Can It Be?!

1.30.2011

 Can you believe that today is my one year blogging anniversary. Yep, it is. A whole year! 
I never knew that I would make so many friends in this virtual world. I certainly didn't know that I would be a painting fanatic either. Y'all did this to me. You have inspired me and really got my creative juices flowing. There is so much talent in blog land and y'all amaze me. 
If I have any questions about blogging or even need help choosing a chandelier or a paint color, 
you are there to help. I am glad I can call y'all my friends.

I never knew that I would have so many readers, too that don't have blogs. I have been so surprised at the sweet emails that I have received from readers. Here are just two of them.
I didn't expose their email address to insure their privacy.

My name is Kim too and I live in Northern Michigan. I just wanted to let you how much I love your blog. Each day I look forward to seeing what you have posted. You are very talented and your home is so beautiful. I too love too decorate and love my home.  Keep posting as I love to see what you are doing. I'm also a huge fan of  flea markets, discounts stores, thrift stores etc..  My husband is manager for TJ Maxx. I have to be very careful as I could spend his whole paycheck...ha!

I have been following your blog for about a month now and it has become my favorite.  We moved to Salem Va about two years ago (from Roanoke, only about 15 minutes away but to a bigger house) and I miss my old house and old neighborhood.  I have been depressed ever since moving and haven't had the energy or gumption to do much decorating.  But your blog has inspired me to "bloom where I'm planted".  Thanks and keep up your lovely blog.

Thanks to all my readers and keep those emails coming!

The post below was my very first post. I was so nervous to push that publish button, but I did and haven't looked back since.



 Let's Get To It
 January 30, 2010

Well, I am going to enter the wonderful world of blogging. I have been reading your wonderful blogs for more than a year now. My sister was telling me about some decorating blogs she likes to look at and my response was, "what is a blog"??  I am not very computer savvy so I did not know about the wonderful world of blogging! She gave me a list of blogs to look at and I was hooked. Later she introduced me to rate my space. See I need a creative outlet because I love to decorate and love anything that has to do with decorating. I am certainly not saying I am good, I just love it. I started posting on rate my space and that was so much fun until lately. Now I need a new creative outlet thus the new blog. I will be sharing my home, projects, shopping trips and maybe some home tours that I like to go on.  I have been very inspired by many blogs and hope that maybe mine will inspire others. This computer thing will be a learning process for me, so bear with me. I have been told it will get easier the longer I do it.  So let's get to it!

Come on in and welcome to my home. I am going to share photos of my foyer. I just recently painted my antique chest. I bought this chest at an antique store in Alabama while traveling through from Mississippi. The chest was originally done in a walnut stain. I bought some green paint for the base coat and then added a mocha glaze to it. Sanded the edges to distress it and added more glaze. I am really excited at how good it turned out. I have grown very fond of painted and distressed furniture  and this is just the start to more projects I'm sure. Here are a few pictures to enjoy!












 


 


 



Well, I think the photography has improved and I am still painting furniture. 
So here's to the next year!

I hope you keep coming back because I sure can't do it without you!!!!

Love y'all,

KIM



100 comments:

  1. Happy Sunday!!
    Kim, HUGE congrats on your one year blogging anniversary! I must admit, you have bloomed faster than anyone I know here in blogland, and it's because you keep bringing us wonderful innovative ideas. I say this all the time, but your creativity is endless. Your talent is not only a blessing, but a gift from God, truly it is. A lot of folks do one post a week, which is great, but you bring us a new post virtually every day...WOW!!

    Anyway, here’s to another FANTASTIC year of blogging, I just adore you! XOXO ~Liz

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  2. Happy Anniversary - you've created an amazing space here and a beautiful place to come visit!

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  3. Happy 1st blogoversary! I have loved reading your blog...it's one of my favourites! I love your style and I love your creativity. Oh, and I love seeing photos of your grandchildren.
    You should be proud of all you've accomplished in one year. You have a great following and even bigger readership.
    Congrats on this milestone.
    Nikki xx

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  4. Kim ~ Happy Blogaversary! One year woo hoo! I LOVE your blog and will continue to visit. Have a Happy Happy Sunday ;-)

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  5. Kim, dear, congratu-stinkin-lations on your anniversary ... may you enjoy many, many more. Keep that paintbrush warmed up, and that fabulous imagination of yours in gear, because you now have a herd of adoring fans to inspire.
    Connie

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  6. You've created something wonderful in only a year! A big CONGRADULATIONS!!! I love following along with all you're doing. You are quite an inspirations. Can't wait to see what you have for us in the next year!
    Best,
    Susan

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  7. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! You are right...there is a lot of talent out in blogland. LOVE that chest in your foyer and the colors. You did a wonderful job on painting it. I have a small night stand that I picked up at Goodwill that I would like to try that green/glaze combo on. And thanks for the continued inspiration!

