Let’s have a heart to heart.

Nov 9th, 2012

chalkboard 1Truth. I am feeling disconnected and discouraged. Sometimes I feel like Pinterest gets all the glory and although I’m flattered to see projects of mine on Pinterest, I get depressed when I post a project and don’t get as many comments as I used to. I know I know, Pinterest has changed the blog world forever, and I should adjust, right?  Am I being silly? Maybe.  Comments from readers are getting fewer and fewer and sometimes I get down about it.  I see some bloggers who personally respond to all of their comments.  Do you want that? I try and respond when I can, but honestly I read comments while I’m sitting at in the dance studio, watching soccer games..etc when I’m away from my computer.

I’m tired. I have four kids that are naughty {at times}. Creed, my almost two year old, is the busiest kid I’ve ever seen. He can destroy the house in 10 minutes. It’s like a tornado. Do you ever feel like your house is never clean, but that you are always cleaning it? That’s how I feel this week.

As a blogger I think about my readers. I feel like we are friends. We are friends, right? Every so often I get to rub shoulders with some of you in those “in the right place at the right time” moments and that always makes my day. I love hearing how All Things Thrifty has impacted someone. It makes me motivated to keep going.

A blogging friend said, “I’m having one of those I should quit blogging and join the circus type of days.” That pretty much sums up how I feel at times.

What can I do to make it feel more welcoming here at All Things Thrifty?  What type of projects/posts do you want to see here at All Things Thrifty. Do you feel like my projects are too complicated? Do you want more small crafting projects? More accessory projects? Recipes? Round-up posts where we showcase a lot of amazing projects at a time? Are you sick of room makeovers, or do you like room makeovers? Want to know more about me and my deep dark secrets? Ha!

I want to deliver what you want. As a reader of a blog, tell me what type of posts you like. I genuinely want to know. If you have a suggestion, don’t hold back. I want your feedback.

But, overall I just want you to know that I appreciate you for reading. Thank you from my heart to yours.

Comments

  1. Brooke you are such an inspiration to me! I absolutely LOOOVE your blog! I will comment more! Please never give up what you do. Honestly, I don't know how you do all this with kids and soccer games and such! I just moved into my new home and every room is going to be All things Thrifty inspired as soon as I graduate nursing school and have more time on my hands! Don't get discouraged. You are AWESOME and your work and style is Extraordinary!

  2. I love your blog! And love all kinds of before and after :) you were theeeeee best online tutorial on spray painting and glazing that I finally started my dresser makeover. Although I have changed my mind on the color but needless to stay I did start! I also tagged you on my Instagram and was very happy to find out that you started following me too I was so happy! Please keep up the good work I love your blog!

  3. All Things Thrifty was my very first blog, the three other blogs that I check daily I found from links on your blog. I've emailed you a spray painting question and you responded. I have redone a dresser, two desks, a mirror and countless picture frames with spray paint following your guide and always using kilz primer and 220 grit sandpaper ;) I love the room makeovers and before and afters but your jack o lantern posts random recipes and 'real life' posts are all great and things that make your bog unique. My parents live in st George and go to the Washington Rec Center all the time so seeing ALL of your posts are fun because in a totally non creeper way we as your readers get a peek into your life. Thanks for all of your hard work, I love it all!

  4. First of all I want to say that I like your blog just the way it is.

    I have been dealing with the same feelings about comments. I have a very small following and that is alright with me, I want to respond to all of my comments. For me that is one of the great parts of having a blog. But I have to admit that I seldom leave comments for bloggers who I know will not acknowledge my effort.
    As for Pinterest I am secretly hoping readers will get tired of it.
    Traci

  5. Holy crap woman. You are a freaking amazing person. Since the first day I met you I knew there was something about you. I so wished I lived closer so we could hang more. You are so crazy talented and we are so lucky that you share your awesomeness with us. We should be paying you. I would love to come help you do some projects just so I could hang with you. If you need comments girl I'm there for ya babe. Pinterest ha ha ha it ain't got nothing on you. I love you like cake loves ice cream. Keep up the good work I so look forward in seeing whatever you surprise me with:))))you're a freaking rock star. Get her done

  6. I don't think you're being silly:) You know, I've been blogging less than 2 years, and even *I* have noticed a drop in comments since Pinterest exploded. It's also where most of my views come from. A blessing and a curse. Again, at this for under 2 years and there are times already when I think of throwing in the towel–but I'm always drawn back in. I think there is a magic balance out there for everyone…and it's different for each person as well as the phase of life they're in. I'm still working to find mine I think. I think the best way to stay happy in blogging is to write and post things that make you happy. Like someone else mentioned, it doesn't always have to be something that will blow your readers out of the water. I often just like little hints about how to go about solving a design problem or how to get started on a room makeover when you have no idea where to begin. You're a great mom, a great friend, and that will continue to be the case no matter what the internet sees. And I end my novel :)

  7. I don't think I have ever commented. I'm not a commenter…but I like your blog. I like the room re-dos. Maybe because we are remodeling. I think you are doing well with what you do. Hope you don't go away. :)

  8. I've been following your blog for a couple of years, and you inspire me. I love the thrifty decorating, the re-purposing, the big projects and the small. I like it all. The before and after pictures never get old, no matter what the creation is. I say just keep doing what you do. I'm a fan and I always will be.

  9. I think Pinteret has just truly charged things. People would rather pin than comment. All of your stuff is amazing!

  10. I love your posts and I think its super awesome that your only an hour away instead of a few states away. The way you can change a room is So cool I wish I was better at seeing stuff for what it could be. I was just thinking for the past week our so if I could get some creative input on something in my kitchen. (not sure if I could ask) Your awesome don't change your my super hero

  11. You've had loads of comments (well loads in my book!) confirming just what a wonderful blog you have, and I hope you believe it. I do love your blog, love the room reveals and big projects.

    I think everyone feels like this sometimes. I've had a similar week, and I certainly don't have a huge following, but I understand. I think you should keep doing what you're doing!

    AND my house is always messy. I have come to accept that I can't do everything all the time and ironing never ;)

  12. Your blog is fine just the way it is – you are very creative and talented, just keep doing what you are doing!

  13. I follow your blog because YOU stand out from so many others. Yours is unique, informative, enjoyable, and ALWAYS worth reading. You give so much to your readers.

    I don't even DO the pinterest thing — not enough time in my day for that — but I always make sure I read your blog when you post. Love it.

    Thank you … from MY tiny corner of the world.

  14. I love your blog. I am on Pinterest a lot, but I still read every post that you write. Pinterest is great for keeping things that inspire you in one place, but I would have never even attempted glazing without your tutorial. For me personally, I read the blogs that i love (att, vintage revivals and sawdust and embryos), see an amazing project that makes me giddy and start that amazing project.Sometimes I pin it for easy reference, but pinterest is definitely not a replacement for your awesomeness!!!!!!You and Beth from S&E; are my creative idols. If I haven't said it before,thank you for inspiring me.

  15. I read all my blogs on my phone through reader and it takes sooooooo long to post a comment I rarely do. Usually that is just for a family member or tangible friend. I'm sure many others are the same. Picture your situations that keep you from commenting on comments because that's what the rest if us are doing that keeps us from commenting in the first place :)

  16. misscandice says:

    I appreciate your blog posts :) If it makes you feel any better, I started following you after I found you on Pinterest!

  17. Sandy McFarland says:

    Love, love, love your BLOG! I am on All Things Thrify much more often than Pinterest. Keep the great posts coming…they're helping make my new house look great!!!

  18. I think you are super. I love all the stuff you do. I'm glad to know that you are"real" that you have. the same problems that I do,don't change.

  19. Making Life Yummy says:

    Just like you, my crazy busy life means less time for comments, but I read every post!

  20. I read your blog all the time. I just don't usually comment, but I really enjoy it! Keep up exactly what you're already doing! I love it!

  21. I don't comment much, but I do read every single day… normally I'm secretly scrolling through in between appointments at work, or while the water is boiling for dinner. But I'm here & I appreciate whatever it is you want to post :)

  22. So I was so excited to meet you tonight (Marissa's crazy friend at the restaurant, haha! Sorry I was a little starstruck because I've been reading your blog forever!) I love, love your blog & I love every single one of your posts! It makes me excited to try new things and be daring with my home decor choices. I'm always amazed at how creative everything you do is! Keep doing what you do because we all love it!

  23. Like several others have said I do not comment but I read your blog it is one of a only few that I do read! You are my go to blog when I need a tutorial, especially spray painting and glazing!

