Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The Past 5 Months

Some of you may or may not be aware that I am still I "newbie" when it comes to blogging. I have only been doing this since late August. I have always read a bunch of wonderful blogs that were written by some very super creative people, but I never thought about starting my own until this past summer. Let me just say one thing.....I love it!! If I have any regret it's that I wish I had started this sooner. I have learned that there are a lot of sweet, inspiring & friendly people out there in "blog land"! I have met quite a few of you that I'm sure if we lived close by each other we would be dumpster diving & flea marketing together! 
You guys have no idea how much you have helped me limp through a very difficult year......losing our business and home is the sum of it, but I don't want to dwell on the guys have helped me "make lemonade out of lemons". Instead of focusing on the "remember whens" you guys have helped me see the possibilities of the "what ifs". From the bottom of my heart, thank you.

Looking forward to the next year I have many projects that I'm going to tackle. I have a kitchen that needs to be redone so I will probably make that my winter project. A master bath & bedroom that badly need a makeover, chair rail that needs to be put up in my living room & a downstairs bath that could also use a facelift. Obviously I have a lot of work ahead of me but I will share my successes & failures with you guys :). Besides planning on having a booth at my local monthly flea market (Kane County Flea) with my partner in crime - Diane at sweetgirlcrafting. I'm also hoping on finding a store that will let me place some of my larger items. Okay, enough with the rambling on......

Here are some of my favorite projects from the last 5 months that I would like to share with you guys...... 
My old Ikea high chair that I still had

Minnow trap lights

My Beach I just need a beach ;)

Vintage footstool that got a complete makeover

Lonely resale chair I found
One of my salvaged old windows

Rustic pedestal platters

Union Jack side table
Anthropologie knock off
Funky zebra chair

$3.00 dining room chandelier
From my home to yours, I'm wishing you all a wonderful New Year!! Love, Katie


  1. I also started blogging at the end of August and I too *heart* it so much! I would sooooo dumpster dive and thrift shop with you if we lived close! You have such a creative eye and are able to look beyond any piece to see the hidden beauty!
    I wish you a very Happy New Year and many bloggy returns ♥ ♥

  2. Happy New Year Katie. I am so glad we met! You are one cool chick, would love to dumpster dive in your neck of the woods sometime, or just sit down for a cup of coffe (or Coke) and chat. I have really enjoyed getting to know you and look forward to what the new year brings!
    ~Tami :)

  3. Katie Hello!

    I started my blog on August 31. I am enjoying meeting new people! All this is very rewarding! I loved your decor. I'd be happy if you visit my blog. Happy New Year and big hug! I'm Vera Moraes and I'm from Brazil - - Blog AQUI TEM DE TUDO

  4. Every project looks great, hope your booth idea works out - I'm sure you'll do well. Looking forward to seeing what you get up to next, best wishes for 2012.

  5. Katie, Hello!

    I came to make you an invitation. I'm making a New Year's Show in my blog and I want you to participate. I put on my blog a translator to facilitate the reading of visitors from outside Brazil. I'm waiting. hugs

  6. Hi, I just came over from A Cozy House and I love your style...can't wait to see more!

  7. Hello Katie ~ I just hopped over from A Cozy Little House and I love your blog. I'll be back again and again ~ Happy New Year ;-)

  8. Hi, I'm visiting from Brenda's "Cozy Little House." Thanks for sharing the highlights of this past year. I just started blogging in March and I agree with you, bloggers are the nicest, most encouraging and inspiring people! See you soon.


  9. Hi, Katie! I am visiting from Brenda's where you have been featured! All of your projects are just wonderful...I LOVE what you did with the reclaimed window. I have one and haven't been able to decide what to do with it...this is great!

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you a Happy New Year!


  10. Hi Katie, visiting you via Brenda at Cozy Little House, and now I am following. Love your flag footstool, so lush. Took a peek at several of your posts, loved them. We seem to enjoy the same other great bloggers too. I am putting a link back on my blog roll so I do not miss any posts.
    Happy New Year.

  11. Hi Katie - just found your blog today and I love-love-love it. You've inspired me - I'm almost finished my kitchen redo ( and I might steal your letter or number ideas for the wall above my "beadboard". I also have an old chair in the basement that I tried to re-upholster once (disaster) but looking at your footstool project makes me want to give it another try...Julie

  12. Hello :D Just found you via our mutual listing in Welcome Friday at Cosy Little Home. Just wanted to say that I LOVE your awesome blog. I'll be back for sure :D

  13. ohhh just gorgeous - so glad to be able to look into your 2011 project (YUM!)

  14. Hi Kate. I found your blog via Cozy Little House's feature. Your projects are wonderful. I'm awarding you with the Blog on Fire Award! Congrats. The post will be up by this evening. BTW way I'm your newest follower.

  15. Hey Katie, just wanted to say that even though it's been a rough year for you and your family it's inspiring to hear your positive attitude! Keep your chin up , wish you all the best in 2012!!! Your work is absolutely Beautiful BTW :)

  16. LOVE the minnow trap lights! I used to "go check the minnow traps" in the ponds on our farm with my Grampa. He loved to fish, and I loved to fish with him. We have 6 ponds on our farm and every one of them had a minnow trap! Thanks for the fond memory. Happy New Year Katie! - Hillary

  17. Katie,
    Just found your blog and I love it! I also started this crazy blogging thing a few months ago {Sept} and it has been a ton of fun so far. This year I'm hoping to do some more furniture makeovers, try out chalk paint, and redo a few rooms in our house. We're renting so I have to do everything on the cheap :) I'd love to keep in touch with you! I'm your newest follower through RSS, so glad I found you!


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