December 31, 2012

Top 12 Highlights of 2012

Wow, what a year this has been!  
As I have been enjoying my mini impromptu vacation from blogging I have been thinking about 2013 and all of the projects and goals I would like to accomplish in my house, on this blog, for my design business.  It made me think about all that I accomplished in 2012 and I have to say... it has been an amazing year!

No Spend Challenge

In January I challenged myself to not spend a penny on home decor.  I was successful and crated a handful of projects from items I already had on hand.

My Cork Ampersand and Gold Leaf Tray were two of my favorite.

One Room Challenge

I participated in not just one, but two One Room Challenges!

For the first challenge I tackled my Master Bedroom in the rental.  I wanted to use what I had on hand {of course} but jazz it up and ready it for when we moved into our new house.

The second challenge happened when I was in the middle of packing so I used my Mom's 2nd bedroom.  It had to function as a play/boys/guest bedroom, and boy did we pull it off!  She has used it several times for guest and the boys and it is perfect!

March was organize month and I got crazy organizing my blog, house, and life.  I also asked all of my favorite blogger friends to share an organizing tip that streamlines their life.  

So many great ideas!  Curbly even did a feature of all of the best tips!  I am bringing it back in 2013... and I am ready for more tips ladies!

Color My World

I participated in the Color My World Challenge  and decided to add a little bit of Kelly Green into my house.  How fortuitous of me to pick such as trendsetting color!

I transformed some glass candle holders to my accessories and painted my entry table high gloss green with dipped legs.

Mid Century Modern Credenza 

I came across this MCM dresser in a thrift store for... wait for it... $50!  I had a vision to make it into an entertainment credenza.  My favorite project of all time... so far!

Spring Into Action

This year seemed to be the year of challenges.  I participated in the Spring Into Action challenge and agreed to take on a project I have been putting off.  I was wanting to try my hand at custom art so this seemed to be the perfect chance.  I decided on an abstract piece that I loved in my rental.

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint

I finally decided to jump on the bandwagon and tried out ASCP on a dresser for one of my clients.  I wrote a tutorial on how to use it... it seemed pretty popular, but there was not many tutorials out there.  I am hooked and plan to use it a lot more in 2013!

Building A House

For most of the year we watched our new house being built.  It was so exciting to pick out the finishes and plan for what we wanted to do in the backyard.  Now it is time to make it happen in 2013... and 2014 and 2015 {it will take awhile!!}

Summer Camp Blogging Etiquette

This summer Cassie from Primitive and Proper and I came up with a fun series to address blogging etiquette {see series HERE}.  It was a great series were we all learned a thing or two about blogging!  I think we will be headed back to camp in the summer of 2013!

Savvy Bites

Cooking has always been a passion for me.  I mean you have to eat, so why not enjoy the process of making the food?  I was hesitant to add recipes to the blog because I usually just make things up as I go, but I got such a good response to the recipes I did post.  I will defiantly be sharing more next year!

5 Fall Favorites

We finally got keys to our new house, I knew I couldn't unpack and blog at the same time.  So I asked all of my fabulous blogger friends to share some of their favorite things about fall.

Mini Kitchen Remodel

The moment we got our keys we tore up the kitchen to add our personal touch to it.  We removed some of the cabinets to repurpose in the laundry room and removed the micro/hood.  Then we added a marble/glass mosaic backsplash and a stainless steal hood.  Then we replaced the cabinets with open shelving for a more modern update.  I may live in a track home, but I hope to make it look like anything but!

I think 2013 is going to be full of fun transformations to my new house.  I also plan to add more savvy lifestyle tips to truly be Living Savvy!

December 18, 2012

Last Minute Gifts

Hey there!  Are you in full countdown Christmas mode!  
Only 8 days till Christmas... which means only 7 more days to shop!  I luckily finished my christmas shopping on Sunday {oh the madhouse!} now I just have to get my butt in gear and wrap!

If you are a last minute shopper, like myself, you will be looking for ideas that are in a store and not online.  While browsing through the sunday ads this week I spied a few things I could add to my wish list.  All in a store and all reasonably priced!

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1.  I am a sucker for a large ring.. and the blue diamonds... well any diamonds go with anything!
2. I would like to start juicing!  I try to eat enough fruits and veggies, but I could use the extra help.
3.  A perfect clutch for any outfit or season.
4.  You know I like my wine.. and my whites and bubbly cold!
5.  I live in my slippers during the cold season... these are super simple.
6.  I may have treated myself to an early xmas gift with these... great aviators!

