2010 Projects Review and non-New Years Resolutions

My time sure flies by fast!  I know I haven’t been blogging as regularly as I want to, but I still got a lot done in 2010.  I started this blog in May, and here’s a recap of some of my favorite projects.

Project:  Paint/Staining the back deck. 

View of the Back, Before

The newly stained back deck in Harbor Gray and Pewter by Behr.

The newly stained back deck.

This was a big but necessary project.  The deck was in bad shape, hadn’t been touched in years, and needed some TLC.  We went through the added pains of choosing to go two-tone gray.  We chose a darker stain for the floor, and a lighter stain for the railing.  We had to use an opaque stain because of the nature of our previous stain.

Project:  New Pillows

New pillow cover

New, modern pillow cover!

New pillows on sofa

New pillows on sofa.

I finally realized what to do with all those extra pillows we got with our (not very good) furniture set.  Recover them!  I used a new Ikea fabric, and sewed simple covers.  This was an easy way to update our living room and add a pop of color!

Project:  Making an upholstered king sized headboard

Upholstered King Headboard

Upholstered King Headboard

Detail of the fabric

I love how this project turned out.  I found this great fabric at JoAnn’s, that looks sort-of tufted.  I thought about cutting the plywood into a shape, but frankly just didn’t want to.  Partly because I didn’t feel like taking the time, and partly because I like how the largeness of it feels.

Project:  Making new curtains from old

family room curtain

New family room thermal curtain.

New thermal drapes in the eat-in kitchen.

New thermal drapes in the eat-in kitchen

I reused two sets of thermal curtains, and covered them with new fabric.  This was not the most fun, nor the easiest thing to do, but I love how they look.

Project: Painting a laminated bookshelf

Bookshelf and Bed

A Yellow Painted Laminated Bookshelf

Don’t be afraid to paint that cheap, laminate furniture!  With the proper prep and primer, you can paint it, and it can look good.  I spray-painted this bookshelf Sun Yellow and I love how it looks next to the gray wall and antique bedspread.

Project: Reversible Placemats

Reversible placemat

Table set

Table set with reversible placemats

With a great tutorial from Centsational Girl, this project is fairly quick to do and can totally change your tablescape.

Project: Christmas Crafts- painted Chevron ornament, glitter ribbon trees, and a little joy project.

Painted Chevron Ornament

Painted Chevron Ornament

Ribbon Tree vignette

Ribbon Tree vignette with a little Joy project

I did a number of Christmas crafts this year, and had a lot of fun with them!  They are all super easy to do, and pretty cheap too.  I was especially surprised and ecstatic when Centsational Girl featured my chevon stripe painted ornament.

Now, about New Years resolutions.  I am all for resolutions, but I think just making them on the first, or last, day of the year is ridiculous.  I make resolutions for myself all year long as I come to realize there is something about myself, or my life, that I want to change.  Now is always the time to change.  Don’t wait for next week, or when x happens, or when I finally get my life back on track…  What does that mean?  When will any of that happen unless you go out and do something about it.

I have made some resolutions lately, and over the course of the last year that I will share with you now though, as this does seem the time of year that most people want to talk about it.

1.  Be healthy.  This sounds easy, but for most of us, it’s not.  And I’m not just talking about having Cystic Fibrosis.  I’m talking about all the little things- eating well, exercising regularly, and just plain taking care of  yourself.  Getting enough sleep, and listening to my body about my limitations.

I had a bad bout with a prescription drug this year, which didn’t really help me, and which I can no longer take.  I have to face the (real) problem that there isn’t always a drug that can hep me feel better, or be better.  After all, there is no cure for CF yet.  So what can I do?  I can do light exercises to keep my lungs and heart in good shape.  Thankfully, I’ve been relatively healthy, so I should do all that I can do to keep it that way.

2.  Go to France.  This is actually a new resolution that I made for the Spring of 2013.  I’m hoping that over a year of scrimping and saving, that Mr. Lucky and I will do one of those things we talk about dreaming of, and just do it.  It won’t be for long (probably a week or two top), and it won’t be very fancy.  But it will be exciting, new, and completely different.  It will be an adventure.

3.  Keep up with the blog.  Man, sometimes it is so hard to come home after a long day of work, and a an hour long commute, and sit down and craft a post.  Not to mention actually doing the crafts or projects that I’m blogging about.  But I like doing the projects, I like the feeling that I’m making my home a little nicer and cozier, and I need the creative outlet.  I really feel awful if I don’t spend time making something or coming up with an idea, it’s like my brain needs to work.

Well, I hope that if you’ve made some resolutions, you’ll stick to them too.  :)

Here’s to a safe, happy, and prosperous New Year!




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