hello 2016 + my fave things from 2015

hello 2016.

The past year has in many ways gone by so incredibly fast.  

My kids are taller, we’re all a year older.

I closed a painful chapter in my life and walked into a healthy, new life that I love.

I met a wonderful man & a best friend that would change my life forever.

I had zero time to blog, but I have a job I love, and I am trying to eek out time to begin blogging again because I feel like part of me is missing when I don’t write.

I think the part of the year that I love the most, is looking back and seeing God work things out.

In the quiet times when we have no idea how an impossible situation will be resolved.

In noisy times where we just need five minutes to ourselves so we don’t feel crazy.

In the painful moments where it doesn’t feel like hurt could ever be healed.

He has shown up and handled it.  Handled it when I could not, and gone before me not to pave a perfect straight road, but to remind me that He’s got this and I am His daughter.

And I have learned that I can survive those tough times that are no fun, and really appreciate the seasons of quiet.  That is new for me because I fee like I’ve always been in a hurry to get to the next thing.

 

I used to make a New Year’s Resolution each year, or choose a word.  

I have decided to put zero pressure on myself and just enjoy having another year, more time and living a peaceful (yet crazy/loud/busy) life with my family.

Here are a few things I loved working on this year, and I hope this finds you blessed, at peace, and seeing the good.  Because it is everywhere and wants us to find it.

No matter what.

So here we go, a new year, and some of my favorite stuff from last year….

 

All You Need Is Love Free Printable twelveOeightblog.com #loveprintable #allyouneedislove #freeprintable #valentine #twelveOeightblog

love is all you need free printable 

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DIY Boho Chic Firewood Holder

 

DIY Navajo Style Firewood Holder #twelveOeight #diy #Navajo #firewood #bohostyle

 

 

I recently cleaned out about 85% of my garage.

Y’all it was kind of scary.

And cathartic.

And I don’t need to go hunting for cool stuff to upcycle for a while since I had my own thrift store already and didn’t know it!

It has been a monkey on my back forever, and it’s SO much better.  Just a little more to do and it will be neat and I will know exactly where everything is.  A far cry from 30 days ago.  For real.  I could have been on an A & E show for people that cannot throw things away, or stop shopping 2nd hand.

Or both 🙂

But, I sure am glad I found a nice stack of stuff to work on, because when I came across this pleather storage cube without a lid, I could not imagine what I would do with no lid.  [Read more…]

Thrift Store Redo: a thrift store chair makeover

copper chair 1

 

I am fairly certain I had no dang business thrifting or hitting yard sales this year at all.

Not with the makings of my own thrift store in my garage right now.

But sometimes you have to live on the edge a little, and you see something that strikes a chord (apparently that happens often from the lack of even a decent sized trail to walk in my garage) and you just need too…..

just go for it.

This chair makeover is actually the inspiration behind my home office makeover I am working on right now, I love the mix of the aqua and white fabric against the copper, so pretty!

It was super easy, I began with a sturdy folding metal chair, about 1 yard of stain resistant fabric… [Read more…]

Perfect Gallery Wall FREE Printable + staying wild

stay wild free printable #freeprintable #moderndecor #printable #diy #twelveOeight

As I redo my home office space I am trying to pull together some of my favorite things to make it bright and inspiring.

An office can get pretty boring.

Do you have dedicated space to take care of those pesky tasks like paying bills or fun things like writing and creating? It can be something as simple as the corner of a room, a closet with the doors removed or a nook under the stairs that you have claimed for yourself. 

We all need a special little spot that is ours.  [Read more…]

Inspiration Monday Party | Red, white, blue & FABULOUS!!

The temperatures are heating up and so are your links! You guys are blowing us away with your amazing content every week…thank you for joining us every week for a fun time! Inspiration Monday is getting jam-packed every week with some seriously PHENOMENAL ideas!


 

 
 
We’re starting to see LOTS of red, white, and blue fun in the party.

Check out all of these fun patriotic ideas from last week’s shindig.



The below features were selected by Kristi from I Should Be Mopping the Floor.

Inspiration Monday Party | Awesome DIY features!!!

The temps are rising and Summer is officially just a few weeks away. Yay!

We are SO happy you chose to join us for the Inspiration Monday party today. Did you know when you link up to the Inspiration Monday party your link shows up on all 7 blogs simultaneously. Crazy, right?

We think that’s pretty cool that each week YOUR projects get better and better. We LOVE seeing what you have been working on. It gets hard to chose what features we should pick each week.

 
 
This week’s features were chosen by What Meegan Makes

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Inspiration Monday Party | Summer is almost here!! #inspirationmonday

Hey-ohhhhh! Hoping everyone is having a lovely weekend. If you’re one of our partiers from the US, then we extend Memorial Day greetings to you, as well. And now that Memorial Day is here, I think it’s safe to welcome SUMMERTIME, also! Grab your flip flops and sunglasses…the lazy, hazy, cRaZy days are indeed upon us.


 
 

 

Inspiration Monday Party!! Features perfect for MOM!

Welcome to Inspiration Monday, we’re so glad you are here!
If you’re needing a little inspiration, you are definitely at the right place.
Spend a few minutes browsing all the fabulous and creative
ideas our readers have shared below. Of course, if you’re a blogger,
link your latest creations and have your work
seen on 7 different blogs!
This week’s features were selected by Leigh Anne from Your Homebased Mom
Mother’s Day is almost here so today we are featuring some fun ideas to make mom’s day a little more special. Be sure and share these ideas with whoever is in charge of spoiling mom at your house!

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Inspiration Monday Party | Fab Party Features!!

Kicking off a week with a party always seems like the right thing to do, no? The spring fabulousness keeps coming every week…so much inspiration that the to do lists are getting quite lengthy. What have YOU been up to?

By linking up here, your project is seen on SEVEN blogs at the same time!
 
 
 
 
 
 

Features are always so much fun…we wish there could be hundreds of them.

This week’s picks were selected by Kristi from I Should Be Mopping the Floor>>> [Read more…]

My Modern Bohemian Style

Sauder Nico chair 3

Our homes are an extension of our being and heart.

We laugh there, snuggle there, make new friends, and connect with old friends there.

We cook, make, move things around, and formulate so many of our hopes and dreams in theses spaces we can home. That’s why it’s important for us look for things that inspire us continually, and then put our own brand on it. My worst decorating fear is that my home will look “decorated” , I hope this never happens!

It’s so fun to see multiple people be given the same project or materials, and see how very unique and different the outcome of each can be.

I was recently invited to work with Sauder on their Style Lab feature within their amazingly inspiring site. Within these pages you find tons of beautiful photos, ideas, and how each of us as bloggers has taken our favorite Sauder pieces and created a space in our home that reflects our taste and the things we love. [Read more…]

Thank you so much for reading, and as always, may your heart and home be full of everything you love! xo, Tanya         linking up to: http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/ And these awesome parties: http://www.twelveoeightblog.com/awesome-link-parties