One Year Blogiversary In a Small Home and Giveaway!

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My Wee Abode is one year old!  Yep, and what better way to celebrate this one-year blogiversary in a small home than with a giveaway?


Hey, friends!!!  So glad you are joining us today because today is special!  Just a wee bit over a year ago, after spending WAY too long trying to make this blog ‘perfect’, I finally clicked the ‘Publish’ button for the first time, and My Wee Abode was born!

Thank YOU!

My Wee Abode continues to share its decor, DIYs, and small home solutions because of all of YOU!  I am SO grateful that you have chosen to be part of the MWA community!

Y’all are just a blessing!

To celebrate the blogiversary, let’s do a few things, shall we?

Why These Posts?

First, let’s take a look at a few posts that are especially dear to my heart, and I’ll tell you why they are so special to me.

You may be surprised.

Pros and Cons of Small Home Living

My very first post is pretty close to the top of the list!

one year blogiversary small home giveaway living room with furniture and big window with aqua rug

I loved sharing my home for the very first time, on my very first post.  I loved sharing the good and bad of living in a small home, along with other ideas I had for MWA.

However, I had never picked up a DSLR until January of 2018 (when My Wee Abode was born).  So, my daughter ‘volunteered’ to help me with my first photos!

But she didn’t help me with the editing.

So much to learn… and still learn.

This post is a fave of mine because it shows me how far I have come in the past year, and it will be a constant reminder for many more year (Lord-willing).

By the way… *I* took this photo just several months later! 😉 Still, lots to learn, but it’s gettin’ there!

one year blogiversary small home giveaway living room with furniture and big window with aqua rug

My Word of the Year, With a Twist

My second post is making the list, too!

one year blogiversary small home giveaway three frames with bible verses and diy tools on green and yellow background

Creating and sharing these free printables, along with a tutorial for a frame collage, was so fun, and hopefully inspiring to you! And, again, I learned so much from this post.

Like how to take a ‘flat-lay’ photo.

Do you know how long it takes to write out instructions for a DIY? Well, I got my first taste of how long!

And you learn how to print notes and instructions on a photo.

Oh, and there’s also the realization of just how stinking hard it is to take photos in a bathroom! (Hint, the shower isn’t just for bathing anymore!)

DVD and CD Storage Solution – No More Shelves!

Okay, okay… this is the last of the ‘early months’.  But, I must say, sharing small home storage solutions really is something I love to do.

So, the plan this year is to share more apartment, rental space, and tiny house solutions!  Like this one!

one year blogiversary small home giveaway dvd storage binder with dvd holder on aqua white rug

(Oh man… there’s a spot on the rug! Do you see it? #photoshopfail)

Affordable Storage Solutions for Small Bathrooms

Okay… this is still an early one, but this is short and sweet.  The reason this is at the top of the list?

one year blogiversary small home giveaway baskets mounted to wall with bath towels and decor

This post, sharing affordable bathroom storage solutions, was (and still is) featured on… twice! See it HERE and HERE! So exciting!

Add a Quick and Pretty Closet to Any Room

Okay… This… this has been an amazing addition to My Wee Abode (dare I say a ‘lifesaver’?).  And, if you are looking to add a closet to a room, without using any power tools…

This is the closet hack for you… seriously.

one year blogiversary small home giveaway white room divider with basket and pillows near bed with window in background

DIY Velvet Pumpkins Just Like the Pros

Okay… I’m going to ‘close’ my favorite posts with this one…

Mainly because I want to get to the giveaway, don’t you? I thought so.

one year blogiversary small home giveaway velvet pumpkins with natural elements on cakeplate sitting on wood surface

To date, this is my fave post, by far.  Why?

Because now you can DIY your own designer-look velvet pumpkins

Plus, these velvet pumpkins were super fun to style!

And… I gotta be honest here… my photography ROCKED!  Praise the Lord!!!!

Seriously… nothing good comes from this blog except through His grace and enabling.


Okay… Let’s Get To the GIVEAWAY!

To celebrate the one-year blogiversary of My Wee Abode, I’m going to be giving a gift package to one of you! Y’all are so wonderful, I thought it fitting to express my thankfulness by sending YOU a blogiversary present!

Well, let’s take a look at what is in the box!

one year blogiversary small home giveaway tea organizer shelf riser book tea towel an vase on sofa

  • (1) YouCopia Height Adjustable Shelf Riser (13″ wide) (this was featured on Best Cabinet Organizers for Small Homes)
  • (1) YouCopia Tea Organizer (this was a favorite on the recent Best Cabinet Organizers for Small Homes)
  • (1) The DIY Home Planner by my sweet friend, KariAnne Wood from Thistlewood Farms (one of my fave decorating books)
  • (1) Spring tea towel
  • (1) “hobnail” textured glass vase/candle holder
  • (1) NOT PICTURED $15 Gift Card to Starbucks (I know… it’s not decor or home related, but just treat yo-self!)

