a look back at 2015, and what's ahead

Hello friends!
I know it's been a ridiculously long time since I last posted, but it's been kinda crazy here.  
I had big plans to do several posts for Thanksgiving, and that never happened.

Shortly after my last post, we got a call from someone we've been communicating with off and on over the past year, and to make a long story short, a house we've been looking at was ready to sell, and we have been in whirlwind mode since then, listing our house by owner, showing our house to potential buyers, and somehow squeezing Christmas in between all that.

I didn't get one single Christmas post in.
So sad.

I had a few "Christmas past" photos on Instagram, but the reality is, we barely had our mantel decorated, minimal tree decor, and not much else.  
It really was pretty sad, and it never quite felt like the holidays this year, but we wanted our house to show well, and not have potential buyers distracted by holiday decor.

It worked!  
Within 2 weeks of listing our house, we have an accepted offer, and we are moving forward on our next home!
:)

It is very bittersweet- we have loved this home so much and put a lot into it.  
Hannah has gone through grade school, middle school, and the start of high school in this house.

The opportunities that our next home will provide for my business is something we couldn't pass up.  With our two car garage busting at the seams with all my stuff, I needed some room to expand.
We've (ok, mostly me....) shed a few tears since the offer came in.  We're excited and sad to say goodbye to awesome neighbors and great memories we've made here.

I'm excited about all the fun this next house will provide in terms of work area, blogging opportunities, and a fresh creative outlook on sharing ideas with you.

With that said, I'll share a few of my favorite posts of 2015, and some favorite things I'll miss about this house since we moved in 2008.

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One of my all time favorite furniture posts this past year was a dresser and side table set that I split into two posts.

The Schloss dresser and side tables.
The color (Schloss) is one of Miss Mustard Seed's new European inspired colors, and I really love it.  I used it on a few other projects this past year, and loved each one in this beautiful shade of gray.



The customer who bought them was so excited about this set, and it felt great to know that someone is now loving them in their home.

Another great feeling is seeing my business steadily growing.
I was able to really track my sales growth at each vintage market this year, and it was amazing to see each one do better and better from previous sales.
I've devoted more time to Etsy this past year as well, and it's been fun to see more sales there too!
Here's a collage of the markets I did in 2015:


I have to say, looking back on this year's blog posts to choose my favorites was a little sad to see how few I did in 2015.
:(

I'm hoping that with our new house I'll be inspired and take the time to share more.

One of the most exciting things that happened for me this year was to have our house photographed and published in Cottage Style magazine!
It's still surreal to look at.



Such a fun experience!

As much as I love painting furniture and giving new life to found pieces, this year I got some great stuff that didn't need anything done to it but a little soap and water.
(ok, maybe a lot of soap and water in some cases, but still....)

I will always be sad that I didn't have room to keep this awesome industrial cart:


*Sigh*
I mean, really.  I loved it so much.

And this super cute antique chippy dresser I found at a nearby farm.

A lot of soap and water.
A lot.


I didn't do very many decor posts this year- mostly on Instagram.
It was easier for me to do a quick post there than set up a blog post.

I'm so excited for our new house and the opportunities it will allow me on all kinds of levels!

But there are several things I will miss about our house on Conner Street- the love and the fun things that we put into this house makes my heart ache just a little bit.

Our garden....


The vintage door arbor:


Our beautiful, mature hydrangea bushes
(seriously going to miss these!!)


The vintage chandelier that I found when I was beginning my business...


Hannah's teen bedroom:


And our front porch.
I'll miss sitting out here as a family, with our friends and neighbors, and enjoying the neighborhood from this spot.

farmhouse fall porch


Fourth of July porch

Christmas porch

It's been one of my favorite spots for seasonal decorating.

There's about a dozen other transformations that we've done over the past 7 1/2 years, but I won't keep this post going on forever!
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As I look ahead to the coming year, 2016 is going to be a big in a lot of ways.

This past fall, I took the plunge and signed up for the trip of a lifetime.

In May, I will be going on a group trip to Southwest France where I'll be able to hone my photography skills and experience a French brocante!

