Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Top 10 Projects of 2008

WELCOME!

Are you ready for a party?! I just love Before and After pictures, don’t you? This is just the ticket to help us get some inspiration for the New Year and perhaps find a project or two to add to the list of things we’d like to accomplish this year. I know I sure get a lot of inspiration out there in blogland from all of YOU, so I’m happy to pass some of that on. For my new readers, come on along for a year of projects at my house. Hope you get inspired too! Just follow the links in my post if you want to read more about a particular project.

From January, you will probably all remember this before and after in Modernizing a Vintage lamp. As a refresher, this lamp was picked up in my neighborhood at a yardsale for $5. Someone’s mom or aunt probably had this thing hanging around since 1962 or so and all it needed was a fresh new look to bring in into the 21st Century.Lamp Before

Nothing that a little black and cream damask fabric can’t handle. Add some trim and call it done and it sits proudly on my foyer table! Just so you know, I’m counting all these lampshade redos as one project. 2008 was a good year for lampshades. Shade After

So…speaking of lampshades, I can’t let this one go by without a mention. Just a little update to the lamps I have in the diningroom, with the addition of burlap and a cute monogram. IMG_2039

And this pair, yardsale finds which got transformed for the guestroom redo you’ll see below. White lamps

Newly covered lampshades and rub-on decals and it’s a magical change. IMG_2698

Then, in March, I told you all about the gold urn that got a repair job. Don’t let a broken handle stop you from using something. Get some air-dry clay and fix that pretty thing! IMG_0224

Paint it white and it will be the star of the sideboard. IMG_0490

Again, in March, I got inspired to do a little tweaking to my office nook, so I painted the feature wall lime green like my laundry room and outlined the wall with rope trim for a new fresh look.

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Along with the bookcase that got a wallpaper treatment of scrapbook paper, seen all over blogland and I believe started by the popular Nester. IMG_0282

A big outdoor project was completed in May, when we took the muddy under the deck area of our backyard and transformed it into an oasis of sorts with a newly constructed patio. HPIM2855

And what a difference this made! The after Decorated Patio pics really show it off. IMG_1596

This is definitely my favorite outdoor seating spot now! Ahh, Spring...just look at the green. IMG_1645

In August, I did a little decoupage project of a monogram letter.IMG_1666

Simple leopard tissue paper did the trick. IMG_2028

In September, we all got ready for Fall and I got inspired to try some white pumpkins. IMG_2509

A little white spray paint later, and Hello Fall, classy white pumpkins for the season. IMG_2553

In October, after a fun yardsale shopping trip and finding a beautiful bookcase in need of a makeover, a guestroom was reborn. IMG_2692

With a newly painted and beadboard clad bookcase to showcase some treasures. IMG_3154

In November, a lucky yardsale find (for $10) made way for a new chandy in my cottage guestroom, where once there was only a lone little ceiling fixture. What a difference a cute little chandelier can make, don’t you think? IMG_3197

In November and in preparation for the final project of 2008, the Beachy Glam guestroom redo, I made over a framed print in that room to take it in a new direction. From traditional gold to…

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A newly painted black frame and much more modern look. IMG_2713

Which brings us to the last and final project of the year 2008, the Beachy Glam guestroom, which went from being rather Granny…Granny room before

To a completely different direction of an updated color palette of black, white and soft blue. This one made the Birmingham paper in December and I was so proud! IMG_3130

So, that wraps up my Top 10 Favorite Projects for 2008. Whew! Didn’t realize just quite how much I had accomplished last year until I looked back. How about you? Do you have something to share? I hope you do. It doesn’t have to be 10, but any number will do, even if it’s only one.

Share by adding your link to Mr. Linky below! Let’s get this party rolling.



