The Best of 2014

When 2014 first arrived, I thought this was going to be a lean year in terms of projects. My home was close to what I wanted it to look like
                                                 ...but oh I was wrong.
It's been a great year of improvements and completely new creations!

Beginning with this French china hutch that I actually purchased to "paint and sell". It turned out to fabulous that I kept it to house my Great-Grandmother's china!

Which leads me to the single 1911 book of pages that I wallpapered onto the walls in the very room as this china hutch!

Now that is what I call cheap decorating!

On to the next best of...And it all started with this piece of fabric...
I fell in love with the vintage look and changed this guest bedroom from green toile to this...

It also caused me to gather up my MacKenzie-Childs inspiration pieces and make this room the place for all that decor...who doesn't love black and white check?

I also no longer needed that green chair that I had the fabric laid on...yes, you guessed it, another project!
I painted the back fabric and reupholstered the seat. It's now located in my Master Bedroom!

Then that very fabric led to taking what I had made into a table and make a new bench for my vanity...
Moving on...but sticking with MacKenzie Childs inspiration, I found this plastic Hobby Lobby Deer ornament and made it into Christmas wall art! A bit of paint, old barn wood from my son's burn pile and a red painted frame was all it took!
Another favorite of mine is making all kinds of lighting. I found these old table legs and fashioned them into lamps for my living room!
I also took an orb and an old mini chandelier and made myself an orb hanging light for over the kitchen sink...
Or how about this cute lamp that I put together using a teapot, tea cup, saucer and an old glass lamp?
It's perfect on my dining room buffet!
Back to room redo's, the guest bathroom received an update as well...
The crystal sconces (found on our Kansas trip to see my son) started this project. A bit of beadboard, scrap granite and a vessel sink was all it took for a new look!
It's well known that I love painting furniture...for a new look and/or to keep it out of the dump!

This stinky broken-down dresser was the worst I had done in many, many years...I had to rebuild the whole piece before I could even think of painting it!
My grandson is taking shop class and will make the missing drawer for his parents, who I gave this to. Of course, I will have to paint the new drawer to match! Oh, another trip to Kansas!

I didn't need another dresser, but this one spoke to me at a garage sale. This piece was from England and a family piece that had seen it's better days, but the original large glass knobs and the details (plus the price $25) put me over the edge and I made room in our other guest bedroom for it.
The secret is also out that I enjoy chairs...any chairs that call out to me.

This $5 chair was stripped back to a naked wood frame and rebuilt. I used the left-over fabric from my son's wedding vests that I had made.
 The fabric roses set it apart from other chairs that I have upholstered!
And lastly, these two ice cream chairs literally fell into my hands from a neighbors move. They were green and in need of a bit of love. I also took that wooden ironing board in the picture below and painted a welcome sign on it.
That is over one project a month and there are so many more this year on my blog. I just thought it was going to be a lean year for projects!

Now, On to more in 2015! Oh yeah, I have plans...we are having a new grand-baby in April...that means so much more! My daughter has me booked for a while!

These parties I love to link up to or check out my Blog Parties tab
Metamorphosis Monday @ Between Naps On The Porch
Motivate Me Monday @ Keeping It Simple 
Inspire Me Monday @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Masterpiece Monday @ Boogieboard Cottage
Sunday Showcase Party @ By Stephanie Lynn
Creative Link Inspire @ The Crafty Blog Stalker
Your Designs This Time @ ElizabethJoanDesigns
Inspire Me Monday @ Domestically Speaking
Outside The Box @ BD Design
Project Inspired Linky Party @ Cupcakes and Crinoline
The Makers Link Party @ Upcycled Treasures
The Inspiration Board Link Party @ Homework
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday @ Coastal Charm
From Dream to Reality @ The DIY Dreamer
Tweak It Tuesday @ Cozy Little House
The Scoop @ Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Inspire Me Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life 
Tuesdays at Our Home @ Our Home Away From Home 
Awesome Things Tuesday @ Sowdering About
Be Inspired Party @ Elizabeth & Co.
Vintage Inspired Link Party @ Knick of Time
Before & After Wednesday @ The Dedicated House
Fall into Fall Wednesday @ DIY by Design 
Adorned From Above Party @ Adorned From Above
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Work It Wednesday's @ The Happy Housie
What's It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants
Centerpiece Wednesday @ The Style Sisters 
Wow Me Wednesday @ Ginger Snap Crafts
Link'N Blogs @ Put A Bird On It
Whatever Goes Wednesday @ Someday Crafts
Link Party Thursday @ Bloom Designs Online
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch To Yours 
Project Pin-It @ Glitter Glue and Paint
Create It Thursday @ Lamberts Lately 
Wildly Original Wednesday @ I Gotta Create!
Thrifty Life Thursday @ Revisionary Life
Handmade Hangout @ From Gardners 2 Bergers
Inspiration Gallery Link Party @ The Golden Sycamore
What To Do Weekends @ Crafts A La Mode
Fabulously Creative Linky Party @ Jennifer Rizzo
Show And Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
Frugal Friday @ Shabby Nest
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home
Flaunt It Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring Decorating
Creativity Unleashed Link Party @ One Project Closer/The Better Half
Inspire Me Please @ Liz Marie Blog
Freedom Fridays @ My Turn For US 
Shabbilicious Friday Link Party @ Shabby Art Boutique
Junkin Joe @ The Cottage Market
Catch as Catch Can @ My Repurposed Life
G'Day Saturday Link Party @ Natasha In Oz
Any Link Goes Party @ Bacon Time With The Hungry Hungry Hypo 
Weekend WrapUp Party @ Tatertots and Jello 
Saturday Nite Special @ Funky Junk Interiors
Show and Tell Saturday @ Be Different, Act Normal
Weekend Wrap Up Party @ I love Nap Time 
Link It or Lump It Party @ Delineate Your Dwelling 
Share It One More Time @ One More Time Events
That DIY Party @ DIY Show Off
So Darn Crafty Party @ Sew Many Ways
Think Pink Party @ Flamingo Toes
DIY Sunday Showcase Linky Party @ VMG206
Every Room In The House @ A Joyful Cottage


  1. They were some really great projects Terry!
    Can't wait to see what "rabbits & hats" you come up with for 2015. ; D

  2. Wow! You did do a lot in 2014! I'm looking forward to 2015 and the plans I have for around my house. Starting first with some cleaning out and organizing!

  3. WOW!!!! you have been one productive girl in 2014. I hope to accomplish at least half of what you have 2015!!!
    The hutch and your wallpapering are my favorites!!!

  4. I love hat you did with the French Provincial china cabinet and the dining room buffet is amazing too. I'm a big fan of re-inventing older furniture and yours is absolutely beautiful.

  5. You are one talented girl, Terry! I love your style so much, it makes it hard to choose a favorite, although the book page walls still make my heart pitter patter! Projects won't be as fun as a new grandbaby though, congratulations! XO

  6. I love all of your highlighted projects. That book page wallpaper is gorgeous.

  7. It looks like you have so much fun with all your neat projects!

  8. Hi Terry,
    Wow, you did do a lot of projects, some I had seen some I had not. Loved the china hutch, the chair and the stool especially. course, everything looks great.
    That wallpaper job you did with the books is amazing. Really looks awesome.
    Looking forward to see what you will be up to this year............

    Happy New Year,
    Blessings Abundant to you and yours,

  9. So happy to have found your blog again~~~now following you!!! So much inspiration...I love the tea pot lamp, The hutch gorgeous and that wall papered room is fantastic. A grand New Year to you!

  10. looove your pics!!!!!!! happy new year, angie


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