Sunday, May 28, 2017

Monday Social #37

Welcome to Monday Social #37.
It's with sad news that Judith, Eilis, and I announce our last Monday Social.  

Judith at Botanic Bleu  || Instagram || Facebook || Pinterest || Botanic Bleu ||
Katie at Let's Add Sprinkles || Instagram || Facebook || Pinterest || Let's Add Sprinkles ||
Eilis at My Heart Lives Here  || Instagram || Pinterest || My Heart Lives Here ||

We have evaluated our time spent and the growth we have had in our link up.
We haven't grown at all.
We had one week where we grew to 60+ links.
Our first week we had maybe 45. Last week we had 44.
Math is not really my thing but even I can say that we haven't grown.
Eilis came to us and apologized for her sporadic blog posts because real life has gotten in the way of her life on-line.
Go, Eilis!
Judith and I will be looking to spend less time on-line instead of more at this point too.
I want to say thank you to our faithful participants each week.
We have had a core of loyal followers from the beginning.
We appreciate you more than we can say.
We have loved hosting this party.
We have grown as bloggers and our blogging friendships have grown as well.

So with that, I get to pick the features this week.


Sarah at Hyacinths For The Soul shared this flag image on Pinterest. 

Sheila shared this gorgeous blue and white plate on Instagram. 

Corner of Plaid shared this succulent tablescape
I love it. 

That is a wrap.
I finished my 26 year teaching career yesterday.
I'll have some thoughts about that in the coming weeks once I can process it all.
I'll also have some fun purse projects to share.
Bill and I are working on a sponsored post coming up in a month or so.
We have our cocktail ottoman fail to share.
One of my first projects this summer is a dining room redo.
I'll still be blogging so keep coming by to visit and comment.
I'll be by to visit your blogs now that I'll have more time.
Thank you for all of you that participated in Monday Social.
You are the best!



  1. Eilis,
    Thank you for being a great co-hostess for Monday Social. You are wonderful to work with, and I look forward to working with you on other projects in the future.

    Happy Memorial Day,


  2. Eilis, thank you being a host to the Monday Social. I am happy to have gotten to know you a little better, and am following you regularly. That's a win-win in my book!
    Rita C at Panoply

  3. Thanks for the time you all spent hosting! Blessings in your next endeavors!

  4. Thank you for hosting Monday Social. I will miss it, but I will continue to enjoy your posts.

  5. Eilis, you girls offered a unique party, and I'm grateful for each of you and the time and effort to host. Monday Social was in my mind the best kind of party. I like diversity, and this venue provided a wonderful way to connect quickly and easily with those who share an interest. I appreciate having a feature on this last Monday Social, as I've greatly appreciated the thoughtfulness each time you all selected one of my links to be featured. Thank you, thank you!
    All the best to each of you as you move on to other projects, as I know each of you are very innovative and creative. I wish Katie, a joyful retirement as she opens this next chapter in her life. As a retired teacher, I know first hand, leaving the classroom is bittersweet, but oh so liberating with time to lunch with friends, pursue hobbies and projects, and to travel anytime of the year.
    Obviously our friendships will keep us close in touch. Again, thank you for hosting and thank you for being such a special blogging buddy!

  6. I am saddened that the Monday Social is coming to an end. I so enjoyed it. Unfortunately, life does get in the way of blogging. I have not been able to share a blog due to vacation and then this past week a family situation that prevented anything creative happening at my desk. I will continue to look for your blogs in the future as I do enjoy reading them. Thank you for providing this outlet for sharing. I wish each of you, Eilis, Judith, and Katie all the very best.

  7. Thank you all for Monday Social. Wish you all a great summer.

  8. Eilis, since I discovered Monday Social, I have enjoyed it more than most parties because it was life, what was happening. Sometimes decorating or craft or fashion or family. No rules, just friendship. And thanks to you, I've discovered new bloggers to follow, learned things and had a lot of joy. I'm glad you'll continue to post but I know these parties have to take a lot of coordination. I'll miss it but look forward to continuing to follow you!

  9. Eilis I adored the premise of your party and will truly miss it. You all have such an exciting future ahead of you. Enjoy the journey.

  10. Thank you for the social time!

  11. I forgot to say Congratulations on 27 years in the classroom! Enjoy the change of scenery.

  12. Ladies I have been a sporadic blogger and party person too and I certainly understand the work that these parties involve. I am wishing you all the best and I am happy to hear that you are all grabbing the moments of life!
    You are all the best!

  13. In my busyness recently I missed this post. I realized I hadn't seen a post from you, Eilis and found this post explaining Monday Social was stopping. I wish you all the best. Monday was a good day for me for a while although I haven't had time to post in a few weeks. Thank all of you for your time and effort put into Monday Social. Just so you can have a good laugh I never did figure out how to link an instagram post. I am sure there was something so simple I wasn't seeing.LOL!

  14. Wait, Ladies!
    You may be giving up too early ~ it'll come! I know I haven't been over but that's cuz I've had my own battles. I just met Eilis this spring at a smaller bloggers conference. Keep praying about it and maybe start anew. But, I know how you feel...

    My blog is three years old and I keep thinking it will take off... and it hasn't. But, it has grown! I did learn at conference that consistency is key. Keep at it and it will come. I do think that blogging in a way is a giant pyramid scheme and only a few folks will "make it big," but I was never the one to want to be out front, really. Anxiety gets in my way of being a strong leader but I have to think that we just need to keep trusting God to lead us where He wants us/our blogs to go.

    If you are over 50 years old, please ask to join Blogging Fifty on Facebook. I've learned a lot of tips there and over this past year, my readership has grown 2/3 per blogpost. I myself just need to be more consistent and write more often. But, now that you have retired from school and teaching {I was an aide in the Murrieta Valley USD, CA, for 14 years up until my hubby got his new job here in Texas last November}, you WILL have more time! Right now, you are just really, really tired. But, you'll see that it WILL get better. YOU will feel better!

    I've gotta run, but I think I was supposed to find you all today, Ladies, and I'll come back by in the evening. Send me a note at and I'll find it/them if you'd like to talk. Blogging Fifty is good for that, too. People need to "let it all out." We just need to help you get your group out there. Blogging Fifty does just that because it's where all of us support each other. You'll see!

    Praying for you all today. I'm in my own battles as I try to get ready for a Bible study this morning. Woke up late, tank #2 on trailer is stinking. It's a war sometimes, but we already know that God Wins!

    xoxo Barb :)

    p.s. The mini bloggers conference was with Joyce (Gemma), who wrote above. :)


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