2013 – A Blog Year in Review

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~A Look Back~


As I recover from the Christmas season, taking down the garland and packing away the ornaments, I’m already thinking ahead to 2014. But it wouldn’t be prudent to do so without taking a look back at 2013…

2013 Blog Year in Review at House on the Way

What did I accomplish? What worked? What was an epic fail?


The year started out with a variety of projects getting ready for Valentine’s Day. One of my most popular crafts for the day of love was my Tissue Paper Heart Shaped Wreath. It’s made from a wire hanger and tissue paper.

Tissue Paper Valentines Day Heart Wreath

In February, I began one of my projects that is still ongoing…my Home Office/Craft Room. It all started with some gorgeous fabric that I transformed into some beautiful curtains. The window became complete with the additional of my DIY Faux Bamboo shade made from a placemat.

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While the curtains are fabulous, the stenciled feature wall was one of my fails. I loved the design, but it really didn’t work with the print of the fabric. I decided to transform it into a beautiful striped wall and now it makes me smile whenever I walk into the room. Much better…

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On the opposite wall of my craft room, I created a chalkboard wall. It’s one of my favorite features in the space. To give the wall a decorative touch, as well as some additional functionality for me, I added a shelf and a curtain rod that holds Kraft paper. The hooks on the shelf hold small silver pails containing my chalk, scissors, pens and an eraser. The pails also help camouflage the bright white light switch cover and intercom.

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One of my favorite projects of the year would have to be my DIY Craft Table. It’s a knock-off of the Bedford Project Table from Pottery Barn. Using two bookcases that I had for years, an old tabletop and some added trim, I created this craft table for under $50.

craft table

In March, I created a Sign of Spring (literally) from a side panel of an old armoire. I added a quote about Spring and used it on my Spring Mantel.

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April took us to our vacation home for spring break, which for me meant work. Since I’m not there very often, when I am there I find myself wanting to get as much done as possible. Two of my first projects were the Coral Colored Coffee Table and my DIY Beach Theme Throw Pillows on the sofa.

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May was an emotional month. My daughter graduated from high school and I planned a Twilight Themed Graduation Party. One of the hits of the party were the DIY Photo Collage Letters. I used Mod Podge to add photos of memories of her on wooden letters that spelled her name. She loved them!…and so did Pinterest. It’s my most pinned project ever!

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In June, I found another one of my most popular posts, especially on Hometalk. It’s My Go-To Stain Remover. It’s so simple and I learned about it from a sofa delivery man!

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One of my own favorite projects was my DIY Fabric Covered Headboard that I made for the master bedroom at our beach house. You know I have a love of red and this fabric had my name written all over it! The best part…I made this King headboard for under $100!

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School started and Fall was knocking on the door…so I found myself sharing my home in the All Things Home Fall Tour. It included my gorgeous fabric pumpkins from the Country Living Fair and my Burlap Table Runner, just to name a few.

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In October I shared some Spooky Halloween Party Decor that included some painted paper mache pumpkins and skulls decoupaged with book pages. I also added some orange and black striped fabric to my burlap table runner and made it perfect for Halloween.

halloween party table

In November, the holidays began in full swing! One of my favorites for Thanksgiving was my Chalkboard Menu Board. I made it from a pane of glass from a picture frame. Some added Fall garland gave it a gorgeous look for the season.

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But the most exciting thing that happened in November was my appearance on my local TV station, WTVQ, sharing some Crafts for the Thanksgiving Table. It was fabulous! I had so much fun and the staff were wonderful! I can’t thank them enough for how at ease they made me feel. Take a peek…

For Christmas, I began with my mantel and I fell in love! I went with a more traditional, old-fashioned Christmas theme in 2013. I used simple red and white and added some great vintage pieces like my sled and ice skates that I found at the Country Living Fair. My deer added to the fun by holding some classic mittens on his antlers.

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In December, I shared my Christmas Home Tour as part of the 12 Days of Christmas Tour. I really loved my Christmas decor this year. If you get a chance, you can see the difference between 2012 and 2013.

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I ended the year and the Holidays with some yummy cookies! The kids and I always have a Cookie Day and these Lemon Snowballs were one of our delicacies…

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Thank you for following along with House on the Way in 2013! My readers are the best and your support means everything to me!

Happy New Year and let’s do great things in 2014!

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  1. Sheryll & Critters. says

    Everything in and about you and your house is so gorgeous.

    I have to say…. I really liked the stenciled wall over the striped one…… but hey, I do not live there and it IS your home…. so with that said…. God Bless You & Your Family & Your Home!

    Also, I wish I had your toss outs! Ya know?

  2. says

    You did complete a lot of nice projects. Good job! And hey, you did great in front of the TV cameras. That has to be nerve wracking but you stayed calm, cool and collected.

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