Cottage Musings for October

It feels like I just got done writing September’s musings and here we are at the end of October already. We’ve got a lot to cover, including a confession, so let’s get right into our Cottage Musings for October.

Projects 

It seemed like it was an “all fall” month at the cottage. We started out the month with a full week of Fall home tours. (you can see our fall home tour here) So many beautiful homes were shared. I hope they inspired you to decorate your home for fall. 

I also shared our fall front porch with 5 tips for creating a welcoming outdoor space. (you can read about it here)

A fall front porch for this month's cottage musings for October 

Our last fall project was an easy fall centerpiece with a thrifted antique mirror. (read more about it here)

An easy DIY fall centerpiece for this month's cottage musings for October.

I was able to sneak in an update on the guest bedroom closet with new wallpaper. I’m loving the way it turned out. (check it out here)

A new closet and wall paper in this month's cottage musings for October.

What We’re Working On

Of course we’re working on the powder room, and getting oh-so-close to finishing it. I’m also thinking ahead to Christmas. I’ll be decorating the cottage and, hopefully, doing a few easy holiday crafts. It’s definitely going to be a crazy, busy 2 months. 

What I’m Loving

I usually try to pick out few new tops in the fall but, sadly, I haven’t found any that I like. I did replenish some of my makeup, though. I don’t wear a lot in the summer because it’s just too hot. When fall comes around though, I like to try a few new products. I’ve just gotten this new eyeshadow (affiliate link), a new concealer and eyeliner. Once I give them a good go, I’ll let you know how I feel about them. I’m pretty picky (I know…shocker) so it takes a lot for me to stick with something. 

What We’re Watching

We’ve actually been too busy to watch a lot of tv. I’m a huge sports nut so I still try to catch the football games and I’ve been enjoying the playoffs and World Series. There are a few shows that I’d like to catch but they’ll have to wait until baseball is over. 

A Little Teaser

I have been keeping a little secret and I’m almost ready to share. It’s something that the hubs and I have been talking about, and wanting to do, for a long time. I’m hoping to share it with you all in the coming weeks.

What’s On My Mind

Hmmm…talking about DIY is so much easier than talking about my feelings. 😉

Ok…no beating around the bush. Let’s just get it out. 

Blogging has been a tough road for me lately. I’ve been doing this for 4 1/2 years now and, although I have my ups and downs with it, this has been an especially difficult time. I got into this for the love of DIY and home decor but the business side has been kicking my butt lately. There are page views to keep up, social media, learning photography, gaining readers and then losing them… So much to worry about, which has left me feeling discouraged. My goal was never to become rich and famous blogging. I just wanted to share my love of DIY and help with our household expenses and the cost of my projects. It sounds easy enough but it’s definitely been a tough road. 

The idea to stop blogging has definitely crossed my mind. I’m not ready to give up and take that step, but it has occupied my thoughts.  

I don’t want to whine about how tough I have it because I know I’m so fortunate to be doing what I love. I am beyond lucky to have such a supportive husband and I feel blessed to have all of you come and visit me every time I post and leave me such awesome comments. I have always been honest with you and wanted you to know what’s been going on in my world.

Phew…I’m so glad to finally get that off my chest.

Thank you all, as always, for listening…and reading. ♥Pretty fall flowers for Cottage musings for OctoberIf you want to check out our past musings, you can see September (here), August (here), and July (here).

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  1. Melanie
    Monday,October 30, 2017 / 7:29 am

    So sorry to hear that you have been feeling discouraged. Roller coaster is right! I have a booth in a resale consignment shop ( a solution for what to do with thrift finds and furniture re-dos) and some months the sales are ok and some months are like this month, October, when I will actually lose money and not make enough to cover my rent. It makes you wonder if your efforts are worth it. Well, you do what you need to do for you, but yours is one of my favorite blogs for so many reasons and selfishly I hope you continue!!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,October 31, 2017 / 3:17 am

      It sounds like you understand the ups and downs of having your own business. The ups are fabulous but the downs are awful. This is just one of those times for me and it happens to fall during our busy season.

      Thank you though, for sharing your thoughts and for your kind words and encouragement. I know that I could never do this without you all out there cheering me on. Thanks!

