 month old, and am remodeling a 110 year old farm house. Thank you so much for all the time and energy you devote to your blog. It is appreciated.

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  157. Sarah --

    I don't know if you will get this comment or not, but I wanted to say thank you. I had a terrible comment late last night and then clicked over to that person's blog and there was all sorts of horrible, hateful stuff on it about me and my projects. It hurt my feelings so much. I posted a little bit about how I was feeling on my blog. I truly feel like quitting. One of my commenters told me about this post - I must have missed it the first time. You have made me feel so much better. I have such a hard time dealing with terrible comments. Thank you for your words. They really made a difference in my life.

    XOXO
    Jen

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  158. Great post! It always hurts my heart to see/hear about the sweet bloggers that I know getting awful comments for no good reason. We really put ourselves out there and it's good to be prepared for the sometimes ugly comments that will come. I never understand why people enjoy hurting others. I guess it is as they say "misery loves company" right?
    Just found your blog and so excited to come back and visit again soon!

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  159. I love your blog!!! It's always so funny and "down home"!!! Anyone who doesn't enjoy it must be constipated! Don't let it get you down.....what do "they" know!!!!

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  160. I lurve your blog! I just started a crafty blog of my own and I will take a lot of your advice for when I get meanies who try to bring me down!
    Thanks for all of the inspiration and ideas you give!
    you are awesome!

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  161. Really?!?! Someone didn't like your blog..and then actually took the time to say something snotty? That seems pretty stupid to me. Seems like they have too much time on their hands. Seems like you've found a better way to spend your time and I'm thankful for it.

    Keep on a rockin chica.
    Katie

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  162. Some people honestly have "social skills issues" and have not had the opportunity to get much help with it in life. Others hurt so much within themselves they don't logic as much towards others. These are things I try to remember when I would rather not.

    You are a fabulous communicator!!And I think you are cuh-yute(alternative spelling!)

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  163. THANK YOU for posting this. I read it the first time, but came back again today after several mean spirited comments got left for me. Weirdest part? The commentator also became a follower(?) on my newly started blog! Having less than 20 comments, counting the three snarks, I was a bit blindsided and was so soothed to read your and your commenters words of wisdom on dealing with/ignoring it. Appreciate these posts SO much!

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  164. Shannon in HoustonFebruary 3, 2011 at 2:46 PM

    Your outlooki on life (and your blog) makes me smile!! I swear I can read your posts and almost HEAR what your voice probably sounds like!! Love love LOVE your blog!

    :) =) :D ;) so THERE!! lol!!

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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!