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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Best Before & Afters of 2011

Hello, hello friends! I'm taking a break from my eating, lounging, organizing, movie-watching week to pop in and bring you the Best Before & Afters of 2011! I can hardly believe this year is winding down. I never even got used to writing 2011, and it's almost time for 2012!? I even tweeted 'Check out my Top Projects of 2010' yesterday!

Well, 2010 2011 was a busy year around here, check out my favorite Before & Afters. Click the link to read the full makeover post, and see the homely 'Before'.































Babygirl's Big Girl Room
This room was definitely our favorite, and clearly favored by the Blogworld, too, since it was featured by Young House Love, Centsational Girl,  Baby Center, CasaSugar, House of Turquoise, Better After, Remodelaholic, DIY Showoff and Michaela Noelle!       


I can't thank you enough for the support and encouragement, it gives me confidence to trust myself and tackle new projects! I've got a mile-long list of things I want to do in 2012, but for now, I'm going to enjoy the final days of Winter Break. Real life can wait a little while longer.
Have a most fabulous New Year!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Thank You for the Love!

When I started this blog in 2010, I had no idea what I was doing, and I only hoped it would serve as a much needed creative outlet. I remember being shocked when I hit 40 followers, and wondering who those people were and how they found my blog. Today I'm amazed at the friendships this blog has brought in to my life, and still shocked everyday when people stop by to read my ramblings! But I know now that you all found your way to Hi Sugarplum because of other amazing bloggers introducing us. So thank you to everyone who has pimped me out, especially these guys, who are my Top Referrals for 2011.


 


















As a result of more clever readers, I was able to introduce sponsors in 2011! Thank you to these talented ladies for believing in my blog and allowing me to promote you. And for helping with my project fund!













Blogging takes a village, and I'm thrilled to be a part of this fabulous community of creative, kind and supportive friends! Best Before & Afters of 2011 coming up next!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Top Projects of 2011

Hello! How was your holiday weekend?? Are you still digging out of the mess? I hope it was full of fun, food, laughter and love. Ours definitely was...so much in fact that we hid for cover today! After running from house to house celebrating with all the family, it was great to stay home and relax with all the new toys. Who am I kidding?! Of course we didn't relax. I made the kids purge their rooms and toy closet until the back of our SUV was stuffed full of bags to donate! It's not always easy for them to part with things, but there's no way we're ending up on the season premiere of Hoarders. But really, I also think it's a good time to remind ourselves just how blessed we are, and we can certainly pass it on.

That's my soapbox for today. Sorry, I've been home with the kids for over a week now, and I've got this nagging lesson thing down. Today I decided to count down my Top 10 Projects of 2011.

I did this last year (read about 2010 here and here), and loved looking back at all we'd accomplished creatively. If you're new to Hi Sugarplum! (welcome new readers from Saturday's Dallas Morning News article!), think of this as your Cliff Notes...without a pop quiz at the end.

DIY Convex Sunburst Mirror 
This is certainly one of my most surprising projects. I made it on a whim one afternoon with wood shims, and next thing I know, it's being featured on Apartment Therapy, Honey We're Home, and Just A Girl. It's been hanging outside for almost a year and has held up perfectly. 

 
Faux Crown Molding 
My daughter's room took the end of 2010 and the better part of 2011, so it's no surprise several of the Top 10 are from her room. Creating this 'crown molding' with just paint and $30 of trim was one of my favorites.



No-Sew Pillows 
There must be a lot of us who don't sew, because these pillows made the rounds, from The Nest to All Free Sewing. Stitch witchery has brought me this far, but I do resolve to conquer the sewing machine in 2012.



DIY Monogrammed Pelmet  
The focal point in Babygirl's Room is definitely the window. This easy pelmet is constructed from foam board and monogrammed with a piece of felt. No one was more shocked than me when Good Housekeeping Magazine published it in their August issue.


 

Pancakes & Pajamas Party I loved every second of creating this party for my sweet girl, but I'll admit I got a little carried away. So much so that her birthday party in 2012 may end up at Chuck E. Cheese! Okay, of course it won't.



Fresh Magnolia Chargers 
Designing Tablescapes became a surprisingly favorite pastime for me this year. These chargers I made for our Easter table were my favorite.


 
Stars & Stripes Pool Party 
After throwing such a ridiculous party for my daughter, I didn't want to skimp on my son's. However, he's 10 and much too cool for an over-the-top party done up by mom! So we compromised with a cheery outdoor pool party during the July 4th weekend.


 
DIY Photo Canvas
I wanted to add my daughter's personality to her new room without spending too much. CasaSugar and TatorTots & Jello thought it was pretty great, too.



Chevron Drinking Glasses 
The Missoni for Target line was such mayhem that I decided to make my own chevron. CasaSugar even included these in their Best DIY Projects of 2011! (Along with the Convex Mirror and Window Pelmet!)

 

Marbleized Ornaments
These ornaments are one of the most recent projects, but I included them in the list since they've been pinned on Pinterest a ridiculous number of times!



Did I include your favorite projects? I'm diving back in to the purging and organizing, but I'll return with Top 10 Before & Afters soon!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry, Merry!

I feel so very blessed for all the amazing family and friends in our lives. 
I could not continue this wee lil' blog without you guys and your amazing support and encouragement. 
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, peace, love and joy!


merry christmas

Friday, December 23, 2011

Llama Llama Wisdom

Merry two days before Christmas, friends! We've crossed all the 'necessaries' off our list, and are now just enjoying the time together. I wish I could freeze these days and put Santa's visit off for awhile longer...the anticipation is so sweet! I came across the perfect sentiment in an unexpected place.

We stopped by the bookstore yesterday, and Babygirl went straight to the Llama Llama series. We snuggled up with a hot chocolate and Llama Llama Holiday Drama, and the ending made us all pause and smile.


llama llama wisdom

I made a little printable of it for our fridge as a sweet reminder to us all during the final countdown. You're welcome to it, as well. We're heeding the Llama Llama wisdom and spending our days watching Elf, coloring and baking. Thanks to Martha Stewart's packaging and the 2-Ingredient Pumpkin bread recipe, we easily whipped up mini-loaves for our neighbors, mail carrier and sanitation workers. (Each bread recipe produces three mini-loaves.)



I also used this time to make Cinnamon Biscuit Buns, a recipe from Pinterest I've been drooling over for months. It did not disappoint!



How are you spending these last moments before Santa's arrival?

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I'm Dreaming of a Pink Christmas

Hello, hello! I hope your week is going well, and you are enjoying time with friends and family. Can you hardly believe it's almost Christmas, and 2011 will be coming to a close soon? Crazytown. Today I thought I'd share some of my inspiration for our Pink Christmas this year...It will be hard to take it all down, as it's definitely my favorite yet!

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