Tuesday, December 27, 2011

The Best of 2011

This is the 3rd year I've done a year recap and it's always fun to look back and see everything we've accomplished during the past 12 months.

Project: What did you start this year that you're proud of?

The fireplace was the first project we started on when we moved into our house over 2 years ago. It was a bit too much to take on right away, but after many months, we finally had a beautiful fireplace and mantel to look at! See the amazing transformation here.

Another big project we tackled was the wood buffet we put in our family room. After major drama with the store we bought it from closing unexpectedly and filing for bankruptcy and then dealing with attempting to stain and paint in the middle of winter in the garage, we finally finished it! It's so great for storage and it fits perfectly in the space. See all the drama and more photos here.

Recipes: The yummiest cooking from the past year

Best Craft: What got your creative juices flowing?

This is so hard to pick! I had to decide on a few of my favorites to share...

Night Out: Did you have a night out with friends or a loved one that rocked your world? Who was there? What was the highlight of the night?
I can't say I had many (or any) of these in 2011. Considering I was pregnant or had a newborn baby for the entire time, there weren't too many nights that I was out. Since that doesn't apply, I'll go with one of my favorite days out - my baby shower. It was so much fun to see all my family & friends who came to celebrate the upcoming birth. Everyone was so generous to give us such wonderful gifts.

Challenge: Something that really made you grow this year. That made you go to your edge and then some. What made it the biggest challenge of the year for you?
Nothing has made me grow more than becoming a mom to an adorable little boy. I'm so happy to have him and I feel so fulfilled. The "pursuit of happiness" is now a lot easier to achieve with him around!

The Best Place:
Without a doubt, my favorite place this year was the nursery. This room was a work in progress for most of the year, but we finally finished it just in time for the arrival of the baby. See the details and decor here.

New Food:
Circus peanuts. Hubby apparently used to like these as a kid so his grandma bought him some at Thanksgiving. He forced me to try one. Ewww. Not a fan.
Best Accomplishment:
I survived pregnancy, childbirth and being a new mom! My baby blog documented my infertility, BFP, pregnancy, and the birth of the baby if you're interested in reading. I'm so proud to have gone through all of this and come out happier than ever with a beautiful new son that I love.

New person/people:
Of course, this has to be Connor. The newest addition to our family!

Web Tool:
I think most people would say Pinterest, but I'm avoiding getting addicted to that by staying away. This sounds so minor, but this year I figured out how to cut & paste images in blogger when I'm writing posts. This saved me so much time!

My goals for 2012:

• Continue to enjoy every moment with my baby son

• Finish updating all the doors & trim in the house

• Try to start cooking a little more again (I got a little side-tracked in 2011 with being pregnant and crazy house renovations)


  1. What a great recap! Let me know when you need a Pinterest invite - you'll come over to the dark side everyone caves ;) Have a Happy New Year!

  2. hmmm..Interesting post! I hope you will continue writing about your sweet ideas & creations!
    All the best for the Next year & stay blessed my friend!!

  3. Great post, Lisa - what an awesome year! Connor, definitely being your best 2011 DIY! ;) (I'll be hosting a 2011 recap linky party next week.) Looking forward to seeing your creativity in 2012! :)


  4. Oh look! I'm your 600th follower! How fun!
    First congrats on your newest addition. Connor looks so sweet! And I loved looking back at your 2011 projects.
    I host a weekly linky party that is called Terrific Under Ten Tuesdays. It's for project made for $10 of less. I would love to have you link up sometime! Happy New Year!

  5. Awesome recap....I love how you had questions & categories to go with each of your faves. That crayon art work is fab!

    I am throwing a "Best of 2011" party & I'd love if you dropped by to share your favorite post of the year! http://delightfullynoted.blogspot.com/2011/12/showcase-partybest-of-2011-share-your.html

  6. You had an amazing year! May 2012 bring you many additional blessings! Congratulations on sweet Conner :)

  7. Wonderful posts and inspirations ALL, Lisa! Looking forward to enjoying more of your creativity and happy moments in 2012!



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