Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Top Projects of 2010

Rhoda over at Southern Hospitality is having a link party that I thought would be fun to join.  Here are my favorite projects of 2010, with the links to the actual tutorials in case you’re interested!


My Burlap Tissue Box Cover glammed up cheapie Aldi’s tissue boxes in my bathroom:


I combined a Marshall’s frame and a wedding invitation to make a super-frugal wedding gift for my cousin and his wife:



Thrift store elements combined to make a super-easy framed monogram:

I also transformed a tacky flower arrangement into a topiary for all seasons.

I took the $5 Challenge at Lindsay’s blog and came up with my Ballard grass knock-off using only elements from the Dollar Store:



I improvised a menu-board and a recipe holder for my kitchen with my Double-Duty Chalkboard Frame:

chalkboard 020



I gave my “mantel” a beachy look for the summertime, using shells and other items I’ve collected over the years:




My ratty church-sale footstool was given a total French manicure makeover:

late june 006



I made my own version of the popular Ballard topiaries:

boxwood tutorial 021


I didn’t get to as many projects as I wanted to this year, considering a large chunk of my year was spent painting, renovating, landscaping, moving, and then living with my parents while we wait for the short sale we want.   I seriously CANNOT WAIT to be back in my own place and decorating again. 

Anyway, it was fun to remember some of the projects I did this year.  Head on over to Rhoda’s for some more creative inspiration!


  1. You are one clever and crafty girl. Thank you so very much for sharing such great inspiration!

    Have a very Happy New Year!

  2. I like your framed monogram the bestest of all!! Gorg!! Happy 2011! Praying you find a new house soon so you can get back to being crafty!

  3. Great projects, Jessica! Love your topiaries and your "B" looks great. I love the idea of the frame for it.

  4. You crafty girls are so good with this stuff! You did some nice things, thanks for linking up.

  5. The invitation idea is super cute. With all of the weddings we go to, this will be the perfect way to celebrate the couple! Cute!

  6. Very nice projects. I am trying my own version of a 'monogram' real soon. Got all the items real cheap, just have to put it together


I'd love to hear from you! Comments make my day! :) I generally respond to comments right here on my blog. If you have a more specific question for me, you are always welcome to e-mail me at blessedlifeblog{at}gmail{dot}com.