  2. Monday,October 30, 2017 / 7:50 am

    We all think about stopping the blog process from time to time. I’ve decided I’m going to blog as I have something to share and as long as I enjoy it. It’s ok to take a break if you need to and sometimes it’s rejuvenating. 🙂

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,October 31, 2017 / 3:19 am

      I’m sure you know where I’m coming from, Stacey. It’s comforting to know that there are others out there who understand how I’m feeling. Thanks so much for the encouragement. 🙂

  3. Terry
    Monday,October 30, 2017 / 8:11 am

    I enjoy your blog immensely and check it at least once a week. I hope you don’t stop!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,October 31, 2017 / 3:21 am

      Thanks so much, Terry, for your kind words and for reading. It really means a lot to me to to hear that you enjoy my blog. 🙂

  4. Monday,October 30, 2017 / 8:33 am

    I know how you feel about blogging. It has definitely changed over the years. What was once a creative outlet and relaxing entertainment has become competitive and stressful. There is no way for me to keep up with it all and sometimes I am not sure I want to. Then again, I feel the need to share creative projects because I doubt most people in my real life want to listen to me ramble on about decorating! Anyway, I hope you keep blogging and inspiring us. Have a great week!
    Shelley

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,October 31, 2017 / 3:26 am

      It has really changed over the years and, I agree with you, it’s very competitive and stressful. There’s always good and bad aspects to everything and I really need to remember all the good (like meeting so many awesome people).

      Thanks for your sweet comment, Shelley. It’s comforting to know I’m not alone in all of this.

  5. Margaret Robinson
    Monday,October 30, 2017 / 9:17 am

    Was going to comment on the Becca eye product, but then realized you were in the middle of bigger decisions and issues than just make-up.

    None of us can make a decision to start or stop blogging for you, but you should know that there are plenty of people who think yo do a wonderful job blogging and would hate to see you stop! I can’t imagine how difficult it has become and if you just feel overwhelmed, then it’s really your decision to stop and your mental health is way more important than maintaining a blog site. That said, it might also be that continuing on, through the hassles might prove the spark that pushes you through to continue. Whatever you do will be supported by the rest of us.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,October 31, 2017 / 3:36 am

      Wow Margaret, thanks so much for your perspective (and BTW, I’m always up to discussing makeup 😉 ). Sitting here alone, working on my computer, you tend to focus on the bad things happening and forget the good. I didn’t write this post to get a pat on the back from my readers but, how could I doubt that you all would be there for me? I just felt I needed to share what I’ve been going through because I was afraid it would show in my work. I’m not very good at hiding and wanted to be truthful.

      I thank you for your kind support and comforting words. xx

  6. Pat M.
    Monday,October 30, 2017 / 9:41 am

    I would hate to see you stop blogging and take away the little cottage that I love so much, but you must do what you must do. If you’re not happy blogging, then you need to find another outlet for your creativity. You were a talented and creative person before you began blogging and you’ll still be one if you stop. Do what feels right for YOU.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,October 31, 2017 / 3:38 am

      Awww, thank you Pat, for your sweet comment. I always enjoy reading your comments and appreciate the fact that you comment every time I post. It truly means so much to me. xx

  7. Ginny
    Monday,October 30, 2017 / 10:37 am

    Please do what is in your best interest. We love you and your blog, but ultimately want what is best for you!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,October 31, 2017 / 4:08 am

      Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Ginny. I appreciate the support. 🙂

  8. Debbie H
    Monday,October 30, 2017 / 11:50 am

    I understand where you are coming from and I hope you continue since you are the only blog I follow now that Nancy has stopped blogging. But hear me loud and clear, do what works for you. Self care is more important than a blog. I will miss you but family and self care come first. Hugs. Debbie

    • Kristi
      Friday,November 3, 2017 / 2:36 am

      Thanks so much for your kind words Debbie and for your continued support. You have been with me since almost the beginning (?) and I always enjoy reading your comments.

      I don’t plan on giving up the blog anytime soon. I just wanted to fill you all in on what I’ve been going through lately. I should have known you all would be so supportive.

      Many thanks, my friend. xx

  9. Susan Ronnfeldt
    Monday,October 30, 2017 / 12:56 pm

    Well, Kristi from the comments, you have a lot of supportive friends who totally understand. Please include me in that group as well. I follow several blogs and over the last couple years, it seems to be getting more competitive. That has got to take the fun out of it. We all want what is best for you. I will miss you because you are still being who you are and I love that. All we want is what is best for you, even if we don’t want you to stop. Hugs and best wishes!

