Thursday, May 31, 2018

TEN year blogging anniversary!


I can't even believe it, but May 20th marked ten years I've been blogging. TEN YEARS! That is crazy. Blogging is the longest I've ever worked the same job for sure. ;) 

I started the blog when our boy wasn't even two, and here he'll be 12 this year. It really blows my mind. I'm a grandma as far as this career is concerned. 😂

Ten years ago I frequented an online decorating chat group called Cafe Rocks and a couple of the ladies started blogs. (One later became a friend!) I know a few of you actually knew me from that group! SO old school. :) 

I thought a blog might be a fun way to share my house projects with family and friends. I started the blog and sent an email out letting them know about it, even though it made me feel a little silly and nervous. Would any of them really want to read?

I would never have dreamed in a million years that it would have turned into a full fledged business. A job that I absolutely, positively adore. I am a writer at heart (my degrees were in journalism) but the hands on DIY stuff has always been something I enjoyed too. Blogging about our home is the absolute PERFECT combination of the two. When I tell people about what I do I always say I have the best job in the world, hands down. No question. 

My favorite part of this career is that I've been able to stay home with our son. When he was young I worked at night because I didn't want him to look back and remember me on the computer all the time. When he went off to school I started working during the day and it's been wonderful. Blogging is a tough nut to crack nowadays, but if you are successful at it will be one of the best things you'll ever do. (Check out my posts about blogging with tons of tips from over the years here.)

This site has brought me so many blessings, I can't even begin to list them. The first decorating blog I ever read was one called Just a Girl. It was then that I realized people did this and people they didn't know actually read them. I thought, wow, this is COOL. The author of that blog is now one of my best friends in the whole world. The people I've met (readers and fellow bloggers alike) are my favorite part.

I've been able to visit some amazing places and do some really, really cool stuff. Some of my favorites were visiting the Ballard Designs headquarters and seeing them shoot a house for the catalog. The staff there were so much fun and down to earth. Years later I started working with Better Home and Gardens and got to tour their headquarters and gardens. Another highlight for sure! Awhile back I toured the HGTV Dream Home, which was super cool. And waaaaay back a bunch of us met up in NYC to attend one of the first episodes of the Nate Berkus talk show -- remember that? We had such at great time. 

More recently was the La-Z-Boy event last year where I had to design a room with their products in just a few hours. It was the gig I was most nervous about in ten years of doing this and it turned out to be the best. I had a blast and because of YOU lovely people I ended up winning the competition! That one is near and dear to my heart. 

Over the years I've attended many conferences -- it's a great way to meet and get close with fellow bloggers. (And I HIGHLY recommend them if you're blogging!) Years back a bunch of sat around a big fireplace in a hotel in Nashville and talked about what if? What if we tried this and created a conference just for our niche? Years later the Haven Conference was born and to this day it's one of my proudest accomplishments. 

I've had the honor of being featured in magazines, appearing on our local television numerous times, and even got a segment on Nate's old show! I know many of you found me that day. :) I was supposed to go on the show many times, but we always had to reschedule. I'm eternally grateful for him and his staff. 

I've been offered a few book deals (nothing I ever felt strongly enough about) and even asked to attend or host television shows. I never say never but on that one I'm going to -- you'll never see me host a show. I actually feel quite comfortable in front of the camera, it's not that. It's that I just love being HOME. There's nothing that could take me away from working at home. 

Anyway -- I thought about going through a bunch of room redos over the past ten years for this post, but instead I just wanted to talk to you. Wanted to tell you how thankful I am that I get to do this. I'm incredibly, overwhelmingly grateful. It has been a joy to share with you all every week. A JOY. 

So to thank you, I'm going old school. Back in the day many of us would sponsor giveaways for companies. Some of the ones I worked with have become huge successes! It's kind of crazy to see how little start ups have grown so much. To celebrate ten years I decided I'd do a giveaway including some of my favorite things. One of you will win all of the items below! :) 

I've shared most of these before, but there's a couple new ones too. First up, a set of my FAVE dish sponges, the Scrub Daddy. Actually if I can find the Mommy version (it has a soft side too), I'll send those. Either way, these are awesome! I shared my love of them in this post:
scrub daddy sponges -- the best!

The one on the left is showing how the look when it's time to replace them. ;) 

Second in the "prize package" is my favorite little vacuum! I told you about it here. It's so, so good and so so cheap!: 
Black and Decker inexpensive vacuum

I still love it as much as the day I got it. 😍

Next up, a newbie. I've tried so so so many stainless water bottles and (affiliate) this Thermos version knocks them all out of the park: 
stainless steel Thermos with flip top
The ones with the screw tops are great -- they all keep water cold forever. But I never used them because I found them to be wobbly, and when I have to twist off the cap every time to drink I just don't do it. It's a little thing but was enough that I didn't drink as much water. 

THIS one (affiliate) is perfection because you push the little button and the top flips open. SO much easier. I have stopped buying plastic water bottles because of these. And drinks stay freezing cold all day. I'll leave one in my car in the hot sun and still have ice hours later. The added benefit is that I'm drinking triple the water I used to daily. So good! You need one! :) 

Ahhh yes. One of my all time favorites. The Open It scissors. We use them nearly every single day: 
Open It scissors for plastic packaging
I shared why I love these in this post from years ago. They make opening hard plastic packaging so much easier. Plus they have a tiny screwdriver and a razor as well. LOVE!!

And finally, another new product I'm a huge fan of. On my last trip to IKEA a few months ago I came across their new Bluetooth speakers. I decided to give it a try and it's fantastic! Way better than any of our smaller portable (cordless) versions:
ENEBY portable speaker from IKEA

Yes, this one is corded. But it has a handle on the back and it's super lightweight. The sound is REALLY good. And you don't need a code to connect your phone to it -- love that. It makes it easy for other people to use it too. The sound is big and the volume can go way up -- both aspects I love. 

These favorite items all total around $200 and I'm going to send them all to one of you! Can't wait! It's a small thing but I wanted to do something to celebrate and thank you. And this is from me, nothing is sponsored. :) 

I just need you to comment below and make sure to include at least your first name and an email address. I have to have the email, don't forget! :) Oh and only one comment per person. Let me know how you found TDC? Do you remember what project brought you here? 

I'll leave this open till Monday at noon to enter, so be sure to add yours till then. Have a great weekend my friends!

Again, thank you so much for reading my sweet little blog over the years!! I absolutely love seeing your comments every week and I appreciate you all so much. Here's to many, many more years of fun experiences and writing TDC!



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393 comments:

  1. Wow, thank you for the giveaway, how thoughtful!!

    I honestly cannot remember how I found your blog. I want to say Pinterest? I bookmarked your site and have been following for 6 years, I believe!

