I know things have been a bit quiet around here, with no new content, but since time seems to
fly faster each year, it’s been fun to slow down and take a look back. In the world of endless To Do Lists, the things we accomplished are
easy to forget.
I struggle to write these Personal Highlight posts, because they always feel so ‘Hey! Hey! Look at Me!! Aren’t I Fab?!’ But I often have to remind myself that this blog is my happy place…my own personal scrapbook and life’s chronicle…of not only what we do to our home, but what happens to the people in our home.
That said, the majority of the amazing opportunities that come my way,
are because of you guys…and your support of this little blog. I can’t
thank you enough for popping in every day, week, month, or leap year…whenever it is, I’m thrilled you stopped by! Even the
lurkers…I know you’re there!
So this post is a combination of my own personal highlights from 2014,
as well as the projects you made popular…along with some geeky
by-the-numbers stuff. Basically all the good stuff that made 2014 grand
for our family, all in one spot! If we don’t share DNA, you might want
to skip it!
We loved the island so much, we went back in August for two weeks. Unfortunately, sadder circumstances sent us to Southern California for a long weekend, but I learned so much about forgiveness on that trip.
American Profile featured my DIY Pinecone Wreaths on our front doors.
I hosted a Home Depot Garden Party, and even got my face on a poster!
I filmed a video about my blogging experiences for one of my favorite blog networks. Funny enough, most of your comments were about my lack of accent! I was on my best behavior that day…the true Texas twang comes out after a glass (or two) of wine.
As did our backyard, with the latest Home Depot Patio Style Challenge.
Nate Berkus called (or his people did, if we’re splitting hairs), and I couldn’t say yes fast enough.
I’m fortunate to have a full-time job, so this blog can remain my pure
joy and hobby. I write for myself, but I love the interaction with you,
and comments are the best way (make sure you’re not a no-reply blogger!) Every
time I hit ‘publish’ on a post I wonder what you’ll think, and am
always surprised by your response. I can’t believe how much you had to
say about these posts…
Some posts take on a life of their own, and I really have no idea why
one project resonates more than another…but these posts received more views than any others in 2014.
It’s fun for me to see who you are, and where you’re coming from. According to Google Analytics, most Hi Sugarplum readers:
tablet/phone to read.
More than half of you are referred here from other sites…so thank you
to these amazing bloggers who so generously share my projects and
include me in their blogrolls. Without them and Pinterest, I’d likely be
writing to just my mom each day.
Last year also brought a breath of fresh air around here, with a new blog design.
I know this post was a lot of toot-tooting my own horn, but I’m just so
grateful for all the friends, opportunities, and most of all, you!!! God has blessed me more than I could have ever imagined, and I’m beyond humbled by your friendship, support and kind words.
Your encouragement makes me excited to share each
project, and continue doing what I love so much. Starting this blog was the best whim I’ve ever acted on, and I
can’t wait to see what’s next. This year has already started with a bang, and I’m excited to share all the ideas and projects with you. I pray 2015 is your best yet, lovebugs!