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  8. Congratulations, Kim! I am so happy to have found your blog and amazed at how fast it has grown in one year--truly evidence of your creativity and consistency. I am looking forward to seeing what you have lined up for spring!

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  9. I am sitting here in a hotel lobby in Laos and enjoying your latest entries. (Actually, it is night here. Laos is 12 hours ahead.) That mod podge project is great. Can't wait to try that one when we get home in mid-February. You can follow our building progress at www.the2seasons.com Take care.

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  10. Wow, you have a huge following after one year Kim! Congratulations on your wonderful blog and keep on putting our your great ideas.

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  11. Congratulations on your anniversary! Thank you so much for sharing your gift of making a lovely home. You continue to be an inspiration... Keep on blogging!!!

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  12. congrats on 1 yr and many many more to come

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  13. Happy Anniversary!! Thank you for sharing your home and your talents with us!! I look forward to reading your blog on a daily basis...keep it coming!!!

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  14. Awesome...one year! I was just thinking that your pictures were so good even then!!!!!

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  15. Happy 1 Year Anniversary! Yous was one of the first blogs I found and started reading before I started blogging. I always love stopping by to see what you are doing in your lovely home. Congrats!

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  16. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!! I'm so glad I found your blog ~~ I look forward to it every day. I've never tried painting any furniture but maybe some day.....I love your home. Thanks for the ideas and inspiration!!! Blessings on your next year!

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  17. Congrats on your anniversary!! And thanks for being one of my 1st blog friends when I started a few months ago

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  18. Congratulations Kim! You were one of my favorites on Rate My Space and now you're one of my favorites in Blogland. I know you say you love decorating but you ARE also very good at it!! :)
    ~Crystal

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  19. Congrats, Kim! Here's to another wonderful year of lots of fun painting and decorating projects to share with all us. Thanks for inspiring us and taking us along for the ride! *Becca*

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  20. Congratulations on your anniversary. You always make my day a bit brighter and you inspire me to get my little sixties ranch-style home completely updated and decorated. I love the way this brings so many new friends together - there's nothing like it.
    ~Adrienne~

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  21. CHEERS!! here is to another year of blogging, decorating, linky parties and friendship. xoxo

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  22. Happy Anniversary Kim, This is a nice place to meet friends and have fun. We should some day try and all get together. Now wouldn't that be fun. Have a Happy Sunday.
    ~~Pattie~~

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  23. Congrats! I retired a year ago this month after working many years in a high stress environment. I so looked forward to resting but after about 2 wks. on the sofa I just did not know what to do with myself. I finally decided I needed to get up & start some remodeling on my small home. I was searching the internet for paint colors & I came across your blog. Your blog was the first blog I began to follow which in turn gave me the motivation I needed to make my home a place I enjoy being. You have such great talent & I look forward everyday to your blog.

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  24. Hi Kim, I am one of those SAHM former nurse, that doesn't blog but love being uplifted and inspired by people like you so talented and wonderful that allow me to enjoy the fruits of your blogging....with 3 very recent family members departing the last couple of months and dealing with asthma 24 hours a day for myself I look forward to all the talent on the home and decor and family blogs. Thank you and God Bless, Emelia.

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  25. Kim,
    Congratulations! Your blog was one of the first ones I started reading and I don't think I have missed a day since! You are so creative and inspiring and your home is so warm and cozy. Thanks for giving us all such beautiful things to look at!
    Shelley

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  26. Hi Kim, you were one of the very fist blogs I followed. I began mine about a year ago too. You have blossomed your blog into something amazing. Your photography is wonderful and design ideas are so creative and beautiful. Great getting to know you.. keep it up. Lori

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  27. Thanks everyone! It's been a great year, busy and time consuming, but great and I look forward to the future here.

