Hello gang! 

I haven’t forgotten that I have a blog, I promise. My computer is having a life crisis and I’ve been unable to do anything other than swear at it. Currently  blogging from my phone. 

Also my dishwasher is broken, my vacuum is broken, the ice maker in my freezer is broken (whyyyyyyy), my car’s check engine light is on, my terrorist toddler has lost the keys to the mailbox AND the garage door opener, and all of this is giving me a case of adult acne. 

What I’m saying is now is probably a good time for a break. So please enjoy your holidays! I will do the same, and we’ll meet up here again soon! 

PS: if you see Santa, tell him I need a new Mac. Or if he knows where the garage door opener is, that would be fine too. 



  1. Jessica H
    December 23, 2016 / 9:03 AM

    Taking a break is definitely the right thing to do. Take care of yourself and have a wonderful Christmas! We’ll be here when you get back.

  2. Jo Ann
    December 23, 2016 / 9:09 AM

    Yes, take a deep breath and take care of yourself. The story of Christmas 2016 will be funny……when the terrorist toddler is 50!!! You can embarrass him with his family.

    Merry Christmas, and we will all be here when you return!

  3. Hil
    December 23, 2016 / 9:43 AM

    Yikes, good luck! Enjoy your break and happy holidays!

  4. Molly
    December 23, 2016 / 11:25 AM

    So sorry to hear that, although it does sound like the holidays in a nutshell! As a weird side note about the computer, I am totally a Mac person, but lately it seems like they last 2-3 years and they start having major problems. I’m getting tempted to switch to a PC!

  5. Darlene
    December 23, 2016 / 4:51 PM

    You are going to feel soooo good after this is all sorted out!

  6. Olivia
    December 23, 2016 / 5:03 PM

    Doesn’t help that AZ has decided to turn into a freezer. Every winter I say I prefer the heat. Freezing my butt off here for sure.
    Hope things get better. I feel for you with a toddler. That expression terrible twos applied to my boys from when they started walking til kindergarten. Now they are both grown men with families of their own. Thanks for the memories you bring back.

  7. nelly
    December 24, 2016 / 6:24 AM

    Love you Linds. Hope things start looking up.

  8. Denette
    December 24, 2016 / 9:57 AM

    Oh no, what a cluster of crap. Forgot about the blog, focus on your home and family and check in when you can. Wish you were closer, my hubby is good a fixing things, I would send him over.

  9. Janet R
    December 24, 2016 / 1:27 PM

    Mercury retrograde : ) I love your blog so much and miss you but you definitely need a break!

  10. Reenie
    December 28, 2016 / 8:22 AM

    When it rains…. it pours. :/

    Enjoy your break.

    Happy New Year!! 🙂

  11. Ashley
    December 29, 2016 / 1:57 PM

    For the missing keys and garage door opener: check all your floor vents. My own toddlers (all four, in their respective times) loved tucking treasures away in there. Hope things settle down for you soon!

  12. Laura Feltham
    January 8, 2017 / 4:01 AM

    Oh no! Missing your blog! When I was two (my mother loves this story) my parent locked a substantial amount of cash in a dresser the day before buying a car. I hid the keys in my honey sandwich which was promptly thrown out when I claimed I didn’t want to eat it….

  13. January 9, 2017 / 5:14 PM

    Hope 2017 is going well. Miss seeing your posts. You always crack me up!
    Love the transformations, too…

  14. Kimberly
    January 10, 2017 / 2:37 PM

    Missing your posts and thought I’d check in. Hope all is well!

  15. Sheree L
    January 12, 2017 / 8:15 AM

    Ditto what Erin and Kimberly said! I thought I’d get my “fix” by reading your archives, but the side bar is not showing up (the header is missing, too). I tried in a couple different browsers, but no go. Am I the only one? How do I fix this?

  16. January 12, 2017 / 2:40 PM

    I’m starting to feel that we’re “on a break” and it doesn’t mean the same thing to you as it does to us.

  17. NJM
    January 14, 2017 / 3:37 PM

    Hope all well – miss you !

  18. Just Justin
    January 17, 2017 / 11:30 AM


    Loudly.. “BREAK’S OVER! BACK TO WORK!”

    We need you LindsEy! You complete us. Help us, help you.

    I was thinking today how that we have been friends for quite a while now…years actually. “Friends” being that you have a blog and I read it whenever you post. We’ve communicated via email. I got to be part of the inaugural mystery thrift-off. (BY FAR, THE BEST MYSTERY THRIFT-OFF I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE TO PARTAKE IN!) I sent you lyrics to “Beyolnd Thunderdome.” You sent me a post card…hangs on my refrigerator. (People ask, “Who do you know in Arizona?” I respond, “Oh. My good friend, Lindsey. Spelled with an ‘e.’ We go way back. She drew a dinosaur on it!”) <–Sorry if others didn't get a cool drawing on their postcard…what can I say? Lindsey and I are "friends."

    So, as your "friend" …break's over. 🙂

    Seriously, hope things are improving. Take care. Best wishes. Happy New Year and stuff.

