A year in review!
What a year it has been…Big and subtle changes here at Fishtail Cottage. I have really enjoyed reviewing what has gone on here in my home, both outdoors and indoors! It’s difficult not to share all of my favorite posts of 2012. So I’ll share the ones that impacted Fishtail Cottage the most! You can click on the photo’s to be taken to the posts!
Because its my favorite place to be, let’s begin in the Garden…As most of you know, my garden began as a blank slate in 2006 ~ I have planted, moved, tended to each and everything myself in Fishtail Cottage’s Landscape. I am in awe each spring/summer/fall/winter since I started this journey in the garden, As it’s evolved into even more beauty every year! I love the Garden Party that Fishtail Cottage hosts May – October…it’s my favorite blog party ever!
Flowers, never enough flowers!
Moving to the patio…this past summer, we invested in new patio furniture. We spend the majority of our summer outdoors (rain or shine)! Lucky to have our patio area covered, we enjoy coffee in the morning watching the chickens scratch in the gardens. Barbeques with friends anytime of the day and the kids choice of dessert is roasting marshmallows in the fireplace in the evenings!
Walking indoors…It’s funny that when we began 2012 I was worried I’d run out of ideas to blog about. However, the year brought me more inspiration for change than I’d ever had imagined would happen here at Fishtail Cottage. My most fun project was making over my sons room into a Guest Suite! Hunting for the perfect pieces was my favorite, combined with changing up items I already had to adorn the room and a few “do it yourself” projects really made this room my favorite! The most impactful change in our home was the remodel of our Great Room. Removing the fireplace was a major decision to do, but the room turned out to be more charming than we’d hoped for. Opening up the kitchen wall into the Great Room has really opened the room up as well…everything seems to ‘flow’ the way it should have been in the beginning. We’ve been able to enjoy this room for the holidays and are loving it more and more each day. Altering the bonus room from a play room to more of a a teen hang out, was one of the best changes in 2012 ~ splitting the room into two rooms so that it is more functional for it’s intended uses has turned out to be amazing. The kids love hanging with their friends and somehow have managed to keep the room clean! One of the greatest changes to our home is creating a sanctuary in my Master Bedroom by just shopping from my own home, moving pieces around and creating an environment that I cannot get enough of! I really enjoy my sleeping space ~ its so such a comforting place to escape to!
Trying new things… is something that will probably always be difficult for me. Permanently changing something with paint feels so scary. Creating something from scratch is always fun, but I worry “do I just think it’s cute because of all the work I put into it?” I’ve seen the most inspiring ideas out there, but I am never really confident in trying my hand at it…however,I’ve given it a try anyway, and found the results so rewarding!
My blog itself… had a major makeover.
I started selling items in Etsy. It hasn’t been very successful ~ hoping 2013 will help me find my place in the world of Etsy!
And I began offering advertising this past year as well. I love my advertisers, and feel so confident in sharing them with you, as I have first hand knowledge of what these great folks offer! If you are looking to advertise over here at Fishtail Cottage or wanna do a giveaway (everyone loves giveaways) please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
I want to thank you all for being part of my journey! I love having you in my life ~ I truly look forward to hearing from you and following up with our email chats! My life has honestly been blessed because of you.
I have no clue what the new year will bring me here at Fishtail Cottage and what projects (other than organizing) will come about! I do look forward to whatever is in store! xoxo, tracie
Wishing ya’ll an amazing 2013!To see what else I am linking to this week – please check my “Cottage Links” label on my side bar.