Friday, February 25, 2011

10,000(!) and month in review

Hey all! First of all, before I say anything else – I need to say a huge THANKS and a WHOOHOO!

Tonight I hit 10,000 followers:

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I had to take a screenshot, just to remember that milestone! (I really, really hate that “followers” term by the way.)

But it’s pretty cool to hit five digits. I now have 10,000 of you Squeezies! Squeezays. Squishes. :)

Crazy!!

Anyway, I want to try to bring back the month in review I started doing last year. It’s been a while since I did  recap of the month and it’s kind of fun (for me anyway, you may be snoring already) to see what I accomplished around these parts every month. (I link to each one if you want to check it out.)

The start of this month was an especially special one. We became debt free (except the house) for the first time in our adult lives!!

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It’s still so surreal. I find myself thinking about a bill and it hits me -- and I’m grinning from ear to ear. :) We haven’t called in to Dave Ramsey’s show yet – we’d like to take a trip down to Nashville instead. I’ll let you know what we end up doing!

And I’m SO SO excited about an idea that Dave’s peeps have been helping me out with. I hope to announce it in the next couple of weeks.

Next up this month, I took an unused spot in our loft and turned it into functional (and cute!) storage wall:

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At the February Before and After Party, I showed you how I took a $5 Goodwill pitcher and transformed it with spray paint:

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Can you believe there were 499 posts linked up? Wowza! How cool is that?

Since we’ve become debt free, we are now researching our first “cash” furniture purchase in a long, long time. I’m so excited about a new sofa, I can barely stand it:

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There was a great response to that post – I’m pulling all the info you shared together and will do a recap post soon. Lots of great info!

I worked with the folks at My Design Guide to provide my readers an affordable online consultation resource:

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I’m not able to do these anymore, so I was thrilled that they were able to help me and my readers out!

My friend Beki shared the love with a fantastic giveaway over at The Rusted Chain:

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And then one thing led to another when I took down the drapes in our living room and the transformation started:

When the ice storm of the century hit (that’s what I’m calling it anyway), and we couldn’t leave the house for days, I passed some time by decluttering a linen closet:

You won’t believe how much STUFF was in there. (Many of you asked about the light I used, and a very helpful reader put a link in the comments!)

Next, I showed you a total project FAIL – my beautiful painted pitcher didn’t hold up well, in more ways than one:

Boo. I found a pretty and affordable replacement though. :)

At the Organize It shindig, I showed you how I’ve been using Ziploc bags to organize games and puzzles:

LOVE those things. I used more of them in the basement today! (Check out the nearly 300 links at that party too.)

And finally, this week I shared how I use photos as art throughout our house:

Of course, I’m so thankful to all of my wonderful advertisers…over there to the left. :)

Whew! What a month! Thanks so much for coming along for the ride -- can’t wait for a great March!

Have a wonderful weekend!

68 comments:

  1. 10,000 followers is insane. Congratulations :o)

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  2. 10,000 followers is insane. Congratulations :o)

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  3. 10,000 followers is insane. Congratulations :o)

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  4. Congratulations on 10,000! That's awesome!! I'm thrilled with 74... most of whom came from you :) But, the biggest congrats has to be on the debt-free thing. That is the best feeling EVER!

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  5. Congrats Sarah, I hope more great things come your way in 2011!

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  6. That is awesome! You deserve it, you work hard and you have a blog with a lot of substance!

    We are also living debt free, and loving it! 3 1/2 more years and our house will be paid for. It's an awesome sense of accomplishment for! Enjoy it!

    Heather
    www.whatitsallabout4u.blogspot.com

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  7. 10,000! Way to set the bar so High!! Only 8800 to go for me;)

    By the time I reach that you will be at a million!

    Congrats!!

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  8. Rock on with 10,000!! I honestly think I was like your 7th follower. I've been reading you ever since!

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  9. Congratulations on 10,000 followers!

    I also want to say a huge congratulations to being debt free, what a wonderful accomplishment. Dave Ramsey is the man and I appreciate what he has done for me and my family. My two children can quote Dave because they were brought up listening to him.

    Congrats on both!

    Penny

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  10. I am so happy for you! CONGRATS!!! Both for the 10,000 followers and for being debt free!!!
    Have a pretty day!
    Kristin

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  11. SO happy for you Sarah! Keep up the amazing work!

    xoxo

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  12. Wooohoo! 10,000! CONGRATS! (I have a long way to go...)

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  13. Congrats on being debt free! Thats such an amazing feeling. And I totally feel what you are saying about the new sofa. My husband and I have just started being able to update all of the hand-me-down furniture from when we first got married thanks to Dave Ramsey and budgeting.

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  14. Holy Smokes, that's a ton of followers. I thought I was doing all great with my 100...I have a looonnnggggg way to go :) CONGRATS!

