Friday, June 22, 2018

Blogging Thoughts and Country Curtains

Happy Friday.
How many of you were saddened when the news came out that Country Curtains was closing down and going out of business after many years of bringing us pretty curtains for our homes.  I for one was sad :(




They always had such a great selection of country style, cottage style, contemporary styles to choose from.  I have had their curtains in my home for years.  I always loved the quality and the prints.


Well no worries.  Country Curtains designs are back and sold now by Vermont Country Store.
So you can visit Vermont Country Store and look at the past and some new patterns of drapes that were carried by Country Curtains.
Yeah!!!

Please note I am not compensated for this shout out.  Just love their drapes and was excited to see they are now being carried at Vermont Country Store.  Just like to share great information with all of you.


The second part of this post I wanted to share some blogging thoughts with you and see what your feedback might be.

For a long time 
I have been thinking whether to keep my blog going.  A lot of bloggers I have come to know and have loved their blogs through the years have moved over to Instagram. 

I have found that in our life journey,  some people come into our lives and stay with us and others come along for a short time to teach us something or share some kind of life lesson with us.

I am amazed at the friendships formed with peeps you might have never met if it were not for this crazy arena called blog land!

I love Instagram but feel you lose something with the personal connections you have with blogging.
Just my thoughts on this.  

I love to post up on IG.   It is fun and you can capture a special moment and share it quickly.  I personally feel more of a connection with my blog posts.

Life is always changing and moving towards new and more inventive ways to get your story out there.
  
Blogging let me know there are others out there that like white, chippy and neutrals.   It also let me form wonderful friendships with people from all over the world.  

The crazy part is I have formed long lasting friendships with people that are not neutral and chippy lovers like myself.  

I have found their colorful styles are fun to see emerge in their decor.

I have met so many people from all over the world that I can now call friends.

  Without blogging these relationships would have never formed.  This is where I feel grateful to have started to blog over 7 years ago.

This is also why I struggle with the thought of  letting my blog go.  

It seems a lot of you are still with me and come to visit and share ideas and friendship when I post.

  So for now I will continue to post when I have something to share with all of you.

I know there are always struggles with social media and the always changing rules and issues.

  We bloggers are all dealing with the comment/email issue right now and privacy policies etc. but somehow we all seem to stay connected and help each other out when we can figure out solutions.

I am so computer not savvy!!!! When I get help from other blogger friends it always reassuring to know we all can share and help each other.

I have a personal Facebook page that I keep to stay in touch with family and friends but do not really get into FB as much as others.  

I feel comfortable with my blog and IG more than FB.  Saying this makes me feel like a dinosaur!  

I know everyone loves FB and it is the hip social media platform!  I just cannot get into FB on a full time basis.   I have the luxury to not feel compelled to be on FB because I do not have a business venture.  For some of you sweet entrepreneurs this is a big outlet for growing your names and  business's.

I still post pics on occasion on Instagram.  I just love blogging so much better.   

I feel a connection with others more here with blogging.  That is just my feelings on this.  What are your feelings about blogging, Instagram, and Facebook? Leave me a comment on what you think about blogs, IG, FB, Youtube etc.

We are getting to a good place with the "Dungeon" re love.  Unfortunately we have had a lot of rain which makes it hard to work outside on this project.  
I am hoping this weekend we might be able to finish up that area.  I will then show you how we transformed this Dungeon Staircase below.





Have a fabulous Weekend
Hugs,
Kris




75 comments:

  1. Oh I love country curtains too. Yes, keep blogging, I love to see what you are up to. I am with you, I post on IG once in a while, but that is not my main focus, I love to tell a story and one picture doesn't do it. Can't wait to see how the staircase turns out.

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  2. I love blogging, I'm not a huge fan of face book and hope you will continue your blog. I love reading your posts.

