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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

2011....a GREAT year....

2011 was such a wonderful year for us.
We didn't get a LOT of projects done but a few...
I am joining the fun over at KIM'S for WOW US WEDNESDAY

My main man, MR. SWEET, added a beautiful black and white window awning to two of the windows in the front of our humble cottage.

I had wanted one for a long time...so glad to get it.
...that's it.....on your left.
THEN....of COURSE, I needed a beautiful WINDOW BOX beneath it..

Being the sweetest husband in the whole world, he got RIGHT ON IT and built the most beautiful window box, ever.

My part......I painted it....
 and I filled it with lovely plants.....
 ...and they grew, despite the extreme hot days and the drought.
I'm pretty sure they hung on and grew in spite of all the adversities...because
they knew how bad I WANTED them to be pretty...
I was very very proud of it all.....
Yes, our home is truly......A  little  COTTAGE.
 A 2011 project that was 
PART FUN
PART DEVIL THING.....
Our stenciled table.


THE table on your left was done by a very talented artist woman ,
DONNA of FUNKY JUNK INTERIORS.
She called it her Story Table because the things she has stenciled on it mean something to her...and I thought that was such a NEAT idea.


Besides all that......just look how cute it is.
I just HAD to have one...
and I thought I was SURELY crafty enuf to do one for our cottage.....
HOW WRONG CAN ONE WOMAN BE ??



I found the PERFECT table to use...
$5.00 at the local thrift store...
sturdy as it could be and solid wood.

But...but.....the top of DONNA'S table was more like a sign.....
and, of COURSE, I wanted that look....
What to do....??




Well, Mr. Sweet knew JUST what to do....
he used his router to make the top look like pieces of wood, put together.
He ROUTED...
I SANDED....
When we started the stenciling...
which neither have done much of...
well, may I just say.....IT WAS NOT EASY FOR US...
but....


We got 'er done ~














If you would like to know what all these words, names and numbers
make up a part of my life....
click HERE.
I had a few small projects, but not worth mentioning .......
I am also joining
OUTDOOR WEDNESDAY
WHITE WEDNESDAY
GOOD LIFE WEDNESDAY
REDNESDAY WEDNESDAY
What a wonderous year this has been.
I pray YOUR 2011 was good and that 2012 will be even better.
LOVE, bj

33 comments:

Marilyn said...

Everything looks so pretty & yep, you're right, You now have a cute cottage!!
My Wish for you & yours is Good Health & Happiness for the New Year !!
Marilyn

Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing said...

Fabulous projects Bj! I love the window awning and the flower box. Really adds a nice warm touch. Happy New year my dear friend.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

I do remember the awning and window box. Love them and you did a fabulous job on that table. That was featured all over blog land. You rock!

Lemon Lane Cottage said...

What a great idea. Sometimes it's so easy to focus on what we didn't get done and forget what we actually got accomplished. Love both the projects you shared. Happy New Year sweet BJ. Patty

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Beeej,
Thanks for taking me back to all those neat projects! I remember them all! xoxo

TexWisGirl said...

love your window box garden! perfect! and the table is pretty slick, too!

Barbara Jean said...

Love it!!
Great work on that, persevering till it came together.

blessings
barbara jean

Mariaelena said...

Oh my gosh...I LOVE this post...love your planter and especially the stenciled table...Thank you for your visit and comment on our kitchen...I'm so glad you found me because I sure don't know why it took this long to find you. You and your husband are the CUTEST and I LOVE your 50th anniversary photo!!...I'm following now so I won't miss a beat...Happy Holidays to you and all of your family...nice to meet you, Mariaelena

Madeline's Album said...

I remember the awning and window box and table. Your cottage is cute as can be. Love all the pretty plants in your window box.
Wishing you and yours a very Happy New Year. Madeline

NanaDiana said...

IT is so fun to see a rehash of the wonderful projects you did this year. I love everything you and MrSweet did! xo Diana

thistlewoodfarm said...

Everything looks so pretty! Your table is adorable. Everything you do always turns out wonderful!

Blondie's Journal said...

I never saw the little stenciled table, BJ!! How could that be...I follow your blog religiously!! Well, I'm happy now. I LOVE it! Isn't it awesome to see your own work come to life!

