The Shabby Nest: A Blog Redefined~

I've been blogging for a long time...since 2008....which is a lifetime in blogging years. 
And I have watched the landscape of the blogging world change dramatically during that time.  
It's been a very interesting journey, and one that I wouldn't have traded.

One of my earliest logos.

Another one of my early - although more recent - logos.

This past year had me thinking about the direction I wanted to take with the blog.  With everything that has been going on in my life the past couple of years, I haven't been giving the blog the attention that it deserves, and I was wondering if perhaps I should just retire from blogging.

But the more I thought about that, the more I realized that I really don't want to retire from blogging.
Instead, I want to breathe new life into The Shabby Nest.
I want to go back to the excitement of those first blogging days when I was filled with passion and enthusiasm.
I'm hoping that my new found devotion to the blog will be reflected in my posts.

My current logo (it's not going to change - I  LOVE IT!

When I started the blog, I wanted it to be a creative space where I could share my love of interior design, DIY and crafting.  Through the years I have changed the focus of the blog to be more DIY oriented.  And although I will still be sharing DIY ideas, I really want to shift the focus again and make the overall feeling of The Shabby Nest more of a lifestyle blog.  

I work as an interior designer, and interior design is my passion, so the main focus of my blog will still be interior design related.  But I also have a background in fashion, so I will be sharing a bit of fashion as well.  Of course, crafting and DIY will still make an appearance.  And everything will always be shared with an eye toward affordability.

It has always been important to me to share with my readers ways they can make their homes beautiful without breaking the bank.  I'm still going to do that, I'm just going to expand on it a little bit.  That said, my new mission statement for The Shabby Nest is 
Living A Beautiful Life on A Budget.

I'm so excited to start on this new blogging adventure!  
I hope you're going to enjoy it as much as I am!
Bring it on 2016!




Thin For You Thursday - A Progress Update~

Hello Lovelies!

I haven't posted a Thin For You Thursday post in quite a while.  So I wanted to check in with you all.  I'll be honest.  These posts are difficult for me to write.  Not because I haven't made any progress...but mostly because weight is a difficult subject for me.

It's scary to put these things out there.   But I'm truly hoping that in doing so, I might give someone somewhere a little bit of inspiration in their own battle.  Whether it be weight loss or something else that they are trying to overcome.

We can do it!!

See my latest before/after after the break...


Simple Joys - The Gingerbread House~

Welcome Lovelies!

Last week I posted about my goal to simplify the holiday season for my family and myself. The Christmas season can become such a crazy race where shopping and parties become the focus, and I really want to slow it down and make it purposeful for my family.

What does a gingerbread house have to do with a simple, purposeful holiday? Well...

Read more after the break...


The Simple Joys of the Holidays~

I have been in simplification mode for a couple of years now.  Life just seems to flow better when the superfluous stuff is removed and I focus on the things that are really important.

And at Christmas time, the thing that is most important for me is spending time with my loved ones...especially my sweet kiddos.

Last year I came up with a short of list of Christmas To-Dos.  And I wanted to share them with you again.

They are simple.
They are inexpensive.  Okay, admittedly movies can get expensive.  
(That's why we almost always go to matinees.)
They are fun for every member of the family - even the teens...mostly ;).

My holiday challenge to you, my dear readers, is to make a simple Christmas to-do list for your family.  One that doesn't involve a lot of money.  One that encourages family togetherness.
Won't you simplify your holidays with me?




Christmas House Tour Sources~

Hello Lovelies!

I wanted to start by thanking everyone for your wonderful response to my Christmas House Tour!  I love sharing Hydeaway Cottage with you!  Especially when it's all prettied up for the holidays.

Today I wanted to share sources for some of the most asked about items from my tour...

Read more after the break...


Holiday House Walk - My Christmas House Tour~

Welcome to my Christmas House Tour!  

I'm so excited to be taking part in this year's Holiday House Walk  hosted by Jennifer Rizzo.

See the whole tour after the break...


A Few Christmas Tutorials~

I thought it would be fun to kick off December by sharing a few of my favorite Christmas tutorials I have posted here on the blog through the years...

First up, one of my most pinned tutorials...Easy DIY Felt Trees (inspired by some I saw at Land of Nod).

See the other tutorials after the break...