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  3. Hello,
    I am with you. I feel blogging is the place to really connect. I like IG for the same reasons as you. It is quick and fun. I feel the deeper relationships form from the blog.
    I am not on FB. I just did not get into it.
    The comment thing drives me nuts on the blog, but I am trying to do my best with it. ;-)
    Please keep blogging, I have learned so much from you and Terry with the projects you share.
    Love, Carla

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  4. Kris, I am so glad I have met you in person. That would not have happened without blogging. I love blogging(when the problems aren't there). It is like talking with great friends. We tell our dreams and bare our souls at times. Blog family is in my prayers daily now. IG is too short and face book can be mean and nosey. LOL. I miss the comments coming to our email site. Now I rarely get them on my other email site for my blog. Let's all be brave and stubborn and stick with blogging. LOL. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

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  5. Kris,
    I am so glad that your decided to continue to blog... I too wrestled with this same decision on several occasions and I find that blogging is an outlet for my stress!! It seems to be my stress reliever and if I stay away from it, I feel like I am ready to pop from the pressures of my job, health issues and every day life. I post when I want to or when I think i have something to share that other might want to see. I do not do Instagram but I do have a personal FB page. It is private and only those who i accept as Friends can see what i post. It also is a way for me to keep in touch with my neices and nephews as my sister and I are estranged and 4 out of her 5 children have chosen to keep me in their lives for which I am grateful. I can comment on their posts without her seeing what i have to say as she is blocked from seeing anything i do on FB. Hence, that is why I keep it. I am not into blogging for any fame or fortune but it seems to be mentally good for me!! LOL!! Glad to hear that you have chosen to continue!!! After all, us "Dinosaurs" have to stick together!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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  6. Hi Kris, oh I love to see all of your decorating projects that you and Terry do together! I love visiting you each week. I like blogging and the friendships made through it. I like posting from time to time on IG. I don’t do Facebook either. Please continue to blog as I would really miss you
    Hugs Julie

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  7. Please keep blogging!!! I don't 'do' FB or IG or Twitter ~ only blogs. And though I don't often comment, I love that connected feeling.

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  8. Hi Kris! I agree with you about it being hard to let go of the blog. You have built such a wonderful community here and your friendship is a gift to so many. It certainly means a lot to me. I would be sad if you let it go completely. I think that you have found a balance and should keep doing exactly what you are doing. I wish I had more time for blogging and hopefully I will again in the future. In the mean time, I am always happy to connect with you - wherever - e-mail, comments or IG. I have never been big on Facebook either and my kids actually think FB is a dinosaur!! Crazy how quickly social media moves. I do enjoy Instagram but I also find it can be distracting at times when I really need to be focused on my family. Please keep on blogging my friend. xoxo

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  9. I was sad when Country Curtains closed. I wanted to buy their yellow checked curtains for my new home. I ended up sewing all of my curtains and now don't need any, but it is good to know that Vermont County store is carrying the lime. I love blogging and facebook. I don't do Instagram.

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  10. Oh dear Kris, please don't stop blogging. I am so upset that I just can't get myself back into it and into be creative right now. I do use instagram but only because that that is all the energy I have for right now. I love ready what you are up too and seeing all those lovley photos.
    So .... nope, you are not allowed to stop blogging if it is up to me.
    Many hugs,
    Karen B. xo

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  11. Glad to hear about the curtains. I am thinking that blogger is killing it for us that like to make friends on here. I hate that they have changed the comment section. I liked getting my comments to my email where I could personally reply. I know most of us do not go back to the posts that we have left comments to see if the owner replied. I am at a loss as to what to do.Do I leave a reply to their comment or try and get their email and reply that way. Either way takes a lot more time. Each time I take a break it seems that blogger has changed things. Bloggers are leaving so much now do to life and the changes blogger has made. I really miss the old blogs. As long as you blog I will come here. I enjoy your blog.

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  12. I'm so glad we met! Blogging has lost it's lure for me. I don't want to spend the time anymore. I've got a new thing going with my facebook page where I share house tours of homes that I love and even that is becoming a bit of a burden. I'm happy to have met all the wonderful people through blogging and most are now friends on facebook so I can still stay in touch and read their posts from time to time but blogging for me is coming to an end. In December I'm planning to make my blog private and hang up my online hat for good. It was a fun ride but now it's time to focus on other things. Love you xoxox

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  13. First of all I have to thank you for the Country Curtains update. I was so sad when I moved and went to place an order and they were gone. Please keep blogging. I love reading about your projects and your life. I have no desire to be on facebook (I know, I guess I'm weird. ) I just love the connection one gets on a blog

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  14. Kris, I'm right there with you! I think about not blogging anymore quite often but the addiction is real! I just love all of you and would miss the interactions. I do like IG but it's not the same...Facebook stinks but I do it (a little) because I do get a lot of readers to the blog from that forum. I'm to the age now that I'm realizing some things are just going to pass me by and maybe that's ok. I want to keep up but I don't want to sit on the computer or social media any more than I already do.

