Thursday, December 31, 2009

TDC Top Ten!


Well, here it is folks. The end of another year. I can hardly even believe it. It went by in a blink, didn’t it? I for one am really looking forward to 2010! :)

So here is the list, in all it’s glory. This was my first full year of blogging, so I had more to pick from compared to last year’s list. I was going to go in order of comments, lowest to highest, but I’m running out of time today. I’d really like to publish this before the new year. ;)

So let’s just go randomly, and I’ll end with the post with the most comments.

First off, my dining room redo was oh-so-popular. I was such a brat and kind of strung you along for the whole redo, so I really appreciate that you all hung in there with me!

The DIY centerpiece post can be found here.DSC01649

The table setting made up of items from Pier 1, Stein Mart, Target and HomeGoods can be found here.


And the reveal of the whole room can be found here.


All that’s left to do in here is take it all out to install new floors! Easy, right?! Crikey.

You all loved my insane obsession dislike for icky cords:


You Squeezies totally get me. You can find out the method to my madness here.

I took a couple $20 lamps and customized them with spray paint and wall paint:


You can find out more here.

I grouped a few of the holiday posts into one entry. There are really going to be about 20 links on this post, but whateva whateva, it’s my blog so I can. :)

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The ornament wreath can be found here, the Christmas dining table here and the fall door decor ideas here.

YES, I decorated above the pot-tay. And YES, I did it with a table runner:


You can see how I did it here. ;)

One weekend I decided I would teach myself how to tile. It happened to work out pretty well:


You can see the process here.

We transformed our deck this summer, finally. It wasn’t necessarily cheap, but we weren’t using the space every summer, and now we do!


We actually added a fire pit as well, I’ll show you that next summer. :) To see more, go here.

You all loved how I harassed my sister repurposed an item I found in the neighbor’s trash:


I love to boss her around. I don’t care if she’s not five anymore. You can see the process I went through with this piece here.

I droned on and on and ON about my beadboard island earlier this year. I just love it, I can’t help it!:


You can see how it looked before here.

I like to yell at you a lot about GETTING RID OF YOUR CRAP! In the nicest way possible.

My love of decluttering and organizing is shown in these two posts that you loved too:

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Our unfinished basement transformation can be found here. And I brag about my closet here. Don’t worry – they don’t always look like this. Just most of the time. Hate me.

This year I plan to purge a TON more from the basement, and we are really hoping to finish it off too, but we’ll see. And I hope to show you our master closet soon too – it’s the one spot in the house I cannot keep clean and organized to save my life.

You know what I love? My posts I label “love” are some of the most popular, by far.

The top five from this year were:

1. A post about rocking my baby found here.
2. Where I share all I know about blogging here. (A second edition is coming soon!)
3. I decided I would have No More Mondays here.
4. You all sending your love to my family here.
5. And probably my favorite post of the year -- your life and home does not have to be perfect to be perfect for YOU. You can find it here.

The “Perfect” post was my most popular of the year with 175 comments. I’m glad you all found it worthwhile to read, and I am so happy I wrote it.

THANK YOU SO MUCH for a fantastic, fun, inspiring year! I can’t wait to share more with you in 2010! I hope you all have a happy and safe New Year. We are staying home and clinking Pepsi cans. ;) OK, maybe a margarita. I’m going to make some fondue and popcorn and we’re all going to relax and enjoy being together.

Happy New Year!!!


  1. Thank you for inspiring me to decorate for less and helping me realize that I can be crafty :) Happy new year!

  2. Happy New Year!! Looking forward to all that you will create and share in 2010..thank you for everything that share with all of us! :) You truly are an inspiration!!


  3. Hi, I am a new blogger of 3 months. How do you get "you might also like"?

    How do you link with "here" instead of the address?

    Staying home is wonderful. No smoke filled rooms, crush of people, sky high prices and the worst driving home with drunks that don't care about others on ther road. My hubby and I have sparkling apple juice, chicken tenders, choc cov strawberries and a movie. Forget the name, he picked he likes action. But we light the candles and the tree lights and cuddle and watch the movie so doesn't really matter to me what it is tonight, anyway.

    Happy New Year. I am now going to read those top ten posts! Especially the "not perfect" one because I see so many "perfect" looking posts, its easy to get intimidated about posting or going to parties. I so want to start with parties, but need to figure out the linking issues and such first.
    Enjoy you evening! Blessings in 2010.

  4. Wow! You were busy this year! I guess you don't realize it until you look at the whole list of things. I have a list that I need to get down on paper, involving painting some furniture pieces I already have. Looking forward to seeing what you've got planned for 2010, too!

  5. That's a lot of work to do in one year. I got tired just reading through it.

    I am totally and completely in love with that dining room.

    You've done such a great job on everything. I wish I had your energy.

    Happy New Year!

  6. Looking forward to reading more TDC in 2010!

  7. Loved all your great projects!! Happy New Year to you!! It did come and go so fast. Hugs and love friend!


  8. Sarah,
    Thanks for sharing all your great decorating ideas and "zainy" comments with us. I can usually find something to laugh about each day after reading your posts!! Thanks for putting a smile on my face. Wishing you the best in the coming year. Keep the posts coming!!

