Looking Back on 2011!

Smiles Everyone,

I'm sharing 8 of my posts from the first eight 8 months of blogging in 2011! Yikes! I can't believe it's been eight months already!

Can it be! I still consider myself  a newbie  - still in the blogger honeymoon stage!

My feet are doing a happy dance to share with you my favorite posts, starting with the most popular!

My Ruffled Pumpkin for Halloween.  I would never have expected this to be number 1! It was fun to make and took less than 1 hour! I almost didn't post it because I thought I would be laughed at for making a ruffled pumpkin with a black crow on top! I learned from this post that it doesn't have to be a BIG post or project that gets noticed.  Way to go!

The Deck Reveal -  the project that nearly did us in!   Whew - this was a tuffy! One of the longest, most difficult project we undertook (except the kitchen remodel). It look us nearly three months from start to finish.  During the process we went through 2 major medical ordeals.  1 directly linked to the project - a rusty nail almost cost my hubs his finger and shut the project down.  But it was a huge transformation - from UGLY to Beautiful!


Thrift Store Frenchy Chairs - I was lucky enough to find these two french chairs at a local thrift store for $15.00 bucks each! It was actually the first time I ever visited the local thrift store -  when I spotted these two chairs.  My heart was a pounding I'd been looking a while.  I tried picking up both at the same time to bring to the cash register but couldn't, I was so worried someone would grab the other chair before I got back!

buffet Where's the Legs Buffet - I was so excite to find this buffet at our local Salvation Army - so you can imagine our shock when we got it home and noticed it's two front teeth legs were missing!


Trash to Treasure Nightstands - one day driving down our old town's alleys we stumbled upon a vintage headboard which had cracked in half.  As we got closer we could see there still were 2 of the nightstands attached!  How lucky were we!

breakfast nook

 Breakfast Nook Remodel -  another UGLY to Beautiful transformation.


Falling For Leaves Pillows - came up with this idea when I looked inside my Fall stash and only seen leaves!


My Mr. Knightley - my favorite post! I just love the story of when I first laid eyes on Mr. Knightely!  It was love at first sight!

It was fun putting together this post and revisiting the projects that were done in the last 8 months.  I hope you'll enjoy them as much as me!

Southern Hospitality

It's Overflowing

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  1. I love your ideas! So much fun!

  2. Whoo, hoo! Thanks for sharing these favorite posts, being a relative newbie to your site, I enjoyed it very much.

  3. Wow, love the chairs and nightstands you found, Cathy! They look great and I love the slips you made for the chairs.

    • Kathy, the chairs are my favorite too. The slips for the chairs were an inspiration from Miss Mustard seed, covers ugly fabric until I find the right one .

  4. I love everything you did! You are sooo inspiring! xo and a Happy New Year to you!

  5. Everything is so cute I can hardly stand it! I totally know why I follow you...you're an amazing furniture designer and home decorator! Love the porch and the two missing legs totally cracked me up! Glad to be bloggy friends with you! Thanks for sharing at Overflowing with Creativity! I’m excited to continue being inspired by you in 2012!!! XO, Aimee

  6. Cathy,

    You've done a great job with all your projects. My favorite is ...heck, I don't know which is my favorite. They're all wonderful.

    Happy New Year.


  7. Love your blog, and your ideas! I found you on "It's Overflowing" Linky party! I'm having one myself and would it if you would join. Here is the link http://www.thesouthernproductqueen.com

  8. Your projects are all fantastic! those chairs are definately my favorite! xoox, tracie

  9. Love your Deck project! Wish you a Happy New Year!!!
    Love, Olga

    • Olga, the deck was a really a hard project for us, fought us every step of the way. BUT we did have so much enjoy it once it was done. When i was out there, I felt like I was on vacation!

  10. I LOVE your deck setting. It is so romantic and different. I have been wanting to do something with a screen made out of shutters outside for about a year, but I've had no luck on craigslist finding some for the project cheap. It adds so much character.

    Btw, my sister and I are new bloggers, too (only 3 months) and you left us a very nice and encouraging comment that we appreciated very much. Thank you for visiting our blog. I came to reciprocate and got pulled in for much longer than I planned because I love your projects. Thanks for sharing them. We are following you now.


    • Eldarose, your blog is so cute, and you two are doing a great job. I always try to leave comments that are personal. Isn't that why we blog isn't it. To share ourselves, our projects, and for other to actually read and enjoy them. I'm so glad you liked my 2011 projects, it's funny you don't think you've done very much and then you see you have.

  11. I just want to come get cozy in your breakfast nook!I would love for you to link up at my party today!


  12. Cathy - what an amazing number of transformations you've created over the past year! Wow! I love your patio area! So sweet! Looking forward to more inspiration from you in the year ahead! :)

    xoxo laurie

    • Laurie, you are so sweet, you know if your ever in the area you know where to find me. Still reeling from your lovely swallow post. Gosh, that is a heart tugger.

  13. Christina at I Gotta Create says:

    Just goes to show you never know what might take off!!! I do love the ruffles :)
    Thanks for sharing this at my Kiss and Tell linky party!!

    • Christina, you don' t ever know, it was the project i spent the least amount of time on! I love sharing with you, since you always share here! Sharing is a good thing!

  14. WHAT GREAT work. Love the dinning area. winks, jen

  15. What a great year! I am so glad that I found you blog. I am now following by email...the GFC isn't working at present, but I will be back....It is always nice to find new blog friends, Lori

    • Lori, looking back on projects it was a great year, but rough in other ways. don't know about GFC not working, seems OK now. It is so nice to meet new blog friends, and your one.

  16. I love your work! I work for cool2craft.com and the coolest part of my job is featuring other folk's work! I'd love to feature your work on our website! Check out my page: http://www.cool2craft.com/creative-play-muse/ - And my email is candace@cool2craft.com

  17. All of your projects are unreal. I have so enjoyed them all, however the chairs really stole my heart. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  18. I love the french chairs. You've had a busy year.

  19. tara gruwell says:

    Such great projects. Your deck is fancier than my living room :)

  20. Sending you every good wish for an amazing year. So glad I found your wonderful place, I will follow on my way out and hope you will find the time soon to come visit me and do the same. I look forward to engaging with you in 2010. For now I am off to see more of your very special place! Cheers Specialk XoXo

  21. Nice, all of them. Especially love your patio and your breakfast nook!

  22. This is the first time to your blog. Saw it on Rock and Share link. I LOVED the pictures of your salvaged chairs. You really did a fabulous job with them. As a matter of fact you did with everything you posted. I also loved your leaf pillows. I have got to see how you made them. They are stunning. And your breakfast nook looks so inviting. Well everything does. Your rescuing furniture and thriftiness is to be so admired. You are my kind of person!! Also I love your knight. I have the exact same one plus another one. A friend named them Hans and Frans. They are borrowed to the hilt for all sorts of events. I got them at Gardenridge years ago in Texas. We have the same interests....decorating, thrifting, cooking and I entertain alot. I have never been a gardener but so admire those who can do it. I kill everything off. When my seven daughters were small I sewed alot. Not anymore these days.

    So glad I found your blog. I am now a follower. And on your facebook too. I am a brandnew blogger of only 7 weeks and have so enjoyed meeting and getting to know so many great gals like yourself. Please stop by. I would love to have you join me.


  23. I enjoyed your visit to my blog pages Rose.
    These chairs are beautiful found.
    Your blog is great.


  24. Oh my! That outdoor area you created is awesome! I would love to lounge there on a sunny day!

    Thanks for linking up to Tell it to me Tuesday!

    @Creatively Living

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