Thursday, January 2, 2014

Reflections on 2013

I hope everyone enjoyed their New Year's celebration, however you chose to celebrate it.  A New Year always brings a new beginning and hope for the future. With that in mind, here's a look back at some of my favorite projects and the places we visited in 2013. 

Some of my favorite things are the simplest, so I turned this little wall basket into a St. Paddy's decoration by adding a graphic of a lovely Irish lass and created some lucky shamrocks. 

Since I consider my decorating style to reflect the farmhouse look,  I shared my simple and unadorned farmhouse corner of my dining room. 

I created a simple vignette with fresh flowers and touches of white. 

And added some spindles to my cream pitcher. 

I continued the farmhouse theme with pitchers and eggs on the window sill. 

On a lovely spring day we visited our favorite lake and took these pictures on the island.

The weather was perfect that day. 

We enjoyed the beautiful azaleas  and fountain as well. 

There was still quite a  bit of snow on Mt. Hood when I took this pic in early summer. 

We enjoyed a Fourth of July picnic with friends and saw the beautiful fireworks. 

We're lucky to have a  lavender farm so close to us here in SE Washington. I created some vignettes with the fresh lavender and shared some of the colorful  images of the farm. 

Including the hens that came right up to me looking for a handout. 

My favorite project was putting my family history together in pictures. I turned a barn wood frame into a window and added some vintage scrapbook paper for the background. 

This simple little collage of family photos makes a lovely addition to my living room. 

We took a late summer vacation and visited some nearby sights. We are fortunate to live in Washington State where we have so much natural beauty to enjoy. 

We never tire of visiting Multnomah Falls near Portland every year. 

Or the gorgeous Columbia River Gorge. 

A visit to the Gorge isn't complete without  seeing my favorite collectibles store. 

I wanted to share these picturesque images of Depoe Bay Oregon again. We always enjoy visiting here. 

A lovely lighthouse in Newport. 

The Bayfront district in Newport. The sea lions look rather battle weary, but I wanted to show them in a quiet moment basking in the sun. 

The turning of the seasons into beautiful autumn leaves. 

One of the things on my list for 2013 was opening an Etsy shop. I finally opened it in December and I'll  try to build up a decent inventory in the coming months. These are some of my frenchy winter tags. 

I repurposed my St. Paddy's day basket and added some joy for Christmas. 

Just the simple addition of musical notes scrapbook paper to  the back of my burlap board  gave me the background I needed for my Christmas wreath. 

A final look at my Christmas collage.

Thanks to those of you who take the time to visit or leave comments on my blog. I know there are tons of blogs out there, so I appreciate you stopping by mine. A new year brings about change, so my blog will be evolving, although I'm not sure just yet what those changes will be! Here's wishing the best to you in the New Year!


  1. Nice to see a review of your year and beautiful photos. I love the tags on your Christmas tree, by the way! You show your creativity in beautiful ways. Happy New Year!

  2. It was great to revisit 2013 on your blog. Love the Light House...we've took a vacation many years ago and did a Light House tour in the state of Michigan. Best wishes for great sales on Etsy this year!!

  3. Fun review of your year! So many gorgeous photos! So glad you shared this at TTF! Happy New Year!

  4. I love your family collage. Great review.


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