2012 Year in Review

Now that 2012 is rapidly winding down (eek! Where did all the time go?), I realize it's time to do a little review and wrap up of some big projects and milestones here... after all, it was kind of an epic year for me. The kind of epic that makes me wonder how I could possibly top it... but, I realize that I did neglect the blog a fair amount so I think that's how I can top it! So enjoy this little recap and cheers to many more projects and a very happy new year!


In my real life, there were some BIG moments. I finally got my Ph.D. (WOHOO.. and some day I'll post the rest of these pics that I made the boyfriend take while it was 8 billion degrees outside in the Botanical Gardens)! Then I got a job and the boy, the two pups, and I moved up to Maryland/the DC area. I did quite a bit of traveling for the job, though I only wrote about a little bit (Aurora, CO & Upstate, NY).


In crafty world, I became obsessed with quatrefoil (with a bulletin board and paint chip pattern quatrefoil project), learned how to embroider (for St. Paddy's and Valentine's Days and July 4th), and created the ever-changing interchangeable wreath (Valentine's Day, St. Paddy's Day, July 4th, and Clemson polka dots). I also had tons of awesome guest posts here on the blog, participated in the bloggy olympics with a fabric flower frame, and discovered a lot of awesome bloggers.

All in all, not a bad year... feel free to review the projects and tutorials by clicking on the pictures/links below (and remember you can always visit the project gallery on the Past Research page - linked in the header - for all guest posts, categorized posts/posts in a series, tutorials, etc.).


Wishing you a very happy new year!

Merry Christmas!

From my family to yours...

Better late than never. And I blame a VERY terrible stomach virus for my tardiness in getting these out (and making it challenging to set up a tripod and the timer and not look all hot mess and hot fever). This was our holiday card for the year and I'm pretty proud because it was a crazy past month or so and we still got it done....

Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

The National Tree

Now that we live up in Maryland, near DC, the boyfriend and I decided to go visit the National Tree in DC this year (you can see more about the tree and its 90 days of history here).

We parked at the Metro station near us and then took the Metro all the way into DC...
"Ooh... look how artsy and creative I am... I'm taking a picture in the Metro!"
We got off at the Federal Triangle stop and looked around at the gorgeousness and lights there.

And we checked out the map, to make sure we knew how to get there...

And we were off to Pennsylvania Avenue!

You could see the Washington Monument as we got closer and from a variety of places we were as we walked around and tried to get closer to the tree...

I couldn't always get to a place where I was taking pictures above a fence or crowd (thus the semi-extreme cropping in some of these), but the sky and lights were just too gorgeous... I LOVED it!



And then, it was time for the National Tree!

I used two different cameras (depending on how packed into a giant crowd we were) and so you can see the different colored results. If I knew more about photography, I could maybe tell you why... but for now, all I've got is that they're different...



We were also kind of excited to see the small trees for each state and territory in the U.S.... sadly, they were blocked in by the giant crowd and not that exciting (pretty small and not personalized to each state). 

But, the National Tree itself was pretty cool and definitely something we were both glad we did. At least this year!

And, as we were leaving, I saw this American flag flying in the wind and the cold... maybe it was because of the tragedy in Connecticut, but I just felt like it was particularly amazing and beautiful that night. 

Hope you all enjoyed this little virtual tour of the National Tree and getting into the Christmas (or Chrismukkah) spirit!

I'll be sharing at my favorite link parties...
Mondays: C.R.A.F.T., Polly Want a Crafter, The DIY ShowOff, Craft-O-Maniac, Making the World Cuter, Skip to My Lou, Mad in Crafts, Sew Can Do, Boogieboard Cottage, Keeping It Simple, Polish the Stars, Pinkapotamus, Singing Three Little Birds, Colours Dekor, DIY Home Sweet Home, Ask Anna, Home Savvy, Be Colorful, The Gunny Sack, Lines Across, The Southern Institute, Get Outta My Head, 3 Mango Seeds, You're Talking Too Much, I Should Be Mopping the Floor, Destination: Craft, Cherished Bliss, 11th Heaven's Homemaking Haven, Sarahndipities, Sumo's Sweet Stuff, Marvelously Messy, Between Naps on the Porch, Bringing Beauty, Ninth Street Notions, Southern Hospitality, Sew Chatty, Thrifty Decor Chick, Reinventing the Ordinary (Pet Party) 

Tuesdays: Embellishing Life, New Nostalgia, Hope Studios, Vintage Wanna Bee, Tip Junkie, Ladybug Blessings, Topsy Turvy, Funky Polkadot Giraffe, Giggles Glitz & Glam, Reasons to Skip the Housework, Coastal Charm, A Bowl Full of Lemons, Not Just a Housewife, A Diamond in the Stuff, The Ivy Cottage, homework, Crayon Freckles, Crafty Confessions, Me and My Boys, The Kurtz Corner, Sugar Bee, Sweet Little Gals, Chef in Training, Raising 4 Princesses, A to Zebra Celebrations, Natural NestersToday's Creative Blog, Home Stories A to Z, DIY by Design, Tales of a Trophy WifeOur Delightful Home

