Saturday, January 1, 2011

A Look Ahead At 2011

Hey, hey, it's 1.1.11! It is hard to believe, 2010 is gone! We spent a quiet evening at home watching the ball drop at Time Square on TV and drinking wassail. I'm astounded that Dick Clark is still doing the countdown, although I could have lived without seeing he and his wife make out on live TV. But that's just me.

Anyway.....It's here, the New Year, and I am ready.
I'm not usually a resolution kind of gal, never have been, I usually have the thought process: "Why create a list? So I can see exactly what I didn't do this year?" but as 2010 was a different year for me, especially the last half... 2011 is going to be a year that I take life by the horns (is that too cheesy?) and you know what that means, right? Yep, a list, a plan if you will. It's necessary. And really I have tried to retrain my brain to think differently, resolutions or plans can be anything you want them to be, and they don't have to all be done in order (unless they need to be), or even get them done by this time next year, but the important thing is that you (me) tried!! I'm feeling motivated and this is the year that I shake off the fear, put myself out there, and pick myself up if and when I fall down.
I was reading and stumbled upon a great article about finding a meaningful word that would encompass what you'd like to see happen in 2011. Check it out for yourself here. I thought it was a great idea so my word for 2011 is BEGIN
So here's the plan!

Sponsorship Program
I want to start a Sponsorship program. In the next 2 weeks you will see a new tab under the categories list on my side bar that you'll be able to read in depth. But for now, as a general description, I would love to take on sponsors that want to promote their Etsy shops, Blogs, or Websites. Basically if you are an artist on any level, I would love to work with you.

I want to create an e-book and I'm really excited about this one. What I want the book to include is how to create a look you love with: tips on hanging artwork, accessorizing, DIY projects, and of course how to do it all without breaking the bank. I am looking forward to this, I've been thinking about it for a while and I'm am just going to go for it! Other ideas for e-books: Tablescape Inspiration and Floral Design. Together or separate, I'm not sure yet. It will all be new and fresh ideas that you've never seen here before, and I can't wait to get started!

Kitchen Makeover
A Kitchen Makeover. This has been a long time coming. I can't handle the Oak cabinets any longer. So I will be doing a kitchen overhaul including painting the cabinets, walls, chandy makeover, and other DIY projects, and you all are going to go through it with me! Prepare yourself for a glimpse into the real life of a kitchen re-do. Luckily it's a small kitchen and even though I would love to gut it and start over, I can't. So this will be a journey of taking what you have and working with it, making it your own, when a total reno is out of the question. We'll see how long the journey will be. Yikes!

Stocking my Etsy Shop with Spring and Summer wreaths, swags and wall pockets. I really want to thank you for the support I received in the last six months. I can't wait to get started on the new season!

Chair Slipcover
I want to make a slipcover for the chair in the living room. Random I know, but it's on the list, unless I find fabric that I'm in love with before then. If I do, it will be an upholstery project, but I want to do a slipcover for it now. It is really filthy and no amount of cleaning is helping it. Let's just say teen aged boys and velvet is not a good combination! It was the last straw when Daisy the beagle is sitting in the chair and was licking the arm, like it was a piece of candy or something. Something must be done. Sewing projects and I don't always get along, so I'll be scouring the web for tutes.

Master Bedroom
It's been started for a year. This year it will be completed.

More on the streamlining the blog, I would love to get your input. If you wouldn't mind throwing in your 2 cents by taking the poll at the top of my side bar. Basically, I would like to know what you would like to see more of here at Sweet Something Design. Thank you in advance for taking the time, I appreciate it!

I would also like to take a moment and spotlight my top ten referers. These ladies are extremely talented and I would like to thank them!

Thank you to all these ladies!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you'll join me as I tackle these projects! Maybe you'll be inspired to tackle a few of your own and get some things done! Let's BEGIN!


  1. Love your list and your approach for taking on this year by the horns!!!!

    Happy New Year. Hope you'll come be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    Happy New Year.

    - The Tablescaper

  2. Michelle, you have a very productive year ahead it sounds like. I have thought about taking sponsors, too. If I am going to spend so much time at this I might as well get some compensation. I just don't even know how to go about it. I am still learning the computer. I will figure it out though. Looking forward to seeing your kitchen makeover. Been there done that. My house was a mess! Thanks for the mention!

  3. Oh, oh, a book on styling a vignette! You're sooo good at arranging things for display, because it's what you do! You sound full of you-know-what and vinegar. And I'm out here waving my hands and yelling: You go, girl! And I'm right here behind you all the way!

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  5. Begin the the perfect word for 2011! I look forward to seeing all your projects!!


  6. It will be an exciting 2011...and I will be following you!
    Mary ann

  7. Wow, I am new to your blog but I have to tell you that you just spoke much of what I have been thinking and wanting to do. I'm not getting any younger and I am thinking the time is now! Loved your post, going to read your word article and get my thoughts on my blog. Best of luck to you!!!

  8. Great list . . good for you for setting those goals! Excited to see your projects unfold

  9. Hi Michelle,
    Stopping by to wish you a Happy New Year and best wishes for 2011. You have a lot of wonderful ideas laid out for the new year and I look forward to seeing everything unfold.

  10. I forgot about the 1-1-11 thing. Happy New Year.

  11. Sounds like you have some great plans for the New Year. I posted mine today as well. I would love to accomplish all of them.

  12. Super excited about the e-book and the kitchen!! The mere thought of painting kitchen cabinets makes me twitch... you're my hero. :)

  13. Ola,amei seu blog, amo vintage e cotage ,amo decoracao,e ja coloquei em meu blog o seu boton..abraço


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