Tuesday, March 22, 2011

WHAT TO DO... and forcing apple blossoms

Thank you all so much for your really wonderful and encouraging comments on my "Goodbye" post.
What an overwhelming experience that was for me.  There were so many of you asking me to keep
my blog up so that you could continue to browse through my past posts for inspiration.  I wasn't
expecting that at all.  I had planned on changing the settings on my blog to private at the end of
March so that I could continue my new found passion for photography by adding my pictures to my
blog and continuing to chronicle the progress of our home and garden. 

So, what do I do?  Well, I've decided to leave my blog up and add my photos to it, but with the
understanding that I won't be responding to emails or visiting everyone the way I used to... I just
don't have the time for that anymore. :(  I won't be putting together special posts or feature posts
anymore, hosting giveaways, or linking to any parties... all of the things that really take a lot of time.
I'll be posting whenever I feel like it, so it might only be once a month.  I'll try this out for a little while
to see how it goes.  If all goes well, I'll continue blogging this way.  If not, I can always make my blog
private at that time. :-)  Well, that's it.  I'm done with all of the drama... lol!  I imagine I will lose a lot
of followers, but that's OK.  I'm done worrying about that.  Life's too short. ;-)

Now, on to the pictures...

I brought some apple tree branches from our garden into the house about a week ago.  I love the
simple lines of the branches and subtle green color they add to the room.

I have some vintage sheet music pages and antique autograph book pages (similar to a high school
yearbook today, but without the pictures) from the 1880s displayed in a new Pottery Barn wall
hanging basket.

I also brought some of the apple tree branches into our living room.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

'Til next time...

~ Jo :-)


  1. You really should do what is best for you and what is your passion.
    Don't let others twist your arm to do something you don't have the heart for.
    I am not trying to be rude to all those that want you to keep going, I completely understand why, your eye is great. But do what makes you happy in life and put your whole heart into your photos for yourself.

  2. So happy that you are still blogging. I have not been a very verbal follower, but a follower I am and a follower I will stay as long as you let me. I am here for your gorgeous photos and you sweet posts. Like I said, I am not a very good commentor, and I don't expect you to visit my blog and comment, unless you have time and desire. Please just keep posting you lovely pictures.

  3. Jo I am so glad! You have so much talent and so many wonderful things to share. Do what is best for you so that love enjoy it. :)

  4. Hi Jo, glad to see that you are still here. I think you've figured it out, and in some ways the rest of us should do what you are going to do. post because you enjoy it and then don't get caught up in all the rest of the hoopla (said by one who has a weekly party, but not enough time to visit everyone!)
    I love coming here, so I'm glad that I can still enjoy seeing what you're up to. You have a way with photographing natural and simplistic things, bringing out their beauty.
    Take care of yourself,
    big hugs

  5. Jo, I think you're figuring out what true blogging is. It's your blog... it should be you. Not trying to keep up with blogs that are uber successful, not spending tons of money on giveaways and not battling with numbers as though they determine your own success. Blogging can be stressful, but fortunately it's self induced. That means you're the only one that can change that.

    I say, enjoy your blog, the way that best suits your life - not tailoring your life to best fit your blog.

    Continue with doing what you love - your photos and inspiring others... see where it takes you!

  6. I was so excited to see your post Jo! That is exactly what you should do - just blog when you feel like it and don't stress about visiting and numbers. It's okay to lurk when that's all you have time for. :)
    Rest easy and enjoy photography!
    - Susan

  7. Blogging should be fun, not a popularity contest. You go girl!



  8. Good call. :) You never know.. one day you may get seen by the right editor and start creating that home and garden coffee table picture book I think would be right up your alley!


  9. I am so glad you are staying.I rarely post comments anymore and I hardly ever post to my own blog.I just don't have the time anymore.Once every few months.I love your blog and have been following,your decorating is such a inspiration to me.Glad to just see pics.Good luck in your future,Jen

  10. I completely understand. But thank you so much for "parting shots"...they are just lovely!

    m ^..^

  11. You should do what is right for you. I will still follow and check in. I love your pictures. Thank you for sharing. Susan

  12. That is what we call "Blogging Without Obligation"...and blogging the way you want to blog...I'm just happy you will continue...I've loved your gorgeous photography and your home since the first time I visited. And I don't comment very often...just occasionally!!!
    Have a beautiful week!!!

  13. YaY! Your photos take me away to a happy place...a mini-retreat every time I come by. Ann Voskamp takes no comments at all on her blog and yet she has a HUGE following...so you could always turn us off. (If you're like me you feel it's not polite to not respond and thereby the pressure.)

