Happy New Years, friends! I'm a bit embarrassed to admit that this New Years Eve was the first I can remember where I actually didn't even pay attention to the time, and realized it was a new year when our movie ended around 12:30. Is that a sign that I'm getting old, or just boring??? Don't answer that...
It dawned on me after I realized that I had missed the ball drop, the kiss, the excitement of the New Year that I am so happy to be where I am in my life. I certainly enjoyed my single and even married but without kids years, but I don't miss the constant feeling of being let down after setting such high expectations for holidays like New Years in particular. It was a great feeling to know that I am so content where I am in my life right now. I am blessed with an incredible and loving husband, a hilarious and tender hearted little boy, wonderful friends and supportive neighbors. Who could ask for more?
So, I thought it would be fun to take a walk down memory lane and share some of my favorite projects from this past year.
Hands down the biggest and possibly craziest project I undertook was our Master Bedroom Makeover. I did this entire makeover in about two weeks time in order to enter it into a design contest, and thanks to the support of so many wonderful readers and fellow bloggers I took second place in the contest.
We did a LOT of work in a short amount of time, but I am absolutely smitten with the end result. It quickly became my favorite room in the house.
The matching Faux Mirrored Metallic Nightstands from my Master Bedroom were a project and a half themselves, but also worth the effort and mistakes learned along the way.
I shared some fun baby shower ideas from this Nautical Themed Baby Shower that I hosted for one of my good friends.
I feel like my biggest growth this year in the project world has been in reupholstery. I've learned a lot, and continue to get better with practice and experience. My Reupholstery series shares some of the tips and tricks I have learned for those who are interested in tackling upholstery projects themselves.
This Chevron Chair was another crowd pleaser and one that I really enjoyed doing.
Another insane project for me was the Dining Room Set that I transformed for my own kitchen. It also required a ridiculous amount of time and elbow grease, but I am so in love with how it turned out.
This Antique Dresser that I refinished was a great learning experience for me and turned out to be beautiful and timeless.
I did several different dressers this year, but my personal favorite by far was this Heavily Distressed Desk. It was a quick and experimental one day project that turned out to be one of the hardest pieces for me to let go of when it sold. I'm still a little bit sad that I didn't keep it for myself...
And for the foodies like me out there a few of my favorite recipes I shared are Peanut Curried Chicken,
and the BEST Salsa ever,
So there you have it my friends. It was a fun filled year for me with lots of projects. I have big plans for next year and will share some of my goals with you this week. Bring it on, 2012. I'm ready for you...
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