  9. I've got my daughter hooked on reading your blog now too. She is always looking for ways to do things, and she is quite good at it too even though money is tight for her right now. I'm sure she'll be looking at this post with all the wonderful things you have done. I wish you and your family a very Happy and Healthy New Year!

  10. I like your humor and how you think. I like your straightforwardness and your ingenuity. This compels me to come back and visit you often! I've been clicking away on your site. You've done a fantastic job of making it user friendly. Thanks so much for not making me type in squirrely letters to comment. Happy New Year to ya! And see ya in 2010. Like, tomorrow.

  11. Sarah, HAPPY NEW YEAR! You have inspired me to do so many things...thank you. You helped me with my kitty "issue"....thank you, thank you, thank you!
    I know you and yours have had some rough days and more on the way. I'll be thinking/praying for you. LOVE your attitude. Enjoy little one, they grow so fast!
    Hugs from a very frigid Iowa,

  12. Happy New Year, Sarah! Thanks for all of the awesome ideas.

  13. Happy New Year Sarah! Thanks for all the inspiration - you show us that we really can do it! Looking forward to seeing what great ideas you have in 2010.

    Love and continued prayers!

  14. Happy New Year, Sarah! I have enjoyed all your projects and can't wait to see what you have in store for us next!

  15. Happy new year to you! I love all of your transformations! Yummy, can I come over for a margarita?

  16. Man, you make the rest of us look bad. ;) Busy bee!!! I loved looking back with you at some of your finest. :)

    I always love your decor posts, but I also really enjoyed reading your blogging tips (so psyched to see your next post on that!) and the "Perfect" post. :)

    Do you have a movable fire pit, or is it stationary? I ask b/c I got the hubs one that can be moved and we are having a disagreement as to where it should go. I'm curious as to if yours is on your deck or not. ;)

    Happy New Year!

  17. I have that exact sewing machine cabinet (with my sewing machine in it from 1972). I have been hating the way it looks for a long time and I love what you did. I'm going to do that too! Love the faint fleur de lis. Your blog is awesome, I love the stuff you do.

  18. Here is to wishing you another year of continue success, much health and hapiness to you and your family.

  19. Fantastic! I enjoyed my visit to your blog & I added you to my sidebar. Happy New Year.

  20. Happy New Year Thrifty Decor Chick! I just love you and your posts. My husband, however, may run you down if he ever meets you. You see, you have initiated many, many a project at this insane house! Just kidding! :) We are both thrilled with our thrifty results from your inspiration. You rock, my girl!

  21. Your home is absolutely gorgeous. I love all of your projects.

  22. Oh, how could you possibly narrow it down to just 10???

    You're such a wonderful source of inspiration, ideas, and good fun. Thank you for sharing yourself with us.

    Happy New Year!

  23. Fun recap! I've had a great time reading your blog in 2009. Happy New Year!

  24. I have to tell you that I love your blog and there is so much great stuff that you do! I want to tell you that when you organized your basement, that was such an inspiration to me! I read it and went down to our basement and dejunked and organized mine! It was so nice to have that little push that you need sometimes! Thank you for dong all you do!

  25. Great roundup of the year on your blog! You've some had some really great projects! And I'm so glad you let me use your wreath post on my blog. Thanks again!

  26. Thank you for providing us with such inspiration! I wish you all the best in 2010!


  27. I had missed some of these so had fun clicking through. Don't you feel so accomplished?!? ALL of this in ONE year!!! Way to go!

  28. Hello, happy friend! I've enjoyed viewing your blog throughout 2009 and am going to enjoy it more this 2010! =D

  29. ok, I've been reading your blog for about a month, and LOVE it! I just read your "perfect" entry, and THANK you...that is what I needed. I get caught up in not having what my friends have, and it reminded me to love and appreciate this home as mine! You have also inpsired me to declutter...I bought a DYMO yesterday and have been labeling everything! I completely overhauled my craft room in two days, thanks to your yelling, er, I mean, encouraging us! :)
    I hope you have a blessed new year, and I look forward to each and every day that I can spend with your craft/decorating/humorous and utterly genius blog!

  30. I love following your blog. I listed your dining table centerpiece on my Top 10 Picks from Blogland 2009. Check it out:

    All the best in 2010!

  31. Happy New Year Sarah!

    Can't wait to meet you in February!

    (You're still coming to hang out, right?)

    Layla :-)

  32. So happy I found your blog in 2009! Can't wait to see what your creative genius comes up with for 2010! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  33. It's been a great year for Thrifty Decor Chick--so many fabulous posts! Here's to continued bloggy success in 2010! You deserve it. :-)

  34. Sounds like we are the lucky ones with all those great posts and ideas coming up this year. Can't wait. I do love the hide your cords post!


  35. I was inspired by many of the pictures and instructions in your blog. I just decided this week to begin my own blog to journal our house facelift. Thanks for the inspiration!

  36. Let's try this again...gonna read your "all I know about blogging" next!


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