Happy New Year, my friends! I hope you all had a fantastic holiday and New Year! My little family had a wonderful “stay-cation” – we didn’t travel and filled our time with movies, snuggles, camp fires, board games, bike rides, and (of course!) a few DIY projects. It was absolutely wonderful, and after a really long year of being apart and traveling a bunch, it was such a treat to just be us in our little home. I was able to work ahead a bit (hurray!), and I am so excited and ready to get this year started.
I have lots of things planned for this blog in 2015 (I’ll get more into all that on Wednesday), but today I wanted to do a quick round-up of my favorite projects/posts of 2014. If you read a bunch of blogs, it might seem like this kind of post is required. While it’s most certainly not, it really is fun to take a quick look back before diving into a new year of projects. It gets easy to feel overwhelmed and lost in the sea of possible projects and things to do around one’s home – a look back can remind us what a successful one it was indeed! So here are my top projects of the last year. I picked them for a variety of reasons including: they were fun to do; the photos/post turned out great; they were a labor of love; they made a huge difference in our family’s day-to-day life; or simply, they just meant a lot to me! Are you ready to walk down memory lane? Here we go!
1. Playroom Toy Storage. We started the year off by buying the (now discontinued) Expedit shelf system and re-organized all of Henry’s toys. Considering I look at and put toys away on this shelf every.single.day, I’m amazed at how well it’s all held up and how much I still love it. Do you love those picture labels too? I’m getting ready to offer them in my shop – stay tuned!
2. Starburst Valentine Jars. For Henry’s teachers on Valentine’s Day, I whipped up these cute candy gifts out of old peanut butter jars and paint. I love the way they turned out and you guys did too!
3. Henry’s Bedroom Makeover. For much of the Spring, I transformed Henry’s owl-themed nursery into a fresh and funky little boy room. Every project from the rocking chair makeover, to the green cabinet, bookcase, and mini ottoman rank among my favorites for the year!
4. Wild Green Quilt. I have to mention Henry’s Wild Green Quilt on its own. Not only was it my very first full-sized quilt, but it turned out so fresh and funky and just photographed beautifully! I am so so proud of that thing!
5. Dining Room Reveal. I finally got my act together (and the house clean enough) to photograph my favorite room in our house: our Dining Room. I just love the color palette, the patterns, the layout – everything about this space makes me happy. It’s also the one room that I feel like I got right the first time around! #thatneverhappens
6. Rainbow Ombre Quilt. I quilted my little heart out this summer using a bunch of my mother’s fabrics and her sewing machine. This one caused me a bit of heartache but the end result was worth the trouble! I’m still so smitten with these vibrant colors and the patterns in which I put them together – now to find a place to display it!
7. Front Closet Makeover. I was so excited when ForRent.com asked me to do a closet makeover because our front hall closet was in desperate need of a clean-out, organization and style! The result is a fresh and super functional closet that holds all sorts of things our family needs and uses daily. I’m proud to say this closet looks exactly the same today as when I snapped these pictures last summer!
8. Garage Organization. Another space that was desperate for some organization was our garage. I cleaned out the garage, re-arranged a bunch of our garage-y things and added in some eye-popping-pretty storage in the form of a pegboard and crates. Having this space tidy and functional has made a HUGE difference in how we work out in the garage, and it’s a breeze to maintain – that’s a win-win for the whole family.
9. Pink Ombre Dresser. In the Fall, I painted an old (and honestly quite nasty) dresser in pretty pinks; and while it was a TON of work to get her looking this good, she’s one of my favorite furniture transformations to date. This little lady sparked a major room overhaul since you’ve seen her last – more details later this week!
10. Lamp Makeover. I had major lamp regret when I bought these fillable glass lamps from Target two years ago. This Fall, I had a lightbulb moment (ha!) and covered the bases in fab wallpaper from Spoonflower. These are now my favorite lamps in the house, and I am so wishing I had thought of this project sooner. I sorta want to cover everything in my house in wallpaper now 😉 #kiddingnotkidding
11. “Tangled” Costumes. Our family Halloween costumes from the movie “Tangled” were a pure joy to put together that I think I might be a homemade costume convert. Seeing Henry’s excitement as I brought these characters to life through fabrics and sewing reminded me what crafting is all about!
12. Family Room Progress. Little by little, I am making progress in our family room. I (finally) found some art, I restored our hardware to their original brass glory, and updated our lamps (seen above). While it’s still not ready for its final photo shoot, at least I made some forward progress after months of stalling. I have a few more things on my idea list, so I just might be able to proclaim this room done before the moving trucks come in about 6 months (eeep!!!)
13. Personal Posts. It would be quite difficult to re-cap the year and not mention all the personal trials my family and I have gone through in the last 12 months. Right after 2014 started, I unexpectedly lost my mother to a sudden illness; and shortly thereafter, my husband left on a 9 month deployment. I spent much of this year grieving my own mother while being a single Mom to Henry…all as my family and I combed through and purged 50+ years of my parents’ personal belonging. I learned a lot about death (and life!) and grief…about purging and organizing…about running a really good yard sale (and a lot of them at that!)…and about the role “stuff” plays in our lives. 2014 in many ways was a very sad and trying year that I am ready to leave behind…but at the same time, I learned a ton about myself and feel stronger than I’ve ever been heading into 2015.
14. Pencil Starburst Wreath. Last but not least, I have to include my favorite holiday project of the year: the Pencil Starburst Wreath. This was a spur-of-the-moment teacher gift idea that turned out better and cuter than I expected (so much so that I was kinda sad to give it away!). Sometimes projects are a pain to pull off, while others come together so effortlessly. This was certainly the later…I’m so glad I have the pics here on the blog to remember it by because it’s just too stinkin’ cute!
What a year 2014 was indeed! A lot of beautiful spaces and things coupled side-by-side with grief, loss and hard life lessons. One year ago, as I headed into 2014, my Mom was in the hospital and my husband was packing his bags to leave. I knew 2014 was going to be hard, and I couldn’t find my usual New Year spark. But I slogged on and made it through to another New Year.
One year later, I’m still making pretty things and I’m still crying about my Mom. But this year…I’m excited. 2015 has big things in store for my little family…I can just feel it. I have hopes and dreams and wishes and plans for the blog. Later this week, I’ll start sharing all that with you guys here!
I hope you all had a great start to your 2015 and are as excited and ready for the year ahead as I am! See you back here Wednesday for what’s to come this year on THIHM!Posted In North Carolina