I got a new attitude…

Nothing like a little Pointer Sisters on a Thursday morning to get your blood pumpin…

Thank goodness for the 80’s on 8 channel. 😉


This post has been a long time coming.

My neglect of this blog is shameful.

I’ve run it into the ground with my lack of posting.

A couple of thousand hits a day has turned to crickets.

And the crickets are only showing up thanks to pinterest! 😉

What used to be fun has seemed like a chore.

I’ve wrestled with calling it quits for about the last year.

But could never pull the plug.

See, the thing is…

I really love blogging.

I love the sharing and the photographing and the writing.

Like, really love it.

I write blog posts in my head on a daily basis.

They just never make it to the keyboard.

So I finally asked myself…

“What is your PROBLEM?”

The answer?

I want to strip all the crapola away and get back to basics.

Simple as that.

I don’t want sponsors or ads. I don’t want to link my projects up to a bazillion parties to get hits. I don’t want to become one of those “over eager” bloggers who feels the need to post every.single.day. even if it means coming up with ridiculous material like “how to make your own cheesecloth by weaving dandelions together.” Ugh.

I don’t want to “not” post because I deem something not “blog worthy.”

I used to totally avoid posting anything too personal. But you know what? My most popular posts have been ones where I share personal thoughts, feelings or stories. And come to think of it…my FAVORITE blogs to read are not the ones that are project cranking machines, but ones that are REAL and honest.

I want authenticity.

And spontaneity.

If I feel like tearing down some walls and rebuilding them and giving a step-by-step photographic tutorial, then SO BE IT. 😉

But if I feel like telling you about the time when I was 12 and my mom yelled at the slow-as-molasses Kmart checker (as she was buying feminine products) that she’d be DONE with her period by the time he rang her up…well that’s fair game too.

If I lose readers?


Cause “I got a new attitude.”

I’m blogging how I want to blog, Jack. 😉

You with me?  🙂



83 Responses to I got a new attitude…

  1. antiquechase May 16, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    let’s be bff’s!
    like your new attitude 🙂

  2. Kathy May 16, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

    I’m with ya!!!

  3. Meg May 16, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

    I am sitting waiting patiently to have my hair washed out at the salon and everyone is staring because I just started laughing loudly. This post was awesome and kudos to you for blogging your way. I join parties that I also like to peruse and notice that some of the blogs have 5 different posts and they linked each to 50 parties. Who the heck has time for that? When your blog is all you do it may not be authentic because you forgot to live in your home and be with your family. Do I really need to see how to cut an apple via a blog post? Your blog has been one of my favorites because of original content and because you don’t post useless material 2 times a day. Excited to see what you are doing next!

  4. Gina May 16, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

    YES!! I am with you!! I love your “new attitude!” 🙂 I think you named several things I dislike about some blogs and named several things I do like! “Back to basics” sounds fabulous!! I’ll be reading. 🙂

  5. Sheila Payne/Tattered Goods May 16, 2013 at 3:55 pm #

    I am so glad i am not the only one who gets way fed up with all this blog stuff lol. I love your new attitude, maybe it will rub off on me too. I hope you have a wonderful day, don’t forget to stop and smell the dandelions hehehe!!


  6. Elizabeth@ Blue Clear Sky May 16, 2013 at 3:56 pm #

    Oh yeah! I’m with you and happy to see you post again today. Go for it.

  7. CIm Allen May 16, 2013 at 3:57 pm #

    I’m with you .. love the new attitude !!

  8. Deena May 16, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    AGREE and think it’s fabulous and I think I’m in love with your mother!! That was classic!!!! 🙂

  9. Andrea May 16, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    If you posted once a year, I’d be here eagerly! I know what you mean about putting pressure on yourself with regards to blogging….I do it to myself too. I don’t post daily (I try for once a week), I don’t take sponsors, and I don’t have thousands of followers. However, I feel I am still part of this fun community of people who gets my obsession with home decor. My real life friends just don’t get it 🙂 glad you’re sticking with it!

  10. Stacey May 16, 2013 at 4:09 pm #

    I wrote a post somewhat similar to this last week. I had to just get it out of my system…after a few hours I deleted it because I may or may not have used a cuss word and I don’t want to be that way. 🙂

    Really, blogging is for fun. I know that if mine disappeared today it wouldn’t matter to anyone but me and my mom who is housebound. That’s how I’m looking at it. Just for fun!

