Some Thank Yous

By Kate Riley August 24, 2012

Hi all, happy weekend!  First, thanks so much to all of you for your helpful comments and emails yesterday in our hunt for a trestle table, I’m so grateful for all of your insight!

I’d like to thank a few magazines for their very kind features this month.  Thanks so much to Fresh Style Magazine for the feature in their holiday issue, filled with so many ideas for the upcoming season, pick it up on newsstands or buy it here

fresh style feature

The September issue of HGTV magazine is out and there’s a great bookcase styling article that includes our blue backed bookcases, thanks for including me!

sept issue hgtv


Erin clued me in to this one just today, thank you Design Oklahoma for naming me as an inspiring blogger, thanks to Mia Blake for the article and to Erin for letting me know!

design oklahoma feature

Finally a big thank you to all of YOU!  I don’t say it often enough, but I should tell you how grateful I am to all of you who continue to read this blog.  I appreciate you all so so much, it’s hard to convey it in words, but it’s so true.

I’ve got several projects both large and small in the works right now, one is another kitchen in a second emergency shelter we’ve adopted through the Alma Project, and we have several amazing sponsors helping out again.  We’re knee deep into that full room remodel and I’ll have another new kitchen to show you in a few short weeks.  Can’t wait!  

Have a great weekend! 

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  1. Congratulations, most definitely deserved! I wanted to thank you for a post you did on Restor-a-finish. We bought an antique sideboard on Craig’s List and the top had seen better days. I never would have known such a product existed if you hadn’t of blogged about it! Lowe’s offered absolutely nothing like this and thankfully I knew to keep looking and after a trip to Orchard Supply we had what we needed. We used the RAF and followed it up with their Feed-n-wax and it’s such an improvement without having to bother with refinishing it. You rock!

  2. Kate, I about fell over when I was reading this post and saw the cover of Design Oklahoma and the article I wrote! Right there next to HGTV magazine! You are so sweet to mention it, and I am definitely a huge fan of yours. I emailed you a while back with a question about your staircase and you were so gracious to send a detailed reply. I can’t describe it, I was almost surprised to find that there was a real, live, caring person on the other end of this great blog who actually took the time to connect and help with a stranger’s staircase woes in Oklahoma. It was great. Thank you again!

    • Thanks so much Mia, I’m so happy you included me in the publication, now I know who to thank!

  3. This is so awesome! Congratulations on all of your well-deserved features. I love that you have found your passion and, with it, great success!

  4. That’s so awesome Kate! You must be over the moon about all this week-deserved recognition! Blogging is A LOT of work, and I’m so happy that it has paid off for you. Congratulations!!!!

  5. Congratulations on all of your features..I have all the magazines with the exception of Oklahoma Designs..very well deserved accolades…you are a true inspiration to those following their passion in life!

  6. I loved the bookcase section of the HGTV magazine this month. It’s so helpful and I’ve already reorganized mine. Thanks for all you do! :)

  7. I love your blog Kate. I have always wanted to start a blog and am seriously considering doing so. Yours was the first DIY blog I ever really read and it is so inspiring to me. My grandmother was a real DIY woman and it really does run down to my mom and now me – I see a blog as a way to honor grandma’s legacy. Having great bloggers to look up to is a great first step. Thank you for all your hard work and inspiration.

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