My First Year as a Blogger

It’s New Year’s Eve, and I’ve been reminiscing about this past year.  Creatively Sam’s is almost a year old, and it has blown by so fast that if I let it, it will make my head spin.   I remember how scared I was when I first started my blog.  There was so much to learn (I’m still learning) and as it’s evolved, I’m getting the hang of organizing how I write my posts, getting my ideas into post form & finding the time to do it all.  I knew that I wanted it to be a ‘teaching’ blog.  I’m not getting any younger, and as morbid as it may sound, I wanted to teach what I know before I go.

The most important thing to me is my family.  My husband is my soul-mate and he makes me happier than I ever thought possible.  My son is an amazing person with a heart of gold.  He has a God given talent for the guitar (which is why I shared his video in the Merry Christmas post) and he has a gift for fixing cars.  He’s only 22 and is already an Assistant Manager of a national garage.  Both of them are very supportive of this endeavor.

Creating is my passion.  It calms me even on my worst days.  Since I started this blog at the end of January, I had Valentine’s Day on my mind.  My posts led up to my first public tablescape.  I showed how to re-vamp a centerpiece for the holiday and make a pattern for a reversible place mat.

Valentine's Day Reversible Place Mat       Valentine's Day Tablescape

March brought St. Patrick’s Day centerpiece, place mats & a tablescape.

St. Patrick's Day Place Mats          St. Patrick's Day Tablescape

Easter reversible place mats and tablescapes:

Easter Reversible Place Mats

I made a very special centerpiece for a Father’s Day Tablescape

Father's Day Tablescape

Some more of my tablescapes

4th of July Tablescape  Lighthouse Tablescape  Turquoise Tablescape

I must admit that when Bristol Motor Speedway pinned my NASCAR Tablescape onto their tailgating page, I was so tickled.

NASCAR Tablescape

And when Susan from Between Naps on the Porch/Denim Do Over featured my Denim Picnic Tablescape, I was over the moon.

Denim Picnic Tablescape

I had so much fun with the tablescapes this year.  There was the White & Crystal Tablescape, Pretty in Pink Tablescape & my favorite, the Zebra Tablescape.

White & Crystal Tablescape  Pretty In Pink Tablescape  Zebra Tablescape

There was the Aqua & Iris Tablescape, the Breast Cancer Awareness Tablescape & I took the challenge for Cuisine Kathleen with my Apple Theme Tablescape.

Aqua & Iris Tablescape  Breast Cancer Awareness Tablescape  Apple Theme Tablescape

I had some projects around the house.  I painted our corner kitchen booth, turned a gold plated candelabra into a Shabby Chic Candelabra  and turned an old lamp into a Shabby Chic fruit bowl.

Corner Kitchen Booth  Shabby Chic Candelabra  Shabby Chic Fruit Bowl

I made a new faux mink cat bed for my sweet little Two.

Cat Pillow

Some of my most popular posts were the wind chimes.  The Patriotic Bird House Chimes & the Terra Cotta Chimes have been pinned on both Pinterest & HomeTalk multiple times:

Patriotic Bird House Wind Chime    Terra Cotta Chimes

As well as my Scatter Candle & Birthstone Bracelet Tutorial

Scatter CandleBirthstone Bracelet

My First Year as a Blogger has been an amazing experience.  I’ve loved every minute of it.  I can’t wait to see what the New Year brings.

Wishing everyone a wonderful New Year filled with love, peace, health, happiness & creativity.

New Year's Tablescape

Happy Creating everyone!

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