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Third Blogiversary Celebration and Giveaway

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Today and for the next week, we are celebrating! My Wee Abode and First Day of Home, together, are having a third blogiversary celebration and giveaway!


It’s Crissy here from First Day of Home, and I’m taking over this “wee abode” for a day! Julie gave me the keys to her blog so I can take you on a trip down memory lane. It’s my way of toasting one of my blogging “besties.”

Why, you may ask? Because we’re both celebrating three years of blogging this very month! Oh, the stories I could tell!

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Whether you’re new here or a loyal follower, I hope you’ll enjoy learning more about Julie as I share my favorite five posts of hers.

First, I’ll give you a little background on how we met and what it means to be blogging BFFs…

Newbie Bloggers Unite

“Oh please, God, just give me one good friend coming out of this conference,” I prayed. It was the summer of 2018, and I felt desperate to find someone who understood the craziness of beginner blogging. I had signed up for the annual Haven Conference to find my people!

That’s when I met Julie.

We chatted in an elevator discussing the free sinks we had just won at the conference. (My husband has since asked me not to win any more “free” sinks, but that’s another story!)

Over the course of several months, Julie and I began sharing stories, questions, and frustrations. Our direct message history grew longer and longer.

Before we knew it, we became much more than blogging colleagues. We now share in the joys and sorrows of everyday life, and we cheer each other on when we cross milestones. It’s rare that a day goes by without a text to say hello.

Since I’ve had a front-row seat to Julie’s growth as a blogger, I’m eager to tell you all about my favorite posts she’s written. There are some real gems in here!

My Favorite ‘My Wee Abode’ Posts

It’s hard to choose just five favorite articles from Julie’s site! What I love most about her blog is how you can learn to adapt any theme or occasion to a small-home setting.

(I wish this blog had existed when I lived in apartment!)

#1: Affordable Storage Solutions for Small Bathrooms

There’s a reason this post on small bathroom storage has gotten shared over 1,900 times! Who doesn’t need smart storage options for this part of the house, regardless of home size?

I especially love the hanging baskets to hold towels. This little hack marries form with function so well. In fact, House Beautiful agreed. They featured this post as one of 30 impactful DIY projects for the year!

#2: Coastal Farmhouse Wood Bead Garland

Do you own a wood bead garland yet? These little home decor accents have been trending over the past few years, and Julie’s DIY coastal version is as pretty as they come!

Beyond her reputation as the home decor guru for small homes, Julie is known for her coastal style. This blue ombre garland with rustic tassels stands out as a must-have. I love the beachy vibe!

Plus, Julie shows you how to customize this tutorial for different seasons. Brilliant!

#3: DIY Velvet Pumpkins

Surely, Julie knew I would include this tutorial for DIY velvet pumpkins in my top 5 list! I’ve told her countless times how much I love it.

I’m especially fond of this post because I remember how proud Julie was of her achievement. Rightly so! These plush pumpkins look just as gorgeous as ones sold in high-end home decor shops.

I now affectionately call her the “velvet queen.”

#4: Early Spring Succulent Wreath

On My Wee Abode, you can choose from many lovely DIY wreath tutorials. This 10-minute spring succulent wreath stands out to me because a) it’s so on-trend with the succulent accents and b) Julie has repurposed the wreath in multiple ways over the years.

Part of what Julie does so expertly is show her readers how to decorate in budget-friendly ways without sacrificing beauty. She’s not afraid to switch up decor to suit her needs or the season.

Don’t we all aspired to do that — create a beautiful home with minimal effort and waste?

#5: Modern Coastal Bathroom

This was a moment when I saw Julie dare to dream big! Trust me, these modern coastal bathroom plans took courage to prepare and execute.

I saw Julie meticulously devise her plans, get permission from her landlord, and consult with some of her esteemed blogging mentors in the process. This type of multi-week project is a huge investment of time and energy. Just look how beautifully those plans turned out, too!

Both as a reader and as a friend, I’ve enjoyed watching her project evolve and come to life. It inspires me to tackle those big project ideas I have as well.