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  15. Kris- You and I have talked about this several times. I think about giving it up for the long haul and then get drawn back in because of the friends/peeps I have come to know and love. Just think-without blogging (well and Terry) we would have never met in person and discovered how alike/unalike/crazy we both are...lol

    I think there is a "fix" on my blog that seems to be working for the No Reply issue. You HAVE to do the SAVE thing in between the delete and re-entering your email and then you HAVE to subscribe to the comments thing that will come to you via email. I am getting comments and can reply to them again! Whoo Hooo----God is good! Hope you have a great weekend working on the 'dungeon'..xo Diana

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  16. Hi Kris! Blogging has changed so much, but I haven't really gotten into Instagram or Facebook for posting. Hopefully, you will hang in there with your blog - it is awesome, inspiring and you are one of the sweetest, most gracious bloggerss

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    1. Oops! Hit the send button too soon. But anyway, you are awesome and would be missed if you closed the door on your blog.

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  17. I enjoy reading your blog and many others too. Don't often comment, but feel a kinship. Don't do IG and keep a small presence on FB just to keep in touch with distant family, etc. It has all changed so much since the beginning, but love the friends I've made and will continue to visit...….Love all your pics and projects!!!

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  18. As I was reading your post, my thoughts were "No don't leave us (Me)". So glad that in the end you were saying that you loved blogging and for now you will be staying. I so enjoy seeing your pictures and words. A bright space of time in my, at oft times lonely part of this world. If you every do transition to Instagram only, that will be the time I become an instagramer.

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    1. Hi sweet friend.  No worries for now I will continue to blog.  As long as I have something to share I will post.  I just really feel blogging is changing so much.  It is the group of money makers with ads all over their blogs and then the small group of us that do this to share our decor crazy and friendship are moving on to other social media.  I just feel that I get more of a connection with blogging.  That is just me.  Everyone needs to find what works for them.  It is amazing in this world we have so many ways of connecting with each other and becoming friends.  That is the beautiful part of social media.  



      I know you have been grieving hard the loss of your soulmate.  I feel for you and I am so proud of how you are pushing on with your life as sad as some days can be.  You took such good care for so long of your husband while he was so sick I know he would be so happy to see you having time for yourself now.  It is hard to transition into doing things for yourself now but I am proud you are trying.  This is a whole new norm for you and you my dear are making a good start.



      Love you girlfriend and I am so glad we met through this crazy land of blogging.  Big cyber hugs from me today.

      xoxo

      Kris

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  19. It's definitely a struggle we all have Kris. I've recently just had a month break from social media, with the exception of scheduled FB, which I do once a week. I find that I need that break every few months just to refuel, keep my sanity and boost my creative mojo. This is my 11th year of blogging and I know longer feel the need to try and compete with others... just running my own 'slow' race and hope that shabby lovers will stop in occasionally to enjoy my offerings.
    So happy you are continuing to blog for the time being. I'd miss your beautiful home posts if you left, but I'd understand if it was your time xxx

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    1. Hi KerryAnne,

      You are one of the first bloggers that I found and followed way before I ever thought of starting my own blog.  I was always so inspired by your creative soul and your pretty pictures on your blog.  Then when you started to publish it was even better.  I have to say when you first asked me to be in your magazine I thought OMG she wants me to be in her pretty magazine.  I am not worthy lol!  I have enjoyed getting to know you and I love your blog.  I do not always have things for the party but I do visit whenever you post.  



      For now I will continue to blog.  I feel a real connection here with people much more than any other format.  I do love an occassional picture up on IG for me.  I just love the blogging to share a bigger story.  