  19. Just Justin
    January 17, 2017 / 11:33 AM

    For some reason, it didn’t post my opening…

    {flings door open, walks in, flips on light}


  20. Mostly Maureen
    January 17, 2017 / 10:13 PM

    I’m getting a wee bit worried that the toddler has “accidentally” locked all of you in the garage and occasionally throws you some cheese nips and dill pickles to keep you going. I do hope you are enjoying your break–everyone needs down time and I’ve never understood how you manage to do all you do without a lot of screaming. Take lots of deep breaths, constantly remind yourself that the little one will eventually go away (FAR away) to college and know that your readers will be here when you’re ready to start blogging again. LOVE your blog but please take care of yourself first.

  21. Lenore
    January 17, 2017 / 11:06 PM

    Lindsay, I’ve never commented before, but your site has been at the top of my bookmark list for years. I can’t count the times you’ve made me laugh out loud. You’ve shown me great design and inspired projects of my own. At the risk of sounding very sappy, I miss you and I hope everything’s OK with you.

  22. Mumzy
    January 18, 2017 / 1:16 PM

    WHERE ARE YOU?????? I hope all is well!!!! We MISS YOU!!!!

  23. Anne Williams
    January 19, 2017 / 9:35 AM

    I’ve been following your blog with pleasure for a long time; I miss your witty writing and hope all is on the mend for this new year!

  24. Devra
    January 19, 2017 / 9:08 PM

    You and your humor are missed. Hope all is well.

  25. Janet A.
    January 20, 2017 / 7:31 AM

    LOL, Just Justin! I miss you, too, Lindsey! Hope all is well and the Geek Squad just has your computer hostage.

  26. Reenie
    January 20, 2017 / 8:16 AM

    Hi ~ just checking in ~ I hope you are doing okay.

    You are missed.


  27. Bonnie
    January 20, 2017 / 8:49 AM

    I was commenting on Plaster & Disaster and suddenly realized (because: cactus) that I haven’t heard from you for a long time. I hope you’re enjoying your break and I especially hope you get back to blogging soon. I’m ashamed that you drifted out of my life for so long without my noticing!

  28. Robyn Hasty
    January 20, 2017 / 11:03 AM

    Miss you Lindsey! I need my daily dose of Before and After inspiration pictures!!!
    I hope everything is okay with you and your family.

  29. Marsha
    January 20, 2017 / 8:37 PM

    Miss you. Come back soon!

  30. Deb
    January 20, 2017 / 10:50 PM

    Every day I check hoping I’ll be able to say Yippee You’re Back! But today is not that day. Like many others I miss you & your blog. May your ducklings soon line up and the stars also aline so that your life is calm and smooth making room for you to return. Best Wishes for your health and happiness from Wisconsin.

  31. Rosie S
    January 23, 2017 / 7:09 AM

    Hope you are doing ok….and everything is going better…after… 🙂 We all need a break sometimes, that is for sure!

  32. January 25, 2017 / 7:05 PM

    So sad that you aren’t back!

  33. Monica
    January 27, 2017 / 5:08 PM

    Hope all is peaceful with you and your family. Missing you from Michigan.

  34. Janet R
    January 28, 2017 / 12:13 PM

    Glad I am not the only one that checks daily! We love you and hope things are starting to fall into place for you!

  35. Susan
    January 30, 2017 / 8:54 AM

    Like many others I am hoping you are well. You are definitely missed. Hope you’re back soon spreading sunshine and your fabulous sense of humor to all.

  36. Reenie
    January 30, 2017 / 9:07 AM

    I hope everything is okay with you and your family.


  37. Patti
    January 30, 2017 / 1:12 PM

    Things won’t be better after until after you’re back! Hope you and your family are well. Your blog family misses you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hugs & Kisses

  38. Nicole
    January 30, 2017 / 2:55 PM

    I too hope all is well with you and your family. I miss your wonderful sense of humor every day.

  39. Lee
    January 31, 2017 / 8:18 AM

    Missing your inspiration, but hoping all things are well! Come back if you can!

  40. Laurel M.
    January 31, 2017 / 8:57 AM

    We miss you! I hope you are alright and that your family is good, too! You have a support group in place if you need prayers!

  41. Lorraine
    January 31, 2017 / 9:12 AM

    I also send my best wishes that everything is well with you and we will see you back here soon! We MISS YOU!

  42. Dawn
    February 1, 2017 / 7:36 AM

    Hope you come back soon!

  43. Roseann
    February 1, 2017 / 5:25 PM

    I keep checking back, obviously we are all missing you. I am beginning to worry that something is terribly wrong, I hope I am wrong.
    Looking forward to an update!

  44. Leticia Silvestre
    February 2, 2017 / 6:37 AM

    We are all missing you! ;'(


  45. Deb
    February 2, 2017 / 6:59 PM

    You are missed! Glad you are taking the time to regenerate…your mind, body, soul and spirit.

  46. Angie Casavecchia
    February 3, 2017 / 9:24 AM

    Ok, breaks over. The tiny little creative portion of my mind needs you! Come back, please!

  47. Lyn White
    February 4, 2017 / 4:43 PM

    Hi Lindsey
    How can I possibly start the renovation of a tiny coastal holiday cottage in the Eastern Algarve, Portugal, without you? You have helped in the extension and modernisation of our home in England, plus the decoration of our holiday apartment and I need your humour and inspiration again, NOW.
    I do hope all is well with you and yours

  48. Ariela HvM
    February 8, 2017 / 9:11 AM

    We miss you! Have been checking back every day & hope all is well with you and your family 🙂

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