A Year in Review | 2014

It’s always so fun to look back at the time past and realize all that has changed and how far you’ve come from where you began.  2014 has been quite the year for milestones!  I put together a fun infograph of the major changes around here (mostly blog-related and a few life ones as well).  I hope you enjoy and are able to find some time to look back and appreciate the learning and accomplishes that this year has brought.

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Holiday Decorating While Under Construction

Thank you so much for stopping by Day 2 of the Home For the Holidays Blog Hop put together by the talented Emily from Table and Hearth.  I’m so honored and excited to have you here in my corner of the blogosphere and to collaborate with you in some Holiday cheer and wisdom ;)

Decorating for Christmas while Under Construction  |  Home for the Holidays Blog Hop  |  Mrs. Fancee

By the time Christmas roles around we are all in different stages of life.  I’m sure we all would love to jump head first into the seasonal decorating and deck our halls will wreaths and holly, but that just isn’t always practical.  Jake and I are currently in the middle of a home renovation which involves a chop saw in our dining room, a second story sans any flooring, and an toilet-less bathroom (to name the worst offenders).

When October (why does it have to be so early??) came and all of blogland was blissfully draping garlands across anything and everything, I thought to myself… Will we even bother to decorate for Christmas?

After all, there are a million projects that need time and energy around our home right now, why waste it on holiday decor?  Plus, who wants to see a sparkly Christmas tree next to a pile of sawdust?  I would not call the current state of our house ‘decoration-ready’.

But, we did decorate for Christmas. And here’s why…

Decorating for Christmas while Under Construction  |  Home for the Holidays Blog Hop  |  Mrs. Fancee

We could have said, oh forget it, we’ll do something nice next year and got on our merry way towards installing more flooring and getting our bathroom back in working order.  But, we dedicated several evenings and a few corners of the less-construction-zone-y rooms to bring some festivity and Christmas cheer to our home.

Decorating for Christmas while Under Construction  |  Home for the Holidays Blog Hop  |  Mrs. Fancee

Choosing to decorate amidst the chaos says: while we may not be finished with many projects, we are content with the home we live in.   Dust may cover every square inch of our house at times, but this is still our dwelling place.  We may have a gazillion unfinished projects that are clamoring for our attention, but there is a reason for this season and it deserves our first thoughts.

Decorating for Christmas while Under Construction  |  Home for the Holidays Blog Hop  |  Mrs. Fancee

Our house may not have the most beautiful display of white and gold tinsel, and it’s certainly not swimming in boughs of holly, but it is a little ray of light in our home this season.  Reminding us to nest despite the chaos, to celebrate the birth of our Savior, and to rest in the construction zone that is our home.

Decorating for Christmas while Under Construction  |  Home for the Holidays Blog Hop  |  Mrs. Fancee

I even brought a little holiday cheer to work with this festive Christmas tree art.  (Let’s be honest, this environment is much more cleanly to decorate than our home at the moment!)

Decorating for Christmas while Under Construction  |  Home for the Holidays Blog Hop  |  Mrs. Fancee

Wishing you contentment, rest, and cheer this Christmas and many more to come! (And make sure to stop by and visit all of these lovely ladies’ Christmas home tours!)

Decorating for Christmas while Under Construction  |  Home for the Holidays Blog Hop  |  Mrs. Fancee
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Friday December 19th

The Big Reveal!

Notice anything different around here??  Yep, you guessed it!  My blog got a facelift in the form of a new theme.  And…. I designed and coded it myself.  This is a super proud moment for me, to have come this far in my web design skills and to launch my theme here on the blog :)

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I’ve been learning and tinkering with this theme for months now in order to learn the ins and outs of wordpress site design and gain more understanding of HTML, CSS, and even a little PHP.  My goal was to create a clean, sharp, and eye-catching theme that was smartly coded, contained all the extras I wanted, and was responsive and easy to navigate.

I still have a little tweaking to do, but I just wanted to pop in and see what you all thought of the new look!  I can’t wait to further expand my skills… next on the list: start learning photoshop (which is currently very intimidating).  I’m all too good at getting by with the most creative solutions using Word and Paint, but I also know that those can only get you so far.  Maybe there is a class I can take locally…

Well that’s all for now, see you all next week for a little Christmas blog hop fun ;)  Until then… ta ta!