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Seems crazy that a year has just flown by.  I think that this full year of blogging has really taught me a lot about myself. 

That I can stick with something for more than a couple months.

That I can finish those projects on my to do list. 

That I am only limited by the boundaries of what I attempt to do. 

That creativity isn’t just something from me but it is something that a whole community of people help to inspire and cultivate. 

I can only say that there is no way I would have made it a year without some of my most faithful followers and all the linky love that we so graciously share here in blogland.  So without further ado – I would like to thank both my top commentators and my top referring sites.

Top Commenters

I love these ladies more than my luggage!  (Bonus points if you know the movie that is from!)  Take a moment to stop by and see if there could be some new friends for you here too!

Erin @ Like Grandmas – Erin is such a sweetie and does the most amazing things with chicken wire!  She is a Buckeye fan (just like me!) and I always love hearing from her!  She is just getting into blogging but I think you wouldn’t be able to find a more genuine person in blogland!

Rachel @ Rachel Cotterill – Rachel is a long distance friend who writes her blog from over across the pond in England.  She is a writer and goes on some of the most amazing vacations.  I love seeing pics from her travels in Europe! 

Karen @ Strictly Simple Style – Karen has fantastic taste and if you are into décor and style blogs, you will love her!  I was honored to get to guest post for her earlier in the year.  She comes up with the most amazing ideas and isn’t afraid to blog her opinion on style trends! 

Susan @ Living the Astorian Dream – Susan cracks me up!  Another writer she lives in Astoria, NY and is a fellow cat person!  I can almost always count on her to either post an interesting story about her life in NY or a cat picture!  Both of which I always enjoy.  (Today’s post is about manual car windows and bananas on pizza – trust me it is a good one!)

Marty @ A Stroll Thru Life – If you don’t know Marty – you are missing out.  She is a doll!  Writing from the desert in AZ, Marty hosts a weekly vignette and table top party that has given me fantastic ideas to get over my vignette-a-phobia!  If you ever need an idea for a table top – Marty is your go-to-girl!

Rene @ Cottage and Vine – Rene inspires me so much!  I love her sense of style and the projects she chooses to tackle!  You guys have to check out her no budget family room transformation project – so inspirational for those of us on a budget.  

Erin @ Domestic Adventures – Erin is a new mommy!!  Her son was born just a couple days ago and is a cutie!  I first stumbled onto Erin’s blog when checking out the fantastic cornices they did for their nursery.  Which by the way – if you are checking out nurseries – you have to check out Erin’s!  Gorg!

Top Referring Sites

Some of these sites have featured projects or posts that I have done but the majority of them are the hostesses of some amazing parties out there.  I want to thank each and everyone of them that takes the time to host a regular party – that takes a lot of time and effort and I for one appreciate the support and the platform they have given me to be able to share my ideas and projects with a larger audience.

1.  The Inspired Room

2.  Thrifty Decor Chick

3.  Between Naps on the Porch

4.  Today’s Creative Blog

5.  Living with Lindsay

6.  Southern Hospitality

7.  Hooked on Houses

8.  A Soft Place to Land

9.  Craft Gossip

10. Domestically Speaking

What’s Next for 2011?

So now that we are officially into 2011 what can you expect from me?  Well – lets see.  I have a project planned to finally get rid of our ugly vertical blinds in the living room.  I know I am finally going to finish a bedskirt for my guest bedroom.  I have some window treatment plans for our bedroom.  And I think I have at least one other really good surprise for you guys that I should be able to let you know more about here before the end of the month!  Excited?  I hope so!  I am!

8 frugal friends said ...

Jen said... @ January 1, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Happy New Years Dear!!

Oh, and have you entered my perfume giveaway yet?


fafner said... @ January 2, 2011 at 8:48 AM

Thanks for the shout out! I'll have to check out some of these other awesome sounding blogs...

Happy New Year!

Linda (Nina's Nest) said... @ January 2, 2011 at 3:40 PM

Thanks for your visit to my blog. I'm going to visit some of the blogs you mentioned! Linda

Rachel Cotterill said... @ January 2, 2011 at 4:25 PM

Aww, thanks for the hat-tip. I always appreciate your comments and visits, as well as all the great projects you feature here (so much inspiration all in one place!). I hope you have a great new year, and I'll definitely check out some of your other recommendations :)

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said... @ January 2, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Oh, wow, I was your top referrer? That is awesome, I'm so happy about that!! I'm going to try to get more parties going this year, I kind of dropped off there in the last quarter!! Got to get my grove back on :-)

Happy 2011!

René said... @ January 3, 2011 at 6:01 AM

Happy new year to you Jess!


Karen said... @ January 3, 2011 at 7:13 AM

Awww, thanks for the mention. I love visiting like-minded bloggers. No one does frugal quite like you!

Erin @ Domestic Adventure said... @ January 6, 2011 at 2:11 PM

Aw, so glad that I made your top commentator list! Love following your blog and I appreciate your support over at Domestic Adventure! :)

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