Starting this blog last Spring has made all the difference for me this year. I have learned more than I can say from some very generous, talented ladies who I have met through their blogs, or who have found me through my blog. I can not stress how very grateful I am for each and every one who has ever left a comment of encouragement or validation for me! Truly, this community is AMAZING in all that they do to teach and reach each other!
So, do I have some favorites that I finished this year? You betcha! For some reason I got on a buffet binge this year. Probably because I was looking for some for myself (look for those reveals coming up soon!) and old tired buffets appear to be plentiful right now.
One of my favs would have to be this beauty. When my computer crashed I lost the pictures of her stored within reach so you'll have to follow the link back to see her again. She was in the sorriest shape I have ever worked on. My poor husband helped me shore her up and spent hours trying to help reattach laminate tops and fill in holes. This one was more than I alone could handle. But she turned out so very, very pretty that it was worth every moment of work. She found a home with a lovely gal and I'm sure they will enjoy her for years and years.
Another piece that finished up so nicely that I can't help but show you is the Beauty and the Beast . The top on this one was a mess too but it painted up beautifully. And those chairs, wow, they may have started out pretty crusty, but they were solid, gorgeous, and with a generous wide seat. This set was so comfortable that I had a hard time parting with it! I know the family that bought these were so excited about them.
Finally, this was a piece that is quite dear to my heart. Another buffet, I just couldn't seem to help myself this year! This was part of a dining set that I refinished with a table and 6 chairs that matched her. She wasn't really in bad shape at all. Just a tired finish that needed to be refreshed and some minor repairs to make her work well. I love, love, love her lacy little fretwork, and the oak leaf carved in the backboard made my heart go pitter/pat. For a long time (until I bought yet ANOTHER similar buffet) she wasn't going anywhere. But really she needed to be with her matching table and chairs, and I'm happy to report that she recently joined them. Yeah! It's even with a dear friend who will probably let me have some visitation rights!
I'm enjoying seeing all the 2011 highlights out there. I've linked up a couple of these to:
I wish I had time to do a proper top ten, but with all my photos floating all over the place on my computer now it will take too long!
Instead I will tell you that 2012 will be a happening year here in Omaha! I am currently carving out a wee bit of time to work on some of my own home projects. There is a master bedroom that badly needs an overhaul that is coming sometime this winter. There are also several more need beauties in waiting in line for makeovers, and some client projects waiting for final instructions/inspirations. And the Prairie Pickers and Peddlers are meeting soon to shore up our activities for 2012!!! I can't wait to share more about that too!
May 2012 bring you much Happiness, great Health, a wealth of Inspiration and lots of Love!
Happy New Year!