Hello dear friends! I’ve missed tapping keys and talking with you!
With Christmas officially a wrap, I gave myself permission to not feel a need to post between Christmas and New Years. Yet here I am.
I’ve actually been pretty productive! I made my son a gift for Christmas which I’ve yet to show, then before I had a chance to clean up the mess afterwards, belted out a new stencil coming soon. Whoop!
With all that going on in such short order, my workshop was tornado alley! So I gave it the stink eye yesterday and cleaned it up. And even brought out the paint.
Good grief. Give me permission for time off and I get more productive in a few days vs what I have appeared to do all year! Must have something to do with that no-schedule artist lifestyle thing…
Anyway, I felt this would be a fab time to roll back the clock one last time before 2017 ends and share what I deem my own favorite posts of the year and why. Some of the reasons may surprise you.
Blogging is sorda like an online journal. Stories and projects come all day long, however the ones that have the most meaning always hit the blog in hopes that they will encourage creativity in your own homes!
All that said, let’s do this… I’m sharing approx 2 favs from each month…
I love this post because this little contraption has successfully my bacon every. single. day. of the year. It doesn’t take much space, it’s easy to cart around, and my goodness… I mean, how handy is it? VERY.
This post has proved to without fail, answer everyone’s questions about the world of stenciling. It’s power packed with my fav gear (and how to find it), how to clean, how to store, and what to make.
I dare you to have one question left after this read… 😉
After seeing so many reclaimed hearts popping up this time of year, I just had to try my own take. But when I couldn’t make up my mind what it should do, I had it do 3 things.
I love this post because I got a chance to showcase my love for my family AND my fav brew. 🙂 And I mean… reclaimed wood. Need we say more?
I blogged for years, asking myself ‘what am I or should be doing?’ I didn’t sell anything other than create free blog posts inviting you in. The income from the ads changed my life, allowing me to leave a job I no longer loved. How did that even happen?!
Yet all while blogging, I still questioned what else should / could I be doing. I didn’t have that answer, until a problem transpired. After creating a solution, BAM. I was selling.
No big pie in the sky plan here. It was organic and married what I love doing perfectly.
So if you are on the fence about something you can offer the world, this read is most definitely for you.
I really needed more space in my front entry. Two ladders later, this.
I love this post because rather than run to a store, I ran to my workshop instead and cranked up the creativity to make something happen.
Which is a true testimony for those that can’t splurge… dream up what you desire to have, then roll up your sleeves and ‘make’ it happen.
Just like the heart project, and then there were clocks! Only problem is, I didn’t have a clock kit on hand.
I made it anyway. But this one’s even better because you can NEVER be late for one single thing…
The day I got the call to go scavenge wood from a barn about to go down proved to be a goldmine!
Not only did my fav DIY headboard of all become of the wood, I learned how to salvage the patina of old chippy wood safely, and I got my barn door finally.
Even if it is faux…
Desiring a new look for the pallet wood patio furniture, I ripped a painter’s drop cloth in half and gathered up all the stencils I had to create a unique subway sign styled fabric print.
p.s. It washes up beautifully!
p.s.s. Goodness how I miss that weather… says the girl with an ice storm currently outside her home.
I hadn’t intended to drive home this particular route. However something powerful turned the steering wheel for me. I ended up driving past my childhood farm, finding they were taking down one of my beloved barns.
Although I hesitated, I knocked on the door… not only did I land a bunch of amazing red barnwood I grew up with, wait till you see what the sky delivered…
Warning: tear jerker
Oh dear Buffalo Check, you have indeed made your mark this past Christmas! And now beyond.
Thanks to my blogging buddy Organized Clutter Carlene’s suggestion for this pattern, I put down what I was designing because THIS idea WAS better!
I’ve had this tall, skinny boring mirror in my home all my life. But it wasn’t until some barn wood came into play did I actually fall in LOVE with it.
My little potting shed is currently the star of my backyard. However when it was time to plant once again, it got slightly revamped.
This post resonates with me, because I’ve been failing on my yard with not keeping up. This little shed proves you don’t have to have this HUGE big landscaped lot to have a pretty spot in your yard. Do what you can, and work it!
Gosh I remember this well. I had severe cabin fever from staying home all summer and when I found out my fav local cabin getaway had a vacancy, I nearly sprinted out the door. 45 min later, I was here.
But… it wasn’t enough time. I barely had time to recoup never mind do anything special…
So when a last minute cancellation transpired, I knew what I had to do. I prolonged my stay and pulled off a scary bucket list thing!
When I look back on the moments that mean the most to me, they were things I have never done before. And this was absolutely one of them.