Wednesdays: Creations By Kara, Blue Cricket Design, Seven Thirty Three, Sugar and Dots, Someday Crafts, Night Owl Crafting, Lil Luna, Sew Much Ado, We Are That Family, Type A, A Little Tipsy, My Girlish Whims, Eisy Morgan, Polka Dots on Parade, Passionately Artistic, Ginger Snap Crafts, Laugh Love & Craft, Not So Simple Housewife, Frugally Sustainable, Handy Man Crafty Woman, Faded Charm, let birds fly, The Sasse Life, Clean & Scentsible, Junk in their Trunk, Uncommon, Pincushion Creations, It's Just Called SpicySew Woodsy, Primp JunktionOrganize and Decorate EverythingSavvy Southern Style, A Beach Cottage, JAQS Studio, The DIY Dreamer

Thursdays: Somewhat Simple, House of Hepworths, The Shabby Creek Cottage, A Glimpse Inside, Fireflies and Jellybeans, Gluesticks, Momnivore's Dilemma, Yesterday on Thursday & Katie's Nesting Spot, Beyond the Picket Fence, Making It With Allie, Rhinestone Beagle, Suzy's Artsy-Craftsy Sitcom, Tales From Bloggeritaville, Christina's Adventures, Saved By Love Creations, Thrifty Decorating, Seven AliveThe 36th Avenue, Southern Lovely, The Crafty Blog Stalker, Kissed by a Frog, Bear Rabbit Bear, Crafty Scrappy Happy, 52 Mantels, live. laugh. rowe., Delightful Order, The Train to Crazy, Mine for the Making, The Taylor House, Just a Little Creativity, Hating Martha, The Frugal Girls, No Minimalist Here, Artsy Corner

Fridays: Fingerprints on the Fridge, The Shabby Nest, Tatertots & Jello, Simply Sweet Home, 30 Handmade Days, WhipperBerryLovely Crafty Home, Catch As Catch Can, Nap Time Crafters, 504 Main, My Simple Home Life, Simply Designing, The Picket Fence, Chic on a Shoestring, The Hungry Hypo, French Country Cottage, Ladybird Lane, The Answer is Chocolate, Truly Lovely, Bubbly Nature Creations, Little Becky Homecky, Delicate Construction, Serenity Now, See Vanessa Craft, Happy Hour Projects, Making Lemonade, One Artsy Mama,  Mom 4 Real, So You Think You're Crafty, Finding Fabulous For Less, It's a Hodgepodge Life, Tidy Mom, Scissors & Spatulas, While He Was NappingRelease Me Creations, Craftionary, Five Days... Five WaysThe Creative Paige, Blissful Bucketlist

Saturdays: Tutus & Tea Parties, Here's to Handy Andy, Craft Envy, Funky Junk Interiors, Young & Crafty, Be Different Act Normal, To Sew With Love, Six Sisters' Stuff, Gingerbread, Lolly Jane, Homemaker in Heels, A Vision to Remember, Positively Splendid, Too Much Time, Crafty Moms Share, Polkadot Pretties, Candace Creations, Serenity You, Shaken Together

Sundays: I Heart Nap Time, Under the Table and Dreaming, LambAround, Flamingo Toes, Petite Hermine, Homemaker on a Dime, The Foley Fam, The SweetTalk Shop, Nifty Thrifty ThingsThe Tablescaper, My 1929 Charmer, It's Overflowing

Miscellaneous: The Girl Creative, Every Crafty Endeavor, My House of Giggles, My Lil Pumpkin PatchVintage Gwen

Past Chrismukkah Projects

I was realizing I've made quite a few Chrismukkah projects in previous years and I figured I'd review them here in case you guys were interested...

Some are just green or red so they fit in for the holiday. And others are things I gave as gifts for Christmas, Hanukkah, or birthdays. Enjoy and I'd love to see if you make any of these!


