Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Happy New Year in 2012 from WhisperWood Cottage!

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LOOKING BACK ON 2011

As you all know, blogging is a social affair. It's so great to have friends with whom to share our creativity and DIY adventures. Thank you to each of you who follow and subscribe to WhisperWood Cottage. It means a lot to me that people are willing to read, visit, and comment. To see which were the most popular posts of the past year, check out the Top 45 DIY Projects of 2011.



2011 was a special year as WhisperWood Cottage was featured in a 10-page spread in the January 2011 issue of Cottages & Bungalows magazine. We also had two separate mentions in the Spring 2011 and Fall 2011 issues of Flea Market Style magazine! Let's hope that 2012 leads to more unexpected opportunities and honors!



A special shout out to these 10 bloggers who referred the most traffic to WhisperWood Cottage in 2011...
  1. Miss Mustard Seed
  2. A Country Farmhouse
  3. Funky Junk Interiors
  4. The Lettered Cottage
  5. Margo's Junkin' Journal
  6. Frugal Farmhouse Design
  7. The DIY Club
  8. Urban Farmgirl
  9. Tatertots & Jello
  10. A Stroll Thru Life

LOOKING FORWARD TO 2012

Big hugs to all of you in the new year! Do you know what the new year holds for you? Do you have a plan, an idea, a dream that will come to fruition in 2012? I anticipate lots of changes for me...physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. It is going to be an amazing year!

Here at WhisperWood Cottage, we'll be kicking off 2012 with the 2nd Annual 1st Project of the Year Party!


It's almost time! The new year is coming!! 
That means new ideas, new projects, new ways to express your authentic style!!

I'm sure y'all have projects planned or in the works for 2012. Am I right? Well, if so, I want to see them. In fact, we all want to see them!! DIY, craft, decorating, sewing, health, photography, repair, trash-to-treasure, organization, cleaning...whatever your first projects of the year are!! So, starting on 1/12/12 (that's January 12, 2012), we'll be partying here at WW Cottage with the "2012 1st Project of the Year Party." 

Last year's party was my favorite event ever! The link-ups were amazing, and I featured a total of over 70 projects!! Check out last year's party: 2011 1st Project of the Year Party. Check out last year's winners and features: Day 11 Grand Prize Winner & Must-See Features.

Stay tuned for this year's party details and prize package information!


I know y'all are busy with the holiday season,
but I'd appreciate it if you would grab a button and spread the word!!

Thanks, blog sistahs!!

Top 45 DIY Projects of 2011

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Welcome to the WhisperWood Cottage 2011 year in review! I spent some time today going through the 250 posts that went up on this lil' ol' blog this past year. It's amazing how much has happened here! Thank you so much for stopping here, commenting, and being part of the fun at WWC!

If you're new to WWC or simply want to catch up on past projects, please check out the top 45 projects of 2011...

The Full Before & After Tour of the WhisperWood Cottage Studio Makeover

Deconstructing a Chaise, Reconstructing Ourselves: Listen, Trust, Create!

Vintage Door Coat Rack in Studio

Vintage Corner Hutches for the Dining Room

Make Your Own Craft Paper (yes, paper!) Chalkboard

Make Your Own Chalkboard Tags (from old business cards!)

Vertical Storage with Vintage Wire Baskets & an Antique Ladder

Tutorial: How We Made Our Own Glass Terrarium/Hurricane Lamp

12 Ways to Use Vintage Signs in Contemporary Decor

Master Bedroom Nook Gets Birch Stencil Makeover

"Faux Sew" Burlap Pillow Cover

Plaid Pattern Burlap Coaster

Thrifty Junking Finds

Stenciled Linen Tape Candle Wrap

Wash Tub Stand as a Luggage Rack

How We Made Our Own Tufted Fur Ottoman

Hourglass Stenciled Pillow Cover

All is "Grey-t" with a Vintage Greyhound Bus Sign

Blue & White Ikat Chairs

Sexy Dress Form Gets Accessorized

Using What You Have, Having What You Love

Red Jute Webbing Flower Pot Slipcover

Laundry is More Fun with Industrial Canvas Basket

Garage Sale Find: 1930s Rand McNally Globe

Inspired by Grace...An Inspirational Ballerina Mirror

Vintage Medical Cabinet and Future Plans for the Dining Room

Vintage Printer's Tray Turned Photo Display

Burlap Tissue Box Cover

The IDEAL Vintage Sign

America's Next Top Work Table

Vintage Industrial with a Beach Cottage/Coastal Vibe

Vintage Turqoise Ring: $5 Garage Sale Find

Home Sweet Home Vintage Sign Transformation

Slipcover Bench Makeover

Winter White Faux Fur Wreath

The Real Purpose of Decorating: Vintage Printer's Tray Mirror

Nautical to Autumnal: Studio Gets Fall Makeover

Silk Drapes in the Workout Room

Silver, Crystal, Burlap & Chalkboard Place Setting

Organizing Your Garage: Wheels and Casters are a Must Have!