At one of my classes, we had talked about what motivates us to do things. As a pure afterthought, the mention of The 20 Second Rule came up. And then it suddenly all made sense.
If you are a procrastinator, I suggest you read this one. IMO this theory indeed works!
After my little cabin getaway I found VERY hard to leave, one thing stood out, and that was the wonderful outdoor living space I got to enjoy.
Once I got home, I promptly made not one, but TWO of my own to enjoy right in my own back yard!
This post showcases how easy it was to change out plain red cushions into buffalo check wonders!
Working hard lately to morph my home into a personal sanctuary (and not a storage unit…) I decided to ramp that up a notch by tricking out a plain dresser I already had in my bedroom.
What a treat it is now to drown in those Netflix series…
As frequent readers will already know, I adore my nature filled bike rides along our river trails. However there’s one particular strip that I have long deemed as Kauai. The growth is crazy gorgeous! What a cheap vacay…
Looking at this picture just made me smile! I haven’t missed this thing ever since the moment it’s left!
For YEARS I felt burden and guilt for not camping. I tried to make it work, but nothing ever worked. So there the trailer sat. Slowly deteriorating…
Then my pruner Walter asked if I wanted to sell it… no! Wait… my baby book on wheels?!
However at the end of this story, you too will know why it WAS the right thing to do. I still get the shivers over it.
I flat out was no longer keeping up with my yard. So that’s when I called in Walter my pruner for some expert help remove ALL the flower beds. All.
This story actually made a few readers sad. However, just know… sometimes you just have to start over to do it right… or move on… time will tell.
I love this series because there were actual moments in my day where I could finally glance over the yard without grimacing, see it all nice and tidy , and hop on that bike instead! Now that’s living…
I couldn’t for the life of me decide on a wall colour. I was driving me insane! So I popped open a white-white can of paint and called it a day.
I ended up loving it! And here’s what else I did after painting…
How can I NOT include my most fav place on earth in this lineup? Impossible!
However for the amount of times I’ve already been to Maui, you’d think I’d seen it all.
Not so. By complete fluke of a closure to where I was going (again)… this new amazing trail was found instead…
For years I’ve wanted to make it out to Hana, however hearing all the stories about the crazy train road had me staying put. Until I met up with my sister in Maui, approaching me with, “I want to go to Hana with you!”
2 days later, we hit the road on one of the most wonderful adventures EVER.
I’ve always loved the idea of making a directional sign. So I decided to make one using winter themed stencils. Includes tips on how to 2-tone letters.
This easy tutorial has become my 2nd most popular Christmas project for this year! My Christmas tree comes in first. (below)
I never in a million years thought my sis would go for the strenuous hike through the world famous Pipiwai Trail, taking you through a deep dark bamboo jungle!
How wrong I was… this post is pretty photo spectacular.
I really enjoy the challenge of doing something new with my Christmas tree each year. This year, my eyes landed on a plain crate. A picture frame and stencil later… this has become my most popular Christmas post for 2017.
This post takes you right back to when I first started blogging! It’s loaded with the most popular Christmas junk posts all the way to my present favs. Lots of easy ideas in this one with most made for free.
This post is also linked to 4 other junk blogger buddies’ favs too! 50 projects in all!
p.s. this reclaimed wood Christmas tree goes semi viral each year I share it. Crazy little movie star… hope it doesn’t go to her head…
This post leads to all my Christmas projects for this year and includes lots of new shots, such as this year’s rustic hot cocoa station in a crate. Come on over for the full tour!
And now I want hot cocoa…
And finally, I have to give a big shout out to my dear friends Joanne and Frank (and Molly B) from Muddaritaville Studios for holding down the sign stencil fort.
No matter where I am, they are diligently producing and sending the stencils you order. I’m so proud my stencils are made and sold in North America and are the best quality I’ve ever held in my own hands.
And to so SO many bloggers that showcased beautiful and creative projects made with said stencils. You can find many of their projects HERE.
And a special thank-you to Fusion Mineral Paint for also carrying my stencils through their merchants, and offering such wonderful products that I get to use on my projects!
What would you like more of?
Is there anything in particular you’d like to hear more about in the new year? I’d love for you to share your wish list in comments below!
Thank-you to YOU!
I really feel so blessed that you share an interest in all this stuff and come by to check out what’s new.Thank YOU for being a part of this funky little journey we call life.
See you soon with all kinds of new crazy off-the-wall projects, new sign stencils, brave new travels (I hope!) and gut-felt stories coming your way again soon..
And may your own 2018 dreams be realized through hard work and belief in yourself.
Let’s do it well together! Happy New Year!.
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