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  2. Sarah, Congratulations on your ten year (yeah, I can't believe I'm saying 10!) blog anniversary! Cheers to next 10, 20, 30... Yep, I see you enjoying this journey and inspiring SO many of us! 💕

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  3. Happy 10th Blog Anniversary. Hmmm...pretty sure I found you through my hometown girl, Rhoda, whom I have been following forever! But gosh, I think I've been following you almost 6-7 years. I started back in 2010.
    I love seeing your creativity, design and diy on a budget, but what honestly has kept me around is your authenticity!

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  4. I was living in Florida (from MN) in 2009 and found you in the old link up party days. I was away from family, pregnant with my 2nd, and home alone with my son while my husband worked all day. Remember it like it was yesterday! LOVED the posts as they gave me confidence to DIY! My favorite tip to date was the outlet extenders. It's the little things! Can't believe it's been that long...but my 2nd is going to be a 4th grader so yep, it's true!

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  5. Congrats! I've been reading your blog for ages and honestly, can't even remember how I first came across it, but I'm glad I did. Here's to 10 more (at least) years!!

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  6. I found you through 320 Sycamore! lindonlott at yahoo dot com (Annie)

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  7. Heather Dzioba mhdzioba@yahoo.com My friend knew I loved decorating and told me about your blog several years ago. I’ve been following ever since! I just introduced a friend to your blog the other day, and she loves your style too!

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  8. Girl, I wish I could remember how I found you! But I have been reading for so long there is just no telling I think I have been reading for almost as long as you have been blogging!

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  9. I can hardly remember, I've been reading your blog so long... almost the whole 10 years because I started reading shortly after I got married (which was 9 1/2 years ago). I think it was probably from a link from another blog (maybe Centsational Girl?). Anyway, yours is my favorite still; I read it last when I read blogs, because I like to save the best for last :).

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  10. Happy Anniversary!! Congratulations! I've been reading since pretty close to the beginning (maybe 8 or 9 years), although I have no idea how I found you way back then. I've cut way back on the blogs I follow, but yours has always made the cut!

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  11. I've been reading your blog for several years. I found a pinterest link that took me to Decor Chick and she linked to you for the original design. I have been hooked ever since. My husband has you to thank for all the DIY projects I make him help me with - like replacing all the moulding in the house and painting all the doors black!!! Congratulations and here's to many more years.

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  12. I can’t remember how I found your site, but it was several years ago. I just love your decorating style and writing style. It has been fun and I’ve even incorporated some of your projects at my house! Thanks, Joy

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  13. Happy blogaversary! I dont know how i found your blog, but it was likely in 2010 when I bought my first house and was desperately searching online for ideas so I didn't screw it up! Andreaalternative (at) gmail (dot) com

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  14. I honestly cannot remember how I found you! But, you were one of the very first blogs I started to read/follow. I probably found you via Pinterest, when I was searching for creating something out of a bookcase! ;-)

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  15. I've read your blog for a few years. I think I found it with a Google search, along with many othets, but yours is one that has kept my interest. Id love to win!

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  16. Doris - dasmith2727@yahoo.com - can’t remember when I started or what projects but I love your blog and you sharing you Home and life with us ❤️

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  17. Melissa wileymel@gmail.com. I have been a faithful reader almost from your beginning. I found your site when I was googling paint colors....back in the gold and red days of paint. I loved that you were in Indiana as I am a Hoosier myself. Congratulations on 10 years.

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  18. I love your blog and found you through Facebook

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  19. wow, congratulations. I think I found you through a blog hop, but I really don't remember. Thanks for sharing with us.

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  20. Gah, I can't remember what brought me to your site, but what kept me reading was you, your honesty and down to earthness. Plus your style is very similar to mine. You like wood (!!!) and earth tones and not everything is painted white with crazy vibrant colors! Thanks for many years of inspiration and congratulations on your anniversary!

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  21. I found your blog years ago after a fellow parent shared a link to one of your posts. I loved your style, and devoured old posts. It's been fun following your journey through all the room transformations. Thank you for sharing with us!

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  22. I wish I could remember how I found you but alas, it's been too long ago! Thanks for all the inspiration over the years and I'm still cheering you on in your new house. Thanks Sarah! beckyburns330(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  23. Happy Anniversary! I have no idea how long I’ve been following you but it’s been a LONG time! I am a quiet lurker :) and have copied several of your projects. The one we get the most compliments on is your wall unit in your old house. It turned out beautifully! LOVE the picture shelves you just did as well!
    Tammy
    Wk63017@yahoo.com

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  24. I honestly can't remember how I found you, but I have been reading for a very long time! Love your blog and how real you are ❤️ Lisasheltie(at)gmail (dot) com

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  25. I have followed TDC for a long time but I think the post that got me to follow was a Christmas post using styrofoam triangles cover d in red velvet with a Santa buckle. They are so very cute and something that I could do!! Thanks for all the great posts over the years!

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  26. Congrats on 10 years! You are my absolutely fave decorating blog. I am not sure how I found you, but I've been following you for years now. christel(dot) hutchison (at) gmail (dot) com .

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  27. I think your sunburst mirror brought me here but I cannot remember! Ha. Love your site. Happy blogiversary.

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  28. I have been following your blog for years! The oldest project I remember is when you did your sons room but I know I was probably reading before then. There are very few blogs that I read back then that I still read..your style has always been my favorite ❤️. I always look forward to your updates on the new house! Congrats on 10 years!! Shanna ~ SHANNALEIGH78(at)yahoo.com

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  29. Congratulations on 10 years!! I learned about your blog from my sister and have followed you for years. I love so many wonderful ideas that you have shared over the years. Thank you for such amazing projects. Keep up the great work.

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  30. Gosh I've been following so long I have no recollection at all how I found you, but I'm glad I did. I so enjoy your blog and am pleased that you have stayed true to DIY and home improvement projects generally - so many other design blogs have transitioned more into lifestyle blogs. You are a delight, I feel like I know you from years of reading and I your blog is the first one I check for every day. Thanks for doing what you are doing and Congrats on 10 years in a job you love!! Melissa.bishop0925@gmail.com

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  31. Heavens, I don’t remember at all how I found you. It would have been about 8 years ago though!!! (I only know that because i remember feeding my daughter bottles while scrolling!) One of the first things I remember on your blog was a tutorial for hanging molding...I’m pretty sure it was in your entry way. I know your dinning room was still brown back then!

    I’ve been a big fan of decorating blogs for years- even did my own for a while. But I’ve continued reading yours when my interest in the others died out. Partly because you’re tastes have evolved with my own, but mostly because you are just so nice! I always feel happy after one of your posts.

