Friday, December 30, 2011

and it's a wrap...twenty-eleven

It's pretty  hard to wrap up
a whole  year in one post.
I'll try, though.

Here's an overview:
I've included:
 my favorite posts,
your favorite posts,
the most viewed post,
and the most commented-on post.
just for fun 
  a few pictures that I love.

 I've included links 
so you can go back 
if  you want to spend the whole afternoon here.

It was a great year
Thank you so much for being a part.
You encourage me more than you  know.


We started January with the pictures 
of my Miss Mrs G's vintage-style wedding.
Seems like forever-ago and yet just like yesterday, KWIM?
I do miss my little girl.


as I pursued my *new* farmhouse style


 if the  shoe's craft day

meet the grandkids

our prayers our answered


my most commented on post
and the one I read over and over...when the going gets tough

and you cheer me on
this is still a work in progress
more about that next week


another cabinet makeover

my most viewed post


hawthorne in bloom


I heart  peonies

Miss Gracie's and Friends 
vintage barn sale 
at my  place


we said goodbye to green

the story of my home


 a trip to my favorite vacation spot
portland, oregon

which  means Monticello


We had a great time 
hunting for treasures and yacking-it-up.

This came home with me and is still in the barn...
Guess what I will be doing January 2012?
yep, clearing a spot for it.


let the fun begin

back door  friends

family vacation to Lagoon



and here


the book that the Lord is using to  change
 my perspective and my heart

on giving thanks

where I sell treasures
the banners sold like hotcakes


our painting is completed

christmas projects

my favorite Christmas shots

I am so thankful 
for the Lord's protection and provision 
this year.
He has protected my family.
My sons have not been  injured seriously 
in their very dangerous jobs.

He has provided abundantly.
We  made it through the lean winter of the recession.
We have a new grandson.
We have a new grandbaby on the way.
My youngest girl is growing up more every day.
Relationships are healing
Hearts are healing.

Grace has been given freely.

It has been fun to go back and see what I have written.
This blog is about my passions.
I hope they do show through;
my faith,
 my family, 
my love of vintage.
Thanks again for coming along with me.
Happy New Year!

common ground
vintage post of the year

Charm of Home

37 comments: said...

What fun this has been. Loved each and every gorgeous photo. Thank you so much for sharing them once again:) Happy New Year to you and your family:) May 2012 be all that you wish it to be.
~Debra xxx
Capers of the vintage vixens

Debra @ Common Ground said...

So so beautiful, Rene! Thank you so much for sharing all that you've experienced this year. Your wonderful home and family, blessings to you for the New Year!! xoxo

cottonreel said...

I love reading your blog . Is it as we get older we appreciate more , fading roses , scratched furniture , repainted , lace doiles past their pristine prime .

It's me said...

Een heel goed en vooral gezond 2012 !!!.......

Bedankt voor je liefde en steun van het afgelopen jaar......

Het voelde als een warme deken......

Liefs van

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A very good and healthy 2012 !!!......

Thank you for love and support of the past year........

It felt like a warm blanket..........

Love from

Sandi said...

I would love to stay and visit for an hour or more, but can't on my computer. Love your year in are a blessing!

Createology said...

This is a lovely post and wonderful recap of 2011. Your style is beautiful. Thank you for sharing so much. Blissful and creative 2012 to you. Champagne Hugs...

Tammy said...

Oh so lovely and breathtaking...every last detail. I so wish I lived closer to come to your annual barn sale!!
Happy New Year!

Becky C said...

What gorgeous photos of your wonderful year in review!! I loved looking through the precious memories with you...what a great idea :)
Blessings to you all in the NEW YEAR!

melanie said...

stunning...I love your blog!!!
Happy New Year...

blhitchcock901 said...

I think your blog is my favorite by far! Love, the romantic feel of white and the love i see for your family. I manange a quaint little shop in a small railroad town in Georgia. I too am discovering more of God's grace and peace in this season of my life. Your blog inspires me.

LizlovesVintage said...

Oh my,
I have missed so much Good Stuff!
I'll have to Follow you from now on!!
Fabulous, I say :)
Have a wonderful New Year.
I'll be back to visit you in 2012!
xxx Liz

On Crooked Creek said...

Miss Gracie,
As I traveled through this twenty~eleven wrap...some things look familar, yet the name doesn't seem to hold on me. I was filled with such warmth (even with all the white) of your life as I caught a glimpse in these photos and through your voice! What a touching tribute to your past year in the Land of Blog. I'll come visit again, soon!

stefanie said...

oh, I am in awe of all the beauty in your world!!! you are truly blessed! Happy New Year!

EllenaElizabeth said...

