My year in review....well 4.5 months anyway.

Back in August, I was facing the first fall in 24 years alone, watching my kids jump on their respective school buses after homeschooling the last 12 years.  It was weird.  Really weird.  Even for me.

Somehow I found my way via a google search on the word 'interior design' (or some such) the wonderful world of Disney home decor blogs and I was off to the races.  I've had 4 other blogs previously as I love to record and process thru writing, but I'd never thought to solely focus a blog on my creative homemaking pursuits.  I started one simply to keep track of all the other completely awesome bloggers and their ideas.

But then I decided to begin recording my own trials and tribulations in decorating (and maybe a few successes) and my wee blog actually got a follower.  (Thank you Kim of Twice Remembered!).  Then another uber-talented blogger happened upon my blog and did a feature.  (Thanks Donna of Funky Junk Interiors!)  Now I find myself with a full-fledged shelter blog, and a nifty soapbox platform for all manner of creativity and connection with other like-minded kooky ladies souls.

Here's a quick run down of my favorite projects and posts:
EDITED:  I'm linking up with Rhoda at Southern Hospitality's Top Ten Projects of 2009 Party....there's actually 15 links below, but only 9 are really DIY oriented.  The other 6 are my favorite posts since starting the blog.  Thanks Rhoda for hosting!
Also linked to Kendall at Finesse Your Nest: 2009 Best of Your Nest Party!  Thanks for hosting Kendall!
And as of 2/10 I linked to the DIY Showoff !!!


And last but certainly not least, My Reality: the Extreme Home Edition

Whew.  Throw in some linky parties, tons of spray paint, crafts gone well and crafts gone awry, thrifting and antiquing, a little travelling, some more babbling....and you pretty much have cottage instincts in a nut shell.

I'm honored you consider cottage instincts a small part of your day.
 Lookin' forward to the next year with its promise of more creative inspiration from blogland, and the opportunity to maybe make y'all laugh a bit.



LuLu Kellogg said...

Happy New Year Cindy!
I look forward to more of your posts in 2010!
LuLu Kellogg

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Bravo! That's a great profile piece right there!

All your stuff is just so attractive. The pics just beckon you in, leaving you desiring more.

You rock n' roll. :)

(thanks for the mention.. again!)


Anonymous said...

Love popping by to visit you! Have a Happy New Year!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

It has been such a wonderful and fun year. I've really enjoyed our blog and look forward to the new year and many more wonderful posts. I hope you have a very Blessed and Happy New Year Hugs, Marty

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You have accmplished a lot in a short time. I enjoy your posts.
Happy New Year.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Forgot - Like your new header.

Brenda Pruitt said...

I do believe I found Jayme through you, and so I thank you for that. I love your blog, your common sense, and your individuality, which shines through on every post. You're a keeper!

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

You have had a good year! Great projects and more to come. Looking forward to all that 2010 brings. Happy New Year!

Rust: Vintage Inspired Design said...

Wonderful post Cindy....love your blog and looking forward to seeing more in 2010!
Happy New Year!

Kirsty said...

Wow...what an impressive few months. You have accomplished some gorgeous things! Happy 2010!

Kim @ Twice Remembered said...

Your blog is beautiful and so inspirational...I'm so glad to be a follower! Thank you for sharing your wonderful creativity with the rest of us and I look forward to seeing what else you have up your talented sleeve! ~Kim

Amy@TheLemonCottage said...

Just wanted to let you know that I mentioned you in my post tonight (about your post yesterday)
I was so inspired, that I went to the library today!
You really made me think about a lot.
Thank you so much for that post, it came at a great time.

Happy New Year,

Lori said...

I am so glad that I found you this year! Although I have not done any projects this year that I have blogged about ~ there are so many ideas tumbling around in my head it is a wonder I can even sleep at night! Love the year in review Cindy ~ I look forward to even more ideas this year.

The Pleasures of Homemaking said...

It's always fun to take a look back! Happy New Year!


Jayme Goffin, The Coop Keeper said...

Cindy Cindy Cindy...thanks for putting me on your favorites list! You are uber talented, and giving and lovely. SO glad I know ya.

Happy New Year!

~Grace Happens~ said...

thanks so much for your comment! your blog is too fun, and i'm looking forward to reading more:) happy new year!!

Unknown said...

What a nice post to start the New Year!

Trish @TheOldPostRoad said...

My favorite was the house tour after the day at IKEA. Priceless.

Free Art Printables said...

What a great review! Here's to even more great projects next year!

Michelle Hughes said...

I loved reading through your older posts, especially the size 14 home... very inspiring... I thought I was already following you, well, I am off to hit that button now!

Have a Great New Year!

Charity said...

I love your dining room and the double rocker is awesome. Thanks for the inspiration.

Anna Whiston-Donaldson said...

What fun! Just imagine what next year holds!

Marianne said...

I have seen some of your projects in the blogosphere but somehow missed your blog. Well no more, I spent some time here already and probably will be spending a lot more time here in the future. Looking forward to seeing you pop up in my reader.
Did I mention I love your blog and your projects!

Autum said...

All that in 4.5 months? Wow! That second photo, ahh, what can I say about that second photo? Turquoise perfection! LOVE.

Kendall@ Finesse Your Nest said...

Cindy -- Thank you so much for participating in my very first linky party. I had nightmares last night that I had no responses, so imagine my surprise this morning when I found your post!

I enjoyed reading how you got started in blogging!

I love your dropcloth drapes, wow! They look custom! And those little corkboards are adorable.

Thanks again, and I look forward to your projects for 2010!

Rue said...

I swear I must be hallucinating... I went down the list of blogs and commented on every single one. When on earth did you join up with Rhoda's party and how pissed must everyone be with me that I missed... wait, maybe they don't care LOL


You've been busy this year! Your dining room is especially fabulous :)

off to catch up, since I've been painting...


Roeshel said...

What a great post Cindy - full of EVERYTHING! :) I love your blog and your style. I'm off to catch up on your posts.



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