::Making simple things beautiful::

Friday, December 16, 2011

My favorites over the past year

I apologize in advance for this very wordy and picture filled post.

My laptop is on the fritz!  I am so sad about it because without it, blogging is extremely difficult.  Until it is fixed, I won't be able to upload any new pictures, so I am going to seize the opportunity to share some of my favorite projects from the past year.

I used the most expensive fabric that I have purchased to date to make my mom a set of pillows for her birthday.  (In case you are wondering she loves them and guards them with her life.)

I painted this buffet and was totally smitten with how it turned out. If only I could have kept it! 

Isn't it such a darling piece?

This is most certainly my favorite chair makeover of the year.


My little sister's baby shower was super fun to plan and decorate.  Who doesn't love a reason to buy flowers and a chocolate cake?

Since it was spring time, I went with a birdie theme.  I googled around and found a recipe for these adorable little bird nest candies.  They were as tasty as they were cute :)

I couldn't stop myself from putting a big girl bed in Reese's room despite the fact that she was not even two years old.  I blame my insatiable need to rearrange and redecorate.  As it turns out, that bed has had a lot of use over the past months.  It wasn't such a silly idea after all!  I love when that happens.

AAAh yes...my favorite find so far.  The infamous ladder.  I know that some people who pass through my door think I am waaaay off my rocker for using this as decor in my house but to them I say too dang bad.  I better start saving for an extra long coffin now because this, my friends, is going to be buried with me.

You know those things that you completely regret getting rid of?  Well this little cabinet is that piece for me.  I didn't keep it and now I wish I had.  I loved how it fit just right on top of my little farm desk.  I guess I will be on the hunt for it's twin.

Oh and I think it is worth mentioning that these peonies came from the garden of the Amazing Race duo Bill and Cathy Alden.  We were helping take care of their garden and chickens while they were gallivanting around the world and I may or may not have "trimmed" back a few bushes ; )

This sweet little pink medicine cabinet mirror is another one of my very favorites, and is solely responsible for renewing my love affair with the color pink.

The lockers are the biggest project I have tackled by far.  Again, I love them and wish so badly that I had a place for them so I could keep them.  Someday I will have a mud room!

Then there was my first attempt at decorating my son's room.  It was a bit of a challenge to keep this space from becoming girly, but I think I pulled it off.  It has even changed a bit, including some diy vintage inspired artwork.  I will share that project next year.  Ha, that is just fun to say so I had to do it.

I made the trek over to Idaho to see my niece be born, and while I was there I pilfered around at my sister's and snapped a few pictures of her adorable farm house.  I must say that I am a bit envious.

I drug my feet a little on this project.  I couldn't decide if I should paint this dresser white, or be bold (yes, gray is me being bold!).  Since I couldn't find my "make a decision" tablet (yes I have one and need to use it for making even the most simple of decisions), but obviously I went bold. It ended up selling, so I must have made the right choice.  Or at least that is what I am telling myself.

These pillow covers were the first of many ruffles that I have since sewn.

This fall we set up a candy shop for Reese's 2nd birthday.

It was so much fun to decorate, and the candy was a huge hit with the kiddos.

For Halloween I made Reese a PBK knockoff cupcake costume.  The original version was much cuter, but with a price tag of $65, I am just fine with my $2 version.

For Christmas in my booth I tried my luck at making Miss Mustard Seed's ruffled linen tree skirt.  She did fail to mention in her tutorial how many back breaking hours of work this would be, but it sure turned out  pretty if I do say so myself.

I have done a lot with numbers recently, and this great little stool that I did for one of my besties is no exception.

Recently I have been sewing these ruffled tote bags.

And who could forget about my pink Christmas?  Well in case you did, here is a refresher...

It was fun to look back through all of my pictures and see what I have accomplished over the last year.  Thank you so much for reading and for letting me share my projects with you! 

I have some fun projects coming up for my booth, as well as a few goals for my house over the coming months.  I hope to finally make my bedroom a room that I actually want to spend time in, as well as whip my kitchen in to shape.  The kitchen is going to be a pain in the boot, but I am really hoping I can get it done.  Just in case I don't make it back before Christmas, I hope your holidays are wonderful, and filled with lots and lots of good food ( :

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