Top 10 Posts From 2014 – Looking Back

Today we are taking a stroll down memory lane in the form of the top 10 posts of 2014! If you are new here – thanks for joining me on this stroll! 


Looking back is always a good exercise. Sometimes in the midst of the day to day chaos is easy to lose sight of where you’ve been!  And man o man a lot has happened around here this year!!  So, here we go!!





















Our home has come a long way since last year!! I’m so thankful for each of you being along for the ride with me.  Hopefully somewhere along the way you were inspired or encouraged!! Looking forward to what 2015 might bring!!

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Fridays Unfolded Link Party

Welcome to Fridays Unfolded at Frazzled JOY!

This week has been busy in this house.  As all weeks are really.  Every week is just a different form of busy, am I right?  I’m not saying that I’m proud of my busyness, it’s just a reality sometimes.  

Some of the busy has been fun, and other not so much.  Hubby’s work is extra busy this week which means I am extra busy running more taxi-service than usual.  😉

But, the fun…if you follow me on instagram you may have seen this


We are having a ladies dinner at our church tonight.  Our fellowship hall will be filled with 50 round tables all decorated by a different table hostess, and I am one of those hostesses.  The theme was holiday, and I decided to go with fall since we are hosting Thanksgiving this year I thought that would be helpful.  🙂
Or you may have seen this

Hubby and I are working on a project in our kitchen that has been swimming around in my head for months!  And the results are so much better than the vision people!!  Don’t you love it when that happens?  Can’t wait to share with you when it’s all done and lovely!! 

Now it’s time for you to show us what you’ve been up to!!  Remember – one link, six blogs!
Here are the rules for participating in the party:
  • Follow ALL of our hostesses in some way: NancherrowInspiring Hearts and HomeSew A Fine SeamMore Than MommiesFrazzled JOY, and Skipping Sideways
  • Link up as many posts as you like – recipes, decorating, faith, kids, homeschooling, humor, giveaways…whatever unfolded for you lately.
  • Grab the code and post the party button or linked text somewhere on your blog.
  • Visit a few links (it’s a party, people!).
  • Pin only from the original posts.
  • By joining Fridays Unfolded you are giving us permission to post a linked photo from your shared post.

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Painted Furniture For the Kids

Whew, I needed those few days off!!  Writing for 31 days straight can wear a person out! I can’t imagine what it would be like to write a book :).
 
I was really hoping to share with you one of the kiddo’s rooms with you this week, but it has been cloudy for days.  🙁  So, I am going to share with you a couple of pieces of furniture that got a makeover using my Home Right paint sprayer.
 
You see about two months ago my friend Jennifer tagged me in a instagram contest sponsored by the lovely folks at 11 Magnolia Lane and HomeRight. I then returned the favor and tagged another friend, Robyn – since the contest was win one for you and one for a friend.  And guess what?!? Yep, my friend Robyn and I won (sorry Jennifer)!!  I know it’s cliche to say “I never win anything”, but really I never win anything, and I have been wanting one of these for a while now, so I was beyond excited.  Like, jumping up and down in my living room screaming, while my hubby looked at me strangely excited!!
 
You see I had a line of furniture waiting to be painted for the kiddo’s room re-dos, and I was dreading it!  But, no longer!
 
 
Here are a couple of pieces – a bookshelf for my nature lover.
And a dresser for my all-American. (click here to see his room completed)
 
 
(I have to admit, I did the stripes with a brush – I’m not that good yet.)
The sprayer really did save a ton of time, and my hand from being cramped for days.  I still need some practice on getting the right consistency of paint, but if you are patient and follow the included directions it’s really not that hard.  [I tend to leave out the patience, and assume I know what I’m doing.  Ha!!]
 
I am also super excited to share with you that I am joining a fun group of ladies for a linky party on Friday’s called Friday’s Unfolded.  The party was started by Alison and she has graciously allowed us to join in on the fun!  Every Friday, six blogs!  So, be sure you come by and link up your projects from the week!  🙂
 

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Linking up with Boy Mom Madness
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Behind The Scenes and an Introduction

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Alison from Nancherrow about participating in a blog hop – a Tour Through Blogland. I loved the idea of giving my readers a little insight into how things tick around here at Frazzled JOY, and to introduce you to a blogger that might be new to you!

I have been blogging now for two years.  I was an avid blog reader before and found that DIY blogs really renewed my love for creativity and DIY. With a little coaxing from my hubby I decided to put my own voice out there.  

What am I working on?

I always have several projects going at once, and I am notorious for starting another. Right now I am working on my kiddos bedrooms.  I shared here that when my oldest moved to college, all the rest moved into new rooms, and they all had a vision for their rooms.  So, I have been working to make those visions happen.  Remember this is where we started a couple of months ago.  It’s been a slow process but we are getting there.

How does my work differ from others in my genre?

The most important thing to me about this blog is being myself.  You might get a great DIY project one week, you might get a quick tip the next.  The next week might be filled with heart stories of our family, or our faith.  

Why do I write what I do?

My goal in writing and creating is to encourage. Maybe you are encouraged or inspired to try a DIY or an organizing project. Maybe you are struggling with being a wife or mother on a particular day and something I said helps you know that you are not alone in your struggle. Really this is my purpose – to bless.  

How does my writing process work?

Most days I share things I am working on at our home. As I have been speaking to during this month’s blog series – I am still working to make all the spaces in this home functional and pleasing for our family.  I do my best to share how-tos as much as I can. Some days however, the Lord puts words, thoughts, emotions on my heart.  And, when that happens, I am called to share.

I am so thankful for those that read along.  I pray that you are blessed through this little corner of webiverse.

Speaking of being a blessing.  I would love to introduce to you Lisa from Shine Your Light.


Lisa has been a blessing to me from the very beginning with her sweet words of encouragement!  She is a fellow DIYer with some mad skills.  You really must go and check her out!!



She just completed a quick update to the stairs in her garage.





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Lightening The Load

I’m taking a time-out for just a day to let you know about a couple of other really great 31 day series that are going on this month.

One of the biggest problems that we had was too.much.stuff.
I have spent many, many, months clearing out and stuff from everywhere in our home.  There are a couple of areas that could still use some work, but most places are down to just what we need and what we love.  

If you are drowning in your stuff, go – run don’t walk – and check out these ladies that are going to help you work through things slowly and methodically.  

They are a little bit different, so please pick the one that looks like it might work best for you.  I wanted to share today before we got too far in and you were too far behind.  

Ruth from Living Well Spending Less is leading a series called 31 Days to a Clutter Free Life

And Toni from A Bowl Full of Lemons is leading a series called 31 Day Purge


Happy de-cluttering!!

To see other posts in this series click on the link below

31 Days Series Launch

http://frazzledjoy.blogspot.com/2014/10/31-days-series-launch-2014.html

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