A Review and a Farewell to 2012!

Well hello there friends!  Happy New Year's Eve!

I seem to have taken an impromptu week off from blogging.  Between hosting Christmas Day, the kids off from school and the general mayhem of the holidays it's been a whirlwind and I can't believe the year is actually coming to a close - can you?

Do you set yearly goals and if so, how'd you do with your list?  I laid down a few house goals right here last January, and out of those six I have accomplished a total of ONE!  (DIY roman shades which I haven't even blogged about yet!) 

Yep - I'd say the 2012 goal list was a bit of a FAIL - but hey!  Even though I didn't get to most of the lofty projects I had hoped to this year, I hope my complete and utter non performance makes you feel better about the things YOU didn't get to this year!!

In case you missed any, here are a few of the mind-blowing, earth shattering projects covered this year on SYL.
1/Hannah's closet makeover
2/finished basement, aka "the sea of beige"
3/makeover of kitchen table and chairs
4/stenciled drop cloth curtains
5/unconventional drapery hardware
6/exterior improvements and musings for adding curb appeal
7/DIY Ballard-inspired shelves
8/painting tile
9/mirror makover with a lil' bling

10/a fixed up master bathroom
11/latitude-longitude sign
12/Rub 'n Buff gallery of ideas
13/shells fit for a mermaid
14/DIY map serving tray
15/fancy schmancy chalkboard lettering
16/host  chairs for the dining room
17/hanging heavy art
18/unsticking photos from picture frame glass

19/are you staring at my chest? (aka how to get stains out of clothes)
20/cleaning silver the lazy way
21/vintage menus
22/setting a stepping stone path
23/spray painted door hardware
24/the easy way to change the color of door hinges
25/tracing paper and tissue paper wrapped canvases
26/temporary tiered dessert stands
27/DIY docking station from a wine box

And of course, I can't end this year - on a Monday no less - without rounding up some of the yummiest recipes from 2012.

1/pineapple infused vodka (stoli dolis)
2/microwavable brownie in a mug 
3/chocolate chip banana cake
4/low fat chocolate spoon cake
5/good old fashioned lasagna
6/puppy chow (aka Texas Trash)
7/blueberry lemon cake
8/linzer cookies
9/fiery chili
10/hot fudge sauce (and homemade ice cream)
11/white sangria
12/minestrone soup
13/blonde brownies
14/blueberry muffies
15/strawberry napoleans
16/fried mozzarella
17/orzo salad
18/sausage and onion risotto

Mangia Mondays will return next week!

Thanks for hanging with me here this year - I appreciate you so very much!  Wishing each and every one of you a safe and fun New Year's Eve, and a wonderful, healthy, funny, joy-filled, beauty-full year ahead!  



Dana Frieling said...

I'd say it was definitely a productive year! Blessings to you and your family in 2013, Lisa.

Mandi@TidbitsfromtheTremaynes said...

It is AMAYZING what you got done in a year! Fabulous, girlfriend! Virtual butt pat for you.

And I'm so glad you took an impromptu week off for Christmas Vacay. Good for you!! :)

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

Oh my goodness, even if things weren't on your "official" goal list, look how much you accomplished! And, might I just say that the exterior shot of your home and yard is absolutely gorgeous! Keep up the good work, Lisa. Looking forward to another year of great inspiration from you. Happy New Year to you, friend!

Jenny said...

I'd say you've had a pretty productive year. ;-). Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for 2013!

Lobster Meets Peach said...

What wonderful inspiration your blog is for me! So happy that I "found" your blog this year.

Here's to a great 2013!!!

My Crafty Home Life said...

Happy New Year....see, when we do things that were not on the list, they still count. Where are we going, anyway? It will all be waiting for us next week. Cheers!

pam {simple details} said...

Holy, moly what a great round-up of projects you did do!! I can't believe I'd forgotten about Hannah's fun closet redo. Wishing you and your cute family the very BEST in 2013!

cestMoi Sandy said...

Hi dear Lisa!
I would say you can pat yourself on the back and do a happy dance!
(Just don't do both at the same time ;)
Wishing you a wonderful 2013!


Val said...

You had an amazing 2012. I can't wait to see what 2013 brings. Happy New Year!

Kelly @ View Along the Way said...

You had a killer year in 2012! Happy new year!

Calypso In The Country said...

Whoa - you sure were busy! What a great year you had Lisa! I can't wait to see what you do in 2013. I always enjoy reading your blog! Cheers to the new year!

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Us when the list was not a terrible thing, they still count. We Anyway, where are you going? I will be waiting for us next week.