New Year. New Beginnings. Welcome 2014!

Welcome everyone to 2014 (as is if your life has not already been pulverized by Happy New Year posts and pictures in the past couple of days by both yourself and others)! Another day, another dollar. Another year, another recap blog post. Let’s take a look at 2013 and lay some ground work for a new year.

Top 5 Favorite Pinterest Recipes

  1.  Roasted Brussels sproutswith a balsamic reduction (make this all the time now)
  2. Ham and cheese sliders (ridiculously crave-worthy)
  3. Turkey meatballs in spicy tomato basil sauce with fresh mozzarella (best spaghetti sauce)
  4. Baked buffalo chicken rolls (have tried them in a pulled pork version too)
  5. The best steak marinade (posted in 2014... but actually made it in 2013, so it counts!)

Top 5 Most Popular Blog Posts
  1. DIY Chicken Wire Frame
  2. The Big Living Room Reveal
  3. Shabby Chic Dresser Makeover
  4. Jillian Michaels 7-Day Detox Water
  5. Ana White DIY Floating Shelves

Top 5 Accomplishments
  1. Launching my Etsy shop, Kitsy Co, AND accomplishing the 3 Kitsy Co goals I set for myself in 2013
  2. Completing my reclaimed Texas art piece (from house remodeling scraps) and snagging a 1st place prize in the Ben E. Keith On My Own Time art show
  3. My very own DIY mantel feature on one of my fave blogs, Remodelaholic
  4. Promotion at work
  5. Wrapping up our house remodel

Top 5 To-Do's for 2013 – Status Recap
  1. Open my Etsy shop, Kitsy Co CHECK
  2. Finish the remodel (2 bathrooms, kitchen, utility room) CHECK
  3. Transition the blog to WordPress – Decided not to switch, BUT I did revamp the pages and categories on this blogger blog, so CHECK
  4. Create and show new artwork – Texas art piece + a few sells on Etsy, CHECK
  5. More blog features! – CHECK (including my aforementioned Remodelaholic feature)

Top To-Do's for 2014
  1. Create a website for Kitsy Co that showcases my art portfolio, tells about my endeavors and links to my Etsy shop (selling directly from my site may not come until 2015)
  2. Finish a couple of lingering projects – a mesquite wood sideboard table and bottle cap art piece
  3. Sell more art… whether on Etsy, locally or through a show
  4. Work on tailoring my blog editorial calendar, which includes crafting more funcional posts (how-to’s, DIY projects, tips, free printables, etc)... especially since I'm not able to post as frequently
  5. Live a more active life style, which includes, but is not limited to, cycling, taking my dogs on more runs/walks, kayaking… let’s throw in a 5K and my first cycling race
  6. Find a church and go to church… regularly
  7. Enjoy life. Explore Austin. Go to some shows. Be spontaneous. Lay in bed all day without feeling guilty. Quit acting like an old person, take a few step backs from being an adult and live life.

Three days into the new year… let’s get this ball rolling!



Don't forget to visit my shop, Kitsy Co!

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