You know, it’s funny, but when I initially was thinking about putting together a year end recap blog post I felt like I hadn’t really done that much in 2022 and it would be hard to come up with something that wasn’t lame. After all, what did I spend my time on last year? Now that I’m retired from the day job, I have to admit that I feel a little bit like I’m spending too much of my time doing unimportant things like reading a book, taking a nap or watching YouTube.
Then I started looking back at my blog posts for 2022 and I realized I did do some things. For one thing, I traveled quite a bit. I visited some old favorites like my mom’s place near Vegas, Disney World and Puerto Vallarta. Plus I saw some new places like Sedona …
I also did a lot more gardening last year than I have in the past, and that led me to start a weekly ‘Sunday mornings in the garden’ blog post.
I also did plenty of thrifted item makeovers.
And garage sale item makeovers.
And even some makeovers of my own stuff.
Of course, there were countless toolbox makeovers!
And lock box makeovers.
And tackle box makeovers.
Speaking of tackling, I also tackled a project I’d been putting off for a couple of years, turning the photo cottage back into a potting shed.
I learned a new technique in 2022 with the I.O.D. paint inlays.
I also got my first paid magazine feature in 2022.
And my first paid blog post sponsorship (Dixie Belle Paint Co does not pay me, but they do provide me with free product, fyi).
Looking back over all of these things, I realize that I did a lot more in 2022 than just nap, read and binge watch YouTube.
I guess I tend to focus on furniture makeovers when trying to decide whether or not I’ve accomplished something, and 2022 was definitely not my best year in terms of productivity or profit when it comes to furniture.
However, I did create some really cool pieces like the fritz kohnen armoire.
The botanical cupboard was one of my favorite pieces in 2022.
And the splitsville nightstands created from a dressing table were a fun project to work on too.
My motivation for working on furniture stalled a bit over the last year because my stuff just hasn’t been selling as quickly as it used to.
At this point I can’t promise that I’ll be ramping back up when it comes to furniture makeovers, but I hope to have plenty of projects of all kinds to share with you guys along with a smattering of gardening and travel posts (we’re going back to Norway!) in 2023. So I hope you’ll all stick with me for another year.
Happy New Year!