Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Some of My 2011 Favorites

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday celebration.  It was sure nice to get away for Christmas this year and enjoy this special time with family and friends.  I spent an extra two days at my mom's house so we could get in some good quality junkin' time together.  Now that I'm back home, I'm trying to get the house put back together again and prepare for another round of visitors.

With everything that's going on this week, I thought it would be a perfect time to share some of my favorite posts from 2011.  Just click on the title to bring you to the original post.  Hope you enjoy them....again.

Repurposed Yardsticks
I turned my yardstick collection and some old hooks into hanging racks

Visions of Spring Repurposed Jewelry
(most viewed)
Bits and pieces of vintage jewelry, keys, and rhinestones

New Life for a Tired Old Camera
Jewelry created from this beat up old Brownie camera

Upcycled Old Sewing Machine
How I turned this rusty old sewing machine into a necklace and bracelet

A tutorial on how to turn old linens into pretty new hangers

My grandmother's crazy quilt

Under the Sea Weekend Finds
An instant shell collection

Chalkboard Books
A tutorial on how to turn inexpensive books into little chalkboards

My vintage button collection

Repurposed Folding Rulers
(most comments)
Old folding rulers meet a salvaged cabinet door

I hope you're all enjoying this last week of 2011.  Even though Christmas is behind us, there's still so much happening this week.  I'm really looking forward to getting my creative groove back in January:-)

The Thrifty Groove

Ivy and Elephants

A Pause on the Path for Best of 2011 Blog Hop


  1. Mi piacciono le cose del passato,perciĆ² divento seguace!interessante questo blog!Rosetta

  2. I am hosting a Best of 2011 Blog hop and would love you to come link up one of your best posts of the year!

  3. Your so creative Betsy. I love so many of your projects. The folding ruler Christmas tree was truly awesome, but the chalkboard book was cool too. Oh, they're all great.

  4. You have had a lot of great projects this last year. I am hoping I can get my creativity juices flowing again real soon.
    Enjoy your evening.

  5. It is always so much fun to look back on the year and revisit favorites! Hugs, Linda

  6. Happy New Year, Betsy!!! Here's to a great year of junkin!!!!

    Ahhh, I'm ready to put the decorations away but it may be a few days. I have some work to do, Richard's home this week AND I have a root canal tomorrow . . NOT looking forward to that!!!


  7. All great projects, friend! I especially love the camera jewelry and both yardstick transformations. Here's to a wonderful 2012!

  8. Betsy - I did several of your covered hangers with some crocheted pillowcases. They turned out so pretty and went over BIG as gifts! Thanks for this great idea!!!

  9. Hello Betsy! What a way to remind me of all the beautiful posts and art works you made. I love them all but I think the one that struck me most was your "button porn" (if you still remember my naughty comment hahaha) I've never seen sooo many buttons in my entire life with that of your collection.

    By the way, if it is not too much to ask, may I invite you join my humble giveaway

    I will definitely look forward for more posts from you in 2012. All the best!

  10. Don't know how you picked your favorites...I LOVE all of your what you do and how you do it! Keep creating ~ you are an inspiration to me and I am sure many many others.
    linens lace and lattes

  11. Thank you, Betsy! You never fail to inspire me to go thru my junk, oops, my repurposed supplies!

  12. LOVE THE ALL! You accomplished a ton this year...with your shows, your jewelry making....thrifting...I bet you are exhausted! lol

    I love seeing every bit of your creativity! Thanks!

  13. LOVE love that old crazy quilt and your Christmas tree made out of repurposed rulers. thanks so much for joining in for the party! xo

  14. I have enjoyed all your posts, they've inspired me. Blessings.

  15. Such wonderful projects! I love the keys and the hangers you created- just fun fufu!

  16. Great projects, I remember most of them, I forgot it was you that covered the hangers with old linen, I think I bookmarked it, but I did it again because I remember you gave some good tips on how to do it! Happy New Years to you my friend


  17. Oh, these all look soooo fun and interesting! I'm going to settle back with a glass of wine later and look at them all! Happy New Year to you and your family!

  18. Well, I had missed a few of those over the summer while I was at Mom's......

    I have an groovy old {rummage sale!} sewing machine stashed in Mom's basement....maybe I better have it, huh?!?

    Hope you and your Mom found some cool junk!

    Happy New Year!!!

  19. Betsy you and Rosemary are my idols of repurposing! Sheer genius with the beautiful items you create! I'm in awe!
    I also adored the poist on your Grandmothers crazy quilt. What a labor of love. And how precious to have a picture of her and the quilt together. Thank you so much for getting up on that ladder so we could see all the beautiful details and textures. And if I don't "see" ya before then...HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Vanna

  20. Fabulous projects all!

    What a pleasure it has been getting to know you this year!

    Thank you for being a friend of 2805 and for sharing at Potpourri Friday. I wish you a healthy, prosperous and sparkling New Year!

  21. So glad i popped over to wish you a happy new year! Loving all the photo's of your 'gems' over the past year! xoox, tracie

  22. You are one very talented lady!! I love all of your projects.....repurposing at it's finest!!

  23. Hopped over from Common Ground. Glad to have found you. Love all of your great projects. I only have one folding ruler so I display it in hubbby's office. Love the tree and racks. Best get finding more don't you think? Have a wonderful New Year. Now a new follower.

  24. What a fun look back at some of your posts and projects! I love both of the repurposed ruler projects and I HAVE to check out the linen hangers tutorial! Thank you for being part of TTF and I hope you and your family have a very blessed 2012!

  25. Hi I love your blog, and am now following you.

  26. What great ideas with just ordinary items. I would have never thought to do that! I love the key pins :)
    Thanks for sharing.
    Happy New Year!!
    xxx Liz

  27. They all looked like great projects but my favorites seemed to be the ones with the rulers. Have a great New Years, Laura

  28. What a Lovely Collection! I have to say I have a Fondness for Bling and Crazy Quilts and Gifts from the Sea!
    Happy New Year!

  29. Such creative and inspiring posts! We love all that you do and look forward to more wonderful creations in 2012.
    Hugs and happiness!

  30. oh, I love some of your favorite things too! Loveliness! I love my Cricut, it's much more than I thought it would be!

  31. We love this post so much we featured it on our blog. Thanks so much for the inspiration!


  32. Hi Betsy! Love your pretty post of favorites!! Seeing your blog reminded me that I haven't heard back about your win in the letterpress giveaway - I know it is after Christmas now- but if you would like them- let me know! Thanks for linking up at FNF! :)

  33. Love your favorites, mine is the yardstick tree and chalkboard book!
    Of course a quilt lover, I am crazy about your Grandmother's quilt! lOOKING FOREWARD TO YOUR 2012 PROJECTS! Thanks for your visit and follow, means a lot!

  34. Ok, I know I'm behind on commenting, but this is so fun to see!! I love the Christmas tree with the rulers! Adorable!


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