Songbird got crafty in 2011….

Looking back is fun! Especially when you only look back at the good stuff. And no I don’t mean the stuffing of the turkey, although I hope that was good for you in 2011 too.

I am talking about looking back at what I came up with this year to still my hunger for craftiness and creativity, for projects and crazy plans.

Let’s see, there were my Cupcake Candlesticks. They first appeared here in an early Spring vignette that had a definite pink flair going.

Cupcake candlesticks 2

I wasn’t completely satisfied with how this bunch turned out, so I baked up another badge of plaster cupcakes and showed you all how to do it too.

This time I didn’t hold back and embellished them to my hearts desire.

Cupcake Candle Holders 5

Yummy, they turned out so good you’d almost want to take a bite out of them.

Cupcake Candle Holders 3

In April I picked up my table setting hobby again, and decided I needed some more accessories to give our dining experience a little extra cachet. I thought some a table setting with lace napkin rings might do the trick. And they did:

Crochet Napkin Rings 5

These were quite easy to make. My tutorial didn’t deserve the name because the how-to-make-lace-napkin-rings showed that it only took some sugar water and time. The result were some nice stiff and durable napkin rings that have that delicate lacy look.

Lace Napkin Ring 2

May was also the month that I decided this nest needed a little spicing up. That with all my love for white and soft lacy bits, it needed a touch of masculine. Since I am one big softy and even sentimental too, I decided to make a memory bus-art project for our bedroom.

Bus Subway Art Bedroom 6

In May I was nice and early with my Summer Mantel. And I kept throwing it in front of you well into September when I finally replaced it with a Fall mantel. But in my defense my pallet wood mantel project was quit nice and designed for many makeovers. My favorite ones where the one with good old Hot Pink:

Summer Mantel 14

And with the more subdued colors of beach and sand:

White Summer Mantel with Shells 3

Hmm just looking at it, makes me fall in love with it again. Maybe I’ll bring it back in 2012….

After a good old fashioned summer break, I went into overdrive for Fall. With my self-imposed challenge to Get It Done! I completed a lot of projects in one month.

Aside from the ones I already showed you in yesterday’s Top 10 Makeover projects, these were my favorites:

Fall Outside Decoration Table Centerpiece 2

My Garden Table Centerpiece.

Painted White Suitcases 4

The painted white suitcases.

Tree Trunk Candle Stick 6

And my tree trunk candelabra.

Phew, that was a lot of hard work in October. I really needed some chill-out time after that. But not for long, because I ended this year with another blogging series: my 12 Days of Christmas Decorations.

12 Days Collage1

So that’s it for this tour of crazy crafty creations, or creative crazy craftiness, or …


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  1. Betsy@ coastal-colors says

    Your projects are lovely, as is your blog! You are so talented! Thank you for stopping by my blog. I'm going to read some more of your posts! Happy New Year!

  2. Katie says

    So many lovely projects! Two of my favorites are the pallet with the beach theme and the decorating you did on the outside patio.

  3. Thuis Thuis says

    Wat een mooie ideeën allemaal, ik ga er na de feestdagen maar eens voor zitten om je projekten te bekijken. En dat suikerwater, nu weet ik het weer.
    Fijne jaarwisseling, tot 2012.
    Liefs Annette

  4. eileeninmd says

    Wow, you are very creative. And all your projects turned out beautifully. I love the white bedroom and the summer mantle. Lovely post and photos. I wish you all the best in 2012 and Happy New Year!

  5. Kim @ Cheap Chic Home says

    What beautiful projects, Marianne. I especially am fond of your driftwood centerpiece. I'm going to take a closer look at your 12 days of Christmas.

  6. Blondie's Journal says

    You are one creative lady!! I love everything, especially the two versions of the mantel and your cupcakes!! Can't wait to see what you have for 2012!


  7. Cozy Little House says

    Ah, I remember these well! Especially love the suitcases and candle displays. Oh, and the head board you created.

  8. Ivy and Elephants says

    Wow! What a busy little bee you have been. I just found your gorgeous blog, and I must say I am a fan! Some very elegant and creative projects here. I'd love to have you share this post at our linky party.
    Happy new year!

  9. Heather says

    Hi, my name is Heather! Please email me when you can, I have a question about your blog!


  10. Linda @ It All Started with Paint says

    Just love each and every one! Especially your bedroom … just found you through Not Just a Housewife. Will be coming back often in 2012.

    Happy New Year!