1929 Charmer 2012 Wrap Up

The Top Ten From 2012

It’s amazing to me that in a few days 2012 will be behind us…
it seems like only yesterday I was posting my 1st year end Recap for 2011.

I am so thankful to each and every one of you who have stopped by for a visit.  Who have taken the time to read about our post, and let us know how much you have liked them.

I have a tendency to keep thinking about all the projects still needed to be done at the Charmer, but it’s nice to see what I have accomplished right along with you.  I am happily surprised to see how much I have gotten done!

Following are my top 10 most views.

The most viewed was our Kitchen Remodel..


Kitchen Remodel Before


Kitchen Remodel - 1929 Charmer

I still can’t believe the difference, there as times I walk into the kitchen and still expect to see the old one. This was the largest remodel project we’ve done on the Charmer, and after 20 years of working with a counter of 4 feet and no dishwasher, I now have a very functioning kitchen.

The second, our living area Cottage Pinch Pleated Drapes that I made…

Cottage Pinch Pleated Cafe Curtains - 1929 Charmer

The calculations drove me nuts on this project, but once that was figures out they were a cinch to make.

We had a beautiful spring in 2012 and our Front Cottage Garden flourished in it,

Front Cottage Garden - 1929 Charmer

right after Spring the weather turned overly hot and into a drought.  We went from beautiful gardens to only garden survival mode.

Then we worked on converting a thrift store bookcase

thrift store bookcase

into a Cottage Charmer…you might also notice our main living area wall color was changed to a much lighter, cottage look.

Cottage Bookcase - 1929 Charmer

Then I was back to making curtains for the colder weather…I made Drop Cloth Burlap Trimmed Curtains..

Drop Cloth Burlap Trimmed Curtains

The sixth most viewed, was our Two-Toned Buffet.  We’ve had 3 buffets before this one, but this one is the keeper..


I just love her, she brings great storage as well as charm to the room.

Next, our new Gate Leg Drop Leaf  Table I bought from a junkin friend Pat…

Gate Legged Drop Leaf Table - 1929 Charmer

This drop leaf table is perfect for our home, and is so very flexible.

Our next project was Stenciling our Stairway Wall

Stencile Wall - 1929 Charmer

I could not be happier how this turned out, it was a difficult project to stencil the stairway due to the top/bottom wall angles.  A very tedious project, but one I would do over again. The flower stencil provides so much character and charm.

Our ninth most view project was our Fall Front Porch..

Fall Porch - 1929 Charmer

I enjoyed using thrift store oil paintings throughout my inside/outside Fall Decorating.

Tenth on our list, is a favorite of mine, a Cottage Lamp.  I found a cute lamp at my first barn sale, painted her up an added lace to her lampshade…

Cottage Lamp - 1929 Charmer

This has also turned out to be a great year, not only for the projects/crafts completed, BUT, for your friendships. I feel blessed to have “met” so many of you, and feel part of a large family.

Thank you all so much for being a part of The 1929 Charmer Family.


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  1. says

    That’s a lot of amazing projects last year. Not sure which one I like best … love the stencilled wall, and both your curtain projects are great. Your kitchen is fantastic and has the most impact but your other smaller and less expensive projects are amazing. You are inspiring me to start looking at things around here a little differently. Maybe 2013 will see me work on a few projects around my little cottage!

  2. JaneEllen says

    I’ve sure enjoyed your blog and reading your posts. I don’t have a blog cause I’m too lazy to keep it up. I need a day or two once in a while to stay away from this machine. My emails pile up but I just need to have more down time.
    Had to go to doc yesterday to have pre-cancerous spots frozen (4) and a cancerous one cut out. Have to wait for biopsy now. For some reason I’m not all squirrely. No sense getting myself upset. I have a really bad fat lip (bottom) as spots on bottom lip were bad. OUCH. This too shall pass.
    Altho I don’t have a blog I so enjoy reading so many and feeling a small part of this wonderful blog world. It’s been great. I only discovered blogs sometime a year ago November ish. That’s a word isn’t it? My husband complains sometimes about the amount of time I spend in here reading the blogs, etc. He asked me if men were bloggers. teehee. Silly old guy. We’ve been married 44 yrs., how long for you?
    Loved the pics about your home. I’m still green with envy over that drop leaf, gate leg table and that buffet. Oh dear, even greener. Love that piece.
    Better get going. Happy New Year.

  3. says

    Hi Cathy!
    Oh…What an amazing group of most viewed photos. I just love your 1929 charmer! It wouldn’t looknearly as fantastic if it weren’t for your incredible talents. You have made it an irresistible nest…cozy and so very inviting! How I wish I could pop in …..in person… and explore each room “oooing and ahhing” at all your beautiful touches!
    Thanks for sharing, my friend,
    Blessings for this coming year,
    Carolynn xxx

  4. says

    The house looks wonderful and I hope that you are having a great Christmas and New Year. You are truly an inspriation. My hubby and I are newly remarried and we are waiting to find our dream house as we speak. You inspire me for the look of a loving warm home. Hoping Bo is doing well, I haven’t forgot and continue to pray for him and your family.
    Have a wonderful New Year!!!
    Looking forward to new projects that you will be doing!
    Lisa Rose

  5. says

    That is NOT the same kitchen! Holy cow Cathy!! I can see where you would still expect to see the old one ~ what a stunning renovation. Don’t know how I missed it but I did. It’s absolutely to perfection, beautiful!!

  6. says

    Hi Cathy, I’m pretty new to your site and have just thoroughly enjoyed seeing your YIR! I look forward to seeing what you do in 2013!
    Happy New Year,

  7. says

    I want to THANK you for all of your visits and nice comments that you have left for me over this past year.
    You have been a source of inspiration to me as I LOVE your home and all that you have done in it. It is so my style!!
    I am sorry to hear of your health issues and believe me, I know how trying and exhausting that can be!
    I am so glad that you like my word. JOY, for 2013 and I am honored that you have chosen it for yourself!!
    Here’s to a very HEALTHY and HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and yours!!
    Can’t wait to see what you have in store for the coming year!!


  8. says

    Wow! You really accomplished a lot in 2012. That kitchen makeover must be a dream for you. Our kitchen is tiny and we are always bumping into each other…but we do have a dishwasher, so I’m not complaining 😉 I adore the look of the buffet and your cottage garden makes me envious. Happy New Year!

  9. says

    Hi–also new to your blog. This collection of your projects is inspiring! Especially the kitchen which was so like my own c. 1913/1955 remodel (no dishwasher either!). Looking forward to seeing what you do this coming year.

  10. says

    Hello Cathy, it’s a pleasure to meet you. your blog is lovely and I love your projects. Your kitchen turned out so beautiful. Your home is full of warmth. Happy New Year from your newest follower, Linda

  11. says

    Hi, Cathy! I hope you had a very wonderful Christmas and New Year! I am trying to get back into my routine after the holidays. :) Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent! It was so great to see all of your wonderful projects. I am featuring you tonight in the Friday Features. Your kitchen is amazing!

    Have a great weekend.

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