1. Cindy~My Romantic Home
2. The Pleasures of Homemaking
3. http://abeachcottage.typepad.com/my_weblog/2009/01/fave-beach-cottage-makeover-.html
4. http://j-a-girl.blogspot.com/2009/01/before-and-after.html
5. http://restyledhome.blogspot.com/2009/01/my-top-ten-projects-of-2008.html
6. http://gypsycorner.blogspot.com/2009/01/2008-top-10-before-after.html
7. http://j-a-girl.blogspot.com/2008/08/pretty-things-post.html
8. Bella Casa\'s Gossip Bench
9. http://inpassionatepursuit.blogspot.com/2009/01/are-they-all-yours-cabinet-redo.html
10. http://hookedonhouses.net/2009/01/06/my-5-favorite-before-afters-of-2008/
11. We are THAT family (Amazing Laundry Room)
12. Arleen ~ Seasons for All
13. rue
14. Living Locurto (Totally New Media Room)
15. http://asoftplacetoland-kimba.blogspot.com/2008/12/asptl-year-in-review.html
16. http://sanctuaryart.blogspot.com/2008/12/year-in-review-favorite-furniture-make.html
17. Susan~Between Nap on the Porch
18. http://decortoadore.blogspot.com/2009/01/before-and-afters-of-2008.html
19. bj
20. Angie
21. http://www.remodelingthislife.com/2009/01/02/out-with-the-old/
22. http://shabbynest.blogspot.com/2009/01/top-5-projects-2008.html
23. Melissa
24. http://backporchmusings.blogspot.com/2009/01/2008-top-10-projects-before-after.html
25. Southernseven
26. kayellen
27. Pink and PolkaDot
28. Sally
29. http://chameleon-interiors.blogspot.com/2009/01/before-after-projects-party.html
30. http://pamomofseven.blogspot.com/2009/01/top-projects-for-2008-party.html
31. http://thehandmadehousewife.blogspot.com/2009/01/top-10-of-2008-party-at-rhodas.html
32. thejoyof
33. Shanna
34. The Berry\'s Patch
35. Mary (Megardengal)
36. Jan ~ Rose Haven
37. Jaime
38. http://thriftydecorchick.blogspot.com/search/label/before%20and%20after
39. Shurter Family Memories
40. marie
41. http://shorechic.blogspot.com/2009/01/before-and-afters.html
42. Laura
43. http://www.makingthishome.com/2009/01/05/how-to-restore-old-furniture/
44. Katie & Martin\'s kitchen
45. Canyon Wren Cottage
46. DebraK,Bunnies Bungalow
47. Meg
48. http://ramblingrenovators.blogspot.com/2009/01/blog-party-before-afters.html
49. The Style Sisters
50. http://barnesfamilylove.blogspot.com/2008/11/cute-project.html
51. http://barnesfamilylove.blogspot.com/2008/11/my-new-favorite-thing.html
52. The Style Sisters part II
53. http://rubylanes.blogspot.com/2009/01/08-projects.html
54. The Children\'s Nest
55. Leigh from Tales from Bloggeritaville
56. http://sugarspicemostlynice.blogspot.com/2009/01/my-biggest-2008-before-and-after.html
57. Songbirdtiff-the broken mirror of doom
58. http://coconutsandlimes.blogspot.com/2009/01/before-and-after-gulp.html
59. http://classyandsophisticated.blogspot.com/2008/07/home-tour-part-2-kitchen.html
60. Diane
61. Lamp Tramp
62. Tina
63. The Childrens Nest part 2
64. http://domestic-fashionista.blogspot.com/2008/12/dont-be-afraid-of-paint-painting.html
65. http://jans-gems.blogspot.com/2009/01/entry-wall-mini-makeover.html
66. modernemama
67. Leila -- Many 2008 projects!
68. Beth~AuntieswithAdvice
69. Heaven In The Home
70. My Suzy Homemaker
71. Jenny
72. Carolina Mama ("The Love Seat Project!")
73. Melissa P
74. http://whistlestopcooking.blogspot.com/2009/01/my-projects.html
75. http://ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com/2009/01/before-and-afters.html
76. Amanda
77. Roeshel
78. Robyn
79. http://graymattersmd.blogspot.com/2009/01/2008-before-after-recap.html
80. http://janelmessenger.blogspot.com/2009/01/top-10-projects-of-2008.html
81. Karen
82. http://agirlwhosjustpassingthrough.blogspot.com/2009/01/look-back.html
83. Tamara
84. http://meandmyinsanity.blogspot.com/2009/01/makeovers-2008.html
85. Milah
86. Kristen
87. Sally
88. http://casadelaprecio.blogspot.com/2009/01/pensamientos-creativo.html
89. http://starsfault.typepad.com/stars_fault/2009/01/fabulous-finished-foyer-.html
90. http://jans-gems.blogspot.com/2009/01/another-mini-makeover.html
91. The Masked Mommy
92. http://judysturman.typepad.com/in_his_grip/2008/07/making-something-old-new.html
93. Our Creative Life
94. http://violetposy.co.uk/2008/10/25/childrens-room-makeover/
95. http://violetposy.co.uk/2008/09/04/fall-nesting-part-3-candle-making/
96. http://violetposy.co.uk/2008/08/22/chair-makeover/
97. Scribbler
98. Treasure Hunter
99. http://robinsblessednest.blogspot.com/2009/01/2008-project-party-repost-of-houseful.html
100. Pigtown Design
101. Saucy
102. http://joysofhome.blogspot.com/2009/01/fashionably-late.html
103. http://tatertotsandjello.blogspot.com/2009/01/creative-fridays-before-and-after-party.html
104. http://anenchantedcottage.blogspot.com/
105. http://howtokeephouse.blogspot.com
106. Bless Our Nest
107. Olive Rue
108. Chel (Leaving a Legacy)
109. Kathy
110. favoritehometovisit
111. robin falgout
112. shabby happenings
113. Decorating Gossip
114. JudyBug
115. http://the-white-bench.blogspot.com/2009/01/year-of-makeovers.html
116. Recreate the Box
117. marcy
118. edeenut creates
119. http://raisinggranola.blogspot.com/search/label/before%20and%20after

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Angie said...

