Can you even believe that 2012 is almost here!? I feel like this past year has been a whirlwind of crazy-awesomeness! We've had so much going on around our house, with the blog and Cason's new job, that I feel like time has just flown right by! How is it that some days seem to NEVER end, but then when you look back on an entire year... you can't believe that 365 of them have passed so quickly?
I wanted to do a little recap of some of our favorite and YOUR favorite posts from 2012! We went through our posts from this past year, and along with a little breakdown for you of what we were up to, we gathered our most popular projects and listed them here for any of you who may have missed them!
We started off our year with one of our most popular posts, believe it or not...
A simple quick tutorial on how to change your blogger.com settings so that I can respond to your comments that I love so much! Because let's get real... asking a question about a project or specific decoration in a comment and then having NO WAY for me to respond back... is just plain ol' silly.
February flew in and love was in the air! We decorated and crafted up some new Valentines Decorating Ideas and shared them with everyone!
March was an EXTRA exciting month around the Smith house! I was contacted to see if my girls wanted to attend a little tea party at the Plaza Hotel in New York with Miss Kelly and Electrolux, to support an amazing cause.
One of our favorite blogging related experiences, to date. SUCH a fun opportunity. I quickly started realizing how much of an impact blogging and social media have in the world!
After arriving home, we didn't waste anytime getting back to work. We started the next month off with an easy, inexpensive Painted Chevron Rug Tutorial. Thanks to one of my best-bloggin'-friends Jen from Tatertots and Jello, and her obsession with all things chevron... our rugs turned out fabulously!
We were so happy with our new aqua rug, that we decided to scatter the happy color throughout, with a massive Gallery wall using IKEA picture frames and some easy tips and tricks. Shortly after, our personalized Address Subway art was born...
Our next project, to complete our living room ensemble was our Console Table Makeover with bright yellow lamps to boot!...
For the month following, we shifted gears and got started on our master bathroom renovation...
who knew THIS project would go straight into 2012!? LOL. Probably because we spent too much time messing around with the camera taking silly pictures then actually WORKING... oh well. ha!
In true House of Smiths fashion, we got sidetracked and wandered out into the kitchen to do a little summer decorating...
...but in the end, it was just way too nice to work inside, so we headed outdoors to spruce up the yard!
With the Summer months in full swing, blogging conferences started up, and I was a traveling fool!
Having WAY too much fun at EVO with tons of inspiring women...
then off to meet and hang out with new friends in San Diego at the Blogher conference, all while honing in on blogging skills, networking and finding out the best ways to survive the fast-paced world of social media.
Quickly after returning home we were approached by a local production studio here in Utah about shooting some fun new shows. All dealing with projects, tips, tricks and topics frequently seen on our blog! We loved the idea of being able to present our readers with another great option to connect with us, so the plans for shooting 12 episodes in the fall were announced!
Whew! At this point, we were feeling a bit overwhelmed... but incredibly blessed. Crafting and creating new things always helps me regain a bit of perspective, so I whipped up a little Stenciled Cake Stand as I prepared for Aubrielle's 4yr old birthday party...
A need for a stylish way to store coats, gloves, hats and other random winter-type items came to head as the days got chillier, so we constructed a few DIY vintage wood crates...
(that will also be incorporated into a big new project in 2012!)
In September I was jet setting to Minnesota to join in on all the fun at The Creative Connection Event, as a social media corespondent. Learned a TON and had the chance to rub shoulders with some truly talented people.
October started out with a re-purposed little aqua striped table for that 'awkward space' between our kitchen and living room...
and with gobs of sleepless nights and massive amounts of help and support from Cason and my brother... we officially launched our new House of Smiths vinyl design shop!!!
But October couldn't leave without a bang! Aubrielle turned 4, and we found ourselves knee deep in tulle, pink, and all things girly, as we threw an epic Fairy Ballerina Party for that sweet, spunky kiddo.
After an even MORE epic "after-party-clean-up"... we did a quick switcha-roo from pinks and polka dots, to pumpkins and turkeys! Thanksgiving decorating was in full swing!
But as we all know, it doesn't last long... December approached rapidly as we geared up for the holidays, with a little Christmas crafting and present wrapping.
Do you see what I mean now!? We wouldn't have changed a THING... but needless to say, things were QUITE busy around here in 2011. We have currently been getting a bit more organized for the new year with our latest Magnetic Organizational board tutorial...
the great toy purge, and yet AGAIN... the good ol' garage organization and clean up routine.
(so we can actually FIND our tools again, for the next set of upcoming projects)
Thank you SO MUCH for all of the support that you've given our blog and for coming along on our family's DIY adventures! We sincerely consider all of our readers some of our closest friends, and hope that all of YOU have a productive, happy and safe New Year!
If you haven't been around 'the house' for very long, you can also check out our 2010, year in review post! Lots of room makeovers in the beginning stages and additional projects too!