  14. Hooray! I am so glad you are still blogging. Once a month...or whenever you feel like it is perfectly OK. I have cut back quite a bit, too. Homeschooling, growing a huge garden, spending time with my favorite people are first and foremost. I think most people really can relate and understand! It is so much fun, though, to have the option open to share when you can....and you have so much to offer. So glad you are still around:). Your blog is so inspiring:).


  15. Ya-hoo! I just found your blog right when it was your goodbye post and it made me sad ~ I am glad you are continuing on your own time. You have a gift, and I'm glad you are willing to share it! L.

  16. Jo, thank you for sharing whatever you feel led to share. You are an inspiration and I love your blog. Enjoy your life.....every day! I will continue to check-in as long as your blog is open to us. I love the photos with the Apple Tree Branches....such a beautiful, soft look. Thank you!

  17. Sounds perfect Jo. anyway I loved seeing the pics today, your hutch looks great...and so do the branches.

  18. Glad to see you're sticking around blog land... even for pictures!

    The apple blossom branches forced are fantastic! Now if only I had thought of this a weekend or two ago when my husband was pruning ours :(


  19. : ) good for you! see ya when i see ya!
    ~ Stacey

  20. Well Jo! I am really glad you're staying even if it is only photography. I'm not one to harp on a lot of posting. If that's you're gig then do it. But you are right, life is short and you should be doing what you love to do with your time. Have a great week, friend.
    Hugs~ Amanda

  21. Sweet Jo~ I'm so excited that you posted this as I wanted to leave you a comment yesterday but they were closed. Blogging is such a commitment and many times I too have thought about stopping. I feel so guilty if I'm not able to visit all of my favorite blogs and leave comments and of course there's the pressure of fresh posts on our own blogs. I've let all of it go a bit more this year so that I could stay focused on my family and full time job. After blogging for almost 2 years now I still feel disappointed when I don't get a lot of comments on posts so I've also considered turning the comments off and just posting when I feel like it...less pressure.

    Whatever you decide to do is what's best for you at this time in your life but know that I will miss you and your fabulous home. Your photography is stunning so your idea of just posting pictures now and then sounds great. Please don't feel pressure to visit all of us~ we totally understand!!

    Big hugs to you my friend~

  22. Jo, thank you for giving it all a second thought...I am new follower but LOVE your pics and 'stories'. Like everyone else has said you must be true to yourself...we all really do understand. I blog when I want to and comment when I feel like it...no pressures...no guilt...
    Take care of yourself.

  23. Well, you know that I'm saying "Yay!!" I'm so glad that your back, even if it is just a little bit here and there :)

  24. Well, I don't even have a blog...I think it would take too much time! Lol! But I love getting inspiration from others. I especially love your cottage garden...I am in the Pacific NW, and do cottage as well, but as we get lots more rain than you mine is different than yours. Love my David Austins though, just like yours! : ) Take care!

  25. You're finding your way and that is such a good thing.
    Took a lot of gumption to do this and say what you're saying - cheers for you Jo!

  26. I'm so happy for you, Jo! Our lives take different directions and it's good to follow our heart! I respect that! I'll be around as long as you can tolerate my stalking :)

  27. Singing praises for your new journey...selfishly speaking; I'm so glad you stayed online.

    Love the fresh color of the new buds on the apple blossoms. Very subtle, yet just the right pop.

    Isn't vintage sheet music so wonderful...to me it adds romance to any room. Silly huh?

  28. I'm so glad you've decided to leave your blog up and post pictures when you can. I just found your blog recently and was really disappointed that it was going away. Thanks for continuing to let us all browse around here ;)

  29. Hello sweet Jo! First off, I love all of these pictures...just divine :) Second of all, whatever you choose, if it's not too much to ask, I would just love to stay in contact :) You have always supported me and my little ol' blog and have always had the kindest words....I couldn't imagine not stopping bye for a quick "hello". Talk with you soon my dear friend! Xoxoxo

  30. JO~ very happy to see a post from you. I was just today thinking of you, missing your beautiful pictures! I'm happy that you are leaving the blog up for now...it should be there for what you want it to be.
    Love those apple blossoms! Our cherry trees, dogwoods and forsythia are all in full bloom...I just love this time of year!
    Take Care!
    Tammy :-)

  31. Hi Jo,

    I understand you wanting to do what is best for you and your family.
    Lovely to see you back and your wonderful photographs. I love the apple blossom and how lovely that Spring is there where you are.

