Wow, it’s the end of the year already!
The last few weeks have been a blur for me, my job has consumed far more than it’s fair share of time.
No 40 hour workweeks for me, oh no. It’s been more like 70 +. Most weekends have been spent at work too.
It’s been go go go every day.
But enough of that already, Today I am off work and giving myself totally over to home and blog stuff.
I’ve noticed a lot of other blogs are running highlights of the year. As I look a these posts I marvel at all my blog friends achieved in a single year. It seems so impressive to see it all laid out, photo after photo.
So I’m going to go back and look at my year in blogging…..as short as it may be. I do know that I’m disappointed with myself for how little I accomplished this year. I had such grand plans!
I so wanted to be a better blogger this year, and better at completing things.
Alas, it was not to be.
Here’s hoping that if I lay it out it will look like I got more done than I feel like I did.
Worth a try anyway.
One of the first finished projects of 2011 was the dresser turned TV stand for my daughter. She had waited a long time for it!
On the home front I revamped my kitchen floor by removing the white vinyl tiles and inserting grey in their place.
While I was at it I “designed” new curtains from drop cloths for the kitchen and dining room windows.
I repainted the kitchen bead board a new color, touched up the cabinets and finally finished the trim from the kitchen remodel we did 5 years prior.
Then I turned my hand to making drop cloth slipcovers to hide the dog chewed furniture in the living room.
Unfortunately I only got one of the wingback chairs covered this year.
That gave me the opportunity to use this curb found chest and add a door for the top.
I repurposed an old child’s size desk into a nightstand by making a new top out of store-bought unfinished shelving.
The outdoor kitchen had to be totally revamped after going through it’s first winter. As a result I’ve now become an expert on working with concrete!
A headboard bench was made for my daughter’s friend in exchange for lots of cool junk.
This plant stand was one of the junk pieces I got in that deal. A coat of turquoise and some stain on the top transformed it.
It took forever for me to pick out the paint colors for our house, but I’m so happy with the final results! (I’m especially happy I didn’t have to do the painting!)
I even got around to installing a new door in the sun porch entry.
Finally got to start converting the old shed we salvaged from Mom’s camp into my very own garden potting shed.
Got the windows and door in, and added clapboard siding.
And then a coat of paint to match the house. :)
I got to make a second headboard bench; this time for my favorite antiquing friend, Linda.
It was fun to make it and let her do the finishing!
Then I was inspired to make my very own tripod lamp by some of my favorite bloggers.
My son asked for a new coffee table, this is what I designed for him.
I repurposed a headboard to make a mirrored wall hanging for him too.
After winning a Command-Max paint sprayer in Gail’s giveaway I repainted my dining room bead board. (the counter stools were refurbished earlier this year, I had forgotten about them!)
What’s my favorite project of the year?
Hands down, that would be Katy, our foster dog turned family member.
She was a handful in the beginning but now brings us nothing but joy.
(Except she is now convinced that the couch exists solely for her comfort. She doesn’t budge for anyone, not even Sandy!)
That’s my project year in review.
After going through all the posts I gotta say it was therapeutic for me to see that I actually did get some stuff done this year.
Funny how easy it is to forget.
2011 turned out to be a good year after all.
We’re ending the year by having some friends and family over for dinner tonight, what are you doing?