Favorite Posts of 2013

Happy New Year!!

The older I get, the faster time seems to fly.... and this year has been no exception!

It really feels like just a couple weeks ago that we moved into our present home (on Christmas Eve of 2012) and spent Christmas Day a midst a house full of boxes, wondering if it would ever feel like home.

I am SO thankful that is all behind me!! We've officially been in our home a year now... each of us has celebrated our birthday here, we've experienced all 4 seasons Tennessee has to offer.

In other words... we are settled. Ahh....

So... even though my blog is far from a year old, I thought it would be fun to reflect back on 10 of my favorite posts since I began...

My Old White and Duck Egg Blue chair that I Rescued From the Trash was not only one of my favorite projects to do, but it was also my very first ever feature...so it will always hold a special place in my heart :)

I love re-purposing things in new ways, and decided to redo this craft shelf to display my Ironstone Pitcher Collection in my kitchen and add a pleasing pop of color.

After posting my sweater pumpkins, I got several requests for a tutorial....I was happy to oblige and gave you not only the Sweater Pumpkin Tutorial, but also showed you how to make an adorable pumpkin from a long-sleeved tee (which turned out to be one of my favorite fall decorations to display this year!)

I had fun sharing all my Thrifty Bargains with you in my dining room, from the great deal I got on my hutch to the stenciled drop cloth curtains to the hand-sewn chair skirt and table runner, the homemade chalk paint to the Decor Steals bamboo mat...it's all there!

What can you buy with $2?? Quite a lot the last day of a church tag sale! That's where I scored this Chippy Wall Shelf, which I shared how I transformed with homemade chalk paint.

I love Chalkboards...so that's the first thing that came to my mind when I bought this cupboard door from Habitat ReStore. A vintage-style drawer handle, attached upside down, makes the perfect chalk holder!!

While everyone else was making orange wreaths for fall, I decided to make more of an Unconventional Wreath. Mine is suitable for fall, but can stay up all year. I painted the monogram letter to match the striped ribbon, giving it a fun, custom look.

My mom's yummy yet simple Apple Crisp Recipe was showcased on pretty thrifted plates.

I showed you how to make easy Burlap and Drop Cloth Trees...and showed you my burlap sign that is a visual reminder to me just Who is in control...

And finally, I showed you how to make these unique Paper Curl Christmas Trees...made from book paper.

Here they are again:

I am excited to see my little blog grow this year in 2014 as I am being challenged and stretched to become a better blogger.

There are lots of DIY projects waiting in the wings as well ( I have big plans for my kitchen in 2014...) and I will be stretching my creative muscle in 2014 to be able to share new projects with you and ways to make your home beautiful on a budget.

As we head off into the 'unknowns' of 2014, I hope that we will learn to trust God better this year, love our families stronger and live life fuller!

From my home to yours,

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  1. Cindy, I started blogging this year and I remember the thrill of my first feature, as well! I just love your blog and all your crafty projects, your Ironstone collection set against that Tiffany Blue still takes my breath away! Best of luck to you in 2014~ I can't wait to see what you have in store! :) Kim

    1. Wow Kim, what a super-nice thing to say!! Thank you! I've checked out Exquisitely Unremarkable and must say that you are one talented gal... I love your blog!!

  2. Wow, what a difference a year makes! Looks like you have settled in nicely to your new home in Tennessee and your little home in the blog world! Wishing you all good things in 2014!

    1. Yes, I'm glad to have the past year behind me!! Looking ahead to good things this year :) Hope your 2014 is full of blessings!!


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