Rhoda, I love all of your projects!! You had a busy 2008! What a great idea with the lamps!! I also love your office, the colors in there are amazing.
Thanks for hosting this bloggy party, I can't wait to see everyone's projects!!

Southern Lady said...

Rhoda, thank you for taking the time to host your "Top Projects" party.

I love every one of yours, especially your guest room makeover. What an amazing and inspiring transformation!

I've posted my Master Bath redo, and look forward to seeing everyone else's projects and ideas.

Sincerely,

Janie

Bella Casa said...

I love all of your design projects, Rhoda, especially that bookcase, gorgeous!

I added my Gossip Bench makeover to the party. I didn't know we were supposed to do TEN! lol

Can't wait to see what everyone did last year!

Bella

bj said...

These are all just magnificent and you did a lot of work just getting all these photos together...
I have a posting up but....where is Mr. Linky ????

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi Rhoda,
It is so much fun to revisit your projects! Thanks for hosting!

I did a short post of 3 projects!

Seems that Mr. Linky is playing hooky this morning! LOL

Diane

Emily@remodelingthislife said...

Mr Linky disappeared! Anyway, your projects are awesome! I love the bookcase, the lamps, the bedroom redo - all fabulous! I spray painted an urn just like yours and totally forgot about that when I did projects post. I can't believe I left out my prowess with a spray paint can! :) Thanks for hosting Rhoda! I can't wait to see what everyone did!

Jan and Tom's Rose Haven said...

That ever elusive Mr. Linky's at it again! LOL!!!

I have my post up, too! I'll be back later to check on the health and whereabouts of Mr. Linky!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Great makeovers Rhoda. Wonderful inspiration!

No Mister Linky.

I have 6 projects, to share, in my post for today.

Thanks so much for hosting the event!

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

All of yours are unbelievable. When Mr. Linky reappears, we'll put this in, but for now, people can copy/paste:
http://inpassionatepursuit.blogspot.com/2009/01/are-they-all-yours-cabinet-redo.html

restyled home said...

Rhoda, you outdid yourself! I love it all. I think the new patio must have added the most to your enjoyment of your home, and your office nook is probably my favourite.

I think you have seriously cornered the market on great lighting make-overs. I think we will have to call you the lamp lady!!

Thanks for hosting this. I will add my link whenever Mr. Linky gets back from his coffee break!

Linda

sarah a beach cottage said...

hey Rhoda, wow what inspiration here, I can't really believe how many wonderful projects you really did do in one year...

nope I can't see mr linky either and i'm just off to sleep so I'm guessing I won't make it now, here's my link anyway, i'll come back later and see if I can add it...

http://abeachcottage.typepad.com/my_weblog/2009/01/fave-beach-cottage-makeover-.html

I look forward to visiting all these gals in the party when I get home from vacation, nothing like a bit of blogland inspiration for the new year, eh?!

Leigh said...

UNtil Mr Linky:

http://lbratina.blogspot.com/2009/01/top-before-and-afters-in.html

Cindy ~ My Romantic Home said...

I did mine too! I don't see Mr. Linky but here is my post: http://romantichome.blogspot.com/2009/01/2008-top-10-projects.html

Terie said...

I'm impressed. Beautiful updates to many items. I'm also jelous because I only wish I had time to do my craft projects. Great Work and thanks for sharing some of your ideas. I love the bookshelf find. Nice Job there too.

Jan and Tom's Rose Haven said...

Oops, after I commented above, I went and got my cup of tea and thought that I should have left my LINK...here it is:

http://jt-jantom.blogspot.com/2009/01/my-top-ten-before-after-projects-from.html

Chris said...

Uh oh. I have a post, but there's no linky. I'll be back to see if it's up! :)

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

My post is up over at Hooked on Houses. Looks like Mr Linky is being troublesome again! How irritating. I'll check back soon.

Picket said...

Morning Rhoda..what a great post of inspiration girl! I have a shed full of lampshades..I love that burlap idea with the monogram and you know I love that black book case! Can't wait to see what you show us this year!

Amy @ Living Locurto said...

Rhoda your before & after projects are great! Thanks for showing me what I've missed with your blog this year.

Here is my link:
http://www.livinglocurto.com/index.php/2009/01/before-after-project/

Sue said...

