Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Spring Break At Home

Hello My Friends!
It's time for a much needed blog break for me.
I am burned out and have no idea what to post on.
Does this happen to you guys too?
I would like it if you would offer me some much needed
suggestions of what you want to see or read about here.
I do have a few cool ideas that have been offered such as
*healthy recipes* and *how to create a vignette*.
Wonderful ideas Risa and Beth. I'll post those soon.
How about a Q & A? I have seen this on other blogs
and have never really posted much on my private life.
Do you have any questions you want to ask me?
We have had some beautiful spring weather and it's
time for me to start some yard clean up. I need ferns,
flowers and to paint our porch railings so I'll be busy.
In the meantime feel free to browse past posts and leave
me any comments or send me an email. I'll see you soon.
I'll leave you with some gorgeous garden inspiration.
Enjoy! I wish this was our backyard. I can dream.
Look at the darling bridge.
I adore the forest in the background.
A pretty stone path leads the way. It's so tranquil.
I'm going to try and plant some of these. I love red roses.
Thank you all for being good friends and loyal readers.
You are always welcome to visit me anytime.
I enjoy having you and reading your comments.
Have a wonderful week!


Love the Decor! said...

Enjoy the break my friend!!

Lisa said...

Healthy recipes would be great! You are such an inspiration for so many of us...maybe you can help us stay on our diets.:)
PS Have a wonderful break!

Jenglamgirl said...

DON'T Be gone to long! You will have to show the porch when you are done.... Love that second picture.. stunning!!!

I know.... show a before and after pic. of your weight loss! That is a major inspiration for people to see your success. Enjoy your break! Hugs, jgg

Cindy said...

Bye friend...time for a rest..God heals us when we rest..I don't mean just go lay means shut down the't try to please us..write for you and your heart.That is what drew me to your post!!
I will keep you in my prayers. Painting always clears my

Cindy from Tx

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Have a wonderful break my dear friend...and I have a question do you or have you ever flew a plane yet??? Do you have help keeping your home clean...I know I Know that's 2 questions...also do you do any kind of crafts...OK so thats more than 2 now ha ha!! Love ya girl and will miss ya...I'll be leaving also for about a week...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

PAT said...

It's good to take a break now and then, Melissa. You'll be back feeling renewed.

We are finally having some great weather, so we'll be spending more time on outdoor things.

I love the idea of a Q&A.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What beautiful pictures, Melissa! Yes, sometimes I feel like I need a break! You could post on what you will be doing, too. Maybe a before and after of your garden and porch.

southerninspiration said...

Yes, enjoy your break!! Take some pics of things that inspire you and post them...
collections, stories, area you live in, book'll come up with some good things, I know.


Stacey said...

Totally understand. I'm out of ideas too. :)

Enjoy your outside time. I just can't wait for it to be warm enough here. Our last freeze date isn't for a couple of weeks.

Debbie said...

Hi Melissa...funny today I was thinking come Summer I will not be blogging too much. I already am running out of stuff and it is only three months into it. I just posted an outdoor table scene if you would like to see it. The garden photo's are fabulous. I enjoy coming don't run out too soon.

Lisa said...

Yes I get that! I just don't get inspired. I find that others can inspire me so I visit around or I think about other things I am spending time doing or thinking about! Take a break it will be fine we will be here!
Hugs, Lisa

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

When I first saw the yard...I nearly fell off my chair...I mean good grief! I really do not think I have ever seen one that is more beautiful. Yes...and I will dream with you, Melissa!

Yes...I am one of those that is burned out. It takes up so much of my day that not much gets done in my home unless it's to blog about...but I keep thinking that I will off to Maine in August and off to Maryland in May, so I have been putting it off.

Blogging is a HUGE hook!
You are not alone in running out of things to post...not at all. I for one am like that every single day...rarely to I have anything prepared! It probably shows too! LOL Especially in tablescapes etc.

Deb said...

enjoy your break...we will be here when you get back...

SILVIA said...

take all the time you need Melissa!!!

Cozy Little House said...

Those gardens are truly inspirational, Melissa!

Blondie's Journal said...

