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Monday, December 28, 2015

The Best of 2015

Hello dear friends! A very happy Monday to you. 
Are you enjoying the fourth day of Christmas? I so enjoy celebrating a traditional (and leisurely) holiday season that culminates with the twelfth day of Christmas on January 6th. There is so much more time to enjoy the good things.
I have been cooking up a storm and continuing to try and watch all of the new holiday themed movies.
Lest you think I am now part sloth I have also been busy creating. The past few day I made coats for all the well loved canine members of our family.
Here is Franz modeling his coat which features the Gunn tartan. Franz in coat

The Fashionista and Rudi wearing their holiday best.
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Of course as the year draws to a close I love to look back at all that was accomplished in the previous year.
Here are a few of your well pinned favorites.
Going back to February you loved the faux verdegris finish created on a former candle lantern turned lamp.
One of the most heavily pinned images, which was originally shared in March, continues to be “How to Create a Smooth Painted Finish on a Metal Door”.

Created in honor of my Grandmother’s birthday month (April)  “Eleanor’s Aprons” were a wonderful success. A portion of the proceeds benefitted the American Heart Association.
There was also the reveal of the One Room Challenge which included the living and dining rooms featuring the Painted French Hutch…
and the restoration of two antique chairs.
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In May the guest room received a makeover which included a slipcovered headboard….

June saw the completion of new countertops and a subway tile backsplash for the Storybook Cottage kitchen.
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As well as beadboard and a new altered birdcage light fixture in the laundry room.

July seemed to be wood working month as the built in cabinets were finally installed in the ginormous fireplace area…
…and a recycling center was installed in the kitchen.
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August was full of busy family time and back to school prep.
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September had us in high gear preparing for a family reunion. Attention was turned to the outside of Storybook Cottage and a brick wall for the flowerbed was installed.
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The Son room (aka sun room) finally received some attention in the way of a daybed made from two antique headboards and some pillows made from vintage tea towels.

The big favorite for October always seems to be the annual costume creation. This years ensemble resulted in Becoming Jane  which was created for an incredible $10.
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November presented a new upstairs bathroom for the Fashionista. A bit of demolition was done and a new tile floor was installed.
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Then of course was December.
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I am also feeling very blessed that the numbers are continuing to go through the roof for the Holiday Home Tour Part I
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…and Part III.
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I truly enjoy looking back at the previous year. It is an exercise that never fails to amaze me. There were so many projects over the past year for which I am tremendously grateful. We here at Storybook Cottage are also so very thankful that you, dear friends and readers, have been a special part of the process.
We wish you a very Healthy and Happy New Year!
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I’ll be back later in the week.
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marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

So many fabulous projects that are always fun to see. You continue to inspire with your creativity. Happy New Year

Katie Mansfield said...

What a great year. Fashionista looks gorgeous. Have a wonderful week.

Judy Ann Lincicum said...

Laura, just turned on news and saw the weather report of a tornado. Please be safe and take every precaution. The Lord will take care of the rest!

Judy from Arizona

Blondie's Journal said...

Wonderful post, Laura---I enjoyed every bit of it. How your family has grown! Your son and daughter are something be proud of. I love your new home, you did a smash up job. I missed your Christmas Home Tour so I'll scroll back.

Happy and Merry belated Christmas, my friend!

Jane x

Rita C. said...

Laura, what can I say? This is simply outstanding. Each and every project you accomplished this past year outdid the one prior - and that doesn't even count your accomplishments in the classroom! Really, truly, excellent. Your holiday decor is magazine-worthy, but even without the decor, your home is beautifully appointed. Happy New Year.

Linda said...

Hi Laura,
I enjoyed reading your update and yes, you accomplished many beautiful projects over the past year. Like you, I so enjoy the slow pace in the days after Christmas Day and I mostly enjoy being off work for 2 1/2 weeks each Christmas season so that I can lazily enjoy whatever I want each day until the 2nd week of January. :)
Love, Linda

Eilis said...

You have been busy in 2015! I hope you take a few minutes to sit back and enjoy what you have accomplished before you take on your next project! Love the plaid family photo.

Angélica D said...

Hi ¡, i love your blog ,, you have a new follower firmó chile

Julie Reinwald said...

The Fashionista is gorgeous! And I love the little four-legged models sporting coats, too ;) That shower curtain is to-die-for! Great review of your year, Laura!

Ivy and Elephants said...

All such amazing projects, love them all. Great inspiration.
Wishing you a happy and blessed new year!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Wow! You had so many amazing projects this year! You're very creative and I have to say how much I admire all you do, not only decoration-wise.

Christine said...

Your year has been a whirlwind. What you accomplished in one year, I have yet to accomplished in 10 years (no kidding!). My question for you is, what's next? Most everything is done! haha
Keep up the great work and keep blogging!

Hena Tayeb said...

so many beautiful and inspiring projects

Liz Hockamier said...

I can't believe how much you have accomplished this year!
Wow! :)

You deserve a break!