You know what’s funny about “time”? It has a way of wiping out your memory. As the New Year draws closer, you start questioning how much you really accomplished in the year, why you’re not further ahead, and what you’re going to do differently next year.
But let’s not beat ourselves up focusing on what we didn’t get done.
Let’s celebrate all the stuff we did get done!
Starting with January.
And let me tell you–my accomplishments ain’t no peanuts! 🙂 I did big things I’m proud of. I’m talking’ walnuts and pecans, my friends! 😉
It’s hard to believe at this time last year, I only had 16,000 pageviews per month! If you’re not a blogger, in non-blogger speak that means that I barely existed in the blogosphere. I was a speck of dust on Google’s butt. Hardly a blip on their radar. HA! Now, I’m knocking pushing 95,000 page views per month. I’m working my way up to a piece of lint! WOO HOO! ;).
In January I made this really simple, cute drawer organizer out of scrapbook paper. The new year was all about getting organized and this project was right on time. I made one for my own drawer and one for my middle son’s drawer.
What’s most exciting this month, though, is that I did my first TV appearance!! I was a Spokesperson for Hometalk.com! This year I went on to do four more local Baltimore news segments! Very exciting!!
I was productive this month, with two of my favorite projects! I had this $12 thrifted changing table that my youngest son outgrew. I didn’t want to get rid of it. So I turned the changing table into a desk for my oldest. It doesn’t even look like the same piece anymore!
And I finally finished this awesome vintage vanity, painted in a color that most people never even considered! I even featured this vanity this month in a popular article I wrote on when you should NOT paint wood furniture. You know how people get all up in arms about wood being painted…
Not every project has to be complicated. I did a post on how to make pretty no sew pillows this month with just an iron and some Heat n’ Bond tape, and even used old pillows as the inserts! Easier project EVER! I filmed a video tutorial on my YouTube channel to go with this project!
I am still kicking myself over not buying all three of these headboards that I found at the thrift store for $10! But I’m so glad I bought one of them and turned the old headboard into a pretty makeover! It turned out great! Some people couldn’t believe I painted the gorgeous wood and didn’t leave the caning exposed! What do YOU think?
Sometimes a makeover needs more than just paint, like this project I completed this month–I gave two of these bedside tables a shabby French makeover. They were only $7.50 each at a yard sale. I didn’t stop with just paint. I chose to glue fabric on the fronts of the doors, and even filmed a tutorial on my YouTube channel on how to achieve the same look!
This mid-century mod dresser makeover gave me such a hard time!! No matter how many coats of white I used, it still bled through PINK. So instead of fighting it, I just chose pink and gave it a unique reverse OMBRE effect. The “AFTER” looks amazing! Sometimes projects take an unexpected turn for the better, don’t they?
I had found this $50 vintage buffet at the thrift store and snatched it up so fast. I wasn’t sure if I would strip and re-stain it or just paint it. I decided to do both! Someone commented on this buffet and told me I “ruined” it. I lashed back, not because I’m a meanie, but when you put your heart and soul into a project and then you’re told you ruined it… well, it takes a certain kind of patience to not let stuff like that fire you up!
I’ve since regained my composure and realize that people can express their opinion however they like–I just don’t have to agree with it. 🙂
Oh, and this is the month that someone called me “obese.” Seriously!!!! The nerve! I know he wasn’t being a turd on purpose, but it sure helped to spark me on my weight loss journey! Sadly, it only lasted 5 months and then I slipped back into my non-exercise-snacking-too-much ways.
Then I broke my toe months later!! So now that the new year is rolling around, you best believe someone is getting back on that horse! YEEHAW
I was pretty quiet in May, just working on my hoarded, cluttered garage! I never quite finished. But this was a good start, and we can still at least walk out without having to turn sideways and suck in our guts. LOL.
Ahhh….my favorite month of this year!! I started something called my 30-Day June Room Makeover Challenge, where my readers and I took one room in our house and totally transformed it in 30 days! Seriously–the things we pulled off in this month were phenomenal! Here’s what my laundry room looked like at the start of the challenge. By the end of the challenge, I had a pretty place to fold clothes! You won’t believe how awe-inspiring the rest of the room makeovers were, too!
I’m starting up a new challenge in January, called the Junk-Free January Challenge! Are you ready??
