Thursday, January 1, 2015

Favorite places and projects of 2014

Sometimes I think I don't have enough to share for a year in review post, but then as I put it together I realize it is more than I thought. It's always fun to look back and relive those moments, so here are some of my favorites of 2014.

Our visit to the Hulda Klager lilac farm in Woodland, WA,  was easily my favorite place to visit early last May and also my most popular post. The grounds are beautiful with all the lilacs and other varieties of flowers.  

I wanted to share my favorite whimsical fairy again. Visit here for a tour of the gardens. 

Even though I loved the beautiful gardens of the farmhouse, my favorite was the victorian farmhouse decor inside. The bedroom was one of my favorites with its simple  yet ornate white headboard and lovely quilt draped at the bottom of the bed. So many pretty things here. 

As simple as they are, I have a thing for buttons in jars. So easy to create a farmhouse look with just a few  things. The mini antique sewers look so sweet on a shelf. Maybe I'll start a collection of them. 

The kitchen was quite small, but there was a lovely reproduction antique stove with vintage irons and other decor. Visit here to see the whole tour. 

I alway enjoy sharing coastal pics, so these are some from 2013, that I didn't share until last year. These are of the beautiful Oregon coast and Heceta Head lighthouse on a lovely sunny day.  

Last fall we visited one of my favorite antique stores, Camas Antiques here in Washington and I'm looking forward to a return visit. 

Large variety of beautiful  antiques here. I wanted to share these  cute and quirky signs again. 

I didn't do many projects last year, I tend to keep them simple anyway, but I thought I'd share this little wood spool rack I made.  Just a little plaque I painted green and distressed and added some spools for something a bit different. 

It fills up a small wall in our dining area and I currently have some vintage aprons hanging on it. 

I also put together this little farmhouse style vignette during the summer with  a little dish rack and also added some floral summer dishes. Jars of buttons are an affordable way to add a little farmhouse charm to your vignettes. 

Love the pretty purple that lavender adds. 

I put together another vignette in late fall, and I used this Burpee's tray as a focal point. I was able to pull all the colors of fall that I love from this tin tray and create a vignette using items I already had. 

I wanted to create a rural farmstead type look with this vignette. Buttons are here to stay for my style of decorating. Visit here to see my fall mantel as well. 

Continuing my love for tin trays and containers, I found two that I decided to use for my kitchen counter display for Christmas. This little corner of my kitchen counter has the best light, most of the time anyway, so my vignettes usually end up here.  You don't have to spend that much to create a sweet little Christmas scene.       

My last project of the year was my Christmas wreath made out of a twig wreath and paper snowflakes. It was time consuming and I almost gave up on it, but I was determined to complete it and hang it on the door, no matter what. It didn't come out exactly how I pictured it, but I decided it was good enough. If I've learned anything this year in regards to blogging it would be to decide it's good enough and move on.  

The new year gives everyone the opportunity of a fresh start. 
Sending wishes your way for a healthy and happy New Year!


  1. The lilac farm and garden tour is fabulous, what a beautiful place. Thanks so much for sharing your year with us at Vintage Inspiration Party Best of 2014. Happy New Year to you!

  2. Thanks for sharing a beautiful post. The headboard is stunning.
    Lots of blessings from South Africa

  3. I'm glad you shared all these photos, Diane. I recall the Fall vignettes and still think they are the prettiest I've seen. I hadn't seen your Oregon Coast photos, though. Heceta Head lighthouse is one of my favorite scenes to photograph, and Camas is such a quaint town. We drove through it last year while searching Oregon for a place to live (we had crossed over into Washington to drive down to The Dalles). Didn't spend enough time in Camas and I want to go back. xxx ~ Nancy


  4. A grandeza dos amigos são como as flores raras: sua magnitude fica para sempre.
    (Cristina Beloni)
    Obrigada por compartilhar comigo este 2º aniversário do blog Algodão Tão Doce !!!!
    Um doce abraço, Marie.

  5. Beautiful photos. I love the bed in white too! Thanks for joining HSH!

  6. Palavras gentis são um favo de mel, doçura para a alma
    e saúde para o corpo.(Pr 16,24)
    Linda postagem...amei cada detalhe!!!
    Obrigada amiga, pela visita atenciosa!
    Beijo grande, Marie.

  7. Oh Diane, I am first of all very moved by the fact you came by and left me a comment. Honestly, I don't think we have ever met. It broke my heart to have to say goodbye to posting on my blog, but I so enjoy spending my morning before work visiting THE WORLD. What amazing photos of sweet spots in this beautiful country of ours!

    This summer, my husband is taking me back to our honeymoon spot from 33 years ago: CARMEL CALIFORNIA. I am so excited because I want to take so many photos. Funny, now that I have quite blogging, I will have so many photos to share.

    Wishing you a wonderful life full of much love. Anita

  8. Hi Diane! I just got your lovely reply in my email! Well, I thank you for sharing such a warm post about lovely places, to help us keep dreaming. And I so love Blogland, and will return one day. Many thanks! Anita

  9. Hi Diane, I do not know why it took me so long to find your lovely blog. I am so enchanted with it. You have so many lovely things and places of interest posted here. I have visited that light house in Oregon and taken the tour. I remember them telling stories of it being haunted. We live in a small lake town in Washington and I am so inspired by your lake sign collection. I have been thinking of making a sign featuring our town and aging it for my living room. After seeing your wall, by head is spinning with ideas, thank you:) I am your newest follwer, and I would be over the moon happy if you would visit and maybe even follow me back. There is nothing so sweet as making a new blogging friend.
    Have a lovely day.
    Connie :)


I always enjoy reading your comments!