Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Play it Again, My 2013 Favorite Posts

Is it really 2014 already?  I don't know about you, but I'm still trying to remember where I left off a few weeks ago while slowly working my way back into a normal routine.  Where does the time go?  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas holiday celebration and you're ready for the new year ahead.

I hunted down, repurposed, created, and sold a lot of junk treasures in 2013 and wanted to share some of my favorites once again (in no particular order).  You can click on the link below each picture for the full blog post.

From Blah to Blooming
An old military carrying case gets beautified.

A shelf from a baker's rack becomes a picture/jewelry holder with the help of some jute webbing and twine.

I had no idea what I was going to do with these old Karkex filing drawers when I found them.  Nine drawers became picture holders, six drawers became chalkboards.

I found an ugly orange-ish dresser at the Habitat store, painted it, then moved it into my office/work room.  I'm loving the long top and all the awesome storage that's so perfect for storing more stuff.

A salvaged cabinet door decorated with bits and pieces of junk is a fun place to hang....
more junk.

A rusty grill from a 1961 Pontiac makes a unique picture holder.

Treasures for the Faire
A vintage wooden car seat becomes an instant shelf.  

This large rusty window screen was the perfect canvas for a stenciled sign.  I really have seller's remorse about this one.

I was a vendor at several antique shows.....
One of my favorite shows to do in April and September.

It was so nice to be able to set up on the grass, in the shade, and right in my own town.

There were several "firsts" that happened in 2013.
On the cover of Jewelry Affaire Magazine, Autumn 2013 issue.
My first time being published!!  I just found out another pair of my earrings were published
 in the Winter issue.  Another first in 2013 (no blog post) was when I brought in a table full
 of jewelry for a studio interview with Good Day Sacramento.  I almost didn't do it, but decided to push myself out of my comfort zone and just go for it, nerves and all:-)   

I co-hosted my first link party with Angie from Knick of Time and Bliss from Bliss Ranch.

My first time in a permanent store location.  I joined the team at Paris Flea Market in May.

My friend here had a little too much punch, but she still had a great time at the 2nd annual Dress Form Ball hosted by Carol at The Polka Dot Closet.

You know I love sharing all the stuff I find while out treasure hunting.
Some of the stuff I bought on a road trip to Oregon.

I found all this silverware at an antique show.  Perfect for garden markers, picture holders, and jewelry.

Arriving early to a yard sale can be a good thing!

Bits and pieces of old hardware.

Repurposed silverware handles.

I made up a new batch of wooden spool and sheet music necklaces, then repurposed a lamp to display them on.

Wishing all of my blogging friends a very happy, safe, and healthy new year!!
~~~ HAPPY 2014 ~~~

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  1. I don't know how you can choose "favorites", as all your creations are incredible! Happy New Year Betsy, wishing you and yours a fab 14!

  2. Hi,
    I was at Mes Amis also--with Burlap and Bees. I love reading your blog and hope to see you at Mes Amis this spring again. You have great things!


  3. What an incredible year you have had and I loved reading the re-cap. My favorite caption is "Buy Now, Think Later"!
    Wishing you a bright New Year, my friend!

  4. Such wonderful things!! I always enjoy looking at all your pretty and clever things you make!!! I can't wait to see what you have in store for 2014!! Happy New Year sweet friend!! xo Holly

  5. I loved seeing your 2013 projects all in one place. I love to get inspiration from you even if I don't follow through.

    Have a wonderful 2014!

  6. How did I miss that cottage sign!?!??!!?! FABULOUS!!!

    Happy New Year my friend!!!


  7. I missed the stenciled screen~I love the look. I want to make one:):)
    My mom is talking about the necklace~here's to you, have an awesome 2014 year Betsy!!!

  8. Happy New Year!!! Congratulations on being published. Somehow I missed the dresser~~~LOVED what you did with it~~~all that storage, what a find!

  9. You had a lot of great projects in 2013. Hard to believe the year is over - time is going by so fast.
    A Very Happy New Year!!!

  10. You had a very productive and eventful 2013! Congrats on all the "firsts" of the year. I know you will have even more in 2014. Happy New Year.....I can't wait to see what you create this year!!!

  11. I love your creative spirit! It was a great year for you! Can't wait to see what you come up with for 2014.

  12. Betsy, you did so many great projects this year and I can't wait to see what 2014 brings!!

  13. Fabulous recap!! Love them all!!

  14. Everything is so pretty. I enjoy looking at your photos.

  15. It's been a very productive year for you and you came up with tons of very creative ideas, Betsy. I always enjoy visiting your blog. You're such an inspiration!
    Happy New Year!

  16. Betsy, I'm so glad you visited A Joyful Cottage and left your comment so I could return the favor. I looked through all your posts and am just amazed at your vision and creative talent. The Cottage wall hanging is just one of my favorites; it had to be, right? Since I'm all about cottages. I'm pinning it, and I'm following your blog. Can't wait to see what you come up with next. Hoping you have a super 2014. ~ Nancy

  17. Oh my gosh I absolutely love that dresser redo, how did I miss it? You, my friend, have had a deservedly marvelous year. Here's to an even better 2014! Happy new Year! xoxo

  18. I see so many things I enjoyed, the dress form ball and your handmade jewelry! Where are the sparkly pumpkins? heehee! I love all of your posts! Happy New year my friend!

  19. I thought I had read all your posts but I must have missed a few when we were in the country. Love all your "treasures". You blog is one of my favorites. I often share your link with my sister.

  20. Betsy,
    You are so creative and make some of the most beautiful things. Love your style. Here's wishing you so much more for 2014 in creativity and inspiration.
    Happy New Year.

  21. I'm such a groupie...I remember them all, except for the tired dresser...Love it. I am always in awe of your jewelry...Well, everything you do!!!


  22. I've missed a lot of your posts, but looking back has reminded me what amazing talent you have for repurposing common objects. I absolutely love the look, each and everyone of your projects, and you've inspired me to find my inner craftiness in 2014!

  23. You have had a great year full of wonderfully creative projects, Betsy! I always love seeing what your up to!

  24. You had such fabulous posts all year long but there are just over the top! I did miss a few so I will be back....


  25. You are so inspiring! I've just spent many hours perusing your blog and decided you're the person i want to be :-) You get the coolest stuff from sales and have great vision to make it into even cooler stuff. And you make money doing it! I live a bit north from you (Redding) but hope to make it to one of the fairs sometime to see your stuff in person, say hi, and maybe pick your brain. Good job and kudos to you!

  26. Thank you so much Anne. I'd love to reply directly, but I can't reach you through G-plus and you are a noreply. Thanks for stopping by.

  27. What an amazing year! I'm looking forward to your inspirational projects of 2014!


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