Photos of My Kauai Adventure

Vintage Edison Battery Jar Repurposed

Dual Milbradt Ladders in the Guest Room

Scenic Views of Ireland's West Coast

World's Fastest Makeover

Thanks for following and subscribing! See you here in 2012 for another fun year! We'll be kicking it off in January with 2nd Annual 1st Project of the Year Party!


It's almost time! The new year is coming!! 
That means new ideas, new projects, new ways to express your authentic style!!

I'm sure y'all have projects planned or in the works for 2012. Am I right? Well, if so, I want to see them. In fact, we all want to see them!! DIY, craft, decorating, sewing, health, photography, repair, trash-to-treasure, organization, cleaning...whatever your first projects of the year are!! So, starting on 1/12/12 (that's January 12, 2012), we'll be partying here at WW Cottage with the "2012 1st Project of the Year Party." 

Last year's party was my favorite event ever! The link-ups were amazing, and I featured a total of over 70 projects!! Check out last year's party: 2011 1st Project of the Year Party. Check out last year's winners and features: Day 11 Grand Prize Winner & Must-See Features.

Stay tuned for this year's party details and prize package information!


I know y'all are busy with the holiday season,
but I'd appreciate it if you would grab a button and spread the word!!



Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Winter White Faux Fur Wreath (and No Sewing!)

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Need an idea to makeover your old craft wreaths? How about faux fur?


With this pile of faux fur scraps leftover from my faux fur ottoman and faux fur jewelry display, I had this vision of a fur wreath. In search of a wreath to makeover, I stopped by a small, local thrift store on the way home from work recently and found this beauty for 49 cents...


With the scraps of faux fur and approximately 30 stick pins (that's right...stick pins...no sewing!...simply wrap the fur around and stick in the pins), here she is now...


Clean, fresh, and fun!
Welcome to the new year!

Related front door projects you might like...



Wednesday, December 21, 2011

"A to Being Creations" Nominated to DIY Club Top 12 Holiday Projects

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Congratulations to Ashley at A to Being Creations! Ashley linked up her project involving turning shipping labels into chalkboard gift tags to the Chalkboard Holiday DIY party here at WhisperWood Cottage. It's definitely on my to-do list!


Her project was nominated to the Top 12 projects from all 12 parties involved in the the 12 Days of Holiday DIY party at The DIY Club. From those top 12 projects, one talented blogger will be announced as the grand prize winner tonight. Good luck, Ashley!



So glad to feature you, Ashley! Thanks for sharing your talents!! Please grab one of the new WhisperWood Cottage feature buttons for your blog.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

An October Vignette in December?

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See that vignette above? Yes, well, it no longer exists. These photos were taken back at the end of October. Yes, nearly two months ago. I'm pretty sure it was changed not too long after these photos were taken. This spot on the living room is one of those areas that I just haven't figured out yet, so it just keeps changing! :)

It has looked like this...


...and this, this, and this...

  

So, in October, it looked like this...


The vignette is a combination of new and vintage pieces, which makes it all the more fun!


The Farrah Crystal Table Lamps from Ralph Lauren were TJMaxx finds. They were an insanely good deal! I was shocked when I did the research on the actual retail price of these lamps. Thank you, TJMaxx!! 


The pair of them are now in the master bedroom.


That's it! My October vignette in December. Better late than never, right? Let's hope Santa is paying a bit more attention to the calendar! :)

Monday, December 19, 2011

Save the Date! 2nd Annual 1st Project of the Year Party!!

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It's almost time! The new year is coming!! 
That means new ideas, new projects, new ways to express your authentic style!!

I'm sure y'all have projects planned or in the works for 2012. Am I right? Well, if so, I want to see them. In fact, we all want to see them!! DIY, craft, decorating, sewing, health, photography, repair, trash-to-treasure, organization, cleaning...whatever your first projects of the year are!! So, starting on 1/12/12 (that's January 12, 2012), we'll be partying here at WW Cottage with the "2012 1st Project of the Year Party." 

Last year's party was my favorite event ever! The link-ups were amazing, and I featured a total of over 70 projects!! Check out last year's party: 2011 1st Project of the Year Party. Check out last year's winners and features: Day 11 Grand Prize Winner & Must-See Features.

Stay tuned for this year's party details and prize package information!



I know y'all are busy with the holiday season,
but I'd appreciate it if you would grab a button and spread the word!!

Thanks, blog sistahs!!