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 …

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… 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 …

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… 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. says

    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. says

    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. says

    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. says

    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!


  5. says

    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.

  6. says

    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.

  7. says

    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.

  8. says

    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!

  9. says

    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,

  10. says

    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!

  11. says

    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

  12. says

    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.


  13. Mary Solt says

    I could not find the instructions for cleaning silver with baking soda. could you please email it to me. Thanks so much.

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