Saturday, January 1, 2011

Looking back and moving forward

Well hello! Hope your New Year’s Eve was great! We spent a very low key evening at home, and it was perfect. (Have I mentioned we’ve become complete homebodies??)

I’m loving all the recaps of the year all over blogland over the past week, and I wanted to chime in with a couple more of my own.

First of all, I have to thank my lovely blog friends – ALL of you who link TDC. I truly, truly appreciate it. I can’t tell you the thrill I get when I’m blog-hopping and I see that you’ve linked to my site.

It’s still surreal. :)

I wish I could link to you all, but in the interest of time and space, I’m listing my top ten blog referrers for the year:

LOVE THESE WOMEN. This year, I’ve roomed with two of them and met (and had a blast with) four others. I hope to meet the last four this year! (Wanna come over ladies??)

I had fun looking through Google Analytics and figuring out the top posts of the year (not all were written in 2010!):

  1. 7. Christmas tree party
    8. The hardest easiest DIY wreath ever
    9. Make a sofa table for under $20
    10. DIY drum shade chandelier

FUN! I love this stuff! :)

I’m so excited about 2011 (have to get used to writing that!) and all it will bring. Looking forward, I plan on continuing the Before and After Party the first Monday of every month:


To see all of the parties from 2010, click here.

I failed miserably at my Tool School series last year. (Hangs head in shame.):


But I am determined to be better about it this year! I hope to share my favorite tools, how to use them, and the basic gadgets you should have around the house to accomplish your own DIY projects.

I’ve got some more fun stuff coming in the new year! First of all -- if you are human and breathing, you most likely have an overwhelming desire to throw out half of the stuff in your house and clean every little crevice right now. :) I’m with you. I got you. I’ve already taken two car loads to Goodwill in the past week.

It feels amazing!!!

I’m planning another organization party – it will probably be later this month. I just have to get a button made and then I’ll announce it. I’ll make sure to give you time to prepare, but I’ll be harassing you plenty between now and then so no worries. :) Just be sure to take a before picture before you get all productive, OK? (I luuuurve before pictures!!)

And back by popular demand, I’ll be hosting another Goodwill party as well! It’s been a while since I’ve shared some of my finds, and I’m really looking forward to seeing your treasures and transformations.

Finally, I want to thank you all again – this blog wouldn’t be here without you tuning in and reading my ramblings. Well…it may be here, but I’d be talking to myself. A lot.

It’s been an amazing, unbelievable year for Thrifty Decor Chick. I pinch myself at the fun I’ve had, the connections I’ve made, the opportunites I’ve experienced.


Thank you so very much. :)


P.S. The January Before and After Party will go up on Monday – hope you can join in!


  1. I discovered your site this year, and I just love it. Your projects are so inspiring and I love that you're creative with your design and your finances! :) Happy New Year!

  2. Happy New Year to you & your family! So excited about your upcoming linky parties!!! Gotta get busy so I can participate in ALL of them!! Too fun!

  3. Miss Sarah!

    You know I love your blog, I am so excited to see what you have up your sleeve this year and maybe someday we will New York...wink wink

    love your guts

  4. Just found your site this year! Great job! Looking forward to an organizational party, I'm always decluttering stuff!

  5. I heart your blog! can't wait for another fun year of it! whoohoo!

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  6. I can not wait for the Goodwill Party. I will be there with bells I am sure Gail & Trisha Lou will be too. :) Thank you for giving the heads up on that.


  7. I absolutely LOVE your blog!! Your posts are so inspirational. Just the name of your blog alone makes me feel confident that the ideas and projects you share will be within my budget! I LOVE that!!

    Can't wait to see what you have in mind for 2011!!


  8. Sarah-
    I just *heart* your blog :) You are a woman after my own heart, your thrifty ideas are so great. I am always on the hunt for a bargaian and just HATE paying full price for anything!! My new years ressie is to start my own blog, any suggestions on how to get started?