Y’all, this is my first giveaway on the blog.  I’m so excited! How ’bout you?  Wanna know how you can enter to win?

Just follow the prompts in the Rafflecopter form below!  The Rafflecopter app lets me randomly pick one winner.  You get two free entries just for visiting, and there are a few simple ‘tasks’ to do to earn more entries! (Available to US Residents only)

Congratulations to Peggy R. for winning the My Wee Abode Blogiversary Giveaway!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

You can enter to win once a day until the giveaway ends next Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 12am PST ! Then one winner will be chosen randomly and notified via email. You will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner will be chosen. You must be 18 years or older to participate. Void where prohibited.

Become a My Wee Abode Member for ALL the Things!

Oh, and even though it’s not a requirement to enter for the giveaway, I would LOVE for you to subscribe to My Wee Abode and get all the FREE PRINTABLES that are offered, along with priority notification of new decor tips, storage solutions, and small home living helps.


If you are already a subscriber, just go to “Free Printables” in the menu bar and enter the password on the password-protected page.  You can find the password at the bottom of any newsletter I send to you! 😉

Looking forward to sending one of you these wonderful gifts!  Thanks for being such a wonderful community, and have fun entering!

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    1. Thank you, BBF! You have been a wonderful support and major ‘teacher’ for me this year. Love doing this blog adventure with you, dear heart!

  1. Congratulations Julie on your one yr. Bloganniversary! My hubby and I live in a 1100 sq. ft home. It has 3 bedrms. , one bath , formal lv.rm, rec, rm, dinning rm, and kitchen w/ washer-dryer in the kitchen. Our home is 57 yrs. old. I so enjoy our quaint home 🙂 We remodeled the bathrm. and kitchen….Added white doors on all exterior doors down the hallway. Rest of the home has the wood stain doors/ trim. My hubby is not a white trim/ white fireplace kind of guy, so part of the home is left for him to enjoy the space:) But when we remodeled he was okay with the hallway doors to each bdrm and bath. 🙂 I so enjoy your pictures of your home….Thank you for the fun giveaway…Linda

    1. Thanks, Linda, for the congrats! I love that you are here, and love that you shared about your home, too! It sounds LOVELY, and so much fun with renos, as well! Hope to see you more here in the comment area! Hugs!

  2. Congratulations on this momentous anniversary! I for one am very happy you decided to blog, I so enjoy reading your posts. Wishing you many more successful years writing and sharing!

    1. Oh, thank you so much, Odete (I hope I’m calling you by your correct name). I’m so glad you enjoy My Wee Abode! Hope we all get to know each other more and more for many years! Hugs and hearts!

  3. Hello Julie! Happy 1st bloggerversary! I didn’t realize you’d only been writing your thoughts out here for only a year. Your blog is very pretty and professional ~ way more than my random thoughts, Lol, though I am trying to more honed lately. 😉

    Fun to enter your giveaway and enjoy this next year!
    Barb 🙂

    1. You are very kind and sweet, as always, Barb! I’m so excited to see the posts you will be sharing about your new house! Hope we have many more years of blogging ahead of us! Hugs, dear friend!

    1. Thank you so much, Kay (have I ever called you Shannon??? I almost typed that just now!) I’m so glad the Lord brought our friendship into our lives through this adventure! Hugs, dear friend!

  4. Congratulations on your one year blogoversary Julie. You have come very far in such a short time! I didn’t even know what image sharing was or even SEO! I look forward to seeing you grow by leaps and bounds in the coming years and really enjoy coming here for your small apartment solutions.

    1. Awww, Mary… you are such a kind and sweet friend! I’m so happy to have met you this year, and look forward to more years, too!

  5. I just discovered your blog today and have enjoyed visiting and looking around. Congratulations on your blogiversary and wishing you success for many years ahead.

    1. Thank you, Michelle… and I am SO glad to have met you! God was so good to have us meet that first night at Haven and become fast friends so quickly! Hope we get to see each other again this summer!

  6. Happy Blogiversary to you! Happy Blogiversary to you! Happy Blogiversary, Dear Julie! Happy Blogiversary to you!! And MANY MORE!!! I’m excited to enter your giveaway, but I have to admit I was already doing “all the things” to follow you. 😉

    1. I totally sang this in my head! You are so funny! Yes, I know you were… but you can still enter all those areas. Woot!

  7. Geez, I missed your giveaway and my own fault for not being online much lately. Congratulations on your first year Julie, No one would ever know that without you sharing it. Your blog doesn’t look new at all, well-done lady.

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