    I love my blogging friends because we have similar interests. That’s what it’s all about to me.

  11. cassie May 16, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    amen! i am totally with ya! i still have some sponsors, but mostly they are etsy shops that pay me $5 a month or trade with me. 🙂 but yes, it felt really good just to start saying no to opportunity and take back my blog and make it just for me! 🙂

  12. Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage May 16, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    Sounds like the right attitude to me! Like most things in life, blogging certainly requires balance. It is important to me that it always remains fun, otherwise why bother? I’m glad you’re coming back! I have missed you!

  13. cindy the cottage chick May 16, 2013 at 6:33 pm #

    Spot on Girlfriend! I just posted today (got have a look, I’d love to have you!) about once again simplifying the blog, once again deciding not to sponsor ads and, and once again getting back to the reason I started blogging….to share my decorating misadventures and my heart with others and build community with bosom friends…in the Anne Shirley of Green Gables kind-of-way.

    I also don’t want to troll for followers thru link parties and giveaways. I want folks to read who WANT to read. And I want to be real. I think pinterest and other social media outlets have really taken a toll on bloggers who like comments and community. There’s just too much content (and sooooo much of it is repetitive, or just dumb, or worse way out of the scope of the average woman’s capabilities) competing for our attention. I hate arriving on a blog only to have a million blinkies and ads vieing for my attention.

    Anyway, I’m sooooo with you, and so encouraged to know there are others like me who struggle to find the balance in blogging…..and getting all the posts out of my head and onto my keyboard 🙂

    peace to you.

  14. Martha May 16, 2013 at 6:35 pm #

    Love it! I have missed you, and love your new format!!

  15. Wendy May 16, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

    Yay! So glad you’re back. Blog on your terms and what you want. Just please include pics of your projects and beautiful home 😀

  16. Samantha May 16, 2013 at 10:55 pm #

    like 🙂

  17. jean May 16, 2013 at 11:22 pm #

    I like the new you! Looking forward to sharing, caring and good laughs!

  18. Donna W May 17, 2013 at 12:04 am #

    yaaay!!!! Love the new ‘tude!

  19. Maureen May 17, 2013 at 1:15 am #

    High five to you! When it’s not fun, why do it?

    I felt the same way and have been on hiatus for a bit. Partially due to redoing our house from one end to to the other but also because I don’t like to ‘manufacture’ posts. When I started blogging it was to keep track (for myself) of what I was doing in the garden and then in the shop but it just felt boring and contrived.

    Suffice it to say that you and your projects are always interesting and inspiring.

  20. Michelle May 17, 2013 at 1:31 am #

    You go girl! This is my first visit to your blog and you got me at Hello! I blog for the same reasons as you, it’s fun and I enjoy sharing bits of my day. Don’t want to change the world just my little corner of it. I like to post about what’s important to me, today on my blog I posted about my memories of my grandma. I hope you have a great weekend!

    Michelle. thebashfulnest.blogspot.com

  21. Magnolia Mom May 17, 2013 at 2:34 am #

    I’m know exactly what you’re talking about. It is so hard (at least for me) to remember to write for ME, not everyone else!

  22. MaryBeth May 17, 2013 at 2:49 am #

    I’m with ya!

  23. Victoria May 17, 2013 at 2:51 am #

    Just like hearing from you!

  24. Jill Jones May 17, 2013 at 2:53 am #

    Welcome back! I love Maple and Magnolia. It’s one of my top 5 blogs and I’m so happy to hear you’re coming off your hiatus. You have a wonderful style…decor and writing. Thanks for making my week! Jill

  25. Terry May 17, 2013 at 2:54 am #

    I ain’t going nowhere!

  26. Rachel May 17, 2013 at 2:54 am #

    You bet!

  27. Jeannette on the CA coast May 17, 2013 at 2:59 am #

    I’m in. Simplify is my motto in the autumn of my life. Looking forward to your future posts:-)

  28. Pippa Griffin May 17, 2013 at 3:00 am #

    Have always loved your blog and still talk to friends about the miracle you worked on your upstairs porch — you have been so sorely missed. I don’t care what you write about, who sponsors you, what idea has you jazzed and rip raring ready-to-go……I’ll read them all. Thanks for keeping going with this — you really are sunshine in a world that needs a steady dose of it! Hugs, Pippa

  29. CeCe May 17, 2013 at 3:09 am #

    Oh My Gracious Goodness….
    Not only am I with ya….we need to have coffee, tea and wine!!!!
    I have NeVeR blogged for anything but me and some very personal things and not….
    But then I found some other blogs…beautiful blogs….like yours….and others…and I felt, I guess, not blog worthy. Like you described though, I just don’t let go. I write and do a gazillion blog things that never get to press because I am not good enough at photography or I just get caught up in every day stuff and …well… you know.. but anyway.. Thank You. Loved it…. Sincerely loved it!

