Tuesday, January 3, 2012

New Year, New Projects, Old Feel

It's our first post of 2012, woo-hoo! 

With 2011 behind us, Alex and I started discussing our "house project" wish list for 2012.  When we looked back at 2011, the only big projects we tackled were installing flooring in the Spare Room, building a Radiator Cover/ Window Seat, and installing our Wood Privacy Fence (we aren't counting the big repairs from the tornado since we didn't do them).

I know that is still good, but compared to our 2010 projects we didn't really get to many improvements on our house last year (wa-wa). At least I can't blame us, it was that darn tornado- it really put a dent in a lot of plans for 2011! One being our Master Bedroom Redo, I have been dying to get our bedroom decorated for almost 3 years now, grrrrr!  That is a long time to be in a big, echo-y, style-less, blank room for this gal! So that is at the top of our project list (Alex knows I will go BANANAS if we don't get to it soon).

Here's a look at the whole wish list (I don't have photos for all yet)...

#1 Master Bedroom Redo, barf...
#2 Finish decor in guest room (I totally did slack on that, boo!)

#3 Build shelves in the office/ den & finish decorating

#4 Add storage to the kitchen nook (we are desperately in need of more storage in the kitchen)

#6 Dining room update (aka operation less red)
#7 Stain the deck (very long overdue!) and add lattice

#8 Add more landscaping (aka learn how to landscape/ garden)

#9 Tile the shower... maybe?

#10 Install new counter tops in kitchen... maybe?

Hopefully we can make some of these changes this year. All would be great but I realize that is a lot of project$. We'll be digging a bit more into timing and budget, but remember it is a wish list!

The thing I am looking forward to the most with these projects, is just working with Alex and writing about each experience. I know that sounds strange because really, that is the point of our blog.  But when I looked back at 2010 I realized the blog was more"we" and in 2011 it became a lot more "me". Without lots of house projects, our blog mainly focused on our tornado damage repairs and my DIY craft/ decor projects. I missed the interaction with my hubby writing up funny posts about our adventures in home improvement.  I hope to bring back some of the style along with all my fun DIY crafts & decor projects!  Maybe you noticed that difference, and maybe you didn't, I'm just glad you are still along for the ride!

Anyway, I am excited to kick off 2012 getting back to the heart of our blog:
 Trading in my High Heels for a Hammer and continuing the journey on our little 1924 Dutch Colonial.


  1. Ohhh let me know if you need help with number eight. I love doing landscape and gardening projects. That's one of the things I am looking forward to having when (if) we buy a house, so until then I will live vicariously through you.

  2. I adore the red in your dining room (and actually used the same color in my own after seeing your blog!) you have a great eye, so I'm sure whatever you choose to do will look great!

  3. Looking forward to what 2012 will bring with your home decor, improvements and projects! I love your blog and hearing about the fun and goofiness that you and Alex endure. :) Cheers and thank you for an enjoyable read throughout the year!

  4. LUV your blog, been reading for past couple of hours. you two are adorable. Happy New Year.

  5. Carla and Alex, love your blog! Not sure how I found you but I have spent a week reading it from your very first post! Inspiring and fun! And of course I love fur children! lol - Happy 2012 - Rachael:-)

  6. What an amazing place you have created here! Thank you so much for sharing. I hope twenty twelve is everything you wish for and more. I am so glad I found you. I will follow on my way out so I can revisit. I hope you can find the time to come visit me and do the same. I look forward to engaging throughout the year. Cheers SpecialK XoXo


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