Our Year in Review: The Top 10 List

I started this blog back in February, right after we closed on our house, so “Our Year in Review” is a little bit of a misnomer…but that’s okay, right? Is it also okay that I used the word “misnomer”?

We’ve definitely stayed busy this year, some projects being big and others being small, but we had fun—and learned something—with every single one. Here are some of my favorite projects from 2011, in no particular order. For more details, you can click on the project titles to be routed to the original post.

10. Love Letter Art


9. Yard Sale Lamp Makeover


8. DIY Stockings


7. West Elm-Inspired Tray Makeover


6. DIY Storage Ottoman


5. DIY Gift Bow Pillow


4. DIY Desk


3. Applesauce Jar Sconces


2. Curbside Dresser-Turned-TV Stand


1. Half Bath Makeover


Aside from these projects and buying our first home, though, one of my favorite things that happened in 2011 was this little furball:


(Does anyone else think that a cat who is loved has a pretty sweet life?)

As we finish up 2011, Rick and I are spending time with family and also starting our master closet makeover, which I’ll share more about next week. My brother is home from Phoenix this week, so we’re having fun getting caught up. I’m hoping to get some pictures of us siblings that won’t qualify for Awkward Family Photos after the fails we ended up with at Thanksgiving time.


Aaaaand that about sums us up. Don’t ask.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! Be sure to come back on Thursday for my second-ever giveaway! :)

***I’m linking this up to Southern Hospitality and The Blooming Hydrangea!***


  1. I'm pretty sure the applesauce jars are what brought me here! :) I think my favorite post was the lampshade picture one - but you always make me laugh! :)

  2. You two had a busy year! I still think the applesauce jars were one of the most epic repurposing projects in the blog world this year. Totally gets my vote. Hope Christmas went beautifully!

  3. ooh i love those jar sconces! FABULOUS idea and i hadn't seen that post!

  4. Aww I love that you put your love letters on display! Precious<3

  5. Love the furniture and bathroom makeovers! I feel the same way about my kitty. They are such good company and comic relief.

  6. I love the way you displayed your love letters! My husband & I met on eHarmony & I have been wanting to display our emails ~ this would be perfect! :) I found your blog last night when I was googling DIY Christmas stockings for next year. My husband & I both love the blog!

    Have a blessed day!

  7. it's almost your blog-versary! :) we should celebrate. i hope you're enjoying time off from school!

  8. The gift bow pillow is so cute!!

  9. I'm totally crushing on your stockings and bow pillow, Erin. I'll be Pinning! Happy new year! Thank you so much for stopping by my wedding post :).

  10. Oops, one more comment--your bathroom redo is Fan-Tas-Tic!

  11. Erin you have been busy this year! I love all of your projects, my favorite are your framed loved letters...such a special way to display your letters.

    Happy New Year!

  12. Great stuff, my faves are the bathroom and the love letters, so sweet! Thanks for linking up to my 2011 year in review party.

  13. Great line up of projects for your first year blogging! Great job! Stopping by from Southern Hospitality...

  14. Loved reading about your favorites. I also posted about my favorite posts for this year! I'm your newest follower and look forward to reading your blog!


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