ic Kathe With an E: Time For A Tour

Friday, January 6, 2012

Time For A Tour

It's Semi-Official. 
I began this blog nearly six months ago!
Gasp! 
Man, it seems like just yesterday I hit the publish button on my very first post here.
Blogging was not something I thought I could do.
Mr. B, well, he KNEW blogging was something I could do and would actually love doing!
The man was sooo right! I have enjoyed every flippin' minute of it!
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I have learned so much since then!
I believe I have stayed true to what I wanted my blog to be.
A place for me to share tablescapes, thrifting and, every now and then,
a recipe we enjoy.

It has been so fun to make new friends 
and to find kindred spirits from all over the world.
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Let's face it, some of my choices of hobbies are not widely known
outside of the blogging world!

It has also been humbling to hear from others how I have inspired them.
C'mon!  Really?  Me? Wow!  That just blows me away!
I thank you for finding me and for leaving such sweet comments.
Each one brings a smile to my heart.

Now, it's high time I was a good hostess and showed you around the place!
Well, at least the upper level anyway.

Look up.  What do you see?
No, not my header.  Not that I 'm not proud of it! 
Mr. B is my own personal Head Header Designer!
I just tell him what I want and he makes it happen.
Sorry girls, step back, he's taken :)

I do have to thank Keren over at
Free Pretty Things For You
for the current banner surround!
She provided it for...FREE!
Seriously!
What a sweetie she is!
Go visit her and tell her how much you love it!

Now, look just below that.

Let's skip the home button shall we? 
It's kinda like the coat closet of a blog.
We know it's there and we know what it's used for.

Now, we come to the fun stuff!
First you will see
these are truly blogs I have to check in with everyday.
From Krista at 
who tells it like it really is to be a young wife and mother 
(like I used to be)
To June at
Bye Bye Pie
who, I swear, is the long lost sister of my good buddy Ms. K!
to Rob at
who inspires me to be a better
servant of our planet
to Deanna at
A Little Junk in My Trunk
who reminds me what it was like to be a mom to two sons
as well as all that there is to love about Goodwill thrift stores.

Seriously, my day doesn't start until I have read them all.
They are the donut to my morning coffee!
I can't have one without the other!
I encourage you to check each of them out
for motivation or a good laugh.

I have them listed by the day of their party.
Here's a hint for you (or you may already know this).
The parties usually (not always) start the evening
before the day stated.
So if you want to get in early, say at Susan's
Metamorphosis Monday party,
you will want to link up Sunday night around 7:00 pm.
Some of the parties are just for thrift finds or for recipes
but most are for linking up your post(s) of the week.
Linking up to these parties is the best way
to get your blog out there for all the world to see!
Not to mention, finding some other pretty freakin' awesome blogs!
Each of the party hosts are so sweet and gracious 
and I appreciate all it takes to set up these link parties each week.

Now we come to the
I've Been Featured page.
Nothing validates what we do like having one of our posts featured
on another blog!
Don't let anyone kid you, blogging takes time.
From staging, to photos to the actual writing of a post,
it can take hours, even days, to have a post ready to go live.
To have another blogger notice this and spotlight it on their blog,
well that's the buttercream frosting on my cake!
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Our last stop on the tour is my
Advertise page.
Honestly, I didn't start this blog to make money.
I didn't even know there was money to be made!
As time has passed I noticed that
other bloggers solicit for sponsors.
Until now I really haven't announced the fact that
I would be happy to promote
your etsy shop, your blog or whatever relevant enterprise
you may have.
I am also open to sponsored giveaways.
I would like to eventually host my own weekly link party
but to do it right, it will cost money.
So, stated simply, I'd like to explore the possibility of growing our businesses together.

There you have it. 
A quick little tour of my blog.
I hope you enjoyed it.
I'm pretty proud of it.
This blog has helped me to grow and to stretch my wings a ton!
But really, you are what makes my day!
Getting to visit with you is such a pleasure and
I look forward to it the minute I get up each morning!

*I'd also love it if you would like to leave a comment with any constructive feedback you may have to offer.
I am always open to learning and testing new things!

19 comments:

  1. Hi Kathe...I'm YOUR latest Follower! Hope your post will be my maple-frosted donut with coffee every day. (That's my favorite kind of donut. ha ha)

    Take care and have a great Friday. Susan

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  2. cute! i love the tour idea! your blog is very fun :)

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  3. congrats on your 6 mo birthday! my blog just turned a year old. :)

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  4. Great post! Love your tour -- it really helps me to understand the "structure" of a blog.

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  5. So glad to see how much you're enjoying blogging! Thanks so much for the tour!

    Thanks SO much for linking up your awesome post @ Feature Friday Free-for-All!

    P.S. I'm your newest follower and would be so honored if you'd follow my blogging journey as well (if you don't already! : )).

    ~Abbie (www.fivedaysfiveways.com)

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  6. Hi Kathe, You are off to a great blogging start. And I agree about the friends you make through blogging. So great. BTW, as a Pixie Dust follower, you are invited to pop over & enter a giveaway for a beautiful clock. Good luck & thanks for reading!

    Warmly, Michelle

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  7. We are having a blog anniversary and( our birthdays) give-away for a $50 gift card to The Container Store. You're invited to come for a visit and enter.

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  8. Lovely tour of your pretty blog! Congrats on six months of blogging - and here's hoping you love it as much in 2012 and keep it growing and tell us all about it too!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  9. Thanks so much for the tour! Congrats on your six monthaversary! Glad to see you here in blogland.. and thanks for sharing!

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  10. Thank so much for taking the time to share your thoughts! Very helpful!!! Have a great week!!! ~ Beth

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  11. Happy 6 Month Anniversary! Thank you for the tour!

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  12. Hello Kathe, I'm your newest follower from the hop :) I love reading new blogs and learning about people. Thanks for the tour and happy 6 month blogging -- it is very addicting, and a lot of fun. That's amazing that you've already been featured on another blog :) Congrats, lovie. Hope to get a follow back soon from you.

    http://trustnobodytodoyourdirtywork.blogspot.com/

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  13. Kathe, congrats on six months blogging! It is a thrill isn't it! So glad you gave us the tour and will look forward to another one at your one year anniversary. Thanks for sharing at Sunday's Best.

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  14. Happy blog anniversary! I just found your blog today, and I'm so glad I did! I am a new follower.

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  15. hi happy 6 month anniversary,new to all this and just learning so finding ya blog very interesting,a whole wide world out there,so much to do and see,your gonna b my first blog i,m gonna follow,straight into my favourites x

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  16. Thank you for this tour of your blog :) Glad that you decided to hit the publish button :)

    Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday.

    Melanie
    www.bearrabbitbear.com

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  17. Thanks for sharing at Restyled Sundays. I am excited to have you back to share some of your great projects. See you soon.
    Ann
    Stylish Once Again

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  18. Great post!!! I'm having a linky party, and would love it if you joined! Here is the link! http://www.thesouthernproductqueen.com/one-stop-shoppe-linky-party-3 Thanks for sharing!

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