    Personally I like it when a blogger has posts that are similar to these where you become more human and "friend". I know that when I talk about something that you do I am always "my friend said this…" then in a hushed voice "well this blog I follow…". Sometimes when I read blogs it always feels like they are superhuman because they seem like they have everything together and that their kids are perfect angels and that there house is flawlessly clean all the time and I am the only one struggling. You are amazing doing everything you are doing so don't stop!

    Also with Pinterest, I used it fanatically at first well over a year ago before, now I use it more as my bookmarks instead of searching. I do browse the pins of people I am following (including you) but do not look elsewhere. I know many people that used to use it but have faded off.

    Hang in there we all love your blog!

  24. The Yoder's Four says:

    Oh honey, I can relate! I have a little boy tornado at home, too! I have become so run down lately trying to keep up with everything. By blog is neglected–comments are super scarce and it sometimes just feels like a giant time suck to have to keep it updated.

    I love whatever you post! You do a lot of huge projects but it doesn't always have to be about that. I honestly don't know how you've kept your mojo!

  25. It is quite possible this has nothing to do with you and you don't need to change a thing. And maybe you do need a change but do it because YOU want to. You have a WONDERFUL blog and look at ALL your followers!! Maybe others are SO busy doing the projects you have shared with them that they don't have time to write :)

    I read something to the effect of: Cleaning house while you have children is like brushing your teeth while eating Oreos.

    I have 5 children-the mess thing is true. Hang in there-they do grow up! I remember people saying that to me & I'd think-when?! It happened.

    Maybe just the words you are hearing from yourself are what has changed. It sounds like you are a fantastic mother, a VERY creative person, and a caring, sensitive woman who just needs to be reminded of that sometimes.
    Never discount who you are!! Give yourself a chocolate hug or whatever it is that reminds you how special you are and have ALWAYS been!

  26. Mekenzie @ interiorsbykenz.com says:

    You and Beth from S&E; were the first bloggers I ever started following. I followed ONLY you two for a very long time. I never commented. Just lurked. But I grew to love both of you a lot!

    You've made a difference to me.

  27. Another (mostly) lurker here. I read whenever you post and enjoy it all. Love the makeovers, btw. Have a pinterest account, but don't know what to do with it! Good luck with whatever your decision is.

  28. Ashley Harris says:

    Brooke, first let me say that I love your blog. I won the Kitchen Sink so super happy about that. Next, I know how you feel. I run TheScrapReview.com and it has been the hardest thing I have ever done besides have my five children. I don't have much advertising on my site. I do most of the posts myself and I feel so overwhelmed a lot of the time. Guilty even, for the time it takes away from my family. My kids are 10 and younger. So trust me I get it. There are some days that I get not one comment and I ask myself why am I doing this? I certainly don't get paid for it. So then I just calm down, pray, read my scriptures and just breathe. Taking myself away from it for a while is okay. The world will not stop and your readers will understand. So my best advice and help is to just do what makes you happy. The End.

  29. Like some have said before me, I read but don't comment. But I do love your blog and it's one of the three blogs that I have pinned in my favorites on my internet toolbar :) I guess I have never felt like I have anything to add to the conversation because I don't ever have time to do any sort of larger project (I have twin two year olds. Talk about double tornado!!!) so I don't comment.
    But everyone deserves to be told how awesome their ideas are, especially when it obvious how much effort is put into it. And you have amazing awesome stuff!! Keep at it. I love the room transformations! Small projects are also fun to read about and more realistic for young busy mommies such as myself.
    And btw, my house is never clean either! I try to be reasonable about cleaning it but at the same time I was once told that a house that is clean means there's no fun being had :)

  30. Your blog is my favorite. I like the mix of projects I could never do (anything electrical) with updates I could accomplish in my own home. I live in the midwest in a small ranch home. My husband and I are co-pastors at our church. We don't make tons of money, so "thrifty' is important! I am always looking for ideas for small living rooms, kitchens and bedrooms. Thanks for the great blog!

  31. Julie Workman says:

    I check your blog every day. Depending on where I am, I'll comment if I can. Like you, I may be working, at karate, in line at the grocery store/pharmacy/McDonald's. I know my blog has traffic, because I can see it in my stats. But I've only got a couple of followers, and very few comments. But you know what? I started my blog for ME, and I'm just happy to be able to share the things I do with others.
    Keep on doing what you do, and we will keep on coming back for more. You don't need a gimmick to reel us in. Just be yourself and stay true.

  32. Michelle @Paintsley says:

    Your blog is awesome and I enjoy visiting very much! It is so easy to forget that behind all the wonderful pictures and cool projects a person is working hard behind the scenes. Thanks for the reminder…

  33. Sorry you are feeling down about your comment section. I rarely comment on any blogs now days because so many of them have the prove your aren't a robot verification and I can't read the proofs because of my eye sight issues. Chin up. Do your best and be happy with your amazing abilities.

  34. Some people, like me maybe, don't want to seem stalker-esque by commenting on everything. So were reading, but just quietly. Do you, as a blogger, think its weird if someone always comments? Like daily?
    I love room reveals! All projects large and small. Know you're appreciated, even though a lot of readers are shy. We do appreciate what you do, & look forward to the next posts:) keep it up!

  35. When you're bloggity blog comes up in my google reader with a new post… I get so excited Brooke!!! While Mandi was here in AZ remodeling, I learned a ton more about the blogging world and exactly what you guys have to do to keep up your blog and I don't know if I could do it! It takes a lot of dedication, tlc, and passion, and I think that comes across to your readers. You're doing an amazing job – and p.s. I love all of your posts :)

  36. I learned everything I know about refinishing furniture from you, and now I have done about five different pieces in the last couple years. I'm super excited for the post about how you did your girls tufted headboards. Your blog is my favorite! I don't ever comment because I figured you guys didn't really care about comments, or read them or anything, but I can start!

  37. Brooke! I love your blog! My favorite things are your diy how to posts and finding your best projects from past years, especially when they save $. Dont be down about pinterest, its nice but its more overwhelming than anything. I'd rather check what my favorite bloggers are up to than get sucked into the pinterest 5 hour death trap any day. Its more fun for me to read blogs like yours than it is getting side tracked by wanting to try this recipe, that paint project, this furniture idea and oh wait heres an idea for christmas, my moms birthday, a future baby shower-wonder who will get pregnant…..uuuuuugh. and 3 hours later just like that it happened again.

    Keep blogging my friend, you're spectacular!

  38. Aww Brookity Brooke… I'm feeling the same way. You took the words right out of my mouth! I think people don't realize how taking a couple short minutes to write a nice little comment can make such a huge impact on a blogger. A little positive reinforcement can go a long way! Although I'm guilty of it too… not taking the time to comment on other blogs. It's sad that we allow ourselves to base our blog-esteem on the number of comments, but it's true! This is a good reminder for me to take the time to give others a little boost. Thanks for laying it all out there. :)

  39. Bree Peterson says:

    I love your blog! I'm not one to comment usually but I thought I would today! All of your projects are amazing and so inspiring! Especially before and after projects. I check your blog once a week and scroll through your posts that week. I used to check every day, but some days you don't post so I started checking once a week that way I didn't get disappointed when nothing was new. Some bloggers post every day during the week and others every few days. I know you are probably way busy with life so it's completely understandable. Those who do post everyday don't always have big or important posts but I love to read even a sentence or two about their day. Others who don't have anything important to share every day will sometimes post a quick "tried this recipe last night and loved it (insert recipe)" Your post today was nice to read because I got to see how you are feeling and feel more connected with you even though I'm just a reader of yours. You are amazing and so is your blog! Your readers love your posts!

  40. Hi Brooke! I love, love, love your blog! I'm not a big Pinterest fan, I like to hear the story, the details, your thought process. I hardly ever comment, so sorry! I'm an on the go reader. In my car, waiting in line, when I'm taking a few minutes break at work, etc. I admire your talent and your business skills and I'm usually envious, but that's not a quality that I want to have.

    I have 4 kids and I don't know how anyone does it. Really. It's so hard. Our expectations are so high.

    I'm tying on my iPhone and its really a pain but I just wanted to send you some love and appreciation!! You totally rock!

