Tuesday, September 25, 2012

~White Wednesday # 171~

Mums always remind me of the change in seasons which is what is happening with the weather lately.  I'm also experiencing some changes in my life and as a result my blog will be going through change as well.  It is with a heavy heart that this will be my last White Wednesday post and link party.  

My heart has not been in it for a while now and I've kept if going for all of you out there and had been contemplating finishing up the year and then stopping, but a few things have happenend lately that made me realize it has become more of a burden than something I love.  At times, even stressful and I want to focus more on my family right now.

I had no idea when I started this that it would grow to be what it did and will forever be grateful for the friendships I've made and the inspiration I've gained from all of you.  I've been told many times by some of you the very same thing, so I feel it has surved it's purpose and now it is time to move on. 

When one door closes, another opens and I hope you will continue to follow me on my journey with this little blog.  I still have lots of projects and  am contniually changing things in my home to share.  I have just finished painting my living room and am excited to show you, hopefully later this week.  I have also been working on opening an Etsy store so I have hopes this will allow me more time for that in the near future.

Even as I type, I feel a sense of relief and am excited to post when and what I want and not have the pressure that this party has brung at times .  I don't like to let people down, but truly hope everyone will understand my situation.   Thanks to everyone of you who have supported me and my blog over the years.  It has been an amzing experience! xoxo K. 
 

79 comments:

  1. Kathleen, we all love you and understand how life brings changes. Less stress is what we all need. Don't worry, we're all still going to be here, seeing what new things you're doing! hugs and blessings, xoxo

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  2. Beautiful flowers ... but I really love that rusty urn!! Thanks for hosting!

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  3. I am sorry to hear there will be no more white wednesday but I have sure enjoyed it--more as a looker and sometimes with my own submission. I look forward to seeing your upcoming projects!

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  4. Thank you for all the wonderful weeks that you have hosted this great event. It will be missed. Best of luck with whatever direction you move in and we will all be back.....
    Simone

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  5. I am so blessed to know you and yes I will always follow. White Wednesday has brought some dear friendships to me as well. Here's to you and the next door. Mcuh love to Kathleen

    hugs
    Kate
    xoxo

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  6. Hi Kathleen,

    Thanks for hosting and good luck with all your new ventures! I'm a new blogger (May 2012) and sometimes I can't believe how people can post every day! I, myself can handle about once a week right now, and I'm fine with that. Your blog is lovely!

    Have a great week.

    Poppy

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  7. I'm so sad to hear this is your last White Wednesday. =( Sometimes we have to take a step back from our crazy lives so I completely understand! I will miss it!

    Jeanine

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  8. Hi Kathleen, Sometimes life requires we make changes and I'm sure your decision was heartfelt! Don't feel bad, you created such a lovely meme to come for inspiration and I'm grateful for the opportunity to be a part of it. I will miss White Wednesday but you better believe I'll visit often. Best wishes with your changes. Lovely fall decor here today............

    ~~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  9. Oh Kathleen, I so admire you party ladies and the work you do so we all can have fun and get blog exposure. You have given me so many hours of pleasure since I love white so much. I will never have a Wednesday without thinking white again! I also admire your decision to let go. I more than understand what a relief it must be. I could never blog under that kind of pressure and expectation. You've done a marvelous job. I had not an inkling that changes were coming! Bless you dear Kathleen! And thank you so so much!

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  10. Kathleen,
    White Wednesdays has always been a favorite party of mine. I can imagine it is overwhelming, especially after so long, and with other things in life to be taken care of.
    I am so relieved that you will still be blogging (almost typed blessing!)
    Thanks for sharing your whites!

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  11. WW will truly be missed but I totally understand your feelings as I am about to make a major change for me this week also. It was a long hard decision and was with shed tears but I know it's for the best and will make my life less stressful. I wish you all the best with Etsy and I hope you can visit some and I will see you soon. Best Wishes, Lynn

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  12. My dear friend,

    I celebrate you and what you have accomplished with this link party. Those of us who were there at the beginning know how much this has meant to so many. I have such dear and close blog pals now because of you and I hope that is the memory that you take with you.

