The Best of 2011, and a 2012 Forecast

Well happy new year everyone!  I hope 2012 is off to a great start for all of you.  I’ve enjoyed my little break but am looking forward to writing again. I missed you all!

And I know I’m a little late to the “best of” posts, but better late than never right? :)  When I looked back at old posts to write this one, it was fun to see what all got accomplished last year though. So without further adieu, here are some of my favorite projects completed last year.

$20 Beadboard Bar

Master Bedroom Makeover (although it has changed again, which I’ll show you soon.)

I painted about 50 paint swatches on the wall

We got hardwood floors installed (still in love with them!)

Living Room Makeover with Gallery Wall and Board and Batten

Paneled Wall in the Boy’s Room (and I promise I’ll show you the room reveal soon!)

Breakfast Room Makeover and New Paint in Kitchen

Crown Molding above the Doors for Charm

Patio Makeover

I made a yarn wreath

I got my hands on some Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and redid our Dresser

I showed you all how I make money blogging.

And lastly, the biggest project probably completed last year was that we made a baby!

I’m due in July and we are really excited.  And the first trimester is over and I feel great now!!  But I do sleep a TON now and go to bed at 9pm, soooo…..

Now for a little 2012 forecast….I’m not going to post resolutions/goals or anything like that.  But I did decide that with this new year, less time will be spent on the computer and sometimes wasting days away because I’m doing blog stuff blog or what have you.  Not that I don’t want to do read blogs and do more projects, because believe me there are tons of things I could do!  I just am not going to put pressure on myself this year to “get that project done so I can post about it.”  So I won’t be busting out a new project every week is what I’m trying to say. :)  I hope you all are ok with that.  There are still other things I would like to talk about so I hope you will stick around!  And who knows, since I just said all that maybe I’ll have a new project every day. Haha. And Instead of saying to myself I only have 6 more months left to get the house like I want it before the new baby comes, I’m saying to myself “I want these 6 months before the new baby arrives to be spent treasuring our little girl like never before.”

My blog would be nothing without all of you and I am so grateful.  Lots of great opportunities came from blogging last year, and I am so looking forward to what 2012 has in store!



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  1. Whew– you were a BUSY DIY’er last year! How awesome to look back on all you completed. I’ll be spending this year finishing everything I started LAST year. :)
    Happy New Year!

  2. AWW, love that last comment about cherishing your last 6 months! ENJOY and soak it all in :) Also, I just ADORE your style! I’ll be hanging around your blog even if you don’t have a new project every week!

  3. Love all your projects. Congrats on the baby on the way– the BEST kinda of project!!

  4. Ohhh you started and completed soooo many great things!! Sweet blessings on the new baby!! That’s the best of all “projects”!!

  5. Congrats on the baby! That’s the best project of all ;-)

    I love how your gallery wall looks. I’d love to do something like that in my living room.

  6. I love your living room makeover the best. The walls are to die for and you have been one busy girl. I agree with you that all of us blog women should let up on the pressure to keep creating just for the sake of our blogs. You have taken a step back and that is good. We all need to do the same. Life is not about blogs, but about family first, blogs second. Congrats by the way.

  7. Great projects my favorite is the crown over the doors. I am planning to do something similar and yours inspired me,it turned out beautifully! Congrats on the new little one!

  8. Wow, congratulations! That is such a blessing. Wishing you a great pregnancy and a smooth labor and delivery! Take care!


  9. I think that you have the perfect perspective! It is very easy to put uneccesary pressure on ourselves.
    So glad to hear that you’re feeling better :)

  10. Happy New Year Emily! Whether you post a new project every day or once a month, I’ll still be following your blog! Glad you’re feeling better!!

  11. Congrats on a good year, the pregnancy, and finding your peace with what to do with these next 6 months.

  12. WOW! Your home has certainly gone through a lot of great changes. The upcoming changes will be even better, even if it is less frequently. Have fun cherishing that only child – for now:-)

  13. Hi, my name is Heather! Please email me when you can, I have a question about your blog!

  14. Congrats! There seems to be something in the blog water lately. I love all the changes and projects. I have dark hardwood floors, but an super jealous of yours because the the handscraped nature and the natural ability to hide accidents.

  15. You had a busy year! Glad to hear you are feeling better. The second pregnancy goes by so fast when you have a little one running around, so fast.

  16. Love all your projects! I even found something to pin! :)