Sunday, August 28, 2011

Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop 08.28.11

Oh, my goodness, friends! This week went by like a blur. With that said, welcome to our 22nd week of CBPH! Friends, after so many clandestine virtual meetings, I'm so ready to spill the beans. We secretly concocted a massive blog party, spearheaded by Ange at the Blooming Hydrangea, that will give you a chance to showcase each room in your homes, and of course, in my home, too. We called it Roomspiration and we're all hoping you can swing by on the set dates to share your beautiful rooms. As you can see, I'm scheduled to host a blog party on September 16th about bathrooms and may you join us then with all your beautiful bathroom posts.


Update: Here are the buttons of the participating bloggers:

abode love: a man\View Along the Way
  Involving Color
{ All Things Bright and Beautiful }  Touch of Gray
The Blooming Hydrangea  The Mustard Ceiling
 The DIY Show Off

My co-host this week is Emily from Domestic Deadline. She's a SAHM to three crazy and fun kiddos who would rather craft than clean. She loves to sew, paint, decorate, knit, crochet, bake, scrapbook and mainly upcycle and re-purpose! A few months ago, she started an etsy shop, Harper N Co, to sell some of her creations, many which are fun collaborations with her children. Her blog helps her cross things off her constantly growing to-create list, "Mission Organization Monday" and "What I Made to Wear Wednesday" are fairly regular for her. As of this time, she might not respond quickly to your emails because she lives right by the hurricane belt so may you also extend prayers for her and her family's safety.

Blog Tip
Key Lime Digital Designs offers Easy Tips to Optimize Your Blog Design. Here's a sneak peek of what she said, "The header is the first thing people see when they come to your blog! It should ultimately represent what your blog is all about! The title should be big and bold." How true that is!

Favorite Blog
You clicked, inlinkz tallied. The readers' favorite blog post this past week out of 251 links, being the most viewed post, is Sunla Designs' helpful post on Mess Management Monday #4: Craft Room - Fabric Bolts. We all crave for organization and her timely post satisfied it.

Some CBPH Features
I've been meaning to do a feature post of last week's CBPH Party last Thursday but because yesterday was Princess Two's birthday party, I know you'll forgive me ;)


You'll say, "Waaay too late!" but I can't let the week pass without mentioning these outstanding posts shared. Here we go.

This spray-painted sofa by Johnny In A Dress is such a novel and thrifty idea. Instead of buying a new couch, just paint over the old dark one.

This is a stunning white fireplace conversion by 221 Vision.

Remodelaholic shared the progress of their stair risers. If this doesn't motivate you to get into a DIY project, my friends, I don't know what will.

Five Days Five Ways showed a great way to make good use of those egg cartons in her Egg Carton Flower Tutorial

Last, but certainly not the least, is Jennifer Mohler's Chalk Board Calendar Tutorial. Check her out for the detailed steps on how to accomplish this.

Our Party
To the main course of this post.
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. We have another party for these exclusively every Tuesday called Market Your Biz & Giveaways at 5 pm, PST.)

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.)

Displaying the party button on your blog, while optional, is very much appreciated :) It will help you remember to come back and link up to the the happiest blog party on the block (ahem!). It will also help others find their way to the party which we all love because the more the merrier :)

Link opens up every Sunday at 5:00 pm, PST and ends Friday at 11:59 pm.

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.

Friends, go ahead and get to know each :) One followed blogger is one gained friend. And please, don't forget to join my Market Your Biz and Giveaways blog party every Tuesday at 5 pm, PST. It's your chance for free promotion of your family-friendly business and giveaways.

Burning question: Did you hire somebody to design your blog look or did you do it yourself? Why? Please do share.

Yes, I hired Kim from 733 Blog to prettify my blog. I officially started blogging on September 28, 2010 when I did my About Me post, and from that point on, I've been reading ways to upgrade my blog's look. The downside is, researching about it and doing trial-and-error experiments on my blog took me forever, so I just decided to leave it to the professional. There are many blog designers who do a great job so as a starting point, you can check out 733 Blog, Happy Potamus Designs, Key Lime Digital Designs. And NO, I wasn't paid to mention their businesses here. Just helping you out for your blog design needs.