May God continue to bless you and yours. Thankyou for your blog I always look forward to seeing the progress on your house. I only came in half way through the year but I am a confirmed follower. New Year blessings from Australia.

Anonymous said...

I have laughed and cried with you. Thank you for sharing so genuinely from your heart. You are inspiring, real, and lovely. God Bless

marga said...

What a beautfull and fun way to close of 2011! Loved each and everyone of your photos!A wonderfull 2012 for you and your family!
xxx Marga

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

Everything is just so beautiful.
Happy New Year Hun to you and yours.
Susan x

Junebug said...

I so enjoyed your 2011 year in review. It was fun to revisit and enjoy along with you. Happy New Year and here to making more memories in 2012!

Merci-Notes said...

Happy New Year!

you have such a lovely blog. I wa wondering if I may pin your photo above.."God Bless Our Home". I have Pinned your photo with the happy wedding couple dolls just a moment ago, however this one needs permission for sure. May I?

God Bless,
Oh Merci

NanaDiana said...

Rene- I am a late comer to your blog-coming sometime mid to late year. I went back today and read some of your posts. The writing you did on your anniversary really spoke to my heart. I have traveled those same waters and run those same rapids and come up gasping for breath as my mate sought to find his way back. You have touvhed my heart here and I find that you are much more than a pretty blog. I think that you and I are much alike on a deeper level than we know-

Happy Blessed New Year to you- xo Diana

time worn interiors said...

It's been a great year! Happy New Year to you and your family! I'm looking forward to an exciting new year!

A Cottage Muse said...

This has made for a relaxing and enjoyable afternoon for me, thank you Rene. I am so happy to be following along with you and am excited to see what you'll be sharing in the new year!

Much love, health and happiness to you and your whole family for 2012!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

Great recap of your beautiful blog! Wishing you a happy new year--

Sherry said...

I am so excited to see you added this post to HSH this week! I have been over and stalked it three times and stared at the pictures then read the words, and soon I want read the links. I thought this was the best reacap post I have read yet! It was reflection and promise all rolled into one with stunning pictures! I have so enjoyed it! I still haven't gotten through it but, will when I have more time. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home! Have a very Happy New Year!

BECKY said...

How fabulous to read this since I just found you!! You are already a fave destination, and I look forward to knowing you more in the new year!!

May God's blessings overflow to you and yours!! It's gonna be good!!
Hugs, and Happy New Year wishes!!

Rebecca said...

I loved all your images this year, you are such a talent but more than that your light shines through those images. Blessings to you my friend in 2012. May God richly bless the work of your hands

Leann said...

I love to come and visit with you my sweet friend. You photos are spectacular and stories wonderful. That books sounds like just what I need. I'll have to search for it this week.

Wishing you a wonderful 2012 with you growing family.


Pearl said...

What a fun year and beautiful! so glad I met you through your blog I love visiting and seeing your "special touches" every where. Have a wonderful new year!

Anonymous said...

Truly lovely post...

Your accomplishments are awesome...

No wonder your banners sold...they spoke to the Soul...

Congradulations on homeschooling...

Your front roses look like peony's and I agree with you that peony's are of the roses and peony's if you know them would be appreciated...

congradulations on your dear grandchildren...

Love your HOME... it is a HOME; not a house....

Happy and Holy New Year in the Year of Our Lord 2012...

Joyfully, (my 2012 word)
~Sylvia Faye

marie said...

I only found your blog a month or so ago and have loved my visits. This post is pure delight and as I have time over the next few weeks I will follow your links and be delighted even more.

Thank you for sharing and Happy New Year to you and your family. I hope the Lord fills your year with joy!!

Passionate for White said... spent some time putting this post together. I enjoyed every revisited moment!

Ticking and Toile said...

What a beautiful post! I LOVE your home!!! I would be so thrilled to ever be able to live in such a wonderful farmhouse....and you are doing such an amazing job in decorating it beautifully!!!!!

My jaw dropped when I read you love to vacation in Portland!! That's where I live (well outside Portland in Vancouver WA) anyway, next time you come we should meet up. Kathleen & I meet up every month or so!!

Lovely lovely post :)


Sherry said...

Such a great wrap up post Rene! Took some time and looked around. What a great look you have. Beautiful! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

Kristen said...

Beautiful pictures, I love them all. I'm so glad you share.


Leah C said...

It's been a privilege following your blog:) Happy New Year, Miss Rene!

Rose ~Victorian Rose ~ said...

Oh my goodness...oh my soul..I am so happy you did this..such a special photographic TALENT you are my friend,
I have been so very remiss in visiting everyone.
Lots of stuff going on with us..not all bad by any means, just busy.

WAY love your blog.


Barbara Jean said...

Oh, I could spend my whole day here on just this one post.

so love your world.

barb =)