I have been having bloggy block, too, Melissa. But sometimes I like to just pick up my camera and document my life a bit. You will know what feels right.

Have a good break and come back filled with ideas! :-)


Nancy's Notes said...

It happens! Love the inspirational photographs! Enjoy your time aways, but know, it'll all come back, you are great!
A new follower!

Denise said...

Hope you don't take too long a break, I always love your posts. Perhaps as the weather warms up we can see more of your garden. I can't help but post about just every day stuff I do.. but that's because I have family that likes to keep up with what I'm doing, but even just what you did over the weekend would be fun to read for me ;-)

Nancy's Notes said...

You are so sweet to have left a comment on my blog, you are so sweet Melissa! I know you are so busy, I appreciate you stopping in.

Jenglamgirl said...

Hi Melissa~ Help me out? blogger of the week? I have not been, I also am a bit confused? It sounds great! Fill me in?, or am I just missing something. Thanks so much, Jenn

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

I want the back yard too, so if you find it for sale, let me know....

I would love to read about some of the EASY things you have eaten....remember I don't cook.....Just did 2 miles though....

Brandi said...

Oh yes I feel you Melissa, often I get burnt out on blogging. :( BUT you will come through. :D I think a Q&A would be awesome!

Nancy said...

OH NO! BUT I TRULY UNDERSTAND! I am a teacher and we get burn out too. Looking forward to my spring break coming up soon. I enjoy all your posts. Remember to post for you not us! We enjoy your new things, show us your porch when it is done, recipes, anything cool in your community, outside back yard, or better yet... maybe all your NEW CLOTHES! I know I am having fun since I lost 3-4 sizes. Any new shoes to go with the new outfits? Gone out to lunch, where? What's your favorite snack? Goodness... maybe I should start a blog. HA HA HA Maybe one day but not while I am teaching. Too busy trying to get new ideas for my classes.

I am going to miss you so rest and know we will be here. ENJOY! I loved those pictures of the gardens. COME ON SPRING! Nancy from OHIO

Cathy said...

Enjoy your break! I guess we are like ships passing in the night;)! I am so glad that you stopped by to say hello before taking your break!


Jemsmom said...

Enjoy your blogging break, but don't forget us!! We will miss you!

bj said...

Enjoy some time away from blogging, dear one. I think we all need to do that from time to time. I am about to start painting rooms and will be MIA myself for awhile.
Get some rest!!
xo bj

Jenglamgirl said...

Oh' GOTCHA! what a great feature.. I didn't even know you had something like that! how fun and cool and great! THANK YOU SO MUCH! your a dear... enjoy your night! hugs! jgg

p.s. if you do before and after pics... of your weight loss... I will! ;0 we can be brave together! ;)

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

Enjoy the break, but if you have a chance stop by and leave a comment as I am having a giveaway in honor of my 200th post.

Marla at Always Nesting said...

Don't you just hate Blogger's Block? I love the photos of the flowers. So pretty.

Connie said...

Have a good break but don't stay away too long!
I too would like to see some recipes of the good food that has helped you lose your weight and get healthy!

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Melissa,

Enjoy your break and when you come back you will feel refreshed.
Such beautiful gardens you have shared and I hope that you get to plant some pretty red roses.


Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Enjoy your break...but please come back.

Barb said...

We all just need a break every once in a while, just enjoy it and come back to us the flowers.

April said...

Take all the time you need, Melissa...we ALL need a break from time to time. We'll still be here when you return! I think a Q & A session would be FUN! Have a wonderful day!

Reynie said...

Enjoy your spring break! Everyone needs a little R&R away from bloggerville sometimes!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Hi answer your, I have not received it. I will have hubby check PO on Monday. He is working until then.

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Melissa, You know the "burn out" happens to me. I think I mentioned I get real excited and then loose interest. We all need a break! I think the smaller posts are going to be better for me, even though they might not be very!I would love some of your healthy recipes. My family really needs to start eating healthier, all of us!