July was all about getting ready for the Haven Conference, my annual trip to Atlanta for a DIY conference. People always chuckle when I tell them about going to a “blogging conference.” So I had to write this article telling them 5 reasons it’s totally NOT stupid for attending a blogging conference.
I also challenged a few readers to find an outfit at the thrift store for $25 or less. We came in waaaaay under! See the other readers’ outfits!
Another favorite month of mine!! Not only was I able to build my own DIY mailbox (I’m talking building it from SCRATCH, baby!), but we were back with more room makeovers! This time for the 30-Day August Upgrade Room Challenge! My readers and I rocked out rooms in our house. I took on my kids’ gross, outdated bathroom. I even found old BULLET CASINGS in the vanity!! The insanity! But it turned out very awesome, along with everyone else’s August room makeovers!
I also got very REAL this month and confessed that I am slowly killing myself by trying to juggle too many things while trying to turn this blog into a real business and career. You guys were soooo supportive and I appreciate the love and positive feedback!
I barely did anything this month! Oh, just painted my front door a pretty red, but besides that?? NADA! I guess everyone needs a break sometimes, huh?
This month was a turning point for me. Or should I say, the tipping point. Not only did I show you how to make a compass to hang on your wall (out of an old clock), I also gave you some 10 tips on taking awesome DIY floral wall part. But even more fun, I turned this $12 thrifted jewelry box into a craft organizer. I loooooove how it turned out! You guys suggested I add some feet or wheels, too. Great suggestion!!
And remember that very popular project I did where I turned an old knife block into a crayon holder? Better Homes and Garden actually featured it on their Facebook page! I felt like a mini-superstar. Since this project, I have never looked at another knife block quite the same way. HAHA
I’m disappointed that I didn’t do any projects this month, but I did write two articles about how to find good deals when you can’t find anything at the thrift store. And I also address how DIY when you keep telling yourself that you don’t even have a creative bone in your body.
And here we are! This month was another slow month, but I did finish that pretty little thrifted china cabinet I had picked up for $40!! It looked amazing when I put my new thrifted dishes inside, too!
Not to forget the super easy DIY whiteboard I made for my mom recently for helping her get organized for the new year!
I also made a very public announcement that I am going to be working on becoming a full-time blogger this year!
I also showed you my epic mess of a family room that’s going to be getting a makeover in January for my Junk-Free January Room Challenge! I know…I know…it could be worse, but this room is totally uninspiring and I can’t wait to clear out some of the junk and fill it with things I love!
My Videos You Probably Missed
I try to do videos for as many posts as possible on my YouTube channel, but sometimes it’s not easy to do both! I’m happy to say I was able to do 24 videos this year! Some were more popular than others, and some were just made and have a few views. Here they are, ranked by number of views.
How to Make No Sew Pillows (33,654 views)
How to Stencil on Furniture (3,897 views)
How to Glue Wood to Fabric (3,056 views)
How to Make Rustic DIY Wall Art (2,442 views)
$10 Thrifted Store Haul – My $10 Outfit (1,014 views)
I’m Killing Myself Slowly (929 views)
Kids’ Bathroom Makeover – My Progress! (768 views)
How to Thin Chalk Paint for a Paint Sprayer (527 views)
30-Day June Room Challenge – JOIN (491 views)
30-Day June Room Challenge Day 1 (402 views)
LifeProof iPhone 5s Case Review (395 views)
How to Make a DIY Wheel of Life (359 views)
Upcycle a Knife Block Into a Crayon Holder (330 views)
Day 3 June Room Challenge (323 views)
SoFab Conference –I Need To GO! (288 views)
Cheap Ways to Entertain Kids (214 views)
How to Make a Snowman Pencil Holder (177 views)
Join the 30-Day August Upgrade Challenge (176 views)
How to Make a DIY Super Hero Shield (131 views)
Wow, those 24 videos yielded 52,411 views!! Amazing!
What’s Next for This Blog
More room makeovers! More projects! More articles! If I thought 2014 was busy, I’m about to take things to the max. Just means I’m going to have to work smarter, since I really can’t work any longer hours. I’ll also be updating you monthly on how close I am to reaching my ultimate goal: to blog full-time later this year.
For now, let’s enjoy the last days of 2014, shall we?
So out of everything you’ve seen, which projects were your favorites, and what are you hoping to see more from this blog in 2015? Leave a comment and add to the discussion below!