It amazes me that it’s possible for time to fly faster, or so it seems. At this time last year, I was expecting our 6th child and looking forward to the new year, 2014, to welcome our sweet addition to our family. While I could write a whole post about that, I’m going to focus on projects and learning experiences I’ve been blessed to have.
Being pregnant can put a slight crimp on your work, especially if it’s furniture refinishing, right? So, at the start of the year, I was trying to keep it light and warm (we live in northeast Ohio and last winter knocked our socks off).
This antique rocker was only missing it’s seat, and I decided to give it a grain-sack touch to give it a unique flair. The hand-carved woodwork alone was something to see.
One of my favorite Mid Century Modern pieces has such a fun story behind it, which in part is because I was pregnant. You’ll have to read how I found this gorgeous piece curbside, got it home, and gave it new life.
Aside from furniture, I love to sew, craft, crochet…you name it. My youngest boy has his birthday in January is this was therapy for me to be able to get back to my sewing machine to make his gift. You can make one too if you head here.
A sure-fire hit post was my vintage Bentwood rocking chair that I gave a fun, shabby chic twist to by doing some handwork in the caning using wool yarn. This was one of those pieces I wish I could have kept, but I can’t tell you how many times I run across this style of chair and know I could do another.
A highlight of my bleak winter time was being a featured blogger at the Michael’s & Hometalk Pinterest Party. Though it was blasting winter outside, I still had fun getting connected with the folks at Michael’s and getting paid to craft. What could be better than that?!
This gave me the chance to create a fun and easy burlap craft project that you can make too!
Another highlight was a blogger friend introduced herself to me, and because I went to visit her page and decided to enter her giveaway, I won $250 of Modern Masters paint for being their 5,000th like on Facebook! There could not be a better prize for someone who works on furniture. I was SO EXCITED!!
Winning that prize has led me to some gorgeous pieces, like this table found here. You just have to see the before!
With the looming baby time and knowing I wanted to deliver my babe at home – this time in my own bedroom, we took on the renovation of our master bedroom. Why is it when you start a “simple” project, it always leads to more than you bargained for?
We had hoped to have this room finished well enough in advance for me to deliver in there, but nooooo, not only did the project take longer because of the DIYness of it, but babe came 6 weeks early with a 3 week stay in the NICU. We are happy to have her no matter when or where she came.
I’m slightly embarrassed to say that our room is still NOT done. But, by golly before spring comes it will be, even if I have to skip sleep (which is a norm with a new baby anyway).
Here’ s a sneak peek of the progress.
Just before my little girl arrived, I was able to get some repurposed projects done, as well as some beach related furniture. My parents are snow birds (they head south for the winter) and gave me the inspiration for these projects.
I mean, when it’s -12 outside and they send you pictures of palm trees and complain of the unusually warm weather their having, you just want to mentally get away and SCREAM for sun! Can I get an amen?
This was also my first year of blogging as of May 2014, and I celebrated with a giveaway. That milestone was exciting, but not as much as the fact that I finally received that little “R” with a circle next to my business name. Having that major transition happen led me to re-branding and finding a better niche with my logo.
Much better right?
A couple other big highlights were having my barn wood shutters included in the “All Things Windows Week” over at Remodelaholic…
…my feed sack chair being featured at Miss Mustard Seed…
Here are few furniture projects that were my favorites in the second half of the year aside from my feed sack chair:
Antique Bureau Makeover
If you’d like to have a go at refinishing furniture, I’ve shared with you my 10 Furniture Refinishing Essentials.
My shop has always got pieces I’d like to keep and none stick out in my mind as much as this antique freight crate turned side table. I had two different ones and should have kept one of them!!
And also shared how I make my hand-painted signs with a tutorial.
This is a sampling of my year and doesn’t even include all the pieces that have come and gone in my Etsy shop. Don’t miss out and become a follower of my shop or on social media!
Well…ladies and gents, it’s been a good year and filled with so many blessings. Thank you for being a part of my life, my blog, my extended “family”. I wish you the best in the next year, 2015, and pray that you will find peace and happiness in all you do. On to the new year!!