    You affected people's lives Kathleen, you made a change in the world. You inspired and shared and taught kindness. I thank you with all my heart and I'll still be seeing you here and over at my place. :D
    much love,
    z

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  13. You have been such an inspiration to me, even though I don't link up very often,as I don't always have much white,I still love to see what you all post. I will certainly be still coming over. Thank you again and good luck with your new venture. xxoo

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  14. Kathleen,
    I understand I was worried you were going away! So glad you are staying around and still posting!I always enjoy reading your blog!You always inspire me!Thank you so much for hosting all of these parties! I look forward to see all of your projects as you share them!
    xx
    Anne

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  15. Love you girl!!! You made a huge difference in my life!!! I love your blog and will always be back!! I have something you might be interested in so I will private message you...xoxokathee

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  16. You gotta do what you gotta do! Thanks for hosting it as long as you have - it's been a pleasure linking up here and viewing all the lovely white links each week. Looking forward to seeing your Etsy shop!

    Blessings,
    ~Angie @ Knick of Time

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  17. I totally understand, even a simple blog is work. You've done an amazing job with featuring this gorgeous weekly link party. I know we will all miss it but there perhaps it will be taken up by someone else down the road.

    There will never be another White Wednesday like yours, Kathleen. You will live forever in my White Wednesday little heart.

    Here's to all the gorgeous white vignettes we've pulled together last minute...even shocking ourselves in the process! Here's to all the fabulous posts inspired by you!

    xo Rhonda

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  18. Good for you Kathleen!!
    It is your blog and your life and you have to do what feels right. You can't continue something that has become a burden.
    I absolutely love all your posts and I am sure your kindness and inspiration will continue on throughout all of your postings.
    Good luck with all your future projects, family, etsy and blog.
    Can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve.
    Many thanks and hugs for all you have given and shared.
    Amy

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  19. Just this...

    {{{{{{{{FC}}}}}}}}

    I'll stay ~

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  20. no...THANK YOU! for all your hard work and all the fun and inspiration you have given us! sure hope you will pass the WHITE WEDNESDAY mantle on to keep the beauty alive!!!

    m ^..^

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  21. Thank you Kathleen for being a wonderful hostess for all of this time. I'm glad you are doing what is best for yourself and your family, even if I will miss this link party. I'll still be following your blog and will enjoy keeping up with you and the changes around your home.

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  22. Oh Kathleen, you do what is best for YOU! White Wednesday has been an inspiration for so many thanks to you, and we've all made many friends here, but as you say - it is time to move on. No one wants this link party to be a burden. We can still share our whites wherever, whenever. I will still look forward to visiting you, your beautiful home and photos here. And we still have all these many past parties to look to for inspiration as well.
    THANK YOU for a great run!!! Rest easy now and enjoy your next steps. :)

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  23. Oh, Kathleen - I was saddened to read that White Wednesdays will be a thing of the past. :( Your linky party was the very first one I ever participated in when I started blogging, and because of it, I met so many new blog friends. ♥ I will truly miss it. BUT, rest assured - I'm not going anywhere, sweetie! I've got you on my blog roll and will continue to look for your inspiring posts each week, my friend! :)

    Big hugs to you -

    xoxo laurie

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  24. I have only linked up to your party twice, since I live in a house of color, but have enjoyed viewing not only your home, but the others that have linked up. I can't even imagine how much time and effort goes into hosting a link party and thank you for all the weeks that you've sacrificed your time to do so. Enjoy your new freedom!!!

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  25. I have enjoyed your parties so much, but I totally understand you needing to take a break. Blogging should never be a burden, but a pleasure! You are not letting anyone down! Your family is SO MUCH more important than a blog party! Enjoy your extra time with them! Life to the full, Melissa

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  26. Enjoy yourself with a bit of extra time for you and your family! Of course, I'll be looking forward to your posts! ~ Maureen

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  27. thanks for hosting my fave day of the week Kathleen.

    blessings

    barb

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  28. I am fairly new as a blog follower and poster. I admit that White Wednesday is my favorite party to browse ... Thanks for conceiving the idea, and especially thanks for continueing to host it long after the fun was gone for you. Your style is wonderful, crisp and warm at the same time, I will definitely continue to follow. Thanks for the sacrifice you have made to keep it going as long as you have. -P

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  29. I support you 100%. Hosting a party every week, whether in "real" life or in blogland can wear a hostess out. I commend you for having the courage to go with your heart, and I look forward to future posts.

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  30. Thank you for hosting White Wednesday again! I love the white mums for fall..so full and bountiful. Your outdoor vignettes are always so sweetly done.