Now I know you had a lot of projects in 2011. And they all were terrific. Keep them coming! :-)

XO,
Jane

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Your home is so lovely and charming BJ! I hope 2012 is another wonderful year for you!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I remember the table! The flower box is gorgeous. I have always loved those!
Happy New Year!

Jann Olson said...

Wow, love the awning! The pop of white below is just absolutely gorgeous. You have a green thumb there girl! Your table turned out absolutely fabulous. Love the router idea. I remember seeing this and oohing and awwing over it.

Dixie said...

Hi BJ... thought I'd pop in and visit you tonight! love your post... that table was one of my favorites that anyone posted this year... I'm still in the "part-time" blogging mode... just too many things going on in French Lique these days... but we've a wonderful year too (and not accomplished all the projects either!)...

I hope your Christmas was wonderful, and I wish your the happiest of New Years in 2012!

blessings. Dixie

On Crooked Creek said...

BJ,
Oh how I remember these projects, dear friend! I agree...Mr. Sweet is a "keeper"!The two of you tackling that thrift find table was one of your best post this year for me. I adore the "together we're better" attitude of getting a project to turn out so amazingly well! Thanks for sharing these two highlights from 2011 with all of us!
Fondly,
Pat

Judi said...

Hi BJ *hugs*
I hope you had a very Merry Christmas. It was fun to look at some of your 2011 projetw. I'm sure you'll be right on with more in 2012.
Keep well..Happy New Year...enjoy,
Judi

Kaye Swain - SandwichINK for Grandparents and Caregivers said...

Awww, that's so sweet about the "rest of the story" for your table. And how lovely it turned out. As did the shade and window box. Delightful accomplishments - definitely perfect for Rednesday. Have a blessed and beautiful New Year as well :)

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

I remember it all! Wishing you and your wonderful husband a new year filled with good health and happiness!

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

I enjoyed your projects this year BJ. I think you did a wonderful job on that table!!
Hugs,
Penny

Vee said...

What a sweet cottage you have! It certainly does help to have a Mr. Sweet for a partner in projects, too, doesn't it?! I just adore that table project and all the love and details that went into it. I'm going back to read why those things are significant. "Saloon" got me! Ha!

Stacey said...

Morning BJ! The outside of your house is transformed into the cottage style with the awnings and windowbox. I love it! That little porch swing is awesome too! Happy New Year!

Olive Cooper said...

Wow you TWO SWEETS rocked out that table. I love it.

"Auntie" sezzzzzz... said...

What a fun post, "BJ" Hon! So nice to remember high-lights. :-)

"Each age has deemed the new-born year
the fittest time for festal cheer."

- Walter Scott

Pondside said...

What a busy year you had, and you accomplished some really nice projects!
Wishing you all the best in 2012!

Kelly said...

You do have a sweet hubby! Are you sure you didn't have to bribe him or anything? Ha! I love that awning and window box project. I don't think I saw that before. Must've been before I discovered your blog. Those flowers you planted in it were beautiful. I'm sure that awning helped with those flowers living so long too.

jeanne said...

Hi bj, I do think your awning rocks. Your cottage is charming and so is the table you made over. I admire your energy.
Happy New Year dear sister friend.
Love you, Jeanne

Fishtail Cottage said...

Love those cottage flower boxes ~ i so wish i had some for my home! I host a garden link party that starts up again in May...would love for you to share those sometime? Your home is darling & i'll bet your gardens are just as cute! looking forward to seeing more of your posts! xoox, tracie

Theresa said...

I remember ALL of these and loved them! I adore Mr. Sweet for helping so much to make your dreams come true! I think that table is my favorite:) HUGS!

Sarah said...

Bj, I remember these projects. You and Mr. Sweet did a fantastic job! No window boxes here. Sure wish we had a spot for one. Look forward to seeing it full of blooms this spring. ;-)
Happy New Year! ~ Sarah

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage said...

You may not have gotten a LOT of projects done, but the few that WERE done really added so much character to your quaint cottage. Don't you think? ;)

Happy New Year!
Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

SueLovesCherries said...

Beautiful, BJ! You did a great job! And, I love the history behind the stencils, too!