2012…My very first “Year in Review”

A year ago….

I never would have thought that I would be doing a post..“A Year In Review”

…..I never would have thought I would be sharing projects with you…

…..and you all being so wonderfully supportive…encouraging…

So I thank all of you…

…..I thank you for your precious friendship…that I will treasure forever!

You have no idea what it means to me…“So I thank you from the bottom of my heart”

I received an email from WordPress…

…..telling me what were the most popular posts and my top referrers..

So without further ado…here they are:

My top post was my Home Tour


I first shared it at Debbie Doo’s

…..and then on a Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern

And speaking of Savvy Southern…according to WordPress…

Kim was my top referrer…a great blogger..

…..that I can call my friend.

Then second was Susan at Between Naps on the Porch..

…..I had the great pleasure of finally meeting & spending time with her at Haven!

Another top post was my sunroom reveal

…..I received many, many page views from both Savvy Southern and Hometalk…


Hometalk…what a great place…to share and receive fantastic home and garden ideas!

The monogrammed burlap wreaths was also a top post….


And then there were the “makeovers”…like my foyer…twice!!

Before…the foyer makeover with my first ASCP major project..


To this:


and now to this..another foyer makeover


And sharing my porches and yard…

Like my upper porch…with the furniture I bought after seeing Kelly’s at Eclectically Vintage:


and my front porch with my garden hose wreaths:


and my lower back porch where I set many tablescapes…


Then there are tablescapes in my dining room too….

This one with an astro turf tablecloth!


We can’t forget the “holiday” tablescapes..


and a table with a french apple box filled with my hydrangeas…


Attending fantastic events such as Haven and being a part of the Southern Bloggers conference

…..were definitely highlights…of meeting so many wonderful fellow bloggers.



Southern Bloggers..

PicMonkey Collage

And ending up the year with Christmas decorating…



And being with family…

PicMonkey Collage

Happy New Year Everyone!!!….

As I look back at 2012 and feel wonderfully blessed….

…..I look forward to 2013 of making more beautiful memories to treasure for a lifetime!!

I am joining:

Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays

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  1. Barbara Bussey says

    Wow!, Shirley! What a great collection of this past year’s efforts! What a busy year you had! So many pretty things.
    Keep up the great work in 2013!,

  2. Wow, you did have a busy year. I missed the garden hose wreaths. How cute! You have such pretty spots outside to hang out.

  3. What is the date/link for the burlap monogrammed wreath? I seemed to have missed that one,

  4. I’ve enjoyed being part of the journey and observing your incredible energetic involvement in the blog world.

  5. I enjoyed your year in review. I think you are so talented, you know that. I am so glad I have gotten to know you and your blog. Happy and Healthy New Year to you ad your family.


  6. Linda Miller says

    Congratulations on your first “year in review” post. I had no doubt that your blog would be successful. Your technology and photography skills have grown so much over the past year. And your decorating talent has always been something that needed to be shared. I look forward to seeing your continued progress in 2013. Happy New Year!

  7. Shirley you have had quite the year indeed. So glad to have met you through this community. Love you and your home and everything you share. Happy new year.

  8. I missed the garden hose wreaths! How adorable!!! What ARE you going to do to top all of these in 2013??? Can’t wait to see!


  9. Happy New Year 2013!!! Thank you so much for sharing the tours and home decor of your lovely home for the many seasons. What a great inspiration you are in others life with sharing your creations for others to see. Hope the new year brings you a Happy and Healthier year.

  10. Shirley!! I have so loved getting to know you this year sitting with you and meeting Layla together is one of my year’s highlights for sure. Your house tour is to die for and I always find myself swooning over your wonderful style and beautiful home. Here’s to 2013 being the best year yet! xo

  11. Shirley, although I haven’t been here for very long…I love coming to you blog. Your home is so beautiful. Thank you fro the inspiration and sharing your creations. Wishing you a very Happy New Year!

  12. What a great 2012 you have had, it was a great review.. Have a Happy New Year and great blogging in 2013!!

  13. Thanks Shirley for your first year in review. I had never seen the garden hose wreathes..
    toooo cute!! Beautiful home and family..
    All the Best in 2013!!

  14. Shirley, you have had some great posts! I always enjoy seeing your beautiful home and all of your wonderful projects! Looking forward to so much more in 2013, my friend! Happy New Year!!