    Bookwormbaby@hotmail.com

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  32. I found your blog through Dave Ramsey. I think they may have posted a link on FB to your blog post about becoming debt free. Since my husband and I were on the same journey, I started following.

    Tracie128 at Gmail.com

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  33. Congrats on your 10 year anniversary! I also can’t remember how I found your blog, but I’ve loved your projects, especially the built ins! Oh and the last bathroom you redid at your old house... what a great transformation that was! All the best for the next 10years! ❤️

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  34. I found you randomly not long after you started your blog. I remember I was taking two college science courses online in addition to being a full time working wife and mom of four. All I wanted to do was read your blog and craft things!! I persevered tho and managed to get As in my classes! But after that semester I dug into every post to ensure I didn’t miss anything! :)
    Kelley (kelleybinko at gmail dot com)

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  35. I don't remember the exact post I first saw, but I do remember seeing a video of you on a local channel about some decorating tips. I then was directed to your blog. That was around 8 years ago. I have loved all your projects and your tips for readers and your style as well. I still visit very regularly. flasinclairs at gmail dot com

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  36. Gosh, I must have found your blog when it was fairly new because I have been around with you for many years. I do not remember how I found you. Maybe you were one of the first people on twitter? I got to know quite a few awesome people because the twitter universe was so small we all saw everything back then. I always remember thinking that if I would have had a little sister, it would have been you. You have done so many beautiful things in your home, you have inspired me a lot. But you have also really touched my heart. When you found that Christmas book with your letter in it? It was like it happened to someone really close to me. Isn't it funny how we get so attached to our internet people? Keep on blogging, sister! tammi.velez at gmail dot com

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  37. Happy Blogiversary! Wow! A friend shared one of your posts years ago for a wreath and that's how I found you and binge read your posts! When I was done reading everything, I was singing "I Am Woman" ... I was empowered! I WAS GOING TO DIY! I thoufgt, "If this young woman can do these things so can this older girl!" Must've been at least 8 years ago or so. I didn’t even know what a "blog" was; yours was my first lol Now heading toward 64, the diy passion still burns and I recently added a table saw to my power tool collection :) Thank you, Sarah! waters7989atyahoodotcom

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  38. I first found you through my sister. I didn’t get the whole blog thing. It was new at the time. I’ve been reading ever since. In fact, your blog is how I get to most of the other blogs I read, so I probably account for to a lot of your hits! I’ve seen some really great stuff over the years. Congratulations! mccrayka(at)gmail(dot)com

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  39. I found you when I was painting my kitchen cabinets. Time has flown. Congrats on 10 years! I've always loved how you keep it real...here's a cookie
    Nadine @ peacockfamily dot com

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  40. I am not sure how I found you but am happy I did. Congratulations on this milestone! Your name just speaks to me - thrifty and decor and I'm a chick, too. penandinkwell (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  41. I can't remember how I found your blog but it is one I check on every day. day.Thank you!

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  42. I’ve been reading since 2012, when I did my first kitchen renovation. You had a post with a ton of kitchen renovation submissions and I think I looked at every one of them for inspiration! You were my first DIY/design blog and are still the first I check. Email: couponcatie@gmail.com.

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  43. I can’t remember the first post I read but it had to be about 8-9 years ago that I found your blog. I binge read the blog posts and was so inspired as I made our first house a home (on the cheap). My favorites are still the closet turned reading nook and the transformation of your kitchen in your old house. Love watching the progress as you put your touch on your new home! Congrats on 10 years! mendegalbraith (at) gmail (dot) com

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  44. Congratulations! I found your blog through a google search or Pinterest years ago. Thank you for sharing your passion and talent with so many of us. You inspire me. biggyiggy (@) gmail (dot) com

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  45. Love your blog so much! I found it about 7 years ago and I remember loving your living room, when you had a corner fire place. Loved your style then, love it now! I’ve used so many of your tutorials (sewing curtains, pillowcases, etc) and just love the projects you tackle! I hope you’re around for many years to come! I really truly appreciate the work you put into your blog!♥️♥️♥️

    Aubreyharris8@gmail.com

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  46. Your site has been an inspiration and fun as well. Katie.
    Katielindfelt at gmail

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  47. Gosh,I found your blog when no one knew what a blog was. I thought all bloggers weRe from Indiana because of you. And since I was from Indiana too, I started reading. I would guess 9 years ago. So happy for you and the success of TDC.

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  48. Congratulations on 10 years. I found you on Facebook a long time ago. So long I don’t even remember when. Your page/ blog is one of the fewest that I actually follow and read.

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  49. I think I found your blog through Facebook. But I’ve gotten so many good ideas! You are so lucky to have a job you love!
    Val Royed
    vroyed(at) aol(dot)com

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  50. Found you on Nate Berkus. Perfect timing! I had moved into a new house and found so many great ideas to make my house a home. You gave me confidence to create! I always remember you saying it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful. greenthumb995@gmail.com

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  51. I believe I found your blog on Pinterest, I don’t remember! I’ve been reading your blog forever, it’s my favorite!
    Kristi.gephart@gmail.com

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  52. I've only been following a couple of years. I seen a pic of your old livingroom on Pinterest. Loved it and came over. Been here since. You have wonderful tips and I like your blog because you actually blog about decorating and teaching others. You're not trying to sell me something ALL THE TIME. Thank you for that.

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  53. I've been following you for so long (through three laptops!) that I honestly don't remember how I found you. I only know your blog remains on my blog list through everything. I love your style and the ideas I borrow from you!

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  54. I can’t remember how I found your blog. I think it was a blog hop.

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  55. Happy Anniversary Sarah! I think it's been about 6 years that I've followed you. It was the craftsman window frame that first caught my eye. But it might have been the bookcases. I was so inspired! You really made me think I could do it too! You were so honest about not everything being perfect. (Caulk is now my BFF too!) That really helped give me courage. Also the detailed photos helped me convince my husband we could do it. Getting a new post from you in my email is one of my favorite things. I've read other blogs but they don't speak to me like your does. Thank you so much for all the great ideas! Paula (pcooper47@cox.net)

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  56. Wow, 10 years! I've been following for 9 of those but can't remember what brought me here. Crazy to think I have stopped here almost every day for 9 years! Becky (rpearce16@gmail.com)

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  57. Happy 10th Anniversary! I love your blog and have been following it quite a few years. One of the few I read from start to finish. I really don’t remember how I found it. Facebook maybe. I am in awe of all that you do with building and designing. You rock! cougarridge(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  58. I was looking for Christmas inspiration during a dark time in my professional life and found myself on your blog. cevans1008(at)gmail(dot)com

