Happy New Year!
I’m back from my blog hiatus and I have to say, it was a little weird. I’ve taken some breaks from blogging before, but usually I take them while I’m traveling so my time is pretty much occupied. This time I was just at home, and although I was busy with holiday gatherings, taking down the decorations and even painting a couple of pieces of furniture, I really missed interacting with you guys! Plus, it was frigidly cold here in Minnesota. Yesterday we woke up to a windchill of -37. Funny side story, Mr. Q told me that when he was a kid he thought it was the “windshield factor” and they were talking about how cold the windshield of the car would feel. Well, either way, -37 feels cold and I was not motivated to go out much.
But that gave me a good opportunity for reflection, and thinking back I realized that 2017 was a pretty darn good year.
In March Mr. Q and I went looking for bald eagles along the Mississippi River with my sister and niece, and we found plenty of them.
I still thank my lucky stars almost daily that my sister and niece moved to Minnesota over two years ago.
Mr. Q and I took an amazing trip in May that started in Copenhagen.
Then there was Norway.
And finally, England.
I inherited my travel bug from my mom who still works as a travel agent at the age of 77. Mr. Q and I have been fortunate in being able to travel to some amazing places over the years. Check out the ‘travel’ category under ‘stuff.’ over on the right side of the page to read some of my travel posts.
My sister bought her house and we helped her move in June.
I feel like this really made it official. My sister will definitely not be deciding that she hates Minnesota (even though the windshield is -37) and wants to return to New Jersey. Not that she ever was considering that, but it still feels good that she has put down permanent roots here.
In late summer we redecorated our master bedroom.
We had the floors refinished, added a faux ship lap wall, new light fixtures, a new to us headboard, and I painted all of the furniture in the room (except that bench).
We had help from Ken on the ship lap and the bed, help painting from my sister and help from nnK finding some college kids to do the floors. I really couldn’t do these things without help from friends and family!
Although we missed a few of our favorite neighborhood sales while I was gone on my trip in May, my sister and I did score some hauls in the fall.
My sister has become the perfect garage saling companion. She drives, she brings snacks, she’s an expert at packing stuff into the vehicle (all of that stuff fit into her SUV), and most importantly she doesn’t really compete with me for the good stuff. We have very different styles, so that works out quite well.
I met my idol, Miss Mustard Seed, in October.
Much like many of you, I have been following the Miss Mustard Seed blog for several years. Earlier this year when Marian announced that she was moving to Minnesota I thought that maybe, just maybe, I’d get a chance to meet her in person. So it was super exciting to not only get the opportunity to meet her, but also to spend a day at a painting workshop she co-hosted with Carver Junk Co.
That was followed by a fun trip to Disney World with my sister and my niece over Halloween.
I was included in my first magazine just before Christmas which was pretty exciting.
I celebrated my 4th blogiversary in November.
And sprinkled in between all of that I did some painting.
A few of my faves from 2017 include the antique headboard that we used in our master bedroom makeover.
I discovered the Iron Orchid Designs transfers last year and immediately fell in love with them. One of my favorite pieces with a transfer was this gorgeous Eastlake style dresser.
My next favorite also included an IOD transfer. The sizing of the transfers is just about perfect for a typical piece of furniture like this linen press.
My final fave for 2017 isn’t exactly just one thing, and it isn’t exactly a piece of furniture. It’s more of a … well … what should I call it? It’s the idea of turning a mirror frame into a chalkboard frame with a shelf instead. This was one of my greatest discoveries in 2017. Well, technically I did the first one in November 2016. I love re-purposing these beautiful frames into something that people want to have in their home.
So there you have it, 2017 was a pretty darn good year. In fact, I’m beginning to suspect that there is no way I can top it for 2018. Well, we’ll just have to wait and see. I did paint some fab pieces during my blog hiatus so be sure to check back later this week to see them.
But in the meantime, did you have a favorite from among the pieces I painted in 2017. Check out my ‘fab furniture’ page and let me know which one was your favorite!