So as I sat there feeling completely drained of creativity, I came up with the perfect solution;  A round up of all my favorite posts of 2012!  What better way to appreciate the year that is coming to a close, and be inspired with ideas to to try and carry into 2013?


How amazing were these shoes that Sketch 42 and The Man Repeller came up with?!  Not sure I'd have the guts to diy on a pair of Louboutins, but I love that they are so fearless in their art! 

 I am seriously obsessed with Albertina from Mimosa Lane's take on this Mongolian Lamb Stool.  This DIY originally showed up on Preciously Me and was fabulous as well.  I'm just kind of a sucker for the gold leafing Albertina did to the legs!

You will be shocked when you see the before of this ottoman. Tiffany is always amazing me with her super affordable diy's. The Greek pattern she used just makes it that much better.

 This DIY is so adorable that it hurts.  Seriously wish I would have seen this before I boxed my veil!  Brooke is always posting new diys that blow my mind.  The woman recovered all of her couch cushions herself! Let's not get too crazy, no way I'd attempt something that big, but she has def inspired me to step outside of my diy box.

Hannah from Champagne Lifestyle on a Beer Budget is always posting great, affordable, and chic diys. This craigslist find looked completely different before Hannah got her hands on it. If you are looking to reupholster a piece of furniture she breaks down exactly how she did it. 

Talk about some serious DIY skill. I haven't crossed over into the world of jig saws and powertools yet, but as soon as I do, this is happening. The girls at a Beautiful Mess seriously impress me with their DIY's on the regular.  Like, they must have creativity spewing out of their pores. 

 Hands down my favorite DIY that I attempted this year was Lola's doggie fort.  The best part?!  She seriously loves it.  Must show you guys a more recent pic.  Lola got all diva on me and added some seriously chic accessories.


I just made these for my holiday soiree and they were such a hit!  Seriously wish I would have made more. Love Alison's take on them, making them look more like shortbread macaroons.  No room for cheesy cookie cut shapes up in here. Heart of Gold and Luxury is more than just recipes so hop on over.

Seriously, a homemade Twinkie?  Does it get any more dangerous than that?!  Def a recipe I'll be trying in the new year.  After I drop a few of those New Years Resolution pounds of course! Holly has a whole lot more than recipes check out Glamour Mash for a ton of daily inspiration.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


Hands down fav reveal this year is from Christine at Bijou and Boheme. It hurts so good and is everything I wish I could be.  The perfect dose of pretty.      

One of my all time favorite spaces got a revamp this year by the amazing Emily Henderson. This is the home of Joy Cho of Oh Joy, Emily originally decorated the space, but a year and half later it needed to become more kid friendly.  If you ask me the kid friendly version is way better!   Both blogs need to be a daily read. Seriously.  

                              Does this vintage Louis not just make you want to die. Seriously my favorite furniture reveal ever.  So freakin jealous.   HRH Collection is one of my all time favorite fashion reads. Alex's gorg downtown loft and bag collection is enough to make you hate her. Or want to be her.


  I want to be real life friends with Erin from Holtwood Hipster just so I can get an invite to next years Labor Day weekend Shin Dig. I mean nothing say's Summer time in California like a giant movie screen above the pool, adult only capri suns, and a pizza bar. Ugghhh just remembered why summer is my favorite season.       
This year for my sisters 22nd birthday I wanted to help put together something a little bit special.  This wasn't a full blown fancy soiree, but a handmade, at home birthday party.  Sometimes casual days in the sun with good 'ol Orange Crush in hand is the perfect recipe.  
A girl who understands a pink and navy Christmas is a girl after my own heart. Did Emily nail this look or what?  Seriously obsessed with every detail of this party.

Last but not least is my Holiday Housewarming Soiree.  I purposely chose decoration that gave a nod to the holiday season, but didn't SCREAM Christmas!  Nearly everything will be used again for future parties in our casa.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            OVER and OUT for 2012.  


  1. So many amazing new blogs for me to read - love this 2012 recap, well done :)
    Have a wonderful New Years!

    p.s. the dog fort is so darn cute I can't even stand it!

  2. Thank you so much Kristen for featuring me! Happy new year!!

  3. Great way to end the year by pointing out such fun DIY stuff!

  4. Loved following you in 2012! Now I have more reason to catch up on the earlier bits I missed :) hope 2013 is the best yet!


  5. I love these!! I missed a few so I will check them out and thanks for featuring me!! I will link to it in tomorrow's post! happy 2013 sweet friend!

  6. I love that veil DIY. I need to do it. I am going to snatch up my veil next trip home! Love the blog!

    Love, The Skinnys

  7. Definitely most impressed with everything you showed us that YOU did! So happy you commented on my guest post on Mimosa Lane; I love following this awesomeness!

  8. So sweet of you to include my reveal/blog on this amazing list- I can't wait to check all of these out. Happy New Year!!!! xo

  9. WOW! I love the shoes in the top photo. Those are some amazing DIY! The dog fort is adorable. I wonder if my cat would make use of one?

    You have a great blog! I am now following you. I hope you check my blog out.

    Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  10. I love love loved your recap of 2012! Your Doggie Tea-pee is still my hands down fave DIY of 2012, Kristen! It has been such a pleasure getting to know you these past few months- you have become a great bloggie friend! I hope you have a happy and safe New Year!

    Holly Foxen Wells
    Awesome iPhone Case by MargauxBonnie Giveaway Happening Now!

  11. Great recap! And a couple of new-to-me blogs that I need to check out! Hope you have a fabulously wonderful new year!!!

  12. Thank you so much for the shout out my dear! I'll have to check out some of these other amazing ladies. Happy New Year. I'm so glad for the friendship we've made over the past year!

  13. Can believe that my DIY Mongolian Stool is one of your fave!!!
    Thank you so much!

  14. I'm sorry I'm just now getting over here to see this- Thank you sooo much for including me in this awesome round-up Kristen!! You are so sweet and I'm so flattered I made your list! I'm going to check out every one of these posts you featured- they all look fantastic! I'll be giving you a shout-out on my blog today :) Thanks!!

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