Chic on a Shoestring Decorating: The Besties is Here! (and so is Flaunt it Friday!)

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The Besties is Here! (and so is Flaunt it Friday!)

Hey friends! I have a super fun and exciting announcement to make!

No, I am not expecting a baby.

No, I am not starting an Etsy store.

No, I am not being featured on the Nate Berkus show.

Yes, I am launching another blog (but you already knew that) but you didn't know that it will feature you and all of your awesome creativity and thriftyness!

(Yes, I am going to continue this blog , Chic on a Shoestring Decorating, as usual so stop panicking.) 

This new blog will be "The Besties", as in, "the best stuff" (not your bff) of you fine folks' blogs.  It will not be specific to one category, just like Flaunt it Friday.  You can submit posts about decor, crafts, recipes, thrifty finds, DIY, helpful hints, whatever you're proud of!

I am launching The Besties in the hopes of giving newer bloggers some big exposure by featuring them (and no one else!) in a post.

That is the best thing about The Besties, each post will only feature one person and their project only... kinda like being the star of the day back in gradeschool... it's all about you!

I'm hoping The Besties will give the newer blogger a big shot of exposure when one of their best posts is featured here.

But no fear to you long-time bloggers, The Besties is an equal opportunity blog, old-timers will be featured too. Anyone who's got a really great post can be featured on The Besties. :)

Another reason for starting The Besties is that I have been overwhelmed by the great appreciation and gratitude that my blog friends give me when I feature them in my Flaunt it Friday Features. I mean, they are downright excited and thankful (you guys aren't faking it, are you?!) They use words like "honored" and "appreciate" and "Woo Hoo!!". They even give me shout-outs on their blog for featuring them! (That is really nice!)

So, with all this great feedback, I've been feeling there has to be a way to highlight more of your handywork than I can feature each week in my Flaunt it Friday Features post.

Especially those newer bloggers that are really making and doing spectacular things but no one sees it because their only followers are their mom, husband (who doesn't even read it!), and Aunt Gertrude. (Not that those fine family members don't count). But, you get the idea.

Now that Flaunt it Friday is consistently reaching into the 300 links it is difficult for me to go through E V E R Y S I N G L E link. I know I am missing some awesome stuff.

The Besties will allow you to send your awesome link directly to me (I'm hoping that I don't get 300 a day... actually, that would be awesome! ) You will then be considered for a feature post at The Besties!
I hope to eventually have a large directory where people can come and look at all of the fabulous posts for inspiration and ideas in certain categories that they are interested in.  How cool would that be?!?

But, I can't do it without your help.

First, please, please, please go here to The Besties and become a follower.  You can "like" it on Facebook too because that's what all the cool kids do.

Then, start submitting your best projects to thebesties @ hotmail{dot}com

Yay!!!  I can't wait to see all the kinds of awesomeness I will be receiving in my inbox and I'm even more excited to feature you!!

Link up your Flaunt it Friday posts... they are eligible for being featured on The Besties!


  1. how exciting!!! thanks for hosting the link party. I'm off to check out the new site now.

  2. I'm following your new blog ... sounds like a really fun idea.

  3. OH!!! I am SO on board with your Besties idea! I think it's great!!! SO often I see amazingness out there and then I see that they have been blogging for over a year and don't even have a 100 followers!! WHAT???

    I LOVE this idea! You are AWESOME KATE!!! I am signed up, subscribed, following and liking! :)

  4. Sounds like a great idea Kate, I am headed over to follow now and thanks for another great party!

  5. Kate, thank you again for hostessing!

  6. I am soooo excited for your new Besties blog!! I am one of those folks with what I think is a good blog, but only have six followers (4 of which are my direct family members) lol!! I am going to head right over to the knew blog ans start following!! thanks for such an awesome opportunity!!


  7. Thanks for hosting another fab linky! The new blog sounds great!

  8. Hi Kate~
    I would like to participate in your linky. What day is it open for linking?
    Thank you so much!

  9. Kate your really taking on a lot. Two blogs. That's a lot of work and we appropriate the work. We really do. We love your art projects.

    -Zane of ontario honey


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