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  28. Congrats Kim!!~ As they say somewhere "You've come a long way baby"!!~ It's been fun watching us evolve, and watching others do the same. My husband just asked me if this is still a labor of Love for me...my reply was Yes! So I will keep on keeping, and I hope always you will too!!~

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  29. Congrats, Kim! You've done some aMaZiNg things in just one year of time! You have a warm and beautiful home and I love the way you welcome us into it. I always look forward to reading your posts because they are sure to get my creative juices flowing....

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  30. Kim,
    Happy Anniversary! Looks like it's a special day for the both of us...today is my B'day:) I'm spending a few days at the condo with the hubs...get this...I'm going to painting some furniture here today...celebrated last night:) It's be fun getting to know you this past year.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  31. Congrats Kim. Isn't it funny how our photos looked fine to us back then and we didn't know how to make them better. That has been my favorite part of blogging. The improvement of photos. Your homje is so pretty and you make it better and better with every post. I am glad you started showing your talents a year ago.

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  32. Hi Kim...

    Happy one year Blogiversary, my friend! What a sweet milestone! Sending you my very best wishes for another year of continured success and inspiration! I'm not exactly when we first met, but I have enjoyed our friendship! Kim your blog is absolutely delightful...sooo very inspiring! Yes...you, my dear friend...are one of my "favorite reads"! Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous home with us...as well as your creativity and talents! You have truly been a blessing, dear lady! Thank you!

    Congratulations and warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  33. Kim,
    Congratulations on your one year blog anniversary!! Whoo! Hoo! I look forward each day to your projects and keep trying to guess where those thrift/antique shops are where you find so many treasures. Thanks for all your great ideas for creative projects.

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  34. Congratulations Kim. I've enjoyed your blog from the beginning.

    You've had a beautiful and prolific year!

    I just gave you a mention at the Back Porch.

    Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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  35. Happy Anniversary! I love reading your blog and being inspired by your painting.

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  36. Congrats on your 1 year blogging anniversary! Yours is the best one out there as far as I'm concerned. You are truly an inspiration!

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  37. Congratulations, Kim! You've come a long way, baby!!

    Sue @ Beach Bungalow
    xo

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  38. Kim, you've come a long way baby! Your photography skills have improved immensely. You were always a likable sort, who felt like a friend more than a blogger from the beginning. Just think (boggles my brain a bit!) how many changes you've made to that house in one year! Congrats, my friend!
    Brenda

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  39. Many returns of the day! I'm glad you had the nerve to push that button!

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  40. Congratulations!! Though we just met---I dropped in just by a sidebar, and just looked my eyes full of your lovely, gleaming home. Doesn't time fly!

    rachel

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  41. Congratulation sweet Kim, I'm giving you a toast with my coffee cup this morning. Keep painting, keep inspiring...and we'll keep reading. Again congrats.

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  42. I found your blog last April and I've checked in on you every day since. Everything is so beautiful and your wit makes it fun! Congratulations on your first anniversary!!

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  43. Happy blogiversary Kim! Wow! Look what you've done in one year, and look how much you've shown us! Your blog is one of the most inspiring, You're so talented my Dear, keep up the good work, xoxo tami

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  44. I too love your blog, and think of your home and projects often. I can't wait to see what this year brings!

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  45. Congratulations Kim to your one year blogging anniversary! I am so glad I "stumbled" upon your blog about 7 months ago! Your blog has inspired me to do some creative things to our home. You have great style and you are the master at painting! Happy day to you! Thank you! Tammy

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  46. Happy Anniversary! I love checking out your blog! I've been reading blogs for a couple of years now and just started my own last week. It's so much fun to learn from so many talented people!!
    Congratulations!! Pam

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  47. Happy Anniversary Kim, your posts are amazing, thank you for all you've shared in the past year.

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  48. happy blogabirthsary! (blog-birthday-anniversary)

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  49. Congrats!! Hard to believe it has been one year already. You know you and Debbie are the reason I began blogging and wouldn't be where I am without your encouragement and ideas! Amazing what a difference can make in photography, painting, accessorizing and even styles. I am looking forward to what you do in the next year as well!

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  50. Congrats Kim, wow one year and your blog is wonderful, beautifully done and successful.Yet you still take the time to acknowledge us newbies,that's very rare.I want to say thank you for having such a beautiful blog and for being a really nice person. Continued success in the coming years!

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  51. You are a Pro after only one year! Your blog is my favorite and I love watching and seeing what you are up to! Your decorating style is amazing and all your painted pieces are truly beautiful! You inspire me every day!