Rhoda,
Wow, I have always enjoyed following along with your projects and this recap bringing them all together is really amazing. You are an inspiration to many and one of these days I would love to meet you in person.
Hugs,
Sue

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Rhoda, I am proud of you for all of these projects. NOW, come to my house and help ME! LOL! I can't post today because my projects aren't finished. ;-)

XO,

Sheila :)

The Berry's Patch said...

Amazing projects Rhoda! I think I'll print out this entire post so I can study it. You got a lot done over the year.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Sorry ya'll!! Mr. Linky wasn't working right, but he's up & going now. Please come back & add your links too.

This is gonna be a fun party!

Rhoda

the pleasures of homemaking said...

It's amazing to look back and see all that you've accomplished. Love the the lamp with the monogrammed "M" - that would work really well for me :-)

Thanks for hosting the party!

Manuela

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Yay! Mr Linky's back! Got mine added.

Loved seeing all of your amazing makeovers from 2008, Rhoda. I really love that office nook. It looks like something out of a magazine. And the chandelier in your cottage bedroom really does top things off nicely. So pretty!

Thanks for hosting the party! :-)

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Oh, shoot, I had copied your permalink to link from my post to yours and inadvertently added that to Mr Linky. Can you delete that first link for me, Rhoda? You'd think I'd be better at this by now! -Julia

Stacey said...

Rhoda, going back to the mongrammed lampshades...do you have the fabric monogrammed before making the lampshade or after?

Rue said...

Hi Rhoda :)

He must be gone again, but here's mine for now until he comes back...

http://ruespeanutbutterandjellylife.blogspot.com/2009/01/rhodas-top-10-projects-of-2008-tour.html

I love all those projects that you did last year. You are such an inspiration sweet friend :)

hugs,
rue

Momovthree said...

I found you through Between Naps on the Front Porch and I'm so glad I did. I love your blog! I've added myself to your followers. :) Michelle

Jen r. said...

I love all of your make overs Rhoda! What a great year! I hope next year is an even better and more productive one for you!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

It's a tie! I love the lampshades and guestbedroom equally. Thank you so very much for hosting.

Julia @ Hooked on Houses said...

Never mind. Just figured out I could delete it myself.

I'm very high-maintenance today, aren't I? ;-)

niartist said...

FANTASTIC! Rhoda, really - what can't you do!? So happy to see all of these, some of which I missed - but I have to say, the bookcase and the burlap lamps were among my top faves! Happy 2009 - can't wait to see what transformations you make this year! Artie

Melissa Wertz said...

Thanks for hosting this Rhoda! I have joined the party. Brought some chocolates along. And those Hershey's peppermint things. Yum!!!

Smilingsal said...

I came here by way of Diane. You are amazing!

Melissa Wertz said...

I love the lower deck/patio makeover. Ours looks like your "before". I saved the newspaper article about your 'redo' and plan to show it to DH. Need to right timing. He is not exactly 'looking' for something to do right now. LOL!

KayEllen said...

So much fun!
Thanks for a having this before and after party Rhoda!
Great motivator to make changes in the homes...
Happy decorating in 2009!!

Smiles,
KayEllen

Do it yourselfer said...

I'm so excited that you're doing this and can't wait to peruse all these great projects...I feel lots of inspiration coming on! I'm mostly inspired by your office! Love it!

Shanna said...

Wow, I love those lamps! I need to start looking for some ugly lamps that I can remake! Thanks for the inspiration and the party! I posted my 1/2 bath re-do, I love the way it turned out.

The Brown family said...

I am so excited to visit all the link's...Thanks for hosting this awesome party!! I am sure my wish list is about to get much bigger :)

Linda Merrill said...

Hi Rhoda - thanks so much for hosting this party! Your projects are great - love the decoupaged initial!

Sarah @ ThriftyDecorChick said...

Oh I am GIDDY! I love before and afters!! I just linked to my B and A posts. I should have another one tonight...I hope!! :)

SHURTER'S :) said...

I so love before and after pics! So fun and so many great ideas! We are getting ready to do our master bath and laundry room, so I can't wait to see some great ideas!!! :)

Marie said...

I love all your projects! The patio is one of my favorites! I linked up...thanks for hosting!

Kristen said...

I love this idea! I popped over from Rue's and I'm so glad she posted about you.
You're so creative.
I'm going to gather my pics and hopefully post this soon. I'll link up once I do.

Amongst The Oaks said...

Rhoda,
What a great idea. Thanks for sharing it. Love your blog.
Laura

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

2008 was a goood year for lampshades!

I loved seeing so many of your projects in review...What a great idea! I'm still loving your black and white room, and it was so much fun watching it come together. I look forward to visiting the other sites tonight...When I'm home from work (Jeez...don't they know I have a blog party to go to? ;-)

Coffee with Cathy said...