More to Come

I’m so thankful that God answered my prayers at that conference, beyond measure. Not only has Julie become a treasured friend, but she also has a way of folding others into the blogging network. I’ve met many blogging pals over the years, thanks in part to Julie.

The years ahead promise more great adventures and lots of DIY decorating. I can’t wait to celebrate them together!

Third Blogiversary Giveaway!

Thank you SO much, Crissy, for such a wonderful post! God is, indeed, good all the time, and I am thankful that He has blessed us with our friendship, as well!

To celebrate the our three-year blogiversaries, My Wee Abode and First Day of Home are hosting a giveaway on BOTH blogs!

We are so thankful for each of you! We know neither of us would have our blogs if it weren’t for you! So, we are having TWO giveaways which means TWO chances to win!

Here on My Wee Abode, I’m giving away a $100 Amazon Gift Card (or $100 Paypal cash… you choose!) That’s 100 bucks to spend the way you want! That’s my favorite type of giveaway!

How To Enter the 3rd Blogiversary Giveaway


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)

Just tap on the Rafflecopter button below

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Enter to win once a day until the giveaway ends next Saturday, February 6, 2021 at 12am CST ! 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.

Now be sure to hop on over and enter the
First Day of Home giveaway HERE!

Become a My Wee Abode Member for ALL the Things!

Oh, and even though it’s not a requirement 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.

Just click on the “Count Me In!” button below!

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! 😉

Thanks for celebrating with us, and remember to come back each day to enter!

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    1. beautiful project of both friends, I love receiving tips and details always make the difference Julie, thank you

  1. Congratulations, Julie (and thanks, Crissy!) Three cheers on your blogging anniversary. I have to say you had me fooled — I would have thought you’d been at this for years! You bring us all a lot of joy. Thanks for that!

    1. Thank you, BBB! You and Crissy are such a blessing to me in my everyday life and blog adventure, too! Love you!

  2. Happy Blogiversary Julie , I love your site and I’ve used your ideas many times in my little house.. Heres to wishing you many more years cheering on your fans.


  3. I read your blog all the time. I love all the ideas you put on your blog. Keep up the good work in 2021!

    1. Thanks so much, Susan! Y’all are making my day! It’s so nice to know that people are actually reading and enjoying the blog! Hugs and hearts!

  4. Thanks for the giveaway! Your wee abode does not look so ” wee”. Your photography skills must be pretty darn good to show off the spaces in your home. It’s so inviting. Keep up the good work!

    1. Well, thanks so much, Jane! It IS a challenge to get the photography done… make it look pretty AND interesting. 😉 So your kinds words made my day!

  5. I love these simple but stylish ideas for my small house.
    Congratulations on your 3rd year! Keep cranking it out!

    1. Thanks, Cheryl! There were door prizes at the end of the Haven conference. We put our business cards in a bowl, and both of us had our business cards drawn out of the bowl… each winning our choice of an Elkay sink. I haven’t been able to use mine, as I rent, and my landlord is not willing to install it. AND, I haven’t been able to sell it, even for a fraction of the cost! Crazy! (I bet that’s more than you EVER wanted to know! LOL!)

          1. I wish you good luck! I have a bunch of things I have tried selling on Marketplace but they usually fall through also. I am trying to make a store on my blog and see if I can sell items that way but S&H are so expensive!

  6. Congratulations Julie and Crissi on your Blogiversary’s!! I enjoyed the trip down memory lane as I’ve only been following your blog for about six months. The bathroom baskets are cute!! What a great idea. They could work for other thins too but look nice in the bathroom. Thank you for the opportunity to be in your giveaway.

  7. Hi Julie, That was a nice post by your friend. I’m going to go check out her blog, too.

    Happy Blogiversary!

  8. Congratulations on your three-year blogiversary! I have enjoyed the smart, simple things you’ve shared, and especially love your artwork!

  9. Julie, congratulations on three years! Hope you will be blessed with enjoying many more years! I really enjoy your posts and seeing what you do with all your decor in your home. I also enjoy all your crafts. You always do such a great job with everything. Your home is lovely and you have added so many of your personal touches to it. Bless you Julie! Thanks, again, for all you do for us! We appreciate you so much!

