Saturday, December 29, 2012

2012 Accomplishments

I have been housebound today - taking care of an ill husband and hiding out from rain and wind.

As I looked at numerous blogs today, I found many "2012 in Review" posts and got to thinking about what I have accomplished this year.

I started blogging in mid January of 2012 and I attribute my productivity to blogging.

Seeing what everyone else is doing inspires my creativity.

Also, if I want to have something to write about, then I need to be creating, tweaking, moving, reorganizing...

Here are my Top Five Projects of 2012.

#5 Painted Cabinet

I wrote about this cabinet first in the post Controlling the Clutter


And, in the post Accentuate the Positive when I painted it white.

It isn't finished.  

It is "too white" and I want to paint it blue, then green, then yellow or red.

And then back to white.

That way when I sand it, all the other colors will pop through.

But, I can live with it for now.

#4 Green Bench

I wrote about the bench in a post Red . . . Yellow . . . Green.

A year ago I had no idea what Annie Sloan Chalk Paint was.

Now, I am in love with it.

#3 A Place To Work

I wrote about creating this little corner for myself in Steve's studio in the post Creative Space

I was sure creating a little nook in his studio where I could leave things out and not worry about the appearance would make me more productive.

Didn't happen.

Now that Christmas is over, maybe I will get some free time.

#2 Hand Painted Pillows

I wrote about 2 of the pillows in Using Up the Leftovers and the others in Pillow Talk.

Making pillows is nothing new for me.

When my kids were little and I wasn't working outside of the house, I sewed for a decorator.

What made the pillows an accomplishment was that I hand painted them and I am thinking of creating more for sale.

Did I just put that in writing?

I have been thinking about it for awhile so putting it out in blogland might help me follow through.

#1 New Slipcovers

Making new slipcovers was my Decorating Resolution for 2012.

I wrote about making the slipcovers project in the posts Factory Open Tomorrow at 8:00 and The Factory  Is Closed!

Going from floral to white slipcovers made a big impact on the appearance of our living room.

I'm not done though.

I like the buffalo check pillows, but I really want to find a floral that has red, green, yellow and blue.

I know exactly what I am looking for, but I am having little luck.

Hopefully finding the right fabric for pillows will be an accomplishment in 2013.

I am looking forward to lots more projects in the new year:

finishing the white cabinet

painting some little stools

painting our bedroom dresser 

changing the bookcases in our bedroom

fixing up my little laundry area

making some big changes in the garden

These are just a few of the things on my list.

I know every time I look at a blog I will get inspired and look forward to getting ideas from everyone else.


I am linked up at

It's Overflowing - Overflowing With Creativity

Funky Junk Interiors - Your Best DIYs of 2012

Southern Hospitality - Top DIY Projects of 2012


  1. You've done so many wonderful projects over the last year! It's fun to looks back and be reminded of your productivity.
    Happy New Year,
    Mary Alice

  2. i adore your slips, carol!! happy new year to you! great idea for the pillows, too:)

  3. Wow! You were busy! Every project was my favorite until I saw the next one!! I think your white cabinet is going to be amazing when you finish it! You totally need to sell pillows. Those are really cute! Good luck with your projects for 2013. I look forward to seeing them!

  4. What a darling green bench!

    Have a very Happy New Year!

  5. You did some great projects in 2012 and I especially love the pillows. The slipcovers are amazing...makes me wish I could sew. I wish you a blessed and happy New Year!
    xx, Sherry

  6. Those slipcovers definitely had to make No. 1, because they're just incredible !
    Isn't it great though, how seeing other people get on with stuff, inspires us all to do things. Blogland has been such a big inspiration for me too.
    Happy New Year Carol,
    Fiona x

  7. Everything you do is wonderful and inspiring. I am looking forward to the white cabinet redo and as for selling pillows, I think you could have a line that would be very successful. I am happy I found you this year. Happy New Year.

  8. Love the painted pillows! And I'm fan of white slipcovers. They make your room look fresh.

  9. Wow! I am so glad you dropped by my blog because now I can follow you and be inspired! Your projects are fantastic and I love the pillows! You are so on to something!!! I wish that I could sew! have always admired people who can. I can't wait to follow along in 2013!!! Have a wonderful new year!!!

  10. can't wait to see what you come up in the year 2013. You have done well!

  11. Lovely to see all your projects reviewed. Looking forward to more inspiration from you in 2013.
    Sarah x

  12. You have done many great projects! I still need to try AS paints! Looking forward to what yo have in store for 2013! Happy New Year!

  13. Thanks for coming by to visit. I am happy to meet you and your blog is very inspiring. I have been retired for 2 yrs now and love every creative moment of it. I'm sure you will, too! I blog more during the winter than summer because my garden takes most of my time during the growing season. It's my most enjoyable hobby that I do. Then comes sewing and making minis. So much to do, so little time! Happy New Year to you and yours and please come by often.

  14. I knew you would pick the slipcovers! MAJOR accomplishment - all done without whining. I would have whined (and wined).

  15. Thank you for your kind comments about my home. Right now I am in the middle of deconstructing Christmas. I will have it gone by the end of the week and then I can get creative. I love your slipcovers, I plan on making 2 wingback slipcovers and a couple of sweater pillows. You need to keep yourself busy here if you are not the type to play in the snow.