top projects of 2011

Yes, I’ve only been blogging for two months, so it would seem that my ‘top projects of 2011’ list would be scarce … but truth be told, I’ve been working on the projects I’ve been blogging about all year long …

… so let’s move on to my favorites …

Who doesn’t love a good before and after, right?  It’s like getting caught by the diy world paparazzi with no makeup, messy hair, paint stained jeans, and dirty, chipped fingernails.  Oh, wait a minute.  That’s how we always look …

Okay, image then Angelina Jolie getting caught by the paparazzi with no makeup, messy hair, paint stained jeans, and dirty fingernail.  That’s the equivalent of how much us home décor voyeurs are drawn to ‘before and after’ posts …

In my short time blogging, I’ve shared a couple of ‘I can’t believe I’m airing our dirty laundry for all the world to see’ doozies …

… and here’s the entry dressed up for the holidays (you can find the full holiday home tour here …)

… and the front porch disaster before and after here

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… and then, of course, the ‘it really did all start with paint’ kitchen before and after here …

… and then there were a few projects that received a great response – and quite a few features — like the post that started it all, the chalkboard door tutorial here

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… painted on porch rug here …

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… and batty Halloween door décor here…

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I’ll cap off the top projects of 2011 with the monogrammed drop cloth pillow — (that I showed you how I made here) — that my teenage niece swears she loves … and that no, really, I haven’t turned into a batty old aunt who hand makes hideous presents for her nieces and nephews …


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  1. Thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting so that I could find YOU! You have done some amazing projects with your home…love them ALL! The chalkboard door is something I would like to do as well…I am going to snoop around some more.

    I hope you have a wonderful New Year!!! Kristine

  2. Hello there! Were fast becoming friends as Im over here alot!Just gather so much inspiation from your lovely blog:) Stop by and chat sometime,Deidre~

  3. Linda, I absolutely loved all of your projects these last couple of months. You are doing great. I can’t wait to see what 2012 has in store for you and your blog :)

  4. Linda – and that’s just one quarter of the year! What do you have planned for the next 12 months! Love everything. Have a fab New Year!

  5. Great projects. I don’t know why my link just says photo bucket. Could you possibly add a link that has my blog name? Thanks so much for sharing at my party. I look forward to what you share next year.

  6. Love that painted porch!

  7. So many awesome projects, Linda! You’ve been busy! I just love your creativity. I’m behind on the 2011 recap but stay tuned next Monday! ;)

    Have a happy new year! Can’t wait to see what you come up with in 2012!


  8. Wow! These are all so wonderful, you are on a roll! Can’t wait to see what 2012 brings to your blog. I am a new follower…except GFC isn’t working right now.

  9. Thanks so much to everyone who have left a comment … and I’ve responded to you all personally via email. Just wanted to make sure future commentators realize I’m not ignoring what is being said …

  10. I love the board and batten! SO gorgeous. You have some wonderful projects!

  11. You HAVE been a busy little blogger! And, nice job on your projects. :) So glad to find you!
    A fellow paint-lover and new follower,

  12. all of your top projects are great. your stairway is AWESOME and the kitchen looks great. I am beginning a kitchen remodel now. so excited.

  13. LOOOOVE those exterior stairs and of course the bats are amazing!

  14. Love the painted floor! Great job!

  15. I’m so glad you joined my party. I just checked out your blog and I’m a new follower. You have done some amazing projects on your home, but I especially love the entry with the board and batten and charcoal walls. So pretty!

  16. I’m so glad I came across your blog (via the Shabby Creek Cottage) – even though you’ve only been blogging about your projects for 2 mos, it’s very obvious that you have more experience then that in your decor and renovation abilities. Everything you’ve done is stunning – thanks so much for sharing. I’m a newly addicted follower – can’t wait to see more! Best of luck in 2012.

  17. Wow really beautiful! I just started too! I love your hallway and the steps outside and that cute little pillow especially. Great job, I, going to follow you too, can’t wait to see what else youll write about!

  18. Stopping by and a new follower! Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog.

  19. I love your projects. So much creativity.

  20. Wow! These makeovers are amazing!! And I LOVE that pillow! Thanks for sharing at my link party. Definitely make sure to link up on Fridays starting next week. Following you too :)

  21. In love with all your projects!Glad I stopped by! Visiting from TT&J!
    Happy New Year,

  22. Stopping by from Serenity Now… wow, you’ve had a fantastic start if you’re only 2 months old!

  23. Love your style & blog. Thanks for sharing! I am your newest follower and I think your blog is cute. I would appreciate it if you came to my blog and followed me too!

  24. What beautiful projects. I’m impressed with your paint color choices.

    Warmly, Michelle

  25. what great projects. your entry is exactly what i have in mind for mine. and i love your numbered stairs too :).

  26. wow, it all looks so fun…I LOVE what paint can do to transform a room!

  27. I just wanted to let you know that I featured this today on my favorites from Show & Share!

  28. Your entry is fabulous, I love the exterior steps and your Halloween porch… fabulous, fabulous work! Can’t wait to see what 2012 brings!

  29. All these projects look awesome! :)

  30. Oh I LOVE what you have done! I’m finding so much inspiration from the Not Just a Housewife contest!

    That’s so much for stopping by my blog:-) I’m following along now

  31. I love all of the projects you shared! You have such a beautiful home!

  32. You are so right about the blog world loving the “before” and “afters”….they are an attention grabber for me everytime….

    Your blog is lovely and your project amazing!
    Your newest follower,

  33. For being a new blogger, those are some pretty great projects! I love your stairs and board and batten entry! So functional and pretty too! Gorgeous paint color to boot!

  34. wow, so many great projects finished–I especially love the entry way and numbered steps–thanks for linking up at Primp!

  35. Cute post! I’m having a Linky party too! I would love it if you would link up your favorite posts. Here is the link

  36. Fabulous projects, you are one creative lady. LOVE, love the painted rug on the porch, but then I really love all of them! Your entry is so great, I have no entry, so I am seething in jealousy at the moment, ok i’m over it. Thanks for sharing your inspiration over at Sunday’s Best

  37. Just found your blog and loved your recap! You’re makeovers are great! Nice job! I would love to have you share at my party!

  38. Thank you so much for joining my linky party! This post rocks!

  39. Love your bravery with all the black and I am BATTY over that door. So totally pinning that. I have a big wall out front that I’m so doing that to for this Halloween.

    One of your newest followers. Can’t wait to get to know your blog more.


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