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!

026Because 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.  088Barbeques 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.  012However, 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. IMG_0177 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.  016We’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! 001One 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! 



002Trying 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!

101Athentic Vintage Glass Bottle


My blog itself… had a major makeoverBrook3

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!

Pink Paperver Somniferum Seeds 2012

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 tracie.fish@live.com


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

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Wishing ya’ll an amazing 2013!

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Lovely garden, love your stone pathway!

Happy New Year!
You really have done so much, Tracie, inside and out and I enjoyed all of your posts! The upstairs room for the kids is just fabulous (I still want that cabinet you found!). And I always love your adventures in your garden. What do you have growing on your arbor? I have a completely bare one that I am determined to grow something on this year!

Happy New Year, sweet friend!

Jane PS...I did a 2012 post, too!
Pamela Gordon said…
You have done a lot of things around your home this year and it all looks beautiful. Happy New Year to you and yours. Blessings, Pamela
Sandy said…
I had to stop by Tracie and wish you and your family a very Happy New Year ahead... such wonderful changes in your life and home this past year.
Unknown said…
Amazing to think you've created all this in six years! What a journey you've had. And I'm so glad I found you so that I could watch that journey evolve.

Happy New Year, my friend.
Cynthia said…
I am so glad that I have been a follower of you blog I have enjoyed it very much. I hope you have a very Happy and Healthy New Year.

You have had a busy positive 2012! Look out 2013 it'll be amazing!!
ANNE said…
What a year!!! You've accomplished so much and done it all so beautifully. I'm sure 2013 will be a breakthrough year for your Etsy shop.

I wish you every success in the new year. May all your dreams come true!

You have accomplished so much, your home is a dream and the gardens magnificent.
Have a happy and blessed new year!
deb said…
Just wanted to stop by and wish you a Happ, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year!!
Take care *hugs*deb
Happy New Years Tracie! Thank you so much for your friendship and for sharing your home and gardens this year! Your projects are always so inspirational. You write and share from the heart, which shines through in everything you do! I am so looking forward to more fun in 2013! Hugs, Leena
You've had a really busy year! I can imagine how hard it would be, deciding whether or not to keep a fireplace... Happy to hear you're delighted with the result. Everything looks just yummy.

Enjoyed your 2012 review.
Wishing you a wonderful 2013!!!
Have a GREAT weekend Tracie...

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