My Top Projects for 2010

Rhoda of Southern Hospitality is hosting a “Top Projects 2010” party.  I thought it would be fun to recap some of my favorite projects of the year.

Where to start?  We completed one of the biggest projects in our married lives in 2010, a new driveway.  There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t admire it and truly appreciate that we were able to have this work done for our home.  You can also see another favorite project in the picture below, a new Chippendale door.


In 2011 we will have a green lawn thanks to a newly installed irrigation system and we’ll work more on the landscaping.

Extending one of our flowerbeds was another favorite project.  I love having more planting space and I also love to look at my flowers when I sit on our patio.

New Bed3

I learned to use power tools this year, thanks to Mr. SP.  My first project was a tree to hold my Swarovski snowflakes.


Mr. SP let me back into his shop in March to make a knock-off handbag.


4th of July required another workshop invasion to make this centerpiece.

We stenciled a wall in our family room in August.  I intend to extend the stencil out a bit in 2011 and Mr. SP intends to replace his handcrafted TV cabinet with something else.

Projects slowed down for me once school started.  I managed to craft school pride bracelets out of tennis balls just in time for football season.


Getting better at tennis is an ongoing project for me.  In October my bestie and I came oh so close to winning our division of a charity tournament.


At the end of November I crafted a Pottery Barn knock-off garland that I’ve really enjoyed this holiday season.


The way it goes for me is always a project, never enough time.  I hope you’ll join me in 2011 for another year of project fun!


  1. So many fantastic projects! You have inspired me to try and recreate a few on my own.

    Thank you so very much for sharing.

    Have a very Happy New Year!

  2. You had some wonderful projects, Paula!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I think out of everything, I’d have to say the stenciling and the PB garland are my faves!!

  3. Looks like you got a good bit done this year. ps. your the first blogger that plays tennis i have met. yippee!!! this spring i hope to jump back in and start playing again. I can’t wait!!

  4. Some great projects, Paula! However…that driveway!…fabulous! and such a labor of love! I just added pavers around the edge of my patio and it took me forever! lol Happy New Year to you and your family!…hugs…Debbie

  5. Your home is darling! I’m hoping to venture into the power tool world this upcoming year…it can’t be that bad right?

  6. I am surprised that I missed so many of your projects! They are all great. I love the stenciling, and wow… Power tools!

    Best wishes for a New Year of great projects!


  7. The driveway looks like it was a huge undertaking. But looks fabulous. I love the wooden tree you made to hang your snowflakes from. It was great fun getting to see some of what you have accomplished over the past year. Here’s to many more projects in 2011.

  8. Hi Paula! Love the look of your beautiful home and the driveway was a big project. Woo Hooness – you can work power tools!!
    You look so cute and very serious in your tennis game!! Look at that gorgeous purse! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Happy New Year and be a sweetie,
    Shelia ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Fun review! Your stenciled wall is beautiful and love the color choices. Happy to follow along with you in 2011! Happy New Year!

  10. You’ve had such a busy year! I love all of your projects. How did I miss the knock-off handbag? Very cool! The best project was your new driveway landscaping stuff. GORGEOUS! Straight out of a magazine!

  11. This was a really fun post to read, Paula! I didn’t know you at the beginning of 2010, so it was fun to see some projects from early in the year. You should be really proud of all that you accomplished this year. Now I’m going to try to emulate you and set some goals for 2011!

  12. Your home is so cute. Is that a screened in porch on the right? I love it! You’ve accomplished so much in a year. Happy New Year!

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