2012 – A Year of Sparks

This has definitely been a year filled with SPARKS – my word of 2012!  The highlights were God opening a new, awesome position for Stud in his career.  The 3700 miles we traveled exploring lots of land between Texas and Pennsylvania – it almost convinced us we were meant to be nomads…our time spent traveling together was fabulous!  And we learned that sometimes what doesn’t make sense to others is God’s best answer for our family – my Sweet B’s are thriving in their new school!  For me personally, blogging has provided the perfect creative outlet!  Here are some of my favorite posts from 2012!

Best of 2012 - ItsOverflowing

1.  In January, I introduced my photography tutorials and I was blown away by the response! Learning my SLR camera had been on my to do list for years, but finally with a bigger purpose in mind, I set out to learn and pass on what I learned with each of you. So many of us are blasting it with our cameras now…I’m totally amazed!

How to Take Camera to Manual ItsOverflowingSLR Camera Overview: Class One

2.  I also played around with Mod Podge (one of my favorite past times) and tinted some glass bottles.  It was so easy to do.  It’s been fun hearing about how friends plan on decorating their homes and using these jars and vases in their weddings!


Simple DIY: How to Tint Bottles and Jars

3.  Burlap, Burlap, Burlap…we can’t get enough of it, right!


   Creative Home Decor and Craft Projects Using Burlap

4.  We made it through another season of Family Pictures and several of you were sweet enough to let me know that these suggestions were super helpful for you!!!


Family Portraits: Posting, Metering & Composition Tips

5.  Organization and storage is totally important…it totally makes me smile to know that this step by step picture tutorial on how to build a little desk helped so many of you!

How to build a desk ItsOverflowing

Simple DIY: How to Build a Desk

6.  I started a new series that I absolutely LOVE called Dreamy Dwellings.  Each week I share a beautiful Dreamy Dwelling Home Tour and you can always come back and check out tours you’ve seen before and tours you missed under the ‘tour’ link at the top of my blog.  Here’s a little peek at one of the Dreamy Dwellings.


 Idea House 2012

7.  We spent a little time talking about White Granite Options – so many good choices.

White Granite Options - ItsOverflowing

White Granite Options

8.  Based on how often you’ve stopped by for some ideas on Giving Gift Cards Creatively, I’ve decided I have some SUPER generous readers!

Creative Ways to Give a Giftcard ItsOverflowing


Creative Ways to Give a Gift Card


9.  My Room by Room Christmas Decor was fun to share…and the response made me realize that it’s time for me to update my Rancher house tour…its been a year since it’s been updated…so much has changed!


 Room by Room Christmas Tour

10.  And last, but not least…starting a second blog, Barns and Noodles | Simply Inspired Home Cooking has been totally rewarding!


 Crockpot Cheesy Ravioli

2012 has been a blast…excited to see all that is in store for 2013!!!

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  1. Sherry says:

    I’ve enjoyed following along with you in 2012 and look forward to seeing more. xx, Sherry

  2. Jenna says:

    So glad I found your blog, I look forward to following in 2013!

  3. Sherry says:

    Yeah for you! You’ve done some amazing projects and tutorials. It’s always a pleasure to visit here and I can’t wait for the new house tour!!!

  4. Elise P says:

    Love the camera button tutorial. Just stopping by from a blog hop, if you get a chance feel free to stop by

  5. Ann K. says:

    I have enjoyed your posts over the last half of the year when I found you!! Thanks so much for some great content! Happy New Year! The best it you in your new endevours!

  6. jennifer says:

    I always enjoy all of your projects and ideas and now that I got a new fancy schmancy camera for Christmas those photography tutorials will come in good use! I am hosting a Best of 2012 Showcase Party if you’d like to swing by and share your favorite posts/projects of the year. No need to brush your hair or even put on a party dress;)http://delightfullynoted.blogspot.com/2012/12/showcase-partybest-of-2012-share-your.html

  7. My sister just told me about your blog, and I’m happy to be your newest follower! Just linked up to your party… thanks for hosting! I just started a photography blog so I’m new to blogland. Looking forward to exploring all of your posts!

  8. Amy it has been so great getting to know you via your blog and comments! I am excited to see what 2013 brings for you!

    Happy new year!

  9. You have had a great year and done so many creative and wonderful things

  10. nikkisnacs says:

    I have been stalking your photography tutorials for the past 2 weeks. They have been my fav so far. I got my first DSLR camera as an early Christmas gift and am still in the learning phase for sure.

    Thanks so much for the tutorials!

  11. denyse@crazy beautiful life says:

    Happy New Year, Aimee! I’m looking forward to seeing what we can all come up with in 2013.

  12. Aimee, It has been so much fun getting to know you and even though I was seemingly missing for 1/2 of 2012 I am thoroughly looking forward to following along with you in this up and coming 2013 New Year!!!
    May yours be Truly Blessed!

  13. Jillian says:

    Hi Aimee,
    I think the tinted bottles are my favorite of your top posts of 2012. They look so cool and would be great bud vases in the spring.

    Visiting from the Southern Lovely party.


  14. Tanya says:

    What a wonderful year, thank you so much for sharing your AWESOME ideas with us!

    xoxo, Tanya

  15. Jessica @ Dear Emmeline says:

    I always enjoy stopping in and seeing what you’ve been up to! Happy New Year! Can’t wait to see what you have up your sleeve for 2013!

  16. laura@Top This Top That says:

    Aimee- Happy New Year! What a great blog, wonderful projects and such a source of inspiration this year. Thank you. Looking forward to what you have planned for the new year!