      FB and I just do not jive.  I know it is a good thing for most but I feel you have to find your social outlet and stick with what is comfortable.  I just think with the wider audience on FB people can be so rude and mean at times.  That is not why I share my decor to have that kind of nonsense.  So in my blogland world lol I can just post up and people that like my style or me can come and enjoy and share.  If they do not like my style then they can move on.



      Hope all is good on the other side of the world with you.  See amazing we have become friends through blogging and if it were not for this crazy blogland thing we might have never crossed paths.  Love that you share your blog and friendship with me.  Thank you so much.

      xoxo

      Kris

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  20. There is so much to discuss here my friend, but I'll first start out with Country Curtains! I remember falling in love with them years ago when I discovered them in Massachusetts! Since we moved out to Minneapolis, I lost track of them, but good to know they are still in the business.

    You and I, along with a few other friends, we've had our discussions about how blogging is so important to us; it was literally life-changing for me. Blogging helped me focus and find my artist goals to write more seriously, to express myself visually. I go over this with myself many times, especially now in the summer months as I enjoy my summer days ALONE. There was a time however, when my summer vacation included daily, if not almost hourly, encounters with certain blog friends with whom I'd share a blog post, comments, even do artistic projects in tandem, sharing via email or blog. But those days have changed, due to life's callings and family obligations.

    I find Instagram a great place to showcase my gallery of PROCESS and progress in my photography. It has become however, a place to make connections, but like anything else, I must tame my propensity to want attention, to want those likes. It is a social place, so by all accounts, I end up wanting connection, collaboration and acceptance. The latter is a tough one to work through especially in such a large, wide and vast sea of self-expression.

    I am forever grateful however, for the friends and life lessons public self-expression has brought to my life. Wherever you focus your own self-expression, I'll be there.

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    1. Anita this was so nice to read this morning.  I know we have become close friends through blogging and for that I am so blessed.  I love your creative and artistic soul.  You know my saying some people come into our lives to be with us until our last breath and others come in for a short time to teach something in life.  Every encounter in life has meaning and purpose.  



      I will continue to blog on my little blog for now.  I feel a real connection with others through this format.  I just wish so many of the bloggers I loved to visit do not have their blogs anymore.  I just feel that you connect better through blogging than any other social media format right now.  Commenting and returning comment feedback gives a real connection between two people.  I feel this is where we find out more about each other.



      How wonderful it is to have a format like blogging to meet people in our life's journey and we did not have to meet face to face.  We learn and love each other through our written words.  It is so amazing we can share our hearts and friendships through this kind of social media.  That is what it is all about for me.



      Anita I feel some day you and I will meet.  We are a few states apart but sometimes those miles can come together.

      For now my friends I love you and share with your through our emails and text's with each other.  I am grateful for your friendship shared.

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  21. I'm glad you will still be blogging. I started my blog in Sept. 2008. Made friends who feel like family, have been inspired by so many different ways or like ways of doing things, there is always something to learn, and I've been blessed with encouragement, love and prayers from so many since losing my dear husband in 2012.

    I'm not on Instagram or FB. I keep hearing more bad about FB so there is no way I want to become part of that.

    Blogging is enough for me to keep up with and even then, I don't blog as much as I used to. I do watch VLOGS and enjoy them too.

    Thank you for taking the time to blog, as it does take time. Thank you for the inspiration you share via photos and thoughts.

    Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

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  22. As a non-blogger, i prefer IG over FB, but love to follow your adventures in decor and DIY.
    I follow several home decor blogs, but tend to just scan the actual "reading" parts to just see the pictures for inspo. Many times, it's because of the type font...too small, too much etc., but your type font and messages are usually sweet, informative and to the point...and did I mention...I love the font!

    My "go to" preference is IG, especially when there are several pictures in one post to scroll through for before and afters etc.
    I also enjoy watching Insta stories, another medium to get your ideas/inspo out there!

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  24. Oh...an after thought....blogs usually have way too much advertising, and take forever to fully open to be able to scroll! When that happens, I just hit "X"!!!
    That does not happen with your blogs:-)!
    Also, on IG, your followers can comment and you can reply and not have to deal with the email issues many bloggers are referring to lately!