Rhoda -- Wow! I am not officially inspired. Thanks so much for these great ideas to kick off 2009. I am a huge fan of black-and-white, so you know I'm excited about these projects.

Katie @ makingthishome.com said...

Rhonda, I love how you brought together your 08 projects in this post. I'm sharing two things with you today, which I hope is okay. Our kitchen is 36 square feet... so they are small space projects!
Katie

JudyBug said...

What wonderful projects! I love the leopard monogram. I have got to try that.

Joanna said...

Loved it all and I am looking forward to what you do this year! Btw..I have that same monogrammed black letter and remembered your treatment with tissue paper...I am on the look out for zebra print tissue paper for mine!

sandra/tx said...

Rhoda, thanks for hosting such a fun party. You always have such great befores and afters!

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

Great idea & great projects!
Hugs, DebraK

Kasey said...

My favorite is the office space. It is so gorgeous! I love all of the little touches that made is so perfect. I love your blog! Thank you for always sharing your wonderful ideas!

Natalie said...

So much inspiration! Great party idea!

I've got nothing to share - whew, 2008 was a tough one! - but am so thankful to take a gander at everyone else's.

Meg said...

Thanks for all the inspiration.. love all your projects.

Anonymous said...

Oh how fun, thanks Rhoda...it is a miserable day here so this is just the ticket for me !!!

Here I go,
Kathy :)

Half of the Style Sisters said...

Gosh I love all your projects! They are just beautiful. You have inspired me to want to tackle a few more projects this year. Thanks for hosting a great party.
Karin

foxxy said...

Rhoda thank you for hosting a projects party. Everything you do turns out wonderful. I love your blog.
Becky

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

What an incredible transformation of your guestroom. It's so modern & chic now! Love the way you incoporated the traditional staffordshire dogs into such a modern room. And I love that shade of blue on the walls...Love it!

SophieMae said...

What a wonderful idea! I don't have much to contribute this year, but maybe next time. 8-}

All your projects are AbFab! I LOVE your Eiffel Tower clock and PARIS faux books! Are those things I could get somewhere? They're exactly what I need to go with my PARIS letters from Dockside Imports.

Have a JESUS-filled day! ^i^

Wanderluster said...

Wonderful Before & Afters! I especially love your Guest Bedroom transformation. Thanks for hosting!

Kathysue said...

rhoda,I loved a recap of your DIY projects.I especailly loved the lampshade post.I have an addiction to lamps,never met a lamp I didn't like.Maybe this will make it less expensive on my pocketbook.Very inspiring. You are now on my blog list for sure.I will be back for more inspiration in the upcoming New Year. Kathysue

Joy Zaczyk said...

You are the quuen Rhoda - I bow to you!

p.s. The leopard print tissue paper is FABULOUS!

Joy

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Great projects, What creativity you have. Love the patio! The momogram on the lampshade is a really nice touch.

Stop by and join in the fun to see What's Cookin'.

justabeachkat said...

So many great projects under your belt for 2008! It all looks wonderful Rhoda and I'm sure it gives you great satisfaction once a project is completed.

Can't wait to see what all you do in 2009.

Hugs!
Kat

Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Wow Rhoda!What great work you did in 2008...Gorgeous!!

And what a fun idea of a post!! I added a couple of our kitchen that we did in 2008.

beth at aunties said...

Rhoda,
You are always so gracious to host these fun parties for us. Thank You!
You work amazing magic with your finger tips! ( a personal favorite was your festive mailbox:)
I hadn't seen the bookcase finished and it looks wonderful!!!
Everything has the wonderful Rhoda touch.
I look forward to seeing what everyone has in store this coming year.
Beth~♥

Sorry about the extra *Beth* which was a slip of my finger:-)

Betty Jo said...

WOW Rhoda! You've had a very busy year, not to mention creative and beautiful. I found some nifty new blogs through your Top 10 Projects participants. May 2009 be even more creative and profitable for you. xoxo

S said...

Rhoda, thanks so much for this inspring party. I always love all your projects, your bookcase is beautiful. I really love the office nook.
I know I'll have countless hours of beautiful inpirations to look at the next week or so.
Thanks again!

TinaTx said...

Hey Rhoda! You had some great projects in 2008. At first I thought I didn't really have anything to post but when I went looking back over my blog, I did find a few things. Thanks for prompting me to take a look back and see that we actually did accomplish a few things last year!

southerninspiration said...

Oh my, What a party! I always love to see your projects! You are so talented! I love most the bookshelf with the beadboard back. Then your office is my next fav. I wish I had the energy you girls have!!

Suzanne
Off to see if I can get my post ready!

