My Favorite Posts for 2011

I had all kinds of grand plans for posting this week. Well, maybe they weren’t “grand” plans, but I did plan on being creative.

Instead, I have been creative in different ways while spending some quality time with the family. We have been playing lots of board games, puzzles (anything to keep them from staring at a Wii, DS or TV screen!) and yesterday we put together the gingerbread train my son received for Christmas.

Let me tell you,

the icing always looks so much neater on the box!

We were laughing so hard when we made it because it was so sticky and messy and it kept falling over. My favorite quote of the day, “Mom, you’re not very good at this!”

Anyway, I have a few minutes while they build another Lego kit. I thought I would follow along with some other blogs and post some of my favorite projects of 2011.

Are you on the edge of your seat?

Here we go…..

My Favorite Room Transformation of 2011:

Bathroom Transformation and other favorite posts of 2011

My Guest Bathroom Project

which started with changing tiles and snowballed from there!

For details see:

Bathroom Reveal

My Favorite Tip Post of 2011:

Beach House Etiquette

Beach House Etiquette

Because sometimes we all need a little reminder!

My Favorite Table Setting of 2011:

End of Winter Tablescape

End of Winter Tablescape

Who would have thought since I am such a summer person!

My Favorite Tabletop of 2011:

Fall Vignette

Fall Vignette

Because it only stayed this way

for half a day before the boys wrecked it!

My Favorite DIY Project of 2011:

Slipcover Dye Project - my favorite DIY project of 2011

Slipcover Dye Project

Because I was afraid and I didn’t need to be!

My Favorite Paint Project of 2011:

Painting the $20 Chair Navy Blue

Painting the $20 Chair

Because my son chose the color and we did it together.

My Favorite Recipe of 2011:

Mango Avocado Salsa - Favorite Recipe

Mango Avocado Salsa

Because you can’t go wrong with mangoes!

My Favorite Rearranging Project of 2011:

Restyling the Living Room

Because I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved it.

Re-Styling The Living Room

My Favorite Blast from the Past:

Jersey Shore Nostalgia - Looking back at the Pool Bar and Warren Hotel in Spring Lake

Jersey Shore Nostalgia

Because to quote Ferris Bueller,

 “Life moves pretty fast,

if you don’t stop and look around once in awhile,

you could miss it.”

My Favorite New Jersey Town Visited in 2011:

Bay Head New Jersey - Favorite Shore Town

Bayhead, New Jersey

Charming Beach Town

My Favorite Non-New Jersey Town

Visited in 2011:

Woodstock Vermont - Favorite Towns

Woodstock, Vermont

My Favorite Place I Posted About

but Didn’t Visit in 2011,

But Plan to Visit Again Soon Before I Start Suffering From Caribbean Withdrawal:

Jumby Bay, Antigua - Favorite Places

Jumby Bay, Antigua

My Favorite Concert of 2011:

Keith Urban - Favorite Concert


For more concert details, read:

Country in the City

And My Favorite Picture from my

“Soaking Up the Sun Saturday” Series:

Seven Mile Beach Grand Cayman

My darlings sitting on Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman.

Click below to see all 14 weeks of my series:

Soaking Up the Sun Saturday

As I have said before, I have enjoyed this year of blogging as well as getting to know so many of you.

I am looking forward to more fun in 2012!

What did you enjoy posting about in 2011?

I’d love for you to follow along so you don’t miss a post!

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  1. Ann from On Sutton Place
    December 28, 2011 / 2:21 am

    I love this post! and I love your living room. I recently re-arranged mine and I'm still not sure I like it. The salsa looks divine too! Thank you for your sweet comments on my blog. I really appreciate your support and encouragement. I hope 2012 is wonderful in every way for you and your family. Happy New Year!

  2. Judy
    December 28, 2011 / 2:24 am

    Great post. I love seeing all of your favorites! Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

  3. LDH
    December 28, 2011 / 2:45 am

    These favorites are all exciting! So nice stopping by to visit with you!Kindly, Lorraine

  4. Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads
    December 28, 2011 / 2:48 am

    I enjoyed seeing your review of your favorite posts. I'm craving a little island time, too. Looking forward to seeing more of your projects in 2012.

  5. pam {simple details}
    December 28, 2011 / 4:39 am

    Shelley, it's so simple but I remember when you posted that fall vignette on the coffee table, I think I had just found your blog and I loved that touch! Your kiddos photo is adorable, too!

  6. Nann from At Nann's Table
    December 28, 2011 / 7:47 am

    Shelley I love your favorites. Everyone of them. Your tablescape, your gorgeous home, your food and places you love just made me want to go and visit and taste and enjoy. Saw you on WUW and so glad I came.Nann

  7. Anonymous
    December 28, 2011 / 2:26 pm

    Nice post! Your pictures of your rooms are well done…Mel's Designs…'n Harmony

  8. Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers
    December 28, 2011 / 6:30 pm

    What wonderful posts you have chosen as favorites!Thank you for taking part in my magazine post/poll.Penny

  9. nannykim
    December 29, 2011 / 2:30 am

    Love the rearranged airy room! Like the color of the bathroom walls too. Salsa looks great–I need to check that one out!

  10. Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
    December 30, 2011 / 3:42 am

    Wow I would sat you had a fabulous. Year. I love your bathroom makeover,so pretty. Happy new year.XoxoKristin

  11. Sherry @ No Minimalist Here
    December 30, 2011 / 9:40 pm

    I like seeing all your favorite post. I would love some of the Cayman sun right now. Happy New Year to you and yours.xo,Sherry

  12. Space 46
    December 31, 2011 / 1:56 am

    Enjoyed looking through your year recap. Would love love love for you to share this at my Best of 2011 party going on now Happy new year! My

  13. Kim
    December 31, 2011 / 6:12 pm

    I heard you were in Lahaska yesterday. By any chance were you visiting Peddler's Village? It's one of our favorite places – especially at the Holidays. Happy New Year sweetie!xoxo,Kim

  14. Linda at Sand and Sea
    December 31, 2011 / 7:20 pm

    So glad 2011 was a beautiful year for you—Best wishes for a bright and beautiful 2012!Happy New Year!LindaSand and Sea(aka beachside cottage)

  15. Noelle
    December 31, 2011 / 9:57 pm

    I missed some of these and they are beautiful!! I love that chair, your living room is perfect! Being with family is the best time spent!!!Have a great New Year!!

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