A Linktastic 2011

Having done our share of surfing the web, it seems to be all the rage to do a recap of the year (or in our case, our first three months) and talk about the projects we’ve completed or started during 2011. It’s also a good way to let our new readers catch up on what they may have missed. Or maybe this is just an excuse to get our 70th post out there before we mumble the words to Auld Lang Syne tomorrow night.
Vintage rooster and hen
Since we began our blogging journey we’ve come to realize a few things:
1) Editing and writing take a lot more time than the actual projects. Blogging in gerenal takes more time than we originally thought. Thank goodness it’s something we enjoy.
2) Growing a successful blog is more than just posting consistant content, it’s interacting with readers, fellow bloggers, and finding meaningful ways to communicate with those that like us enough to come back week after week.
3) Photography is (nearly) everything. Photographs typically can make or break a post and we’re still battling to make our photography be what we envision in our heads. Be patient with us, we’ll get it down.

But we’ve also learned a few things about our style and what type of bloggers we hope to be. While we do our fair share of crafts, we really want to focus more on design elements. We’ve had the most fun with these decor projects and plan on continuing with them in 2012, but don’t worry, I’m sure we’ll be crafting along the way to pull off our thrifty style.

As for 2011, it’s about all wrapped up – where has the year even gone? Well, the last part at least, went a little like this:

We kicked things off way back in September with our faux fireplace redo. This was a multi-phase project, although it wasn’t intended to be. First we painted it, then filled it up with wood, got it ready for Halloween, and ultimately moved it to the master bedroom project. Of course, it took us a couple of months to get from point A to point B…
wood filled fireplace
We then moved on to try our hand at our first upholstery job with the chairs we deemed the ugliest ever. We transformed them with a zebra-striped theme, you can check more of that project out here.
Zebra Chairs
September also had us channeling our inner chicken by creating a photo wall inspired by all things nest-like.
nest photo wall
In October it was all about the beachy master bedroom project (inspired by the beach glam mood board).  We had all sorts of projects from creating a pallet headboard and mirror, making our own duvet cover and curtains, to blinging out the space in gold, making carboy lamps, and getting down and dirty with paint and baseboard trim. You can read all about the project’s costs and how we actually made money on this redo here.
master bedroom

And let’s not forget the Ballard Design knockoff chairs and art.

ballard inspired chairs
We did take a break from the project to update you on a couple of other DIY projects around the house, first the yellow laundry cabinet makeover and then later the Walmart saddle stool transformation.
yellow laundry
November brought out another mood board, this time for a peacock bathroom, which we’re still working on. The holidays have slowed us down a bit here, but we’ll be back with a vengeance in January as we complete this space.
peacock mood board
We opened up our Etsy shop in December and started selling a few of our homemade dish towels. We’ve been pleased with where it’s gone, and have plans to add more to it in the coming months.
Etsy dish towels
December had us wrapped up in all sorts of activities getting ready for the holidays, including our twelve days of Unique Christmas Decor series where we highlighted unique projects from family, friends, and DIYers on the web.
12 days of unique decor
We’ll be back next year with a few of our 2012 goals and a bit about the projects we hope to undertake. Until then, we hope you have a fantastic New Year!

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  1. Love them all! Thanks for the round-up. I hadn’t yet seen that great animal print chair. Amazing job!

    Hope you have a wonderful New Year’s celebration!

  2. Great projects! I was surprised at how much I did this year. I have 2 upholstery projects I want to attemp – one is just a stool so should be easy (famous last words); the other is a chair similar to your zebra striped one – I love that fabric by the way!

    Have a happy new year!!

  3. Thank you for sharing your top picks. I love them all, so much inspiration.

  4. these are all your accomplishements? i have seen a lot of these on pinterest and had no clue they are yours. you may want to add a water mark to you photos when you post so you can get the proper credit you deserve. because these are pretty awesome.


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