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2010 Recap: The Personal

I’ve already done a 2010 recap of the house and the blog, so now let’s get personal. Eleanor grew from a baby to a toddler, and our family has been growing right along with her. Here are some of my favorite personal posts from the past year.

Thunk goes the camera!

I determined that brownies are better with words stenciled in powdered sugar.

We celebrated Eleanor’s first birthday in the spring with lots of love and lots of pink.

I put together a video montage of Eleanor’s first year. It makes me teary. And happy.

On our sixth wedding anniversary, James Julius met up with Brandon and I to photograph our family.

I started thinking about food differently, which led to me losing the baby weight plus an extra twenty pounds.

Of course then I went and got pregnant again. (Welcome back, baby weight!) We’re having a boy this time.

I did pretty well on my 30 Before Thirty list. (And oh yeah, that means I turned thirty!)

And for Halloween, a little craftiness mixed with a store-bought dress added up to Eleanor’s cute Olivia costume.

It was a good year. 2011, you have some big shoes to fill.

2010 Recap: The Blog

I already showed you what I was up to around the house in 2010, but of course that’s not all I write about here on Making it Lovely. Here are some of my favorite things from the past year.

I added three new Making it Yours editions.

This was probably my favorite style post of the year. I actually bought that dress, and I wore it like crazy (until my expanding belly would no longer fit).

I learned that I am not an inspiration board kind of person. I find them too cluttered!

I discussed my thoughts on blog sponsorship and advertising.

I spoke at the first Alt Design Summit (which is coming up again in just a few weeks). I’m bummed that I can’t go again this year, but it’s just three weeks before my due date.

I attended the Mighty Summit, and came away feeling incredibly inspired.

The Halloween mask that I made was in the October issue of Better Homes & Gardens!

And a whole new section was added to Making it Lovely: The Filing Cabinet! Have you been checking it out? I post daily (often more than once) with fun finds and extras.

Tomorrow I’ll have my third and final recap of 2010: The personal stuff.

2010 Recap: The Home

Brandon and I have taken on a lot of projects since moving into our home in 2007, and last year was no exception. Here’s what we tackled around the house in 2010.

I rearranged my office. Then I added a new mirror above my desk, and a groovy zigzag rug. Then I neglected to do anything else and haven’t shown you the space since. I shall rectify this in 2011.

The front entryway got a makeover. I later made airy new curtains to let more light in to the space.

We cut a hole in our hundred-year-old door to allow our cats access to the basement. We should have done it sooner.

I put together a comprehensive DIY Painting Tips and Tricks Guide.

The bedroom was redone in greens and grays, and it now features the most awesome chandelier ever.

Who knew a dish rack and a $5 glass bottle could make a kitchen sink so much cuter?

Our roof sprung a leak, so we had to spring for a new roof. We made the most of a bad situation by addressing our second floor’s heating issues and chose a white roof to reflect the sun.

We solved one of our biggest storage dilemmas and organized our stacks of CDs.

I showed you how to make inexpensive custom-sized roller shades for your windows.

I explained why I’m painting the wood trim in my home. Then I took forever but finally finished painting the trim white in the dining room. I still have to paint the ceiling in there, and paint the trim in the living room and my office though.

I also showed you how I arranged my white ceramics collection with step-by-step photos.

I mixed white plates with fun metallic options to show you how to set a holiday table with a several variations.

Pantone’s color of the year totally validated my living room.

We started remodeling our unfinished basement to make room for my studio, along with a laundry room, half-bathroom, play space, and storage area. Finishing the basement will also allow us to turn the current studio into Eleanor’s new bedroom, and then update Eleanor’s nursery for the new baby.

So that’s what was happening around the house in 2010, and I have a lot more in store for 2011! C’mon already basement. I’m ready for you.

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