Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Look Back At 2010

As the end of the year approaches, I can't help but think about all that has transpired over this past year (that went by WAY too fast) and all the projects that I've shared here. Here are some of the highlights that stand out in my mind. I can't wait to see what 2011 holds and I hope you'll stick around to see new projects, new endeavors, and of course stocking Etsy with Spring creations!

After the clearing out of Christmas of 2009, light and bright colors, especially my favorite white and green, trickle their way throughout the house and especially surfaces through what I displayed in the Spring Hutch. This hutch has been just a source inspiration for me. Whenever I get the hankering to "change things around", you can be sure the hutch gets it's dose. What ever the season is the hutch is workin' it! :)

Just in time for Easter, a beautiful DIY project straight from the Martha Stewart Archives, I made my very own Cabbage Basket, and I can't wait to get it out again this coming Easter. They were so fun and easy, try it for yourself, you'll love it!

This project was featured quite a bit around the web, it even made it onto Apartment Therapy. Little did I know when I was making this Bottle Cap Tray did I know the response it would get! I still love it and is holding up great.

Pottery Barn serves as endless inspiration time after time and when they came out with a ball finial, early in the year, I had to try my hand at recreating the finish. The Chippy Ball Finial Tutorial shows you how to do it too and I'm still gushing over Tim Holtz's comment.;) This is still one of my favorite projects to date.

Drifting into the Summer months, I made a ruffled burlap runner with the guidance of the talented Jen from Tatertots and Jello. Though I barely made it through and questioned why I even own a sewing machine, I made one of the most fun sewing projects ever. I love this thing and though it only graced one Colorful Tablescape, it stayed on the kitchen table for quite some time.

The Fireplace Facelift was by far the biggest project of 2010. It has impacted my decor in the most positive way, I only wish I had done it sooner.

And let's not forgot my discovery of the love of Spray Painting. The love affair with Krylon began, Blue Ocean Breeze and Leaf Green being among my favorites. I must confess though, I've been cheating on Krylon with Valspar lately. Valspar has a line of spray paints at Lowe's and it is super duper glossy, although Krylon has it beat on dry time.

This past Summer, I was so honored to be featured on Etsy's Get the Look Decor. Etsy is such a great site and when I received the email from Christine that Going Coastal was going to be featured, I was beyond ecstatic! Christine does a great job pulling those articles together.

It's amazing to see how one's home transforms and evolves. Looking at this picture, the living room doesn't even look like this anymore!

Another one of my favorite projects, the Studded Dresser, surmised from a thrift store find, spray paint and upholstery tacks. It beat out the black and white dresser by far.

Tablescaping is one of my favorite things to do, can you tell? :) The Harvest Tablescape was one of my most favorite tablescapes ever. After Justin built a harvest table for me, tablescaping will never be the same. I've got to remember to show you how I display the galvanized tray when it's not a centerpiece.

With Summer over, I created the Fall Mantle and I still miss it (can you miss a display? :) While I love my Christmas Mantle, and still am, this one was my baby. The pennant garland was another Jen inspired project.

The seasons change so quickly, is that how it's going to be from now on? The older I get the faster the time flies. A small season of Christmas tablescaping, starting with the Royal Green Tablescape, one of my favorites.

The Outdoor Christmas Tablescape is by far my favorite (didn't I already say that?). I had the honor of it being featured at Houzz.com and was included among some very talented people, so I was especially honored. This tablescape had the fewest layers, yet it really speaks to me. I'll see if I can't do another outdoor table this winter. I should have done one today it was so nice outside!

Though I feel like I've accomplished a lot this year, I think 2011 is going to be the best yet! I thank God for the blessings that He has bestowed and prayers He has answered. I have to remember that everything has a reason and his plan will be revealed! Hopefully, I will remember to watch and pray.

Thank you for your support, encouragement, and heartfelt comments and emails.
From my family to yours, Have a Happy New Year!

Here we come 2011!

And remember, if you have any questions or need help in any way, email me.

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  1. I've loved your outdoor tablescapes this year, Michelle! Always inspiring and makes you realize that you don't need to use plastic or paper just because you are outside. Your fireplace facelift turned out great and I have to tell you that you have such a great hutch. I can believe you have some great fun mixing things up and decorating it!

  2. Great makeovers and projects, Michelle. That fireplace is amazing. Would love for you to join my party, too if you like.

  3. Wow you really got a lot accomplished this past year and it all looks so beautiful.I love the outdoor Christmas tablescape. I look forward to doing one like that for this coming year. It is just so pretty.

  4. Very fun. Love that you "play" with your hutch...keeps things fresh!
    Mary Ann

  5. your fireplace is the best thing ever. i LOVE it, and so many of your projects!

  6. Love your tablescapes and FABULOUS fireplace. You are one talented lady!! Keep up the great work. Happy New Year!!

  7. Oh my goodness! This is too funny! I have been reading your blog for a while now and have just now read where you are from. I live in Jacksonville and I'm from Missouri. I really miss Missouri. We are flip flopped. Ha ha too funny! I'm new to the blog world. I really love everything you do. You have been a great inspiration for me. Thanks for all your sharing.

  8. You have been busy, love all your projects!
    SO glad you stopped by, so happy to have found your blog!
    Happy New Year!

  9. I love each and every one of these projects! Your creativity and talent are so inspiring!!


  10. I remember every one of these! I remember the bottle cap tray post I forwarded on to another blogger, I liked it so much. You brought vibrant orange to the forefront of decorating in your blog. And you show so much potential to be even better, though that thought seems a bit staggering. Essentially, you blow my socks off. Happy New Year!

  11. Beautiful! I'd missed some of these! I love your creativity. Happy New Year, Michelle!

    Thanks for being such a good friend and the recent comfort of your comment over our Niski touched my heart.


  12. Love your year in review and basically EVERYTHING that you do! You are an AMAZING inspiration. Best wishes to you and your family for the NEW year!

    :D Lynda


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