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  59. It was your Roman shades project - I even bookmarked it! But hey, every project you have done is an inspiration for me to just try! Thanks for hanging in there and blogging. You truly are an inspiration!
    Kathy Frazier
    frazikat@gmail.com

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  60. I think I found your blog from another blog I was following. You were one of their favorite blogs and now you are one of mine!! I think one of the first blogs I remember was about spray paint! I learned from you that you can spray paint pretty much anything!lhackman1@hotmail.com

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  61. Your blog was one of the first ones I started reading several years ago! I can’t remember what first attracted me to your blog. It was your style and your personality I think! elyjordan@yahoo.com

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  62. I am relatively new to following blogs (probably 2-3 years). I have no idea how I found you, but it was when you were debating using kitchen cabinets to re-do your closet. Just looked up that post and it was Feb 2014. So, I've been reading for 4 years. The funny thing is that I read that first post never knowing that following a blog would be something I'd want to do. So I lost you and had to re-find you months later! Then I started reading yours all the time and over the years have started following 10-15 more. It's become my favorite bedtime hobby, and you started it all! I still love the his blog and read it faithfully. Yours is THE BEST for DIY! Thank you! Molly mkeetonparnell at gmail dot com

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  63. About 5 years ago I was reunited and sitting catching up with old college friends and one of them told me you. I added to you on my feedly and have been following ever since. What can I say? Old friends know me best and I've loved every second!

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  64. Hmmm...I think I found you just by googling backsplash ideas and yours came up. I have been following since your dining room was dark! Lol love the blog so much! Such doable and realistic ideas that even this chick can manage! Our kitchen renovation was 100% inspired by your kitchen in your previous house! Congrats on 10 years and can’t wait to see what inspiration comes from the next 10!
    Johannah

    Johannahcheek@yahoo.com

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  65. Jen
    Jenfinn79@gmail(dot)com

    I found TDC way back when on thenest.com.��

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  66. Congratulations on 10 years! I just recently came across your posts on FB and have been enjoying them! Dana danamduke@yahoo.com

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  67. I've been following you for about 3 years now. I think I found you through Yvonne at StoneGable. I'm so impressed that you do most everything yourself. My hero and I want to learn how to do things myself, even at my age. I find you so inspiring and look forward to each and every post. Thanks so much!!
    Amy K
    amy@bullseyegrp.com

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  68. Congrats on 10 years! I love reading your blog. Thank you!

    Sheen - szuyin78@gmail.com

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  69. Hmmmmm...... I can't remember how I found your blog- but for at least 5 years you've been one of my daily reads! Kathy - kjb2000@gmail.com

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  70. About eight years ago, I was looking for a table to go behind my sofa. I came across your homemade version and I made it that night. I’ve been following you ever since! Congratulations on ten years!
    -Lesley (lesleyloz@outlook.com)

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  71. I found you from a friend. I have been following you for years, and I just want to say “thank you” for letting me believe that these projects can be done by a mom during nap time, and that If I can imagine it, it can be done! I write this from the comfort of my bed, where I’m resting my head on the headboard you inspired. I’m sure like many other people, I feel like I know you. Thank you for being an inspiration and for letting us into your home for all these years. I continue to look forward to your posts, and wish you all the best!
    Katenixon@windstream.net

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  72. I honestly can’t remember how I got connected to your blog, but have followed you for years! You have such great taste and I love your confidence as you tackle projects. A female Bob Villa (ha...but totally a compliment). emilybrookemiley (at) gmail (dot) com

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  73. Congrats on 10 years! I came on board as a religious reader right before your family room reno at your old house...since then you've inspired paint colors, helped me to decorate my mantle for Christmas, install bookshelves, and my absolute favorite-paint my doors black! On deck for me is adding a planked wall in my bedroom and convincing my husband to let me have butcher block on my island just like yours :)
    Krause.rachel104(at)gmail(dot)com

    ...why do people write their emails like that in comments sections? Lol

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  74. I don’t even remember how I found your blog! I used to follow about 8 but have cut it back to two and you are one of them! You are so talented and capable of everything. Nancy nancybaggett@gmail.com

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  75. Found you via Nate Berkus' first show-and then found the world of home DIY blogging! Congrats on ten years!

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  76. Congratulations on 10 years! That is quite an accomplishment, and I just love hearing the joy and gratitude in your "voice!" You inspire me to find something I can do that is equally as joyful!

    I'm pretty sure I found you through a search on staircases... 8 years ago!?!?! Holy Cow! I do know you were one of (if not THE) first DIY decorating blogs I followed. It's been a long time... and I hope you continue to find joy in blogging so that we can keep following your progress!

    Thank you for the generous giveaway!!
    Emchaley (at) gmail (dot) com.

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  77. I have no idea how I found you but hands down, you’re my favorite decor blogger! I find your style so appealing and not trendy or easily bottled. So original and refreshing! Michelle Moore
    Michellekmoore72@gmail.com

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  78. I’m pretty sure I found your blog at the old HGTV “Rate My Space”. I’ve been a follower for awhile now. I remember when your little guy was little. Congrats on your 10 year blog anniversary!!

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  79. I think I found you through a search, but I’ve been reading so long I’m not sure. Congrats on ten years!

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  81. I've been reading your blog for so long that I no longer remember what post brought me to your site - I don't even remember how I found you. I just know I've been reading since your dining room was chocolate brown =) I love your writing style - like having a conversation with a friend - and I LOVE your decorating style. I've learned so much about my own style from you and been inspired many times. In fact, I'm planning a wall treatment for my master based on the white grid wall you did in your guest room (in the old house)!

    Congrats on ten years - and here's to ten more!

    Heather - swanfam4 at gmail dot com

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  82. I honestly do not remember what brought me to your blog, but I've been following you and Young House Love for around 6-8 years and look forward to checking every day! Congrats on 10 years!

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  83. I'm not sure how I found your blog several years ago, but it is definitely one of my favorites! Thank you and congratulations!! Julie - rjmnal@yahoo.com

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  84. I'm a new follower, but I've already learned so much from you! I found you on Instagram. My email is erikadeee at gmail.com

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  85. Happy blogging anniversary! I found you randomly and completely fangirled when I realized we live in the same area. I adore your style and hope you keep blogging for the next 50 years!