  41. I know how you feel too. I had/have a blog. I gave it up last April with 12 followers. I felt I was just talking to myself on there. What was the use? But you don't have 12 followers…you have many. Even though we don't all say stuff back, we're there, faithfully following and reading. Even though your comments have dropped off, you still get some. I never got any!! I kinda compare you to a book author. You write a book and then wait. If it's not a best seller, you get some money – not a lot – but what was the real reason you wrote the book? For accolades or to fulfill a need? I image you don't do it for accolades. It's nice to get them, sure, but that's not the real reason you do it. The way you are feeling is perfectly natural. But after scrolling down through all the comments of support, I hope you know, once again, that we are here for you, reading, faithfully. Whether we comment or not. :) ((Hugs)) – Karen

  42. Me encanta tu blog y me gustaría dejarte mas comentarios pero I dont speak english very well, haces un gran trabajo y me gustaría que NO lo abandonaras, intentaré dejar más comentarios y no ser tan desagradecida. Un saludo.

  43. I am a mom of four (newest three weeks) and my house looks like we were ransacked and robbed if you leave the entryway. I have been reading your blog since the beginning with Callie. I love your tips and your post on Polycrilic seriously saved my Bacon and my furniture re-do biz. My pieces look more professional now and i have you to thank. I also read on my phone and rarely comment due to time and how annoying it is to try to leave a comment from a phone. Cut yourself some major slack and know you are doing awesome! That plaid wall was amazing!!

  44. Don't go! We love you, your amazing! :)

    Reading blogs already sucks so much of my time I don't take the additional time to comment on them. Since I don't blog myself I hadn't realized how special it is to receive comments. I will work harder at it now!

  45. I understand what you mean. I get maybe one comment on a blog post but 5 pins on pinterest. I try to be excited because exposure is exposure… but it would be nice to get a comment even if it's "pinned!".

    I know I don't comment "big" blogs like yours a lot. Mostly because I feel like you get a ton of comments and it seems silly to just comment "good job!" or "cute!" Then again, I just complained about that above so maybe I should practice what I preach. ;)

    Pinterest will fade eventually. It's a fad. I've even noticed my friends aren't pinning as much. Loyal blog followers will stay.

    So in closing (my high school english teacher would kill me for using that phrase), keep your chin up. You rock!

  46. Oh please don't ever stop blogging! You have truly changed my outlook on all things DIY and motivated me to step out of my comfort box!

    Pinterest is what led me to your blog in the first place and I speant a week pouring over your posts! I am so thankful that I found it.

    As far as blogging goes, I love your projects but I also love when you get real, like with this post. I can not believe how much you accomplish with four kids! It's truly amazing!

    Please hang in there, you have soooo many fans who would literally cry if you stopped!

  47. Brooke-Yours was the very first blog I ever followed, and from your blog I was introduced to several others. I have never commented before today, but I have watched your blog grow the last few years and you are doing awesome. I love your big room reveals, because in your own words, you might as well "go big or go home" :) I also have liked the little handmade gifts you've done in the past, especially things I can make for Christmas gifts. I've got four little ones as well, and that no matter how much you love them, they do wear you down; it's hard to be positive all day every day. Keep up the good work!

  48. I would love to see more furniture updates. I love seeing the ugly furniture get a makeover! Love your blog!

  49. I followed you long before Pinterest and love what you do. I'm not one who usually posts comments to bloggers I follow, I guess I figure you just know we love you because we take time out of our own busy lives to read what you post. We all can feel down and unappreciated in life, but just keep doing what you do cause you love it and we'll just keep loving you!

  50. I'm a fairly new reader, and I enjoy your blog. I can't remember if I came here after seeing something on another blog or following a link from Pinterest. My most favorite blogs have lots of lovely pictures, projects and room makeovers that are fun to see and that I think I might be able to do myself, and most importantly, they share who they are and I feel like I'm getting to know them. They keep it real, sharing their failures as well as their successes, and don't pretend like they can whip out something beautiful in under five minutes (that drives me insane). I think what first really drew me into your blog was when you were sharing about your experience on Craft Wars. Seeing you on TV was cool, but reading about your real-life emotions through it and the good, bad, and ugly (well, not really so ugly!), was the best part. Ultimately, I think you have to blog for you. I know that some blogs are meant for self-reflection or family memory keeping, and others are promoting a business or trying to earn money in some way. Obviously, if the latter is your goal, then you have to keep your "customer" in mind in order to be successful, but I still think you have to do what makes you happy and not worry about pleasing other people. Because if that's your goal, you'll end up disappointed. You can please some of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all of the time. :)

  51. Or maybe it's, "You can please all of the people some of the time and some of the people all of the time, but never all of the people all of the time." Ha. :)

  52. Karen Smithson says:

    Brooke, your blog was the very first one I started following. I discovered the blog world looking for information about glazing. I love what you do and I believe you have an amazing sense of style. Keep doing what you love because that is what we want to see.

  53. Your my MOST FAVORITE blog out here. Your ideas are QUALITY projects that I am sure inspire people to be brave and try things they would not have tryed on their own. I look forward to your new posts and LOVE EVERYTHING. Keep up the great job your loyal followers are still here watching and waiting. : )

  54. I have you on my blogs 'blog roll', which is how I keep up with my favorites. I am a faithful reader and sometimes commenter. My advice is to blog about what speaks to YOU; the rest of us will just enjoy and be inspired.

  55. Hey! I'm a new reader and love your blog! I read on my iPhone like alot of ppl these days and it's just bottom line a pain to type on these things! I think thd fact that more ppl read from mobile devices that are difficult to type on might be why there are fewer comments than before – but please keep up thd good work! I've got you in my feed burner and read all your posts (although this is my first time to comment)!

  56. Mrs. Garrant says:

    I love your blog but have always been a lurker rather than a commenter. I am a fan of everything you post- no lie. I eat it all up!

    You are so inspiring and always get my creative juices flowing. I can definitely relate to how you're feeling though, having started a blog in the past year and having only a handful of pageviews each day. It does get frustrating but I think that as long as we truly love what we're doing, the audience will ebb and flow with us.

    Keep that chin up; you're amazing!!!!!!!!!

  57. I check your blog a lot and I have actually done some projects. (ie use spray paint and glaze). Just last weekend I was in St george with all my sisters and my mom (8 of us). We decided to go to Durangos and hope that you were going to be there with Mandi. then we would all go to your house and you would show us around. and then we would all go thrift shopping together. We all read your blog and I do not go on pinterest anymore. I check your blog daily for the latest project completed. So please continue I am reading and you are pretty much the only blog I follow.

  58. I too read your blog via phone on google reader, so I rarely comment on anyone's blog. I find my reading time so little, that I am catching up a min. here and there. Please know we are all still here, life has just been busy. I love your blog!

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  60. I love your blog! I have copied many of your ideas!! I love your tutorials and I think you are awesome!! I never comment anywhere but I just wanted to let you know I LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog and all of your ideas!!

  61. Sandra Miller Pitts says:

    Sometimes you just need a hug and a pat on the back! Consider yourself hugged big time and appreciated for all the work keeping a blog going. I could not do it and I love knowing every morning I can come here and be inspired!
    Thank You
    Sandi

  62. I know it's a part of making money by blogging but I get really turned off by all the sponsored giveaways. I NEVER sign up for them. I read blogs for content, and that's it. It seems like I find a blog… it get's more popular… and then I eventually delete it from my google reader or mark all posts "as read" without actually reading them because every other post is a giveaway. Or even worse… there are 5 posts in a row about the same giveaway. I still read your blog but I will say that I don't read it as much as I did two years ago. Just sharing this because you asked. :) Good luck!

  63. I am a fairly new reader of your blog and love everything I've seen so far. I just had to comment on your frustration with Pinterest because I feel the same way (I don't have the type of blog that gets a lot of pins, so I'm talking more from a reader standpoint). Anyway, one of my pet peeves is when people create something awesome, and someone asks where they got the idea, and they say, "Pinterest! Of course!" And I just want to shout back, "No! Pinterest did not create that idea. But someone did. Give them the credit!"

  64. Kristin @ Navy Bean Lane says:

    I completely know how you feel. I too, am a blogger (a newbie:)), have four busy kiddos, a two year old that rules the house, and am tired! I look up to what you do soooo much and can only hope that some day I am as awesome as you! Keep your chin up!

