Confessions, Resolutions and My 2011 Top Project

I hope everyone had a great Christmas. Mine was lovely…and as much as I enjoyed it I am glad it’s all behind me. The emotional ups and downs, cooking, shopping, wrapping, etc. are finished for another year. As I wander around my now quiet house, I can’t help thinking ahead to the coming year. What will it bring? Am I up to the challenge of another year of blogging? Can I keep up? 
I have no answers to those questions. What I do know is this…If I don’t give it my best shot and try, I will regret it. Regret is an awful thing. It eats away at who you are and your self-confidence in making decisions.  Trying and failing is easier to accept than never trying at all. There were a few times this past year when I actually doubted my sanity. Was I crazy to try to keep up with a job, family, home, second job and a blog? Maybe I was. Maybe I still am. But I would rather accept defeat after my best effort than quit before I’m sure. 

So…on to my resolutions. First, I want to do a better job at consistent posting on my blog. I need to plan ahead but more importantly I need to THINK ahead.  Last week I cooked and cooked. Several family favorites that would have made great blog posts. I didn’t take one stinkin’ picture. Perfect example of NOT thinking ahead.

Second, I really want to take and publish better photos. I need to take a photography class of some sort. I am going to invest in Photoshop and the Flora Bella Collection (soon I hope.)

Third, I plan to take my Etsy shop to the next level. Better selection, better descriptions and better photos. 


I’ve saved the hardest resolution for last. I need to start walking again. About 2 1/2 years ago I began walking almost every day. The walking along with counting calories resulted in a weight loss of 40 lbs. That’s 3 sizes. My feet stopped hurting, my blood pressure went down and my acid-reflux went away. I had forgotten what it felt like to feel good. I have a lot of excuses reasons why I stopped…none of which are very good. Anyway, it’s something I need to do for my health. I know we hear it all the time but we need to take care of ourselves. We owe at least that much to the people we love. 


OK…enough lecturing. Now for my top project of 2011. It has to be my kitchen. Even though it wasn’t a dramatic transformation, I am proud of the way it turned out. The single most important update was changing out all the fixtures. Hinges, drawer handles, lighting and faucet. 







These pics of my kitchen were taken with my old camera. I can see improvement from when these were taken compared to what I’m taking now. I owe it all to my new camera and better editing skills. I actually gave my husband and kids a framed picture of our little dog for Christmas. Photographed by yours truly. A year ago, that would have been impossible. What a difference a year makes.



  1. Comeca Jones says:

    Ann I love the Orb fixtures and you are so right about taking care of ones self its so on our doin things right in 2012 list!

  2. Comeca Jones says:

    Ann I love the Orb fixtures and you are so right about taking care of ones self its so on our doin things right in 2012 list!

  3. Comeca Jones says:

    Ann I love the Orb fixtures and you are so right about taking care of ones self its so on our doin things right in 2012 list!

  4. Comeca Jones says:

    Ann I love the Orb fixtures and you are so right about taking care of ones self its so on our doin things right in 2012 list!

  5. Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow says:

    You have set some high standards for 2012, Ann. I'm betting you are up to the job!! I need to start back walking, too!!! Maybe we need to start a weekly check-in. ;)

    Thank you so much for your kind words today. I know your house is quiet today too. blessings ~ tanna

  6. Kim @ Savvy Southern Style says:

    Ann, I hear you about the walking and weight loss. I used to walk everyday, too before blogging and had lost thirty pounds. I was the same way, felt better and no acid reflux and now it is all back. I must start moving more. Wish we lived close to each other we could walk together and stay motivated.
    You know I love your kitchen makeover.

  7. love the kitchen, the wall color, and the window!! Awesome!

  8. Ivy and Elephants says:

    Gorgeous kitchen! I'd be proud, too. We'd love to have you share it with us at "What's It Wednesday". Can't wait for everybody to see!
    Hugs and happy new year!

  9. Linda (Nina's Nest) says:

    Love your kitchen, Ann. Great job on the resolutions. I'd better get busy! Linda

  10. Hi Ann, your kitchen looks great. I'm with you on those resolutions. Good luck with your goals and happy New year.

  11. good luck with all your hopes there. i know i have several myself that i know i want to start doing in the year of 2012… keep the faith. you can do anything you put your mind to. i'm sure you know that though. (:

  12. adventuresindinner says:

    Ann, love reading anything you write, don't pressure yourself. Follow your bliss at all times :-)

  13. Calypso In The Country says:

    Great resolutions! I have so many in my head but I really need to get them written down so I can commit! And yes, blogging can be quite a challenge at times. Every now and then I think I need to take a break but then a day or two goes by and I have this need to do it! I look forward to reading your blog in the upcoming year. Best wishes for 2012!

  14. It's tough to blog when you don't have a major makeover every three weeks! My blogging ideas seem to come in bunches, so I write a few posts in a sitting and then schedule them to post one at at time later. Best of luck!

  15. NanaDiana says:

    Ann- Your kitchen makeover is amazing. My goal is to be a better photographer this year, too! xo Diana

  16. Lynn@ The Vintage Nest says:

    Hi Ann, Just came by to wish you a Happy Happy New Year and to let you know I talked about you on my blog post today. I absolutely adore my pillow!! xoxo

  17. Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G says:

    You don't give yourself near enough credit! Your blog is wonderful!!! Don't stress about consistency! Just give it your best shot as you have …it's always entertaining, good and beautiful! :) I love stopping in for a visit!