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  86. Happy Anniversary! I don’t remember how I found you, but your blog was the very first one I ever followed. kimba@knology.net

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  87. Happy blogging anniversary! I’ve been following your blog for a while and it’s one of the few that I always read! You have such an authentic voice and reading your posts feel like talking to a friend. Thanks! Bernice@wolen.com

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  88. Congrats on ten amazing years. Lcbaldridge@yahoo.com

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  89. Wow, 10! Congrats, & thanks, I love learning from "she who makes it look easy". :)
    I really want to try to remember what brought me to you. I'm thinking so hard! Oo--I think it was the Christmas wreaths made of bronze ish Christmas balls in 2009.
    Bub cannot be 12?!?
    Thank you, Chrissy ccsauder@gmaildotcom

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  90. Congratulations on ten years! I've been following you for a few years and I love reading your posts. I can't recall how I found your blog, but I am glad that I did! Thank you! Gretchen insomnious1@yahoo.com

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  91. I've been following you since the beginning. Love your stuff! I've done several of your projects in my home, my favorite is built ins using cabinet bases. I've done it in several places in my home and love it!! Congrats on 10 years. jennifermericksonatgmaildotcom

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  92. What a great way to celebrate your blogging anniversary - congratulations! I think I remember finding your blog after reading a magazine article .... long long ago! Thank you for keeping on and for sharing so many inspiring projects!

    clankennedy@earthlink.net

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  93. Congrats on 10 years!!! I found you through my sister as we ooh-ed and aw-ed over the decor above your kitchen cabinets probably 7 or 8 years ago! :) -Heather Prayloveteach@gmail.com

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  94. Congrats on 10 years! Your blog inspired me to start my blog which has been such a fun hobby. Cheers to 10 more!!

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  95. Congratulations on 10 years!!! I can’t remember which project brought me to you but it was a loooooooooong time ago! We’ve used many of your projects as inspiration but my favorite has got to be the cabinets as built-ins. It’s been a major game changer in our home! britmcinerney(at)gmail(dot)com

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  96. Oh goodness, you are one of the first three bloggers I started following before I really even understood what a blog was! Been following 8 years maybe? Your blog is still one of my all time favorites!! Congrats on 10 years!!

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  97. I believe I found you through Pinterest. So, I went digging through my boards, and one of my oldest home decor pins is your post on "How to Paint a Front Door"! Your blog is one of the select few I've been reading regularly for years. Congratulations on 10 years, that is quite the accomplishment!

    creatingcottersbay(at)gmail(dot)com

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  98. Years ago I found you on Pinterest through your post about how to decorate above cabinets :) I’ve visited your page every week sense! That’s been 1 apartment, and one duplex ago, and now I own my own home. You’ve inspired me so much and I can’t wait to see what the next 10 years bring! -Deanna
    Deannareddell (at) gmail (dot) com

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  99. I wish I remember how I found you! Your projects have always seemed "do-able" and not too overwhelming! I'd love to win; thanks for the giveaway! Annie
    smiliefam@gmail.com

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  100. I too have been blogging for a LONG time (almost 14 years!). I can’t remember how I found you but I’m thinking it was a link up (remember those?!) or maybe another blogger’s blogroll (omg I feel so old) but I was hooked right away and haven’t missed anything since! Your last home was my dream home and such an inspiration to my own decorating! I’m excited to watch you transform your new home and make me fall in love all over again. Thank you so much for sharing your gifts with all of us and inspiring and educating me on how to make my home one I really love.

    Dailyrebeccablog@gmail.com

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  101. Wow, congratulations! I stumbled across your blog 2-3 months ago--right before my husband and I closed on our first house. Your projects are an inspiration for us. We're saving up to install built-in bookcases like yours, and I *might* be borrowing a few other ideas from your home ;) Thanks for the great ideas, and can't wait to see 10 years of more!

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  102. I think I come across your blog while I was looking for Christmas decor ideas 7 years ago. I used to work the front desk at a hotel and a lot of time to read through all your past blog posts. Love all the affordable ideas you had then and now. ~Kelsi.
    Kmusic17@gmail.com

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  103. Wall molding brought me to your blog!
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  104. Wow!! Happy blog-a-versary lol..10 years flew by!! I've followed you since near the beginning days! I truly can't remember how I found you LOL..I was so excited about your Nate Berkus show news that time!! Thanks for the chance at an awesome giveaway!! Kudos for 10 years of doing what you love & sharing it all with is!

    Joey J.

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  106. HGTV ,,,, This was the start of me finding your blog !! Congrats & Thanks for all your hard work & Awesome ideas ...Berrycherry63@hotmail.com

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  108. I'm not sure how I stumbled upon your blog but I've been following what you do ever since. We're changing out all of our interior doors with five panel doors and they will be painted black. Seeing yours convinced me that I will love mine!
    Darlene
    darlene.mcclenny@gmail.com

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  109. I’ve been following for a couple years now. I believe I originally found you through a Pinterest project. Congratulations on the anniversary!!! Kirsten- kkahle5 at hotmail.com

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  110. This is one of my favorite blogs. I absolutely love reading your entries. I started following you about 5 years ago when I goggled a DIY search. I love your ideas and the little things. I actually went to an arts festival here in Atlanta, GA (Yellow Daisy Festival) and I came across a little man/woman sign like you had in your last home on the bathroom door. I bought the set and have it on our kitchen bathroom. I love the little things!

    Jackie Waller
    jackiewaller13@gmail.com

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  111. Wow! Ten years! What drew me in initially was your name, Thriftydecorchick, it's a great name, still one of the best! I can't recall the first post I read, wish I could, however I am sure it was informative and interesting. Thank you for the past 10 years. Looked forward to many more to come ! Thank you. jencrafter@gmail.com

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  112. I also can't remember what drew me to your blog, but you have always been the one I look forward to receiving because your ideas are so attainable. We all like having a project for the house or yard and you inspire us to do just a little more. Thank you for many years of seeing you grow as a DIYer and giving us so many helpful ideas. Thank you so much, I feel like I have a friend in you. jseymour1985@gmail.com

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  113. Congratulations on 10 years!!! I don't remember how I found your blog, it's just been on my RSS reader since I had.

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  114. I don't remember what brought me here originally, but I've been coming back for at least seven years.
    Amandakayeparker@hotmail.com

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  115. Congratulations!! I’ve so enjoyed following your blog over the years. I don’t even remember how I stumbled across it anymore, but I’m so glad I did. I have black doors in my house because of you ;). You inspire me.

