Looking Back At 2017

Hi Friends!  Happy New Year! And I hope you all had a terrific Christmas, too!  Here we are in 2018... Crazy right???  Thought I'd do a quick recap on 2017. 😊

2017 Year Collage

How many of you remember my Shoulder Surgery?  Therapy consumed my entire winter!  Whew!  So glad to be over with that!  Longest 8 weeks of my life in that sling!

Shoulder Surgery

I'm so thankful to say that today, I am 99% back! I have full range of motion and strength. Yay!

I can't believe I'm saying this, considering I've made a bunch of wreaths... but this year, I made my very First Spring Wreath.  I can't wait for spring to put it back up!

Spring Wreath

The den got a little TLC this year... I painted a wall, easing back into the swing of things from my shoulder surgery. I also updated the shelves in there, giving them a vintage vibe.

Decorating Bookcases With A Vintage Vibe

Den Bookshelves

One of my favorite projects was making these Vintage License Plate Crates.

Vintage License Plate Crates

The highlight of the year was my daughter's shower and wedding! I had soooo much fun working on her bridal shower. 😍
DIY Blushing Bridal Shower

DIY Blushing Bridal Shower

Man, this year went by sooo fast!!!
Wedding Day! I did 3 posts on my daughter's wedding, it was amazing!! Here they are...
Perfect Wedding Day
Wedding Day ~ From Getting Ready To Sparkler Exit
Wedding Day!

Perfect Wedding Day

Before you knew it, the leaves were turning colors, the sun was setting sooner and we were in the thick of fall.... I decided to go a completely different direction with some of my fall decor.

Changing Up Fall Decor

Fall Decor 2017

One of may FAVORITE recipes this year... I mean FAVORITE!!! Like Hubby and I want to eat this every week kind of favorite!

Spaghetti Squash Chicken Bacon Broccoli Casserole

Spaghetti Squash Chicken Bacon Broccoli Casserole

This recipe is perfect in every way! 💕

The last project I'm going to share, is one that I felt great accomplishment in doing.  My porch planters were something I dreamed about making for years.  I just never made the time for them.  I am sooo glad I finally did!!! Hubby was a dear to help me with them!

How To Build Porch Planters

 How To Build Wood Planters

That was a quick year! Now we are jumping right into 2018!

So what's in store for The Stonybrook House in 2018? Two things I know for sure!

One, I'm dropping the ads on my blog.  I have had too many complaints with spammy re-directs and trouble actually reading my blog. I'm not saying that I won't ever have ads again, but hopefully the problems I've been having will stop. 😊

The other thing I have planned is a complete master bedroom makeover.  Hubby and I will be celebrating 30 years of marriage in February and we have NEVER decorated our bedroom.  I have some really neat things in store and I can not wait to get started. Yay!

I've been contemplating a few other things and honestly, I'm not sure what I'm going to do. I've considered bring back some fashion posts.  I can't really do the Fashion Over 40 again, because I'm a bit over 50 now 😉... but I'm thinking about something along those lines.  I've also considered doing recipes on a more consistent basis.  I love healthy recipes, but I also love to indulge in cake baking, so we'll see...

When I look back on 2017, I have so much to be thankful for! God has continued to be faithful to me as always and I am thankful for all His many blessings.

For 2018, I'm excited for the new year and I can't wait to see all that God has planned....💗💗💗 

Happy New Year!!



  1. Are you ever returning to your cluttering? I find her methods most fun.

    1. Hi Jane! Yes! I need to get back to decluttering me ENTIRE house! Loved the Kon Mari Method and hopefully I will be doing that this year!


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