I know this might sound bad, but oh man… am I happy 2013 is over! It was a crazy-hectic year for me with living in our in-law’s home for 5+ months and building our new home. I just didn’t feel creative… probably because all of my crafting supplies were locked away in storage.

2013 in reviewBut there were a couple projects that I simply adored in 2013… let’s take a look!

white paint kitchen cabinetsI gave my parents’ kitchen cabinets a makeover with sparkling white cabinets while they were vacationing in Florida. Yep, best daughter ever.

guest bathroom makeover on a budgetI also gave their guest bathroom a makeover.

blue-laundry-room-makeoverMy neighbor needed a little help getting his laundry room in order so I gave him a very manly makeover. And on a strict budget.

fall table trough centerpieceI built an amazingly cool table trough centerpiece, my first project with a compound miter saw. Seriously love how I can change out the flowers for each season.

burlap and twine wrapped foam ballsI made a cute little burlap and twine centerpiece as well. SO SIMPLE!

craft room makeover from how to nest for lessI showed you how I kept my craft room clean and organized!

kitchen command centerAnd my Kitchen Cabinet Command Center helped my family stay organized.

goodwill-ASCP-pure-white-table-makeover-434x600I didn’t get to paint as much furniture as I normally do in 2013 but there are a couple honorable mentions, like my white end table

metallic wine cabinet… and my metallic wine cabinet.

painted kids tennis shoesCrafts included some hand painted tennis shoes.

flaky ranch chickenOne thing about being back in our home is to be able to cook each night for my family. One of my favorite recipes is Flaky Ranch Chicken.

cheesy chicken bacon eggrolls recipeAnd my go-to appetizer for parties and holidays is this recipe for Chicken Bacon Ranch Egg Rolls. YUM!

There were TONS of printables this year (as usual since graphic design is my main occupation). Some of my favorites?

family rules printableThe Family Rules printable (available in TWO different looks!)

And of course my How to Make Your Own Chalkboard Printable tutorial.

how to make chalkboard printablesDid you know that this was one of Pinterest’s TOP PINS of 2013?
Only 20 pins in the Craft/DIY category and I was one of them!!

And last but not least… we moved into our new home!
kitchenTake a peek at my Kitchen Tour

hearth room painted ace hardware…and our painted hearth room (the first room with color on the walls).

Alright, I guess that’s enough for today.
If you want to see all of my projects, you can view my

2013 in review

Be safe and responsible tonight.



Whoa, where do I begin? 2012 was more than I could have imagined in hopes for this little ol’ blog and my home transformation. And you don’t really realize what you have actually accomplished until you do a little review, right? So here’s a recap of my favorite projects from 2012….

——————- FURNITURE ——————- 

annie-sloan-chalk-paint-old-whiteSewing Desk Makeover
No, I still haven’t learned how to sew. Let’s just say I’ll be putting this on my bucket list for 2013.

barcelona orange corner tableBarcelona Orange Corner Table
Not everyone is a fan of orange, but I absolutely love this corner table makeover that I completed this past year with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

wood icing accent tableWood Icing Kitchen Accent Table
This is my absolute favorite furniture makeover project of this past year. It was my first time using a product called Wood Icing and I completely fell in love with the look.

craft-room-bunting-and-peg-boardsCraft Room Desk
I couldn’t find a craft desk to my specifications (and budget) so I decided to build one myself. 10 feet long, lots of storage and workspace. Yep, my dream desk.

milk-paint-table-miss-mustard-seedMilk Paint Foyer Credenza
My first furniture makeover using Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paint.

——————- ROOM MAKEOVERS ——————- 

master-bedroom-makeoverMaster Bedroom Makeover
We gave our master bedroom a makeover on a budget with a new accent wall, bedspread and accessories. Quite the before and after transformation.

craft-room-makeoverCraft Room Makeover
Ah, finally my own space to work and craft including a brand new desk and flooring we installed ourselves using Flor carpet tiles.

mud-room-makeoverLaundry Room Makeover
Fresh painted walls, hook system for coats and bookbags, stenciled washer and dryer, new shelving, artwork and rug. Not too shabby for a mud room/laundry room.

white kitchen cabinet makeoverKitchen Cabinet Makeover
My favorite makeover of the year! It’s simply amazing what a coat of paint can do for old builder grade oak cabinets. It doesn’t even feel like the same kitchen anymore!

——————- FAVORITE CRAFTS ——————- 

stl-cardinals-baseball-wreath1Baseball Wreath
I’m a baseball girl so this wreath is proudly displayed on my front door from about April until October.

canvas-photo-mod-podge-printsMod Podge Canvas Photo Prints
I wanted to do something extra special with these photographs of my daughter. Some canvas boards and a little Mod Podge definitely brought them to life!

vintage-necklace-pendants-completeVintage Inspired Pendant Necklaces
I created these graphics myself for some vintage-inspired pendant necklaces. Still love wearing these!

WINTER pinecone wreathWinter Pinecone Wreath
When Christmas is over, this is my favorite wreath for the front door. Also looks great on my dining room table with a tall silver candle in the center!

stenciled-washer-dryer1Stenciled Washer and Dryer
Yep, here’s the project that started the whole laundry room makeover.

book-pages-burlap-flower-vase5 Minute Book Pages Vase
5 minute project that that turns trash into treasure? Yes please.


summer camp scavenger huntNature Scavenger Hunt
This was my kiddo’s favorite outdoor activity from this past year. Great for any season!

Spring-Bucket-List2Spring Bucket List
Spring definitely makes you want to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. My Spring Bucket List was a free printable I created to mark some things off your list. (I also created a Fall Bucket List and a Christmas Bucket List).

ladybug birthday party montageLadybug Birthday Party Free Printables
I created a bunch of birthday printables this year, including themes like ladybugs, owls, cupcakes, pirate, firetruck and bumblebees.

thanksgiving-subway-artThanksgiving Subway Art Printable
Subway art is one of my new favorite holiday decorations. I created this one for Thanksgiving, and additional ones for Fall, Halloween and Christmas.

cookie-exchange-free-printablesCookie Exchange Free Printables
And one of my favorite printables from this past year was a set for a Holiday Cookie Exchange including recipe cards, voting cards and an invitation.

——————- RECIPES ——————- 

honey-bbq-meatloaf-recipeHoney BBQ Meatloaf
I’m not te best chef in the world, but I’m good at following my grandma’s recipes, like this one for Honey BBQ Meatloaf. Delicious!

stuffed-croissant-appetizerStuffed Croissant Appetizer
This is one of my favorite appetizers to bring to parties and family events.Four simple ingredients and just a few minutes prep time.

ranch-dijon-chickenRanch & Dijon Chicken
This is one of my hubby’s favorite recipes and a monthly staple in our house.

low-carb-chicken-salad1Low Carb Chicken Salad
‘m a huge fan of chicken salad and this is great to make with leftover chicken from last night’s dinner. Low carb too (great for New Year’s resolutions!).

raspberry-lemonade-recipe-pitcherRaspberry Lemonade Recipe
nd while we still have a little bit of time before the summer season, this Raspberry Lemonade recipe is one of my favorites!


Thanks again for all the love and support in 2012.
I have a bunch of exciting projects coming down the pike and I can’t wait to share them with you.

And if you want to see everything I’ve done since Day 1,
take a look at my Project Gallery for more fun stuff.