    Heather
    faithfulhd@gmail.com

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  116. I first heard about your site from Rhoda's blog Southern Hospitality. You two are my favorites!!
    I loved your article,"The Pottery Barn Look for Way Less." Happy 10th! Susan at susanlusk1@gmail.com

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  117. Congratulations!!! So happy for you! I remember I found you years ago, when I was looking for ideas for my little boy's(he's 12, almost 13 & not so little now..haha!)room that had airplanes/boats & the color navy. Ha! I can remember loving your son's room! Some of my first DIY from your blog were the little navy blue airplanes hotglued onto the rim of a small lamp shade,the curtain panels w/added fabric to create length & our favorite....the gumball machine converted to a fish bowl! Thank you for all the wonderful posts through the years! :) I've had so much fun reading them!
    Carey.27.otto@gmail.com

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  118. Congratulations on TEN years!! I’ve been here for most of them. Look forward to reading it every day.
    -Jane. janeccrisp@yahoo.com

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  119. Yours was one of the first blogs I read. Found you through Nate's old show. Congrats on 10 years and looking forward to many more! Thewittygrittylife(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  120. Congratulations! I’ve been reading close to 10 years but don’t remember how I found you. Thanks for the wonderful ideas and inspiration over the years!
    -Kathrin
    kathrindecker@gmail.com

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  121. Congratulations on your ten year anniversary! We moved about 6 years ago and I needed to do some decorating and had no idea how to start. And, being thrifty myself, I found your blog was just right for me! (Except you are way handier than I am!) I've shared your blog with my daughter and daughter-in-law, who can use tools and has copied some of your DIY projects). I love your style of decorating and your style of writing! I've copied some of your lighting fixtures, the fiddle leaf tree, and the way you arrange picture galleries on the wall. Reading your blog has really added a lot to my life!
    Patty
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  122. About a year or so ago you popped up in my Instagram feed and I've been obsessed ever since! It was right when we were fixing up our old house to sell and I got lots of great ideas (and courage haha) to work on projects.
    I also told my husband if he wants to buy me house presents to look at your insta/blog to get ideas or just copy ��
    --Carissa Vale
    carissavale@gmail.com

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  123. 10 Years! Wow! It seems like that must have been back around the time we were all saying, "What's a blog?" Ha! Anyway, I think I picked up your site through a Facebook post. I can't really remember now. But, I have really enjoyed your writings, and your DIY stuff gives me hope that I might be able to tackle some things myself.

    Thanks for the stories, and congrats on your blogging anniversary.

    Leslie LVANSANT411@AOL.COM

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  124. Love love love your blog! Congratulations on 10 years! Looking forward to 10 more��
    Alyssa
    Alyssa_dal@yahoo.com

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  125. Still my favorite blogger!

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  126. I think I stumbled across this blog via Pinterest, maybe?! I forget. I've been reading about and admiring your home for years. When you sold your last home I thought how could she...but here I see this new house and it's so stunning too. You are so talented at making your house feel gorgeous yet honey. I love seeing new posts and Instagram stories. Congrats on 10 years

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  127. Congratulations! Your blog is still one of my favorites. There are several that I no longer follow, but I always look forward to your posts. A friend told me about your blog and I’ve been hooked ever since! I believe that was in 2009. Anyway, one of the reasons I enjoy your blog is because you write so well. Not to be critical of others, but it surprises me how many forget basic grammar lessons learned in high school. I appreciate how you show the “fails” as well as the successful projects. Thank you for sharing your vast knowledge with us. Looking forward to ten more years with you!

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  128. Congratulations on your blog success! I love how do-able your projects are. My fave quick project is the long table "box". I made one 2 years ago and it is my only decoration still-I just change it up for the seasons :)
    Susan
    susanmartino13@gmail.com

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  129. I’ve been reading your blog for years! No idea how I found it—did young house love feature you at some point early on? I think the book nook was one of the first projects I saw! ☺️

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  130. My name Jill and I started following you back when you were redoing your kitchen island the first time. Thank you for all of your great idea's over the years!
    Jillalbring@gmail.com

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  131. Congrats in ten years! I found you because of the library bookcases and have since built my own version twice! I’m almost sixty and I thought to myself where was Sarah when I was DIYing all the things Year’s ago when I was home with my kiddos. Your project page was one of my favorite things.. easy to navigate!

    Marlacarter59@gmail.com

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  132. Congrats on 10 years! I think I've been reading the blog since around 2009. I probably followed a link from the One Pretty Thing website.

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  133. Love your blog, you have the best decor ideas. I always look forward to your projects. I wish you continued success!

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  134. Sarah love your blog! Sorry I can’t remember how I found you (I’m older lol��) but I love your blog you’re the only one I read and my home has taken a great transformation since I met you! to another 10 or more years congratulations!
    Denise
    loweryfamily@comcast.net

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  135. I don't remember what brought me here but your awesome "I can do anything" mindset is what keeps me coming back. I'm constantly referring my husband to your posts. There are too many favorites to name just one or two! I have the vacuum post saved for if I ever get around to buying a new vacuum. ;-) Thanks so much for all your great tutorials over the years! Vicki
    vlmarvin70@gmail.com

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  136. Happy Anniversary! I think I found your site while redoing my kitchen. Yours was such an inspiration!! I wish I could build things like you.

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  137. Congratulations on 10 blogging years. I'm sorry I can't remember why I first came to your blog. it must have been something fabulous

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  138. I'm at 8.5 years bloggingand feel old as well. I've been following you for years and I'm pretty sure I found you due to the before and after party you used to do. Love those!!

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  139. I've been reading your blog for many years! Can't remember what brought me but your style hooked me. You've inspired me to take on things I would have never dreamed I could do. I also have some of your ideas in the wings for my husband's childhood home we've inherited! kim.franklin920@gmail.com

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  140. The first time I read your blog was a tutorial on installing a dimmer switch circa 2009-ish. I remember being terrified about electricity but followed your tutorial and things went perfect. I have been DIYing with you ever since. Here are a few of your projects that I've DIYed in my home: Spray painting door knobs & hardware ORB, interior black doors, conduit pipe for drapery rods, craftsman door trim, board & batten, planked wall, soft close cabinet doors, built in bookcases, closet organizer, sunburst mirror, tufted headboard - plus decor ideas, printables, product recommendations etc.... Love your blog & congratulations on 10 years! Cheers to 10 more! 💜 Jen
    email: manor4@att.net

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  141. I've been reading your blog forever! I have no idea how I found you, but I gradually stopped following most of the design blogs when I discovered I was just scrolling past, not reading. Yours is one of only 2 that I kept, and I realize that I pretty much scroll past that other one all the time now! Congratulations on your 10 year anniversary!

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  142. Congrats on 10 years! I’ve been following you for so long that I’ve forgotten how I found you! Probably from a list of top blogs and they were right on!

