Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Stripes and Summer

Sneaking in to tell you that I spent some time over the Memorial Day weekend dreaming up some breezy summer totes for us all. (Because we know, of course, that totes are all the rage this summer.) Thought I'd tell you that the first are up in the Etsy Shop, and I promise more as the summer wears, happily, on.

Stop by and shop - without getting up - by clicking here.

And. I think I'm reconsidering blogging. I'm considering a return to blogging. With stipulations. Stipulations that involve earning money. (Sigh). I just don't know. I just can't decide....

46 comments:

Emily said...

Do what you have to do! I would love to see you blogging again even if it meant there were ads/sponsors!

Life At Camellia Cottage said...

It's your life, sweete! Do what you want! I'm a thinking, just maybe, that you are finding out what many of us have - that blogging is an outlet that helps you speak what's on your mind and get it out into the open air. I miss your posts, but understand you need to do what is best for you. I'm sure, whatever you choose to do, the decision will be made prayerfully. Becky G.

Lindy said...

Yay! I am SO happy that you are reconsidering blogging... stipulations and all! I am keeping my fingers... and toes... crossed!

I have SO enjoyed your recent updates/May newsletter. And if you return to blogging... I will be thrilled! I just love your photos, your writing, your recipes... everything. I'll even love the ads! hehe

Sissy said...

I miss you and your recipes. Come back, please. Millie wants you to.

Sue said...

If you blog, I will read! If you don't, I will understand!

Bee said...

Since I just discovered the blog a few days ago and loved it immediately, I hope you'll find away to blog again. Ads don't bother me.

Jen said...

Yes!!! We would love to have you back, and why not make a little money while you're at it?

Jackie said...

I miss your writing...come back....

Sandi said...

Oh please come back! I miss you along with many other people.
Blessings~

Beth said...

It would be nice to have you back - even if there's ads involved. Do what you have to do...

Amy@DesigningaLifeILove said...

WOO-HOO!!! My PRAYERS have been ANSWERED!!

You've just made my day. I hope you decide to blog again. I thought I could do without you, but every now and then, I keep coming back to the blog, just to reminisce...

THANK - YA - JE - SUS!! {{smacking my forehead and falling in floor...}}

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

Oh Brin, you know how much I'd LOVED to have you back to posting, and hey if you can make some money at it, I say go for it! It's a dog eat dog world, gotta feed Millie somehow! lol

Susan said...

Go for it girlfriend !! there are so many, many fantastic (now famous) blogs that have visually pleasing and content appropriate advertising - dooce, pioneer woman, practically all the great decor/design blogs - I don't get why advertising is perceived as bad if it's appropriate (cooking, gardening, crafting, home decor, & book sites would be totally appropriate here) and not ugly looking I say Go For It !!!

ps. the bags are great !!

Shelley in SC said...

We'd love to have you back!! I haven't found another blog that's quite got the same heart!!

Beverly said...

in this changing world, we do what we need to do to support ourselves. You seem to have a creative talent that I believe will be well served in the blogging world.....Glad you are back...at least I hope you are back...

Mrs. Toro said...

Why NOT make money while blogging? ;) Makes perfect "cents!" Please come back soon!

Jenn said...

You do what you have to do to take care of yourself, mind, body and soul. If that means we get to read more blogs...YAY!!! If not, it is still nice being able to catch up with the newsletter and facebook. But just so you know, you are missed!

Kathleen Grace said...

Ooh, I would LOVE to see you blogging again, even just occasionally! It's always a treat when your blog pops up on my google reader and I get just one more post:>) I can't believe you have time to sew AND run the bakery! Oh, and if you have to take on ads, so be it. We all gotta survive dear. Just do what you have to and get back here!

Neighborhood Gossip said...

Do it! Please!

Faith said...

Your blog is an encouragement and it would be wonderful if you returned. However, I would understand if you choose not to.

Kristie said...

My kids wondered why I was jumping up and down!! I'd love it if you would blog again...ads and all!!

I Should Be Cleaning Up said...

yeah, who cares if there'll be ads! As long as it's still easy to read what you've written :)

paisley penguin said...

Yes, yes, yes - I do hope you come back to blogging but truly do what you feel is right for you!

Deb said...

Ditto to all the previous comments, Brin. I'll be praying that your decision becomes clear to you. I'd LOVE to see you write again, share your absolutely beautiful photographs, post recipes, etc. How you do it all, I'll never know, but we all reap your creative genius. So thank you!!!!!

Love to Millie!!!!!