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  15. Congratulations! 10K is huge, it will be 100K before you can turn around!

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  16. congrats on 10,000! That is quite the accomplishment! I've been around for awhile but never commented-and happy to say you haven't changed a bit-keep that up, that's why people like your blog so much!

    Jess

    http://theadventuresofroryandjess.blogspot.com/

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  17. Congrats on 10,000 followers! I'm so thrilled to be one of them. Only 9,986 to go for us! Wow, that's so far away.
    And congrats on become debt free! We love Dave too!

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  18. WOW! Isn't that amazing! You deserve all 10,000 followers!I'm so happy for the debt free status you have obtained!!! You are a great example to the rest of us!

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  19. So exciting! Good for you. I'm happy to be a "follower" (or fan, or friend, or squeezay!) I'm up to 18 on my new blog, and I get excited with each one :)

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  20. Holey stinkin' WOW, Sarah!! I'm giddy for you! :)

    Donna

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  21. What a motivating post! Love the pics. We've been 'smitten' by Dave Ramsey too - life will never be the same. It's a daily adventure! You're inspiring.

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  22. Wow - that is coooool! :-)

    Congrats both on the followers and becoming debt free, I actually listen to Dave Ramsey from Sweden (trough the computer) because I find it inspirational to hear. Such freedom you´ll have the rest of your lives! :-)

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  23. I love, love, love your blog! And congrats on becoming debt free! We also follow Dave Ramsey and became debt free with the exception of our mortgage last fall! It's an amazing experience! I can't wait to hear what you have coming up in partnership with him! In the meantime, thanks for inspiring me with your amazing creations!! - Michelle

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  24. We love Dave and are now DEBT FREE, except for our house (working on that monthly!!!) One day we'll call and it will be GREAT! Congratulations on your followers and especially for being DEBT FREE! So happy for you!!!

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  25. Congrats on 10,000!!! Holy cow! COuld you have ever imagined? :) It's been a great month for you.

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  26. Let's all march into March with a positive attitude! YAY... spring is almost here. Congratulations on hitting this milestone number!!

    Di

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  27. Wow, Sarah...that is awesome and well deserved! I can't wait to hear what you do with Dave Ramsey...I love listening to his show!

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  28. Congratulations!! That is so exciting and I am so happy for you. :)

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  29. What a great month!!!! I am so proud of you for being debt-free--your story is so inspiring, as are you.

    Keep that color coming 'cause I am loving it!

    And congrats on 10,000! We just passed 200 and thought we were hot stuff (j/k)-but 10,000?! That's amazing.

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  30. Congratulations! I enjoy reading your articles everyday!
    Becki

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  31. That is really a momentous occasion to be debt free! What a thrill! 10,000 followers is nothing to sneeze at either! Congratulations!~Hugs Patti

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  32. What a great month for you, debt free AND 10k followers? whoo hoo! well, and all the other cool stuff u did this month ;)

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  33. Congratulations! You deserve such a vast following, you're blog is great and you can tell you put a lot of time and effort into it!

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  34. Congratulations on reaching 10,000! I'll be celebrating when I reach 100 followers! :)

    Pam

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  35. SOO excited for you! 10,000 is such a hugh accomplishment, looking forward to what the rest of the year brings on your blog!

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  36. Kudos to you Sarah! What a huge milestone. Thank you for being such an inspiration to me. I just love reading your blog and seeing all that you accomplish. Have a great weekend.

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  37. Wow Sarah! I can't even imagine reaching such a milestone. Huge congratulations!

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  38. Yeah! 10,000, that is amazing! I have been reading your blog and being so inspired by you for about a year now. We just moved into a new home, and I refer to your blog constantly for inspiration. You and bloggers like you even inspired me to start my own blog documenting the process of making our house a home that our whole family loves. Thank you so much!
    http://oursequesterednook.blogspot.com/

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  39. Wow, Congratulaitons!!!!! That is fabulous. You so deserve every follower. Always great posts and always so interesting, creative and inspirational. I look forward to every one. Hugs, Marty

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  40. Congratulations on your amazing accomplishments! We're debt free (minus the mortgage) this month and it's so liberating! I can imagine how you felt. Thanks for all your hard work and inspiration. I really enjoy reading your blog!

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  41. That is one HUGE NUMBER!! The biggest congrats to you!!! Another big contracts on the debt free achievement! We also met this goal this past year, when I paid off the last debt which was the balance on my car. I was thrilled to be able to pay it off with my earnings from the tutorials I wrote for hgtv. There is nothing better than this freedom! Janell

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  42. I have been following your blog for sometime. I have recently began my own blog and a journey to find "my happiness" I would love to get just one reader!!

    http://hereishappy.blogspot.com/

    My question for you is where to start? How to start making decor changes? I love all of your techniques, transformations and tips. I feel overwhelmed though and can't figure out where to start!