I have not been back to Hobby Lobby yet for a container. I will try to get back over there tonight. We are leaving for Branson tomorrow morning. There is a possibility I will get your arrangement made tonight and shipped in the morning. If not...I will ship it out Monday. I'm sorry it's taking me so long. I wanted to make sure I get the right size container. I picked out some pretty flowers, berries, sticks and grass, so I think you will really like it! :) Kristen

Connie said...

Hi Melissa, You certainly deserve a break. I think the schools up here are out this coming week, also. We will be flooding the South for the warmer weather.
BTW, I lost your picture on
My Followers". Haven't a clue how that happened. I have changed ISP's and I now have been changing my email and addresses, so anything is possible.
Just know I never would take you off my blog.
I think the answer to these situations is not changing anything !!!

Manuela@TPOH said...

Dear friend, have a good break and re-charge yourself. Taking a break did wonders for me! Although, it makes me question why I needed a break from blogging in the first place.

I'd love healthy recipes! I'm always looking for TNT low cal/carb recipes. I'd love to see your gardens as well.


Kathy :) said...

Enjoy your time away !!! I would love some recipes..if you would like to post about them :) just a thought....

Kathy :)

ps you haven't LOST me :)

Tam said...

Enjoy the break and YES every gets blog block. Just relax and enjoy a break. Do you read and if so maybe post a little bit about the books your reading or what do you enjoy when you are not decorating that beautiful home.

O the yard Rocks! Goodness it is beautiful!

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Kathy! Casa Dolce? Let me know were your new blog is so I can *find* you again. I saw where you had removed your blog. Sorry I stopped following since I thought you had left for good. Let me know when you have another one ready and I'll be sure sure and add myself as a follower my friend.

Thank you for letting me know!
See you soon! ~Melissa :)

Marie said...

Hello my sweet Melissa - I'm catching up from a two month break from the computer. I missed writing and chatting so much. But I feel refreshed and it's good to be back. Dear friend, I love your blog. I admire your decorator's touch and how much love you put into your home.

I don't have any suggestions for you specifically, except that I enjoy how you share your heart - about a lot of different things!
From decorating ideas to your life's comings and goings. Just continue to be yourself.


Lori said...

O.K Melissa here's a question: What did your childhood room look like? Did you decorate it yourself? Also have you always liked the same colors for home? Love ya,Lori P.S Does Chestnut have a picture with bunny ears? I can't remember!!

Becca said...

That's right ... don't be gone *too* long because I love reading your great posts, filled with pics of your gorgeous home, healthy recipes and genuine thoughts, ideas and well wishes !! You never seem to be at a loss as to what to post, but I totally understand when you need a break !! Have a great weekend ... hugs, Becca

Sherri Blum, CID said...

We will all be patiently awaiting your return. You deserve a break and when you least expect it, you'll be inspired to write again. Go now and refresh your mind and spirit! Enjoy! xoxo

Melanie said...

Enjoy your break. I am ready for the spring weather and to work out in the yard too.

Here's hoping that it comes soon.
Have a great weekend.

Envoy-ette said...

I know what you mean. When the husband left, there went 70% of my material to write about. The boys are older and so obedient that took another 20%! The 10% left is MY time, and you know I'm not telling when I mess up!

CookesTwo said...


I always love looking at your posts and beautiful home decorating idea. You do a wonderful job!

Here's an idea ... How about a recent photo of you in your beautiful wedding gown. I'm so proud of how hard you've worked to lose weight and you have been a real inspiritaion.

Looking forward to you coming back soon.


~Along My Country Road~ said...

Hi Melissa~
I just started following your blog, it's so enjoyable! Have fun planting, I can't wait to start working in my yard again myself. Try planting "Knock Out Roses"..... so easy to grow, and beautiful! Enjoy your break, and I will look forward to seeing you back soon!

Melody Parris said...

I just love your blog and I think your posts are gorgeous. The photos are very clear and are professional. I am an English major and love to write. I love reading your blog and think your an excellent writer. Your home looks positively beautiful and I get decorating ideas from you. I love your little birds and bunny that you decorate with. I love animals and use little figurines around my family's house too. Your cat, Mr. Chestnut, looks like quite a character! I always look forward to new postings. Take care and Happy Easter! - Melody

Melissa Miller said...

