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August 22, 2016

Happy 6th Blogversary to Me!

Six years ago today I put my first blog post out in blog land!
I had been watching some others that I knew develop their blogs and thought I'd give it a try.

Getting started...
If it weren't for Linda @ Life and Linda I wouldn't have gotten off the ground with it.  I'm really not savvy in the department of computer language.
Early on she was nicknamed "fairy blogmother" by a bunch of us for getting several others started and rescuing some of us when we'd screw something up on our blogs!

** Thank you again Linda for all you've done for me! **

Why did I start blogging?

I'll spill my guts a little bit.
I was dealing with the empty the nest syndrome since our kids were out of the house
and in college.
More importantly though I needed something to focus on and to detract me from what was the worst financial time of our lives since Dan and I were married in 1978.  We had survived more than one recession but this one affected us like no other.
To begin with we are self employed and in 2001 we felt a change starting in the industrial sector of Michigan after the 9/11 attacks.  Michigan's economy became steadily worse and by 2008 we and pretty much everyone in the state of Michigan hit bottom.  Somehow we managed to stay afloat and little by little things started to improve.   We are still chugging along with our business although it's not the same as it was and never will be again.
I can definitely say that this experience changed us and we are wiser because of it.

My 2nd Blog...
Gardening was always a passion I had so I was also grateful to have it to focus on.  After I started my first blog I also started a 2nd blog called Sit With Me In My Garden.

Gardening can be therapeutic and rewarding.  It doesn't have to cost a lot- you can split up plants and double what you have and move plantings around to create new looks.  During our hard times I found it helpful to do things like that since I had very little to spend.

 Every winter I wait for the days to tick off and I really look forward for spring to arrive!
Seeing things sprout out of the ground makes me so happy and gives me such a feeling of renewed faith in everything!

Sharing changes in my home...
I  find it helpful to burn some energy off by shuffling things around in my home and if you've followed me for any length of time you know I've done this a lot!  For me changing things around gives the feeling of newness.  I don't like to be stagnate.
(No I don't go this far and re-paint my room every time I want to shuffle furniture!)

I love home decorating and find myself focused on that a lot.  I like to tweak things here and there.  It's been rewarding to "shop my house" and come up with new ways to use the things I already have.

When I found tablescaping in the blog world I thought it was crazy!  All I could think about was the cost of everything.  I kept my eye on it for a while and finally decided to give it a try.  Thanks to places like T.J. Maxx and following sales at some favorite stores I was able to build up a stash of tablescape related things.  It's a creative and enjoyable outlet and there's been so many fantastic ideas shared among the bloggers I'm glad I joined them.

Most of all I have enjoyed meeting all of you through blogland and sharing all of the things we do.   I very much appreciate the time you take to visit and leave a comment for me.
Somehow I feel that there are more out there like me who joined the blogging world due to a change in their lives and I'd love to hear your story too!


  1. Happy 6th blog-anniversary! I am happy to have "met" you, and I second the thoughts on Linda. She is definitely an asset to my blog world. Wishing you the best for many more years to come. xo

  2. Happy Anniversary! It was nice to read more about your life. We have gotten hit hard by the economy hard and are still recovering. Our is due to the tech industry taking a huge hit when my husband was working for start-ups a lot. Still trying to recover but we are strong.


  3. Happy Blog Anniversary.

    Linda C in Seattle

  4. Happy Blog Anniversary Liz! So glad you started blogging! You have been a great online friend throughout the years!

  5. Glad you are still enjoying the blogging world, and we are enjoying your posts.

  6. Happy 6th blog anniversary. I am so glad you started blogging. I am always ready to help. There has been lots for changes through the years. Blogging allows us to share with the world. Here's to more years of wonderful blogging.

  7. Happy Blog Anniversary, Liz! I've so enjoyed reading about your adventures and creations! It's always interesting to find out how and why we're blogging our hearts out to the world. I guess I started blogging out of sheer boredom and an itch to create things. I've discovered some wonderful people in blogland that definitely includes you! The best is still to come!

  8. Happy 6 years, Liz! I know blogging can be so fulfilling and really feels necessary when you crave a creative outlet. It can be a great place to escape life's many challenges as well. Congratulations!

  9. Liz, as I get to know you better it is always nice to hear more of each others stories. I started reading blogs and pretty soon realized I wanted to share in the journey with others. I still have a lot to learn, but I enjoy "scrapbooking" my life on this medium. Congratulations on six years! I am so happy to know you! ♥

  10. Congratulations on six years blogging Liz!! It goes by fast:-)

  11. Can't believe it's been six years, Liz. Happy Blog Anniversary!
    Thanks for sharing your story. We all have one, but are not all brave enough to share.

  12. Happy 6th Anniversary Liz!! Isn't tablescaping a fun and addictive hobby?! My wallet and dish pantry haven't been the same since I discovered it. ;) Wishing you many more happy years of blogging.

  13. Happy Anniversary!!! Here's to many many more.

  14. I really enjoyed reading this post and found it very interesting to read how/why you started blogging and the journey you've been on because of it. I echo many of your feelings about blogging and am glad I discovered you! Happy Blog Anniversary and all the best in the future!

  15. Congratulations Liz for celebrating 6 years of blogging!!! Wishing you many more years of writing and creativity:)

  16. Hi, Liz! Congratulations on your 6th Blogaversary!! You're so right about the creative outlet blogging offers, as well as the friendships that are forged! I feel like I have "friends" all around the country and it's so much fun. Dishes have always attracted me, and I've had so much fun searching and collecting just the right plates and then producing tablescapes. The whole hobby has been such a joy! Best to you always. Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  17. Happy 6th Anniversary Liz!! I am very glad you started blogging. Love your blog and it has been such a pleasure to meet you. Like you, I had a reason to start my blog. It was a hard time in my life. I had just closed my business due to the recession, we had lost my FIL just two months before and I had suffered a real disappointment from somebody I considered my best friend for many years. And to top it off, my son had just joined the Navy. Looking back, I am so glad I started blogging. It has been such a joy and pleasure to get to know all of you! Take care, Maria

  18. Hi Liz,Congrats and Happy 6th blog anniversary. I've been so busy this week but been trying to get over to comment good wishes. Your blog and all you share is an inspiration to all. Over the 10 years I've been blogging, I can say, it has been incredible and I've made so many wonderful friends along the way including you.
    Wishing you many more fun years of blogging and fun. Blessings to you always! xo

  19. Hi Liz,Congrats and Happy 6th blog anniversary. I've been so busy this week but been trying to get over to comment good wishes. Your blog and all you share is an inspiration to all. Over the 10 years I've been blogging, I can say, it has been incredible and I've made so many wonderful friends along the way including you.
    Wishing you many more fun years of blogging and fun. Blessings to you always! xo

  20. Liz, congratulations on six gorgeous years! Your story is interesting and I'm glad you and your husband have worked your way through tough financial times. Those years were hard on a lot of us but we came out wiser.

    Your home is beautiful and I always enjoy my visits.

  21. Happy (belated) 6th Bloggaversary, Liz! Congrats - that's a long time! Hope you have another wonderful 6 years ahead of you sharing with us all. Hugs! ♥♥♥

  22. Happy anniversary! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Dishing It & Digging It! :)


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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