Wednesday, January 18, 2012

2011 - A Year of Hostessing

It's no secret I love to party.  I love to have parties, plan parties, and attend parties.  This year was a great one for hostessing.  Some highlights:

January is great for parties.  We celebrated our project here:
I had the ladies over for brunch here:
And we made a heck of a punch here:
Wherein I also talked about my hostessing rules.  Which are definitely more like guidelines than actual rules!

February brought amazing Valentine's crafting:
An excuse to craft AND wear my vintage pink sequin cardi at the same time?  Yes please!!

In April, I hosted Mah Jongg night:
Where Molly showed off her winning rack:
In June, I had an awesome slumber party with choice headwear:
And lots of laughs:

In July, we had a birthday tea party in the backyard:
Which wrapped up with a birthday picnic:
Yay birthdays!

I apparently didn't hostess much in the fall.  But at the very tail end of the year, I hosted one of the surprise successes of the year:
Who hosts a Christmas crafting party for 70 people who don't even know what Christmas is?  THIS GIRL.

As much as I loved the China Christmas crafting party, there's no place like home.
My own little Christmas party with all my favorite ladies is always a highlight of my year.

What a fabulous year of parties!  Plenty of crafting, shenanigans and crafting shenanigans!  2012, you have big shoes to fill!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

2011 - a Year of House Stuff

It's been quite a year around here.  My blog posts seem to fall into a couple categories, the first of which is house stuff.  My favorite house projects of the year:

The kitchen!  Whee!!  We went from this:
To this:
And this:
To this:

And the porch went from this:
To this:
And this:
To this:
Yessss.  Outdoor living space is the best, isn't it?  Just looking at this picture makes me hungry for spring.

Also, I know this is shallow, but I mega uber HEART the molding in our bedroom.  From this:
To this:
In just one glorious year.

It has been a truly amazing year.  There's still a long ways to go, but these photos remind me of how amazing the progress can be.  Next up, the best of 2011 hostessing!