  30. Donnamae May 17, 2013 at 3:13 am #

    I’m with ya! Can’t get rid of me that easily. I enjoy authentic blogs the best…welcome back! 😉

  31. Patricia May 17, 2013 at 3:14 am #

    We are with you all the way girlfriend ! That’s what we like to read !

  32. Kelly Griglione May 17, 2013 at 3:20 am #

    Seems like many bloggers get here at some point. In the paper-crafting world, the equivalent is when bloggers start resigning from design teams and product sponsorships. Then they create cards just for fun, when they want, with whatever supplies they want. And are happy. And sometimes more creative.

    Best of luck on your journey!

  33. freida May 17, 2013 at 3:38 am #

    Oh I’m SOOO with ya,GF! Kudos for this new attitude! YOU ROCK!

  34. betsy c May 17, 2013 at 3:48 am #

    I love it. Your blog is the first I ever read. Or followed. My favorite of your posts have been the ones where you shared funny or poignant stories about yourself or your family. One of my favorites was your post about how clumsy you are and how you fell down the steps. I laughed so hard I almost fell off my chair. It wasn’t my favorite because I’m sadistic, but rather because it’s so like me. And, I think we may have had the same mother! Glad to see you back in the saddle 😉

  35. Karen May 17, 2013 at 3:51 am #

    I’m with you. I’ve been worried about you. How are the boys and your daughter? Still golfing? Home from college? How’s that big, old, wonderful house of yours? Still full of awesome old things? You blog when you want and I’ll be here to laugh and be inspired and worry about you…

  36. Gloria R May 17, 2013 at 3:53 am #

    Sounds a lot like a blog I started following about two years ago. If I remember right, she hemmed her daughter’s school uniform with a glue gun. 🙂 Nice to have her back.

  37. Kate D. May 17, 2013 at 4:47 am #

    I just laughed out loud at the story about your Mom – those are the stories I would enjoy reading. I have been weeding out some of the blogs I follow (and I follow many) because so many of them just feel like they are cranking the posts out – they seem to be going for quantity over quality.

  38. Karen May 17, 2013 at 5:34 am #

    well well well, well here you are all new and shined up and ready to roll..in a new chilaxin way!! love it! I am totally with ya! ‘Simplify’ it’s the new ‘want’ these days, grab it if you can and enjoy!! can’t wait to hear your stories and so good to see you here again 🙂

  39. Eva May 17, 2013 at 5:43 am #


    Welcome back!!!!!! You just made my week and it’s been a rough one. Love your posts, love your authenticity- you go girl. So excited!!!

  40. Bernice May 17, 2013 at 5:51 am #

    I appreciate your honesty. Do what feels good. I am not a blogger, and I have about 6-8 of them a day to read. I don’t go to the Pin thing, and I don’t necessarily go to the referred blog of the day. If the article interests me , I continue reading, if not, a click and I am gone. I don’t even LOOK at the ads. Who has time for all of that? Good for you for taking control!!! Don’t worry, be happy!

  41. cherry May 17, 2013 at 10:51 am #

    Loved ya from the beginning. Love ya now… and so happy to hear you are going to be blogging for yourself. For the fun of it again that’s when I loved ya the most…

    hugs, Cherry

  42. JamieK May 17, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    Yaayyyy!! You go girl! That’s exactly why I run from my blog! Mine needs some serious help but having to do all that stuff others do…(sigh) how do they have the time?!! I’m so excited to have you back..I ‘ve missed you! Hallelujah!!..oh..and I really think we could be “besties” if we lived closer…your Mom too! ☺

  43. Helene May 17, 2013 at 10:53 am #

    Love it!
    You are the only blog I follow—
    Always fun refreshing and light!
    Love your new attitude !
    Doing what feels right is always the best choice!