    Take care and sending hugs

  32. yay...glad you'll still be around Jo...love my visits here! ~deb~

  33. I hear you on the time factor, Jo. It's hard to be all over the place in blogland and still have a life at home. I know you'll find a good place that's right for you.

    Have a great week.

  34. Hard to keep up w/everyone, but i always love peeking over to see what you are up to! I'm still waiting for the novelty of "blogging" to wear off a little...lol xoox

  35. i m so glad i read a new post from you!do whatever makes you feel good!one more time , beautiful photos!Goodmorning from Greece!

  36. Jo,

    Sweetie, good for you! Blogging is supposed to be fun, not a job. If it is something you enjoy, do it, but do it because you want to, not because you have to. Life is what you are supposed to be living and the "virtual" life can totally get in the way if you let it. SO DON'T LET IT! We love seeing what you do, but let it be from your heart and not out of obligation. If you have time to comment, great. If not, no worries. We are all in the same boat. Kids to raise, husbands to tend to, homes we love that need cleaning, fluffing, reorganizing. Just do that and talk about it when you have time...blogging without obligation. That's what matters unless you are truly committed to using it as a stepping stone to something grander as SOME have and good for them, but most of us out here are just having fun. No drama, no pressure, just share as you have time. We will be here as we have time also.

    Glad to see you and your beautiful home back out on the WWW,

  37. Jo, I was so happy to see your post tonight. I have missed you very much. I think you are doing exactly what you should do...blogging without obligation. Blogging should be a creative outlet not an obligation or popularity contest.
    You are so wonderfully talented and creative and you should do whatever makes you happy...and at your own pace. I look forward to seeing more of your photos and posts but only when you feel like sharing. Sending you a big hug. XO

  38. Yes!! i said to you once a month is also blogging...i hope you wil do that !!??...live is important than blogging....but sometimes blogging is wearing your at some moments in your live.....i make it now all the support it is great...tomorrow is alo a bad day and than i hope the sun will go shine for me and husband and familliy...lots of love.....Ria....xxx...

  39. Hi Jo,
    I am so pleased you have decided to continue posting to your blog on your terms. That's the way it should be anyway. I for one am happy to wait for you to post when you can, I am just so pleased that I can still visit you and say hi. I find your posts very inspiring and love to visit and share in your talents. Thank you for deciding to stick around for a bit longer. You have certainly made my day.
    Much love.
    Donna xx

  40. It will just be wonderful to see your beautiful photos and hear what's going on in your life whenever you are able to share..... We'll be here. It's not about the numbers Jo - it's about YOU chronicling the things that are important in your life for YOU. (Just pretend we're not here!!) ;)Sharyne

  41. Jo ~ I am so glad that you will be publishing pictures. Your photos are just gorgeous and full of inspiration. Blogging is no contest ~ I will definitely stop by to smile. You follow your heart ;-)

  42. Glad to read this Jo. We can only do what we can do, and it is always our choice. I love the apple branches, I was thinking to put some forsythia branches on the mantle this week, by the time I get around to it, they'll be full of leaves!lol. Hugs to you Jo:)

  43. I follow lots of people who I have never heard from...and it is totally okay by me. Love your site and glad you are keeping it up. Will check from time to time just to get inspiration...that's the only reason I look at blogs to find ideas.
    Relax and have a great day.

  44. Hi Jo. Thanks for hanging around. I do my blog exactly like you're planning to do yours. It gives me an outlet for the things I have a passion for and that's enough. I don't want it to consume my life. I love looking at your photos, so I'm glad you're keeping your blog.

  45. Hi Jo,
    I'm your newest follower! Beautiful Site!
    Have a great day!

  46. Your photos are so lovely and inspiring! I like the touches of spring here and there.

    Blogging should be fun--and not frustrating. Do what YOU want, not what others expect.

    Take care and have a wonderful day.

  47. Gorgeous photos, Jo!

    And I'm so glad you decided to continue blogging on YOUR terms. That's really the way it ought to be, anyway. Returning comments alone can be a full time (unpaid) job, especially when you average at least 50 or more a post.

    I'll be popping in whenever you have something to share, my friend!


  48. I'm quite happy you're sticking around, love, love, love your photos. I certainly don't expect an answer to all the comments I make, it is not necessary. I'd rather see you keep blogging on your own terms just so we can still see your beautiful, inspirational pics!

