Monday, 26 December 2011

2011 in review

When I thought about writing a post about 2011, I had completely forgotten about some of the projects that I completed this year; it was nice to be reminded of all that I had accomplished.
Take a look through all of the projects that you have completed this year, I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

Here are few of my favourites. Click on any picture to be taken to the post.
January
I transformed my entry into a soft and welcoming space.
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Created a knock off Pottery Barn plate
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And used freezer paper to create a Union Jack cushion – had to get in on the Royal Wedding craze early :)
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February
I created a silhouette gallery wall of my family and included this vintage, linen tea towel for fun.
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Painted a 70’s drum table in silver and created a bird sanctuary LOL
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March
March was a month of vinyl and stencilling projects
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Spring was beckoning, so I gave my bedroom a fresh new look
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April
In April we celebrated my daughters birthday and celebrated my bathroom reno. This is the project that I am most proud of as I did most of it myself; tiling, flooring, moulding, painting and created a really nifty shelf, perfect for small spaces.

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I had fun creating this sunburst mirror from paint sticks and skewers
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May
I redecorated my daughters bedroom, repurposing a king size headboard to create a daybed, stencilling a floor cloth and a damask pattern for the wall.
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With the warm weather around the corner, I finished my patio makeover, you really must see the before!
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June
June was a month of crafts, upcycling several items.
A side table from a candlestick and old table top
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A tote bag from an old skirt
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Recovered chairs with modern fabric
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July
Since I had updated my daughters room, my son could not be left out
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I made my own rustic herb crates
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Updated an old trunk that was being stored in the garage
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created a savings bank from an old shadow box
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August
I updated an ugly $10 coffee table to something more modern
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Created my own version of the Ballard Designs moulin cube
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Made a rustic looking monogram with an old clock frame
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And redecorated my bedroom. This is the easiest headboard ever; two large canvases, some batting and fabric stretched over them. Because it’s so lightweight, it’s easy to hang and change.
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September
I made peacock feathers out of vinyl to update my lampshades; easily replaced when I grow tired of them
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After 9 years, I finally made over my walk in closet
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An old cutlery chest became the perfect place for remote controls and drink coasters
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I learned how to split a letter and created several of these to sell
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October
Last year I created horizontal stripes in the dining room; I hated them instantly but lived with them until I couldn’t live with them any longer. A fresh coat of paint and I kissed those mind blowing stripes away.
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With the purchase of my new to me DSLR, I had to have a camera bag, so I made one
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Discovering that brass is back, I found this fantastic partridge for $3.
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I got an early start on Christmas decorating
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November
A simple Christmas craft
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I incorporated purple into my existing Christmas decorations for an update
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Once again, I reorganized my craft room to try to make some order of the chaos
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December
Always a very busy month for me, it was a little quiet in the home decor front. I did manage a couple of projects like this Trina Turk cushion knock off
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And a giant Christmas kissing ball
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So what’s in store for 2012?  I have a few projects in mind, like creating a cutting table for my craft room and updating a dining room table. I also would like to continue to sell my custom signs and lettering to earn some extra money for my decorating projects. I look forward to the new year and thank all of you that take time to visit, leave encouraging comments and provide me with such inspiration.
Happy new year!

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14 comments:

  1. Your style is modern contemporary with french accents...very clean, neat and well organized...very pretty....I enjoyed your 2011 year in review....Mel's Designs

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  2. what a great year you have had! love looking back at projects!

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  3. Oh Mel - you've done so much in this last year and your home looks gorgeous!

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  4. I am impressed! :) You have actuallu inspired me.

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  5. Your are so creative! I love all of the projects that you've done over the year!! If only I could get that much done! Hope you had a fabulous Christmas Day!

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  6. WoW!! that was amazing!!! I know the talent you have but when you condense it down like that....just WOW. :D

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  7. Love it! You inspire me :) Cannot wait to see what 2012 will hold? Happy Holidays to you and your family :)

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  8. I always enjoy your projects but it's nice seeing them all together like that! You did do a lot! I know I have to review my projects as well. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Mel!

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  9. Great job Mel, what an insanely productive year for you! I hope you had a lovely Christmas. Can't wait to see what you are up to in the coming year!

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  10. I so adore your color choice! Your house must be so awesome to live at looking at those great designs.

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  11. You have been a very busy lady. So many great projects on a small budget, LOVE THAT! I'm so glad I get to read your posts every week. Keep up the inspiration and creativity, YOU ROCK!
    Happy New Year my friend.

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  12. So cute, adorable home. Thanks for sharing. I am a new follower. I would appreciate it if you followed me back at http://milliemorganmedia.blogspot.com!

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  13. My heart goes out to you. My 'big sister' died suddenly almost a year ago (Feb.) I sure do miss her. You're in my thoughts and prayers. I have a twin sister and we value every time we get together. HUG Jan

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  14. Though I've seen these projects...but looking back still make me "oh" and "ah" ...so inspiring as always. Love - pc

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