Thursday, December 29, 2011

2011 in Review

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all have survived the Holidays!!
I've been on vacation since 12/22/11 and don't go back to work until 1/4/12.  I have to be honest though-- I'm exhausted!  My girls are 10 years old and they wear me out!  
I have (again) gained more appreciation for mothers who do not work outside the home.  You ladies work harder, longer hours, with less pay, and more frustration than any "job" I know of.

As I reflect back on 2011, I am thankful for so many things.  My family is my life (no matter how crazy they make me!).  My husband is completely and wholeheartedly supportive of everything I do.  I am thankful for my blogging friends who continuously inspire me every day.   I am most thankful that I have gotten back into crafting after so many years of not doing anything.  I realize that this isn't just something that I enjoy doing- it is something that I need to do.  Being in my craft room brings me peace, it is my stress reliever, and it is my mental "recharger".  This year, I feel like I have come back to life (2010 and 2011 were not my best years!).  This has been a year of "firsts"- and I can't wait to see what 2012 brings!

I wanted to share a few of my favorite projects of 2011:


  1. Julie, your words are so true in every way! Your projects have been amazing and I look forward to seeing your creations for 2012!

  2. I love your projects. Glad to have found your site. Can't wait for 2012. I'm now following your blog. I would love for you to stop by and visit sometime.

  3. These are all wonderful projects! Thanks for sharing them! I know what you mean- if I didn't craft I would probably need therapy! Happy New Year :)Amy

  4. Thanks for walking us down memory all your beautiful projects! You are also very insiring to us too:) Happy New Year to you and your family! Can't wait to see more of your lovely creations in 2012:)

    Sherrie K

  5. Great cards Julie. Love everything you wrote. Hope you have a safe New Years Eve and a wonderful super creative year ahead.
    I hope you will come join my hop tomorrow and my Thankful Thursday challenge.
    DIANA L.

  6. Ps Thank you for the beautiful Christmas card.
    Hugs Diana

  7. Great projects, what a nice reflection of a productive year! Thanks for sharing your favorite project of 2011 with us at Cooking with Cricut.
    Heather :)

  8. I really enjoyed reading your post! So glad to hear that you got back into crafting, specially since it makes you feel so wonderful. Great projects you have chosen as your FAVS for 20011. Thank you for joining us at Whimsical Wednesdays. :) Happy New Year!

  9. Wow-- you've had a crafty year!! Love each one of your projects!

  10. I saw your projects on the Cooking With Cricut blog:) I thought they were really awesome:) You are really creative. Happy New Year and happy crafting.

  11. Wow.. those are some amazing projects for the year 2011.. can't wait to see what you create for 2012 :)
    thnx for playing along with us girls over at Whimsical Wednesdays.

  12. Fabulous inspiration! Love the use of text in your projects. TFS

  13. Thank you for participating in Pink Cricut's Link Up Party today! I'm in love with the Clock and the "Joy" card!

  14. Your projects are all just AMAZING! I love the 2011 shape book you pretty! Thanks so much for sharing!


  15. I can totally identify, Julie! I would be so lost without my creative outlet! I love your "subway" sign and your other projects are wonderful, too. Thanks for linking up your favorite 2011 project at Cooking With Cricut this week.

    ~ Jen, CWC Design Team

  16. 7 pages!! I'm so proud!! I really loved seeing all of these projects the first time and now again! So glad we have met through this crazy world we call blogging! You have become one of my closest blogging friends! Happy New Year Julie!