    ((hugs))
    Kristin

  65. I dig your blog just how it is and I LOVE the room make-overs. Keep it up!

  66. love your blog! And I'm still secretly hoping to run into you since we moved to Washington. I'm almost finished with a shelf and a couple picture frames (just need glaze now!) that I tackled because of spray painting inspiration from you! I have a two yr old and a one yr old, so I know how much effort it takes to get a project done, let alone blog to tell everyone else that you did it while keeping little fingers off the technology :) Hang in there, cause we like you! I know over at The Nesting Place, she takes each summer off from blogging. Maybe you could take a holiday vacation if you need it? You have wonderful content that could stand on its own without an update for a while, so long as you give us the exact day you will come back :) Thanks for inspiring!

  67. Brooke! I have been a regular reader for over two years now! I never comment because I have to sign out of one Google account and log into another. Can't seem to get them to just link up and I am too lazy to figure it out. I've completed several spray painting + glazing projects. Also, last Christmas I made the burlap wreath that you posted on a 4th of July a few years back. That was quite the project. I was so inspired by Jill's room makeover, I went to Lowe's specifically to look for the "Sauna" paint color so that I could check out how it would look on my walls! It's actually tucked beneath a light switch right now so I can decide what I want to do. I also LOVED those stenciled curtains you made from a drop cloth. I'm a little intimidated by that project though. You've done such amazing work on your home and on other's. It sounds like you're "stuck in a rut" and just need a kick in the right direction. I really love the posts where you do a room makeover and then go in and pick apart each aspect of the cool stuff you do, and how you do it. I also love Mandie @ Vintage Revivals but she's definitely gotten into a more contemporary look lately so I really lean on your blog for stuff I would actually do in my home. Your girls' room is just gorgeous. I also LOVE the wall bed you did in Creed's room. Wish I could afford to do that! Also, my little bro is getting married next month and I'm apart of the decorating committee for his reception. I wanted to think of something cool for the backdrop and thought back to your post where you took closet doors, painted them and glazed and they looked amazing! I was able to purchase 3 old doors and I am currently re-painting them. THey'll be attached together and decorated super cute for his backdrop!! I'm just giving you examples of how much your work really is appreciated. I have pushed myself to think outside of the box because I am been so inspired by the things you have posted!! I could go on! Anyways, forever ago I started a blog of just my projects but life got busy and I haven't kept it up. There are some cool things there that I did from learning techniques on your blog.
    So, thanks for all you do. Don't give up on us!! I know you probably get super burnt out having to keep up with this blog. It's hard enough work to actually do the projects you do, and then have to go and post about how you did them! I can't imagine all that, plus the 4 kids running around. You amaze me!!
    http://finallyfinishedemily.blogspot.com

  68. Bobbi Jo Supak says:

    I just started following your blog a few weeks ago. Your family is darling and I enjoy reading your posts. Personally, if it's a post about a recipe or one of those link-up parties, I'll skip it and won't read it. My blog is teeny-tiny with mainly local friends reading it and even I get discouraged when there are no comments, which is almost every time. But then I run into someone in town and they say, "I just love seeing your kids and reading your blog." Just keep smiling because you never know who is falling in love with your smile!

  69. Sending Cyber-hugs your way! Your blog is something I look forward to so please don't think you're ever not appreciated. Hopefully seeing all the wonderul comments above will restore your faith in your work. And as far as feeling like you're ALWAYS cleaning but the house is still dishoveled…my kids are 12 and 15 and I STILL feel that way. Try to enjoy the craziness now as years from now when your house is full of silence, the crazy will be missed.

  70. Hugs coming your way. I don't know you personally, and I don't know all your challenges, but I do know that some days (or even weeks!)my challeneges stand up and give me a beating, too! I am pretty new to your blog and I really enjoy it. Thank you for taking time to make and share beautiful things with us.

  71. Brooke @ www.allthingsthrifty.com says:

    Thank you for telling me! I guess Pinterest isn't the devil after all. Thank you for your comment!

  72. Brooke @ www.allthingsthrifty.com says:

    Thank you Tammy Jo.

  73. Brooke @ www.allthingsthrifty.com says:

    Ok Sandy. I will. I hope you will share pictures of your home with me sometime. Maybe on Facebook? Or email? Thanks for commenting!!

  74. Brooke @ www.allthingsthrifty.com says:

    Lisa! Good luck with nursing school. Seriously, I have lots of friends who have done it and it's INTENSE! I hope you will share your All Things Thrifty inspired rooms when you do them. I would love to see!

  75. Brooke @ www.allthingsthrifty.com says:

    Awwww, that makes me feel good about having "theeee best" spray paint tutorial. Ha ha. Thank you for sharing your project with me on Instagram. It made my day. I'm excited to see your project in your house!!

  76. Brooke @ www.allthingsthrifty.com says:

    Honestly, these comments are bringing tears to my eyes. I am so happy to hear that there are still people out there reading. It makes me feel so humble and happy. Thank you.

  77. Brooke @ www.allthingsthrifty.com says:

    Thank you. I am re-motivated after waking up to all of the comments. Thank you.

  78. Brooke @ www.allthingsthrifty.com says:

    Ivy Jo. Next time you are visiting your parents we should go to lunch. That would be sooo fun for me! Send me a facebook message. :)

  79. Brooke @ www.allthingsthrifty.com says:

    Ha ha! You Pinterest comment made me laugh. Thank you for telling me. I actually didn't even KNOW HOW to reply to comments until today. Yeah, I'm slow. I had to call my friend Mandi from Vintage Revivals and ask. I thought I had to have a WordPress blog to do that! I'll try my hardest to comment back now that I know how.

  80. Brooke @ www.allthingsthrifty.com says:

    SarahC! That was just as fun for me as it was for you! Thanks for telling me that you recognized me because otherwise I wouldn't have known. I know a lot of your friends. We should be friends too. :)

  81. Brooke @ www.allthingsthrifty.com says:

    Seriously! Sometimes I just can't take it. He dumps the cereal box out on the floor at least once a week! Love ya girl.

  82. Your plaid wall just about killed me. I've never seen anything so awesome. Also, my 3 year old destroys my house constantly. What takes him 30 seconds to undo, I have to spend 30 minutes picking up. So kudos to you for being able to keep up with projects and your children.

  83. Brooke @ www.allthingsthrifty.com says:

    Reyna, Your comment put me over the edge. I sit here with tears running down my face. Speaking of Oreos, they sound good right now. :) You are so right. I am really hard on myself sometimes. Thank you so much for your comment. But the words "thank you" don't seem to be strong enough. I forgot what it felt like to be told those things, and I can't begin to tell you my appreciation.

  84. I NEVER leave comments even though I read a number of blogs. The only reason I am able to leave a comment right now is that I actually have an empty house. Something else that NEVER happens. I run a child care in my home…..that means six children under the age of five for at least 10 hours a day! Sometimes reading your posts and dreaming of the projects I want to do (someday when I have time!) are what keep me sane. Soooooo, what I'm trying to say is that you are still VERY appreciated by those of us who don't post comments. Keep up the good work!

  85. Brooke @ www.allthingsthrifty.com says:

    First of all, Beth IS AMAZING. I seriously think she is one of the hardest workers in blogland. Thank you for following both of us. I know Beth feels the same way. She is genuine and loves to share her projects. Thanks for your comment.

  86. Brooke @ www.allthingsthrifty.com says:

    Summa, you know I love you. I should be paying YOU for saying things like this. Haha. Love you girl. Thanks for being my friend.

  87. Brooke @ www.allthingsthrifty.com says:

    Finding that "magic" balance IS hard. Thank you for the novel, I loved it.

  88. Brooke @ www.allthingsthrifty.com says:

    I'm not going away. Don't worry. Thanks for reading and good luck on your remodel.

  89. Brooke @ www.allthingsthrifty.com says:

    Ashley, you lucky duck. I wish I could have won! I need to calm down too. I totally know how much time it takes to run a blog, and I cannot believe that you do it with FIVE kids. Four puts me over the edge some days. I was having a rough night {obviously}, and I guess I just needed a reminder that there were real people out there reading. Thank you for being one of them.

  90. Brooke @ www.allthingsthrifty.com says:

    I am honored to be one of three in your toolbar. That makes me beam with pride. Holy cow, twins!?!? Thank you for taking a minute to comment this time just so I knew you were out there. Feel free to not comment if you don't have time. Believe me I totally know how it is. I will try and do some smaller projects for you. From the look of my house, we must be having a lot of "fun" lately. Thanks for telling me that about a clean house. I needed to hear it.

  91. Brooke @ www.allthingsthrifty.com says:

    Thanks Julie! Thanks for visiting even with your busy schedule. I really understand being busy, and I thank you for stopping by.

  92. Brooke @ www.allthingsthrifty.com says:

    Thank you so much!