    • Kristi
      Friday,November 3, 2017 / 2:44 am

      I most certainly have to best readers around. I can’t tell you how much all of this support has meant to me.

      Blogging has become very competitive and it’s really tough to grow a following with so many new blogs popping up every day. I just have to continue to focus on my work and the readers who have been so supportive of me. I mean it when I say that I couldn’t do any of this without you all commenting and cheering me on. Comments are a big deal to bloggers. It let’s us know that what we are doing means something to someone else. Whether it’s good or bad, it really helps.

      Thanks so much for your sweet comment and for sharing your thoughts. xx

  10. Patti Boatwright
    Monday,October 30, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    I’m a new reader and I have a little “cottage” of my own. You inspire me. I’m not going to be nice and say “do what’s right for you”. I’m going to say, “I NEED YOU!!!!” <3 <3 <3

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,October 31, 2017 / 4:11 am

      OMG Patti…your comment made me laugh. Thanks so much for that and for you honesty! And welcome to Chatfield Court! xo

  11. chris tucker
    Monday,October 30, 2017 / 2:12 pm

    i would miss you xx

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,October 31, 2017 / 4:12 am

      Awww, thanks so much for that Chris! I appreciate your support. xx

  12. Marlene Stephenson
    Monday,October 30, 2017 / 2:50 pm

    Nothing in this world is easy but, i am here for you, whatever you decide, you come first. Have a great day.xxx

    • Kristi
      Friday,November 3, 2017 / 2:45 am

      Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment, Marlene. I appreciate the support. xx

  13. Darlene
    Monday,October 30, 2017 / 3:17 pm

    I stumbled upon your blog and home pictures and was immediately taken with your homes. They are very down to earth and affordable for everyone. Please keep up the good work. Always love to see what you are doing👍 Not everyone has a large and brand new home. We all need something that is attractive to us.

    • Kristi
      Friday,November 3, 2017 / 2:48 am

      Such a nice comment, thank you Darlene. It’s hard to push small home living, especially on Instagram where everything is big and beautiful, so it’s nice to hear your perspective on it.

      Thank you and I appreciate the support. xx

  14. Kaycee
    Monday,October 30, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    Kristi, I can’t believe another month has flown by already! I agree with many of your other followers, I look forward to your posts and would really miss you if you decided to take another path.

    • Kristi
      Friday,November 3, 2017 / 2:50 am

      I know Kaycee! The older you get, the quicker time flies by. 😉

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment and for the support you’ve given me on FB, IG and here on the blog. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it! xx

  15. Brenda L Lane
    Monday,October 30, 2017 / 6:08 pm

    Dear Kristie, I agree with your other followers, you have to do what’s right for you. I would dearly miss your little stone cottage. I love seeing what you are doing every week especially your crafts, as I am a crafts woman myself. Have you thought about just blogging once a month or every two weeks? What ever you decide, I will be here for you.

    Brenda, Florida

    • Kristi
      Friday,November 3, 2017 / 2:54 am

      Thanks so much for your sweet comment Brenda! I’m not planning on quitting anytime soon. I just felt the need to share what I’ve been going through in my blogging journey. I knew it would be hard when I started but I could never have imagined how hard. I do feel so blessed to have you all here and supporting me though. It means so much to me.xx

  16. Marijean Jenson
    Monday,October 30, 2017 / 10:26 pm

    I look forward to your posts and would miss you if you quit, but I would also understand completely. I really don’t know how you bloggers do it all. You do a great job!

    • Kristi
      Friday,November 3, 2017 / 2:56 am

      Thanks Marijean, I appreciate it! Blogging has really changed in the 4 1/2 years since I started and I’m not quite sure it has changed for the better. It is exhausting but it’s what I’m meant to do (right now anyway 😉 ).

      Thanks for your support. xx

  17. MaryJean
    Monday,October 30, 2017 / 11:21 pm

    Kristi, you have inspired me and it looks like many others too. I used to subscribe to many blogs, but eventually narrowed it down to just a few that I felt were honest, simple and helpful. Yours has been one of those. I know it has to be a hard decision to make and whatever you decide I hope we can stay in touch, although I will miss seeing you posts. As others have suggested maybe a break for a little while would be helpful or maybe even just cutting back on the times that you post.
    You need to take care of yourself first because it is no good for anyone if you are not totally happy with what you do. I will be rooting for you to stay on, but I understand and you should know, my friend, I am there . . . always.