    Your kitchen was a wonderful transformation! All the tweaking you did was lovely!

    And I'm with you on walking! I did well, in that I didn't gain weight during Christmas …held steady, but now it is time to get back walking, exercising, and to try to get a few more pounds off!

    Hope you have a wonderful New Year!!!

  18. After reading your resolutions, I just wanted to give you a big cheer! I know that you can do it!!

  19. Hines-Sight says:

    I hope you had a wonderful Christmas.

    Right there with you in the exercise. I'm shedding my extra five blogging pounds.

  20. Ann, Great resolutions and I can see you like to have a "full plate". :)
    I don't know how you doo all that. I can barely get a coupe of posts a week…but then I'm terrible slow at pulling a post together.
    Hope you don't give up the blog. I'll miss you terribly.
    Hugs and have a good New Year.

  21. Debbie refreshrestyle says:

    Ann, I love your resolutions…in fact some of mine will be the same! Good luck with all of yours! You can do it! Lve your kitchen!

  22. ℳartina @ Northern Nesting says:

    I am with you Ann on the resolution to start walking again. Last year I was walking 2-3 miles a day. Felt great and looked great. I need to feel that way again!! I loved everything about your kitchen makeover and can see why it was one of your favorites! Have a great week, Martina

  23. Grace @ Sense and Simplicity says:

    You've added a lot to your already full plate with those resolutions. I don't know how you keep up with an Etsy site on top of a job (and a second job, did you say?) and a family and a blog. It may come down to priorities. I've cut back on the frequency of my blogging to three times a week (and one of those is WISH Wednesday so it has some structure) and it seems to be a good amount. I love making resolutions too at this time of year, but they are only good if they serve to inspire not punish us.

  24. Stitchfork says:

    You accomplished a lot to be proud of in '11, and 2012 will be even better for you!
    Happy New Year Ann!

  25. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    Great resolutions and very achieveable! You can do it girl! And you should be pleased with your lovely kitchen!

  26. Blondie's Journal says:

    I love a girl with a plan! I think I am going to take things slower and not worry so much about the small things. And be focused, whih I think is what you are saying as well.

    I was amazed at how much better my picture taking has become since I started blogging. Photographing and writing. Sometimes I think I need a better camera and then I just work harder with the one I have. I am not, nor do I want to be, a professional photographer.

    I'm looking forward to seeing the new changes in your Etsy shop. It really is great already!!

    Have a lovely week!


  27. Well, it sounds like you're already doing a better job of thinking ahead by planning your new year's resolutions! They sound like they are achievable. That's always the first rule. Ha! I haven't thought about personal resolutions really. I usually have a "project list" that I try to complete within the next year. That's about it.

  28. Debbiedoo's blogging and blabbing says:

    Whew…you said a mouthful sweet Ann!~ My first year of blogging I almost quit three times. Then I came back I missed it too much. It is a part of me now and my daily routine. I have nothing in store for 2012, and it is best I keep my thoughts spontaneous or I will get nervous. I plan on adding my walking routine back in to. Wishing you the very best in 2012~

  29. Olive Cooper says:

    That is wonderful that you gifted a photo of yours. I need to start walking again. I garden like a fiend in the summer and cut grass with a push mower but in the winter do just about nothing except rake. I am confident you can rise to all these goals Ann.

  30. I like your new resolutions and I love what your kitchen looks like now, I don't recall seeing "before" photos, so I have nothing to compare it to, but it is very pretty now.
    Walking really is the easiest and the best thing that we can do for ourselves. I walk four or five times a week, and I would walk more if I had a walking partner. I would LOVE to find one this year.
    Have a lovely day, dear lady.
    Hugs, Cindy

  31. Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads says:

    Hi Ann,
    I have decided that this is the year that I need to take care of my health. I've got to make some changes, too. If you take a photography class, you could post about what you learn. I, for one, would benefit. But don't give up the blogging. You are so good at it!

  32. Ann@A Sentimental Life says:

    I HOPE you keep blogging! I would miss u!

    And the walking…I need to do that and I have Greta to go with me so I have no excuses.

  33. Richard Cottrell says:

    Love your new resolutions, hope you can achieve them all. I have started a new project, I will post next week. Richard from My Old Historic House

  34. thistlewoodfarm says:

    Can't wait to see all your new inspiration in 2012! Sounds like a wonderful way to start the New Year!


  35. ❀❀❀Ðαωᾔ❀❀❀ says:

    Ann, I have considered not blogging it is so hard to keep up and come up with great ideas. I just love reading everyone's post and would maybe happy with that. LOL. I just got my new running shoes in the mail, so I will be adding running along with my 6 mile daily walk. I know how it all can be so overwhelming, and wonder why we do it to ourselves. I also have scheduled 2 photography classes in January, I will post and hope I learn a lot. I can't wait to see what you have for us in 2012:) Take care of yourself first, and everything else will fall into place if it is meant to be.

  36. great resolutions, I think you're a great photographer, with a home like yours its a wonderful; inspiration as well.
    I have visited your Etsy shop and its great, I can't wait to see how you improveit, its great now!

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