My Favorite Projects of 2011

I really can't believe how many projects that I completed in 2011, mostly because of this blog. I feel the need to continually show you something new and different that I have made or transformed. Later, you can check out my Before & Afters tab at the top of my blog page.

I decided to look back at what I have done, and pick my 12 favorite ones and tell you why...in no particular order.

Here we go...
1. This vintage dress form is a favorite because I have wanted one for so long. I found it unexpectedly for $2.50 at a garage sale. I then couldn't leave well enough alone and decoupaged it in book pages. It's a joy for me to look at and lives in my master bedroom. 

2. This vintage chandelier was found at another garage sale for $10. It is unique because each arm has two lights on it. I had always admired the teacup chandeliers that I had seen on the internet and knew that I could make one myself. This turned out better than I expected and I wired it onto my green toile guest bedroom ceiling myself.
3When I saw this cool trellis for only $4 at a garage sale, I knew that I would do something unique with it. I ended up gluing my hand-painted knobs on it and hanging my collection of vintage purses from them. So fun, so different!
4. Talk about different. As I paid $1.50 for this lot of lampshades, I knew I was in for a fun project that morphed into this Christmas Shade Tree. I had no intention of lighting the top, but with the smallest and most important shade being a clip on, it occurred to me that it was meant to be lit. Plus I used a 50¢ floor lamp base.
5. Another surprise project. My builder stopped by with two old windows. He said that I am always doing something with old stuff so he thought that I could make something with them. I asked for two more, (luckily he had them in a dumpster) and I was able to make this garden cupola with the help of my young and cute, handy dandy handyman.
6. THIS was meant to be. I needed more display space in my antique mall booth, so I happened on this hutch at a local thrift store for only $129. It is antique solid mahogany! I painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and transformed it into the beautiful, fun-to-decorate piece that it is. It turned out so fantastic, that I had to bring it home. I get a lot of enjoyment in doing various displays in my dining room.
7. This table is an example of letting it 'speak' to me. Or maybe I had MacKenzie Childs on the brain! I just let my creativity flow and loved how this table came out. I sold it to a client (and friend) because I knew it was perfect for her little girl's room that we created together. Oh how good it looks in there now!
8. This shows what (a lot of people would call) a piece of junk, can turn into. I paid $5 for this table and transformed it into the most beautiful, romantic piece of furniture that I own. With antique German hymnal pages decoupaged on top to the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey, it is a piece that I cherish.
9. This is a favorite for two reasons. First, because for the $5 I paid for it, I easily transformed this by just decoupaging book pages on the drawer front...easy! Second, because I made it for my daughter's new apartment. She uses it to set her TV on. It always feels good to help my children out.
10. I look at this lamp everyday since it's in my living room. I paid $1 for this vintage teapot and transformed it into the sweetest lamp I own. I learned how to drill into ceramic and knew this would not be the last one I make.
11. This was unexpected luck. I was at a garage sale late in the summer and saw this beaten up dresser for only $20. I didn't want or need it, but it kept 'speaking to me'. So I bought it and transformed the solid cherry dresser into a piece that I use daily in my bedroom.
12. Anyone that knows me, knows that I adore MacKenzie Childs style, especially their Courtly Check. I get inspiration from them and paint items that call to me like these.
 I say it was a very good year! On to 2012...

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Masterpiece Monday @ Boogieboard Cottage 
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Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm

Time to Shine Tuesday @ A Diamond in the Stuff 
Tuesday Treasures @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia 
Trash 2 Treasure @ Sassy Sites
Power Of Paint @ Domestically Speaking
Swing Into Spring Wednesday @ DIY by Design
White Wednesday @ Faded Charm

Rock N Share Wednesday @ The Shady Porch
Show and Share @ Lil Pink Pocket 
Link Up Wednesday @ Junk in their Trunk
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Piece of Work Wednesday @  Primitive & Proper
Good Life Wednesday @ A Beach Cottage

Open House Thursday @ No Minimalist Here
Strut Your Stuff Thursday @ Somewhat Simple
Transformation Thursday @ The Shabby Creek Cottage

From Trash To Treasure Thursday @ Alchemy Fine Living
100 Ideas Under $100 @ Beyond The Picket Fence

Blog Stalking Thursday @ The Crafty Blog Stalker
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Show & Share @ Southern Lovely
Show And Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed

Remodelaholic Friday @ Remodelaholic 

Potpourri Friday @ 2805
Frugal Friday @ Shabby Nest

Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Vintage Inspiration Friday @ Common Ground
Weekend WrapUp Party @ Tatertots and Jello
Saturday Nite Special @ Funky Junk Interiors
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Any Link Goes Party @ Bacon Time With The Hungry Hungry Hypo 
Sunday Showcase Party @ By Stephanie Lynn
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  1. All of your projects are marvelous. That dress form is amazing!