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  31. PS- I wish you the VERY BEST OF LUCK on your Etsy!

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  32. I am sorry to see this weekly inspiration-in-white linky party come to an end since it has changed me , for the better, in so many ways. It has not only inspired my design aesthetic....it has changed me as a person by connecting me with like-minded and kindred spirits.Ii have forged new friendships and have been blessed because of it and YOU! Know that you have made a difference in so many lives and we will all be forever grateful. I wish you only the best as new doors open up for you. I am proud of you that you have the courage to close the one behind you and look to what is on the other side of the one that's open before you. I will continue to follow along as your inspiration is shared through your blog and your new ventures!! Happiest of WW's mon amie and many blessings! ;)

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  33. Thanks so much for having this linky party for us. I have enjoyed it every week and will miss it but I understand how time is precious. Have a good week. Deb

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  34. THANK YOU for all of the wonderful parties that you hosted Kathleen! I have enjoyed participating when I could and seeing all of the inspiration out there in blogland. You have helped me connect with some wonderful friends and I thank you for that. I think Suzan said it best for me... you have been a blessing to all of us and I will continue to stop by for some of you beautiful inspiration! t.xoxoxooxox

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  35. I have that cute little bag...now I know what to do with it!

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  36. Hi Kathleen,
    I hope all is okay with you, and I know how difficult it is to wear so many hats with so much responsibility. I am very grateful for your White Wednesdays because I got to know you and better than that, meet you in person at my store. I know you must feel so relieved that you have found more time for yourself and family. Please keep in touch my friend.

    Sue

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  37. I have loved my visit's with you. I haven't participated for some time, for much the same reasons I'm sure, however I always take a quick peek.

    Big Hugs
    cindy@stitches

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  38. I knew it was coming, Kathleen. I was sincere when I told you that I wanted you to be happy. I'm in a state of transition myself, and completely understand. If you ever need an ear again, you know where to find me.
    xoxoRosemary

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  39. Thank you so much for 171 White Wednesdays you've hosted Kathleen, it's been the one party I've stuck with during my few years of blogging and the one I've most looked forward to. Excited for your new journey (Etsy!) and wishing you the very best with it!!!

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  40. I so understand. I do enjoy your party but I more enjoy your home inspiration. So keep putting out your beautiful home ideas for me to see and I will be thrilled.

    God bless you and lead you in all you do.

    Amy

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  41. Thank you so much for the many White Wednesdays that I have enjoyed. I am glad that you are doing what is right for you. I wish you many blessings and I will continue to follow you on your blogging journey, where ever that may be.
    *Smiles*

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  42. Dear Kathleen,
    thank you so much for the White Wednesday party.Even so I didn't participate
    as often I really enjoyed it and will miss it.Of course I will come and see whats new:)
    Best wishes with your etsy shop.
    Hugs,
    Marie

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  43. Thank you so much for hosting White Wednesday for such a long time. It is sad to see it end, but of course everybody understands that priorities change. I hope all is well with you and your family, and I am glad you will continue to blog. x

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  44. Thank you Kathleen for all the pleasure you have given us. Go and enjoy yourself and we will love following you into the future. Change is good.
    Have FUN!!
    Angela.x

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  45. My best to you and I totally understand, blogging and Linky parties should be a hobby and something fun that you look forward to doing, never a chore or stressful. It can not consume our whole life. Best to you with your Etsy Shop and I'm sure you will be very successful.
    Big Hugs and blessings, Marilou

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  46. Hi Kathleen,
    I can understand where you're coming from. Sometimes blogging can get in the way of life and we have to step back for a while and take time for what's truly important in our lives. Thank you for all of the beautiful inspiration you have given us all and I wish you many blessings!!
    Take care sweet friend!!~
    Sincerely,
    Melinda

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  47. We understand....just glad you will still be blogging. Can't wait to see your new endeavors....

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  48. My best for everything, dear Kathleen! Very often, change is good.
    Hugs,
    Monica

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  49. I loved your White Wednesdays, but I totally understand how at times we have to recenter and reassess where we are going and the direction our lives take us. I am not a blogger, but I am a faithful follower and will look forward to seeing what the future brings you in blessings and bounty.

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  50. When I was here earlier, I just signed up, and now read your post.

    so sad to have this party end. You always made it sooo special!!
    But, I understand that life changes.... and good for you for stepping back, and doing what you need to take care of you!!!!