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  43. Holy cow sister! Things are going so well for you! I am so happy for you. Keep it up!

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  44. How'd I miss you're debt free! Welcome to the land of the weird. We've been debt free (except the mortgage) for 2.5 years! Feels just as good now as it did then. CONGRATULATIONS!!

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  45. First....WOOOO HOOOO on being debt free! We can't wait until we are at the place. Looks like we'll get the car paid off in April (can't wait!) and then we turn to my school debt....still feels like a mountain, but I know we'll conquer it.

    And wow! 10,000 peeps! I just recently hit 1,600 and I'm just blown away by it. Can't even imagine having 10,000! You just keep on writing that good content, girl! :-)

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  46. Congrats on reaching the 10,000 mark! I'm working toward that myself. I only have 9,993 left to go, ha! ha! Hey, each one helps! And even more important, congrats on becoming debt free. We're working towards that in our household, too.

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  47. OF COURSE you have 10,000 followers -- that's how much YOU ROCK! That is a breathtaking number, isn't it? I have 9 so far! LOL!

    Congratulations on your 10,000 readers/friends (I, too, dislike the "follower" term; on my itty bitty blog, I changed it to say "Friends," and "Follow Me on Twitter" became "Come Tweet with Me!").

    Here's to the next 10,000!

    Best,

    Kimberly

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  48. Congrats! Your blog is what got me started in blogging--such an inspiration. And awesome on the "I'm Debt Freeeee!" goal met! That's so terrific, we are working on it too and I LOVE Dave Ramsey he's the best! Way to go!

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  49. Amazing. Love all of your projects!!! Some have inspired me to do a few of my own.

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  50. So awesome to hit 10,000 followers. Love your blog!

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  51. Congratulations on reaching 10,000 followers!!!! That's AMAZING and a huge accomplishment! Thanks for visiting (and commenting) on my "drawer pulls = no drama" post. I was surprised when I saw your name and had to click and check out your profile to make sure it was really you b/c I was in disbelief :-) Funny how we come to idolize other bloggers :-)Have a great weekend.

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  52. Congrats on that big achievement!

    A woman named Kellie follows your blog. I am guessing you don't know her story. On Feb. 17th she was teaching kindergarten when she got the worst call of her life. Her 4 month old baby died in the care of the babysitter. Kellie is a wonderful woman who needs our help! If you could see her blog and feel inspired, it would be amazing if you could do a post about the auction they are doing on this coming Monday, the 28th. They are trying to raise enough money to (in the future) have another child and be able to stay at home with them full-time. Kellie and James didn't deserve what happened to them. Could you please help out a wonderful family in need by posting the link to the auction on your site? Thank you.

    http://kandjstaats.blogspot.com/

    The auction site:
    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=44960&id=186874161353204

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  53. Amazing...there's a reason why we all read TDC everyday!!!

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  54. Amazing that you reached this number! And I still feel like I know you! Obviously everyone shares that feeling, lol. And I'm not tired of the recap, because for some reason I missed the info on the living room, and wow I LOVE it! ~Lori

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  55. Carrie R from Houston, TXFebruary 27, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    I really like the re-cap of the month. It lets me look at all the projects quickly. You are doing an amazing job Sarah! Keep up the great work.

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  56. Congratulations on your 10K!! I can't wait to hear about your trip to see Dave Ramsey!

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  57. Awesome, girl!! That really IS incredible!
    xo
    shaunna :)

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  58. Im so happy and excited to be one of your 10,000+ followers! I love your ideas, thank you for the inspiration!

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  59. wow, 10,000! that is awesome! congrats on the debt free!! We have been there before, after a series of a lot of expensive things breaking (!!) we are working on getting there again! :-) It feels great.

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  60. You're DEBT FREE!

    I'm so happy for you!
    We're on our way...slowly.

    I need to put Dave back on the library list :)

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  61. It is my goal to be debt free by the end of the year. Congratulations! Way yo go! That must be such an amazing feeling. I can't wait to join you!

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  62. how exciting! im a craigslist junkie (i even have an app on my phone) and ive found so many amazing couches there. slightly used crate & barrel lounges and high quality finds for only 100-300. its so amazing- ive found looking in the nearest city to you- a metro area- yeilds the best results. happy hunting no matter where it may be!

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  63. Congratulations on being debt free!! My husband and I just recently the joined the club ! too. We are plodding away at baby step 3. What a fun feeling! The first thing I bought was 2 new shirts. I am a reformed clothes hoarder and it had been way too long!

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  64. Congratulations on reaching 10,000!

    I love your photo walls - I too love black frames with photos as art. And like you, love to hang them like I just threw the frames at the wall and let them stay there :) It also means you don't have to worry about making sure they're level :)

    Anyway, congrats again!

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