Sunday, May 22, 2011

Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop 05.22.11

Welcome to our 8th Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop! How are you, my friends? Me, this past week has been bitter-sweet. Bitter because one of my friends experienced the worst nightmare a parent could have. Her 15-year old son took out his life, and it's a sad, sad time for them, and for all of us who know them. Friends, life is so fragile so forget how much annoying our kids can be, just hug them and flood them with kisses, accompanied by I LOVE YOUs! If they're past that stage, an encouraging "Hey, dude!" will do. We can never tell what tomorrow brings. In the other end of life spectrum, my friend who just got recently married is now 14 weeks pregnant! We all love babies and baby stories (excluding the first 3.5 months of pregnancy, of course) and this news sorta balanced out the heavy emotional load by the first news.

Ok, enough of my week's drama and proceed to our fun party :)

For those of you joining us for the first time, we only have 2 easy, simple rules:

1) Link up your creative post - can be a DIY project, decor, photography, crafts, recipes, poem, thrift finds, link party, or that informative syndicated post that can make us laugh, or cry - in short, whatever you're proud of! And if you like to link more creative posts, go for it! We'd love to see them :) (No links to businesses or giveaways.)

2) Follow as many blogs as you desire, preferably starting first with the one who linked before you and after you, before branching out, and let them know by leaving a comment. (Following me and the co-host will be very much appreciated, and we definitely follow back. Just let us know you're following.)

You’re not required to include the party button but if you’re so inclined to display it in your blog or your post, you’re very much welcome to do so :)

Link opens up every Sunday at 5:00 pm, PST.

Because I like something different, I'm using the reverse entry for inlinkz - so the most recent participant will show up as number 1, thus giving everybody a chance to have the #1 spot.

My co-host this week is Kindra from At Home with K. She is a wife, momma to 2 beautiful boys, crafter, decorator, nurse. She loves to create and decorate and her blog is oozing with creative ideas! By the way, she also holds a Tuesday blog party called Terrific Under Ten so feel free to join in.

Blog Tips
In light of what had happened when Blogger went out of commission for more than a day, which is equivalent to a century in internet time, many bloggers explored the possibility of moving to Wordpress. For my future reference and also for those contemplating of moving to Wordpress, here's how to Migrate your Blog from Blogger to WordPress. If you fear that you'll lose your google friends connect followers, worry no more because here's a great tip to Move Your Blog Followers to Wordpress.

Favorite Blog
You clicked, inlinkz tallied. The readers' favorite blog this past week out of 203 links, being the most viewed post, is the Debbiedoos Blogging and Blabbing. How she fixed her curtain using a glue gun and setting up a new manicure trend are something you don't want to miss out :)


Our Party
To the main course of this post.

Friends, go ahead and mingle with one another :) Happy partying!

Burning question: What's your favorite part of your home?

My favorite part is the dining area. I know I haven't posted anything about our dining area because we haven't started improving it yet. But I love this area because it's where we exchange our stories as a family. It's where we enjoy home-cooked meals while sharing what went on during our day. How about you? Please do share.

Emealz - Easy Meals for Busy People!


  1. Thanks for hosting. Nice party. I can't tell you enough how I like the reverse setup!

  2. Hi SJ! Can't believe I made here early! btw, Kindra's link isn't working and when I tried to leave a comment it didn't work either. Fav part of my home... master bath: it's the only room re-done...almost!

  3. Thanks so much for hosting this blog party! I think one of my favorite parts of our home is the guest room, lol! It's so sweet & cosy.

  4. Thanks so much for inviting me to co-host this week! I'm excited to see all the links!

  5. Hi SJ ... thanks for letting me post ... I finally did something that I could put on here. Wow, you are doing great; look at all of your followers!

    I am so sorry about your friend's son. I'll keep their family in my prayers.

    Take care,

    Kathy M.

  6. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend's loss!!! This is the ultimate pain a parent can suffer!!!
    Thanks for hosting and hope you have a great week!

  7. Wow what a rollercoaster week! So sorry to hear about your friend's loss. I'll say a prayer!
    Have a blessed week!

  8. Thanks for hosting :D


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  10. Love this idea and yes, I'll be back for more! Sipping morning tea while checking out more of these creative bloggers.

  11. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend's son. My son is 15. I can only imagine what she must be going through. My heart and prayers go out to them!

    Hi, I'm already a follower, linking up again today to share with y'all.. and hopefully meet new people and gain a few followers in the process..

    Have a great Monday!


    Purple Froggie Clay Stuff

  12. I'm sorry to hear about your friend’s child. It's so sad and you never really understand why. My best friend’s brother did the same thing. It's not an easy thing to go through.


  13. I am so so sorry to hear about your friend's son :( I will think of them in my prayers.

  14. Condolences for you and your friend for such a horrible loss. In times like this you always wish there was something you could have done.

  15. Thanks for the invitation to your party. I am definitely like you, wanting to pinch pennies where I can. Following you now.
    Sorry about your friends son.
    The future is as bright as your faith :)

  16. Thanks for the invite & the party!! I love it!!

    Alisa @ Sweetpeas and Bumblebees

  17. Thanks so much for inviting me here...glad to be a part of your party...

  18. Hi SJ! Thanks you very much for inviting me to come over and join you guys! I love everyone's ideas and have really enjoyed browsing through some of the other submissions!! :)
    Carla aka Mrs. No-No

  19. Thanks for hosting the fabulous party--and for the invite as well!

  20. Joining the party! I'm a new follower coming over from This Crazy Blessed LIfe. Thanks for the invite.

    Come back over and follow me back :)

  21. Thanks for the party. Love all your ideas.

    Jeanna @

  22. Thank you for hosting!

    Following from the Thursday twitter hop, following on GFC too! Please stop on by and follow me at and say hello :)

  23. Thanks for your sweet message! I will happily be back next week - so many inspirational ideas! :) Sharing your button on my Linky Party / Linky Love page!
    Thanks again!

  24. thanks for hosting and for the invite a couple weeks ago! I was on vacation, so I'm now back in the swing of things. I linked up and will add your button to my list of parties! Thanks so much!

  25. Hi! Thank you so much for inviting me to your party, I am a new follower and am excited to participate! I can't wait to be inspired!

  26. Thanks for the party invite! I'm following.

  27. We love your blog and are your newest followers!

  28. Thank so much for the shout out...I am going to grab your button now. I am a little slow this week in making my rounds and visits.

  29. What a delightful selection! I'm going to try the Nutter Butters recipe first.

  30. Just followed along! Being a homemaker "on a dime" is JUST what I need to learn more about! :) Thanks for hosting!


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