  9. Your blog is interesting. Your decoration style is amazing. I find it is attractive and awesome. I hope this new year will give you lots of idea to be shared.

  10. When you have a house like yours why would you not be a homebody?! Can't wait for the parties to come.

  11. I heard about your blog on the Nate Berkus Show and ever since then I have been totally addicted and I've told all of my friends about you. Thanks for the inspiration (and DIY info!)

  12. Rhonda, Toronto, CanadaJanuary 2, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    I just love your your blog. Before Christmas I visited our Value Village and picked up several decorating items for my home, added my personal touch and have had so many compliments - all because I began reading how you decorate with thrift store finds. I look forward to each of your mailings and have read so many of the past issues. You are so talented, have such great ideas and your sense of humour in your writing is wonderful. Keep up the great work!!! and thanks. Happy New Year!

  13. Oooh!!! I'm really looking forward to the organization party! I'm starting a series on my blog on Thursday, Making our Homes Like Heaven in 2011, and I hope to have some good stuff to link up!

    Semalee @ Nailing Jello to a Tree

  14. You did have a good year, girl! I'm looking forward to spending another year reading TDC posts. ;)

    I think I just might actually have an Organizational post for the party this time! I've been working on the kitchen cabinets and the pantry, and it does feel SO good to trash stuff. ;)

  15. Hi Girlfriend! I have been following you for....well, since i started blogging...October...Im still a "Newbie" to all this...just wanted to let you know how A-MAZ-ING I think you and your blog are! I have an Interior Design business and have been doing design for 22 years BUT i STILL get inspiration from others and Guuuuuurl, you are at the top of that list! I have added your button to my Blog (Not that I will get you ANY traffic from me, LOL) but just wanted you on there cuz you are a ROCKSTAR! Hope you had a great new year...We did the SAME...Low key...I fell asleep at 10:15!!! Im a L-oser...Couldnt make it till midnight!
    Many BLESSINGS to you in the new year!


  16. I just found you this year and have had a blast. I hope that you will let us know when you are planning on doing the Dave Ramsey "We're Debt Freeeeee!!!" scream! Would love to hear you on his show! :)

  17. So many great ideas here...looking forward to seeing many more in the new year!!! Cheers!!

  18. Your blog is fun to read and informative,a killer combo! I cant wait to join in the good will finds party.I think I just might be keeping our local one in business lol.

  19. I just found you a couple of months ago so thanks for the links to your top posts. It will be fun to look them. Thanks for your comment on my scrap wood lamp. It made my day :)

  20. #3?? Wow. I am thrilled..but shocked that I am up there towards the top of your referring SQUEEZAYS! Happy New Year~I cannot WAIT to de-clutter this month!

  21. Happy New Year Sarah!!

    Will you be at Blissdom?

  22. can't wait to start organizing and DECRAPIFYING!!! Still love that word and credit you everytime I use it!!! Happy New Year and can't wait for more inspiration from your wonderful blog!

  23. Happy new year! Thanks for posting the best of 2010 and your top posts of the year. The link for "1. How to decorate your mantel" takes you to the dollar store wreath.
    Have a great year!

  24. Wow, NO clue you had a Goodwill linky party! LOL I just started a linky party based on my Secondhand Scores series: Can't wait to swap links!

  25. Is it weird to be reminded of someone you don't even know while shopping at Target? :D We went to peruse their Christmas clearance (a little too successfully, I might add) and I found the most delightful little bird ornaments. They looked like glazed pottery, and I immediately thought of you and Beckie. I'll get a post up soon with pics. If you can't find any at your Target, I'll send you one. :)

  26. I'm so excited to be on the list! Thank YOU for a fabulous blog that helped inspire my blog! :)

  27. I discovered your site just about a month ago and now follow it daily. You give me new ideas and motivation to see the world from a positive side.

    Thank you!

  28. We have awarded you the Stylish Blog Award! Thanks for keeping us inspired!

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  30. Here are a couple pics of the birds from Target!


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