Good morning, My Lovelies! It's Tuesday, so it's time for My Happy List! I'm combining a year in review with some of my more recent happy.
I'll start with the recent happy!
My Happy List
1. We went to New Orleans for Christmas and visited our friends Chris, Charlotte, and their kids. It was so much fun getting to visit with them in their stunningly gorgeous uptown home! We enjoyed walking on Magazine Street (mostly in the rain) but that's okay. We still had fun! Two highlights for me was visiting Sucré and Plum.
Plum has some of the most unique, fun items on the planet. It's a toy store for adults! Hold up….mayhap I should clarify….it has fun stuff for kids of all ages, not adult toys. :/ Never mind.
I love their selection of NOLA pillows!
This is what I bought for the art studio to hold small handled brushes. I'm always losing them!
See the zippers on the sides of the pouches? Aren't they *fun*
We love to visit Sucré whenever we're in New Orleans. Mr. Art @ Home loves the Nectar Ice Cream. I love the coffee, especially their Tchoupitoulas Blend. I bought some home, along with some sipping chocolate!
The sipping chocolate is for Shanley Belle, and the Tchoupitoulas Blend coffee is for me. Shanley's boyfriend Charles bought me the Hot Cocoa pot. I love how it blends hot cocoa with water or milk.
2. I won a nice prize from Marfi @ Incipient Wings. I won Mermaid, and it is the very best book! I can't wait to share it with you in couple of weeks on my Literary Friday post.
I also won a snuggly blankie, hot chocolate, and some peppermint mini marshmallows. I've never had peppermint marshmallows before, but I love all things peppermint, so I know I'll *love* them. UPDATE: I do love them! I just had some in my hot cocoa! :D
Rich milk chocolate is my favorite flavor. It mixes well in my new chocolate pot!
3. I put up some of our Christmas decor, but I keep most of it out until Twelfth Night. While I was organizing old decorations, guess what I found??? This pretty runner! I bought it after Christmas several years ago, and I had forgotten all about it! I love the red ticking, and I bought it at the same time I bought the cute little dishtowel.
*squee* It was like Christmas all over again! Finding the table runner made me happy.
I also found this lovely runner and napkins on sale (75% off) at Sur la Table. This will stay out until I decorate the table for our New Year's Day brunch.
…and now on to my Year in Review!
2013 was a very good year for Art @ Home although I did not get many new followers at all. But that's okay….I truly treasure each and every single one of you!
The biggest project of the year was the kitchen counter redo.
You can see the entire kitchen reveal here.
We also replaced our bathroom countertops:
2013 was the year for countertops in the Treleaven house!
I participated in three rather big link parties:
My Canadian friends also let me participate in Christmas Cookie Week. I was so honored!
You may view my archives and read about the Week of Christmas Cookies!!!
I received the most emails and comments on the Coddled Eggs 101 post. I think I even received more emails than comments on this one:
I was truly shocked by the most viewed post of 2013:
By FAR the most viewed post of 2013!
My favorite posts from 2013 are:
Yesterday, I posted my favorite songs of the year. Most of them were featured on my Musical Monday posts hosted by Miss Angie.
In May, Mr. Art @ Home gave me a blog design courtesy of Miss Angie. I love the new look of my blog, and it's a better organized space now. I have ideas for 2014, and I hope to continue to improve Art @ Home!
I'm grateful for the support for My Happy List and Literary Friday. Y'all might be a small group, but you're mighty in your support, and I thank-you all from the bottom of my heart!
I'll share our New Year's Day brunch with y'all tomorrow afternoon, and a Best of 2013 post for Literary Friday on Friday, January 3rd.
Until next time…