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  143. Like many others, I really do not know how I came upon your blog! Congratulations on your anniversary, and thank you for having such a great giveaway! Lee katrynkaATgmailDOTcom

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  144. I can’t rememner how I found you, possibly through Instagram? I instantly fell in love with your style, and I’ve been hooked ever since! Thank you for all the inspiration! You are so talented! -Desiray
    desirayyoder75@gmail.com

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  145. I have been reading your blog for years! Your child was around 6 when I first found you. I've given up reading many of the blogs I frequented over the years but yours is till my favorite. Thank YOU for letting us grow with you and morph with your decorating styles and diy plans and see your family grow (in age! ha). Keep doing the great work! Karen (willowbird35@yahoo.com)

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  146. I am not sure how I found your blog, but I have been reading for a few years now and enjoy all of your posts, knowing they will be worth my time. Thank you! Marilyn at averyandmarilyn@gmail.com.

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  147. I've been reading your blog several years and really don't remember how I found it, perhaps in a link from another blog. I love all the products you have featured and use many of them, scrub daddys are always in my kids Christmas stockings! djgoss86@gmail.com

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  148. Wow, I wish I could remember exactly how and when I found you. It had to be 5-6 yrs ago and probably linked from another blog ( or maybe a google search brought me to one of your handy DIYs). I’ve been a faithful reader ever since and am constantly inspired by your gutsy projects and have no fear attitude. Congrats on 10yrs and looking forward to many more!
    Melissa (masmith333”at”gmail) -forgive my attempt to avoid spam

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  149. Congratulations on 10 years-that is amazing. I found your blog last year by accident as we were purchasing a new home and I was just perusing different blogs. Now I get so excited when I see I have an email from you. Scrub daddy is my absolute favorite-love that there is no smell to them and how well they work on my glass stovetop. Would love to get those scissors as I am always fighting to open packages. Here's to another 10 years!!

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  150. congrats on 10 yrs! I started following when you did the formal dining room to library build. LOVE the book shelves and all the wood you incorporate into decorating. I have showed several projects to the hubby and am always sending blog links to others for your amazing builds. Thanks (bumble_bee13@yahoo.com)

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  151. Congratulations on your 10 years blogging! I have been a reader of yours for a long time. This is a wonderful giveaway, Thank you. Hugs,

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  152. I've been following you for a long time and I'm not sure exactly how I found you. I think it was a through a link from another blog. Congratulations!

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  153. I have enjoyed your blog for many years. Congrats on a happy, successful decade! Very few of us can say we're working at our dream job, and it delights me when someone says this.

    lanadouglas4050@gmail.com

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  154. Congratulations on 10 years and on your new house! The projects that hooked me were from previous house - 1) moving the fireplace and 2) enlarging the island + wood top. Things that contractors usually do! So girl power all the way!
    Love your blog. Terri. hterri.barnard@gmail.com

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  155. Congratulations! I've been reading so long I have no idea how I found your blog! I do remember thinking long ago that I had won the lottery when you featured me on one of your weekly round ups! That was so exciting!

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  156. So fun! I came over from a link on Young House Love and got hooked! Thanks for posting and keeping up with the blog business. I still love reading as much as ten years ago when blogs were the "new thing"

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  157. Found you through young house love just a couple of years ago but went back through the archives and read every post! I've gotten so many great ideas from you!
    Jennifer
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  158. Congrats on 10! My friend Dana intro'ed me to your blog 5 years ago and I've been a fan since!
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    Monisha

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  159. I can’t remember how I found your blog but love it! Congrats on ten years! RAkolt at yahoo dot com thanks for the chance to win such a great prize package!

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  160. Congratulations on your 10 year blogiversary! I've been enjoying your blog and following your home(s) progressions for probably around 8 years. I started reading your blog around the same time as Young House Love.. that may be how I found you? Can't quite remember, been so long! Thank you for all the wonderful ideas & inspiration! Keep on blogging! :) Kelly ~ kcorreia@orionmobility.com

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  161. Happy Anniversary! I honestly don't know how I found your blog, I have been following you for years!

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  162. Happy Ten year! Wow that’s awesome! I think I found you through Pinterest but I’m not sure, I think I kept seeing post that brought me back to your blog so I decided to follow you, my first blogger and it’s been so fun and exciting every week. Crystal.adamson@gmail.com

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  163. Sue here. 10 years, wow! I've learned a lot from you over the years. That turned out to be one of the best google searches I ever did for 'decorating blogs'. I'll wait to hear from you about this awesome give away-suecarter(at)gmail(dot)com!

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  164. I probably found you on Pinterest and have been following for probably 5 years now. I love your projects and everything you're involved in. Wow, it's amazing you have been doing this for 10 years (no wonder you're so good at it!). I hope you stay with it so we can all follow along. :) Jennifer garnerstamps@yahoo.com

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  165. Good grief, I have nooooo idea how I found you, but so glad I did. You have survived many a blog purge. Marian marianchase@yahoo.com

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  166. Happy Anniversary! I have been reading your blog for YEARS and honestly can't remember how I found you. I do know that as I have pared down the list of blogs I follow, yours has always made the cut! jennifer_claunch9(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  167. Happy Anniversary! This is so exciting, thank you for sponsoring an opportunity for us to win some of the great products that you love. I think that I found you by googling home decor blogs many years ago and have read you ever since...I always look forward to new posts. My email address (and name): cj.steinke(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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  168. Happy 10 years! I think I found your blog while searching pinterest but not certain. Congrats on 10 and here's to many more!
    -Tina henrysmt (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  169. Congratulations! I really don't remember how I found you many moons ago, probably one of those nights when I was heading down the rabbit hole of clicking on someone else's blog roll. BUT, I'm SO glad I did. Your style is everything I wish my style was. I've tried to emulate many of your projects, from the library shelving (we put it in my daughter's room) to board and batten. I can't tell you how many times I've pulled up your projects to show my husband or friends. Please keep doing what you do. I would love to win all your favorites! My name is Stacie and my email address is staciecolella(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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  170. I discovered blogs 8 years ago and yours was one of the first I read. I believe I found you through Centsational Girl. I’ve changed my blog reading habits many times, but yours is one I always keep in my reader. Congrats on 10 years. Meganetter6(at)gmail.com

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  171. Brianna (briannaslee at gmail dot com) Congratulations on ten years!! I’ve been following you ever since the loft renovation - that gorgeous desk! :) I really enjoy following along on your projects and have been eyeing your built-in bookshelves and kitchen cabinet build-ups to copy. Thanks for being a down-to-earth inspiration!

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  172. Happy Anniversary! You are one of my favorite blogs because you are so relatable and I feel like your spaces are totally livable. So many blogs have started looking like magazine covers or show rooms and I think, gee those are pretty, but my house is NEVER going to look like that. All your projects feel like something I could actually put in my house, thank you for that! I'm sorry but I actually don't remember how I found you. Maybe Pinterest?