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    1. Good News Mary they fixed this problem for us bloggers.  So it is all good again.  At least for now!  I love to blog I feel more of a connection with you guys.  I do IG and do like that format too but I just like to tell a bigger story on my blog.  I do like to get on my IPad when I got to bed and go on IG to see what is going on there too.  Just wish so many of my fave bloggers were not leaving blogging for IG and Twitter and FB.  Like everything else in life things change.  Just how it is.  For now you can find me on my little blog showing you guys my decor crazy lol!!!!

      Hey did you get your slipcover from Lisa yet???

      xoxo

      Kris

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  25. I started my first blog about 15 years ago and had more followers and comments that I could keep up with. I started that blog after the death of my mom ~ I needed to find some kind of connection with people. Like you said, I also made some amazing friends. Many of them don't blog anymore but we keep in touch via phone calls, social media etc. Nowadays, I'm not as structured with my "new blog" , I barely have any followers and I come and go. I keep it because I love to document things happening in my life, more for me than anything. I love instagram, but I need more substance. Something that I can print out and save for my daughters. Also, I find that blogging helps me find my calm in this crazy world. : )
    I hope that you stick around ~ your blog inspires me.
    Oh, and like the person above me said.. I also hate blogs with to much advertising and to many share buttons ~ they take to long to load and I will x them out before I even see any content. I love blogs that are about real people.. families, daily struggles,journeys and of course pretty things! : )

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  26. Blog on, dear Kris. I love beginning my mornings with your blog - and your yummy, inspiring photos - along with a good cup of coffee. Please don't desert me now.

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  27. Hi Kris,
    I so agree with you about blogging vs other social media. I have a facebook acct.
    but rarely use it.....pretty much when they notify me or I am looking for pics
    of lil darling......lol
    I am glad you will continue to blog as I have always enjoyed your blog and your
    wonderful decorating.....and wonderful ideas....so keep at it sweet friend,
    I think writing is a great outlet for many of us, and we have all made friendships and I know many have businesses and I get that they only have so
    much time to invest, as do we......but have to say I miss how blogging used
    to be when we started.....it was more like having pen pal friends in the
    beginning......but one thing is great for us on a personal level is it is like
    a journal of sorts of our lives.....and who knows years down the road when we
    are gone our kids and grandchildren might be thrilled to have access to our
    blogs.........
    Have a great day hon, and keep on truckin'
    Blessings Abundant,
    Nellie

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  28. I love your blog and look forward to every one of your posts. FB is a big behemoth of an organization and it's nothing like your personal touch. I don't get instagram and twitter and whatever. I agree, the personal touch is not there. Keep on keeping on, please.

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  29. Absolutely love your blog. When I see your notification in my email a spark of joy hits me, and I can hardly wait to sit down and read it. I don't use IG much at all. I'm on FB a lot, but beginning to feel that may be unwise. I love the stories behind your beautiful pics. Just like taking the time to read a good book seems to be such a tragic lossby in today's world, so would this. We all need to slow down and breathe once in a while. That's why I love camping. I read, read, read and breathe, breathe, breathe. Your blog is a breath of fresh air when I am stuck in normal life. Thank you.

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  30. Hi Kris, Do keep your blog going I think it's lovely. I have so many feelings similar to yours. I like Instagram, but it doesn't have such a personal touch as Blogs do. I use Facebook just for family and close friends in UK, to keep in touch, it seems to be a platform that more people use. I am not savvy on all the tech out there. Keep on posting snippets of joy, please.

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  31. Kris I always enjoy reading your blog and have been reading for years thru ups and downs, dear dog loss, new homes and jobs and grandchildren. I feel like I know you as a friend after all this time. I can relate to you because I have gone through so many of the same things (job loss, having to move ect.) As a basset hound lover, I fill my sister in on the news of your sweet puppies. I never read Facebook. I find that so many times people are rude. Please keep up your blog!

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  32. Two things here Kris, one, yeah for the update on Country Curtains. All of our curtains are from there. We had four close to us.

    Two, you would make me so sad if you stopped blogging. I am one who agrees with you. I understand social media is the thing. FB I only advertise my shop for the most part.