    What ever you do...you will have more to give to it, by putting this aside..
    God bless you.....

    barb

    PS thank you for having email sign up, so I won't miss anything when you do post. =)

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  51. I was reading your blog and enjoying it long before I even ever thought to link up. I will continue to do so! Thanks so much for even having parties for us to link with! Thank you Kathleen for your inspiration in all you do!
    Bless your heart.
    Meegan
    meeganmakes.com

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  52. Kathleen...best wishes to future expanding. That's a great thing...hope to see you on etsy,soon!

    JP

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  53. Hi Kathleen,
    Today I found you and today I noticed that will be last White Wednesday party, so I dedicate my white rose #86 to your sucess in your new journey!
    I'll visit you soon.
    Happy week!

    Hugs from Portugal
    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  54. Kathleen, I've enjoyed your blog for the relatively short time that I've been a follower and I'm happy that you are not saying goodbye for good. I hope to keep enjoying all the lovely ideas and inspiration you have brought to us all. I hope that your life will bring you calm and peace, and whatever you leave behind now will return blessings tenfold in your future. Godspeed.

    patty

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  55. Muchas gracias por todo el trabajo que te has tomado por los demás. ¡Seguiré de cerca tu blog!. Abrazos,

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  56. Just one more thing I forgot to tell you, Kathleen. :)

    THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! ♥ White Wednesdays were the BEST!!


    xoxo laurie

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  57. Kathleen, Thanks you so much for having hosted all these weeks, it has always been fun to link up here. Wishing you well with starting up your Esty shop. Enjoy your time with your family. Thank you again, Laura

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  58. Sorry that White Wednesday will be no more because it has been my favorite, but I understand, and when something turns from a joy into a burden, it's time to move in a new direction. I am so happy, though, that you will continue to blog because I enjoy your sharing so much. Blessings and the best to you.
    Rita


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  59. Had to come back and and say a great big "Thank You!" for all your hard work ~ I'm another one that has made friends via WW that I treasure ~

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  60. I am sorry to see White Wednesday go but am so grateful for all time that you have put into it. Blogging is about fun and if it isn't fun anymore, you need to move on. I wish the best to you and will look forward to your new posts as always. Thank you for all the work you have done, I have participated at times and read it always...so thanks! karen...

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  61. More sad than I can say...but I TOTALLY understand. I feel the same way. I think my blog has outlived it's purpose and after December (5th year starts 1/9) I'm seriously considering NOT continuing with it. Love the friends...love sharing the ideas and seeing the beauty...but NOT THE STRESS!

    Blessings as you press on!

    Love, Rebecca

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  62. PS: I FORGOT to saying THANK YOU for all you've done for us. FORGIVE ME! :( Busy day!

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  63. Good luck in your new ventures! I look forward to seeing where it leads you.

    xo, abby

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  64. Oh Kathleen I am so sad. WW was the don't miss event but I get it. I am having a hard time blogging latelu. You must follow your heart. Looking forward to reading about your next chapter

    Hugs,
    Jydy

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  65. Kathleen, after over 3 years I can appreciate the amount of work you've put in to provide us with inspiration. I watched the participant list grow and grow. You created and organized a beautiful idea and I thank you for it.
    I'm looking forward to see where and what you'll be doing next.
    Deb

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  66. Kathleen, Thank you so very much for all the beauty and inspiration you have shared on White Wednesdays. This feature will be missed. Wishing you the best
    and hoping your new ventures bring you JOY,
    Kimberly

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  67. Thank you so much Kathleen ~ your WW party was one of the reasons why I started blogging! I wanted to join in on all the fun and have enjoyed each week!
    I look forward to seeing what you have to share with us in the future. I applaud you for following your heart!

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  68. oh, everyone understands!!! thanks so much for all the inspiration!

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  69. I wanted to Thank you for hosting all these years, I have not been partying for sometime as on my own blog I wanted to just post what I felt like posting whenever I felt the urge I can certainly feel what you are saying about it becoming a burden and not being able to just do what you wanted, I will be anxiously awaiting where this takes you as you have more time for etsy and your own blogs about your ventures.
    SHerry

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  70. Wow, Kathleen! 171 WW! Thank you so very much for doing this every.single.week...it has been so much fun...and I have had so many of my readers come from here. I, so understand your decision...and hope you have great plans underway!
    Of course, I will still visit to see glimpses inside your wonderful home and to see what you're up to...and I still want to get back your way for lunch:)...probably not until spring though...BUSY fall here.
    I am so glad to have met you here and for our times of visiting...let's do stay in touch, k? Email me, anytime...
    Rene'
    PS...I did come out of hiding (I am taking a break too) to party one more time...