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  173. Congrats on 10 years!The DIY orb light fixture is what brought me to your blog.I can't remember how I found it but so glad I did. toni(at)kansasgrain.com

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  174. Happy blogversiary! I found you back when I was pregnant and looking for nursery ideas in 2012. Not only have I followed you ever since (you've been through three RSS feeds with me), I went backwards and have read every single post you've written! Several of my rooms have been influenced by your work...love your practical eye.

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  175. I have no idea how I stumbled on your blog, but I know I keep coming back because the projects are interesting, the writing is great, and the pictures are lovely. Congratulations on 10 years!

    Michelle
    mrowe817@yahoo.com

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  176. I've been with you since your red and gold days! You've taught me so much and I've successfully replicated too many of your projects to count. You are continually an inspiration! Happy anniversary!

    Antoinette
    angarcia2007@yahoo.com

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  178. I know that one of your kitchen posts a while back brought me over here-- I was looking for ideas for an island in my old house a few years ago and I've been following ever since! Congrats on your anniversary, such an exciting milestone!

    Allison
    aptrabue@gmail.com

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  179. Wow, 10 years! Congrats, that’s a huge deal. I think I found you through Pinterest? I’ve been following for awhile, 6 or 7 years, I believe. I just love all the house project inspiration. -Amy cera425(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  180. Congratulations on 10 years! I have loved following your blog for the last 4-5. Hannah hannaheking@gmail.com

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  181. Hi Sara! I don't remember how I found your blog, maybe The Nester? I've been reading for years! I'm not sure if I've ever comment though. I love all your projects & how to show us how easy & cheap it is do them. Congrats on 10 years!

    map_whiz@yahoo.com

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  182. I’ve been reading your blog so long that I can’t remember, I don’t think your son was even school age. I didn’t even know how to actually follow! I feel certain I found you by when bloggers would do a day for other bloggers to post their projects. I do remember the first thing I searched to make and found the world of blogs. I use to read a massive list but as blogs changed that had dropped down to only a few that have stayed my “imaginary friends”. I enjoy your creativity & projects. Thank you for still blogging & I voted for your room every day, woohoo! Becky nonnanorris@gmail.com

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  183. Congratulations on a very successful 10 years. I can't recall what project made me sign on to your blog, but I do know that I was thrilled when I realized that we both are in the Indianapolis area. So nice to follow a blogger who is nearby and experiences the same weather and seasons, same product availability (a nice new Ikea), and a similar housing and decor standard. Even as an old lady (76) I still can do some DIY, and look to you for guidance and instruction on some of your more doable (for me) projects. I look forward to more from your creative self.

    Pat
    pmarschand@att.net

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  184. I recently found your blog and love it. I appreciate your honesty and the details you are willing to share...so I can share wth my hubby to convince him how EASY it will be! ;0)
    Elizabeth Lsmokowski@yahoo.com

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  185. Congrats on your Anniversary! 10 years is long time, but it goes quick when you're doing something you love. I found your blog from your KonMari project. It inspired my husband and I to do the same and I fell in love with your writing and design aesthetic from there. Cheers to many more years of blogging!

    Miriah, miriahj.hoffman@gmail.com

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  186. Congratulations on 10 years! Achieving your level of success in your dream job could not have happened to a nicer person!!
    I honestly can't remember when I started reading your blog. I think I found Rhoda at Southern Hospitality when I was looking to redo the stairs in our old home about 8 years ago, and her blog may have led me to you shortly after that. I have gotten lots of enjoyment out of your posts over the years, and love your style!
    Kim krowellathotmail.com

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  187. For the life of me, I can't remember how I found your blog but I've been reading for years now :) I love your down to earth, DIY approach that offers me ideas for my own home. Alexia (alexia.fountain@gmail.com)

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  188. Congratulations, Sarah!!!! I have never commented, but I also have never missed reading even one of your blog posts for years now. I found you because I was looking for a brown dining room!!!! :) I did it! And I bought the light fixture you had too, the one you moved to your master bedroom later. (sorry about formatting here!!) I love the "suburban" style you're perfecting, and the way you make so many things easy and affordable around the house. My favorite picture is about a project I'm about to tackle--repainting (gold to black) the giant hanging light fixture over my entrance hall. When I read "this one helped" I laughed out loud. I appreciate your humor and personableness, if that's a word. :) I wish you all the best!! Your work blesses many people!!!!!! <3 Camille

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  189. Congrats on your anniversary! I have been reading your blog for so long I am not sure how I found you. It might have been through Bower Power. It was over 5+ years ago so I can't be sure!

    Katie
    Katherine.sagar@gmail.com

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  190. This is such a generous contest, thank you! I'm pretty sure I found you (years ago) from doing a search on a home project of some kind -- no clue any more what it was, but I'm so glad I did! I read your blog religiously and also follow you on Instagram. Congratulations on ten years! :)

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  191. oops....chg@whetstoneinstruction.com
    Thanks! :)

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  192. I found TDC when I was on maternity leave with my youngest (who is now 8). This blog is one of the reasons I decided to go back to school for Interior Decorating. I long to do a blog but I am way too nervous ��. Thanks for sharing all of your trials and tribulations with us, we love living vicariously through you!

    Amanda
    Amanda.hynes@sympatico.ca

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  193. Congratulations on 10 years! I can't remember how I found you but I have been following you forever and love your style. In fact, I have a fireplace wall very similar to yours and was just showing my husband how amazing yours looks with the dark paint color.

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  194. I discovered the world of blogs about 8 years ago. I have narrowed down the list of those I read regularly to 6. I really enjoy your very doable projects that don't look too DIY. Your post about your long living room curtains last fall inspired me to order some for my huge windows in our living and dinning rooms. We have a gorgeous view, but after living here for 41 years ( I know, crazy) I decided we needed to think about privacy at night. Getting old makes you feel more vulnerable. I could never find what I wanted that I could afford and they are PERFECT!! thanks! Congratulations on 10 years! mdwrfw@hotmail.com

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  195. Oh my gosh, I've been here so long, I can't remember why or how I first got here. Lol
    I remember you sending me a minivan parody video forever ago.
    I used to read soooo many blogs every day through a reader. Once we moved last summer, I got out of the habit of reading AND blogging. I now read two regularly. Yours and The Art of Doing Stuff. Funny how the first couple I ever started with are the ones I still pop in on.
    Congrats on sticking it out through all the changes blogland has gone through since the early days. Man, we're gettin' old. Ha!
    I think I'm gonna snag one of those water bottles for my nephew's birthday. Good for baseball! The durn speaker isn't available online yet. Bugger.
    Thanks for a shot at the title.

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  196. I don't even remember how I found you! But you are one of my favorite home blogs for sure. You are down to earth and your house looks like a home, not a hotel. Thank you for all your hard work. Lindsey (Lindseyaylward@yahoo.com)

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