  49. Yay!! I'm so happy, Jo :) You just take care of the important things in life first. Your family is so much more fun than blogging anyway. Just blog and post when you can, girl. And we will drool over your awesome photos when you share some...love you however you are!
    Becky C

  50. I know I will keep checking as your blog and your style totally inspire me. Enjoy life and know that others enjoy what you share.


  51. Yes, yes! I'm glad you're leaving the blog up. I think we should make our own rules about blogging...it's an individual thing. We should do what works for us and our lifestyle. Those things change with the time of life we are in and our special situations.

  52. You know what your true passion is because that's what you wish you were doing when you're HAVING to do something else.
    I have a huge stenciled blackboard in my studio that reads: Chase down your passion like it's the last bus of the night...
    Sounds like you are. Enjoy

  53. I am now a follower of whenever you want to blog. I just love the photos,they speak to me without words. Do whatever it takes to bring peace to you.

  54. Daer jo,

    sooooooooooooo good to have you back !!!!
    Your todays pictures are so beautiful...if you would live next to me, you needn`t buy apple branches, i could give them to you, we have 14 appletrees...but I never put the brabnches inside the house...I will change that !!! Thanks for your post ...thats why I love you and your blog !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Have a great springweek,

  55. Hi Jo, I was too late to comment on your goodbye post... But I am happy you are still willing to come around when it works for YOU! I will always be around to visit :)

    Take Care!


  56. Hi Jo!

    So happy you are sticking around! I love to visit and am always inspired. Your blog is like one of my favorite magazines that I keep to peek through on a rainy day!

    Thank you!!

  57. It's your blog, do whatever you want. You don't owe us a thing. Thanks for the pictures. That is why we come....to devour your eye candy.

    So don't worry about all us lurkers!

  58. Oh Jo! I am both surprised & happy to see you have returned to share your talent!! ♥ And I am happy for you that you have a new-found open door to blogging when *you* want to. I think that blogging how you want to and when you want to without feeling any pressure or obligation is the best mindset towards this hobby. :) I don't participate in any of the blogging parties because 1) I am not really a diy kind of blogger and 2) too much time/pressure and so on. I have never paid attention to the numbers; infact I removed the followers widget from my blog because I think the amount of readers (I so dislike the word followers) I have is only my business to know. :) Know that of you post only once in a awhile.. we will be delighted to see what you have to share.. I know I will!! Enjoy Spring and it is nice to see you back!

  59. I have that same white bowl with the blue trim! Have had it for ages. Honey, do you know how surprised I was when I saw that you were "closing shop?" Your blog is much beloved.

  60. Oh Jo...you just made my day!!!!!!!!!!! So glad your back..love you and your photos!!! x0x0

  61. Good for you Jo! It is YOUR blog afterall so why not run it in a way that works for you and not for everyone else. And hey people leave anyway so I wouldn't give that second thought! I posted about Beatrix Potter today and apparently my bunnies frightened away a few followers...oh well, knowing me it will only make me post more bunnies, hehe!

    Best wishes to you as you venture forward!

    Kat :)

  62. Oh Jo, I'm so happy that you've made this decision!! Do not worry about not writing back either. You're life and your family are so much more important.
    You are a blessing to all of us :-)
    Thank you so much for your prayers for my nephew Jordan. They mean so much my friend.

  63. I forgot to add that your blossom photos are beautiful :-)

  64. I like visiting your blog and I'll continue to visit it even if you don't answer my comments or visit my blog. Your photos are beautiful and inspiring, that's the best reason for me to come here...Take time for yourself, it's important. A blog should always be a space of freedom, so don't feel forced to do anything you don't want to do anymore.

  65. YIPEE!

    Somehow, I doubt you'll lose any followers...I love your blog for the simple part of YOU, not the fancy postings etc....so happy to see you still sharing your way of life, thank you!

  66. Oh dear Jo, what wonderfull news!

    Thats a great idea and of course I will still be a visitor, can't miss a posting of you;-)

    Your home ist just outstanding. We have a very old, near 400 years, farmershouse and for serveral years now I make plans, how it should look like. I hope, there will sometimes be enough money to do so.

    kind regards from Vienna

  67. Yay!! Yay!!! I'm so glad to hear that you are still going to be posting! You just go ahead and post whenever YOU want. Even if it is only once a month, or every other month, or whenever! I will be here!! :)
    Your talent is too great not to share with others. Your photos are always so inspiring to me, and make me happy. It's like reading a magazine, only better, cause I feel like I "know" you!
    Hope you have a wonderful day, Jo!