  2. You have gotten some fabulous deals, and turned them into real gems! I can't pick a favorite, they are all so wonderful.

  3. I have been following your blog for a little bit now and I love it, You haveInspired me so much, Thankyou! I look forward to enjoying 2012 with you.

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  5. Wow Terry, every project is better than the next. I love the book pages on the dresser and the dress form!
    Nice work!

  6. I loved them all! Thank you so much for sharing!

  7. Great job on all of it! Love the dressers especially!

  8. you have definetly been busy and all looks super come see me at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

  9. All great projects and very inspiring for the new year! I am just about to start a mannequin makeover of my own...did you do anything to the fabric to prep it before you started decoupaging?


  10. I totally love your top 12! It's amazing what you can get done for a blog, isn't it? Happy New Year!

  11. that hutch is gorgeous of course, but hello that lampshade christmas tree??? genius!

  12. I love all the beautiful projects you've done this year! My favorites?! The chandy and the hutch... just beautiful!

  13. That is just marvelous. Keep on inspiring. Wishing you all the best in 2012.

  14. Well, I hope that my blog will give me a kick-in-the-pants to get more projects done! You have found some unbelievable bargains and turned them into real gems! Visiting from Knick of Time.

  15. I really really enjoyed this post! So much creative inspiration here! Thanks so much for sharing!
    Best wishes and blessings,

  16. Wow, I think that is the project and deal of the year! The book pages are a great idea on the dress form! Thanks for the inspiration! Your blog looks amazing! I going to keep looking now! Happy New Year!

  17. All of your projects are great! You are one talented girl!

  18. I came over to your blog from Pinterest, and I'm so glad I did. So much inspiration in just this one post! I can't wait to get time to go back and see previous posts. laurie

  19. You project are all just marvelous! You did an amazing amount of work in 2011!

  20. Fantastic projects!!! My favorite is the lamp shades. That was so clever!

    I did a post on MacKenzie-Childs.
    http://alapinlife.blogspot.com/2011/12/cute-diner-and-key-lime-pie.html Stop by to see it.


  21. They're all great transformations Terry. I think the dress form is my fave. So much personality.

  22. I love all your makeovers!!! I can't even pick one I like best because they are all very impressive and creative. Looking forward to seeing more.

  23. What a multi-faceted skill set you have! I love all your projects, and am amazed at the prices you paid for them! They all look great. :)

  24. 2.50...that may be the best bargain ever...adore what you did with it!!

  25. That is really cute and what a deal, Terry. I hope you all have a Happy New Year!...Christine

  26. wow Terry, you have some fabulous makeovers and projects, I'm amazed at that cake cover you painted, it's Gorgeous!!! what talent! thanks so much for being a part of VIF, Happy New Year, xoxo

  27. What wonderful projects you completed during 2011! I enjoyed seeing all of them, but that cake plate cover is divine. You are one talented lady (and industrious, I might add!)

  28. Terrific projects all!

    What a pleasure it has been getting to know you this year!

    Thank you for being a friend to me and 2805 and for sharing at Potpourri Friday. I wish you a healthy, prosperous and sparkling New Year!

  29. What wonderful projects, Terry! Hopped over from 2805, I'm a new follower!

  30. You are a creative genius! I absolutely love the lamp shade tree...what an inspiration! I'm a new follower, sot stop by anytime and visit me too. I love to meet new blogger friends. Warm wishes, Lori

  31. so super cute my favorite the little pastel table come see what I shared at http://shopannies.blogspot.com

  32. What beautiful projects you have done. You are so talented and creative. Love it all. Thanks for sharing. Karie

  33. Totally LOVE the windows Cupola.Have windows and can do it.
    Happy 2012
    Audrey Z. at Timeless Treasures.

  34. It was hard for me to pick just one of your projects to feature, but I am featuring the teacup chandelier tonight at my Winter Blues Wednesday party that opens at 8pm EST. Please stop by and pick up an I've Been Featured button. Thanks.

  35. Fantastic favorites!! They are all so lovely~ Thank you for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!


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