  44. Adrienne May 17, 2013 at 11:00 am #

    I’m in 🙂

  45. Stephanie May 17, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    As long as you’re back, I’m happy… 😉

  46. Kerry May 17, 2013 at 11:32 am #

    Hooray! We’re gettin’ the often-imitated, never duplicated, Susan! My word, LOL doesn’t say enough. I was bent over my computer laughing so hard I could barely catch my breath on your K Mart story. Welcome back, friend!

  47. Traci May 17, 2013 at 11:54 am #

    i’m with you. feeling the same way.

  48. Sherry Hart May 17, 2013 at 12:03 pm #


  49. Carol May 17, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    Welcome back! Looking forward to hearing from you!!

  50. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. May 17, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    I’m totally with you and gosh, you must be reading my mind! I’ve been thinking about this more and more. I’ve seen so much change in the blog world in the last few years and it’s not all necessarily for the good. You know that moment when a blog jumps the shark and loses all authenticity. The personal connection is lost and that’s when I stop reading. I keep things really simple on my blog. I blog about whatever moves me, whenever it moves me. I don’t write to please anyone, just to share and connect. I’ve always enjoyed my time here and look forward to seeing what comes next!

  51. Krista May 17, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

    Good for you! I’m not a blogger, and I used to subscribe to many blogs but found myself spending all my free time reading about other people’s projects and activities instead of working on the things that I love doing and that originally led me to reading blogs. So, I unsubscribed from most of the blogs and kept just a handful of my favorites, and you’re one of those. Best of luck to you! I’ll look forward to your new posts.

  52. Miranda May 17, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    I’m with ya!!! As much as you love blogging, I love making your blog a part of my life…and I’ve missed you! I don’t care what your blog topics are either. I enjoy reading your stories and your style is incredible.

    Do what makes YOU happy Susan. Those that matter will follow.

  53. Jan Fusco May 17, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    YOU GO GIRL! I’ve been waiting for this. I miss you. Glad you’re back with a new “tude”. I eagerly await your posts.

  54. Kay May 17, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    Like the “new” approach. I’m with you.

  55. Suesan May 17, 2013 at 1:52 pm #

    I have always felt like a kindred spirit with you (probably just my wishful thinking to have your amazing talent) but this proves it. I have gone through a similar attitude adjustment with my blog. I can’t make something I love into work because then I won’t love it. I will take any scrap you throw out. Can’t wait to see what comes next.

  56. Lori Lucas May 17, 2013 at 2:11 pm #

    my kind of blog!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  57. Mona Lindvall May 17, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    Liberated? Delightful!! You go girl!

  58. david May 17, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    I’m totally on board with this plan!
    Looking forward to hearing all about everything!

  59. PattiP May 17, 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    Susan, I’m with you! I have missed you terribly! You feel like a friend to me and I will be happy with whatever you send my way.

  60. Anne May 17, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

    You have to do what makes you happy.Blogging is different for everyone I applaud you for doing it on YOUR terms 🙂

  61. Leah Stirewalt May 17, 2013 at 7:34 pm #

    I LOVE this! Thank you speaking the very words (in a much better way) that have been in my head for so long. I’m struggling with the same exact thing over at my blog. I think I’ve just been given an attitude adjustment after reading yours! You rock!!!

  62. Korrie@RedHenHome May 17, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

    I’m with you! I have thought many times about “monetizing” my blog, but then I think it would cease to be fun for me, and I certainly don’t need any more WORK to do!

  63. Naomi May 17, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

    I have always loved your blog because it is so comfortable. You are so creative and give me ideas for my own home. This should be what you enjoy, not for others. Welcome back (I have been checking your blog regularly for updates)

  64. Dobie Youngblood May 17, 2013 at 9:45 pm #

    I love your blog and hearing about your decorating ideas and your family How is the College young man? Is he home for the summer? Some of my favorite blogs have gotten too big and impersonal so thankful you have decided not to do that. Thanks and keep up the good ideas.

  65. Mary May 17, 2013 at 11:26 pm #

    Girl, you be YOU! It’s what you’re best at! Those that love you will and those that don’t can find another blog!