Desiree said...

Rhoda, I recently found your blog and had to tell you I LOVE it! You are such an inspiration and have so many clever ideas! I too, will be reusing a beautiful frame (now gold) with moire matting, etc. The frame now contains a picture of a vase of flowers and it is hung vertically...but I'm going to change out the picture, rework the gold frame and then hang it horizontally. Thanks to your great frame/picture makeover, you have inspired me, I NEVER would have thought of it if I hadn't seen it on your blog! Thanks!
Desiree (aka desid on RMS)

Masked Mommy said...

What a really great idea for a party! I have some really great before/after shots, but they're all from 2009! Go resolutions :-) Hope you throw this same party next year so I can share!

Leila said...

Well, you inspired me to make a LONG post!
Thanks!

modernemama said...

Thanks for the party and I love your bedroom makeover

Terri and Bob said...

I am sure glad you didn't ask what our favorite was because I love them all! I am inspired by the bedroom shots and the lampshades!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, everyone! Thank you ALL so much for coming by & participating in my party! I'm so happy that so many of you have accomplished a lot too & we will all be busy the next few days going around to visit everyone.

PARTY ON! It will take me awhil, but I'm determined to come & see everyone of you who linked.

beth at aunties said...

Rhoda,
I am embarrassed I linked to Mr Linky.. wrong.. TWICE... Please remove the other beth attempts and I know better:-) That’s what I get for trying to be sneaky and talking to my daughter at the same time;) Your beach bedroom redo is so lovely. I adore those colors!
Thanks again for hosting this wonderful party!!!!

Jo Draven (from Toronto) said...

Rhoda, Your website is one of my favourite things. And now, you've led me to another: The "We are THAT family" blog. This woman is incredible. Because of your amazing grace, I have another amazing person whose life is a real example of how we should be living. I particularly love her posts on her wonderful husband, because I have a wonderful husband too.

Thank you so much. Your blog continues to more than make my day. Your blog challenges me to live my best life. THANK YOU.

Arlene said...

I love the decorating you have done this past year. I'm thinking this takes a lot of energy and I hope I can do some of these project this coming year. I plan to follow your blog and if I am successful I'll link to your blog.

Suzy said...

Rhoda, love all of your ideas. The bright colors are wonderful. Thanks for putting this together, love to look at everyones ideas!

We are THAT Family said...

Rhoda, I thought I left a comment, but don't see it!
Thanks for hosting this fun party. I love before and after projects! And thank you for sharing 'Jo's" comment with me. MADE MY DAY!

southerninspiration said...

I plan to participate but I am having trouble loading pics on blogger for some reason. I think it's because all these crafty ladies are loading pics this afternoon, too!! What a lovely party, and I love all your projects. You are da bomb!

Suzanne

Carolina Mama said...

Hi Rhonda,
This is so fun. Your Top 10 are gorgeous. Thanks for a great year of learning for me. :) I posted my best Project of '08. :) Hopefully, this year I will have more to chose from soon. :)

My first try on linking didn't work, so you may want to delete the one without a link. sorry about that. :)

Have a blast at Blissdom!

Melissa P said...

I love it all! Especially the bookcase with the scrapbook paper and the cheetah print letter "m". ALL GREAT IDEAS! You have a beautiful home! Can't wait to try some of your projects.

Melissa P said...

Also love the color in the guest bedroom. Mind sharing the name?

Amanda said...

Love the lamp shades! Love before and afters--Thanks!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Wow, Rhoda...you were one busy lady! And soooo creative! I love all your projects. My favorite is your office with the green accent wall. What a nice gift for yourself...beautiful!
Susan
P.S. Thanks for hosting this great party! :-)

The Mrs. said...

i'm in LOVE with your blog...i love b/w damask, zebra print, monograms, and DIY projects.

salmagundi said...

Thanks for hosting this fun event! I enjoyed participating even though I seem to be having some problems with my links. Hopefully, they will solve themselves - I sure can't figure it out as I've tried everything. Your projects are so inspiring - gets us geared up for 2009!! Sally

Janel said...

What a great idea! Thanks for hosting it. It helped me realize I did get some projects done even though it was a tough year. :)

Karen @ Arise and Shine said...

Thanks Rhoda for this opportunity to share and view all the wonderful before and after projects folks have done. Amazed at the creativity out there. Yours were so good, those lamp shades turned out wonderful, I need to do that to some lampshades so I can save some $$. Always your projects are tops. Look forward to what you do it 2009. Thanks for dropping by, please come back and visit anytime.
Blessings-

Becky said...

This is so much fun. I love all the ideas that I am getting from you and all the gals that are participating.
Looking forward to visiting often
Becky
www.oneshabbyoldhouse.blogspot.com

Kim@ForeverWherever said...

