Hello! How was your holiday weekend?? Are you still digging out of the mess? I hope it was full of fun, food, laughter and love. Ours definitely was…so much in fact that we hid for cover today! After running from house to house celebrating with all the family, it was great to stay home and relax with all the new toys. Who am I kidding?! Of course we didn’t relax. I made the kids purge their rooms and toy closet until the back of our SUV was stuffed full of bags to donate! It’s not always easy for them to part with things, but there’s no way we’re ending up on the season premiere of Hoarders. But really, I also think it’s a good time to remind ourselves just how blessed we are, and we can certainly pass it on.
That’s my soapbox for today. Sorry, I’ve been home with the kids for over a week now, and I’ve got this
nagging lesson thing down. Today I decided to count down my Top 10 Projects of 2011.
I did this last year (read about 2010 here and here), and loved looking back at all we’d accomplished creatively. If you’re new to Hi Sugarplum! (welcome new readers from Saturday’s Dallas Morning News article!), think of this as your Cliff Notes…without a pop quiz at the end.
DIY Convex Sunburst Mirror
This is certainly one of my most surprising projects. I made it on a whim one afternoon with wood shims, and next thing I know, it’s being featured on Apartment Therapy, Honey We’re Home, and Just A Girl. It’s been hanging outside for almost a year and has held up perfectly.
Faux Crown Molding
My daughter’s room took the end of 2010 and the better part of 2011, so it’s no surprise several of the Top 10 are from her room. Creating this ‘crown molding’ with just paint and $30 of trim was one of my favorites.
There must be a lot of us who don’t sew, because these pillows made the rounds, from The Nest to All Free Sewing. Stitch witchery has brought me this far, but I do resolve to conquer the sewing machine in 2012.
DIY Monogrammed Pelmet
The focal point in Babygirl’s Room is definitely the window. This easy pelmet is constructed from foam board and monogrammed with a piece of felt. No one was more shocked than me when Good Housekeeping Magazine published it in their August issue.
Pancakes & Pajamas Party I loved every second of creating this party for my sweet girl, but I’ll admit I got a little carried away. So much so that her birthday party in 2012 may end up at Chuck E. Cheese! Okay, of course it won’t.
Fresh Magnolia Chargers
Designing Tablescapes became a surprisingly favorite pastime for me this year. These chargers I made for our Easter table were my favorite.
Stars & Stripes Pool Party
After throwing such a ridiculous party for my daughter, I didn’t want to skimp on my son’s. However, he’s 10 and much too cool for an over-the-top party done up by mom! So we compromised with a cheery outdoor pool party during the July 4th weekend.
Chevron Drinking Glasses
The Missoni for Target line was such mayhem that I decided to make my own chevron. CasaSugar even included these in their Best DIY Projects of 2011! (Along with the Convex Mirror and Window Pelmet!)
These ornaments are one of the most recent projects, but I included them in the list since they’ve been pinned on Pinterest a ridiculous number of times!
Did I include your favorite projects? I’m diving back in to the purging and organizing, but I’ll return with Top 10 Before & Afters soon!