Sunday, December 21, 2014

2014 Projects

Looking back at 2014

As 2014 began I had great plans of finishing one or two painted or crafted projects each month. 

Sometime during 2014 I realized projects weren't always about repurposing or creating. Projects change and grow in variety and size. My biggest project was my Dad. 

Dad moved from his condo (actually, from the hospital) into an independent living complex with considerable support. He broke his hip in mid October (10 days in a ward while he recovered from surgery, 45 days in rehab). Closing down his home has been a huge job, not finished yet. I did not do all the work alone but I felt responsible for the care, packing, moving, unpacking, setting up and sharing of what he would no longer use.

30 years of accumulations (and this is after downsizing when our parents retired) were compressed into only what Dad needed in his new home. There have been small subtractions and new needed additions and things are looking good. He is settling in and is beginning to pick up the pieces of his new life with some independence in his new reality. He is happy.

I looked back at my favourite posts of 2014 to give myself some perspective on this year of blogging and of projects. Last year at this time I was celebrating a very gradual return of energy. In September this year I finally began to feel  more like my old self. This year I am grateful that I have the energy I need to do the work that has to be done and to do the junking and repurposing, keeping my collectibles business up and blogging about what I love. I need to remind myself slow down and rest and take care of my own wellbeing too.

Painted Stripes

My absolute favourite project was painting faux grain sack stripes.

My favourite Vintage Junk Christmas vignette
(below) from 2013.

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  1. Joy, we both had a rough year of downsizing a parent and moving them. It takes a lot of energy doesn't it. I'm just now recovering and hope that 2015 is a better year for me. It took a toll on me physically and I've got to start taking care of myself now. I always enjoy your projects. End of year look backs are always fun to me.

  2. Joy, I am glad your dad is doing well. My 89 year old dad lives with us but hasn't been willing to sell his home of 40 years. You had some great projects in 2014.
    Happy Holidays,

  3. Helping parents move into care is a huge job. We did it with hubby's Mom and it took tons of time. Even just downsizing my Mom last year took a huge amount of time and patience since she is a pack rat. So glad your Dad is doing better. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

  4. Hi Joy, I sure do love that small shelf. Sweetness! Merry Christmas to you and thanks for sharing this fun post.

  5. Hi Joy,

    My, your days have been filled with so much work! I'm glad to see that your Dad is happy; I'm sure that's in large part to the wonderful love and help from you.

    I admire all of your projects and the energy it took to complete them.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Blue Monday!

  6. I can understand how your life has changed. My mother in a matter of months was moved from her apartment to assisted living and finally into The Cottages because she had such a raped loss of memory. It is still a daunting task and my heart goes out to youL Wishing a joy-filled Christmas.

  7. Some creative projects over the year and the oranges on the cake plate is an awesome still life photo.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.
    Merry Christmas!

  8. Great review. I'm glad to hear that even though it was a big change for all of you that family life is adjusting and your happy. Thank you for linking up at the Make it Monday Party! Join us next week for one last party in 2014.

  9. Everything is nice but I really love that white small shelf! Merry Christmas :)

  10. You have had a couple of tough years - and yet you are gaining stength and stamia to help with your dad - as you continue to carry quite a load of your own endeavors! Mother getting so ill in Novemebr really affected me and my sisters. Mother now lives with Deanie and that has caused soem extra work in relocating her stuff. Deanie just bought a new house so it was pefect timing. Prayyers for you and your dad as well as continued good health for you!!
    Merry Christmas!!!!

  11. You did many lovely projects over the year Joy. I adore that little white shelf with that amazing tuqyuoisy interior, and that grain sack chair is so sweet. Sometimes life throws us curve balls, and the older we get the more they seem to get thrown at us. I'm glad to hear that things have settled down for you and that you're feeling better and more energized. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!

  12. Lovely projects all! And I'm glad your dad is feeling happy. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Bliss Tuesdays! Jo

  13. Wow what a busy lady you've been! Love all the projects! Wishing you and your family a happy and merry Christmas!

  14. Beautiful projects! Have a very Merry Christmas!


  15. Wonderful projects this year, Joy! I am so glad you're feeling better and hope 2015 will be a great year for us all! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

  16. Hello cute lady! Amazing projects! Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for being a part of our party. I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. We love to party with you! Lou Lou Girls

  17. Thanks for sharing this on Fabulous Friday you are one of my features for this Friday


Thanks for visiting. I read and appreciate all your comments. Joy

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