    I visit Instagram to see people but I agree much gets lost on Instagram. Sad for me because I enjoy reading the full story and so on.

    I'm working on my office which is a large project. I will put an image on Instagram but the story will be on my blog so I'm with you on this front.

    I'm a dinosaur to I guess sometimes old is good and it seems to get forgotten

    Hugc,
    Cindy

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  33. Glad to hear that about the curtains! I opened an Instagram account but never used it. Blogging is my thing. I don't much like social media except for Pinterest. You don't have to be social on Pinterest really! FB is not really the thing anymore seems to me from what I've read. I know many love Instagram, but frankly I just don't have time to take one more thing on. But blogging is my true love. I just put my posts on FB and read info in a couple of groups I'm in about blogging.
    Brenda

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  34. I love your blog! I enjoy seeing the pictures you share and information on different things. I’m not into FB or IG. Hugs,

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  35. Hope you will continue your blog.
    Not a fan of FB and Instagram.
    Keep up the good work.

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  36. Look at all the folks in here who love you and your blog! It would be sad to see you leave the blogosphere, Kris. But I've wrestled with the same decision too many times to count, so I understand. I post regularly on FB and Pinterest, because thats where my readers hang out. I haven't posted on IG in months, the conversion just wasn't there and it felt like so much work to post using my tiny phone screen and all those hashtags, yoy (now I'm dating myself). Keep blogging, the world needs the Dynamic DIY Duo! xo

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    1. LOL Marie.  I will still be here as long as I have something to post.  Blogging is just not like it use to be when I started mine.  It use to be so much more fun and there were so many of us that shared a lot of DIY and fun decor crazy and then a little personal stuff about ourselves to form friendships.  That is what I love about blogging I feel a more personal connection with all of you.  Marie I am so happy to come and visit your re love of furniture.  You my dear are a furniture whisper and I love seeing all your creative re loves.  Thanks for sharing your friendship here with me.

      Hugs,

      Kris

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  37. I love your blog Kris! I do not and have never used facebook, or Instagram! I read blogs daily. I would miss your blog terribly. You have been through rough times and shared this with us. I love your sweetness, honesty, and keep going attitude. I can relate to so many of your posts. I pray you stick with blogging. You have a lot of "strangers" that love you!
    Blessings

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment left today. This is why I will continue to blog. It is all of you that take time to read my little blog and leave comments. It just feels the most personal way for me to share things. So for now I will still be here with posts when I have them. I guess we all just have to find what we are most comfortable with in this social media world.
      Have a great weekend.
      Hugs,
      Kris

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  38. Dear Kris, I should just say ditto to everything you wrote on your blog today for many of your thoughts went through my head as well. Because of illness I was pushed to IG to share my style. I miss my blogging friends but after making the break I’m glad I did. It is so personal. You do such a good job and have so many followers on your blog as long as you love it keep on blogging away I say.
    xoxo Jo

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    1. Thanks Jo.  I think we all just have to find what makes us comfortable and go for it.  I just feel more of a connection on blogging.  I do go on IG on occasion to post but like the personal connection and communication I get with my blog posts.  Hope all is well with you.

      Hugs,

      Kris

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  39. I love Instagram for its quick post and easy scrolling. I have met many wonderful friends through it, but I am working toward blogging more because Instagram's algorithm is ridiculous. They only show your post to 7% of your followers in the first hour. If the post gets a lot likes and comments in that hour, then they show it to more of your followers, but not all.

    I don't do much with Facebook after burning out on it during the year I was in charge of our 50th high school reunion information.

    I hope you continue with your blog. You are one of the first people I met when I began my blog and you have been responsible for my ever changing style. I'm painting my fireplace white this weekend and my change to a white backdrop for our house definitely came from your style.

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  40. Hi Kris
    I love your blog*** I think you should do what is in your heart to do* if everyone else is doing something else, let them and do what you love. I don't have a blog or an instagram but I do love instagram a lot, somehow I can go on there and not actually post any pictures. I love blogs and Instagram and I also like youtube. I don't like facebook so much. Just do what you enjoy Kris and what makes you happy!!! can't wait to see the dungeon when its done
    enjoy your weekend
    deezie

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    1. Hi Deezie,

      I will continue to show posts on my blog as long as I have something to share.  The unfortunate part about blogs is that so many good ones are leaving and going to IG and FB.  I just feel a more personal connection with my blog.

