the month in minutes – january 2012

Hello, hello!

A little reminder, if you haven’t already linked up your blog goals, we’re keeping the party open until Thursday night for anyone getting a late start…we’d love to hear yours.  And you can find mine here.

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Now, I’m going to start a little something new here today.

Can you believe this little blog had more page views in February than in its 3 previous months combined?  Serious!  That’s incredible to me.

So, I shout out a Welcome! to everyone who is relatively new around here.  Thank you so much for coming by, please make yourself at home…and let me know you’re here.  🙂

And, to everyone who has been around from the beginning…don’t think I don’t know who you are…even if you’ve never left a comment.  I sure do appreciate you all sticking around…and would love to hear what you have to say about every single post things every now and then.  🙂

In light of all of our fun new traffic I thought it makes sense to do a little month in review, if you will.  But,…I’m going to start with January…total rule breaker here.  Seems like a nice, clean, appropriate place to start, don’t you think?  And, I’ll be sure to mix in a few new things too…just to keep it fresh for ya.

So, I guess I should start by saying HAPPY New Year!  I’m sporting my party outfit and blowing my noise maker right now.  🙂  But, the girls rang in the new year looking a little more like this.


Friday Features! (on Thursday) And a new Community for me!

We’re turning impossibilities into possibilities here people, and I’m not just talking about me and my fellow challenge hosts.   But, to check us out (our project updates I mean) please click on our names here: Karah – that’s me!, Kari from Thistlewood Farm, Kelly from Eclectically Vintage, Linda from It All Started With Paint, Stacey from A Sort of Fairytale and Andrea from The Cottage Market.

And, before we take a look at what some of the other challengers have going on, I need to get my brag on for just a sec.  I have been having some fun email banter with an AWESOME blog out of Maryland (I can hear all my MD peeps collectively going “awwww”.), One Project Closer.  Being that I am a New England Patriots fan and Ethan is a Baltimore Ravens fan, we have agreed to not discuss the ever important game that will be happening this coming Sunday afternoon.  I would hate to have to verbally berate a new blog friend over email right off the bat.  😉

Anyway, Fred asked if they could add me to their Blog Community!  Are you serious? Heck yeah!  And just check me out with my new Community neighbors.  I am in such good company, take a look.

This is such a great feature on their site that scrolls through new posts from all of the blogs in the Community.  You should definitely check it out here.

You’ll see some familiar names when you’re there like Centsational Girl and Young House Love, and I was also pleased to discover a few new favs like Emily from Merrypad and Brittany the Pretty Handy Girl.  She just made a Valentine’s Day heart out of twigs, and you all know how I heart natural elements.  Check it out here!  And there are many more, be sure to take a minute to visit the community and snoop around my new neighborhood!

AND, big news for all you TSB (get it, the space between!) readers.  One Project Closer is going to be sponsoring our very first ever TSB Giveaway!  How exciting is that? I know, VERY exciting.  It’s going to be in January so stay tuned.  I am giddy excited about it and hope you are too!!  🙂  (Big, phat grin.)

OK … now let’s check out some of the other challengers updates.  Take a look below and please be sure to click over to their blogs to see more detail.  Feel free to let ’em know I sent you!

Let me introduce you to Jess from Making Over the Martins.

As a side note, my mother’s maiden name is Martin and when I first met Jess I let her know we could all use a make over when she gets a chance.  😉  Am I right, De?

She is giving her pantry an overhaul.  Just look at her progress.
Seriously, we all know these organization projects get worse before they get better, don’t we?!  But you have to go over to Making over the Martins to see what cute little tags she made for some of the organization bins she’ll be using.

AND, Jess said this challenge has inspired her to aim higher and do more.  I can’t even tell you how happy that makes me.  🙂

Now let’s check out Meg from Mega Crafty.  You guys might all remember her as the fabulous Meg who hosted the Crafty Christmas Tree Challenge that highlighted my driftwood tree and a lot of the homemade ornaments I made in December.

Well she has kindly accepted my invite to join up here and she is tackling her Craft Studio. First, I just have to say that I WANT A CRAFT STUDIO.  🙂  Now that I’ve got that off my chest, take a look at her space as it is at the beginning of the challenge.
Now, get over to Mega Crafty to see what it used to look like all tidied up, AND to get in on her giveaway that ends TONIGHT!!  (Hence the Friday Features on Thursday – I wanted to give you guys all a chance to enter to win.)  That’s right, she is giving away a great book that she discovered she has two of in her de-cluttering process.  The giveaway closes tonight so head over now so you don’t miss out!

And Meg, I have that exact same basket that’s in the bottom of the pic above.  🙂

Now let’s check out Katie from Newcomb Home.  You may need to sit down for this – you know, for all of you who work on the computer standing up.  😉

Katie and her husband are going to gut and remodel their kitchen and add 144 square feet to their home!  This project gets me so excited I can’t stand it.  No, she’s not going to attempt to get this all done by January 31st, but she used this little challenge to push them over the edge to get started.  She has a great post you have to check out if you’re considering getting started on anything like this, or just love the numbers.

And, I just love this quote she included in her post (right above our cute button), click here to get there.
So, those of you who know me personally know I am quite infatuated with Jimmie Johnson…the NASCAR driver.

Well, Dana from Cooking at Cafe D is infatuated with Jimmy Johns, the restaurant.  In fact, her whole family is.  So much so that they had Jimmy Johns cater their wedding rehearsal dinner AND they’re redoing their kitchen in full JJ decor.  That’s right folks, you heard me, a full kitchen redo in a Jimmy Johns theme.

How fun is that!?!

Here’s a sneak peak at one thing they have in mind, but you seriously have to go to Cooking at Cafe D to see all of the fun details!
This is just a handful of some of the awesome projects in the works for this challenge.

Are in you?  I sure do hope so.  To read all about the idea click here to read my intro post. And don’t forget to check out the OPC (get it, One Project Closer) Community page.

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