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2015 Year in Review

Is anyone else as shocked as I am that it’s almost the end of the year? I mean, I know New Year’s comes right after Christmas, but somehow this one snuck up on me anyway. As I’m getting ready to take The Palette Muse into 2016, I thought it would be fun to look back at what happened in 2015. When I did, I realized why I’ve been feeling kind of busy lately. Here’s a quick rundown of some highlights from my 65 (!) posts this last year…2015-Best-The-Palette-Muse

The year started with a few organizing projects, my favorite being this pantry makeover. What was once a sad and cluttered coat closet, now gets used every day as my kitchen pantry.From cluttered closet to organized pantry

Then I made some friends (and some enemies!) with this post on how to make a better bunk bed tent. Who knew people had such strong opinions about bunk beds!The no-sew secret to building the perfect bunk bed tent!

Along the way, we thought it would be fun to adopt a puppy, so we tried fostering one first, and learned some great tips on how to puppy-proof your house and yard. Puppy-Proof-Your-PlaceMost of all, we learned we weren’t quite ready to be puppy parents. Maybe someday…

I opened an Etsy shop at the end of 2014, so 2015 was all about learning how to run the shop and how to organize my crafting supplies and inventory.

Then, because I don’t spend enough time on social media already, I jumped into Instagram, and now I’m obsessed. The biggest learning for me was how to use hashtags.Trying to find your way around all the hashtags on Instagram? Here's what you need to know.

I learned to knit a little better with this fun shawl project.

And of course, I made over a few rooms for clients, like this master bath makeover that I’m still jealous about.Master-Bath-Vanity

But my favorite thing to make over is always thrift store furniture like this sweet little chalk paint and drop cloth chair that I rescued.Chalky-Finish-Drop-Cloth-Chair

A few holiday crafts are always fun, like these easy shimmery snowflake cards or etched glass candle holders.Thermofoil-snowflake-cards-after

Of course, The Palette Muse would not be the same without color palettes. I couldn’t pick a favorite one of these, but this one was one of my readers’ faves.This sunny palette is full of warm greens and golds.

And finally, my most ambitious and scary project this year was to write a book. I haven’t put the book together yet, but I’ve written most of the chapters through these posts on Surviving Creativity. Surviving-Creativity2If you love being creative, but don’t always know how to make it work for you, then hopefully this series will help!

When all is said and done, my own personal favorite posts are always the musings on family or parenthood, like this one on why I would make the world’s worst superhero.Superhero Square

Whew! That’s a lot of information for one year. Thanks for sticking with me!

Bonus: it was actually the very end of 2014 that I painted my kitchen cabinets, and learned a few valuable lessons along the way (like don’t take on a major painting project in the middle of winter!), and I’ll be back next week to give you a One-Year-Later update on how the paint is holding up.

Until then, Happy New Year, and may your 2016 be blessed and full of hope and creativity!

William Rusho

Friday 8th of January 2016

I think I may of posted this on your Instagram post by accident

I liked reading your posts all year long, The Instagram was great, I am new to using it, and this will definitely help me. Thanks for sharing.


Monday 11th of January 2016

Thanks William, you can post wherever you want! Thanks for clicking through...


Thursday 7th of January 2016

I enjoy reading your blog as it is always so fresh. I begin to decorate my house in my mind lol! You have some wonderful ideas which can quickly modernise a home.

I look forward to seeing what you present in 2016!


Monday 11th of January 2016

Thanks Phoenicia! Mental decorating is one of my favorite pastimes!

Catarina Alexon

Wednesday 6th of January 2016

Your posts are creative and innovative. Glad you have managed to produce 65 posts. Memory lane is great fun.


Monday 11th of January 2016

Thanks Catarina, it really is fun to look back over the year!


Tuesday 5th of January 2016

It's always fun to scroll through memory lane. You know Meredith I just love the colors you use! I must it's January 5th and I'm still trying to get back up to speed, but 2015 was a good year and I'm looking forward to the months ahead. :-)


Monday 11th of January 2016

Thanks Marty! I know, I'm still trying to remember to write 2016 when I put the date on something!

Jeannette Paladinoj

Tuesday 5th of January 2016

Meredith -- congratulations on 65 posts! That's awesome. I've enjoyed your how-to projects and the accompanying photos.I admire your creativity and courage to take on some of these big projects. Look forward to your 2016 posts.


Monday 11th of January 2016

Thank you Jeannette! I'm hoping to do more smaller projects in 2016!


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