Sunday, July 1, 2012

A *little* Update

Oh boy... this is a post I've been meaning to write for WEEKS (probably months) now....

I know that so many of you have been oh-so-patiently awaiting the return of Sparkle & Hay... and I really, truly, from the bottom of my heart am sorry that it hasn't returned.  To be completely honest, this hack-job (literally) took the wind completely out of my sails.  As of today, I still do not have access into the old files/posts... which means that an entire years worth of rustic chic wedding prettiness is stuck in a black hole in cyberspace somewhere.  (Feb 2011 - Jan 2012, to be precise) please, please, please accept my apologies to all of the amazing vendors/creatives/brides who's work I featured in that time - or a future bride who was looking for information to plan her wedding with based on something that was posted on Sparkle & Hay in that timeframe.  I'm still not able to access any of those files, so I am unable to re-post or even print them out.  I know some of you have asked for feature print-outs, sorry! :(   There have been quite a few times I thought it was within reach to get it all back, which made me so excited, but each & every time those opportunities were snatched away.  And with those times, a little bit of my passion was dampened.

 I'll also 10000% admit, that my dedication to the blog has waned considerably, given that I've been so crazy-busy with preparing for what will be my biggest "project" EVER in life... preparing for little baby sparkle (who should be making her appearance into the world in a little over 2 weeks from now!).  Not to fall into every old cliche, but even though she is not here yet, the feeling of " oh my goodness there is a little person in my belly and I am her mommy - this is the most important thing in the world" has completely overtaken me. and I LOVE IT! (& I must admit that a huge software implementation project at my day job has also been consuming my life for the past months, but I won't bore you with that, not nearly as much fun as baby stuff)

So, I'm not quite sure where the future of Sparkle & Hay stands at this very moment.  I do still have hopes that I someday may be able to resume the lost files, or that the urge to blog once again returns with fervor but in the meantime I just wanted to say Thank You.  For your support, patience, and I truly hope that some of the old restored blogger portion of the blog might help to feed some of your rustic-chic cravings.  When any progress is made or anything changes I will let you know.  & though I've been slacking on it as of late, I will try my hardest to keep up with the Sparkle & Hay facebook page, sharing links to other rustic chic weddings I see featured out in the blog world, or other fun wedding ideas/deals that I see.

In the meantime, I'll still be over here.  Blogging when I can or when the inspiration hits me.  (who knows, maybe I'll be craving some blog typing time while the little one naps).  One place where you can now find me (my newest most fun social media addiction) is on instagram  - I'm erin_ethier.  Feel free to follow along for lots of photos like these: beach walks, Cape trips, weddings I'm attending, flowers, cute everyday life stuff, ... and probably billions of baby pictures to come. 

(classic cape cod)

(love logs)
(evening calm on the water, pretty sure I had an ice cream in hand when I took this photo)

(sparkly water on a beach walk at the town beach)

(sparkly cupcakes by Dulce Cakes for my baby shower)

 (gorgeous florals by Hana Floral Design at my college roommate's wedding)
(Note, this was to celebrate our 3 year engaged anniversary on June 18th.  3 years ago we were in Paris & Dan proposed... 3 years later we were exactly 1 month away from our due date.  How time flies...)

(nursery in progress, note the hank & hunt garland from our wedding is being re-used *again* )

Again, thank you so much for your patience & support the past few months (years, really).  I'll be around from time to time, and truly never know what the future will bring!  If you have any ideas or suggestions I'd love to hear them too.  sparkleandhay <at> gmail <dot> com.  (yes, my original sparkle & hay email is still on the fritz too :(  )  I can't promise a speedy reply, but I will be checking it periodically!

Wheeew... I feel a bit better now... a  bit sad... but better. :)


  1. Hi Erin,

    I'm so excited for you and Dan! I can't believe your sweet little girl will be arriving in a couple of weeks. As you know, my girls aren't even little anymore and still my day revolves around them and I love it. Enjoy every minute. Being a mom is the most wonderful thing in the world - I can't even describe it. On a blog note, I'm so terribly sorry about your not being able to recover anything to date. I know it must be beyond frustrating. I hope you'll continue, as time allows. Who knows - maybe a new baby blog may be in your future! I'm sending a little something your way for the new baby. Just a little thank you for all of your kind referrals for my shop through Sparkle & Hay. It's customers like you that make it all worthwhile. Take care and best wishes to you and Dan as you welcome your new baby into the world. ~ Julie

  2. congrats on the baby!!!!!!!! how wonderful! bummer about the blog.

  3. Erin, you're the best! I am so happy for the wonderful new development in your life and know you will be (literally) the best mom on the planet! You are so kind, giving, and just all around sweet and I can just see you a wonderful mom just by being yourself.

    lots of love!

  4. I've been so absent myself, and I am so surprised that I didn't know before that you were having a little one! Many congrats! Such a little (well, BIG) blessing!

  5. I hadn't heard about you being hacked. :( That makes me REALLY angry that someone would just steal all of your hard work. I've never commented before, just admired from a distance, but there are a lot of great ideas on your blog.

  6. Erin, it was so sweet to see your comment on my blog the other day.... I have missed you!! (and not been around myself a lot lately) I can only imagine how the hacking has taken the wind out of your blogging sails.... hopefully when/if you find your way back between nap times and snuggle sessions you'll be able to recover all that was lost in those files. I am SO happy for you and your little girl (who I am sure is here by now of course)- Congratulations! I remember planning our weddings together, now nursery planning is in our lives and I couldn't be more excited to meet my little boy... I am sure blogging will take a back seat to falling in love with my soft cuddling baby but I love knowing this community is always here ready to say "hi" and "we miss you". xoxo