      So God willing and my decor crazy keeps flowing I will post every once in awhile.  I love that we have met and become friends in this crazy land of blogging.  Thank you always for sharing your friendship.

      Have a great weekend.

      xoxo

      Kris

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  41. I do enjoy your blog and hope you continue. I have not used Instagram so not familiar. I just think if it works, continue!

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    1. Thanks Rose I will be here as long as I have something to share. I love blogging over the other social media outlets right now. Thank you for sharing your friendship here on my blog. Have a great Saturday.
      xoxo
      Kris

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  42. Hi! I recently discovered your blog and I'm loving it. I don't use instagram, so I hope you do continue here :)

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  43. I have always loved your blog and still do. But I also understand the time and effort that you have to put into it. A lot of work.
    I will keep watching out for you whether on IG or blog. Life would loose something if I didn't get to have a peek into Junk Chic Cottage.

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  44. i don't blog. but i have read several for years. I am sad that some have stopped blogging. I really enjoy your blog. it is inspiring. Hoe you continue. Linda Richard Texas

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  45. Kris, I totally agree with you! I too have developed so many wonderful fiendships through my blog. You being one of them. It doesn't have the same feel as it use to, but every now and then I find a new kindred spirit. I can see the day that is fizzles out, but I'll continue to have fun and hopefully spread a little joy now and then. :)
    hugs,
    Jann

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  46. Oh, please do keep blogging here, Kris! I am one of those you wrote of who loves seeing what you do with your house even though my style, or no style, is so different. It always amazes me when I see negative comments about not liking pictures of a room or house because "it's not my style." Thank heaven we don't have to look at only one style on blogs and Pinterest, etc. I flip out over so many styles, love them for their own unique style, and find it so interesting to see how people decorate their houses and gardens. Viva la difference!

    I just today realized what all the conversation has been about concerning the changes while commenting. After not posting at the Window for 5 months I tried it today and low and behold no comments are being sent to my email! Instead I have to click "design" then click "comments" then click "unmoderated comments" to find any comments. Is this what you've all been talking about? Is it only true with Blogger? I'm afraid I've done absolutely nothing in relation to the new privacy policy, would not know where to start, don't understand any of it.

    I guess the only thing that will drive me from blogging altogether though is if it just plain gets too technically difficult for me to do it.

    Oh, and I loved Country Curtains, receive Vermont Country Store catalogue all the time but didn't see they were now in it. Good news!

    From one true dinosaur to one who in comparison is not,
    Dewena

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  47. Please don't stop blogging. I really don't have the time (or the inclination) to explore Instagram or Facebook, but I love your blog. I would really miss it if you stopped. Blessings

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  48. I really LOVE reading your blog - when I first found you I went back and read all of the previous posts, as I wanted to see what I had missed. I think from memory that it was when you had Junk Chic Cottage One. I haven't ventured into Instagram yet, but do use FB. However, I really like reading blogs the most. You are able to connect with and learn more about the person. I live in Cornwall, UK and live in a traditional Cornish Cob and Granite Cottage and it was always a dream have one, which came true 18 years ago. Sadly the time has come for us to leave our cottage and we are in the process of having it all painted inside and out, to put it onto the market later in the year. It's very sad, but I can no longer cope with nightly trips to the bathroom downstairs. The cottage was built in 1862 and we have lovingly restore it - which has included finding a beautiful granite Inglenook Fireplace which had been boarded over years ago! Sending you love and thanks for your blog - Gilly x

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    1. Oh Gilly I am so sad for you. I bet your cottage is gorgeous. Do you have a blog and have you posted about your cottage. I would love to see it. You said you are on FB are you on any other sites? Have a great week.
      xoxo

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  50. I'm all about trying new things and while many love instagram, I am not a huge fan. I prefer the relationship aspect of blogging and so will continue that while dabbling in twitter and instagram.

