Thursday, December 29, 2011

My Ten Favorite Projects of 2011...

While I've been a little out of the loop the last couple of weeks (where do bloggers find the time and energy to blog over the holidays????), I did do enough blogging in 2011 to be able to pick ten of my favorite posts.

It's kind of nice to see them here all in one place.  It gives me a little sense of accomplishment.

So...without further are my faves of the past year:

{oooh...I almost forgot about that mercury glass vase...I'll have to get that out!}

I really love the distressing on this lamp.  And the soft light it adds to our living room.  One of my all-time faves.

I see a blue theme developing here...

Love love love this chalkboard.  And...sold it at my office craft fair in December.  But fear not!  I have another frame just like it.  Just need to paint it.  Add it to my list of things to do...

So much easier than I thought it would be.  If you need a cake to take to a party...this one is a hit!

I've never really been in to redecorating my mantel (or the rest of my house, for that matter) with the seasons.  But I had so much fun with Halloween decorations that I think I'm hooked!

I made about 20 of these before my office craft fair.  Sold a few at the fair, and gave most of the rest away for Christmas.  Love these clutches!  So versatile...and they make a wonderful present!

I did not sell this at the craft fair, so it's hanging in my bedroom, and I'm using it to hang jewelry.  I just love the way it looks and it's so practical.  A friend at work ordered two more as gifts!

This is such a simple craft, but I really really love it.  The glitter star really makes the tree.

This is my all time most favorite furniture project (and of course the one that I see every day, since it's under my TV!) and also one of my most viewed / commented on posts.

So...what were your favorite things of 2011?

Sunday, December 18, 2011

thriftiness :: PB wine cooler

Welcome to Thrifty Thursday Sunday!  :)

So a couple of weeks ago we were out thrifting and I came across this wine bucket.  Cute but super tarnished.  And $7 for an old trashed wine bucket?  I don't think so.  I almost passed it by.  But then I flipped it over, saw the Pottery Barn stamp (and price tag) and ran to the cash register with it. 

After some serious elbow grease, here's what I have:

Turns out this retails for about $90 at PB.

Such a lucky find...I think it's just gorgeous!  

What thrifty wonderfulness have you found lately?

Monday, December 12, 2011

sheet music tree

I was looking for a few new and unusual Christmas decorations this year.  And since I'm on this sheet music kick, I thought I'd try making Miss Mustard Seed's sheet music Christmas tree (tute here).  I think it turned out so cute.  My son made the star, so it was a family project.

{love love love the star!}

So what have you been cooking up for Christmas?

Linking up at Meg & Mum's
...and also at the AWESOME linky parties in my right-hand sidebar.
Come join in the fun!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

office craft fair...

I'm sure you've been just dying to know how our office craft fair was!  :)
We only had 6 crafters turn out, but everyones goodies looked amazing and we had a lot of fun...

{Alyssa's Peppy Pickles...too spicy for me, but people LOVE them!}

{Paula's jewelry, ruffle scarves - to die for - and tea towels}

{Shannon's tutus.  They always sell really well.  We have lots of princesses around our office!}

{Recognize her sign?}

My first landscape painting, inspired by Little Blue Boo's tute here.

{My second landscape painting}

So...are you all ready for Christmas?