So let me just say this was a very very long but eventful and busy year. As the clock ticks down toward the end of 2009, I thought I’d recap the year for people new to The Inspired Room or for those of us who have short memories like myself, shall we? Come on, humor me people. We’ll start with a few personal highlights and move on to remember some random projects of the year.
As most of you probably know, our family moved over the holidays last year during a freak snow storm. Our kids all started new schools and we tried to get life settled in a new state.
I spoke on the topic off Blogging at the Blissdom conference last February with my buddies Nester and Simplemom (and yes, Blissdom was crazy enough to ask us to speak again this February!). I’ll share more about Blissdom soon, I hope some of you are planning on being there?
We waited nine agonizing months for our house to sell before we could buy a new house.
In July, I had to have a life threatening emergency surgery. Just to spice up the summer a bit.
In the fall, I was honored to be invited to join the writing team at (in)courage. (in)courage is an amazing site by DaySpring, a division of Hallmark. Not only do they share encouragement for women, they have cool products too, look what I made (above!). You can make your own here.
We started a church from scratch in September called Voyage (i.e. we didn’t know anyone when we moved here in January so we had to meet people first and make the whole thing up ourselves, here is the result, VOYAGE). I keep up the website, do e-newsletters, facebook pages, host events and meetings and help oversee a lot of the ministries for the church.
I started two new fancy specialty channels on The Inspired Room, which I promptly ran out of time to keep up. One was the DIY channel, and the other one I was going to use for random posts. Meh. Blog fail. Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about all the new DIY posts for the DIY channel!! Life has just been, well, a little crazy!
And somehow by the grace of God and a 100 gallons of coffee and a few too many scones, I managed to find a bit of time do just a few minor DIY projects around my new house. Nothing fancy mind you, but the fact I got anything done around the house at all is somewhat of a miracle to me. So, while they are not anything to write home about, here is a round up of my projects! Not all of them were documented, but these were some of the highlights.
I made my first ever moss ball topiary.
The birdcage got a fresh new outlook on life.
The Pottery Barn chairs got springy with a paint makeover in our first every Procrastinator Party.
The front door got a wintery new decor.
The oak dresser and hutch got a makeover during our second Procrastinator’s Party.
A quick and easy makeover…the kitchen cabinet doors came off the cabinets.
The antique stained glass church windows got primed and hung in the dining room. I don’t think I ever did a post on these since they were painted, but it got done nevertheless!
I made some felt garland.
And put together a spur of the moment, easy, use-what-you-have centerpiece using nesting pedestal dishes, leftover moss and a random bird. No “DIY post” instructions required for that one.
PHEW. I’m kind of tired now. I think I’ll take a nap before the New Year.
Do I have any thing exciting planned for next year? Hmmm….I’ll let you know after my nap! I can tell you for sure that I have a fun bedroom makeover to show you from by one of the winners of the $200 HomeGoods cards on The Inspired Room awhile back! This January you’ll get to see what she did with her winning card! yay!
What were your best projects this past year?
If you do a 2009 project round up, you can link them up on Friday!!
We’ll do a Year in Review Round Up this Friday!
shared with Kimba for DIY day