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Favorites of 2011

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I just wanted to share a little from my blogging journal this year.  Please click on the titles if you want to know more about each project.  Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving comments this year.  I read every one and appreciate your visits to my blog.



Dresser maker over:

My Redneck wine glasses:

Stencil painting my shower curtain:

Attaching all my collected silver on the wall and How I did it :

My real starlight peppermint bowl:

The front porch post make-over, the one that makes me glad that I dumpster dive 🙂

This was probably the cheapest make-over and

the one that made me slap my head and tell myself that I should of had a V-8.

Sharing where my creative nature comes from:

Make over of my Federal Convex Mirror:

My previously red kitchen island is now sporting Annie Sloan’s Duck Egg blue and Old Ochre chalk paint.

My first copy cat challenge. What a great find to copy, a magazine with almost my blog name!


I really love all the copy cat challenges 🙂

A fellow blogger had this on his blog, from another blog, from another blog

well you get the picture and I just had to make one or six to be exact!

My first Annie Sloan Chalk Paint project and it won a burlap contest and product from Canvas Corp:

Everyone was putting  “a bird on it” in 2011, including me.  Another Annie Sloan project!  I do love chalk paint!

The burlap craze swept the blogosphere, here’s just one of mine.

 My breakfast area curtains in oyster white burlap.


My version of a family subway art project (words used frequently by the Hamlin family).

Using powerpoint and printing it as a photo at Wal Mart.

The skirt that no longer fit, became a kindle case for my sister.  In her favorite Alabama inspired houndstooth.

Ana White square farm table. (and Here where she lives.) Built my son, husband and myself last year at Christmas time.


This one was never a post, it’s the “I wish I had started a blog sooner” and “I wish that all my old photos from my past makeovers were saved somewhere and not scattered all over the place on old computers”, that I can’t access any longer.  This would have been a great post of my master bath make over.  From red wall paper, vinyl floor covering, a shower the size of a phone booth, to dirty white 4×4 tiles and laminate counter tops to this:


I am so glad that I started blogging.  As I scrolled back through all these photos, I realize what a great influence all the other bloggers are and how encouraging all my readers are.  I am so thankful for every one of you.  I hope you’ll visit often, leave comments and follow my practical journal .

I’ll be sharing here:

Between Naps on the Porch

From My Front Porch to Yours

Funky Junk



Ivy and Elephants

DIY Showoff

The Blooming Hydrangea

Savvy Southern Style

Southern Hospitality

The Stuff of Success

23 thoughts on “Favorites of 2011”

  1. What wonderful projects Debbie! Of course the Federal mirror is my favorite because it is what made me find you!:) May you and your have a wonderful blessed New Year! Thanx for coming to the party!

  2. You have had a year of fabulous projects! What a great recap post!

    Thank you for being a friend to me and 2805 and for sharing at Potpourri Friday. I wish you a healthy, prosperous and sparkling New Year!

  3. Thank you for linking up to my party! Also just want to say, love the federal mirror too. I have two of them and I might need to add some black to one of them.

  4. Such gorgeous projects, you must feel so proud of you accomplishments!
    We’d love to have you show them off at our “What’s It Wednesday” Linky party.
    Hope you can make it.
    Happy New Year!

  5. Wow, now I’m on serious “project over-load!” So many wonderful things. I think your idea of hanging things on the wall with paper clips & pins is fantastic — must try (only non-breakables, okay?). I adore those starlight mint bowls — so, so cute!

    Thank you for stopping by to see my “studio,” and for your cute comments. If we lived close, I’d absolutely help you do your room!
    Happy New Year!

  6. Debbie! This was great because I was late to the party and missed too much. Going back to peek some more. The magazine copy cat challenge was too fabulous!!!!! Seriously.

  7. I’m glad you started blogging too. Your style is so inspirational and it was really fun looking at everything you have accomplished this past year. Well done. If I had to choose a favorite it would be the federal mirror. I loved it then and love it still. Wishing you all good things in 2012. Happy New Year Debbie!

  8. Great projects! Hard to pick a favourite, but the candleholders really stand out to me. I’m thinking you had the same brain wave as me, IKEA slips? Thanks for stopping by and for your comment on my ‘best of’. Copy away my friend (faux grainsack pillow No. 8), that is one of the beauties of blogland, seeing so many affordable and achievable projects to imitate.

  9. Debbie, you’ve been a busy girl! I love them all! You did an amazing job on each project! You’re so talented! When you get tired of the burlap seat covered chair, just send it my way! I love it! Your bathroom, kitchen island, subway art and bird table are wonderful! I just love each project! Happy New Year, may it be filled with many wonderful blessings!

  10. Debbie,
    I love that houndstooth kindle case, great idea! You have done so many amazing things this year, can’t wait to see what you come up with in 2012! Isn’t it fun to look back on this past year? Makes me feel somewhat accomplished. HA!

  11. Debbie, what an amazing year you have had! You have accomplished so many great projects and I’m so glad that I discovered your blog. Looking forward to following along in 2012!

    Happy New Year Debbie,

  12. Wow! You accomplished a ton of projects this year! I’m glad of this recap because I missed a few. Looking forward to seeing what you’re up to in the new year!


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