  66. Jennifer May 18, 2013 at 12:02 am #

    I’m one of the crickets!. During your hiatus I kept checking back to see if you’d posted anything (so you can imagine my relief when you restarted). I may not surf the Internet for days but I Always visit yours and Marian’s (miss mustard seed) blog. If you can track the visits, you would think I’m a stalker

  67. Jennifer May 18, 2013 at 12:06 am #

    Btw I’ve loved all your posts (save for one from last year and I would label that your blue phase) when It sounded like you’ve lost passion for your craft/stuff and questioning its worth. Thankfully you snapped out of it fairly quickly
    Needless to say I love your new attitude

  68. Sarah May 18, 2013 at 12:48 am #

    Ha! That story about your mom is the best. I just love the way you write, so please, do what you need to, to keep on blogging! Glad to hear you are recovering from your hysterectomy. My mom had the procedure done a few years back, and while she still gets pain sometimes, she says it is MUCH better than what she was living with before it was done. Hope you heal quickly!

  69. Erin May 18, 2013 at 1:25 am #

    AMEN!!! I appreciate you for you, for the quality of your content, for your personality, for the always inspiring(making something or life inspiration), for the beauty-which is every aspect, but again for YOU. I understand and get you completely(scarier for you or me is debatable), and am super excited that you are staying true to you, cause YOU ROCK SUSAN!

  70. Regena Fickes May 18, 2013 at 2:20 am #

    SO GOOD TO SEE YOU. I have missed laughing and crying with you. You are one of the first blogs I began following and my favorite of all times. I am so tired of “parties”. The same ones over and over. With you all the way.

  71. Linda S. in NE May 19, 2013 at 12:18 am #

    It’s nice to have you back. I totally agree with you regarding the path so many of the more popular blog have gone down. I have never blogged, but I do enjoy checking in to learn what is going on in my i-net friends lives. It seems far too many people are doing projects around their homes because so-and-so sent them a new home tool to try out (and sell for them), or someone received a new bathroom faucet from the ABC Faucet Co., so decided to remodel their bathroom, and “lucky us” readers get to ride along for the trip!!. Oh, and don’t even get me started on the Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest, etc., etc.
    Anyway, like I said, “Welcome back”, and I am looking forward to your future posts.

  72. Ellen May 19, 2013 at 1:01 am #

    Thanks for working through and working out and coming back stronger than ever. The world needs more transparency in a good way and I will look forward to reading what you have to share. I don’t follow any other bloggers and feel blessed that I landed on yours.

  73. Debra D May 19, 2013 at 1:06 am #

    Y.E.S !!!!!

  74. Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale May 19, 2013 at 4:39 am #

    I always love your posts…they make giggle and/or leave me wide-eyed at your awesome styling and home! Glad you decided to stick around and blog the way you want to! The story about your mom at the checkout is hilarious, btw!! xo

  75. Lori May 20, 2013 at 12:48 pm #

    I’m with ya! Project, personal….I love it all! 🙂
    Always a happy day when I see a new post from you.

  76. Kelly @ The Moon and Me May 20, 2013 at 7:53 pm #

    I admire your new attitude! I’m right there with ya! 🙂
    If it’s not fun, why do it?

  77. Joi May 20, 2013 at 10:14 pm #

    So glad you’re back, Susan! I’ve missed you!

  78. Debbie May 22, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    I’m definitely in, and with the new writing-just-for-enjoyment you, I will love this blog even more. AND…your mom sounds absolutely, positively, knee-slapping WONDERFUL….would love to hear more about her. She sounds like my kinda gal! Have fun with your blog….post when you want to…and about what you want to. I don’t leave comments normally, but I’ll be here. 🙂

  79. Deborah May 29, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    So…have you been reading my mind?

  80. Debbie refresh resytle June 5, 2013 at 12:17 am #

    I think I need a new attitude 🙂
    You’re awesome,

  81. Jo Ann June 6, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

    Love the new attitude and love your blog! Love that you’re being real, love the no ads thing..some (most) blogs are so full of them its distracting and getting old. I understand trying to make something for all your time and effort but jeez some are going overboard! The ads overpower the posts! Good for you, glad you’re back!

  82. Marianne in Mo. June 6, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

    Oh, just saw a pin of yours and decided to check in. Used to have you bookmarked, but after not seeing a post in over a month of daily check-in, I admit I gave up on you. Thought you just decided you were burned out. (Guess I was right) So glad you came back! And as for all the ads and links, I seldom respond to them, unless a blogger seems sincere in the referral. I’ll take you anyway I can, just like your style, in writing and elsewhere! Know you are loved for you, and not what you can give! Welcome back to my bookmarks! ;0)


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