  93. Brooke @ www.allthingsthrifty.com says:

    Thank you! Yep, this person behind the scenes also wanted to be reminded there were people out there reading!

  94. Brooke @ www.allthingsthrifty.com says:

    Thank you. It's hard to be connected with the people who pin my projects sometimes. I see the number of pinners, but I don't get to interact with them. So, although I'm flattered at the number of pins, a comment means soooo much more to me as a blogger.

  95. Brooke @ www.allthingsthrifty.com says:

    Stalker-esque!?!? That cracked me up. I loved your comment. If it was the same person all the time I would just get to know that person better! So, no, I would not care if it was all the time. In fact, it would be fun to see that person returning. I'll be waiting for the next comment! :)

  96. Brooke @ www.allthingsthrifty.com says:

    Mandi is awesome, and she is a great example of how much a blogger cares for her readers. We want to showcase our projects in a way that is easy for readers to understand and sometimes the effort seems like a time sucking vortex. But, we do it because we love it, and we love you! Thank you for your comment. P.S. you are one lucky girl to have gotten Mandi for a whole week. Love your room!

  97. Brooke @ www.allthingsthrifty.com says:

    Comments are really the only way that we know there are "real" people out there that care. We see our stats {when we look}, but most of the time it seems like without a little comment here and there that there isn't anyone out there. Ya, know? So, I guess this is me telling you that comments really do make me feel good. Thank you.

  98. Brooke @ www.allthingsthrifty.com says:

    I will try and help anyone who wants advice. Send me a picture of your kitchen or a Facebook message and I'll do my best to help. Next time you are in St. George, maybe we should go to lunch. If you are only an hour away, it wouldn't be too hard. :)

  99. Brooke @ www.allthingsthrifty.com says:

    Thanks Bree. I'll try and post more often. I wasn't sure if anyone would want those posts from me, so I will try and do that. Here is what my recipe posts would say, "We had cold cereal for dinner last night….again." Ha ha. Just kidding.

  100. Brooke @ www.allthingsthrifty.com says:

    Ha ha. Ironing?!? What is that? Thanks for your comment.

  101. Brooke @ www.allthingsthrifty.com says:

    Thank you!

  102. Brooke @ www.allthingsthrifty.com says:

    T, where are you in the world? I would love to know where my readers are coming from. Pinterest? Don't do it. It's a time sucking hole. Just kidding. I kind of love it and hate it at the same time.

  103. Brooke @ www.allthingsthrifty.com says:

    Thank you Emily! Beth and Mandi are both super awesome, you are right! Thank you for your comment today, and thank you for following other days too!

  104. I too LOVE your blog but never comment. The first time I discovered your blog I was so excited and stayed up super late reading post after post. I love everything you do, seriously!! I have a blog roll with tons of blogs and I pick and choose which ones I read but yours is one I read every single time you update and you never disappoint! Keep your chin up, you are amazing and fabulous! :)

  105. I've been reading for a long while too, but I don't think I've ever commented before. I guess I just figured that it wouldn't REALLY matter, you don't know me! ;) I do love your blog, it's one I check regularly and get lots of ideas from!

  106. I just want to say, because I didn't mention it in my last comment… your blog has REALLY inspired me, especially in the past. And still whenever someone asks me anything about how I painted all the awesome furniture in my house I ALWAYS email them a link to your spray painting 101 and glazing info. So thank you! :)

  107. Eloisa Ricarte says:

    Hi Brooke,
    I stumbled upon your blog this summer and you taught me how to spray paint and stain a mirror frame that I rescued. Thanks to you, I wake up every morning and smile at the mirror I've always wanted but could never afford. I am not crafty, and I have two kids in college, so I have no extra money. Thank you for making it possible for me to have something pretty that I can afford! I don't know if you've already posted it, but I would love to learn how to distress, whitewash, furniture and frames. I'd love to get that layered paint look in picture frames and furniture. Thanks again!

  108. I love your blog and that you have a variety. I also appreciate the emotional side you are sharing. I don't know how you do as much as you do with a family and blogging, and I appreciate you and your blog. As a mature woman I can tell you to listen to your own heart and intuition for everything. Take good care of yourself and your family and all else will fall into place. Rev. Dr. Nancy Carr, Vieques, Puerto Rico nancythedove@aol.com

  109. Thoughtful Book Lover says:

    I haven't been following you for very long, but I've really enjoyed you. I have you in my RSS reader, so I don't usually click over to the blog unless I want to pin a picture from the site–and I always pin from the site so that people can find you easily. I confess that I don't comment much on anyone's site for two reasons (1) I'm busy (2) I'm gun-shy of saying the wrong thing and offending someone or worse yet, being boring! But I do enjoy your posts. Be encouraged.

  110. Brooke your blog has seriously changed my life. It helped me out of my (regular and always expected) post-partum depression and gave me something to be excited about. I discovered you in early 2010 right after I had had a baby and my husband had just graduated and gotten a "real" job. We were buying a house that needed a ton of help and our budget was small. I read and re-read your blog and made plans. That summer my grandparents donated some end tables to me and I nervously began. To make a long story short, my house is decorated so much more beautifully than I could ever have imagined by myself. I have several pieces of furniture that have transformed my home. Your use of color has also inspired me and I constantly get compliments on my house. When people walk in your home and the first thing they say is, "Wow, I love your house!" you know you are doing something different and fun and welcoming. I am a lot more confident in my abilities and follow my own personal taste–whatever makes me smile. I am always referring friends to your blog to see your amazing projects and read your tutorials. I love any makeover post that you do. The before and afters completely fascinate me and give me courage to try something different. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your wonderful blog and your brilliant creativity! THIS is the kind of stuff that makes me smile.

    Megan Broughton

  111. baldheadedlifter says:

    Please don't join the circus! You are such an inspiration. We are buying our first home (closing on November 19!) and I have several pieces of furniture that I've been rounding up to work on some of your projects! I don't blog, but as soon as I figure that out, and get my projects done, I'll sure post pics! Thank you for everything you do!!!

    Could you tell me how much you would be willing to pay for old wooden dinner chairs to paint and reupholster? Thanks!!!

  112. I'm just another fan who reads every one of your posts, but never comments. That's kind of like always getting a gift and never saying "Thank you", so, thank you! I have learned a tremendous amount from you that has helped me in my furniture and home accessories resale business.

  113. I subscribe in the reader, but don't comment. Sorry : ( We are out here, but busy like you with kiddos, reading on my kindle and not at a computer. Perhaps there should be a "Like" button on blogs too just so you know we're here. We like what you are doing, but cannot type a long comment. I think perhaps taking reader challenges like design a … or repurpose a… or showing reader makeovers might be fun too as a way to involve us. Then do a giveaway for the thing you designed or repurposed? I think the lack of comments is mobile devices. Too hard to type. We're still here though. Rest assured : )

  114. Julie Boarder says:

    I love your blog! it was one of the first I subscribed to, but I have to admit I didn't understand how important it was to comment. I just thought that I had nothing to add that someone hadn't already said. You are one of the great women blogging who has inspired me to not only start to refinish furniture again, but also to start my own blog this week. I only have one follower so far (and that was when I signed my husband up without his knowing!!) Please stop by if you have time, I would love some honest feedback, although I don't know how to respond to comments yet either! Heck, it's a miracle I have pictures on my blog as this is a totally new world to me!

    http://renew-create-restore.blogspot.com/2012/11/my-take-on-union-jack-craze.html

    Keep up the great work!

  115. westendcutiepie says:

    Ok – So it's taken me 10 min to even figure out how to leave a comment (sad – I know). I have a 4 year old and a 8 month old. My little guys is cranky as heck cause he's teething (he's actually painfully knawing on my shoulder as I type). I have very little spare time (I can't even believe what you accomplish with four kiddies!) BUT with the little spare time I do manage to round up – my guilty pleasure is sitting down to read your blog. I check in whenever I can. I found you because of Pinterest. You totally inspired me to take on some projects. I LOVE your stenciled floor post! It was stunning and I want to do something with our patio stones in the spring just because of you. I'm in the middle of refinishing our antique dining table that we inherited with the house we bought a year ago – which you inspired me to take on. Because of you, I drove 1 1/2 hrs to a Walmart over the border to pick up the right spray paint at the right price, since I needed many cans (I live in Toronto). My dining table won't be completed until the spring because our winter is too cold (would have probably learned that one the hard way if I didn't read your posts about spray painting).
    I'd love to be able to commit to commenting regularly on your future projects – but I've got to keep it real and let you know that the more I post, the less I can actually do (It has seriously taken me over an hour to type this one out because of my munchkin). However, I do PROMISE to send you some photos of the projects you've inspired me to do once I have completed them (might be a while though). In the meantime I will lurk religiously!

