Happy Blog Birthday to Me!

Happy New Year!! I hope 2015 is a year full of love, laughter and good health for all of my lovely readers. Thank you so much to every single person who has visited my little blog this year. I can’t believe it’s been a year since my first post! I am so thankful for each and every visitor. I’ve had a great year sharing my little adventures with you.

I thought this would be an ideal moment to have a look back over the last year and review the changes and updates we’ve made around here. When I started this blog, part of the motivation for doing so was to encourage the realisation of so many plans that have been knocking around my brain for years. I find that life has a way of forcing us to put many of the changes we have wanted to make on the back burner and I hoped that this blog would encourage us to knuckle down and get on with it. I think it has. I’m sure we’ve made more progress this year than we have in the past. Let’s take a little look back….

It all started back in January when we decided to add some much needed storage to the children’s bedrooms and get them organised.

Our Gorgeous Girl's newly updated bedroom

Our Gorgeous Girl’s newly updated bedroom

A more organised bedroom for our boy

A more organised bedroom for our boy

Later that month, we created our ‘Command Centre.’ It transformed the way we dealt with post and paper within our home and is still working its magic today. It’s definitely the update that has made the biggest difference to the amount of mess and clutter we have around our home.

Our Command Centre has been a game-changer

Our Command Centre has been a game-changer

In February, I tried my hand at spray painting and created a little nook in the corner of our breakfast room. It is still used by all of us on a daily basis whether it be by hubby to chat with the children while they do some crafts at the kitchen table, by me to have a quick cup of tea and make my lists for the day or by the kiddos to watch some TV after school. It’s a popular spot.

Our little kitchen corner

Our little kitchen corner

I also talked about the reward system we use with our children, the weekly planner that keeps me on top of all those ‘things to remember’ and ‘Decorating with Duck Egg‘ as we have done in our living room.

Our Duck Egg Living Room

Our Duck Egg Living Room

In March, I unveiled the full horror of our Garage Storage situation and told you about my plans to turn things around. I also up-cycled some boxes to use as garage storage,  threw a ‘Minecraft’ birthday party for our son and created a ‘Cleaning Schedule’ to attempt to keep on-top of that never (ever, EVER) ending task!

Boxes of Delight

Boxes of Delight

April was a quieter month and we had some time away as a family. I shared some of our favourite things to do in the school holidays and talked about how I pack my kiddo’s clothes for a trip to avoid ‘over’ or ‘under’ packing. Two potential disasters that should of course, be avoided at all costs!

In May, we finally finished sorting out that garage disaster-zone and I introduced you all to our lovely pup.

Our Garage Glee - We got there in the end

Our Garage Glee – We got there in the end

Then I got around to hanging some of our favourite Instagram prints in our ‘Instagram Gallery Stairwell’ which still brings a smile to my face on a regular basis.

Our Instagram Gallery Stairwell - We all agreed to ignore that filthy carpet back in May o.k?

Our Instagram Gallery Stairwell – We all agreed to ignore that filthy carpet back in May o.k?

I also talked about ‘Decorating with Pink’ as we had done in our master bedroom and confessed to having an illicit love affair – with my steam mop! 

Our pink master bedroom

Our pink master bedroom

In June, our daughter went away on her first school camp and I switched things up in her bedroom while she was gone to surprise her.

A Surprise Switcheroo

A Surprise Switcheroo

Then we had a lovely early summer ‘Garden Gathering’

A Garden Gathering

A Garden Gathering

which made us realise we needed to get ‘Grafting’ out there to spruce things up.

A bit of hard graft made such a difference in the garden

A bit of hard graft made such a difference in the garden

I also decided I needed to be more prepared for days out and created a little summer car-kit to make sure we didn’t get caught out on our trips.

I got uncharacteristically mushy in July and talked about my plans to carve out more quality time with my loved ones. We then threw a very girly birthday bash for our daughter and I ran my first ever give-away.

Bunting, lanterns and fairy lights made it a pretty party

Bunting, lanterns and fairy lights made it a pretty party

I finished the month off by tackling a serious clutter issue in the birthday-girl’s bedroom.

Clearing the Clutter

Clearing the Clutter

August saw us head off on our American adventure which I told you all about in two posts, one focussing on our time in New York and the other on our time chilling on the beautiful island of Hilton Head. I also made a little update to our Command Centre using stationery finds purchased in the US.

Command Centre Update

Command Centre Update

It was all hands back on deck in September and a busy month at work meant a quiet one on the blog but I did find time to make a quick update to some cheap IKEA magazine files to help us deal with all those brochures, catalogues and ‘works of art’ that needed a home.

Shiny happy....paint

Shiny happy….paint

In October, we had a big cupboard clear out in our son’s bedroom and got him organised for the new school year.

Cupboard Before and After

Cupboard Before and After

I also talked about ‘Decorating with Grey’ as we have done in our kitchen and shared my top ten tips for entertaining at home. I finished the month off by talking about Christmas preparations and shared my Christmas Gift list printable as well as my favourite apps to help get organised for the festive season.

Decorating with Grey

Decorating with Grey

I unveiled our big plans to renovate our ground floor in November as well as giving an old chair a new lease of life with some chalk paint and pretty fabric.

Dining Chair Update from Home Heart Harmony

Dining Chair Update from Home Heart Harmony

I also talked about plans for a Gallery Wall and looked at some inspiring examples.

December was a month of poorly people around these parts (mostly me!) and it was all I could do to get things ready for Christmas but I did pop in to wish you all a Happy Christmas and share a few of our festive decorations as well as some cute Christmas cards we just about managed to whip up.

Happy Home Heart Harmony Christmas

Happy Home Heart Harmony Christmas

Whew! We really did get stuff done! Looking back at all that has made me feel a little bit proud of myself and very slightly better about the fact that I achieved virtually none of my 2014 goals! Oops! Must do better in 2015!

The most amazing thing of all to me this year is that people are actually reading my ramblings! I am so loving writing and sharing and painting and planning and clearing and cleaning and I can’t wait to do more of it this year! Here’s hoping you all stick with me!! Thank you again for reading, it means the world! xoxo

2 comments

  1. Pamela says:

    Hi Sue. Your blog is a delight to read. As much as I love the American blogs, I really enjoy reading about your projects which inspire me to think I could do it without having to buy items in America. Your house is beautiful. Happy New Year to you. I look forward to more posts in the year.

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Awh, thank you Pamela, that means so much to me! How lovely to find such a positive comment, I am over the moon to think my projects are inspiring to others. You’ve made my day!

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