Thank you everyone! I really appreciate all of the nice compliments and great post ideas.

I'm a big ole' chicken when it comes to posting a before and after photo of my weight loss though. I'm thinking about it and I'm working up the nerve. LOL!

Have a wonderful weekend! :)

Susie Q said...

Enjoy your break dear heart...we will be here when you return!
I have been a bad bloggy friend of late because I havebeen swamped with so much.No time to blog! But I hopped on today and wanted to stop in and say hi, Happy Spring and say I was thinking about you!

Together We Save said...

Oh my these photos are so pretty!!

Melissa said...

I'd love to see more of how you incorporate spring/summer colors and/or accessories when most of your home decor colors lean more towards the darker shades. I struggle so much with this!

Enjoy your break and I look forward to when you get back!

Many Blessings,

The Stylish House said...

Recharge your creative battery and enjoy a break! I'm having computer problems or I would have visited earlier.

Queenie Jeannie said...

Enjoy your break!! You always have the most glorious pictues on your blog!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Melissa...your package came. Thank you so much for the lovely pillow. You didn't have to send me yours, but I will cherish was so kind of you and came at a good time, trust me!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Beautiful inspiration photos Melissa. Have a great break. We all need one sometimes. laurie

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kanishk said...

That is a major inspiration for people to see your success. Enjoy your break! Hugs,
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Joy said...

You deserve a break but whatever you post on I always love. Hope you have a Happy Easter!

Sandra said...

Hi Melissa. I hope you're enjoying your break sweet friend. If you get a chance stop by my blog cause I finally posted about my little plaque "There's no place like home" :) Have a great day!

Kim said...

I hope you're having a great time. Enjoy yourself, and of course, your loved ones.

Liz said...

These garden pics are just beautiful!
Why don't you do a couple of posts about gardening? Then you get the benefit of a series of posts and a beautiful yard! :) TaDa! (Lol)

Or... you could just take a week off.


Melissa :) said...

Ok, I do have a question. :)

You have gorgeous items throughout your home. But, you have a LOT of them (which I love & looks so awesome). Your beautiful home is sparkling clean. How do you keep all your pretties/home so clean?

What do you use to dust & how often? We have a dust problem in our home (drives me batty) & I don't know how I'd ever keep so many pretty items clean. I'm always looking for cleaning tips from others! :)

Have a wonderful break! :)

Liz said...

Hi Sweet Melissa!

I just wanted to stop by and wish you a Happy Easter! I hope you are enjoying the time off. I can't wait to see what you have in store when you return. Every post you do is always so much fun.

Hugs and Love,


xinex said...

Wow! Thanks for sharing that beautiful garden with us. Melissa. It's very inspiring. Post more recipes, I always enjoy them....Christine

Shana said...

Soemtimes, I run out of stuff to say. And I don't have many reading my blog anyway!!
Have a good break

momof3girls said...

I hope you enjoy your break, and get your porch painted. I love spring! Seeing all the flowers and trees in bloom is a motivator for anyone!

I put my vote on how you display and arrange things on table and shelves! You have such an eye for details!

Becca said...

Hey, again !! THANKS for stopping by and leaving such a kind note about my great room !! Of course, I'm still messing around in there (ugh). I bought the round pillows on the barstools at SteinMart years ago (do you have one close by)? They have some FUN accessories !! I'm sorry your allergies are getting to you ... hopefully, you're taking Claritin or something to help you through. Take care and don't be gone too long, okay? Hugs, Becca

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Just wanted to wish you and Alex and Happy Easter my dear friend...Hope to talk with you when I get back....Love ya girl...Gl♥ria

Eric Morris said...

It's time for the rest enjoy with beautiful fragrance of nature!! Have a wonderful break my friend!!

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Pat said...

Hi Melissa,
I've missed you! I so hope that you enjoy your break and do some really nice things for yourself. I am so anxious to get some flowers planted! I want to grow more herbs in pots on the patio too.

Have a blessed weekend ~


Tamara Jansen said...

Wow! That is SOME back yard! We've kept ours to just 1 1/2 acres of grass because it's soooooo much work but......a little bridge and some rockery would be nice :)

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