Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012 Highlights

Happy New Year!

Since I have been blogging such a short time I wasn't sure if I would do a 2012 recap, but with so many blogs to inspire me I thought I would share mine too.
Sometimes I wonder if I am creating a decorating blog or sharing pretty scenery. I decided when I first started my blog I would share both, because there is so much beauty in our region. I will be adding a separate tab for my scenery photos and hopefully doing more projects in 2013.
We received some snow flurries the last day of December, I was hoping for more but these are so pretty with the evergreens in the background.  

We have an open field as a back yard so I was able to catch these flakes before they disappeared.

 One of my favorite projects were my book covers.  Thanks to other bloggers featuring them, I received the most visits on these. I made these in September and I enjoyed making them so much that I will be doing more of these and coming up with some different ideas to decorate them.

I also shared this historic library and rose garden.  We used to live in this small town and there are so many charming things to photograph here.
 A sample of some of the beautiful roses.
 Of course it wouldn't be fall without sharing more lovely pictures of the lake.
 We also visited the  Oregon coast in the fall and enjoyed its peaceful beauty.

I made a Thanksgiving banner.
 And created my Christmas mantel.

 I really enjoyed creating this banner for my mantel.  My angel stamp is one of my favorites.
I couldn't find a door basket in the craft stores, so I ended up making one from a basket I found while thrifting.
I made some vintage style candles and added them to my angel table. 
 I borrowed this idea from another blogger. Mine are somewhat different and have flameless candles. I like the old fashioned appeal of these so I will have them out awhile longer.  

I wanted to share the lovely Catholic Grotto we visited at Christmas again.

 And end with the beautiful Nativity.
Happy New Year again to my fellow bloggers. And thanks for the inspiration and encouragement!
I am joining


  1. Happy New Year to you too--and I look forward to seeing your posts in 2013!

  2. Hi Diane! I saw your beautiful photography and other projects over at Savvy Southern Style blog party. Thanks for sharing those...I really enjoyed seeing everything you posted.

  3. Your photos are lovely - happy new year!

  4. What a beautiful year in review! Thanks for sharing and swinging in to say hello.
    hugs ~lynne~

  5. Hi Diane ... love your pictures ... great work. Thanks for sharing.
    The little jar candles are so cute, I will have to copy those.
    Blessings in the new year.
    Audrey Z.
    Timeless Treasures

  6. What a beautiful year you had. Doesn't blogging make you really appreciate the beauty around us? Happy New Year.

  7. Beautiful pictures! I want to let you know that I changed my URL and Blog Title. I am afraid I have lost my followers because of it. You were following me before at JocelynesTeaParties. I am now at http://mylittlechouchou.blogspot.com if wish to continue to follow my blog. I hope you will.


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