Monday, February 4, 2013

Last Week's Links

Big changes are happening on this blog! 

For the past three years I have started almost every Monday off with an Etsy Roudup. I have LOVED doing them. It's so fun to have an excuse to peruse Etsy and learn about new shops and sellers.

While I love doing Etsy Roundups I discovered that I have a very low percentage of readers that actually love them as much as I do. My last reader survey revealed that only 33% of people enjoy reading Etsy Roundups. I know a lot of you still like them but I decided to try alternating my Mondays between my roundups and a new thing called Last Week's Links. I love reading bloggers lists of things they are loving, great blog posts they have read, fabulous products they have discovered etc so I'll be trying it out on my own blog! Please enjoy my favorite links from last week!  

1 | This tutorial on how to make DIY Felt Ball Garlands is genius! 
2 | I was able to contribute an idea to beat the winter blues at the newest issue of House of Fifty. Check it out! 
3 | I learned a lot from this article on 5 Pinterest tools and What They Do
4 | I rounded up my favorite valentine's gifts for kids in the newest issue of to & from
5 | I am loving Emily A. Clarks' new foyer light
6 | So impressed with this DIY Large Painting by Maggie Rose. I want to try making one myself! 
7 | Amazing DIY hardware made from plumbing parts. 
8 | I am really excited to try these healthy Peanut Butter Banana Oat Breakfast Cookies

9 | Totally swooning over these baby leggings from Candy Kirby Designs. I have got to get my hands on a pair! 
10 | I will totally be buying a set of these "Happy Mail" stickers. 
11 | Loving these beautiful customizable instagram books
12 | I must find a way to make this shirt mine. 

What do you guys think? Do you like this new idea or should I stick with Etsy Roundups each Monday? I'd love your feedback! 


  1. I like it! Your descriptions intrigued me so I ended up looking at several of the links! I like the variety of topics too.

  2. those baby leggings are beyond adorable!

  3. I love these type of posts! I used to do them too and loved preparing them!

  4. I love the etsy roundups, but I love this too. I'm excited to check out the links--keep it up!

  5. I love this idea! Yours is the one of the only blogs I truly follow each day, but I always discover other great blogs from things you have linked. This is an awesome way to do that!

  6. Although the Etsy Round Up is fun, I am loving this idea. I think I am making the garland today. :)
    Love your blog!

  7. Love this idea much better!! Fun to see what you have been liking around the Internet

  8. I think this is a great way to mix things up! Love seeing what other bloggers are digging!!

  9. I like this idea a lot! It's like a curated form of Pinterest - hitting only the best of the best from the week. Keep it up!

  10. I like this so much better than Etsy Round Ups!

  11. Love the change!!!

  12. I don't want to spam you with a link but I love your blog and would love if you checked out my list of things I love:

  13. Hi Kirsten!
    Thanks so much for linking my breakfast cookies in your post. Hope you like them, they've become a favorite on Pinterest. I've got lots of other flavors to choose from. :)

    You've got a wonderful blog & I've really enjoyed wandering around, looking at your photos, designs, home & family!

    Vicki E

  14. Honestly, I never read any of your Etsy roundups. I would skip right past them. But I loved reading this and am now off to buy two of the items on your link list. :)

    Also, the neon baseball tee can be purchased here:

  15. I love this! I am so making one of those instagram books!

  16. I like the alternating schedule. I love a good Etsy roundup but it's fun to get links to interesting reads too!

  17. I like this change better. I clicked on several of the links too. I didn't care for the etsy roundup although it was cute stuff. I love your blog. It's fresh and fun. I've taken almost everyone off my good reader, it was just too much but I can't stand the thought of missing out on your blog. ;) keep it up.

  18. Such a great idea and great links. Love the instagram books and the baby leggings.

  19. I always loved those etsy round-ups but I'm excited for this new series, loving it already ;)

  20. I always like a link post, it's fun for me to see what other people are writing and great at finding new blogs I may not of read before. I think I'd like the etsy postings for fun things like valentine's or other types of holidays or like a baby's room or party theme.

  21. I am totally loving this idea. I never was a huge fan of the Esty Round-ups, but this is great. I clicked on a ton of the links! Love love love your blog!

  22. I love both! I am a huge fan of the Etsy Roundups and have actually found some great things and new sellers based on those posts, so please don't stop them altogether! Love this round-up as well. And love the new look of your blog :)

  23. I'm a huge fan of the etsy roundups!

  24. Just perfect :) and that chocolat set such a great taste.. also loved that wall sticker behind it :D

  25. Kirsten, I'd like to echo others and say that yours in one of the handful of blogs that I read every. single. day. I really like this feature but I'd hate to see the Etsy round-ups go away entirely. Maybe do them for holidays or special round-ups? I think I said this before, but I love the new blog look.

  26. I love the Etsy roundups but I really liked this post too. Maybe alternate weeks? But definitely keep them both!

  27. Hi Kirsten, newcomer to your blog and excited to be reading. I always love to hear what my favorite bloggers love and are reading so this post was great. But the Etsy roundup sounds amazing during the holidays or other gifting times. Maybe do it a few times a year and especially at the holidays???

  28. I have followed your blog for years! Love your Etsy Round-up & love supporting Etsians (esp. since I am one ;-) ... BUT! as a stay-at-home mom who loves design (i'm guessing we are a big target audience for you?)~ this segment is so practical! love the DIY and baby stuff! and the pictures next to the links are always a nice instant-eye-candy-gratification touch :-) Good luck, girl!

  29. Hi Kirsten! I've been reading your blog for a few months now, but never commented before. First, I love the new layout! Second, those leggings are ADORABLE! I just found out I'm having a little girl in June and they are just too perfect! Thank you for the link! =)

  30. Love this much more than Etsy posts! I said so in your last reader survey ;)

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