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  51. ciao Kris mi chiamo Lazzara e ti seguo dall'Italia non abbandonare il blog continua a farmi sognare. Ogni volta che arriva un tuo port sogno di trasformare la mia casa come la tua in special modo il giardino ...favoloso un bacio

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  53. OMG. I am in 7th heaven. I have purchased from Country Curtains for more years than most of you probably are old. I cried when I wanted to place an order, and read their news. Now the best of both worlds . . . and, I love Vermont Country Store.

    Thank you a million times for posting about their new venture.

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  54. I am with you...blogging is the place for me. I have a big mouth and love a long chat. I also love reading more detailed posts from friends and seeing a few more photos. I don't get the same warm fuzzies from Instagram. And I HATE Facebook. I post there so infrequently. It's just not my thing. I am glad to hear you will be sticking around. It seems like Blogger has worked out the commenting kinks and the hype of GDPR and HTTPS has passed. Maybe now we can all just get back to the fun of sharing...like your great news about Country Curtains!! I was so upset when they closed. They were my favorite. Off to peek...xoxox

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  55. Oh Kris, I was devastated when I thought you were going to give up your BLOG so THANK YOU for deciding to continue with it! LOVE IT and have followed it for several years. Keep up the good work!

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  56. I have to admit I've thought of giving up mine but I decided to stick with it a bit longer. Kind of going in a different direction but I will announce that when the time comes to launch. I mean, my blog was just to document what we were doing to the farm; not to make money. The friends I've made have been priceless and I count myself lucky that you are one of them. I don't use fb much but I do like Instagram. Glad you are sticking around,

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  57. Also want to add that I have an IG account but don't really use it because it doesn't provide the interaction I crave. I do have an A Joyful Cottage Facebook page that helps me keep in touch with some of my readers in between blog posts (which for some reason I have a hard time getting around to, although I do love to write). I've made so many wonderful friends through blogging. I don't see giving it up, even though I'd like to have the gumption to post more. Hah! Hugs.

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  58. Look at all these comments Kris! You are so very loved ❤️

    Everything changes, sometimes the changes are welcomed and sometimes, not so much. It does seem like the trend is moving away from true connections to making money and garnering ‘likes’, but let’s face it...how much effort does it require to hit the like button?! Kinda hollow if you ask me.

    Someday, sadly, every blogger who commented here, including you and I, won’t be blogging anymore. That’s just a fact. But the relationships and connections we’ve made are what makes it all worth while. I’ve learned even when we think what we write doesn’t matter, it does. Maybe to just one person, but that’s enough. Blogging is a wonderful way to connect, express ourselves and document our lives, so as long as those benefits are relevant, we can and should continue.

    I had to laugh about Facebook. Actually, IG is where the youngins’ hang out and Facebook is more for us oldies but goodies :).

    Thank you for the tip about country curtains. I used to visit their store in Massachusetts and it was always a visual treat.

    xxx

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  59. I love reading your blog. Have resisted Instagram thus far....

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  60. Kris, I've been reading your blog for about six months now (started at the beginning, and read all the way through!), and have been enthralled by it. I enjoy pictures of home decor or whatever, but it's the narrative that goes along with the pictures that give it the personal touch. Thus, Instagram leaves me cold, and I don't really care for the tone of Facebook. So I'm very glad that you're going to continue blogging for now.

    Oh, and thank you so much for telling us about the Country Curtains line of products being carried by Vermont Country Store! I have bought from Country Curtains since the 60s, and was devastated when they went out of business, as I had been putting off getting some desperately needed replacement curtains for my bedroom.

    Can't wait to see what you do with the dungeon. Blessings, Miriam

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  61. Kris,
    You and Rita were the first people I felt a connection with through your blogs.I enjoy what I learn from both of you. It would be sad to see you go. I didn't know about Country Curtains going out of business. I've been a fan for many years and am glad their products will still be available.
    Kathleen

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  63. I think I was musing about this very thing not too long ago. I worked so hard to build a readership on my blog that I didn't have the energy to build it all again on Facebook or Instagram. I agree that one picture doesn't tell the whole story and I love reading about a reno or craft even though I love looking at pictures. Facebook just really do it for me either. I hope you will keep blogging because I love stopping in to catch up.

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