2012: The Year in Review

So I wasn't going to give in to the peer pressure.

Really, I wasn't.

You see, bloggers all over the internet are doing year-in-review posts and, initially, I wasn't going to join them.

Now I don't want you to think that I'm some kind of party pooper.  I swear I'm tons of fun.  It's just that I'm only eleven short days away from my blogiversary, and I was kind of envisioning a round-up post for that occasion.

But in the end, I couldn't wait.  

Call me impatient.

(Call me a blogger who has nothing planned for her blogiversary.)

Whatever you call me, do it after you check out this post ;)

I decided to limit myself to one post per month for the round-up.  It wasn't easy to pick just 12 out of my 105.  I didn't always pick the most "popular" posts because I wanted to mix things up a bit.  (Plus I'm kinda sick of looking at some of the more popular ones ;)

Clockwise from upper left: January, February, March, April.

Above you see posts from January 2012 through April 2012.  

  • For January I had to pick my very first post.  If I had known then how much this blog would grow and how important it would become to me, I would have been shocked.  Check it out if you'd like to see how it all began.  
  • For February I chose my one and only Wordless Wednesday post.  (For those of you who don't read a lot of blogs, Wordless Wednesday is kind of a "thing."  But it's a thing I don't usually do because I tend to be kinda, well, wordy...  ;)  This particular post was about a trip we took to Joshua Tree National Park.  We just booked another trip for February and I can hardly wait to go again.  
  • For March I chose NOT to highlight my punch box post because, really, how many times can I drag that puppy out and parade it around the neighborhood?  Instead I picked a post about the flower petal lantern I made for my daughter's room which I know a lot of other people enjoyed as well.  
  • Finally, for April, I picked what is probably my favorite post of all time.  Sometimes the words come flowing right out of me and sometimes I have to pull them out kicking and screaming.  My first succulent post was one of the easy ones.  Plus it was funny.  And it was one of the first times (besides Joshua Tree) when I was actually proud of my photography.  


Clockwise from upper left: May, June, July, August.
 Apparently I did a lot of eating this summer as almost all of my posts were food related.  

  • May was a hard month for me blogging-wise because my trusty laptop died, leaving me to blog on my phone.  I did enjoy this little post on berry infused ice cubes, though, so I decided to go with that one.  
  • June was the month my older daughter graduated from elementary school.  To celebrate I made these nifty chocolate graduation caps.  Thank you Pinterest!
  • In July I made an old standby recipe: Raspberry Brownie Cake.  It seems that quite a few people made it for Christmas this year  because it was viewed a lot during the last two weeks of December!
  • While the succulent post was my favorite post, my favorite project was the sleepover birthday cake that I made for my younger daughter, so naturally that was my choice for August. 


Clockwise from upper left: September, October, November, December.

  • In September my daughter decided to get in on the creating and blogging.  She came up with a recipe for pizza muffins which I blogged about here.  
  • October was all about Halloween and my younger daughter's DIY jellyfish costume.  Read about it here.  
  • When I threw together this little post I never imagined it would be so popular.  But this is the internet and apparently the internet loves a good mason jar ;) so, here ya go...
  • Finally we have these fun little present toppers.  It was hard to choose a post for December because I also really loved the paint chip gift tags and my present wrapping party.  Not exactly Sophie's Choice I know, but I did warn you in my very first post that this would be a blog about first world problems ;)

So that's it.  My year-in-review.  

I am truly looking forward to 2013 and all of the fun and creativity that will come with it.

Happy New Year everyone!


  1. What a wonderful year! So glad you did a year in a review. The first time I came across your blog, thanks to Linda at It all started with paint, I read your hilarious succulent post and I was a fan ever since. It was truly a shock and very much a pleasure that the comment I left for you, on that very hilarious post, brought a wonderful new friend into my life. I can't wait to see where 2013 takes you.

  2. I'm glad you caved! You have so many amazing project ideas. I love the jelly fish and the sleepover cake is so adorable. I am so glad I am following your blogging travels. :) Megan

  3. Everything is so interesting! I love a lot of your ideas. You are very creative! Happy New Year from Spain! Kisses :)

    1. Muchas gracias, Vero! Feliz año nuevo de California!! Estoy tan feliz de haberte conocido este año.


  4. What a fun year! You know, I can grow beautiful things in the ground. But succulents? I kind of suck at them. Go figure. I love that slumber party cake. Too cute for words. My one year is coming up and I was going to wait like you, but I too succumbed to the pressure. Mostly it didn't occur to me that there would be all these year in reviews! What are you going to do for your anniversary?

  5. I also did a lot of eating (and drinking) this summer:) So happy to be following you and keeping up with your blog, my resolution this year is to try to actually comment more, instead of just reading things from my reader.

    Happy 2013!


  6. I'm glad you did your year in review because it was an AWESOME year!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

  7. a lovely look back, Happy New Year wishes and thank you for sharing at the hop. I hope you will stop by again soon. I posted the new giveaway! xo

  8. I remember a lot of those projects. Well, you did really, really well this year!!! Thank you for sharing it all at http://www.finecraftguild.com. + HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Looking forward to a great year ahead also.

    btw will you do me a sweet little favor and make our url an active link back? I would so love this and thank you in advance!!!

  9. Great post! Just got back from my trip...finally able to hop around from the 2012 year in review link up! Thanks for linking up with us! I'm a Happy New Follower!

    Ramblings of a Southern Belle

  10. Oh I'm glad you gave into peer pressure - y/e wrap-up posts are fun! Looking forward to a great 2013 here - happy New Year!


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