  68. I, too, am glad you are continuing to blog, but not for the sake of followers, although I do enjoy coming here. Blogging is such a personal thing and I think you found your voice and talent for your blog, and you should continue for your enjoyment. I actually do not have the talent some bloggers do - photography, decorating, etc, but I do enjoy sharing when I feel I have something to say or show.

    I look forward to more of your photography and sahring of ideas for decorating, etc. (And it is about time for me to cut a few Forsythia bush branches to force into bloom!)

  69. I love blogging, but publish only one time a week. It is not possible for me to publish several times. I am too busy with my job and my family so I understand you completely. But it was nice "meeting" you here again.

    Warm greetings,

  70. So glad you are continuing blogging on a level that will work better for you!! You have great inspirations over here and I love your blog! What a gorgeous post... love the white with the blossoms and that hutch- it's always absolutely gorgeous!

  71. Awesome news, Jo! Thanks for keeping the pictures up with the promise of more now and then! And, no, I won't stop following! :)


  72. I am SO SO glad you are keeping the blog up. I was bummed that I wasn't going to have the chance to message you to say "goodbye" in the last post, but am overjoyed you are keeping it up! Afterall, it should be what you enjoy posting, when you have time to enjoy it :) YAY!

  73. Hi Jo,
    I am your 76th comment! I think your blog is much loved and appreciated. What a dilemma for you, though. You're are on my blog roll, so when I see a new post, you can be sure I will be over to read and comment.
    I love your decor, too, simple, vintage and pretty.
    Very pretty photos today! I had never thought of forcing apple blossoms, but I might try it. Our apple tree produces such puny little apples, that it's not good for much other than pretty Spring time blossoms!
    Have a great day, my friend.
    Hugs, Cindy

  74. I love your blog and I am happy to see that you will continue, even if its only once in a while. Your photography is amazing and I love every picture!!!

  75. You absolutely need to do what works for you. I do hope you don't take it down because your home is beautiful, but I completely understand about the posting. I don't comment very often, but it is always a lovely to see what you have posted.

  76. You have to go with how you feel! Good for you. And good for me. Now it looks like I may get to see some of your amazing flowers from your Spring garden after all!! :)

  77. I'm so glad you changed your mind. Look at it like a diary with pictures. Some days you have nothing to say and that's ok.

    Hope you have a great weekend!

  78. Jo, you are still there!!♥ It is soooo wonderful!!♥ :))))

    Jo, I really understand you!! I have thought a few times same things, too! I haven`t anymore so much time here in blogworld, it is time when you have more time here and it is time when you have less time...so I have decided that sometimes I leave a comment but in last months I have understood that I can only to look at so beautiful photos and admire them without comments:)But it feels wrong, just look at without comments...:( Do you understand what I mean? So it WAS time when I don`t visit if had time to leave a comment too. I am goofy, I know...
    But now I learn to blogging in that way which is my own way, which is suitable for me...I want to have fun with my own blog, not stress!:)
    Iam so happy that I can stll admire you beautiful photos, I love your style to decoration home, simple and that`s why sooo beautiful!!♥
    Now I send you many, many hugs and kisses!!!♥♥
    Your blogfriend from Finland, Marge

  79. Thank you Jo for still sharing your beauty!!!


  80. Hi Jo,
    I had missed your goodbye post so I was a little clueless at first. But this is something I was going to do a few months ago, but decided to try posting must less instead, and allowing myself to answer 10 or so e-mail and or comments a couple times a week. There are days I don't even get on the computer now. It sure took the stress out of it for me for now. There may come a time when I go comment free or just open a new private blog in which I can post all my garden photos to. I have loved (no...more like ADORED) your blog and each and every post...so I am thrilled to read that you will be leaving it up for our enjoyment. Thank you because your home is such an inspiration to us all.
    Please never feel the need to answer a comment from me, because if I comment it is never to get a comment back...it is because I just want to tell you how much I enjoyed something you've posted. That is how it should be.

    I am so glad to have read this post today, because it is making me think about these things again. With the garden, house,Landon, my other children, blog etc...my face to face friends are feeling a little neglected, and I never meant that to happen.

    Now about these amazing photos on this post...I can never get enough of your beautiful surroundings.

    sending big hugs your way...and Spring weather I hope!

  81. Hello Jo,
    Lovely Spring post !
    I think all is said in the comments above, love visiting your blog !
    Wish you a wonderful week,

  82. Thank you for keeping the blog public. I dunno what I would do without your blog. I learn so many different ways to be creative in my house. You really made a difference in my life. Thank you so much.

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