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Monday, December 30, 2013

2013 Year End Favorites

What a year! I hit a blogging milestone of 1000 posts and also turned 45. There were several projects completed this year and it was hard to pick favorites but I narrowed it down to a baker’s dozen.


We began the New Year in 2013 with three posts that featured glorious party food, a happy tablescape, and party hats that are still pinned approximately 25 times a day.

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The first home project of 2013 was transforming my office for under $30. Part 1 was the room itself and decorating the furniture in the room.

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Part II was creating curtain panels.

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Still working in my office I slipcovered my desk chair.

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Valentine’s Day brought forth a bevy of crafts but the fan favorite was the French inspired candy boxes. 

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The internet is still going mad over the Ikea slipcovers I dyed.


Another highly pinned project was the French lantern that was electrified using parts from Goodwill. 

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The floral spring wreath was dearly loved.

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Over the summer our family went on vacation and I shared my complete wardrobe with just 12 pieces.

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Another set of drapes were made~ this time it was easy Greek Key curtains.

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The Fashionista’s 80’s Bathroom received a makeover.

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Fall brought forth a front porch vignette for under $10.

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My personal Magnum Opus for 2013 was the two complete 18th Century Ensembles I created for under $100.

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During my time off last week several upcoming projects were completed so stay tuned.

What type of projects would you like to see more of in 2014?


Linking to:

Funky Junk Interiors, Southern Hospitality, Savvy Southern Style, Between Naps On The Porch , A Stroll Thru Life, Not Just A HousewifeA Bowl Full of Lemons, We Are That Family, Someday Crafts, The 36th Avenue, Ivy and Elephants, Katherine’s Corner, Posed Perfection, Craftberry Bush, Stonegable, Jennifer Rizzo, No Minimalist Here, Country Cottage, The Shabby Nest, Imparting Grace, My Romantic Home, Common Ground , The Charm of Home, Tatertots and Jello


Blackberry Lane said...

I enjoyed your year in review, Laura! I am already seeing Valentine candy in the stores! Wishing you and your family God's blessings in the new year.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Your projects are always amazing. Can't wait to see what you are up to for 2014. I hope you have a very Blessed and Happy New Year. Hugs, Marty

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You and your husband really look amazing in the costumes. I like the Valentine box...and the lantern! I think you do a variety of posts and that's what makes your blog great! Happy New year!

Karena Albert said...

Dear Laura,
You have had a year of amazing accomplishments! I look forward to seeing what you have planned for the New Year!

The Arts by Karena

Vel Criste said...

What a wonderful year Laura! glad to have been somewhat a part of it! CHeers to 2014!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Laura you had a very productive year with amazing projects!! Love the dyed slipcovers and the bathroom makeover looks fabulous...I also love how you added book pages to that beautiful hutch! Heck I love them all!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

You had a lot of great projects this year, Laura! You've mentioned several of my favorites, including the slipcovers you dyed and the French lantern. Looking forward to seeing what you've been up to!

Happy New Year!

Mari said...

What a great year you had, and all of your projects were a great success ;-) wishing you another year of great projects.

Have a happy and healthy New Year.

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

I thought for sure you would post something about the Royals! Have a great New Year....I know there will be changes...but through the blog, we can stay connected!!

Patty Rumaker said...

You sure accomplished a great deal this past year. Thanks for a look back. Happy New Year!
Patty at Home and Lifestyle Design

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I really enjoyed following along with all your projects and posts. Wishing you and your family many happy moments in 2014.

Custom Comforts said...

It is always fun to look back and review the year. Sometimes you don't feel like you've accomplished all that you'd like, but looking through your blog, you realize you accomplished more than most. I think that is why I like blogging and maybe even why I still continue - so that I can chronicle my life and the changes that come over time. Thanks for sharing your year in review.
Happy New Year.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

You shared so many amazing things this year ... I can't wait to see what 2014 brings!!!!

lynn cockrell said...

What a great year you had! Thanks for the memories.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

A great year for a great lady! Loved it all, Laura, but my all time favorite? Your costumes! Awesome just barely des robes them!

Happy New Year to you, my friend, and many blessings to you and yours!



Candy S said...

Love the projects! The aqua Ikea slipcovers are simply marvelous. I am going to do something with my couch this year and this idea looks like a winner to me.

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

You had some amazing projects this past year Laura! Hope your new year is wonderful!

Auntie Em said...

Your posts are always so interesting and full of great information. I don't know how you narrowed it down to 13! :)

Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

I really enjoyed your review, Laura. All the best to you in 2014!

Alison Agnew said...

what an amazing year you've had
with all those lovely projects
and makeovers

those slipcovers!

i wanted to let you know
that i've brought back
Fridays Unfolded for 2014
and would love for you to stop by
and share if you get a chance

happy new year!

Nancherrow (formerly Stuff and Nonsense)

Carol said...

What a wonderful year, Laura! It was fun to catch up, and I realized I had completely missed the beautiful dyed slipcovers -- my favorite color!