The Best of 2012 ~ Part Three

Hello! Today I will be wrapping up the best of 2012. Did you catch part one and part two? Stick with me, I promise this is the last of it.  These are the highlights from August through December.


In August I shared tips about the Google Next button for reading blogs. Do you use it?

I also did a tutorial on how to frame a large poster, or map in my case.

How to Frame a Poster

Have you ever tried a spend free month? I did, here is how I did.

The dining room got some new bookshelves, via the local thrift store of course.

Bookshelves makeover

And it was when I had the photo shoot for the local home magazine article. This is how messy my garage is!

Photo Shoot

In early August we got back from a little trip overseas. Here!

Tour Eiffel

I still have to show you all the pictures from that trip and am looking forward to having more time this spring, so get ready for some France!


Fall of course brings cozy nights and warm dinners. I set up a fall table scape with new chargers and some turquoise accents.

Fall Tablescape

I also turned a lamp I found into a terrarium for the guest room.

Lamp Turned Terrarium

September was a mini old house lovers month. I explained why I’ll never paint our wood trim. Mostly because it looks like this ~ gorgeous in my opinion.

Wood Trim

And I found our first old house treasure ~ white hex tile in the upstairs bathroom. Be still my heart!

That post did not even begin to convey the excitement I have about it! Here is an update. I’m still looking for a match for the broken pieces.

Hex Tile


In the fall we had our backyard hardscaped and I can’t wait to show you what it looks like this spring. I haven’t even done that yet. In October I shared the before pictures. Warning ~ they are the before pictures to end all before pictures.

The Backyard Before

The backyard updates included a post on how not to build a deck.

Inside the house I put marble paper onto the back of the bar cabinet in the dining room. I’m just in love with that marble paper.

Marble Paper-Backed Bookshelves

October through December were pretty busy months for me. I wrote about real life here.


Our Thanksgiving mantel is probably my favorite to date. It was warm and cozy and I still have the marble paper frames up. Told you I love that paper.

Thanksgiving Mantel

A project I did for the dining room was to make a feather boa wreath. I love feathers and think they work perfectly in the fall.

Feather Boa Wreath

A fall project I did was glittered pine cones. They are sprinkled throughout the house as we speak.

Glittered Pine Cones

November is when the local home magazine I was featured in came out. It was my first press, so I was very excited.

Buffalo Spree Home Feature

My one holiday craft I got to show you in December was the felt mistletoe for some smooching time.

Felt Mistletoe Holiday Craft

And last in this long three-part series is my holiday home tour 2012. I hope you’ve enjoyed it all.

Holiday Decorations

Holiday Decorations

Stay tuned for what’s in store this year!

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  1. Great round-up, Jess! I just read all three, and it was so much fun to recap, since I feel like I’ve followed along on your journey over this last year. Still loving my rocks in my plants – that’s gotta be one of the best DIY quick fixes ever! And we are all still totally loving the DIY Capiz chandie – another great tutorial from you!!! I noticed your dark etagere in 2 living room photos and have to ask about it. Where did you get it, did you DIY anything on it, etc.? I really want one for our living room, about 6 1/2 to 7′ tall in an industrial black I’m thinking, but possibly in gold… and I want to keep my eye on the budget. Looking forward to your posts this year 🙂

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