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Thanks so much for stopping by! I believe that everyone can have a beautiful home without spending a fortune! One of my favorite things to do is find creative ways to re-purpose things I already have on hand, or have picked up at yard sales and thrift stores. Join me as I share with you some of my favorite ideas for crafting and decorating, as well as travel adventures, and fun things that I pick up on my treasure hunts! Much of my work is influenced by my love all things French, nature, and of course shabby chic! I have gotten so many creative ideas from you very talented bloggers out there, and I hope that I can be an inspiration to you as well!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Looking Back

It sure is hard to believe that the year is coming to a close, isn't it?  I am more than ready for a fresh start, a new beginning!  That's how I like to view the new year, anyway.  But before I look ahead, I like to see where I've been.
It has been a wild and crazy year, full of plenty of challenges and changes.  And adventures, too!
I've shared my three tiered vintage wooden pedestal quite a few times with you all.  One of my favorites was this cute Easter arrangement.  Love that sweet vintage chalkware bunny! As for the adventure part, hubby and I enjoyed Maui over the holidays last year.
I am really missing those amazing sunsets over the Puget Sound.  The photo on the top right (below) was taken from our living room when we were living in Washington State.

We left those gorgeous views of the Sound and the snow covered Olympic Mountains (above, left), to return to our home state of Michigan.  We journeyed over 3,000 miles in our motor home, and saw so many beautiful sights along the way!
Of course, I spent alot of time painting and glittering this past year!  I've created many chalkboards, but I must say that large one above is my absolute favorite!  I sold that one, but if I ever get so lucky to find another frame like that vintage one, I am keeping it for myself!
I also added many pieces to my milk glass collection.

The highlight of our year was our trip to Paris and the French countryside this fall.  Oooh, la, la!
I also shared with you my new "friend" Natasha, the French inspired mannequin who keeps me company in my craft room!
Both myself and our sweet cocker spaniel Emily had surgery this year.
Lots of changes.  I am worn out just thinking of it all!
But, I am very thankful for what we have, for all that God has blessed us with.
I'm also very thankful for you!  You all have been so encouraging, so full of inspiration and support!
Here's wishing you all a very Happy New Year!


The Bear's Blog said...

Healthy & Happy New Year to you and your family, from all of us.


Blondie's Journal said...

Other than the surgery, you have had a wonderful year! I love to look back at the good times, maybe I will do a post. It reminds us of how blessed we really are!


Musings from Kim K. said...

Have a blessed 2013! You've certainly traveled the earth this past year. Welcome back to Michigan. Hugs.

NanaDiana said...

Hi Donna- I am always amazed at all your beautiful things. You should NOT have let that chalkboard get away from you though! That was a beauty.

I hope you have a wonderful 2013 and that you have really settled into being back in MI again. Love to you- xo Diana

ps. LOVE your new header if I didn't tell you earlier-

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

You really have had an eventful year, Donna...I hope 2013 will be wonderful for you!

Shabby Brocante, Karen said...

I hope 2013 is as wonderful as your 2012! Amazing and productive year!!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Donna, love catching up with you and seeing your year in review. You sure created many gorgeous treasures and had wonderful travels.
Wishing you a very happy new year filled with many joys and blessings.
So glad I got to meet you this year. You are a blessing my friend.
Hugs, CM