Is your shopping all done?
Now if the little wrapping elves would show up and get busy!!!

December 14, 2012

Friday Finds... Meet Maxwell

Meet Maxwell.

Ever since we have mounted our television I have been wanting some sort of antlers or deer head above it.  I know it is sort of trendy right now, but I find it very ironic and funny.  Why is it ironic and funny... well here is the RD version:
About 12 years ago I was engaged to a wonderful man who was a huge hunter.  I constantly had ducks and deer in my refrigerator.  Though he was a wonderful man, he just was not MY wonderful man.  SO I ended the engagement.  I met my husband, a non hunter, two years later.  So for me to actually WANT to mount a deer head on my wall just makes me chuckle!

After searching high and low I saw this deer posted on Copy Cat Chic

It was the perfect size and it was only $60!!
Luckily the hubs was totally on board with this idea, but he thought his eyes were a little creepy.  I loved that the antlers looked like wood... but thought he would be less creepy all white.
I also love that his head is looking to the right so as it is centered on my wall... it sort of gives the juxtaposition of balance.

Here is Max dressed up for winter.  This is my husbands family tartan.  I just love him!
What do you think?  Are you a trendy deer head lover or just not your style?

Happy Weekend!

December 13, 2012

How To... Burlap Stockings and Baby

Last year, while I was getting crafty, one of my most dearest friends asked me to make her and hers a pair of stockings.  She had an idea that she wanted to use burlap, but let me give me any details.  She just let me use my own design vision... 

Well in the last year they have been blessed with the most handsome baby boy!  I threw her a baby shower {see here} and have enjoyed seeing one of my best friends become one of the best moms!  I was so happy when she asked if I would make a stocking for her baby boy Hudson.  Of course I had to {why did I not think of this for a baby gift!?!} So I used my own TUTORIAL to make her a stocking for baby Hudson... and one for another baby {in the far future... S!}

And after she sent me this picture...

via her iphone

I saw the empty stocking holder for him and I couldn't make Hudson's fast enough!!   And just to save time for the future, I made two!  If I could have found a "?" for an ornament I so would have bought it!! 

December 12, 2012

The Post of Christmas Crafts Past

As I wrote yesterdays posts and stated yet again I was not very crafty... I started looking around my house at all of the christmas decor I made last year.  Last year I guess I was incredibly crafty!!

Here are some of my favorite projects from last year:

Ornament Wreath Turtorial
I made this ornament wreath last year with some extra balls I had on hand.  Super easy!  By far my favorite wreath I have!

Paper Snow Cones
With all products from the dollar store, I made a simple centerpiece for my dinning table.  This year I has made a comeback in the same place.

Ombre Snowflakes
I picked up these foam snowflakes from the dollar store last year {see a theme} and didn't quite know what I was going to do with them.  So I busted out my trusty can of spray paint and gave them a metallic ombre effect!

Reindeer Silhouette Pillow
I love this pillow!  I think I left it out for most of winter last year!

Can you tell I was in a metallic mood last year!  Good thing I still am, because I recycled most of my Christmas decor from last year!  This was a bit of a project, but I love the way it turned out!  The white twinkle lights make it shimmer!

Hope you find some inspiration from past projects!  I am in the process of ripping off the old fabric on my dinning chairs and wing backs... so I think my Christmas crafting days for this year are over.  I have a few plans for my holiday dinner table though... do it ever stop?

December 11, 2012

How To: Simple Ribbon Bow

As I have said before I am not very crafty... I know that may sound weird as I write a DIY blog, but I have not been good with flower arrangements, scrapbooking, or knitting etc.  I have though, really wanted to learn how to make a large bow... and thanks to the world of Pinterest, I now feel a little more crafty!  And as it turns out.. it is super simple!

Here is the step by step:
1. You will need ribbon {I like mine with wire edges} and floral twine
2. Make your first loop the size you would like your bow to be
3.  Fold the ribbon back over and make another loop on the other side.
4.  Continue looping the ribbon back and forth until you have the number or loops you would like.  
Mine is 4 on each side, but you could do more or less.
5. Cut the ribbon just shy of the last loop.
6.  In the middle of the loops cut a small V on either side of the ribbon
7. Wrap the floral twine around the V.  I use twine from the $ store so I like to double it up.  I use the loop in the twine to hang the bow.
8.  Fluff the bow full.

I attached it to my new favorite product.. the 3M hook, long with another piece of ribbon with a knot in it to hang my Christmas cards on this year.
I guess crafting is not as hard as I thought it would be!  Look out... I think my presents will be a little over the to now that I know how to make big bows!