  15. Happy New Year Shirley!! I am so happy we became blogging friends this past year and I look forward to seeing all the wonderful projects you do in 2013!! Your posts are always full of inspiration! Wishing you all the best in the New Year my friend!

  16. Happy New Year! What a beautiful collection. I particularly love your two porches, they scream southern comfort. I love that furniture on the upstairs porch. I see why you scooped it up after seeing it elsewhere.

  17. Congrats on your very first “year in review”! I’m so glad that I came down to Mebane (almost a year ago!) and met you on that cold February day. You are such a talented lady and a great friend!

  18. Hi Shirley, Happy New Year! It looks like you have had an exciting year, your home is just lovely! Looking forward to following you in the New Year, Jen

  19. Wow! You’ve had quite a year and congrats on reaching the one year mark of blogging!! We have been so thrilled to get to know you and continue to be inspired by your gorgeous home and creations. Here’s to a wonderful 2013! 🙂

  20. Oh my goodness, Shirley… what great posts!! I have seen so many of them… but missed a couple. So so happy you did a “year in review”. I’m going back to look over the posts I missed!
    Thank you for the inspiration and generous spirit over the last year!
    Happy New Year!

  21. Shirley, this was such a joy. And so inspirational. Your home is lovely and the blogging world is very lucky that you are so willing to share it with us. Thank you and have a happy and healthy 2013. Lilmom.

  22. Katherines Corner says

    I enjoyed the look back. Happy to say I remember them all. Sending hugs your way!!

  23. What a wonderful year in review. I have certainly enjoyed following you and am so happy that we have become friends.

  24. Linda Bloom says

    I am not a Blogger but I enjoy your posts very much. I’m sure I must have found you at Between Naps On The Porch. You have a beautiful home and it’s a pleasure to visit.

  25. What a fabulous year, Shirley! Loved seeing your review and your beautiful family!

  26. doloresdelgado says

    WOW! What an accomplishment! I have learned so much from your posts and observing first-hand the results of your creativity and resourcefulness. Your photos are professional quality and your energy and enthusiasm for your blog give it life and depth. And, you share your time and talent with your less-gifted friends! My husband and I were quite ill prior to Christmas, and Shirley and another dear friend decorated our entire first floor, including a 12 ft tree, in 6 hours so that we could host a party for another neighbor. Please join me in wishing her the happiest of birthdays this Friday, January 4, when she finally reaches the magical age of 39. Happy Birthday and Happy Blogging!

  27. So much fun re-visiting all of your projects for the year, wow you were busy! You do such a lovely job with every detail and your home couldn’t be more beautiful! Wishing you all the best for 2013, Shirley!

  28. I love the garden hose wreaths. Your tree is so lush and fabulous. Must pin it. I love the next pic too after the tree of a closeup of ornaments and the lights blurred in the background. So pretty.

    I thought I had lots of ornaments but you have more and they look so nice so close together.

  29. It’s been such a great experience following your blog. I enjoyed it all. When I had questions, you answered me which was amazing to me that you were so approachable because I never asked a question before on a blog. Thank you again. Looking forward to this years posts!!!

  30. Shirley~ What a wonderful year end review! You accomplished so much and I love each of your posts! I especially love your spring table with the dangling butterflies! I missed your garden hose wreath post~ I need to sneak a peak and see if I can use that for my potting shed! I was taking down the last of my Christmas yesterday wondering how long it would take you to put all your beautiful Christmas away! 🙂 Wishing you & your family a Healthy & Happy New Year!

  31. So nice to meet you ! You left such a kind comment on Debbie Doos.
    Your home is beautiful. I have been blogging for about one year and am thinking of going to a bloggers conference. I’m sure I could learn a lot!
    Thanks again,

  32. I love your year in review. Your home and your blog is beautiful and I am so jealous that I cannot be a Southern Blogger too. I may just need to leave the Pacific NW. Thanks for sharing. Patti

  33. Just found your blog through Savvy Southern Style. What a great year you’ve had! The hose wreaths are darling! Love them! So glad to have found you. Melinda

  34. I just found your blog and it’s the perfect time as I can see all that you’ve been up to over the last year! Your home is just beautiful and your projects turned out fantastic! I’m looking forward to following along this year!


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