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  71. Hi Kathleen, When it's not fun anymore and it becomes stressful {no matter what IT is}, it's time to move on!! Thank you so much for hosting White Wednesday 171 times!!!!! That is an amazing feat and quite an accomplishment. I haven't been able to participate in quite some time, but in the beginning, I was always here and truly enjoyed being a part of your White Wednesday party!

    hugs

    Polly

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  72. Kathleen thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to meet so many bloggers that love white as much as I do. I missed White Wednesday this week but it will always be important to me. Blogging and life should be about doing what you enjoy. White Wednesday will be missed but we will continue to visit you and your new adventures.

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  73. Just catching up on THE NEWS!!!
    ALL the wonderful ThAnK YOUS!.!.!. YOU are so appreciated!!! I'll still be looking to you for inspiration - especially on PINTEREST & random posts you'll have... WHITE WEDNESDAY was My FaVOriTe!,!,!
    Big hugs & Thank YOUS for stepping up and doing what you need to do FOR YOU!!!
    Jeanine Burkhardt

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  74. So sorry to learn you have decided to forgo this linky party, I will miss it - but comp-letely understand...life FIRST!!!

    Perhaps you can arrange for someone else willing to take it over? I know I have seen that happen successfully in the past with other popular blog linky parties!

    I wish you the very best, thanks for the wonderful hosting you have done - I shall keep reading your blog and look forward to your wonderful posts.

    Blessings,

    Michele

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  75. Thank you so much for your dedication all these years. Although this is a sad week in blogland, I am appreciative of the fact that you were able to put things in to perspective for us. As women we tend to not know when to stop or let go of something. I am sure this was a very difficult decision but a wise one. Although the party will be missed, we will still be here to visit and oooooh and ahhhhhhhh every week, as usual. Stay blessed.

    Paula
    ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

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  76. Wow! I am just catching up and wasn't able to post a White Wednesday last week so I missed this. I have always wondered how you gals that host the parties can keep up with it. A week goes by so fast. I can't even keep up with linking to the parties let alone host one. Your blog and parties are what has inspired me so much, more than I can say. I never knew how white could be so beautiful in decorating so your blog completely opened up that world for me. I can't even begin to tell you the changes that has made in my home! I will dearly miss these parties yet I can completely understand needing to let it go. Thank you for so many years of inspiration! And also for featuring my blog! I will continue to follow your blog for more wonderful ideas and inspiration. Your wooden kitchen counter top was another huge inspiration...we are starting to build and I plan to have wood counter tops in both my little studio and my new home. Also, you were a huge inspiration for me to start a vintage blog and you were the first party I ever linked up to! Thank you so much!
    Hugs,
    Faye

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  77. Sending you Love and prayers sweet friend
    xxoo
    Pam

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  78. Hi Kathleen, May I just say a huge Thank You! You've been such an inspiration to me and you will continue to be so, but we'll miss your party. I host one too (very small), but still trying to get a weekly party hosted IS a huge effort! When it gets hectic or I don't give it enough effort, it too becomes difficult to have joy doing it, and it becomes a thing that 'has' to be done. I hope you might host again, maybe a monthly party?? But even if not, you are a huge inspiration and we just love your blog!
    By the way, it's because of you and White Wednesday that my eyes were opened to the loveliness of whites...I'm a fan now and love to photograph their shades of beauty. Thanks again for your effort and hard work through the years...now enjoy yourself!!
    Blessings,
    Doni

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  79. Hi Kathleen, Wishing you joy and contentment in all that you do! You are so incredibly talented and although I could rarely find the time to post...believe me I would always make sure to take a peek at all your beautiful WWPosts! They will surely be missed, but I want you to know that I am thankful for all of the time you devoted to such great parties! Enjoy life, your family, & whatever makes your heart happy! I look forward to seeing more of your beautiful home & can't wait for your Etsy Shop to open.
    Take good care,
    xoxo
    Debbie

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