I'm linking up to some of my favorite link parties... Mondays: C.R.A.F.T., Polly Want a Crafter, The DIY ShowOff, Craft-O-Maniac, Making the World Cuter, Skip to My Lou, Mad in Crafts, Sew Can Do, Boogieboard Cottage, Life Made Lovely, Keeping It Simple, Polish the Stars, Pinkapotamus, Singing Three Little Birds, Colours Dekor, DIY Home Sweet Home, Ask Anna, Home Savvy, Be Colorful, The Gunny Sack, Lines Across, The Southern Institute, Get Outta My Head, 3 Mango Seeds, You're Talking Too Much, I Should Be Mopping the Floor, Destination: Craft, Cherished Bliss, 11th Heaven's Homemaking Haven, Sarahndipities, Sumo's Sweet Stuff, Marvelously Messy, Between Naps on the Porch, Bringing Beauty, Ninth Street Notions, Southern Hospitality, Sew Chatty, Everything Under the Moon, Thrifty Decor Chick, Reinventing the Ordinary (Pet Party) 

Tuesdays: Embellishing Life, New Nostalgia, Hope Studios, Vintage Wanna Bee, Tip Junkie, Ladybug Blessings, Sassy Sites, Topsy Turvy, Funky Polkadot Giraffe, Giggles Glitz & Glam, Rook No. 17, Reasons to Skip the Housework, Coastal Charm, A Bowl Full of Lemons, Not Just a Housewife, A Diamond in the Stuff, The Ivy Cottage, homework, Crayon Freckles, Crafty Confessions, Me and My Boys, The Kurtz Corner, Sugar Bee, Sweet Little Gals, Chef in Training, Raising 4 Princesses, A to Zebra Celebrations, Natural NestersToday's Creative Blog, Home Stories A to Z, DIY by Design, Tales of a Trophy WifeOur Delightful Home

Wednesdays: Creations By Kara, Blue Cricket Design, Seven Thirty Three, Sugar and Dots, Someday Crafts, Night Owl Crafting, Lil Luna, Sew Much Ado, We Are That Family, Type A, A Little Tipsy, My Girlish Whims, Eisy Morgan, Polka Dots on Parade, Passionately Artistic, Ginger Snap Crafts, Laugh Love & Craft, Not So Simple Housewife, Frugally Sustainable, Handy Man Crafty Woman, Faded Charm, let birds fly, The Sasse Life, Clean & Scentsible, Junk in their Trunk, Uncommon, Pincushion Creations, It's Just Called SpicySew Woodsy, Primp JunktionOrganize and Decorate EverythingSavvy Southern Style, A Beach Cottage, JAQS Studio, The DIY Dreamer

Thursdays: Somewhat Simple, House of Hepworths, The Shabby Creek Cottage, A Glimpse Inside, Fireflies and Jellybeans, Gluesticks, Momnivore's Dilemma, Yesterday on Thursday & Katie's Nesting Spot, Beyond the Picket Fence, Making It With Allie, Rhinestone Beagle, Suzy's Artsy-Craftsy Sitcom, Tales From Bloggeritaville, Christina's Adventures, Saved By Love Creations, Thrifty Decorating, Seven AliveThe 36th Avenue, Southern Lovely, The Crafty Blog Stalker, Kissed by a Frog, Bear Rabbit Bear, Crafty Scrappy Happy, 52 Mantels, live. laugh. rowe., Delightful Order, The Train to Crazy, Mine for the Making, The Taylor House, Just a Little Creativity, Hating Martha, The Frugal Girls, No Minimalist Here, Artsy Corner

Fridays: Fingerprints on the Fridge, The Shabby Nest, Tatertots & Jello, Simply Sweet Home, 30 Handmade Days, WhipperBerryLovely Crafty Home, Catch As Catch Can, Nap Time Crafters, 504 Main, My Simple Home Life, Simply Designing, The Picket Fence, Chic on a Shoestring, The Hungry Hypo, French Country Cottage, Ladybird Lane, The Answer is Chocolate, Truly Lovely, Bubbly Nature Creations, Little Becky Homecky, Delicate Construction, Serenity Now, See Vanessa Craft, Happy Hour Projects, Making Lemonade, One Artsy Mama,  Mom 4 Real, So You Think You're Crafty, Finding Fabulous For Less, It's a Hodgepodge Life, Tidy Mom, Scissors & Spatulas, While He Was NappingRelease Me Creations, Craftionary, Five Days... Five WaysThe Creative Paige, Blissful Bucketlist

Saturdays: Tutus & Tea Parties, Here's to Handy Andy, Craft Envy, Funky Junk Interiors, Young & Crafty, Be Different Act Normal, To Sew With Love, Six Sisters' Stuff, Gingerbread, Lolly Jane, Homemaker in Heels, A Vision to Remember, Positively Splendid, Too Much Time, Crafty Moms Share, Polkadot Pretties, Candace Creations, Serenity You, Shaken Together

Sundays: I Heart Nap Time, Under the Table and Dreaming, LambAround, Flamingo Toes, Petite Hermine, Homemaker on a Dime, The Foley Fam, The SweetTalk Shop, Nifty Thrifty ThingsThe Tablescaper, My 1929 Charmer, It's Overflowing

Miscellaneous: The Girl Creative, Every Crafty Endeavor, My House of Giggles, My Lil Pumpkin PatchVintage Gwen

   
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