Favorite Projects from 2011

What a year 2011 has been! Of course the most amazing event was the adoption of our sweet little Rachel, who we waited six years to find. I can’t even describe the amount of joy this little girl has brought into our home! This was also the year our oldest son Brandon turned 16, adding another driver to the family, and sufficiently making my husband and I feel extremely old. And we can’t forget that Wes lost his job, and found a new one that starts next week. I’d say this has been an amazing year for us!!

I wanted to highlight my favorite projects from the past 12 months. And as I looked back, I realized I only completed one home improvement project. Crazy! Now that Rachel is older, I’ll be tackling lots more in 2012. One is in the works right now and I’m dying to show you! But for now, here are some of my favs from 2011.

Living Room Trim: My very first project using my new nail gun. It took me weeks to get up enough courage to use it, but then it wasn’t even scary at all!
diy-wood-trimFelt Flower Tutorial: I love using felt to make flowers for hair clips, and this was one of my favorites. Easy and cute!
felt flower-tutorialFramed Monogram with Book Page Flowers: I combined two of my favorite mediums for this project, book pages and monograms. So of course I love it! 🙂
tutorialFabric Carrot Tutorial: I got tired of all my old “cutesy” Easter decorations and started replacing them with more classic pieces. These fabric carrots turned out so cute. But not “cutesy”. LOL!
easter-craftCoffee Filter Roses: Who knew coffee filters could make such pretty flowers? And they don’t die, even if you never ever water them.
coffee-filter-roses-tutorialChore Chart Jars: I came up with this chore system months ago, and we are still using it successfully. I count that as a small miracle. As a bonus, it looks cute sitting on my shelf.
chore chart-tutorialWasher Necklace Tutorial: So quick, so easy, so addicting. I’ve made them for myself and given some as gifts. Love them!
diy-washer-necklace-tutorialLiving Room Shelf: It took months of arranging, re-arranging, and starting over, but I love how my living room shelf finally turned out. Everything on it but the statue was made with items from the thrift or dollar store. Bonus!
living room-shelf-diyNo-Slip Kitchen Towel Clips: I originally made these clips to give as gifts, but then loved them so much that I kept them for myself. I know, so selfish. But it is  awesome not having my kitchen towels always falling on the floor.
dish towel-clip-tutorialBook Page Pumpkin Tutorial: This little book page pumpkin has been one of the most popular craft projects I’ve ever posted. I guess I’m not the only one who likes cheap and easy.
book page-pumpkin-tutorialPottery Barn Knock-Off Christmas Pillow: Gotta love it when you can make something from a catalog for fractions of the cost!
pottery barn-knock offBook Page Ornament: I wish I could have an entire tree decorated with variations of this ornament. Simple, but so pretty.
book page-ornament-tutorialRolled Paper Roses: Cannot wait to make more projects in 2012 featuring these gorgeous paper roses. Adore them!
paper-flower-tutorialTomorrow I will be sharing my favorite recipes, so make sure you check back. And I’d love to hear which project was your favorite. I am a curious girl, so comment away. 🙂

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  2. I am excited for the coming year.. Can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve for 2012.

  3. Congratulations on your little girl! How wonderful! You must be reading my mind with your best of 2011 post. I am hosting a “Best of 2011” link party now and I would love for you to link some of these up. It is at http://www.petalstopicots.com. Happy New Year!

  4. Lisa~The SweetTalk Shop says:

    Those are awesome!! I love the Monogram using book pages, going to have to try that one and place it in my office. I love to read too!!

  5. Karen Weight says:

    I LOVE your living room shelf, especially that almost everything was made with stuff from the Dollar Tree. Awesome! congrats on your new little girl. I am so happy for you!!

  6. They are all such great ideas, Kara! but I have to say Rachel is my favorite project of yours for 2011. 🙂

  7. They were all great and inspiring for sure but my favorite one of all is the book page pumpkin. 🙂

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