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Looking back at 2011

I’ve never done a year end look back, but this afternoon was gloomy here and I found myself going through my archives. Wow, I am so grateful to all the new and old friends who made my year amazing and I am super duper grateful to have amazing and kind readers who give me advice and help and a reason to keep making weird stuff. Here is to 2012 bringing great things to you all! The list below is more of a reminder for myself but feel free to poke around:

In January I was lucky enough to get to speak at the Altitude Design Summit and though I didn’t get to see Karen Walrond there she came through Seattle on her book tour for The Beauty of Different so I got to give her a hug anyhow.

In February we had a relaxing visit to Guemes Island and I got to have a spend lots of time visiting both a hot tub and a fireplace.

In March I made a Leprechaun Trap cake with a secret rainbow, I got to see how the Flying Hippo Brewing Company does it’s thing and I met with a group of really wonderful bloggers here in Seattle.

In April I made Easter Surprise Eggs and Stars In Jars for a bake sale at Cakespy. Somewhere in there was a weekend trip to Portland.

May held a month of giveaways to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this site, thanks again to everybody who participated.

June held an amazing trip to see the Wilton headquarters and Posterous sent Scott and I on a road trip. I also made red velvet cupcakes in jars for a few bake sales and I was taught the secret of peanut butter cup s’mores.

In July I met Marie from Make and Takes for the first time, I got to visit with Kelly and do a little podcast about Summer, I made lots of grapefruit tarragon infused vodka but got no photos of the finished product. We went on lots of bike rides and saw this giant jenga game at a street fair. I also got into a minor car accident (other party’s fault and thankfully the insurance people agreed) and spent a few weeks driving a rather large car around and missing my little Golf.

In August I went on lots of picnics and HP invited me to play along with Project Runway and I got to show Whitney from Ugly Green Chair and her mother some of my favorite Seattle spots.

In September I took an incredible trip to NYC to see the Project Runway finale taping (thanks again, HP!) I spoke at the Schoolhouse Craft conference with Molly from Orangette and Blair from Wise Craft, I got my nails done for the first time, I went apple picking, I made pie crust lattice cookies meant to sit over a mug of cider, attended the Design*Sponge book tour crafting event (so much fun) and my house had a major water leak leading to a new water heater, new furnace and new flooring.

In October I made Zombie Head Cheese, got to meet Jack Bishop from Cook’s Illustrated and America’s Test Kitchen (what a thrill!), I visited an Alpaca farm, got to see a bunch of local bloggers at a dinner sponsored by West Elm to celebrate the opening of the Seattle store (hi everybody!) and thanks to Yolo Colorhouse I had the opportunity to redesign my bedroom. It’s still my very favorite room in our house.

November was all about visiting family and learning about boiled omelets, visiting new and old friends at Camp Mighty, and visiting other websites to offer a few projects.

In December I made 3D Gingerbread Trees, created a cocoa customization kit, got to hang with some fabulous Seattle bloggers and got to see Debbie Stoller while she was in town on the book tour for Bust DIY Guide to Life, I got to show Whitney a Seattle that was considerably gloomier than her last visit, and the amazing oil painting arrived from The Commission Project which made for a wonderful Christmas.

My mascots for this year include Portal 2, Biscoff spread, Pliny the Elder, the Mia, Glitch, many, many hours of podcasts and the comfy new padded dining room chairs where my butt is currently planted.

Happy New Year everybody!

· comments [9] · 12-31-2011 · categories:mumbling ·

9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 m // Dec 31, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Happy New Year!

    [And psst.. I think it’s Karen “Walrond.” Just because I noticed in your previous post, too.]

  • 2 megan // Dec 31, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    Aaaand that is why I am not an editor, thanks so much m!

  • 3 Emily @ Make It Happen Mama // Dec 31, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Wow, what an eventful year! Thank you for share it with all of us in cyberspace :-)

  • 4 Star // Jan 1, 2012 at 4:11 am

    Cupcakes in jars, what a great idea. That and the 3D gingerbread trees and houses go on the To Do list for 2012. Thanks for such wonderful fun ideas! Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year to you and yours!

  • 5 Chrystina Noel // Jan 1, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    I’ve just recently been introduced to your site, and I’ve got to tell you – this was a great way to do it, what a great recap!! Can’t wait to see what 2012 brings, Happy New Years!!

  • 6 lyndsey @ the stationery place // Jan 1, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    awesome recap — you’ve had a great year. and i’m so glad we finally got to meet / sort of get to know each other in 2011! here’s to a great 2012 :)

  • 7 Lou // Jan 1, 2012 at 9:06 pm

    I’ve lurked now for a few years. Thank you for a great 2011. I am so looking forward to your Biscoff spread and Pliny the Elder projects. Happy New Year.

  • 8 margo // Jan 2, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Enjoyed your blog for 2011. Looking forward to this year. Happy New Year.

  • 9 Marie // Jan 11, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Great look back. July was a good month, wasn’t it ;)

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