31 December 2009

2009 ~ A Year in Review

As we say goodbye to 2009, I look back and am amazed at how much has filled my life this year, how much richer I feel for all the adventures, the events, the friendships, the finds, the creations that have been a part of my year!! As I look at all my posts for this year, I take time to reflect on this incredible adventure called blog, which has allowed me to take you along in my treasure hunting, creative endeavours, memorable events and friendship bliss!! What fun it has been!! But, most importantly, I hope that it becomes obvious to all that, despite the fact that I do not blog extensively about my gang, the love I have for my family shines like a bright star above it all!!

As a final homage to 2009, I wanted to bring back some of my favorite posts month by month (and what a difficult selection that was!). Here are some of the highlights:

In January I had my first ever giveaway and shared snapshots of my bedroom...

In February I featured some of my favorite collections and took you along to Tarte's Grand Opening...

My birthday in March was a great time to reflect on my life, and I was very busy at Portland Antiques Expo...

In April I talked about Saudade and shared my passion for pink...

In May I dreamed of a Barn House life and soaked in the sun...

June took me on an incredible adventure called Farm Chicks and I choked when I saw my big girl move on to high school...

In July the Barn House Flea Market knocked my socks off, and I shared my tiny sewing/guest room...

In August I ventured to Snohomish for a blogfest, and had the enormous pleasure of seing Willow Nest back in the Northwest (look, I made a rhyme...)...

In September I bragged about my seventeen years of happiness, and headed to Coburg for the last show of the summer...

In October I shared my passion for blended quilts and featured a local favorite store, Madison Park...

November was a month to share favorite finds and latest creations....

... And finally in December I started a new adventure at Stars and introduced you to my dad, who came from Portugal to spend Christmas with us...

Thank you for tagging along with me on this grand adventure, it means so much to know that you are by my side!!! More often than you may think, I rely on your sweet friendship to keep me going, your encouragement, validation and unconditional love mean the world to me!!

Just for fun, I leave you with a couple of mosaics I created from my Flickr photostream, the first one features some of my favorite creations of 2009...

... and the second mosaic is a selection of some of my favorite vintage finds!! I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did making them!!

Thank you, Cindy, for hosting the Year in Review party!!! Please visit Cindy's blog for more blog reviews!! Happy New Year to all of you!!!


  1. Wonderful year recap!

    Will need to get to Portland and check out the two stores you mentioned.

    Blessings in 2010

    barbara jean

  2. Another beautiful post with beautiful photos to drool! I can't get enuff of your floral bedroom..

    Happy New Year & many happy returns!


  3. Awesome Review! Great Pictures! How fun! Isn't this fun to see everyone's best in one post!?

    Happy New Years!

  4. Your posts bring me peach, Isabel. Thank you for sharing - I look forward to 2010!

  5. Hi Isabel!
    Thanks for this fabulous recap! You have had an amazing year! I hope that 2010 brings you much joy!
    Take care, Laura

  6. It has been a great year of getting to *know* you better:)...happy new year!

  7. A lovely review of the year. It was great fun to meet you twice this year and follow along on your blog. Happy New Year.

  8. What a BEAUTIFUL year in review! Your daughter is so adorable!

  9. I loved your post what a great review from the past. Happy New Year my friend, hope to see you soon. Florence

  10. Wonderful year in review! It is fun seeing everyones year and the highlights! What will next year bring?

    Happy New Year-

  11. Absolutely beautiful!

    Happy New Year.


  12. Looks like a beautiful year Isabel! If you ever do a show on the East Coast, let me know! Have a Happy New Year!

  13. One of my faves this year was my trip to Portland! You all made it so memorable for, thank you!

    I loved your year in review!

    Have a Happy New Year!

    Big Hugs,

  14. I really enjoyed your year in review.You shared lovely photos and memories.
    Happy New Year,

  15. A wonderful pictorial much eye candy!!!

  16. This is why I like joining in on find great blogs like yours! I really enjoyed your recap!

  17. Wow, I love your blog! Totally right up my alley. :) I will SO be back.
    Happy New Year. :)

  18. Thank you your wonderful review! I'm especially in love with the pink enameled pitchers, the pink phone and the pink cage! Great finds!

    Happy New Year!


  19. You are always an inspiration.

    Happy New Year! Happy New Decade!

  20. Great recap, a full year for sure.

    Love your photos. I am doing the Year in Review too.

    Best Wishes for the New Year.

  21. Great recap..and thanks for letting me in on the journey.


  22. What a wonderful collection of photos.. it looks like you had a wonderful and full year! I absolutely LOVE the photo of the vintage tin's just fabulous! I love, love, love it! Have a wonderful New Year! I look forward to more posts from you! -April

  23. o help...I am in heaven before my time has come...these last mosaics are heavenly!!


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