  116. Your blog was one of the first diy/home decor blogs that I read and found (through a friend's personal blog, I think…she had posted about spray painting old furniture and had a link to her friend's blog about painting furniture, which had a link to your blog.) Anyways, I don't comment much, but I love all the inspiration and thrifty ideas you have! You are doing a great job and have inspired me to add more pops of color and unique home decor items in my home :)

  117. Jennifer Smith says:

    I haven't ever commented on here before but I wanted to say that while I don't read daily, I tend to read on a weekly basis. Your blog has given me inspiration on different and unique ways to decorate our house. It was built in 1905 so I love the antiqued look I've been able to give things to pay homage to the age of the house while mixing in more contemporary pieces. Don't be disheartened by Pinterest rearing its' ugly head and eating your comments. We still love you!

  118. I love your blog, but like many I am not a huge commenter. I will try to do better. I love love love the before and after posts, but you know what I have noticed a lot. I know that having a blog is having a small business. It just seems like some of the blogs that I absolutely love slowed down on posting crafts, or projects. And then they take the projects and make it last for weeks and weeks. Just what I've seen.

  119. I like seeing smaller projects that don't take as much time and moolah. With four kids 6 and under, I don't have time to undertake huge projects or the tools. Little things to spruce things up are great! I love your blog enjoy seeing your big projects too.

  120. I enjoy reading your blog but I've never commented before, I'm just not much of a commenter but I wanted to say that you should stay genuine to what you want to do and write about. As soon as you are trying to cater to others you lose your authenticity. Just have fun and do what you enjoy. Hope that helps!

  121. lavitadajessica says:

    I started following you after a pin I found on Pinterest :) I love your blog. Keep up the great work and don't get discouraged!

  122. I have been reading for almost 3 years and may have commented once or twice. I love everything you post, mostly, since my son graduated from SUU and I dont get to drive thru St. George anymore ang stop at the DI, I love seeing what you get from that gem! Seriously one time I had to go rent a uhaul trailer to bring furniture home.
    I ust bought a settee with vintage fabric off the list of craig and thought of your tutorial when I handed over the cash. I should email you a pic. My friend said it was so awful, it was awesome (the settee) :)

  123. Patty Hibble says:

    Hellllloooooo…..you have nearly TWENTY-TWO THOUSAND likes on Facebook! Sounds to me like you're the Oprah Winfrey of Blogland! Seriously…you're awesome. Your projects & tutorials are awesome. You're cute as a button and I love your blog! But, first and foremost…your family must be your priority, so do what you need to do to take care of them AND yourself! You don't want it to be where you're going in so many different directions that you're not happy because you're not satisfied with mediocrity. My first project from your blog was the lima bean wreath, and remains one of my all-time favs! Anyway, take it easy. Enjoy your family. Take time to enjoy the holidays. And remember, there's a bunch of us out here that love you & your blog! God bless!

  124. I love your blog just exactly as it is! The before & afters are amazing. I really don't know how you do so much, but I'm glad you do! I feel more creative just reading about your work. :)

  125. Mrs. Friedman says:

    I read your blog daily!!! Love it!

  126. Your blog is great! Don't give up. Your ideas are inspiring?

  127. This is one of the only blog I read of someone I don't know in real life :) I don't feel like you need to respond to every comment- you already bless us with fantastic posts and your extra time should be spent with those naughty kids, not replying to all of us! :) That being said Pinterest has introduced the "norm" of just looking at posts without committing to them long enough to comment so I wouldn't get your hopes up about people commenting more. It is not a reflection on you or your blog, just how we are evolving as a society.

    Thanks for all the great posts :)

  128. sbeckwith8224 says:

    Go back and read your "facts about me" page…I think it'll make you smile!

  129. I have been a reader for a couple of years now, but only leave a comment occasionally. I guess it's easy to take advantage of the information you're putting out there and not bother with a comment. I love your blog! I love all the painting projects and I love the room makeovers. I have referenced back here many times for tutorials or tips for a project I'm working on. I don't think you need to respond to every comment – that would take hours away from your kids and family. I for one love your blog the way it is and promise to leave comments more frequently than I do!

  130. I have read your blog for about a year and have never posted a comment. I love the inspiration that you give me to do something with my own home. I like the room make overs the most. It gives me ideas on what to do. Thank you for all you do.

  131. Megan Smith says:

    Honestly, how many comments would make you feel better? Is this a popularity contest or are you blogging because you WANT to? The ads all over your page that aren't applicable, pop-ups, and multiple giveaways are what killed it for me. When bloggers ASK for what people want to read, I think it misses the point.

  132. Brooke, I'm in West Virginia.

    I truly love your blog. It's part of my "fix" on inspiration. I could sit and read (and re-read) through it all day.

    You are talented, blessed, and oh-so-appreciated!

    http://learningtoexhalewitht.blogspot.com/

  133. I have been checking out your fun blog for a couple of years now but don't leave comments. I have my 3 busy kiddo's and find myself lucky if I can just read a blog let alone leave a comment. Your posts are always fun and interesting. I would be interested in some super-duper thrifty projects since I am on an extremely tight budget (think $20 or less type projects). That would be be awesome!! Love your blog though, keep it up!

  134. Kelly Nordfelt says:

    Brooke: I read your blog all the time. I'm not a commenter. But I should more often! :)

  135. I think perhaps the reason you don't reply to comments is the same reason people don't comment more. It isn't just the introduction of Pinterest but also mobile devices and tablets are being used more and more. I read blogs almost exclusively on my iPhone but I don't always like to deal with the hassle that typing can be (I don't think younger gens have this problem–they learn to type on phones and not computers! Haha)

    Anyway, I'm not a big commenter but I have been paring down the blood I read to my favorites and trying to make more of an effort to comment on those. It'll take me a while but you rock. Don't let the number of comments bring you down!

  136. JBs Country Cottage says:

    Holly Crap Woman (as someone said above me), if I had this many comments on one post or almost 10,000 linky followers, or your FB followers, or your Pinterest Followers, or your advertisers I'd be in HOG HEAVEN {as my Mama says}. If it makes you feel better, people love you, your blog, your personality and your Pinterest! Keep on doin' what your doin'!

  137. I love your blog – I am nit interested in interest

  138. So sorry for not having commented before. When I pin something on Pinterest, I am giving that post 2 thumbs up!!!! Consider it silent applause. Your blog/work is fabulous. You are so instructive and creative…a rare combination. Many creative folks cannot communicate their process…NOT you!!! Keep up the fantastic projects. I love your variety. You are gifted, and the silent majority love you even though we may not tell you often enough… So sorry.

  139. Designed Decor says:

    Brooke, I think you should and need to blog about the things YOU like! If you blog for you than it will make you more satisfied. Your readers will like it or leave. For the ones that leave you will find others to replace them who genuinely love your blog. Keep going, and do it for you!

  140. Hey.. I have a whole 6 followers and about as many (total) comments on my blog. ;) I do not say this to make you feel bad because I totally understand… I just wanna lighten the mood. :) I <3 your blog and come to it for inspiration on the regular. Keep up the great work!!! :)

  141. I love your blog! I love your style! When I need inspiration or motivation I go to YOUR blog (and sometimes to Mandy's at VR:)) The bottom line is – I like what you're doing. Like I said I love your style, but some of the projects are too hard for me to do because of lack of tools, equipment (like I love your projects with projector, but I don't have an access to one) intimidation that I'll never finish and other reasons. So, if you sometimes how to make the same thing in a different(easier) way, I'd appreciate it.

  142. I'm sorry you feel that way. I read your blog almost every day, absolutely adore it, but almost never leave a comment because it takes too much time. If it were easy to comment like on Facebook, then I would comment far more often. I understand how you feel about comments- I don't have a blog, but I imagine that we all feel that way about our Facebook stats. I try not to let my sense of self-worth revolve around the amount of people who comment on my stati. I have two kids, and trust me, I also feel like all I do all day is clean clean clean and laundry. Ugh. I think we Western women have an unrealistic expectation about what life is supposed to be like- spotless house, smiling and clean kids, happy husband, all sitting around the dinner table while Mom dishes out hot, delicious food. WRONG!! Whose family is like that?? Uh- no one's! It's advertising and it's false! That perfect house looks takes hours to achieve, and so does the dinner. The kids are clean and happy for about five minutes a day, and the husband the same. We all fool ourselves into thinking the "perfect" life is what we should all be having, and that we are inferior in some way. Reading magazines, and I think even these decorating blogs, where we post pictures of our houses only when they are spotlessly clean, are utterly misleading. All I can say is -a- know that, and -b- let it internalize, so that your/our NORMAL lives doesn't/don't bother you/us.

