It was eight years ago that I decided to host a Friday link party… and here we are, 386 parties later.
We started out as the Shabbilicious Friday party in 2011 and then changed the name to Create, Bake, Grow & Gather in January 2017.
I know some of my long time readers have been here from the start. I also remember some of the blogs linking up when they were very new and it is a thrill to see them still linking up today.
Many link parties have come and gone during that eight years, but we stuck it out through the quiet times…. because as we know, party link numbers go up and down with the seasons.
The amazing thing about my little boutique style party is the reader numbers have always remained solid and I know why… it’s because a large number of my readers are not bloggers. You, my amazing readers have never waned. You roll up every week to be inspired and maybe pick up a recipe or DIY project.
But sadly, the number of blogs linking up have recently dropped. In the past few weeks those numbers dropped by more than half. I have no explanation for why this has happened. Maybe it was holiday weekends or seasonal… whatever the reason, it is disheartening.
My first thought was to go the same way many other link parties have gone in recent years and simply call it a day, which seemed so disappointing when reader numbers were still so good. Then a lovely blogger friend suggested that before I make that decision, I should ask my readers what they think…. and that’s what I am doing today.
Should we continue on a bit longer with the weekly party and see if things pick up… or ….accept it is over and bow out gracefully? Please know, I’m not offended if you think it is time to say goodbye to the party.
Anyway, this week we still have a party to get on with!
Please come on it and join us for… Create, Bake, Grow & Gather.
Don’t forget to PIN directly from the original source.
I’m pinning many of the shares to my party board
Create, Bake, Grow & Gather board too.
This week at Shabby Art Boutique I shared my printable fall leaf wreath tutorial
and a tour of my craft room in all it’s fall gorgeousness.
Now let’s take a look at the fabulous features from last week’s party!
A gorgeous new look for an old girl in this fabulous furniture
transformation by Karin at Art is Beauty
I think you’ll find Tracey’s simple Honey Baked Apples at The Kitchen is My Playground
to be the perfect fall comfort food… or the perfect yummy sweet treat if you live down under.
Katy from Petals, Pies and Otherwise shared 5 tips
for growing amazing zinnias all summer long.
Ahh, Marilyn brings me undone every week!!
This week it is her recipe for Pumpkin Spiced French Toast with Amaretto Sauce.
Download the recipe at Marilyn’s Treats
Kippi has an easy to follow DIY on her blog Kippi At Home
for rustic pallet pumpkins. Paint them bright or give them a farmhouse look!
If you’d like to receive an email alert when the Create, Bake, Grow & Gather party
goes live each week, you can join the list HERE.
So, now it’s time to link up your creative and DIY projects, home decor,
gorgeous gardens and fabulous recipes.
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