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6 Month Blogiversary

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Wow, I can NOT believe it’s been six months since I actively started blogging.  If you want to be real technical, my first three (trial) posts were in January 2010.  But I don’t really count those, since I really didn’t have any clue what I was doing.  {Some days I wonder if I know what I’m doing now, lol.}  So, I stepped away from blogging for more than a year and a half.   But I came back and I’m glad I did.

I can say I’ve met some wonderful people, gotten tons of inspiration from other bloggers and actually gotten some projects completed that were on my to-do list for way too long.  Of course there are still tons (yes, tons) of things I would still like to get accomplished.

Today, I want to recap what I have gotten done in the last six months.  Starting with the makeover of my grandmother’s metal lawn chair.

Metal Lawn Chair MakeoverIf someone had told me that I would be contacted by an independent writer for diynetwork.com asking to use my photos, I never would have believed it.  But it did happen.  Click here to see the article.

Next up was rearranging the shelf in my kitchen.

Kitchen Shelf Makeover

Then I made some art from an old frame, some burlap and a butterfly.

Butterfly Art

 

After seeing so many different Sunburst mirrors all over blogland (and one in particular made from clothes pins), I had to make my own.  Those who know me well, know I have had a sun, moon, stars thing going on for a looooong time.

Sunburst Mirror

I shared a couple of my Goodwill finds that got fresh new coats of spray paint.

Key Closeup

Candle Holders After

 

I also shared my first (on the blog) thrift store haul.

Thrift Store Finds

Then I showed how I revamped a bar I got for free with leftover paint and a $20 door from ReStore.

Bar After

I shared my first experience with canning.

Canned Salsa

Final Product

After seeing so many canvas drop cloth uses, I decided to use one to repair a set of director’s chairs.

Canvas Director's Chair

With some of the leftover canvas, I made two fall pillows stamped with acrylic paint.

Leaf Pillows

 I was inspired by another blogger who used their pressed penny collection in a shadow box.  I took mine a little different route by hot gluing them to an initial….

Pressed Penny Art

I saw a lot of different sweater pumpkins but I made mine into Jack-o-lanterns.

Trio Jack-o-Lanterns

I told you a little bit about Johnstown’s Swappers Day and shared my finds.

Woven Sunburst

I then shared my wreath and candle ring made from cardboard.

Cardboard Fall Wreath

My next project ended up being the second most viewed and commented post.  The ombre glitter pumpkins were even featured on Dollar Store Crafts.

Glitter Pumpkins

Again I shared my thrift store and yard sale finds with Thrifty Finds Aug/Sept. which included this 70′s picture frame that became the basis for the Haunted House Frame.

Spooky house picture frame

Back-lit Haunted House

The most viewed and commented post was my tissue paper candy corn.

Candy Corn

Another Thrifty finds…. including the place mat that became a stenciled pillow.

Stenciled Pillow

More Thrifty finds including the finial that got a color makeover.

Finial CollageFor Halloween, I made a double wreath with some of my thrift store finds.

Halloween Double Wreath

I shared another thrift store haul that included some craft supplies and this cute little Avon bottle which was 50% off.

Avon bottle

The end of October, I shared our little getaway to Hocking Hills, Ohio.

Upper Falls - Old Man's Cave

Our basement remodel (part 1)…

Basement Before

Basement After

More thrift store haul found while at Hocking Hills.

Book End and Cones

 November saw the beginning of my Winter/Christmas decor with the glittered snowflake.

Glittered Snowflake

Then I showed how to make a C7 light bulb out of felt.

Finished C7 Door Hanger

Next up was the poinsettia cone tree.

Glittered Poinsettia Tree

 Christmas decor with turquoise and copper.

Snowflake Art

Then I showed some more turquoise and copper Christmas decor.

Christmas Tree 2011

Just before Christmas I shared another thrift store haul including my first piece of Pyrex.

Pyrex Hamilton Beach Bowl

After Christmas, I stamped and stenciled pillow covers with more glittered snowflakes.

Stenciled and Stamped Snowflake Pillow Covers

And the most recent post, I shared a beautiful sunset with trees in silhouette.

Sunset Trees in Silhouette 11

Geez, it looks like I’ve done more than I thought.

Anybody still hanging in there?  Hello?

What was your favorite post?  Were you inspired by something I’ve shared?  Please feel free to leave a comment and let me know.

Thanks so much for following along on my little adventure.  Your comments and support mean more than you know.  Stay tuned, there is so much more to come =)

Andrea

3 Responses

Karen
Karen
January 20, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Happy Blogiversary! May there be many more to come, each as chock full of wonderful craftiness as this one has been!

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Ramanjit Kaur Bhangu
Ramanjit Kaur Bhangu
January 19, 2012 at 11:18 pm

Andrea i must say i loved all of your posts n pictures…esp the stencil pillows,butterfly frame,snowflakes n gma’s chair….n this last one sunset pic is magical…

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Heather – Dollar Store Crafts
Heather - Dollar Store Crafts
January 19, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Congratulations!! It’s been a fun ride for you! :)

Andrea Clem

Hi, my name is Andrea. I’m a Designer and decor junkie. My emphasis is on do-it-yourself projects, making trash into treasure, recycled/re-purposed materials and seeing things outside the box. [ Read More... ]

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