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  52. Oh Congratulations Kim!!!!! Happy Anniversary. I so agree, you have become one of my favorite blogs also and I always look forward to your posts. You have an exceptional talent for decorating and a lovely home. You always inspire. I look forward to the next year. Hugs, Marty

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  53. Wow! 1 year! I have been a creeper of your blog for most of that time...I always love what you do and reading your posts! Here's to many many more years!
    Salu!

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  54. Congratulations! I look forward to many more posts to come!

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  55. Congratulations on your first year...and what a great one it has been. I too look forward to your posts and am just delighted to know you as a virtual friend. It really does catch us by surprise how bonded we become and how large our circle of friends can become. Truly one of the best perks of blogging.

    ~jermaine

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  56. Kim,
    Congrats on your one year blogiversary!! I love stopping by your blog for a visit. Your home is beautiful and it shows that you love making your house...a home!!
    Hope you have many more wonderful years of blogging.
    ~Cindy~

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  57. Happy Blogiversary Kim. Can't believe it's been a year.
    Time flies when you're having fun! haha
    ~Delores

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  58. wow, awesome. I had assumed that you have been doing this for years.....

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  59. Congratulations, Kim. It has been fun getting to know you. I love your blog and I am looking forward to another year of visiting!

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  60. Hi Kim, waving at you from downunder in New Zealand. Yes, you're inspiring even way down here! Love your blog and your enthusiasm and decorating. So inspirational. You are my first go see site every morning. We're moving house soon, after being in this one 24 years, i'm excited to think about decorating a new home, and i'll surely be checking in on your projects and ideas.
    Hugs

    Jane Beckenham

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  61. Happy Blogaversary to you, Kimmie! Oh, your blog is such an inspiration to me and you are so talented at redoing and spiffing furniture as well as an A One decorator. Your home is simply stunning!
    I'm so glad I've found you! :)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  62. Happy Anniversary. Love your blog.

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  63. Happy Anniversary and congrats, Kim! I love visiting you, and always enjoy the glimpses of your lovely home. Wishing you another great year of blogging!

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  64. Congrats Kim. Your blog is certainly one of my fav blogs and brings me much joy and inspiration. Gave me the right green to paint my kichen. I admit I look forward everyday to see what you will post or create. You have also helped me with understanding the blog world

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  65. Kim, I've said it before and will say it again...your blog is still my favorite! On the days I'm not at work I will check in several times a day just to see if you've posted anything new. Your blog, along with so many others has made me think about starting my own, but then I think it would be the "look how I copied Kim today" blog. I have attempted projects I never would have done before without seeing it here first. Thanks for the decorative inspiration you have given me! Enjoy this beautiful day in GA:)

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  66. Happy Anniversary to one of my FAVORITE blogs !!! Keep up the great work Kim : )
    ~ Deanna

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  67. Kim, Congrats on your anniversary! I remember your very first post and that was when I became one of your followers. Thank you for the last 12 months that were so full of creativity and inspiration.
    Hugs,
    Shrry

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  68. Happy Anniversary Kim. Your blog is always fun to visit, and I wish you much continued success in the coming year.
    Sue

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  69. CONGRATS on your 1 year anniversary!! Keep on painting sista everyone loves it and loves your ideas :)

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  70. I LOVE your blog! I have spent hours reading and will continue to do so. Cheers!

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  71. Happy Anniversary! You a have done a wonderful job. Your home and blog are beautiful!
    I stop here often, yours is one of my favorites.

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  72. Congratulations on your one year anniversary! May you have many more!

    Mary
    From Virginia

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  73. Congratulations on the One year anniversary! You were one of the first blogs i followed when i started blogging in November - you were so sweet to me...You have such a beautiful home & your postings always have so much to share! xoox

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  74. Congrats on your 1 year! I'm just in blog land since last Oct., I've also made so much virtual friends, buy hey! I feel I know you so much. I'm glad I joined you, I was ready to do it again, I love your work with distressed furniture, thank you for sharing! Wish you can visit me too, I haven't done anything for the new year, but I will soon.

    Love
    FABBY

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  75. Congratulations! My anniversary is tomorrow. Funny that we started almost at the same time. That chest is still my favorite piece of furniture that you have. I'd love to have it in my home. Can't wait to see what you come up with in this next year. I'm always impressed with the amount of stuff you get done. You must have a high energy level.

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  76. Congratulations Kim on your 1 year bloggerversary!! You have a great blog....you are one of my favorites as well. You amaze me with all those painting skills of yours and I love your decorating style as well.

