Saturday, January 19, 2013

Grow Your Blog

Welcome to  Grow Your Blog  sponsored by Vicki @ 2 Bags Full.
Vicki did a great job putting this party together and I wanted to thank her
for all her hard work.

I am a day late joining the party due to computer problems.  All is well now and I
am back to blogging. 
At 2 Bags Full  you'll find links to almost four hundred blogs...all there to
meet new people and hopefully grow their blogs.  I am always excited to
find new blogs with similar interests as mine.  Looks like I'll be busy for
quite a while going through all the links at the party!
For those of you not familiar with "No Minimalist Here" I thank you for visiting
for the first time.  Our move from  Florida to Virginia. three years ago prompted
 me to start blogging.  Hubby and I sold our home in Florida fully furnished
(they even bought our pots, pans & dishes)  and we had to pretty much start
 decorating our new home from scratch.
My friends and family know how much I love decorating, they were asking
me to email them pictures as we worked on our home. I decided the best way
to share our progress was through starting a blog. Never in a million years did I
dream No Minimalist Here would grow to the size it is now, nor did I think anyone
other than a few family and friends would even visit.
I truly appreciate each and everyone of you that have made this blog such
a fun and wonderful experience for me.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
For those of you that are visiting here for the first time, or are relatively new
 followers,  I am highlighting below are just a few of my favorite projects.
Above is one of the first projects I showed on my new blog... Ballard Design Knockoff
It is still one of the most visited post even three years later.
Make Your Own Chalk Paint For $4.00  to date has had over 200,000 visitors and still has
more views each week than any other post.  Who would have ever thought?

I saw a great Lazy Susan at Pottery Bar and decided to try to recreate the look.   The
Pottery Barn Inspired Piece is still one of my favorites...even if it did only cost me $1.00.

Covering the altar candlesticks with Spackle really transformed the bright
gold finish on this pair.

Thanks for dropping by and you can find more of my frugal projects in the
archives. Also,  I would love for you to link up to the Open House party held right
 here starting every Wednesday evening.

 I will try to get around to visiting everyone linked to the
Grow Your Blog Party.   In the meantime just leave a comment that
you are a new follower here and I will happily follow back.


Partying this week at:
A stroll Thru Life



Di Lewis said...

Hi Sherry ! I also joined "Grow" party. I already follow you,and post with you. I have gained 3 new followers today. yea! Its been a long time with none. I didnt know you moved from Fla to Va and started from scratch. Let me tell you, you ve done a heck of a beautiful job, my friend!!huggs, Dianna

Sharlotte said...

Dropping over from the "Grow Your Blog" party! I've been looking and looking and love your site! I'm now a follower because I can't wait to see your next post!

Beth @ E. lizard Breath Speaks said...

i'm a new follower - i'm really enjoying all these blogs & this blog party. please stop by my blog soon for a visit. take care & have a great weekend. ( :

Linda at French Hollow said...

Hi Sherry, I'm a fairly new follower of No Minimalist Here, and I must say I love your posts. Thanks for sharing your lovely ideas and projects.


Debra @ Common Ground said...

wow Sherry, I didn't realized you "sold everything"! sometimes, I think that would be refreshing; a chance to start fresh and rethink it all. I'm heading over to visit the party.

Judy said...

hi sherry,

i'm not sure i ever knew about your blog story so thank you for sharing it. your blog is one of my favorites!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

I suscribed a long time ago. I think it's because I loved the title of your blog... "Minimalist" decoration is really trendy right now in France and it's just not me! But I'm a brand new follower, since I only recently discovered what it was, when someone asked me to add the gadget on my own blog.

Pam said...

Your homemade chalk paint recipe post got me started and I've become a painting fool! (and really good at it) Thanks for the posts!!

Just Spiff It said...

Spackle huh? I have some candle sticks that are simliar so I will give it a try. Hope they come out as well as yours.
I have been following you for a while now - this morning I was happy to see the Grow party you are having! I have blogged for a while now but this last week I have decided that I wanted to grow my blog and become more dedicated to it. I have a lot to learn. So thanks for having this party!!!
Enjoy your blog !

Christina Paul said...

What a lovely site- and love the title! Wonderful design and travel photos! Thanks for visiting- Vicki's party has been so fun! just joined yuor site and can't wait to see more

Theresa Halverson said...

Hi Sherry, Thanks for stopping by my blog for The Grow Party. Love your site. Looking forward to seeing more of your posts. I too am an antique dealer and DIY and decorating. Lots in common!
Little putty, Little paint

lynn cockrell said...

Great post, Sherry! I've been a follower of your blog since right after I decided to start blogging. I had been "visiting" blogs for several years and was trying to get up the nerve to start my own. You continue to inspire me. Thanks!


Becka said...

Hi sherry-
I'm returning the visit from Girasole Farm.
I am smitten with you design taste.
Lovely for sure.
I'm anxious to get to know you better.
:) Becka

Geneva said...

You have such a unique decorating style and it was good to see some of your favorite projects. Always Inspiring! I'll be sure to check out the Grow Your Blog Party ... it sounds like fun!

Tami Von Zalez said...

I've seen you around the blogosphere - one million page views WOW! You go girl ~

Popped in from the Grow Your Blog hop.

Give me a visit some time ~

pink*cherub*moon said...

Hi! Not sure if I ever let you know that I was following your blog or not, but I know that I have left oodles of comments. There is always something wonderful to comment about in your posts and I'm truly enjoying reading them all. I have lived in Florida before and lived most of my life here in Virginia, so we have that in common, among other things. Thank you for so much inspiration and fun! Hugs, Leena

Mary Ann at classic•casual•home said...

I will check out the Grow Party...this was a fun post.

I have been enjoying your blog, Sherry, for a long time!

Elizabeth Johnson said...

Thanks for perpetually fun ideas.

The Open Window said...

Stopping by from the Grow your blog event. I love your blog and have become a follower. Cant wait to see more from your great blog.

OldThingsNew said...

Yours is one of the first blogs I began following Sherry & your are such an inspiration. So glad to see you on the blog-hop trail! Big hugs to you, Patti

Chubby Chieque said...


I also joined. Let see if my blog really grows.

Love the candelabras.

Happy TTT and enjoy your week ahead.

Greetings from a freezing Stockholm,
/CC girl

Betty Marie's said...

Hi Sherry, I am one of your new follower's and also new to blogging. There is so much to learn! I love your blog!

Designs By Pinky said...

I wouldlove to grow my blog so will go checkout that post! Thanks for letting us know. I LOVE< LOVE those candlesticks!!!! SPACKLE!!??? How did you ever come up with that idea??? XO, Pinky

Pendra said...

I came to you thru French Country Cottage and love your site and am your newest follower. We are empty nester's who sold our big family home and rented by our Grandkids for 5 years...guess what, they turned into teenagers and have lives of their own, so we bought another home and are starting all over again... Off to check out Grow Your Blog!

The Honeysuckle Bus Stop said...

I am new to your blog and LOVE it! Please follow me back!

nonniescedarchest said...

It is nice to meet you through Vicki's GYB.

I spent a lot of time reading your blog. I love everything!

If you have a chance stop by and visit me at

Maureen said...

Beautiful antiques and blog Sherry! I have just added myself to your long list of Followers! Glad to have found you via Vicki's blog party.

Donna Huisinga said...

Hi Sherry, I have admired your projects before and am just getting the bug to start painting furniture. So I am really tuned it now and have become a follower. Will jump over to the blog party now. Such creativity.