  10. Congrats Julie! Above all else, you are just a lovely person. You have been there since the beginning for me and I am so thankful. It always makes me smile to see your comments.
    Here’s to many more years to come!
    Melissa | Little Frugal Homestead

    1. Oh, thank you, sister! I always enjoy seeing you here, and I’m glad you get a smile when I comment! 😉 Same here!

  11. Thanks Julie for all of your inspirational ideas. Thanks too for the chance to win this give away. Happy blogiversary to you both.

  12. Congratulations! I was there when you won that sink and was cursing your name (obviously that was pre-friend days) because it wasn’t MY sink! Looking forward to seeing you grow! Oh the things we will do! 😉

    1. OBVIOUSLY, that was before we knew each other. Although, all my blogging buddies that I was with were all amazed… why? Because that was like my 4th prize I had one in two months! Crazy! (God is good… now if He would just get it sold for me!)

  13. Congratulations on three years! I love the inspiration and the connection of new bloggers together with this. As a new blogger, that truly means so much!! What a wonderful way to give away!!

  14. I love all the lovely ideas you share on your blog! Congratulations on the 3 year anniversary and the giveaway!

  15. So glad to be celebrating our blogiversaries together, dear Julie! What a fun ride it’s been together. I can’t wait for more great things ahead! XO

  16. Congratulations to you both on your blogiversary. Thank you for the opportunity to enter your giveaway. And thank you for all the pretty, and creative things that you make and share.

  17. Happy blogiversary, Julie!! I’m so happy for you. You have been so kind to me since I started my blogging journey and I will always be thankful for that. I am praying many more wonderful years blogging for you! 💙

  18. Hi again, Julie! I hope you’re having a good week. The sun is shining up in the southern California mountains this afternoon. I hope you’re enjoying a sunny day down on the coast.


    1. Very sunny today, but still chilly, which I love! I hope you found Tuesday Turn About… my newsletter went out at the wrong time! (User error!) Hugs!

  19. HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY! I can’t believe it’s been 3 years that I’ve been reading you blogs. This is the first comment I’ve left but I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy it! I lost my home in February 2020, when I finally have a place to live I’m going to use your ideas to decorate it. (I’m hoping I can get someone to gift me something I can get your free printables with)

    1. Luanne, I’m SO glad you decided to comment after three years! 😉 You don’t know how much comments mean to bloggers, truly! I’ll be praying for you, and for a new home. Hugs and hearts!

  20. Julie and Chrissy, Happy 3rd year blogging anniversary!
    I’m happy for you both, and excited to see what the next year will bring 🙂

  21. Hi Julie!! Thanks again for the opportunity to enter your, and Crissy’s giveaway. Happy Blogiversary to you both.

  22. Hi Julie, you have a lovely blog. I’ve got to do some more browsing around. Thank you for the opportunity to enter your giveaway. Happy 3rd Blogiversary!!

  23. Excited to enter this Blogging Anniversary giveaway.Enjoy both of these blogs and look forward to more wonderful content in the near future.

  24. Loving your home decor posts! I am moving into a new house in a month and I have found lots of great ideas thanks to your blog!

  25. Hi Julie!! I just discovered your Autumn Candle Holder with Twinkle Lights. How festive and very pretty!! I’ve pinned it. Thank you. And thank you for the opportunity to enter your giveaway. Happy 3rd Blogiversary to you!!

  26. BIG BIG CONGRATS to you on your blogging anniversary. New fan here and I am loving what I see here. I wouldd be over the moon thrilled to win this gift card. I am turning 40 on the 23rd and I would love to treat myself to some goodies from my Amazon wishlist. Thanks for the chance! Keep up the good work!

    1. Oh, so glad to meet you Kimmy, and thank you for the lovely comment! Happy early birthday! Off to visit your site!

  27. Congratulations to you and Chrissy on your 3 yr blogiversaries! You have hit on a winning combination and I wish you both continued success – God is indeed good, all the time!

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