2012 – A Look Back


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 …



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}


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 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? 🙂 )


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.)


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.


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!



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!




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)


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 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!



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




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}


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}




The month of working on my mudroom …

It started like this {here}


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.




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 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!



 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! 🙂



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}


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




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 🙂


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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11 Responses to "2012 – A Look Back"

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  1. Bliss

    December 31, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    And that awesome playhouse is how I found you. I was in awe. Still am.
    Happy New Year Joy.


  2. Joy2Journey

    December 31, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Thank you Bliss! Happy New Year to you and Brawn and family! I will be revealing the Reading Nook tomorrow 🙂

  3. debbiedoos

    December 31, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Happy New Year!~ You had some fabulous projects Bj…I remember most:)

  4. Joy2Journey

    December 31, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    You my sweet friend have been such a BIG help in my newbie process and I thank you for that! I consider you to be a very important part of my journey in the blogging arena. Thank you so much!!!!
    Have a great New Year. Hugs

  5. Shannon @Fox Hollow Cottage

    January 1, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Well… you made me feel like a big slacker 😉 You had so many big, amazing projects you completed!! Happy New Year to you and congratulations on a stellar 2012.

    I’m very sorry for the loss of your father BJ.

  6. Joy2Journey

    January 1, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    LOL, You cracked me up! You my dear are anything but a slacker! It was a good year despite some of the happenings … thank you for your condolences. I take it one day at a time.
    Hugs for a Very happy 2013

  7. Heidi

    January 3, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Wow! You had an amazing year! Thanks for joining the party at One Creative Weekend! Have a great weekend.

  8. Roxana

    January 4, 2013 at 4:43 AM

    Oh My! How did I miss this? So glad you asked if I saw the playhouse post! I re-visited and…wow. You are amazing. Love your recap, love your projects. I’ve added you to my bloglist and now following you on facebook. Will share. Thanks so much for your reply, I may have missed everything else otherwise 🙂

    Roxana @ http://fourelevenrox.blogspot.com/

  9. Joy2Journey

    January 5, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    LOL YOu are welcome! You are such a sweetie and glad that you enjoyed it enough to want to follow!

  10. Sandra

    January 6, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    Years in recap are a wheel of a wonder. I often take a walk down memory lane by listening to that song by LeeAnn Womack “I hope you dance.” It’s high school days all over again…*sigh*

    Condolences for your loss, but mostly I thank you for reminding me to cherish the here and now.

    Let’s reign in another blessed year for 2013 shall we?

  11. Joy2Journey

    January 6, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    That is a great song to reminisce to for sure! Thank you for your condolences and yes, each day is precious. Happy 2013!!!

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