A Little Year in Review: 2012

Holy moly, it’s 2013! Can you believe it? Where did the time go!?

It seems just like yesterday we were revealing our built-in Ikea desks in our office from three Expedit bookcases and two Vika Amon desktops. We’ve not done much more in the office, but have big plans to replace the flooring and rip down the horrible drop ceiling!

Ikea desk hack expedit vika amon

In March, we finished and planted the Little Garden. We had big dreams, but the Texas weather had other ideas. Between 100 degree days and monster hail storms, we ended up with far less veggies than we’d hoped. We’ve got big plans for 2013 though, including a roll-up shade cloth for the tomatoes and painting our gutter gardens!

DIY raised garden

Taking advantage of the perfect Texas spring weather, we worked on revamping the Little House’s curb appeal in May. We ripped out some ugly, giant bushes, sewed some new pillows for our Adirondacks, and planted a ton of perennial flowers. This year we hope to re-sod and added even more flowers.

final-after

In June, we shared our plans for redecorating our very brown bedroom. We’re still not 100% done, but we’re getting there.

Master Mood Board

In July, we started one of our very favorite features: Handyman Wednesdays, where Kevin shares tips and tricks for the little jobs around the house. On the first HMW ever, Kevin shared the essential tools every DIYer needs. Since then, he’s shared tips on everything from replacing an electrical plug and installing an outdoor light to bargaining tips and when to rent vs. buy a new tool. Kevin’s always looking for new HMW ideas, so if there’s anything you’d like to see this year, let us know!

Kevin the EE whiz

By September we were in full swing on our backyard demolition. We had removed the free-standing bar and were well on our way to removing the offending structures completely from our backyard. It wouldn’t be until December, though, before we’d get the last of the structures out of here. In the process, we’d used our first jackhammers, conned our friends into helping us, and eventually gave in and hired some day labor. The result? We have a structure-free back yard!

Little Backyard Sans Hot Tub

Our most popular post this year was our Fall Pinterest Challenge entry, faux pinch pleat curtains ala House of Hepworths. We set a new record for most site views ever the day we posted this project!

Pinch Pleat Curtains

WordPress.com sent out our year in review last week. We posted exactly 200 posts in 2012 and had a little over 55,000 views. When we saw those numbers, we were floored. We never imagined that anyone would actually read our little blog when we started!

Kevin and I had such an amazing 2012, both as a couple and as bloggers! We’re so blessed and so thankful to be where we are and thankful that you stop by our little labor of love every day! Have a wonderful and blessed 2013!

7 comments

  1. floridaysmom says:

    What a great year it’s been for you all! I can see why you attracted all that attention with those drapes! They are Devine! Wishing you all a happy new year and looking forward to future posts in 2013!

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