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2012 In Review

Whelp, we haven’t been at this blogging business for very long.  But here’s a quick rundown of the top events since Finding Our Voice in this little corner of the web this past August.

September was a busy month where we flexed our carpentry skills and shared a few of our most popular posts.  We showed you how to easily knock off a Z Gallerie chevron frame

Side-be-side comparison

Then we showed you how we turned the room that housed a box-spring and mattress into an actual bedroom with the help of our Ikea Rast Hack for a nightstand and then used a door to make a Headboard (we named Doormir) to tie it together.

Ikea Rast Hack - two-toned nightstand
BandBBuildALife’s take on the popular Ikea RAST Hack

DIY Headboard @ BandBBuildALife.com

Bill used his skills with a scroll saw to create a convenient nook for my side of the bed and solve the dilemma we had with not having enough space for 2 nightstands.

Cup Holder night stand shelf @ BandBBuildAlife.com

Our second most popular crafty post happened when we shared a simple mod podge project with old Halloween costume fabric.

Spooky Votives from BAndBBuildALife.com

And another project that had me ready to throw my sewing machine out the window was the Duvet I made, based off one that was used in How I Met Your Mother.

Pinworthy How I Met Your Mother inspired DIY Duvet @ BandBBuildALife.com

One of our biggest road trips of the year happened when we made the 6 hour trip to Cincinnati to meet John & Sherry of Young House Love!

Beth and Bill with John and Sherry @ BandBBuildALife.com

We also took advantage of the trip and hit up a the Taft House National Park, and introduced you to a new Travel Series and our life goal of seeing every national park in the country and getting stamps in our passport along the way.

Bill stamping the national parks passport @ BandBBuildAlife.com

Next, I again managed to wrangle the sewing machine to liven up our living room in Pittsburgh with new Back-tab chevron curtains!  (There were matching envelop pillows too.)

Back Tab Curtains Tutorial @ BandBBuildALife.com

Bill & I celebrated our 2 year anniversary in November since we started dating.  Awwwww!

Cheers to 2 Years of Love! @ BandBBuildALife.com

We FINNNNALLLY put something on the walls, in a BIG way by adding photo ledges above the couch.

photo ledges complete @ BandBBuildALife.com

And even found a way to add more art while simultaneously dressing up the intercom using an old picture frame and cork board.

decorative cork board conceals intercom @ BandBBuildALife.com

Then the holiday craft season was upon us, and started off with a ReStore thrifting find that turned into a DIY Cloche.

winter scene DIY cloche @ BandBBuildALife.com

I also tried my hand at the lyric canvas trend.  I think next year the snowman is getting a hat.

Jack Frost Nipping at Your Nose Christmas Carol art @ BandBBuildALife.com

Some last-minute JOY was made before we hit the road for the holidays.

JOY cut outs @ BandBBuildALife.com

And while on the journey we managed to sneak in another National Park Trip, this time to Hopewell Furnace.

Hopewell Furnace NHS @ BandBBuildALife.com

There were plenty of other projects and journeys mixed in there, including our Inexpensive Art series too.

It has been a helluva (quarter) year!

We’ll be back tomorrow with resolutions and goals for 2013 – and yes, there are more walls to be covered!

~ Beth



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