A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family
A Little of This & That… Renovating, Decorating, DIY Projects & Family

A Year in Review: Favorite Crafty Projects From 2013

My brother-in-law is getting married today! To a great girl that we’re all thrilled to have join our family. Many festivities going on over here.

For today’s post, I’m continuing with the theme of ‘favorites’ and reflecting on a year in review by sharing a few of my very favorite craft projects from 2013 (yesterday was all about food and favorite recipes). As I was preparing to write this post though, I must admit that I was getting a little nervous (and maybe even a little disappointed…) in what I’d be putting together. See, with so many baby-school-job-family related activities this last year, it has felt like we haven’t accomplished that much in terms of big home projects for our little 1930′s casita, or even in the little diy department (the ‘weekend’ fun stuff).

But ah what a little reflection will do to your perspective! After looking back on the crafty projects we didmanage to squeeze in (and I mean more of the non-house related stuff at the moment), I’m feeling much better about the time and energy we dedicated to the creative in 2013. Funny how a little reflection will do that.

Favorite Projects | PepperDesignBlog.com

foam bath toys | hexagon outdoor succulent planter | chalk mugs

Favorite Projects | PepperDesignBlog.com

Favorite Projects | PepperDesignBlog.com

ombre placemats | infused kahlua | infused vanilla bean extract
rosemary bath pouches | the ultimate healing bath salts

Favorite Projects | PepperDesignBlog.com

Favorite Projects | PepperDesignBlog.com

scalloped ombre paper lantern | easy wrapping
Liv’s monster Valentine’s Day cardsbags kisses cards
favor pouches | felt bows & bow ties

Favorite Projects | PepperDesignBlog.com

Favorite Projects | PepperDesignBlog.com

semi-diy botanical chart art | Liv’s painting for Mom’s Day :-)

Favorite Projects | PepperDesignBlog.com

Favorite Projects | PepperDesignBlog.com

gold mugs, baked art mugs | 5 gold Easter egg tutorials

Website Redesign | PepperDesignBlog.com

I also redesigned the blog this year, which was a BIG project!

Call me cheesy, but this may have been the best project of the year.


Up next, a roundup of favorite home projects from this past year. Happy 2014, ya’ll.

A Year in Review: Favorite Recipes From 2013

Happy New Year!! Wow, 2014 here we are.

I’m a little in shock that yet another year has come and gone (I know, I know…), I look back at family photos and big moments from this past year and I can’t believe how quickly they have all gone by. It’s just all happening too. fast.

Most blessed moment of 2013 goes to our family expansion (most cuddliest moment and most ready to pop, too). Most thrilling perhaps to earlier in the year during the big reveal (and favorite video). Most champagne-worthy goes to Kevin’s graduation day in June after six years of studying hard (architecture degree now in tow), busiest to Kev delving into full-time entrepreneurship in not-architecture (some nail biting has ensued), most relaxing to our family vacation in Florida, most honest to my guest post on being a working mom. Favorite style boards for the year go to this post and this one. Most can’t-believe-this-is-happening to Liv’s first day of preschool. Most flower-child moment is probably when we attended Stagecoach (and I was uber pregnant). Best reoccurring moment goes to our semi-regular theater date nights.

And in between! Plenty of house remodel work, crafty projects, recipes to enjoy… so I thought I would take a few posts to share my very favorites in a sort of year in review.

Up first? Let’s talk food.

Favorite Recipes | PepperDesignBlog.com

from-scratch tomato soup | cantaloup & basil summer blend
chocolate dipped coffee spoons | white chocolate pretzel sticks
easy apricot tart | 4 ingredient melt-in-your-mouth macaroons
maple oat bars | yellow tomato tart | fruit smoothie popsicles

In all truth, Kev is the master chef around here. I’m so lucky to have found a guy who really knows his way around the kitchen and I’m always secretly hoping that he’ll take care of dinner each night (he’s soooo good! Even with a what seems to be empty fridge). But all of that said, I really love to cook. To bake and to cook. I even made an artsy video about my summer love of all things tarts.

So today I leave you with my favorite recipes from 2013 (well, not all are recipes. Some are just good eats.) See you back here soon with a round up of craft and home projects from our very busy 2013. Happy New Year!

Master Bedroom: Gallery Wall Update

The new gallery wall in the bedroom isn’t there yet, but it’s making progress. Last I left you, I was exploring wall layout ideas and had only committed to a couple of pieces of art. Here’s a post on my inspiration.

Wall Gallery In Progress | PepperDesignBlog.com

Most of my paintings/drawings/photos are framed and up! But I have a few spots that I’ll be adding to or switching things around (it feels like something’s missing to the right above, no? In the shadowy part of the wall).

Wall Gallery In Progress | PepperDesignBlog.com

Better photos to come soon when the project is finished finished. And I’ll share sources for anything that I didn’t create myself.

The plant below was moved from the office into the bedroom on the day of these photos. It’s actually thriving now, despite its shaggy appearance here. I’m also planning on upgrading that occasional chair there to the left of the lamp (and maybe the lamp?), but I’m waiting for the perfect find.

Wall Gallery In Progress | PepperDesignBlog.com

It still feels odd to have a TV in the bedroom, but after 3-4 months of having moved the older living room television into this space, I can probably count on two hands how often it’s been turned on. It’s nice knowing that if we ever want to curl up and watch a movie while already in bed it’s possible! Even if not probable :).

Gallery walls that come together over time feel more authentic. I love picking out pieces from around our house to display up here, or taking the time to shop on etsy or at local craft fairs for what feels like it belongs. It’s also nice to know that nothing is permanent and that things can change as we go.

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