Another year...gone...and another year to begin again.
A new beginning...this what New Year's brings....the chance to get it right, start over
a do over.
I hope you all have a wonderful New Year's Day and 364 more wonderful days in 2013.
I've been away from the blog quite a bit the past few days...but wanted to review my past year
It was not as successful as I'd hoped.
I had many projects and plans that didn't happen.
Real life kept getting in the way.
I could think and do design, crafts and art 24/7.
But sometimes you MUST do other things not so fun.
Today I thought I'd go through this past year in posts and hit the highlights.
I started out in January 2012 by adding a new pup to my life.
Henry Franklin Longfellow or just Franklin.
That was one project begun and finished, successfully.
Actually he's a project in progress..he gets better and better...he's a sweetie pie.
I finally got all the bottles I needed for my spice rack and showed it off in
late January. See post here.
Then I got lost in a few months of working two jobs and being miserable.
Once I quit one of the jobs...things started to look up.
After obsessing about hutches turned into potting benches....I ventured out to
find one for myself.
Here is the tale of my Craigslist adventure.
But...when Mom came up one day she declared that my hutch was just what she'd
been looking for to go in her back breakfast room. I gave her the hutch.
Back to hunting on Craigslist again and soon I found this one for me...
I liked the size of this one better anyway.
The plan was to paint it and have fun styling it this summer.
But I soon learned my friend Shannon was very ill and my free time
went out the window while I kept her company.
Time very well spent as I lost her last week.
I cherish all the time I spent with her this last year.
At least I don't have regrets about not being with her.
Ugly truth is...this hutch has now been in my breakfast nook for 6 months
in the way. It's waiting to be painted before I put it outside.
I am very tired of walking around it.
Very sick of it.
So are the dogs.
This hutch must be a priority to paint this winter...so I can put it out this spring.
So that is Project Number One for 2013.
I did make myself a few seashell topped bottles for my fireplace mantel this past summer.
I love projects like this...I just didn't have any spare time for stuff like this in 2012.
I better have time to implement my ideas in 2013.
Life is not fun for me unless I'm making stuff.
See the tutorial on how to make these ...here.
I was lucky and found 30 plus doilies at a flea market to make myself a doily table runner.
When I went to make it...I could not find the sack of them.
I threw them away accidentally when cleaning the kitchen.
Darn....maybe I'll find a bunch again this year.
I restyled my open kitchen shelves.
I did this in preparation for showing my new kitchen island.
Bad Craigslist photo.
I took the table top extensions off and added wheels.
I stalled when I couldn't come up with a countertop for 0 money.
I planned on showing this anyway on the blog but my
kitchen seemed to always be messy when I had the light to do it or I was rushing off somewhere.
Project to be continued...
photo of Franklin from later in the summer.
He is a scamp. A precious scamp.
Hopefully, there will be more time to photograph dogs this year.
By late summer I was getting desperate for some change in my decor.
On a whim I moved this large outside planter inside in front of the dining room window.
I really like it there flanked by shutters given to me by my friend, Deidra.
Another painting project to come...painting those shutters.
Deidra is moving back to my neighborhood...I hope she doesn't want her shutters back.
Hmmm...I better ask her before I paint them.
I did find the time...or made the time to do this painting for my good friend KC.
She actually commissioned me to do it.
That is why I got it done. She paid me, so I had to.
I still have another painting to do for someone else.
It should have been done by Christmas but I didn't get to plan my schedule much this year.
Best laid plans and all....
But I did have a great time creating this painting and am looking forward to being much more creative in 2013.
I have started the New Year with a bang.
I ordered this yesterday at Pier 1.
I'd been wanting it forever for the living room to use as a coffee table.
It was on sale for $199.99.
I used my Pier 1 Christmas bucks (they give us $50 as bonus at Christmas) plus I won a few contests
at the store too and then a friend gave me a Pier 1 gift card.
With my discount and after all that...it was only $30 out of my pocket and it was mine!
Mine all mine!!!!
I've been wanting a tufted ottoman ever since viewing "The Holiday" years ago but they are always so expensive.
But the one at Pier 1 is not.
I think it's going to be the perfect addition to my living room.
I will be recovering it.
I love those legs but my living room has so many legs....I'm betting this is going to get a skirt
because you know...too many legs in a room makes a room jittery.
No one wants a nervous room.
But we'll see.
I'm thinking I'll recover in a velvet similar to above but not sure.
Perhaps a slipcover so I can change it out easily.
That's a good start for the New Year....don't you think?
And a newly repaired Mom...a pretty good start.
Oh...and I have a plan to make my Aunt Jane move to my neighborhood.
I just have to convince her.
I know she would love it here.
She has been so sad since losing her daughter and I think moving near me...is just
the new start she needs.
Now I just have to convince her.
When I called and told her of my plan...which included the house that I've already picked.
The house will soon be on the market and we'll have first shot at it.
She just said..."Oh..my!"
She just laughed as I told her the plan for the rest of her life.
I am so sure this is what Shelly would want.
But it was an uneasy laugh.
I think she thinks I am just slightly suggesting...and joking.
But I am not...this is what I am positive needs to happen for her.
Now I just have to get my Aunt Jane to sell her house...buy a house by me and
have a new beginning.
I'm crossing my fingers.
When this delightful, fantastic, crazy idea came to me....I thought
Shelly would want this. I know she would.
Now I just have to get Jane to do it.
I blew off Mod Mix Monday this week....just could not get to it.
I'll start anew next Monday.
I'm sure some of you are wondering how I can be so cheerful after all that has happened of late.
Well, I just cannot be sad any more. I'm happy my Mom will be good again.
I've wasted enough time being sad over things I cannot change.
There is nothing I can do to make the past different but I can make the future different
and that is what I plan to do.
Happy New Year!!!