I’m not going to lie to you, friends – 2013 has not been my favorite of years. From a personal standpointl, it has been a year of trials, new challenges, and loss. At the same time, 2013 held some wonderful, happy and memorable moments that I will cherish. Sometimes it seems as though the good may not always balance out the bad – yet on this, the eve of a *new* year, I am content to accept 2013 for the roller coaster year that it was, and thank my lucky stars for all of the wonderful parts, and for my husband, my family, my friends and my four-legged-bestie – who are always there through thick and thin. AND, lucky girl that I am, I also get to look back and thank all of YOU wonderful readers, who make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside with every comment, like & follow. I love writing, creating and thinking about Some Kind of Lovely Ride, and I love that you take the time out of YOUR day to check in with me for projects, stories & tidbits of life. YOU ARE AWESOME! Some Kind of Lovely Ride is the most amazing and therapeutic outlet for me, and I look forward to seeing what 2014 will bring for my little blog. (I’ve been carving out this little niche on the internets for nearly two years – can you believe it!)
So, I invite you to take a moment to look back with me on some of my favorite SKLR moments from 2013! If you want the quick version, you can see my little year-in-review video on my Instagram this morning!
2013 in Review
In January, a few months after we tied the knot, hubs & I were excited to have our DIY wedding featured on WeddingLovely along with hundreds of other gorgeous real weddings!
We kept the love alive for Valentine’s Day with some homemade, heart shaped sugar cookies & milk.
As the winter dragged on, I tackled a simple upholstery project and gave an old chair a pretty update!
This sweet little ring dish was such an easy project, I made a whole bunch and even gave one away!
With the promise of Spring came the start of my obsession with yellow and springtime – and a couple simple DIY artwork ideas for the home, like my State Love paper art & Gnome Sweet Gnome stenciled canvas.
One of the most meaningful creative projects I did this year was adding a photo to a pair of lockets from Heartworks by Lori so my mother and I could carry a special memory of my Mommom close to our hearts.
Spring cleaning mode kicked in, and I created a cozy little reading nook and added some artwork & storage to my workspace area. I feel an entirely new overhaul of this space coming this year…!
I spent the summer cultivating my green thumb with my little container garden of tomatoes, basil & snap peas. I can’t wait to give this another go in 2014!
Probably the highlight of the year for me was planning & hosting a travel-themed bridal shower for my new sister-in-law Priscila, completely with DIY invitations, international foods & globes-hanging-from-trees! (Go check it out here, here & here!)
Over the summer, we had our kitchen renovated and I got my open shelving! Hooray! It has been the most amazing difference in space & cheeriness!
I took some time to reflect and give thanks in November, and made the easiest chalkboard ever.
We also added a new stained wood headboard in the bedroom, which I love to pieces.
And then the Christmas decorating began! You can see my decorated home, and links to some more projects in my holiday home tour posts here (kitchen), here (living room) and here (dining & bedroom).
I was obsessed with burlap, and made burlap ornaments, a ribbon & burlap tree wall hanging, and my favorite Christmas project this year – the handmade burlap stockings I made with my mother.
Overall, it was a pretty great year for projects and home updates! I’ve loved sharing them with you, and I sure hope you stick around with me in 2014. It’s sure to be a GREAT year – I’m convinced it’s going to be the best yet!
Happy New Year to you & yours! See you in the next one! ❤