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December 30, 2011

2011 - A Pictorial Review

Just like that 2011 is about to move on...

When I wasn't at my 9-5 job , I was filling my craft room with favorite antique and thrift store acquisitions and new crafting projects.

Over this past year, I marveled at my husband's ability to finish a MAJOR treehouse construction project where we all benefited from several picnics and sleepovers in this special dwelling. You can find the "official" treehouse tour here.

I also plotted 2 special birthday parties.

We even took an unexpected yet amazing, family vacation on Mackinac Island and through Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

We also attempted our first vegetable garden complete with a beautiful gate made by Chris.

Over the year, I've shared several holiday craft tutorials and give-aways and plan to continue the tradition in 2012!

We added a new kitten to the family
in the fall of 2011.

We even got to celebrate the end of 2011
with the removal of Emma's braces!

But despite all our joy, we watched Chris's mom
battle several scary health setbacks
and finally find peace in heaven.

2011 seems to be over in a split second
in a flurry of Christmas excitement.

Thank you so much for stopping by throughout the year. Thank you for saying hello or for just being a silent observer.

Thank you for letting me show off pictures of the girls, my latest crafting endeavors, our obsession with Halloween, or my quest for the perfect vintage item. It's so nice to "meet" so many wonderful people from all over the world that share my same interests. Thank you! I am truly inspired by all of you!

Wishing you all a crafty and thrifty 2012!

Get ready! Chinese New Year is January 23rd (the year of the Dragon) and we can't wait to celebrate with you!!


December 28, 2011

New Year's Decorations & Dual Dollhouses!!

I love our lazy Christmas break I spent yesterday organizing my craft room (and my new jelly to come later) and putting together a few New Year's decorations. I had a box of vintage Christmas bell ornaments just waiting to be re-purposed.

Last year for New Year's, I decorated our dining room chandelier with these moon and champagne girl images found on the Graphics Fairy.

If you are into subway art, you can find this free printable here.
Don't forget to pick up the paper horns and party hats from $ Tree! You can always embellish them further with left over Christmas trim and garland.

Two Crazy Crafters have these lovely vintage images.

Don't forget to check out Family Fun.
They have loads of New Year's ideas!
Wishing you all a crafty and relaxing week ahead!

PS. The dollhouse has been in constant use this week.

We even have out Emma's dollhouse

(my childhood dollhouse...complete with stained glass windows)
Thank you for playing with your little sis, Emma!

Linking up with:

Coloradolady: Vintage Thingie Thursday
It's a Very Cherry World: Rednesday!