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highlights and favorite posts from 2014

    With the end of a year comes a few moments to reflect, to look back and remember the highs and lows and the in-betweens of the past 365 days.  Ryan and I laughed that we each had ‘words’ for the year, and neither were accurate at all for how things went. Sometimes you can direct the way things go, other times you just have to run with it. It was a run-with-it kind of year for us.

    Was 2014 our best year ever? Maybe not. But it was good. Stretching. Hard and frustrating at times. Full of laughter and joy and beauty at others. I love going through old posts and remembering what happened throughout the year. So here are the highlights and favorite posts from 2014:

    JANUARY

    The year started off with me getting personal (no surprise there. I have a thing for sharing my deepest emotions on the internet).

    And also talking about nail polish that lasts more than 2 days.

    And picking bedding for Audrey’s room redo (which is still in progress … a whole year later)

    FEBRUARY

    A new free printable was created.

    And we celebrated our little darling turning four with a tea party

    MARCH

    We had a full week of talking about all things graphic design – favorite fonts, printers, my pre-blogging life as a stationery designer, free clipart, my best tips & tricks for Illustrator and the launch of my beginning graphic design class (!)

    simplified-graphic-design

    APRIL

    Our kitchen was in a magazine!

    And once again I went and poured my heart right out on the blog …

    MAY

    I tore up the carpet and added a new semi-diy chair to my office

    Then I got sick for a week and spent my days watercoloring pretty things like fruit and lamps.

    JUNE

    Our house was freshened up for the summer

    Atlas and I showed you what I wore

    and posted a summer reading list (I read all but one and they were great!)

    JULY

    A highlight for sure of my year (and life?!) was visiting Rwanda with noonday & IJM. I came to terms with being a working mom, did a little twirling and came back with a few perspective changes.

    AUGUST

    Q & A day (one of my favorite posts each year!)

    A bit of little girl clothes inspiration

    And then my house started feeling way too loud, so I shushed it.

    SEPTEMBER

    With summertime over and kids back in school, it was time to get crafty with old magazines

    And decorate our house for fall (my favorite)

    OCTOBER

    Fall fashion was on my mind

    and also freshening up my pinterest boards (which now, I hear, they have made much easier!)

    NOVEMBER

    This month consisted of construction dust, the sound of an air compressor, painter’s drop cloths and major excitement over a mini-remodel (walls painted white and new floors installed)

    DECEMBER

    The house refresh is finished (for now, at least).

    with construction-zone over, some girlfriends and I got a little crafty with book pages

    We toured a friend’s coastal house for christmas

    And set you up with a bunch of freebie gift tags

    This year has been a beautiful time of creativity, and productivity and new opportunities, as well as frustrating and dry and uninspiring. Isn’t that the way life goes?! I’m thankful, as always, for the chance to grow and learn and be challenged and to do a lot of that alongside of you here on the blog.

    Thank you for being with me this year … for all of your kind comments and shop purchases, for the pins and likes and shares. Most of all, thanks for allowing me to share my life, heart, talents with you and for embracing me in return.

    xoxo,
    emily

    12 thoughts on “highlights and favorite posts from 2014”

    1. thank For Your Posting Hi Emily! I always look forward to your emails in my inbox, and after years of being a silent secret admirer, I felt I had to send you a little cyberspace squeeze to let you know! I so admire everything you’ve accomplished in your quest to build a fantastic website, and business. Your sense of style is simple and accessible, yet so layered and detailed…there is a lot of attention and passion to what you post, and I love it all! My favorite are your watercolors. My daughter (who will turn 20 this year / how did that happen?!?) is an artist, and this is her medium of choice. It’s such a tricky thing to mix the colors for depth to make it look just right, and I wish I had that talent, but don’t. Then, you throw in the whole graphic design stuff, and you just make it so fun! I’ve just purchased the monthly calendar package and can’t wait to see what the year brings as it unfolds…it’s such a brilliant idea!
      Thank you for sharing your creativity, and your love of lovely things…
      I am indeed, a big fan:-) Happy New Year! Ivory Caps

    2. Hi Emily! I always look forward to your emails in my inbox, and after years of being a silent secret admirer, I felt I had to send you a little cyberspace squeeze to let you know! I so admire everything you’ve accomplished in your quest to build a fantastic website, and business. Your sense of style is simple and accessible, yet so layered and detailed…there is a lot of attention and passion to what you post, and I love it all! My favorite are your watercolors. My daughter (who will turn 20 this year / how did that happen?!?) is an artist, and this is her medium of choice. It’s such a tricky thing to mix the colors for depth to make it look just right, and I wish I had that talent, but don’t. Then, you throw in the whole graphic design stuff, and you just make it so fun! I’ve just purchased the monthly calendar package and can’t wait to see what the year brings as it unfolds…it’s such a brilliant idea!
      Thank you for sharing your creativity, and your love of lovely things…
      I am indeed, a big fan:-) Happy New Year!

    3. Thank you for this blog post! I love the way you highlighted each month of last year. You did so much in so many different areas of your life that it motivates and inspire me. I hope this year will be even better for you.

    4. Wow….looking back on these posts shows just how quickly a year has gone by. Thanks so much for sharing your heart & talents with us Emily. You truly have the gift that makes it seem that we are real life friends. God bless you in 2015! I can’t wait to see what this new year has in store for us all!

    5. Hi,
      Your blog offers a great mix of decor, crafts, & family life, all of which I enjoy reading. Am looking forward to future (2015) posts!!

    6. Thanks for continuing to share your life and home with us. I love your blog and your art and you continue to inspire me in decorating my own home. Happy 2015!

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