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2012 – A Look Back

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Today, I am taking the time to look back, before I plan for the New Year. (2013) It is a good time to reflect on how I used my time and goal setting for the coming year.

This past …

January

 

Not just a Housewife

I entered a contest. Stacy from Not Just a Housewife hosted it and I was blessed to WIN with my Playhouse (that I built under my stairs). You can find that story {here} The playhouse was the reason that I started blogging in the first place. After looking for some ideas online and not finding what I wanted, I set out on my own to make what I had envisioned. A whole new world opened up for me in this land of blogging … I have made new blog friends and I have been able to share what I am working on. Just maybe it will inspire someone!

This was the winner … (thank you Stacy!)

Playhouse under the Stairs

A quick peek inside …

Playhouse under the Stairs

That month also found me redoing Mr Dog’s Space. His kennel was by the door, but was not very pretty to the eye. You can find the whole story {here}

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I also started making a Murphy Bed. Wow, January was a busy month for me! I must have started the New Year at a full run :) You can read about it {here}

It was started in Jan but it took me until April to have it fully finished. I got side tracked by doing other things … that’s just my way!

Murphy Bed

February

 

February found me with a slight interruption while I moved myself out of our shared office and built Mr Man a shelf in, what is now … his office.

(I have yet to make myself a permanent office space …  Do I hear a 2013 goal? :) )

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I also took some time to be thankful for my Father, and am so glad that I did, as he passed away September 25th. I miss him! (More on that later.)

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Back in the day … this is My father and I building fence on our property. We used to have contests to see how many hits it took to drive in a nail. My best was 3. That’s right … started swinging a hammer helping my dad.

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Mr Man and I spent 2 weekends at the “Home and Patio Show” and “The Lake Home & Cabin Show. Good Stuff there to dream about!

March

 

Mr Man and I went to one more show … “The Home and Garden Show” where I met Mr Chip Wade. I was in heaven! And of course, gathered more ideas!

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April

 

I did something new in April. I joined a blog challenge. I blogged every day for 30 days and am proud that I finished. I am planning to do it again in 2013.

(Another 2013 Goal)

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I finished the Murphy Bed that I started in Jan! Yay Me!!!

No big projects this month … but we did make a trip to “The House On the Rock” in Wisconsin.

May

 

May found the guest room completed. Not only did I make the Murphy Bed but I also painted and hung blinds. Nice change in that room!

 

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I entered a “Mission Impossible” Challenge that you can view {here} A bit of work happened in our front yard :)

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June

 

June was a busy outside month for me …

1. There was a mailbox that got a facelift and new planter {here}

2. Painting the house trim and sprucing up the garage door {here}

3. Including a new color for the front door {here}

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4. I put window film on my dining room windows to keep out the sun damage on my wood floor {here}

AND … one of my most controversial posts

5. Staining my front walkway {here}

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July

 

The month of working on my mudroom …

It started like this {here}

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you can read about the new tile floor, washer and dryer, but the complete after will be revealed in Jan!

One of the small things I made was a HUGE hit. Go figure :)

It was an almost no cost to make … A laundry tip jar for the change that finds it way into the washer or dryer.

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August

 

August was about all the small things. I didn’t have any big projects that I was working on, although I still have a mudroom that could be be finished!

We took our vacation and went to Door County, Wisconsin. You can read about that {here}

It was also when my dad had his stroke and I flew out to California to be with him.

September

 

September was silent on my blog. I hope that I didn’t lose to many followers but my time and attention was with my parents. Dad passed away on the 25th. I was honored to be with him when it happened but I have to say … it was one of the most difficult things I have been through. I am so thankful that he is at home with God and pain free!

October

 

 My first post back was about … yup, my dad {here}

Then I worked a bit on my laundry room, and then yay … I was back in the game again with …

Recovering my piano bench {here}

Before and After :) Piano Bench

 And, then there were all the chores to get ready for winter here in Minnesota. I didn’t take any pictures as I was work, work, working! :)

November

 

Whew, I am tired already!

November saw me moving my blog from Blogger to #Wordpress! That was a goal of mine from last year and I did it!!!

Mr Man and I took some time away for our Anniversary and went to “The Split Rock Lighthouse” {here}

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It was time to decorate for Christmas … and out came a wreath that needed decorating {here}

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December

 

December brought with it the idea for Miss Precious to have a Reading nook. Geesh, last year I made her a playhouse. How do you top that?!

I started by gutting a closet {here}  You can continue to read through the posts from there :)

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My goal was to finish by Christmas and ….

(Woo Hoo) I made it. The reveal will be in January 1st and I will be hosting a giveaway to celebrate!!!

Hugs and enjoy the last day of 2012!

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Newbie with a twist party

Upcycled for “Free”

I was doing laundry for the umpteenth time when, once again, there was change from out of Mr Man’s pockets. I always think of it as a “Tip” and it makes me smile. Yes, I keep the change. Where could I put the change besides just putting it on the washer and be decorative at the same time?
Want to peek into my thought process? Don’t get scared now! :)
I need a jar. I have a few of those … and I need letters. Raised white letters.
I chose a sleeker style jar that used to hold Bath and Body bath crystals. I removed the labels and added the letters.
Ummm, cute but it feels like it is missing something …. I know! Twine around the neck of the bottle …
Better … but still not the look that I am going for. The letters don’t go with the feel that I want. Do you see the swirl stencil in the background? Back to my letter box to see what other letters I like better.
Much better! I love it … and it was FREE. You gotta love FREE! So there you have it … something that will be functional, cute, and free! 
Ok, you can be honest … what do you think?
Hugs,
 
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