Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy New Year Wishes and New Beginnings

via Linen and Lavender

I first began blogging as the start of something new. My ambitions were to finally compose my thoughts, share my passions and inspire my readers to revel in the beauty of each day.

I feel that looking back on the last year, having read each of your lovely comments, that I have been able to accomplish each of those ambitions.

I love the feelings that come with a new year. I love the anticipation of change, the desire to live more fully and the feelings of starting fresh.

As I write this, I am both looking forward to a new beginning, and still slightly unsure if I really want the now to end.

I have decided to finish blogging, if not forever, for a while. I feel as though I'm being called to try some new things this year. I will also be closing my Etsy shop, and what is probably hardest for me, will not be hosting my annual Vintage Tag Sale in the Fall.

It should be understood that I will be leaving these things not for negative reasons, but for ones that I am greatly anticipating.

Ryan and I are happily expecting our second baby this summer. It is so wonderful to share my anticipation with Willen as he looks forward to being a big brother and learns what it will all entail. I look forward to spending the rest of the winter months at home, readying our house for another baby, freshening up the nursery and finishing off as many projects as I can accomplish before the baby arrives (within reason of course!). I look forward to enjoying the spring months without trying to make it to every estate sale I can possibly fit in. Don't get me wrong, I have many pieces I am still hunting down, but for once, I will actually keep them for myself. And for course, I cannot wait to meet our newest addition this summer and spend the rest of the year enjoying the blessings of our newly expanded family.

So, because it's as simple as that, I wish you all the happiest of new years and hope that you too are anticipating new beginnings and all the excitement that comes with a fresh start.

Thank you for being such wonderful readers and for everything this past year and a half. I have enjoyed sharing each and every post with you and look forward to reading about all that will be happening for you in the coming year on your beautiful blogs.

Best wishes,


  1. Thank you for all your lovely inspiration that you have shared with us...you definately did achieve your goals!

    Congratulations on the new addition to your family and I wish you the best not only in 2012 but forever..... have fun!

    xo Sarah

  2. Congratulations on the new addition to your family!Thank you and I wish you a happy 2012!

  3. Congrats on the soon to be babe!!! Such an exciting time and I thank you so much for all of the inspiration that you have displayed and shared....Wishing you all the best! Xoxoxo ~Ashley

  4. Oh Maria,
    All the best to you and your beautiful growing family!!!
    You will adore having 2, I have 2 boys and they are so much fun to watch and your son will just love have a sibling!
    Have a wonderful New Year!!

  5. Blessings to you and that sweet baby you are preparing for :) Happy New Year to you!

  6. Congratulations to you and blessings to your family as you await your little one. I have enjoyed visiting your blog.

  7. Thanks for all of the inspirations & stories shared over the past year & 1/2. Your blog updates will be missed! Very happy for you Ryan & Willen as you begin this exciting new chapter!
    Lots of Love!

  8. Congratulations! You have such a lovely blog.

  9. I've recently found your blog and LOVE IT! I'm also Canadian ;) We're expecting our second baby end of this month. We have a toddler son who will be 3 soon. Congratulations!!

  10. Maria, congratulations on the pregnancy. I hope you have a wonderful 2012, but I will most definitely miss your lovely blog. With kind regards, Linda x

  11. bonne chance to you and your ever-growing family! may this new year bring you all health, happiness and dreams realized! it has been a pleasure following you!

  12. Congratulations Maria and family! Such exciting news! I am actually expecting this summer as well...maybe we'll meet at The General??!! ;)
    I am sad to hear about your blog, but understand what the next few months will entail! HOpefully I will see you around the city!!

  13. Your lovely inspiration will be missed, but oh how full and exciting your life! We just had our 3rd this fall; so enjoy all of your preparations for your little one!

  14. Wow what am i going to do at coffee break in the morning... I have enjoyed all of your blogs and have even gone on other blogs which are on your post.
    I am proud off what you have done and find myself often braging about your blog and your yearly sale.
    Looking forward and praying for that precious little one that is comming.
    I Love you and will always support your new endeavors.(Regardles I am still going to the big Amish sale)

  15. Wow, I've been looking through your blog at the photos of your home. Its so lovely and inspiring. Its what I've been trying for with my house, not quite there yet.

  16. Nooooooooooo!!!!! ...Ugh, fine. As long as you leave the blog up at least. :) I'm happy for you or whatever. :)
    Good luck, Girl!

  17. Congratulations on your new little one! And thank you for sharing your insights and inspirations with us! You will be missed. :)

  18. it's been a delight to share throughout the year with you and learn from your fantastic style and taste.

    may all your unfulfilled dreams and wishes come to life this year.

    blessings and fairy dust your way

  19. Congratulations on your wonderful news of a sweet babe soon to arrive.
    Wishing you the very best for the year that lies ahead.

  20. Congratulations on your wonderful family growing news, Maria. Wish you all the best! p.s. will definitely miss your lovely posts but there will be more time for that later in life...

  21. Hello Maria,
    I was so sad to read your latest post. I adore your blog and have been following it for quite some time, I will hate to see you go!
    I understand that life has many chapters and you are looking forward to starting a new one; which must be so exciting for you (congratulations on your new baby by the way); hopefully you will return to blogging when you are inspired but if not good luck and best wishes in all of your endeavors and adventures,
    Jenah xo

  22. Hi Maria,
    Good luck to your plans and I'm wishing that you overcome all the endeavors that life may bring. This year, I'm wishing you all the best.

    Some new year messages here.

  23. That's to bad your closing your store. I understand though you have other important things in your life. I hope your life is full of love and happiness.

  24. I so understand how you feel and am contemplating a similar decision. I have taken this last year to not refinish furniture to sell, but to just work on my own home and I can tell you it has been one of the best years of my life. All the work of hunting for the objects and then the work of refinishing them, only to sell them off had worn me out more than I knew. I have found joy again in putzing around my house and yard instead of always the pace of hectic rushing. Enjoy your time to do for yourself and prepare for your sweet coming baby. Best wishes to you for the new year.

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