Saturday, December 31, 2016

My Year in Pictures...

It's the time of the year, as all bloggers know, to take a look back at what we've blogged about this last year; basically to do a little recap and review of 2016. I'm a little short on projects, room reveals, and DIY's. I didn't travel the world, go to enlightening blog conferences, or have a feature in one of my favorite decorating magazines. Those are all great things, but basically that hasn't been my year in 2016.

Valentine's Day Entry

In truth, I thought I might skip this little post, but as I considered this last year, I realized all those previously mentioned accomplishments don't usually happen to most people or even most bloggers. I've often felt like after almost 8 years, I really don't have much interesting left to share, at least not much exciting and noteworthy that's going on in my life right now.

I started looking back thru my photos for focus and inspiration, as I often do. I realized that it's not always the "big things" that we find compelling about a certain blog. All the exciting projects, accolades and notoriety are the icing on the cake, but it's the person behind the blog that we find we're drawn to. 

This has been a year to focus on getting my health issues resolved and trying to get my life back to some kind of normal. I'll not be seeing 50 again, but I want to be as good as I can be and then take life as it comes. Sharing with you all here on the blog, gives me something creative to do and look forward to.

 So, here are some pics of life as it is; 

Moss Covered Heart for Valentine's Day

A precious Birthday Card.
Don't you love it?
"Happy YOU Day"

Blooming Peach Branches from the back yard
in a vintage Faux Bois pitcher.

Mr. Bunns in a Basket for Easter

Garden Inspired Flower Pot Wreath

Vintage Prints in the Entry.

Eclectic Vignette 
for when you have lots of stuff and nowhere to put it...

"Lamb Apples" Crate for Spring

Patriotic Sitting Room in July

SeaShells in August

Late Summer Sunflowers
in a vintage rolling market basket.

Door Basket for Late Summer

Hallelujah it's Fall!

Lunch at my favorite spot, 
Spring Creek Antiques and Tea Room in Ozark.

Several new shops and a vintage market opened in Springfield.
You can spend the day just browsing (and shopping)!

(that's my sis peeking in the mirror)
she's my partner in crime.

 And I thoroughly enjoyed Autumn...

October Mantel

Fall Front Porch with a new Bench

Thanksgiving Entry

And before you know it,
It's Christmas!

My Archive is on the sidebar.
You can find links to most posts there,
just click on the year and month and follow them through.

And on another very important note,
 a new surgical heart procedure gave me a fresh start,
and a change of doctors started unraveling my health problems.
I put together a 4 part series on the steps I took:
You can find the links here;

Thank you All,
 for being with me this last year,
and these many years past.
Hoping and praying that you will
have a blessed 2017!

joining in here:

Amaze Me Monday at Dwellings
The Scoop at Stone Gable
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Inspire Me at A Stroll Thru Life
Share Your Style at The Essence of Home
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush

much love,


  1. You should be in a magazine, Debra! I love your vignettes, they are always so inspiring. I find that I am always drawn to them and your creativity is obviously abundant. Happy 2017 to you!

  2. A beautiful,beautiful Year in Review Debra!....May you and your family have a most Happy and HEALTHY New Year!!!

    1. Happy to see here little recap and review of your blog in 2016. Thanks for sharing here link of your new surgical heart procedure gave you a fresh start, and a change of doctors started unraveling your health problems which would be like to share with my students who come to seek economics personal statement help - from me at Personal Statement Folks where I am currently working. Keep sharing.

  3. It is definitely the person behind the blog that attracts me - YOU! - but I so enjoy your little things that have inspired you and, consequently, inspire me, as shown through your pictures. Speaking of pictures, your new profile is terrific. Who cares if we don't see the 50s anymore (I'll join that club in June), we're getting wiser on things that matter. Here's to the best of health and happiness for you in 2017, Debra! Happy New Year.

  4. Your review is just beautiful. I love old windows, doors and shutters and see you do as well. I will be going to your link at the end also and honey, I left those seventies behind a couple of years ago. Enjoy each and every day and be happy in 2017.

  5. So much beauty in these photos, Debra! So glad that you are feeling better now...ordinary days are good days! Wishing you a happy, healthy, creative 2017!

  6. Debra what wonderful photos to share today, a year in a post. Loved them, remember many. Happy 2017 New Year. Hugs.

  7. Happy New Year, Debra. I always love what you share. Your blog has always been a favorite. I'm so glad you are feeling better!

  8. You have an amazing talent to take ordinary objects and make their grouping look so inviting and appealing............I always look forward to seeing your blog. Wishing you better health each day in 2017!!

  9. Happy New Year, love all the glad you are feeling better.

  10. You make such beautiful and interesting vignettes. So happy you are feeling better and hope your good health continues. I enjoyed your four-part series on health. Wishing you a beautiful 2017! xoxo

  11. Your blog is so fun and pretty! Happy New Year !! ox

  12. Happy New Year from Italy to you!!

  13. Debra first I am delighted to hear you have been given a Fresh Start with the new surgical procedure, that is indeed something to Celebrate as we enter this New Year of New Beginnings! YAY! And tho' you feel you might not have accomplished huge things in 2016, looking thru your Imagery of the Year was a Testimony of just how much of an Inspirational Impact you have made here in the Land of Blog for others to Enjoy and revel in... so that is not such a small thing and I applaud it because it is significant in the Sharing of it! May continued Healing, Prosperity and Happiness be yours in 2017... Dawn... The Bohemian


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