I don't have anything to share this year. I love your porch...outdoor areas make such a big difference! Great job!

Niesz Vintage Home said...

Wow! You were busy!
Great before and afters...especially that bedroom!
AMAZING transformation.
I'll have to go see if I have any good before and after pics.

Kimberly :)

Arleen @ Seasons for All said...

Congratulations on such a huge success, Rhoda! I joined the party really early this morning (California time), then off to work I went. Just getting home now and seeing how many people joined you! I'm looking forward to visiting everyone in the next couple of days.

Yes, I'll see you on Twitter, and thank you again for your gracious "southern hospitality!"

~Arleen

Hadley Coble said...

I had fun looking at your projects! I have the same lamp as the first one you posted in my attic...I've been having trouble deciding what kind of lampshade to do, but now I've been inspired!!

Your projects are great. I'm going to look at everyone else's now!

Ms. Tee said...

Everything looks great, Rhoda! I somehow missed the burlap lamp, but that's an awesome idea. I have some burlap just waiting around on me and I just might try that one. ;)

Dana said...

Thanks for hosting this party, Rhoda! I love looking at all the gorgeous decor and projects in your home.

Susie Q said...

It was so much fun to peek in and see what so many talented ppeople have done! You, dear Rhoda, are the Queen of Decor, Re-Do and Style!!

I have so many things I jope to do this year...we will see if they get done and I can post here NEXT year!!

Love,
Sue

Tamara Jansen said...

I just LOVE before and after stuff! Thanks for hosting this great party!!!

Kendra said...

Joining the party! Better late than never, right!

I love all of your amazing projects!

Linda/ "Mom..." said...

Sweet pal~ I have NO IDEA of what all these little sidebars "mean" (am basically pretty "computer illiterate", remember?), but WOW! THIS "BLOG" IS AMAZING!!!!!!!!! I have been "out n' about" browsing blogland for HOURS (after being pretty sick for several days) & keep "FINDING" alllll these wonnnderful blogs!~ and SO MANY ARE ATTRIBUTED to what you STARTED HERE, GF!!! Then I came here just now & saw all you've done this year (and I'm SURE there's even MORE you forgot about!), & it BLEW MY MIND! What a TALENTS you are/have!!! I'm ENCHANTED! Can't even ATTEMPT to pick a FAV PROJECT of all those success stories here!!! SOOOO, THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH for sharing your TALENTS n' CREATIVITY w/ so many, & encouraging THEM to do the same!!! What a fun night, even if I never DO get to join DH & dawg in bed!!! It's been WORTH losing a night's sleep!!! Warmest hugs, Linda

Milah said...

Great party Rhoda! Thanks for the invitation and inspiration!

The Biss Journey said...

Hi Rhoda,

You have been one busy girl this past year. Love all your projects. Just think, you have a whole new year ahead of you, can't wait to see all your future projects.

Kathleen

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Rhonda, I Just wanted to let you know I really love your blog! You have some great ideas. Love what you did with the lampshades. I will be visiting you often! Kristen

Sarah @ ThriftyDecorChick said...

Hello Rhoda! Here's the link to my laundry room! :) It's yellow though, not green...maybe my pics are weird! Let me know what you think!

http://thriftydecorchick.blogspot.com/search/label/before%20and%20after

PamperingBeki said...

That bottom room is FAB-U-LOUS!! Love it! Love the pale blue walls, the black and white accents. Gorgeous.

LaurenFaythe said...

I have loved reading your blog over the last couple of months. I have passed on an award to you. Please come visit and receive it when you get the chance!

Judy @ In His Grip said...

I love this, I cannot wait to go through all of the links. My problem is I always get so exicted about a project I forget to get the before pics.

The Kramer Angle said...

My favorite is definitely the monogram lamp! I love that and one of these days I'll give it a try!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Liz@Violet Posy said...

Thanks so much for hosting - your blog is so pretty!!

I've really enjoyed looking through your other readers makeovers. I've just added three of mine from last year.

Blessings
Liz x

The Mrs. said...

Rhoda--I'm gonna take on that lamp project and I'll post on my results. :) I may also decoupage my little letter--i'm loving the animal print--again one of my favorites.

can I ask where you got the shelves that are in your office nook remodel? i love them and would love them in my new house.

Alisa Lucas-Brown said...

Rhoda,
What a GREAT idea for you to host this party! I have really enjoyed reviewing your projects from '08. I loved what you did with the Beachy Glam Guestroom and the bookcase you painted black - wow! You have so inspired me to start "yardsale-ing" again or thrifting. You never know what you might come home with! Thanks for stopping by today - I was late posting my new segment "Junk to Gems" but when you get a chance take a look at my Valentine Surprise. - Thanks for all your inspiration - Alisa

Sarah @ ThriftyDecorChick said...

