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The Year in Review: 2009 DIY

The Year in Review: 2009 DIY

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?

I shared my heart and story at A Woman Inspired Conference with Alli from Blissfully Domestic.

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.

The Year in Review: 2009 DIY

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.

The Year in Review: 2009 DIY

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.

The Year in Review: 2009 DIY

I made my first ever moss ball topiary.

The Year in Review: 2009 DIY

The birdcage got a fresh new outlook on life.

The Year in Review: 2009 DIY

The Pottery Barn chairs got springy with a paint makeover in our first every Procrastinator Party.

The Year in Review: 2009 DIY

The front door got a wintery new decor.

The Year in Review: 2009 DIY

The oak dresser and hutch got a makeover during our second Procrastinator’s Party.

The Year in Review: 2009 DIY

A quick and easy makeover…the kitchen cabinet doors came off the cabinets.

The Year in Review: 2009 DIY

The cabinet doors morphed into shutters above the fireplace, first they were blue now they are green.

The Year in Review: 2009 DIY

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!

The Year in Review: 2009 DIY

I made some felt garland.
The Year in Review: 2009 DIY

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.

The Year in Review: 2009 DIY

And of course, we took time out from the craziness to wrestle a few more giraffes (we have a long history of dead giraffes around our house) and get chased by giant swans.

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 theĀ  $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

Inspiration: Laundry Rooms

Inspiration: Laundry RoomsCountry Living

While part of me would like to just plant myself by the fire with a great book this week and pretend there is no such thing as laundry, the responsible side tells me that life goes on in between the holidays. And that means we have laundry to do. With extra people in the house and all of my kids under one roof, we have LOTS of laundry.

Did you know that it is estimated the average family spends an average of five to seven hours a week in their laundry room? That seems like a ridiculous amount of time to me, but nevertheless, I DO go in to my laundry room A LOT.

I covet a beautiful and well organized laundry space. But sadly, mine still looks exactly like it did the day we moved in, except for you can’t really see it anymore because of all the laundry piling up. It is pretty tiny (you can see it before we moved in on this post) but I am still excited about having a real laundry room to work with (my old laundry room was in a basement).

I was looking around online for some inspiration, so let’s take a peek at some of these rooms together, shall we?

Inspiration: Laundry Rooms

Country Living

Love the vintage touches in this laundry room.

Inspiration: Laundry RoomsCountry Living

So, subway tile and a pull out ironing board? Love it.

Inspiration: Laundry Rooms

Martha Stewart

Love the color of the cabinets and the open shelving and beadboard.

Inspiration: Laundry Rooms

Country Living

Fun use of wallpaper in this laundry room. I might actually use the wallpaper idea on the cabinet doors I have, just to liven things up a bit. Really love the wallpaper on the ceiling!

Let’s do a little poll: What is the area of your house you would MOST like to improve in the new year?

Hmmm… where will I begin this year…For some reason my laundry room doesn’t sound like one of the first rooms I’d want to work on when I still have a whole house of swine walls to deal with. On the other hand, the laundry room is so small that it could be a fairly quick and inexpensive makeover. Decisions, decisions.

I think 2010 calls for another Procrastinator Party.

Are you getting ready for your 2010 home improvement projects — what room will be YOUR top priority?

For another collection of laundry room inspiration photos, visit this Laundry Rooms post from last December!

More ideas can be found at Country Living: 5 Tips to Improve Your Laundry Room

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