a look back at 2014- favorite posts

Happy New Year!
I can't believe I am writing a "look back" post again!  
Time just goes by faster and faster.  

2014 was an incredible year of growth for my business.
Some of my favorite highlights this year were:

*increased sales
*a magazine feature in American Farmhouse Style 
*having a photography team come to our house to shoot for another magazine 
*figuring out my style and what is selling best for me
*my best year of shows ever!
...just to name a few!

Our house is finally starting to feel "right" to me, but I still have a fantasy of having an on-site shop space so I can store my items better and have a work area for repairs and building items.

It's tempting to look at other properties now and then to see if something else might be a good fit, but we're just praying about it, and seeing if God will open doors at the right time.
We love our house, our neighbors, and the area we live in, so it would have to be a pretty amazing  place to get us to move.
It's not terrible having everything in our garage, and working in the driveway.
I've had some great opportunities to meet neighbors and have people ask about what I do.

One question that was asked more often this year was "do you do custom work?"
My standard answer right now is, no.
It's probably not very business savvy to turn people away, but I've learned that I put too much pressure on myself, and I just don't enjoy having project deadlines hanging over me.
It also scares me to have some one else's pieces in my possession and the possibility of something happening to it!
My answer may change over time, but for now, I like working on pieces that inspire my creativity.

Etsy has been a great, but small part of my business.  
It takes quite a bit of time to set up, photograph, list, and package items.
I'm considering several things in that arena for 2015.  
One of those options would be putting my shop on hold for a while until I can figure out a manageable schedule for everything.
Or, hiring someone to do a lot of the leg work for me.
I'll keep you posted on that!

With that little bit of info, here were my top 5 posts of 2014, based on the numbers:
(click on the titles for links to the posts)

What You Need To Know Before Doing a Vintage Market

Adding Farmhouse Style to our Family Room

A Trumeau mirror and French style chair

Those were the most viewed posts of 2014.

I also want to share my favorite posts with you from this past year...in no particular order:

Chippy Milk Paint Dresser in Linen

This was purchased by a dear friend of mine straight from my house to hers!
I think it might be my all time favorite furniture makeover piece that I've done.

Christmas House Tour

I love Christmas in this house. It is so cozy and full of warmth and memories.
I also love being able to put up a huge tree and having a fun porch to decorate.

Vintage Simmons Steel Dresser and Some Oregon History
photo here has been updated since original posting

This was one of my major scores of the year, and I still love this piece and the history behind it.

Another one of my all time favorite pieces that I've done.
This one was professionally repaired, and such a gorgeous dresser.
I knew almost from the moment I bought it that it would be painted in Artissimo.

The guy who repaired it for me was pretty grumpy that I had painted it, but I felt really good about highlighting the details on this one.
I think it was the biggest price tag I ever put on a dresser, and it sold pretty quickly, which felt great!

Vintage Beach Home Office Makeover

This was my first big project of 2014, and it is nice to have the office looking good, and functional.
I still have one spot I'd like to tweak, but for now, we're loving it!

Mostly, I am so thankful for all the things that have happened this year, and for the direction I am headed.  I'm hoping to be more faithful and dedicated to my blog and not so sporadic, but time will tell!
Thank you for your visits, and I look forward to what 2015 has in store!

xo Denise

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  1. Loved the journey of projects in 2014 and looking forward to seeing what you do in 2015. PS-I work in my driveway too and people stop by and ask me questions too!

  2. Its so exciting to see all that you've accomplished! I know you work really hard and sotimes living the dream is not always easy. Congratulations on all of your success. I can't wait to find out what 2015 has in store for you.


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