12.30.2013

Fave Projects of 2013

So Christmas is over at our home and we were so sad to say goodbye to Mamie and Papa.
But here at A Grace Full Life, I like to make you feel a little better about your life.
It really is the least I can do for you. 

Let me paint a picture.
Soak it in.
At 8 pm on Christmas Eve, our refrigerator decided that he .... I say HE because a woman would never have done this to me on a holiday...... was taking a nap.
A dirt nap.
Wink wink.



The above is our cooler.
On the patio.
With our freezer food in it.
On Christmas Day.
For the first time ever, I was grateful for the sub zero temps.


 I literally started crying on Christmas Eve while putting away dishes and getting the cookies ready for Santa.
Thank goodness my parents were here for so many reasons but definitely for talking me off the proverbial ledge.
And for putting things in perspective.
My kids were healthy.
My parents made it to Illinois safely from Tennessee.
We HAD food to put into that cooler on the patio.
And we will forever talk about the Christmas Eve the refrigerator died.
That and the image of my hubs shoveling the driveway Christmas morning in his leg lamp pajama bottoms, Griswold Family Christmas tee shirt, boots and ear flaps.
It was like God was giving me a wake up smack in the face.
Life is good.
So stop your whining.
And tell Mike to get dressed before doing outside chores.
Nobody needs to see that.


Can you believe it is almost 2014?
I think I have started a blog post with that statement every end of December since 2010.
Well not the 2014 part.
I am going to tell you a secret: the older you get?
THE FASTER IT GOES.
Pass it on.
No one tells you that little gem until you are in the thick of it.
Have children and it goes even faster.
My oldest is only five months from being a freshman in high school.
WASN'T SHE JUST WATCHING ELMO???

I love Southern bloggers and one of my favorite Southern décor bloggers is Rhoda over at Southern Hospitality.
By the way, I had to spell hospitality five times before I got it right.
Anyway, she makes me want to move to Georgia, buy a house with a porch and sip tea.
And her house looks like something out of a magazine.
It puts my Goodwill, Dollar Tree, found on the side of the road décor to shame.
Every end of December, she hosts a cool favorite projects party at her house!
Oh wait, its virtual?
Damn.
Oh well, lets party.
Pass the tea.


Here are my personal favorites when it comes to projects I created in 2013.
Not as many choices as in years past.
Because I was busy mastering my craft and writing my novel.
No.
But it sounded much more glamorous than "watching the Ellen show while eating Jello".





My pictures will get better in 2013.
Because I discovered the "BOOST" button on Picasa.
My chevron pillows that I "made" were one of my faves and they are still going!
I actually went and made seven more over the course of 2013, I loved them so much!







Painting our front door this gorgeous green was one of my all time favorite things I have done to our home.
It adds that pop that was missing with our old boring burgundy door.
I have looked at this through three seasons now and it makes the house look so much happier from outside, even in dreary winter.






My almost freshman loves to decorate like her momma.
Which can be a good or a bad thing at times.
The good?
She gets excited about creating a space that is her own.
The bad?
I have had to spend a lot more money on paint and bedding than I would have wanted to.
Its all good.
It is staying this way until 2018.






See how I destroyed the environment in the name of room décor.






Then my almost six year old decided she wanted a big girl room.


It was a fun and very colorful year here at the blog.
Head over to visit Rhoda and check out some more cool blogs to get some inspiration.
Or to beg them to come to your house and do all those projects.
Yes, that's much better.


Top Projects 2013

12 comments:

  1. You forgot one 2013 thing. It goes like this. "I met Shannon." I know, I know. We were talking about home decor.

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  2. Love your green door! I did a green door this year too!

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  3. I LOVED all your projects, including the green door that I unintentionally copied! I also LOVED throwing myself across a room of strangers to attack you with a hug when meeting for the first time.Oh, and SAUSSAGE! Happy New Year girlie!

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    1. I LOVED meeting you in 2013 and receiving your care packages in the mail.
      Here's to 2014!!!

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  4. This is a beautiful overview of all you did in 2013. Time to come do my house in 2014. Thanks! Happy to get to know you even better this year! xoxoxo

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  5. Hi Kari, It's been a great year of your awesome projects. I think the chevron pillows are my fav also! Have you ever met Rhoda in person? She's very lovely & sophisticated {something that I am not & even cannot spell without the help of spell checker}. You have such a gift for writing. I love to read & LOL! Also, congrats on the fact that you get comments! If it weren't for you commenting on my blog, I would wonder if anyone was even reading!

    Happy New Year! Love, Michelle

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    1. How about this? I keep commenting on your blog and you keep commenting on mine! Deal??
      Happy New Year, Michelle!

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  6. Happy new year! And please, please, please come fix my house.

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    1. Your home does not need to be fixed.
      It DOES however need us to have a brainstorming party with Rumchata.

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