    • Kristi
      Friday,November 3, 2017 / 3:05 am

      Thanks MJ! You were my very first friend on the blog and I have so enjoyed hearing from you and getting to know you. You kept me going in the beginning when I wasn’t getting any comments. I could always count on you. Your support the last 4 1/2 years have meant the world to me.

      I don’t plan on giving up on all I’ve worked to achieve. Not in the near future anyway.

      Thank you again for being there for me, even when you are going through the toughest time in your life. I truly appreciate it. xx

  18. Jill
    Tuesday,October 31, 2017 / 12:10 am

    Hi, Kristi. Let me just say, out of all the home décor blogs I follow, yours is at the top of my list. Love your style and the projects you turn out. Charming, all of them. With that said, I am not a blogger. I know next to nothing about blogging. From what you’ve described, it’s a lot of work and I can imagine that it could feel overwhelming…not just the DIY and posts you develop but the business side. I could see where that could take the fun out of it. I hope you hang in there with Chatfield Court. I would truly miss seeing your blog posts come through my BlogLovin feed. What can we, your readers, do to support you more? Best wishes, Jill (Sacramento, CA)

    • Kristi
      Friday,November 3, 2017 / 3:18 am

      Wow, Jill, what a sweet comment! I’m never at the top of anyone’s list so it makes my heart happy to hear you say that. 🙂

      Blogging is a ton of work. More than I ever thought it would be really. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind hard work but I have to think about my husband too. Everything I do takes time away from him (I’m always working) and money from our budget (which we don’t always have). It does kind of suck the fun out of it all but I’m going to keep working through it.

      Maybe I need to do a post on what goes into doing a blog or post? I just figured no one would be interested.

      I think what readers could do though, whether it’s my blog or another they love, is to comment when they can (even if it’s just to say hi), and to support the blogger’s social media (Pinterest, twitter, Instagram, Facebook). You don’t have to be everywhere but the support means so much to any blogger. Blogging is such a solitary job but getting that interaction and feedback from readers is priceless. After all, it’s all about the readers (for me anyway).

      Thanks for asking that question and thanks so much for your support. It really means so much to me. xx

  19. Tuesday,October 31, 2017 / 12:28 am

    What a wonderful community you have built Kristi, filled with so many supportive readers who want you to stay. More importantly, they want you to be happy. Now those are true fans. That must brighten your blogging soul! 🙂

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,November 1, 2017 / 11:54 pm

      It does brighten my blogger soul! I couldn’t do this without all of their support. Having so many loyal readers yourself, I know you understand how much that means in this solitary business. 🙂

      I thank you for your support and friendship! xx

  20. Phyllis
    Tuesday,October 31, 2017 / 3:34 am

    First, I want to say, I enjoy your blog very much, but do not understand something. If your desire is to share DIY, then why to do need to keep up with page views? I understand burn out as I had a doll making group that I taught with over 6,000 members taking lessons. After 10 years, I ended it from burn out. If you enjoy sharing DIY, then just do that and not worry about anything else. I notice that your page seems to have many more ads than it did before. I have to say that I have left many groups because of too many ads. Maybe that is why some have left?

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,October 31, 2017 / 4:00 am

      Thanks so much for your questions, Phyllis.

      I admit that I’ve gotten burned out from time to time, just as you did. That’s when I step back and focus on something else for a while. It usually doesn’t last long but it does happen.

      So speaking about ads…

      Actually page views and ads go hand in hand (on my blog anyway). If my page views are low then I’m not making a lot of money from my ads. I’d love to just worry about DIY’s but this is my full-time job and I spend a lot of hours working on it every week. When I do a post I have to do a project, take pictures, edit pictures and write the post. Then I have to promote my post on all social media sites and keep up with them. Plus I answer comments and do general maintenance on the blog. I usually work 7 days a week and spend way more time on it all than I actually make but I love it so I have kept at it. I’m not only spending time but it’s costly doing a blog. Fees and projects add up. Most months I spend more than I make.

      Yes, I definitely have more ads on my blog but I couldn’t do this without them. I understand that not everyone likes them and may end up leaving and that’s they’re choice.

