Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year! 2009 In Review

I would like to wish you all a Bonne Annee, or Good Year! And do a quick little review of 2009. I started this blog back in April, and I wanted to quit after just one week! I was putting too much pressure on myself to post often. It was supposed to be fun. Well, it is now, because I just go at my own pace, and just be myself! I'll start off the review with a couple of my favorite finds.

I found these pink shrooms at an estate sale, put them down, then quickly ran back and got them. They're perfect for my "secret garden"!

I just love the colors and graphics on this vintage Chinese Checkers game that I found at an estate sale.

I have always loved Smokey the Bear, ever since I was little, but I never had anything of his until I found this scarf. I almost cried when I saw it, believe it or not! Still looking for the perfect frame.

I found this quilt at a barn sale, for $3.50! A perfect addition to my patriotic decorations.

This old pink radio is one of my favorite things, won on Ebay.

This old lunchbox was another one of my Ebay winnings.

I've always wanted one of these pretty wastebaskets. Now that I finally have one, I feel it's too pretty to put garbage in!

I enjoyed showing my little children's stove that I had when I was a little girl.

I also enjoyed sharing my little pink dollhouse.

One of my favorite projects was turning this $1.00 garage sale clock...

into this! So fun and easy.

Another project that I enjoyed doing was making a cushion and pillows for the bench by the back door. They were so pretty, until the squirrels ripped them all to shreds. They used the stuffing in their nests up in the trees. I guess it was their mating season, so hopefully I will remember when that was, so I can bring in the new ones I plan to make!

I'm so proud of myself, because this summer I walked through that arch and conquered my fear of the neighbors in back of us, who threatened me. I had let my secret garden get all weedy for a couple of years because I was too afraid to go back there. I guess I got tired of being afraid. I got alot accomplished, including that picket fence along the back of the garden, until I got a raging case of poison ivy!

I had a wonderful time on my Girls Gone Wild Weekend!

My daughter, mother, sister and niece went to the Czech Fest in Wisconsin. We only got in a little bit of trouble!

My baby turned 21! That officially makes me old. But I don't feel old!

All in all, it's been a great year. I wish all of you and your families a 2010 that is filled with lots of love, happiness and prosperity!

And I want to thank all of the wonderful people that I have met here in blogland. You have all taught me so much, and shared little peeks into your lives, and I've enjoyed every minute of it!


Maureen said...

Great post Carol. Lots of pretty things but that pink radio.... Love your clock redo too.

But best of all, I'm glad that you got over your fear of going to your garden. It can be your little slice of heaven. Oh, and that you found your groove with your blog.

Health, happiness and prosperity in the new year. Cheers!

Fran. said...

Hi, Carol I just love the vintage feel of your blog! I too just started by blog it took me over 4 hours but I did it! I was trying to wait for my husband or daughter to help me but they were busy! LOL I was so proud of myself! I need to do more and would love to open an esty shop! I'm praying about that one! Have a Happy New Year and keep on a posting!! XO Fran.

Susie's country cottage said...

Great post Carol. I'm pleased you carried on blogging. I've enjoyed reading all your post and seeing all your wonderful vintage stuff. I'm looking forward to blogging with you in 2010!
May all your dreams and wishes come true in 2010. Happy New Year
Susie X

Judi said...

Wow, looks like I missed a great year with ya Carol!

Love, love, love it all! You sure have a talent for re-purposing and finding such bargains too! Looking forward to a new year and wishing yours is both happy and healthy! Judi

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I enjoyed your year in review! Great post! Happy New Year!


Shara said...

Whew! I'm gld to hear that you didn't give up blogging! Love all your finds. Those pink toadstoos always make me squeal with delight. That are awesome!

Happy New Year to YOU!

PS. How DARE your neighbors threaten YOU! I'll be right there to help kick their butts! :O)

Kori said...

Love that pink radio honey...your daughter is beau---ti---ful!!!! Happy New Year to you friend. Enjoy your night! Kori xoxo

anythinggoeshere said...

A fun walk though the last year. I started blogging in March so we started at almost the same time. I am glad that I met you this year also. xo Joan

Simply Shelley said...

I am glad you decided to keep on blogging...I for one have really enjoyed coming here to visit you....you have the neatest stuff to share with us....your daughter is a beauty...have a most blessed New Year.....

Celestial Charms said...

Your pink radio was a real catch, and you have so many lovely things displayed here. I headed over to your blog, after reading your comment on Elizabeth's Creative Breathing Blog. I be coming back to see you in the new year. So, have a very Happy New Year to you and yours.

Jocelyn said...

Love your year in review. Great post. Wishing you a very happy New Year.


Mary said...

Wonderful review of your first year in blogland! Loved all of your photos and finds, especially the beautiful clock you created!

Wishing you a wonderful 2010!


Cindy said...

Happy New Year Dear Lady! I'm the one who mentioned that they have a pink radio like yours. I used it this summer on a shelf in the covered deck..love it too. Blessings to you! Cindy

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

I loved your "look back" at your wonderful finds of the past year!!!

You really were brave to reclaim your garden. May you be rewarded with many blooms (and no poison ivy this time) this spring!!!

Unknown said...

Hmmm...I think I'd give my pinky finger for those mushrooms. Are you sure you didn't pick them up in Gnomeland...I think I recognize them...mine are missing...just KIDDIN! I love them and the doll house and stove. You are just over the top fun! I'll be back and back but in the meantime, in this moment, I wish you a happy new year toast from me to you

Jane said...

I really enjoyed your "Year in Review" I didn't start my blog until late July so I had missed some of your earlier posts and projects. It was a lot of fun to see it all neatly wrapped in this post.
Have a great New Year.

Old Time Cindy said...

You've had a fantabulous year. Happy New Year to you and your family!
Living it up at Lakewood,

Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

What a wonderful post! I hope this year is as great as last year and filled with lots of love, fun, and happy new vintage treasures! Sending you BIG HUGS for a HAPPY NEW YEAR! Coralie

The Vintage Kitten said...

Loved this 'review of the year' I am swooning over the pink radio and your childs kitchen. I had a wooden one when I was little, I wish I still had it.
Happy New Year! Lots of Love TVK x

Lisa said...

Awesome year!! Happy New Year! Hope it is your best yet!
Hugs, Lisa

Celestial Charms said...

I had to come back and comment on your lovely vintage kitty postcard. So very adorable!

Protector of Vintage said...

I have enjoyed your blog so much! Hope you and your family have a wonderful 2010!!

Kori said...

Hey Carol, I have a little something for you over at my blog honey! happy new year...Kori xoxo

C. Dianne Zweig said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and offering such kind works. Glad you like my post. Now that I am here on your blog...I am going to enjoy some of your posts....love your photos......my kind of stuff!


Barbara said...

Did I wish you a happy new year yet? Did I tell you how much I love that little crayon box? (Actually I think that's in your other post.)

Janet, said...

Loved looking back with you! You have many of the same interests as I do. I love Smokey the Bear, too. I have a sheet of Smokey the Bear stamps and an old Smokey ashtray with his face in a little yellow ceramic skillet.

Unknown said...

Whoah!! I had a Chinese checker set like that one when I was a kid!!


Do you still have the guts that came out of the $1.00 garage sale clock you re-did? (beautiful, btw). I have a clock like that, but the winding spring broke and I would like to replace it.


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