Wednesday, December 27, 2017

2017 Year in Review

I'm back from an unplanned blog world absence! 

At the end of October we were affected by the horrible hurricane season and lost power for 4 days. After being shut down for those days I just never got back into my normal routine since the holiday season was in full swing then.

I thought 2017 was pretty uneventful but when looking back in my blog I was wrong! Just the second half of the year was mellow.

Our kitchen went from this:
To this after staining the cabinets, painting the brick, replacing the dishwasher, replacing 2 light fixtures and adding a granite counter. The vintage ceiling fan is still in place but we just can't seem to find the right one to replace it with.
We tore up the downstairs flooring and discovered beautiful hardwood.
We hired a professional who replaced some old pine inlays and refinished the living room, hallway and dining room. What magicians and his crew were!
We removed 2 layers of nasty old linoleum from the kitchen and half bath. This was after most of the top layer was removed. Way worse than all the carpet removal we had to do! The odor we uncovered was quite unpleasant too.
Then we had luxury vinyl tile installed. It is quite a product. Everyone who sees it thinks it is ceramic until we tell them otherwise.

We created a hosta garden that flourished as the season went on. These plants were happy to be upcycled since they were formerly in the front yard having to deal with way too much sunshine!
After the last of contractor help around the house I was able to settle down and get into some fun stuff like the flame painting of copper.
oxidized pieces
and conversation pieces
I did my first craft fair in 8 years this past holiday season. That was fun so I am hoping to sign up for more in 2018!

I hope you had a wonderful 2017 too. Wishing you an amazing, fulfilling 2018! ~Val


  1. Yeah, you're back! I missed you! Your home is looking lovely. Glad you enjoyed the fair. Hope you have had a lovely Christmas.

  2. Great to see you back in the blogosphere Val! you have been busy this year - and the house looks amazing. I didn't realize you were doing 'flame painting'? that looks fun!

  3. Happy to see you here Val! Your house looks so beautiful.:)

  4. I was wondering where you were, and hoping that all was well.
    It was quite a year for your home, and you did such a beautiful job with it.
    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, and I wish you and Jim all the very, very best in the New Year.

  5. You have had quite the busy year! Glad all is well after missing you for a bit. I do hope your 2018 is full of all the best!

  6. I wondered where you were Val! Glad everything has settled down again. Your house and garden looks great after all the hard work you both did.
    Happy New Year for 2018!

  7. Welcome back Val :) You've had quite a busy year - in a good way! How perfect to end 2017 with a craft show. May you have a fabulous New Year!

  8. Hey Val!! Good to see you!!! Yes, you did have a very busy year!! Your home looks so wonderful! I truly love, what you and your hubby have done to it! As always, be proud, because it looks amazing!! Again, so sorry about the hurricane!! I love your funky jewellery! Congrats on the craft show! Something I have never done! Maybe in 2018!!! Big Hugs!

  9. I forgot.......Happy New Year!!!!! Here's to a GREAT 2018!!!!!

  10. Lots went on at your home, Val, great kitchen, super hosta garden, & some really cool, simplistic jewelry which is what's hot right now. And it's fun to make, I'm sure. Happy New Year!!!

  11. Welcome back! It’s funny how a little reflection can put things into perspective. The home improvements look great, it must feel nice with a fresher look. Great creations too. Have a happy new year xo

  12. Lovely to see and read this post from you.
    You have had a busy and productive year - your home looks great.

    Happy New Year Wishes

    All the best Jan

  13. You had quite a busy year but you achieved so much. Wish you a wonderful new year!

  14. Happy New Year Val! I missed your posts so much. I didn't know you guys were affected by the hurricane. I would've taken a long break as well. I've been through hurricane katrina, so I understand. I love the remodeling you guys did! Your kitchen looks absolutely AMAZING! I love your garden >.< So glad to see you blogging again. Hope you had an amazing holiday.

  15. Happy New Year! I hope that 2018 is even MORE awesome for you than 2017 was!

  16. Hey Val! I've missed your blog, but I'm so glad I've been keeping up with you on instagram! I see you've been quite busy during 2017. I hope to be visiting more frequently now. I just blogged for the first time this year, and I'm even revamping the old Blogging Buddies team on etsy...


Thank you for stopping by! I love reading visitor comments! ~Val