    And about the blog- I love it just the way it is. LOVE it. Can't even tell you how much joy it brings me. It's one of the most enjoyable things I do. Period. Gives me SOO MUCH contentment. Just so you know, I am so grateful that your blog is out there, and me and my little circle of people in Memphis, TN, know about your blog and adore it. So thanks for making it, and thanks for writing about how you really feel so we can all assure you that we feel the same way (and that we love your blog).

  143. Hey Woman, I love your blog too and thought I should throw my two cents in. I understand about the tornado son. Mine is 3 1/2 and I still have the kitchen gated off and still use my wonderful Chicco highchair. I might have him stay in that till he's five, why not he still fits it lol. Otherwise he's running through the house with food in one hand and juice in the other, no thanks. He doesn't know the difference and never complains. I love your smaller projects, sorry for not commenting before. I would also love to know the tools you used for the pumpkins, were they just the typical pumpkin carving sets from the store?

  144. Doug Kaeli & Paisley says:

    Okay- so I am really bad at commenting but I love your blog! It inspires me and I want to be as talented as you! Thanks for all you put into it. Your blog is saved to my home screen on my phone! Does that tell you anything? :)

  145. I hardly ever comment- usually because I have a kid in my hand! But I love your blog, and I understand how all the creative people feel about pinterest, but I will always follow my fav blogs!

  146. Krista Carpenter says:

    I read your blog all the time but never comment. In fact, this site is on my favorites and I check it almost daily. I really enjoy your projects and seeing what you do around your own house. I love finding inspiration for my own home by seeing what other people do…your blog/projects have been my inspiration before. Keep it up!

  147. I have a confession. I've been cheating on you with Pinterest. But as with all things new and flashy, the fascination begins to wane after a while and we come back to what we know and love. Like your blog. I love your blog and although I sometimes get a little behind in my reading, I always eventually catch up. And I can relate to your tornado and constant cleaning, I'm in the same boat. You know its bad when your pediatrician comments repeatedly on how active your son is… So cheer up! You are loved and adored… and pinned!

  148. i started following you after i found you on pintrest. i love your ideas and am so glad someone more clever than me is out there inspiring others!

  149. I've been reading your blog for over 2 years and LOVE it!! This is the first comment I've ever posted (sorry!!), just wanted to let you know that you are loved even by those you never knew were reading.

  150. Welcome to Our Story says:

    Thanks for your blog! I started following it in my reader a few months ago and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I LOVE room makeovers and have been quite inspired by your daughters' room. I don't comment on many blogs because, like you, I am often reading them on my phone during a few quick moments here and there. Also, I am constantly trying to figure out how to spend less time on the computer and more time with my (4) kids or actually doing the projects that I'm inspired to do. I routinely unsubscribe to blogs in my reader in order to limit my time reading them. So the fact that you're one of maybe 10 craft blogs that I left on my reader says a lot! Thanks for all the time you take to write. But remember to enjoy your family the most and don't worry much about everyone else/readers. :)

  151. hey there! I JUST found your blog, because I'm procrastinating (of course! hehehe) and happened upon Sawdust and Embryos blog, and they linked to your guide for spray painting which has changed my world! Seriously, I've been doing it all wrong and had actually stopped using spray paint because it never worked out for me. But you've banished my discouragement!

    And hey. I don't have pinterest :D
    I have blogs saved in my bookmarks that cheer me up whenever they post, and yours just got saved lady! So you just blog about whatever makes you happy, and that'll make me happy. And I know just what you mean about things never seeming to be clean, I don't even know when my room transitioned from clean to messy, but it sure did! And now I'm overwhelmed by the mess and ignoring it.

  152. Klockarbarn says:

    I´m a follower from Sweden. I alway read your post but have not left any comments I think. I´m a fan but my poor english is off course an obstacle for leaving comments. I think bloglovin and others are just as much of a devil as Pinterest. They make it easy to read a lot of blogs in a few minutes (I think I have like at least 250 blogs that I read) but sadly enough, you read and do not comment so often. I try to comment at least 4-5 blogposts each time I enter bloglovin.
    Thanks for your bloggposts! Keep on doing it. By the way, my house is never clean enough and I´m feeling that I always clean and picking up stuff.

  153. I really enjoy small craft projects. I love room makeovers too – for being able to get ideas and what not but sometimes if I'm having one of those "that's not something I can do right now" days, I don't even read the post. I like things that I can do/make on a budget, considering I'm definitely on a budget. I really like recipes too! But hey, it's your blog!!

  154. Brooke, I started writing my blog after following yours. I hardly ever get comments and like you I get discouraged. But I enjoy blogging,I am isolated from family and friends and it helps to blog. Working out of my home painting and selling my wares I spend a lot of time alone. My followers are my friends and family and I don't know what I would do if I did not have my favorite blogs to read and learn from. You are a great inspiration to me and as I can see from all of the comments you have received you are an inspiration to many others as well.
    Still here, still following, always inspired, hugs Tobey

  155. I check your blog almost everyday to see if you have a new something or other posted. Your room makeovers have inspired me and I love to gather ideas to create something of my own from your amazingness. This is the first time I have ever commented tho. Truth? I'm just a little shy and get nervous thinking of people reading my thoughts and opinions. Plus? To be honest I never knew bloggers cared about comments. I'm glad I read this. I get it now. We all need a little encouragement and lovin sometimes and if comments are a bloggers form of encouragement and inspriration to create more ideas (that I can try my hardest to rip off and re-create) then it's the least we as readers can do. I wish you well with your family and your blog. You're an insiration to me in many ways. I envy your ability to put it all out there.

  156. LOVE your blog but……I wish I had spent more time blogging than with my family, said no mom EVER!!!

  157. i read your blog in google reader so i dont really comment often. i love your room and furniture redos, but i just really enjoy your blog in general so post about what ever makes you happy! i will still be reading your blog! i also follow you on twitter but i rarely go on pintrest.

  158. I love your blog. I look at it all the time, but rarely comment. Just cause it takes that much more time and I also have four kids and my own business and my life is crazy! Love your stuff though!

  159. Money saving mom has a great series on making money from blogging that gives some really good tips about blogging and building a web presence and keeping it in general. It's probably stuff your already doing, but might be a good read if you are feeling discouraged.

  160. I feel like I was reading my own mind with your post and struggle with those same feelings all the time. I love how Pinterest makes it easier for organizing things I like and some of the exposure it has brought, but it really removes the personal connection from the projects. People automatically think of "a project I saw on Pinterest" instead of "a project by All Things Thrifty" and it's made it too easy pin something in a second, anonymously, instead of communicating with the real people behind the creations or even look at the original source.

    It's hard as a blogger to spend a lot of time creating things (and fitting it in around daily life & kids) and then feel like no one is even noticing, but as a reader I see that's part of the reason I don't keep up with all the wonderful blogs I like too. Just not enough time for living, making and reading.

    I'm constantly reminding myself that changing to please the readers or drive up my numbers might seem better in the short run, but ultimately it will feel less like me and what I loved about blogging in the first place. And isn't that the real point – to love what we're doing here and share that love?

  161. Brooke, I have never commented on your blog, but I do read every post. I wouldn't do that if I didn't like it! Please keep up the good work. No changes needed!

  162. Anonymous_Punk says:

    I only just came across your blog via Pinterest very recently, but I am doing it very tough financially and I appreciate all the advice especially because I'd never have the money to decorate my house without blogs like yours.
    It's really hard living in the USA, having moved here from Australia about 3 years ago I've had to adjust to living on a lot lower income and it's been a real struggle. Blogs like yours help make it easier so thank you very much.
    Your hard work is very much appreciated!

  163. Hi Brooke,
    Love love love your blog! I found you from a link at makeit-loveit and have been checking in nearly daily ever since. I never leave comments on anyone's blog, mostly because I don't know blog-etiquette, but also because my spelling tends to be henious. Your tips on painting have been a tremendous help. Spray paint furniture? Who knew?? All Things is a valued source of inspiration and how-to-knowledge, for me. Thank you for sharing all your great ideas and projects with all of us.