    Your first post was great!!
    I don't think any of us had any idea how much fun and inspiration and friendship we would find while blogging, it has certainly been a
    wonderful addition to my life as well.
    Here is to many many more years of
    blogging my friend,
    Blessings galore hon,
    Nellie

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  77. Happy Blogaversary, dear friend! I have loved watching your blog grow and grow this year. You have taken off in the blog world with your gorgeous pieces and your eye for detail! I told you a long time ago that you would rock this blog thing and look at you! You have totally done it! So proud of you!

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  78. Congratulations Kim! You know how much I love you and your blog.
    I enjoy every post and leave full of inspiration.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  79. Congratulations on your anniversary! Although I do not often leave comments, I do enjoy reading your blog and seeing your projects develop. Love the way you finished that antique dresser!

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  80. Happy Anniversary Kim! I have enjoyed your blog and am glad we actually had a chance to meet in person. We are kindred souls...
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  81. Congrats, Kim! You truly are an inspiration to us who love to decorate...Christine

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  82. Congrats on your year anniversary Kim! Your blog is a huge success!
    I don't know why you where so afraid to post your first photos...your home is stunning!!!
    Looking forward to another year of your blogging friendship!
    Pamela xo

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  83. Congratulations on your blogoversary, Kim! Has it been only a year? I feel like I've been visiting your blog {house} longer than that! Thanks for having us! : )

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  84. Congrats on your "First Year".. whow mine just came and went on the 26th and I forgot.. I also thought you have been here so much longer than I.. your blog seemed so professional..
    I've so enjoyed reading all of your posts!
    Here is to "Another good year"..
    Sandy

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  85. Congrats Kim! I would have thought you were blogging much longer then a year. You are always full of great ideas and have great posts. Thanks so much. Looking forward to another year!

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  86. Y'all are so sweet. That is why I keep on doing what I do.

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  87. Happy Anniversary! I love your blog. It is my favorite...especially since you live in Georgia! I can't wait to sit down and check out your latest post... it's like meeting up with a dear friend! Thanks for all you do! Your such an inspiration!

    Amanda from Talking Rock, Georgia

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  88. Congratulations, Kim, on your blog anniversary!! You have such a wonderful blog, I would have thought you've been blogging for years! Looking forward to seeing what comes next!! XO

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  89. Happy Anniversary! I think I have said this before, but I will say it again - Your blog is my favorite! I check every day to see what beautiful projects you have posted! You have inspired me so much since I ventured into the world of blogging! Keep it up!

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  90. Hey Miss Kardashian!!! Congrats on 1 year!!!! Here's 2 many more FAB posts!!! I don't know how in the world you crank out so many fab post, but you do!!! Hopefully we can have a girls weekend soon!

    love ya!
    Jennifer

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  91. Congratulations on your one year anniversary! I enjoy reading your blog and seeing your projects. Here's to another year of wonderful blogging!
    Tammy

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  92. Kim, happy blogisversary! I'm so glad you decided to start blogging and share your talents with the world!

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  93. Kim,
    So happy for you on your one year blogiversary...thanks so much for sharing your home, ideas & inspiration with us all. I had been lost since August when our nest became empty & you have given me so many wonderful ideas on how to continue to make our house a home. You have been so sweet & helpful to me...quick to answer when ever I had a question...even though I am not a blogger! You are a very special lady with lots of talent!

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  94. Happy one year blogiversary!!! Love your home and your blog..thanks for sharing....Pat H

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  95. Hi Kim,
    Congrats on your first blogiversary!! I have been following your blog for several months now and I must say I would have never guessed you were that new at it or that you were not computer savvy when you started. I love your posts and find them very inspiring. Keep up the good work!!
    nettecan at hotmail dot com

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  96. Kim ...
    Congratulation on your blogiversary! Add me to the list of those you have truly inspired. You have set the bar high for a not only a house beautifully decorated and incredible DIY tips, but more importantly you've shared your home and your family.
    You've truly been a blessing to me and I so look forward to see what you've been up to each day.
    Can't wait to see what this next year brings!

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  97. Happy Blog Anniversary Kim! It is amazing how much can change in one year! So happy you started blogging and to see how much you have grown. hugs, Linda

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  98. You are a blessing to us, Kim. Happy Blogaversary!!

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  99. Happy Anniversary. You have had a great first year!

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