Blog Review of 2011

I hope that everyone had a lovely Christmas and is recovering from inhaling too much sugar, treats, and gifts! Our Christmas has been so lovely, but it's always nice to see the dawn of a new year coming!

Like many, I like to take a little peak at our year and reminisce for a moment. After going through the year, I realized how many projects and trips we have done over the last year. It's so fun to have it all documented!


It started out with a junk purge (with will once again happen in 2012!) and we decluttered some of the space we had lived in for over a year. I also made teacup hanger, painted Ernie, and made homemade laundry detergent (which I've kept doing for this whole year!).


February I was asked to take part in adoption online auction and was prompted to start the family of the month. This was such a significant part of this year for me! I also talked about striping furniture and celebrating Mac's first birthday.


My birthday month included painting Miss Giddiness and Queen Elizabeth. We also took a little camping trip and cleaned our office (which will soon be getting another overhaul!). I finally painted Miss Mesa and have been enjoying eating on her ever since.


Some of my favorite projects of the year happened in April such as making a wooden LOVE sign, painting Lily, and DIY jewelry pedestals. I also changed up our DIY headboard and made some tweaks in the bedroom.


Before taking a trip to my home state of MN, I was busy rapping about gift wrap here and here. I also painted Stella and rambled on about owning an Etsy store.


While the Texas drought was upon us, I made some upcycled DIY planters and painted Bonnie, Clyde, and Miss Sunshine. I also had some brewing thoughts and made meat truffles.


I talked to you all about my love of globes and wrote a tutorial for DIY clay knobs. I also chatted about how little changes can make big a big impact. Before another quick trip to MN, I made DIY wedding cards and put of more pictures of our crazy dog.


In August, I took a risk and reopened my Esty store under the name Home for Hire {the shop}. We took a "before-the-fall-semester-starts" vacation to Kansas and BransonDIY lavendar sugar scrub became a new favorite along with some finger-licking good chicken. I also wrote about the evolution of the living room and our gallery wall fail.


With the new semester upon us and the heat wave still raging, I tried to get a little "fall" in the house with a woodland-inspired wreath. I got busy making pumpkin butter, homemade all-purpose cleaner, and DIY notebooks.


Josh and I celebrated our 3rd anniversary, and we also found a little puppy and found him a new home. A bookcase, named Marge, got a make-over. I was still on a pumpkin kick and made pumpkin apple butter  and pumpkin smoothies.


I was busy giving thanks for all the wonderful things in my life and showing you how I make love birds. Just for fun, I told you about my new blog all about cooking called "The Ugly Kitchen Experiment." It was busy around here getting geared up for the Christmas season!


December was a more low-key month since I had been so busy stocking the shop the month before and wanted to sit back and enjoy the season. But, we did manage to pick up a Christmas tree, host a holiday giveaway, showcase some handmade holiday gifts, and share about our past Christmas moments.

What have you been up to this month?

I'm linking up at Southern Hospitality!


  1. you have had a great year! love all these photos- that love art is my fave!


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