The Nest in Review – My Favorite Posts of 2012

Happy New Year!

It’s always fun to take a look back and see all that you’ve accomplished. To be honest, I really didn’t think I did all that much last year since I spent most of late spring through summer not feeling well.

collage of 2012 favorite posts

But  I surprised myself! I did things when I felt well and that seemed to add up. So looking back it’s good see the year wasn’t a total loss! Here’s a look at some of my favorite things I did last  year:

I covered some plain magazine holders with scrapbook paper.  Pretty DIY Magazine Storage

 ACultivatedNest: DIY Magazine Storage

I wrote the #1 post on my blog .  The Basics of Planning Your Vegetable Garden - the basics of planning your vegetable garden

I made a easy spring wreath from a bright green feather boa.  DIY Spring Wreath

Acultivatednest:DIY spring wreath

I painted my “barn” red (with the help of my family).  My Pretty Red Barn

red barn

I painted one of my garden gates. My Cute Garden Gate

painted garden gate

I started writing my Home Sweet Frugal Home series.  Home Sweet Frugal Home #1  Which I enjoy very much and which will resume this month. December was such an unfrugal month for us I didn’t have anything to add to the conversation  so I skipped it :)

homemade cheese stuffed pretzels

I also painted an old bench as part of my side yard makeover. A Budget Friendly Garden Makeover

garden bench makeover My favorite home makeover has to be the faux ceiling tin I used in my faux fireplace.  Faux Ceiling Tin Firebox

ceiling tin fireplace makeover I hope you enjoyed a look at some of my favorite posts from last year. I don’t know why, but every year I’m always a bit surprised at all that I’ve managed to do!

I think this is the part where I’m now suppose to direct you to my Projects Gallery so you can see if you missed anything – well I don’t have one of those. I guess I should put that on my to do list. I also think I’m supposed to let you all know the big plans I have for this new year, all the new projects you can look forward to etc….well I can’t do that  either since I kind of blog on the fly, wing it, do what needs doing and then blog about it.  I do know there will be a few kitchen posts and I’m sure to be in the garden soon. You all will just have to stick around to see what happens! :)

I do want to thank you all for your continued support and encouragement.

Happy New Year and thank you so much for reading my blog!!

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  1. says

    Manuela, I love that you blog on the fly! I do too!

    You always have great projects, I really liked the barn and the faux fireplace projects!

    Happy New Year!

  2. says

    You had a very productive year! I look forward to seeing what all you come up with for 2013! I’m sure you will continue to inspire us all! Thank you for your friendship. All the best to your and your family in this coming year.


  3. says

    Enjoyed the recap! You have accomplished many great projects and thanks for sharing them with us.
    Wishing you a Very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

  4. says

    All great projects, Manuela! I think we do surprise ourselves sometimes when we look back and see that we really did accomplish more than we thought over the course of a year. Looking forward to your frugal series resuming, too. I’ve got no plans either. I think this year is going to be more “take it as it comes” types of projects. Probably because I did everything I really wanted to do this past year! The only thing I think we have planned is painting the main living areas of the condo {since it is all open it will all be done at the same time}, but I have no immediate plans for that.

    Happy New Year!

  5. Vee says

    Look forward to your posts on an almost daily basis. I may be your pesky stalker. ☺ Of all these posts, and I remember them all fondly, the one I actually used and did something about was the one on gardens. Then, too, I won that terrific gardening book right here! It made a big difference in our summer and will this year as well. Thank you for all you do to make your blog a sweet place to land.

  6. Penny @ The Comforts of Home & Flea Market Makeovers says

    You did some wonderful projects. I love the red barn. Happy New Year Manuela!

  7. says

    You sure have been busy! I love all of your projects and I’m looking forward to the frugal posts coming back :) I need the frugal ideas now especially!

  8. says

    Boy! Did I smile a great big smile while reading this post… And to think you were going to cease blogging! SOOOOO glad you didn’t! You’re blog’s one of my favorites!

    Happy New Year!

  9. says

    Happy New Year Manuela! So glad to have met you & look forward to your posts for 2013. I’ll try to be organized & track my meager progress as well.

  10. says

    I loved all of your projects! Like you, I really should compile a project gallery too. It’s on my list of resolutions this year :) Looking forward, as always, to see what you come up with! I love the Home Sweet Frugal Home series and wow, could we use some frugalness around here after the holiday!
    Happy New Year,

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