  164. Just started following your blog and I really enjoy it! (first comment ever :)

  165. I subscribe to your blog through email and consistently read your posts. I really font read pinterest as I font have time! I usually don't comment either, because once again …. lack of time :)
    I know that as a blogger it's hard to know if you are regularly read and appreciated unless you receive comments. So I'm sure it can be frustrating at times. Kind of like being a mom, isn't it :) The rewards don't always show every day!

  166. Tristie hearts Dax says:

    your blog is one of my faves. there are just SO many blogs out there (friends/family blogs and creative blogs) that it is impossible to comment every time I like something. Please keep up what you are doing. I like to read blogs and see projects there way better than on pinterest. The creative process is what inspires me, not just all the eye candy. I like the personal touch that a blog gives and your darling personality comes through in your posts. It is much more personal and feels like we're friends. Although not commenting kind of makes me a stalker so, I guess I am a hypocrite.. AHH! I LOVE your projects and am amazed at all you accomplish. I hope I can run into you sometime in sunny St. George.

  167. I was just able to read this post. Brooke, you are amazing! Really, who would have thought, coming from little ole' Holden… :) You have created something great here. I am of no way a crafty person, nor do I even try. BUT…I love to see what you create! Honestly, I don't know how you do it, but you do. And we love you for it!

  168. You know when I started reading and following your blog? When you politely told people and their opinions to shove it, when it came to your project in Creed's room with the crib. I mean really you had kids already and you know what you were doing at that point with them. So the fact you made his crib into something really cool and stood by it, that's when I knew I really liked your blog! I have commented randomly when I have a moment. Keep up the good work lady!

  169. You sent this out 5 whole days ago and I am just now seeing this. I follow you through email and love getting them. I remember those days like it was seriously yesterday! I am now a new "empty nester" and my house right now looks like a tornado hit it. I don't have my kids to blame either. Canning, crafting, busy church callings, visiting with my kids on the phone, etc. (Not exactly in that order) Life just doesn't seem to slow down a bit. But . . . because of amazing blogs like yours, I am inspired to do one of my own. Starting with a family blog after the Christmas holiday. Maybe I will branch into my crafts, but just for fun. I follow a few bloggers, but you are one of my very favorite ones! Thank you for sharing all of your amazing ideas! Sharing your gifts and talents.It really must take a lot of time and I really appreciate you sharing. You have really inspired me to do some fun things to my house. But . . . seriously, don't look at it NOW!!! Sigh.Don't get discouraged. Keep doing what you love and have fun with it! Thanx so much again!

  170. I've been reading you for what feels like forever, but I rarely (if ever?) leave comments. There are so many people saying the EXACT same thing that I'm thinking, I figure, "What's the point". Don't feel discouraged :) Have you ever looked at your analytics? I bet that would brighten your day :)

  171. I know I'm, like, the 171st person to say this, but I have been following you for months, and it never occurred to me that regularly commenting on Blogs is a "thing." Duh, I know. I am not sure why it did not dawn on me that you would want (and value) feedback, but I am a changed woman! Brooke, you and your bloggin' partners in crime like Sawdust & Embryos have literally changed my life. I look at people buying NEW furniture, and think (slightly smugly), if they only KNEW the magic that you opened my eyes to. I am not hyperbolizing here. I look forward to every new blog post you make, and I *will* do better at letting you know!

  172. I am remiss as far as commenting on blog posts, that is why I follow a lot of people (including you)on facebook..I love that I can just say "like" and let people know that I am looking and I care. Since you do have a facebook button here you should count everyone of your "likes" on a post as a comment from people…does this help at all? But since I have never "commented" on your blog but have on facebook let me leave my first blog post. I LOVE YOUR SITE. I share things of yours on pinterest and, yes, they are one of my most "repinned" ideas I know that the person on the very beginning doesn't get to know how many they pins they finally receive. So if you add LIkes, pins and repins, and comments maybe overall this will hearten you a tad bit? thank you for all you do. OH and post one of these every so often to give yourself a little bit of love that is spoken not just silent "likes and pins"!

  173. Brooke — You are human! We all get discouraged, especially young mothers with tornado kids — all kids are tornados IMO. Your blog is one of 4 I check regularly. As Nemo says, Keep on Swimming. I love your blog. I have a piano that is 108 years old, dark oak, but with fun carvings. I really want to try your paint/glaze makeover, but will have to wait until after the holidays. I just had a birthday and am 5-onederful years old (aagghh-how did that happen) I still feel 31. In my wise opinion, do what you enjoy and what's important and you will be happy! Enjoy your December and love up those little ones. Before you know it, they'll all be out of the house. I speak from experience :-)

  174. Girl…. you just keep being YOU!!! I love your blog. I'm not sure that I am signed up as a "follower" of your blog or not…I very rarely sign up to be a follower. I keep all my blogs in my FAVORITES… and YES you're in there =) You have a great blog, and I don't think you need to change a thing. As for Pinterest…I'm on there, but very rarely go there. I'd rather read the entire story of how you (blog I'm reading) made their project, and what went into it.

    xo

  175. Brooke, I identify.

    Now, think back to the days when you didn't get comments at all. There had to have been some. You are way past that!

    My blog is about 2 years old. My first followers were ME, my son (who did it from love alone–no interest in organizing) and a dear friend. After a year I had 17 FB fans and 11 followers. That's it. And we're still at pale numbers–thankfully in the hundreds, now– compared to your wonderful site. How many you got? You're HUGE and rightfully so. What great content and great ideas you share with every post. I only just found All Things Thrifty but you will be hearing from me often.

    BTW…I just set up a Pinterest board for Ducks 'n a Row and am hanging at 5 wonderful followers. A humble beginning but believing for more! ….Many Blessings!

  176. Laurie Murray says:

    Hello Brooke…I found your blog through Pinterest. Pinterest has changed blogging, but I hope it helps more than it hurts. It was inspiring and encouraging to someone who feels totally backward when it comes to home decorating and diy projects. We are renting right now and starting a wood-fired pizza business (here in St. George actually) and money is tight. After I looked at your posts I was inspired to look around my house and see where I could start. I plan on visiting your blog often to educate myself. Thanks.

  177. I've been following your blog now for almost 2 years!! Actually… I honestly don't think I even officially follow it. But it's a bookmark on my browser and I check it at least once a day. (Not an exaggeration!!!) I love your blog and all of your posts! I just never ever comment on anyones blog. I feel like I would just say "AMAZING!!! WOW!!" every single post.. haha you would get sick of my comments. :) keep it up, amazing woman! PS I LOVE room reveals. They're my favorite.

  178. I just started following your blog and I love it!! Don't stop:) I was so inspired by your crafting that I bought the silhouette cameo on the black friday deal! I have no idea how I will use it but I was convinced that I need it :) Thanks so much for your blog!

  179. I feel the same way about comments/pinterest :(

  180. well i know this is late but i saw this and from my heart to yours, i love you! like seriously you are such an inspiration. I actually found you from pinterest and im on your blog everyday, i just miss things sometimes because im still trying to figure out how you blog works (i think i finally got it) c: but DO NOT quite blogging im begging you. you have so many great ideas and your extremely skilled and i dont think i can find a blog that compares to you. well thank you for all the inspiration and ideas. a NOTE: DO NOT QUITE BLOGGING thanks(: .
    sincerely yours,
    Sydney and every other ATT fan. c:

  181. sohila zadran says:

    Greetings from California! I’m bored to death at work so I decided to browse your website on my iphone during lunch break. I really like the information you provide here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home. I’m shocked at how quick your blog loaded on my cell phone .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyways, wonderful blog!

  182. sohila zadran says:

    Hey just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The text in your post seem to be running off the screen in Opera. I’m not sure if this is a format issue or something to do with internet browser compatibility but I figured I’d post to let you know. The design and style look great though! Hope you get the issue fixed soon. Thanks

  183. Found you thru pinterest. I am so excited that I have found your site. I feel like I know you so well I have spent so much time looking and reading tutorials. Just from reading your blog has inspired me to try my hand at painting furniture and i have a chair in the garage to recover, just waiting till i find fabric. Getting discouraged/ less comments is tough. I dont blog but could imagine. I feel like when people dont respond to me they hate me or that I did something wrong. You are an amazing mom, and awesome crafter! Hopefully my items will look as professional as yours. Keep up the amazing work.

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