How about you? Have you had a blog redesign? What's your experience?

Emealz - Easy Meals for Busy People!


  1. Thanks for hosting. The big blog party sounds like fun!

  2. Already a follower and about to go follow your co-host. I so wish I could join in the Roomspiration party, but I'm moving! Boo! Can't wait to see the rooms though.

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  4. I'll be looking forward to sharing some of our reno's this month. Hopefully the whole thing will be done soon.

    I designed my own blog but seem to still be tweaking it. What I'm concentrating on now is how to grow my readership.

    I'm just in awe of what you've been able to achieve.

  5. Thanks so much for hosting!

    I designed my blog, but have tweaked it numerous times as needed.

  6. Thanks for hosting. I have linked my projects for the first time and I am also following you now.

  7. Always enjoy your party! Looking forward to the room parties! I have designed my own and I'm not the most savvy with computers....I would guess if my blog would be more "big-time," I would pay to have someone design it. For now, I'm content to use my own photos and change the colors/fonts to match. I hope my self-made blog design is not holding me back....? :)

  8. SJ...I hope you have a great week! thanks again for hosting this great party!

  9. Thanks for hosting!Have a great week ahead!

  10. Hi SJ,

    Thank you for the invite to the party!!
    What awesome features you have posted...The new party sounds like fun!
    I look forward to joining you!

    I'am happy now to be following you...
    Thank you for your gracious comments.
    All the Best,

  11. New follower! Thanks for hosting!
    (Burning question: I made my own blog. Thought it would save money. Plus, I am a closet geek. LOL!)

  12. I love the look of your blog! Thanks for the recommendations!

    Fun party and I'm happy to be joining in this week! Happy belated birthday to your little princess! She's a doll!

    Have a great week!


  13. Thank you so much for the feature! What a great surprise!


  14. Thanks for hosting! I am new here!

  15. Congrats on the Roomspiration. What a great idea you all came up with. Can't wait to see what you have in store for us. Thank you for hosting the link party. Hope you have a fabulous week!

  16. Hi SJ, just wanted to thank you again for your comment in the Miracle Makeover Cancer Fundraiser. The founder gave us all an award for participation you can see here:


  17. hi, just wanted to thank you for the invite. I'm new to the linky party world but really enjoying it!

  18. Thank you for the feature! yay! Have a wonderful week!

  19. You asked me to link to your weekly party...I usually do every week. Thanks

  20. I got creative this week so I'm attending the party! Thanks for hosting!!!

  21. Thanks for the invite to your party! I'm following and partying with you now.

  22. This is my first party with you:)

    Can't wait to visit everybody - thanks so much for hosting:)


  23. Just found your blog, definitely following! I dig the weekly link-up, I'm itching to craft something now!

    As for the burning question, I'm (very slowly) designing my blog. I used to be pretty good with CSS but it's been a few years so I get the feeling this is going to be a drawn-out process. But it's so worth it! My little heart just puffs up with pride every time I make a change.

  24. SJ thanks for the invite to your party! My fashion post is all linked up and I'm your newest follower. : ) I've already visited a couple other blogs. Some great link ups.
    ~ Catie

  25. Thanks for hosting the linky party! Please check out my Bridal Tea Post!
    Angie @ Taking a Sunday Drive

  26. Thank you for hosting this great hop. I am learning so much. I can hardly stop reading to get some sleep. I usually blog and read posts in the evening when my grandson is sleeping. I spent half the night on the last hop just reading tutorial. I am a craft crazy lol. Hope you have a great week.

  27. SJ,
    Thanks for joining up on the Roomspiration party, I can't wait! :) How funny that you are asking about blog redesign, I think I am going to attempt to redo mine in the next week or so. We'll see how it goes! Have a great weekend.


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