It's been a dream of mine to travel overseas and buy antiques to bring home and sell here.
I've always struggled in my photography confidence, and it's been hard to get tips from other people experienced in the same line of work to help me improve in a hands on way.
I will be learning from Heather Bullard, and I could not be more excited!!
I've always admired her work, and it's still kind of unbelievable that I will get to meet her and learn from her expertise.
I started a Go Fund Me account for the trip- I've had other Big Dreamers and Believers of Going After What You Want in Life donate to this next big step of realizing my dream job.
If you'd like to help me in my next steps of that, you can click on the Go Fund Me in my side bar.
My story about why I started the account is also there.

Besides my trip, the next big thing will be our move.
House #5 for the Biggins family.
Whew.

Didn't plan on that one, and yet, we've prayed about this move for the last year.
The story of how we happened on this property is pretty amazing, and we have prayed for God's guidance in this move at every step along the way.
It seems like the doors are all opening for this to happen, so we are trusting that it is the right decision for my business, and for our family.
Kinda scary and exciting!
We're going from a new construction home on a tenth of an acre, to a 1938 remodeled home on a half acre!  I'd love to share some photos of the new place, but I don't want to jinx anything yet.
Ha ha!
:)

I have hopes of adding in a big show this year to my list of vintage markets, so it could be a busy and exciting time.

Thank you for your continued support of my business, for reading this sporadic blog, and for letting me know you still stop by to read it.

Blessings to you and your families in 2016.
I'm excited for great things to happen!
Are you?






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14 comments

  1. Good luck with the new house and what a great trip you are going to have!

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    1. thanks Darrielle! :) Lots of fun things to look forward to! Thank you for your regular visits here and for inspiring me with your beautiful work. Happy New Year!

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  2. So nice to see you back for a post after following on Instagram faithfully! You certainly have a wonderful year ahead! Cheers to a happy and healthy 2016 from @prince snow farm

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    1. Hi Monica! :) Yes, you are a faithful IG follower ;) Thank you!! I enjoy your beautiful pug and outdoor shots so much. Wishing your family a wonderful 2016!

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  3. Best wishes with all of it! I wish I could have that Schloss Dresser and set for my new master bedroom.

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    1. Thank you so much Amy! I'll be sure to post any new Schloss product photos that might be similar to that one this year! :)

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  4. I'm so excited for you and your family! It sounds like 2016 will be a year full of exciting new adventures. Happy, Happy New Year to you!

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    1. Thanks so much Betsy! :) Happy new Year to you as well- I look forward to gleaning more from your creativity once again. thank you for always being such a positive source of inspiration for me!

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  5. Your house is so beautiful it is no wonder it sold quickly. Hopefully the new owners can make it look as nice as you have! I can't wait to see your new house! I understand how you will miss your old house--I always feel like I leave so many memories and my own energy in a house that it is hard to think of someone else living there. Please do post about the new house and I finally set up an instagram today so hopefully I will be able to see all the fun that way too. Happy 2016!

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    1. Hi Sandy! So great to see you on IG! It's so fun :) I'm really looking forward to the creative energy this house is already giving me! Hope to see you soon~ happy New year!

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  6. Happy New Year, Denise!! What a fun retrospective of 2015 but 2016 will be an *amazing* year for you. :) I'm so happy that your house sold quickly, but that's no surprise considering what a beauty it is. I eagerly await seeing pics of your new house--a 1930s cottage--squeee! Having your own workshop will be incredible and it really will make all the difference for your business. I couldn't have grown this past year with the candles had it not been for having a dedicated work space! And speaking of candles, I'm about to hop over to Etsy and reply to your latest message. :) Take care and best wishes for health, abundance and exciting adventures in 2016!

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    1. Thanks so much Erin!! I am equally excited for you and all the amazing leaps and bounds your wonderful product is taking. I'm so proud to sell your candles, and love seeing where this is taking you. I wish you a very wonderful New Year :) Thanks for your partnership with me and your friendship! xo

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  7. Were you aware your Instagram link is broken? Thought you might like to know. :) Mary

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