      Thank you again for bringing all this up. I’m sure most readers don’t know why the ads are there and I’m glad that I got a chance to explain them a little bit. I hope it answered your questions.

  21. Pat D.
    Tuesday,October 31, 2017 / 8:58 am

    I’ll join all your readers who have commented, that I hope you continue. Your simple and down to earth styling and practical ideas are just what we’re looking for. I’m sure we all want you to do what’s in your heart and meets your needs; just know that we all appreciate what you do.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,November 1, 2017 / 11:51 pm

      Awww, thanks so much for your kind words Pat! It’s always a pleasure to know that my readers appreciate what I do. I would never have made it this far if it wasn’t for support I get from you all. Thanks to you for always reading, commenting and sharing your thoughts with me.

  22. Kathie
    Sunday,November 5, 2017 / 11:49 am

    Oohhhh, I hope you’ll hang in there Kristi, I enjoy your diy’s. I’m a 74 yr old Gramma, that recently used your advice for the metal strip under a shelf. I had hung heavy shelves in Jan, and one kept pulling out, no matter how strong the anchors were. Kristi’s advice to the rescue, I bought the aluminum strip, drilled the holes, put in more anchors, and also hit a stud. It is now super sturdy, and my kids were impressed that I did it myself! Keep the advice coming!!
    Kathie

  23. Monday,November 6, 2017 / 10:21 am

    Kristi, blogging has certainly changed and it is a lot to keep up with. I liked the good ole days of just casually sharing what we were doing in our homes just to be a part of the blogging community and to inspire our readers. Now, it seems to all be big business with pushing a lot of products. I just can’t get into the pushing products to make a buck, but I do understand why some do. I have contemplated quitting mine in the near future, too. Comments have gotten so low compared to the past years and I know everyone is busy. I’m not even talking about bloggers commenting, as most don’t anymore, but our readers. I know they are there by the numbers, but they just look and go on. I’m not doing all this work for me. Hey, I see this stuff daily. I wish we could go back in time a bit, but I know we can’t. If a do more of a personal post like you have they come out of the woodwork, but then disappear again. I’m coming up on my eighth year and for now I’ll keep this up, but not sure what the future holds. I can’t do this forever anyway.
    I truly enjoy watching what you do in your cute cottage (that I would prefer to have) and that wallpaper in the new powder room is fabulous!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,November 8, 2017 / 5:01 am

      Yes Kim, it certainly has changed. You’ve been doing this a lot longer than I have so I’m sure it’s an even bigger change for you. It seems like everyone is out to make money and, like you said, to push products. It’s all business now and the personal side of it has gone away. I got into this to share and inspire others to do DIY, and I’m sure your reasons were similar. A lot of readers come and go so quickly now, I’m not sure they really get to see what we do…why we do it. It’s sad.

      Actually, your blog is one of the first ones I started following. You inspired me to create my own blog and I’ve admired the way you have kept Savvy Southern Style true to the way you created it. I’m sure your loyal readers see that too.

      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and for your kind words. Your support means a lot to me.

  24. Jillian
    Monday,November 6, 2017 / 5:33 pm

    I do enjoy your blog and you are always so nice as well as answering…that means a lot. Many bloggers do not respond, perhaps for good reasons. I have no idea how someone can think of enough things to write about to keep a blog going. The pressure from that alone would keep me from sleeping and I already have enough trouble there! You are doing a great job in my humble opinion …plus I like your house. I have seen so many photos that it has become like a friends home. Warm and welcoming. That being said you must feel good about what you do and if you need to take some time off or even do another thing we will understand, even if it is a bit sad. Just do it after Christmas, I’m looking forward to your holiday posts 🙂

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,November 8, 2017 / 5:17 am

      Thanks Jillian, I appreciate your sweet comment. Even before I wrote my first post I knew I would answer every comment I got. My thinking is that if a reader takes time out of their busy day to read and comment, the least I could do is reply. I mean, how can you have a blog if you don’t have readers? My readers are the very reason I do this, besides my love of DIY ;), so I want to get to know them, learn from them. It’s one of the great things about blogging, in my humble opinion. 😉

      Finding things to write about? I have a ton of ideas always swirling in my head but not enough time to do them all. I do worry about running out of material though and it’s a scary thought. I try not to go there. 😉

      This is my (very) busy time of year so I will be here, cranking out my holiday posts. Hope you enjoy them! xx

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