Sorry, I should have looked at that -- trying again!! I hope it was worth the wait -- ha!!


http://thriftydecorchick.blogspot.com/2008/10/spray-paint-finger.html

Kari said...

What fun and honestly you are so talented! I can't figure out which project is my favorite but I do think you have a thing for lamps! I *love* the burlap monogrammed shade. Pure genius!!!

Treasure Hunter said...

Oh my goodness, it is like Christmas with all these awesome ideas!

dec0r8or said...

What a wealth of wonderful makeover projects, Rhoda. It's fun to see them all in one spot, too! I might have to join this little party!!

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Rhoda, you are good!! Very, very GOOD!!

I would have loved to joined in on your party and list my 2008 Projects, but I'm just too busy and time got away from me. I'm just too busy doing more projects I guess LOL!! Big, dirty, cleaning up and out project. Nothing glamerous like yours.

Blessings,

Sher

Pigtown-Design said...

I haven't done any renovations, but I was lucky enough to get three HUGE bags of greens do decorate with at Christmas. I put the link to the decorations on my 1880's rowhouse and my mother's flat.

Saucy said...

Gosh Rhoda, I posted my Top Ten list on the 4th of January and had no idea there was a party going on! It looks like I'm all dressed up with nowhere to go!

jennifer said...

I have had SO MUCH FUN reading your blog this evening. I had gotten out of touch with you!!!

I love your office nook. But my favorite was your new patio area. The change was amazing and you really created a beautiful outdoor room.

I am grabbing your button before I leave and putting it on my sidebar.

Be blessed Rhoda!

Kari said...

a belated p.s. -- I just added you to my blog roll. Hope you don't mind!

Joy said...

I'm arriving late to the party. Thanks for being such a great host!
As always, I love your blog!

Gina said...

Those are the best before and after's I have ever seen. Everything you touch turns to gold. You are so very talented! I love the demask : ) Happy New Year!

Donna said...

Oh my gosh, Rhoda - you have been BUSY this year!! It's so hard to pick a favorite - although I LOVE how the area under your deck turned out!! And your painted furniture - and the pumpkin project... heck.. I loved them all!!! Thanks for hosting this party!... Donna @ An Enchanted Cottage

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Rhoda,

How did I miss this? :( What an amazing batch of transformations! You've given me so many ideas over this past year and I am so excited to visit all of the party guests to see what everyone did!

Hugs,
Dena

Shannon said...

Hi Rhoda! I'm joining in a little late! :)

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Melissa P, if you come back to see this, the wall color in my guestroom redo is by Sherwin Williams, called Rainwashed. Didn't see a blog for you to get back with you.

Thank you ALL for coming by my party! I am so happy for the success of it & it's so fun to meet all you new ladies!

angela said...

What a great thing this is and I've come back everyday since I fell upon Rhoda's place to see what's been added. I'm enjoying this greatly!!! Thanbks for sharing!!!

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

Well, Rhoda, I cannot claim to be as handy as you and your friends here, but I did have my one contribution to add at the end here. Unfortunately, I did not have the presence of mind when we started it to take BEFORE pictures! Duh. I was a new blogger, what can I say? :-)

Anyway, I REALLY enjoyed all your projects...and I'm feeling a little inspired!

Olive Rue said...

Hi Rhoda! Thanks for your e-mail. I don't know what's going on with the comments. I tried posting earlier. Hmmmm! Anyway, thought I would try again.

jenjen said...

Rhoda --

Thanks so much for hosting this party! I love all of the projects that you have done. I especially love your bedroom - fabulous!

Jen

Susancnw said...

Got a question on lamps...I have a glass beanpot shaped lamps that I'd like to paint the base on...can I lightly sand it and then spray paint it with paint for glass? I'd like an opinion before I screw it up :D

Kara said...

This is such a fabulous idea! I can't wait to see everyone's projects, thanks for doing this!

The White Bench said...

Hi Rhoda! Even if I am late, I would like to join this FAB event! Thanks for hosting,
Monica.

Anita said...

Wow! I have read about this all over blogland, so came to see for myself. I do have to say, my favorite is the office ( I have the same Ballard Design desk!) and the bedroom. That is just wayyyyyy fabulous!

As you can see if you visit me, I am int he middle of a whole house renovation and I LONG for the days when I can fuss with accessories again :) instead of plaster.

I'll keep watching.

Anita

Lu Lu's Fluffy Ruffles said...

Really enjoyed your post!
love to see before and after photos.
smiles,
Sandy

edeenut said...

seeing all these before and afters gets me excited to do many more of my own in the year to come.
thanks for hosting!