Rox said...

WooHoo!!! Please come back :)
Rox

Amy said...

Hon do you what you have to do in order to live. And I think everyone will be super happy to hear you've come back to blogging. = )

Kirstin said...

I have missed your blog and won't mind ads. I read several blogs with ads and they do not bother me. I'm glad talented bloggers like you are able to earn money doing this!

Howdy! I'm Ruth Ann said...

Hey Brin, I just got a leap in my heart! I hope you do share the "life and times of Brin" with us again! We love to read about your gumpton, grit and grace. Your words and stories are always so refreshing, facinating and full of your courageous, adventurous spirit which inspires us all. You are an amazing writer. I think returning to blogging would be the best thing for your business. I encourage you to make an income through your blog! I never understood why any one would have a problem with that. Have some ads, who cares, we all have to make a living. You have so many fans, you could write an e-book, we would all love to buy it and we would all benefit!(let's see...10 dollars x 1000 ebooks...hmmmm!) If you do I'll announce it on my blog to promote it! Are you familiar with problogger.net ? If not, it's a great resource for ideas on how to make an income through your blog. It's really a win win situation. You win, we win. And if you do decide to start up again, do yourself a favor and only post HOW OFTEN AND WHEN YOU WANT TO, you are a busy gal with a full plate, we all understand that. Enjoy your life, do what you need to do to make it enjoyable. Well, that's my little pat on the back for you today sugar! You go girl!
God Bless you!
Aunt Ruthie
sugarpiefarmhouse.com

Rebecca said...

Ah Girl, quit fightin' it. You love spending time with us, and writing is good medicine for you. A return to blogging doesn't mean you have to do it every single day. Blog as much as you want, even if its only every now and then. No pressure. :)

Its good to see you again...I'm off to check out the totes....

Grace =) said...

it would be so awesome to have you back! And I agree with your other readers that there is nothing wrong with having ads run on your blog. I also think the idea of an e-book or something similar is a great idea too. I would also promote it on my blog (though I don't get a lot of traffic).
I know I'm not alone in saying that I hope you come back!
I liked reading your update and seeing your hankies and totes! I feel the need to do some summer sewing myself soon!

Brambleberry said...

I wouldn't mind ads! :)

Cathy said...

Go for it, dear Brin! I'm just so glad you're back-- I know we've all missed you :)

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Come on! Money is great, too! We don't mind--you're writing is worth it, as is your sharing. Go for it!

Debe said...

Just thinking yesterday that I wondered how you were faring. Glad to see you PoP Up again. Consider seriously. Miss you.

Kim said...

Hope you do blog again. Your devotional blogs are sadly missed.

patientmom said...

definately do!...what's a few ads between friends :)

Ellen said...

I'm so glad you are considering coming back. I've been reading your blog as a lurker for a good while and have finally come out of the shadows :) I had missed the pics of your pretty library, so am going to go get caught up now. So good to see you back!

Cee said...

These are different times. We need to use the resources we have. Everyone knows that.

Just recently Rhonda at http://down---to---earth.blogspot.com/ here in Australia made the same decision.

I'd love to continue hearing of your journey.

All the best with your decision making! If you do, would you consider making your comments page a pop up window rather than a full page change??

Warm thoughts from South Australia.

Jessica said...

yes, come back!

the kitschen table said...

Just found you.
I like you.
I'll be back.
Often.

Julie

Terri and Bob said...

Come back!! I can deal with the ads!!

Emma's Paper Patch said...

i had just come here to find a recipe i remember you had and to my surprise..you had updated! yea!! i have missed you and your recipes...most of all your faith. i do hope you come back.

chunnym said...

Do what is best for you and your life. I will still read your blog, even if you have sponsors. We are all adults, and click them if we choose. Come back to us!!

tara said...

Brin, so excited that you are considering coming back and blogging! you have been greatly missed! Although I have enjoyed getting Henrybella updates on Facebook...I miss hearing what is going on in your world (besides cooking that is!) and what God is doing in your heart. It has always been so encouraging - your realness, that is. Oh, and I tend to 'tune out' ads so I haven't a problem with them one bit! Take care and hope to hear from you soon! :) Tara

Brenda said...

Please come back! I miss you!

I love your house and your life stories. You are a fantastic writer.

You love the Lord and share His truth in a wonderful way. You are a blessing to many, me included.

His will be done! (But, I would like you back!)

Debbie said...

ditto what the others have said. Even if you are not blogging, I do hope you are using your incredible gift of writing in some other way.