On a personal level, 2014 has brought challenges, tears of sorrow- of joy, wonderful friendships and heartbreak. It brought a graduation from BYU’s MBA program, a family reunion that allowed us to spend all the time we wanted with our loved ones- something that we needed, a big move from our home of the last 10 years (Utah) to Seattle, WA, a big leap of faith with my husband’s new employer, a life changing illness to my sweet mother-in-law, addition of new family members and much reevaluation of what is truly important in our lives. What we found truly important is God and Family. We have been greatly blessed with a wonderful family, immediate and extended. We have a God, a loving Father, that truly watches over each one of His children. I hope 2015 is just as family filled and awesome as this year was.
2014 has also brought growth in my business and awesome creative opportunities. Sometimes it feels like I am sharing these projects with myself and my hope was to share with others so they would be inspired to create in their daily lives. As I looked back at my posts this year, I am happy with what I have created but wish to create more good and joy to share. Creativity in my life is what brings me happiness. It is my passion and whether I am creating it for myself, my home or my children, it is what my soul craves. I have made so many wonderful friends online and off because of the blogging world. I hope in some small way that I have inspired even the tiniest project for you.
Here’s a look back at some of my most popular posts and some of my most favorite projects of this year.
1. Modern Pokémon Birthday Party: one of my biggest feats as a parent and designer. Ashton loved it and I was happy with the design. We all win.
2. Updating Old Books: No need to throw old books away. Just give them a quick makeover to match your current décor.
3. DIY Passport Holder: Used on my family reunion trip to Turks and Caicos. Super easy and almost no-sew!
4. Faux Marbled Jewelry Holder: Another way to use up old stuff. I just did a quick spray paint makeover on these old dishes to update my master bedroom décor.
5. Why I Learned to Say No: In order to continue to create, design and be an involved mother, I had to learn how to say “no” to things. I share my process and what helped me come to that realization.
6. Accessorizing Freshly Picked Moccs: I love these moccs as is but I just wanted to add a little pizazz to it.
7. Modern Hulk Birthday Party: Another feat as mom and designer. Ollie loved his very own Hulk birthday party and I was happy with the clean and modern design.
While these aren’t 2014 posts, they continue to be my most popular.
8. DIY Glam and Gold Ikea Stools: Makeover old stools with the magic of spray paint. So simple but yet so good.
9. Watermelon Wrapping Paper: One of my most favorite patterns with a free printable.
10. Glam Kitchen Makeover: Simple and elegant. Probably the most played with toy tied with the train table.
Thank you all for your support on this little blog of mine- it means more than you know.