2012 In Review

by Chris on January 2, 2013

Soooo I didn’t plan on writing this post. I sat here thinking, “Did I even do anything in 2012?” Uh apparently I did! No fancy collages or month by month explanation here, but I selected some highlights of the year. Maybe you saw them/maybe you didn’t, but it did give me a couple of moments of accomplishment. And then I went back to feeling like I never do enough around here. It’s a vicious cycle.


I built a kitchen! Well, sort of..


$60 dresser on Craigslist? Free Mustard Seed milk paint? Don’t mind if I do…


This disaster of a deck turned into something kinda beautiful Pretty blessed to have Lowe’s on my side!


I built a union jack tray.


One of my favorite projects of the year. I whisper sweet nothings to this gallery wall daily.


This guy almost died. Sounds dramatic, but it’s true. Instead, we saved his life. And killed our bank account in the meantime.


I threw the birthday party of the century for my little one! That’s what I’m calling it. ‘Cause I’ll never do something like it again. Until she asks.


My ribbon fought the law, and the law won.


$50 workbench turned console table on Craigslist. I transfoooorrrmmmmed it! It makes me feel cool about myself.


Better Homes and Gardens came. to. my. home.


Landscaping fought the law and landscaping won. We threw in our shovels and realized we needed to pay to have it done. Well played, landscaping. Well. played.


I took the WHOLE month of April off, and my friends stepped in for me. Reason #4,915 I am blessed to have these girls in my life!


The laundry room transformation is slow-moving for me, but these pedestals were a must-have. I’m in love with them.


And finally? Perhaps the biggest job we took on was the wall of built-ins. Looking at it just doesn’t get old.

Billy Bookcases

So I guess I did get something done last year. The good news is that the long list of to-do’s has not gone away. I’ve got plenty left to do around here, so I hope you’ll stick around to see if I figure it all out!



Cristina January 2, 2013 at 1:32 pm

I love your gallery wall! It’s a lovely little mix of everything. :)

Chris January 2, 2013 at 10:14 pm

Thank you Cristina!! You’re so sweet.

antiquechase January 2, 2013 at 1:49 pm

great projects and I missed some so I’m glad for the recap. My favorite is the log cake stands! Oh I wish I could put out an SOS like that.

Chris January 2, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Heh. Thank you so much! I think that might be my daughter’s favorite too. :)

Courtney {a thoughtful place} January 2, 2013 at 3:05 pm

“Did I do anything in 2012?” Are you new?! You do more in one year than most of us do in five. Your projects are always flawless and done so well my friend. Wow. Great recap. And that party is still one of my all time favorites. Happy New Year.

Chris January 2, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Ok. So I have more than one word…did you take commenter classes or something? How do you come up with such great stuff to say? Gees! Thank you, friend. Happy New Year to you!

Miss Kitty January 2, 2013 at 3:17 pm

I loved reading this post! I missed some of your projects so it was fun to catch up. I had pinned your darling owl cupcakes and they were repinned many times. Love the ribbon storage ideas also. I really enjoyed hearing you at Haven so I am glad you are involved again. I bought my ticket for 2013 yesterday.

Chris January 2, 2013 at 10:10 pm

Oh how exciting! I’m so glad you’ll be there! Thank you for the encouragement. Sometimes the year goes by and ya think, “Huh..what did I do?” See you in about 7 months! :)

ValenzMom January 2, 2013 at 3:43 pm

Since I joined your blog late in the year, I loved this recap. The owl cupcakes and the cute log stands – so adorable! Your gallery wall – oh my! Mine pales in comparison. Your gorgeous built-in bookcases – all I can say is WOW! As soon as this comment is submitted, I’m pinning them all! You are the greatest – no wonder BHG came to your home!

Chris January 2, 2013 at 10:09 pm

I am literally grinning from ear to ear. THANK YOU for making me feel better about myself!! You’re awesome!

Traci (@beneathmyheart) January 2, 2013 at 3:59 pm

You got a ton done, girl! That’s awesome! I missed your gallery wall somehow, but I love it! I really, really, really need to add some pictures to my walls!
Here’s to a great New Year!

Chris January 2, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Well, it’s no “completely revamp a house and raise 16 boys”, but it’ll do. :) Thank you, friend!! xoxo

laura@topthistopthat January 2, 2013 at 4:56 pm

What a year. My best for a wonderful year ahead!happy new year

Chris January 2, 2013 at 10:08 pm

Thank you, Laura! I hope so! Happy New Year!

Shelley @ Calypso in the Country January 2, 2013 at 8:42 pm

You got SO much done this year! Wow! I just love those bookcases!

Chris January 2, 2013 at 10:07 pm

It never really feels like it until you go back and look, I guess. :) Thank you Shelley!

Kristin @ bliss-athome.com January 2, 2013 at 9:49 pm

WOW! Looks like you did quite a bit! I love that union jack tray :) Happy New Year! xo Kristin

Chris January 2, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Happy New Year, Kristin!! Thank you. :)

Nancy Hood January 2, 2013 at 10:50 pm

Happy New Year to you and yours, Chris :) I always leave here learning something new and with a smile on my heart.

Chris January 3, 2013 at 5:57 pm

You are TOO nice, Nancy. Thank you. P.S. Love you Christmas background on the blog! So pretty!

Tanya January 3, 2013 at 2:01 am

You had an AMAZING 2012! I love everything you make, and I am still in awe over the Billy Bookcase built ins. Gorgeous!

xoxo, Tanya

Chris January 3, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Gosh, Tanya. Thank you so much! Happy New Year!

Erin @ How to Nest for Less January 3, 2013 at 8:26 am

Ummm… don’t forget Haven! That’s was pretty flippin’ big. LOVE all your furniture transformations and of course those bookcases. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for 2013!

Chris January 3, 2013 at 5:56 pm

Oh YEAH. There was that. :) Thanks, Erin!!

Runt January 4, 2013 at 10:22 am

Wow you got A LOT done last year! I hope my this year is as productive and your last year. =]

Tim January 4, 2013 at 7:46 pm

I just wanted to let you know that those green long chairs you have are super nice.

Katie @ On the Banks of Squaw Creek January 5, 2013 at 8:47 am

You had quite the year! Everything is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! I especially love the work bench turned console. I picked up a work bench on the side of the road last summer. :)

Chris January 6, 2013 at 2:48 pm

Thank you, Katie! On the side of the road? I never get that lucky!

Kristin Hubner January 6, 2013 at 10:42 pm

Chris, your home is amazing!! I am continuously inspired by all you do! We are attempting board and batten (faux), and your dining room was our main source of inspiration! Your gallery wall puts mine to shame. I think you should offer consultation services for design (seriously!) :)

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