Happy New Year! It’s 2014!!!

January 1, 2014Allison Murray
Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

So we made it through another year… Yay! Last year I was making up a list of New Year’s Resolutions and that went, um, okay?


I went on a real vacation to Great Wolf Lodge with my family and it. was. a. freaking. blast. I wanted to get 15,000 page views in one day and while that didn’t happen I did get 13,988 in one day so, not too far off! I tried to knit and couldn’t swing it but I’m counting it as a success because I really tried so hard! My Silhouette Cameo came out of the box and I rocked that sucker hard core… super love it BUT I have made a strong effort so that not every other post is a Cameo one because I get that not everybody has or wants one of these things. My Mom Spark Faux Oxford shoe makeover graced the pages of All You Magazine, I was in Wal-Mart with my mom when I saw it and yelled at the checkout something about my feet being in a magazine.



On my list included use more from my craft stash and that was, well, an epic fail. See that pic above? It’s my dad working to renovate my office/craft room to deal with all of the crafty crap I acquired in 2013. This office renovation is turning out to be quite a project and we had hoped it would be finished by New Year’s Eve to fulfill my “organize my craft room in a way that I can keep up with” is taking so much longer than we anticipated. But no worries, I’ll be sharing the embarrassing before and stunning after pics soon!

I also wanted to be able to park at least one car in the garage, which, I actually made a last ditch effort on yesterday. My dad and I hauled an entire truckload of stuff to the Goodwill and still no car in the garage. Would it have been cheating if I could only get one car in for only one day of 2013? Hmmm….


  1. share my choice reads, techy things I love, good movies & compile the occasional playlist
  2. organize my craft room in a way that I can keep up with
  3. be able to park at least one car in my two car garage
  4. get 25,000 page hits in ONE DAY (current best just shy of 14,000)
  5. create the ultimate glitter stash, talkin’ every color & weight possible
  6. draw or doodle something every day
  7. don’t worry so much in general
  8. get back into running
  9. shed the unnecessary 100% and streamline my life
  10. do more to give back to my community
  11. finally remodel my kitchen (on a strict budget of course)
  12. make an effort to waste less and be more ‘green’
  13. learn to better use power tools so I don’t have to rely on anyone but myself


  1. Do more home DIY type of projects (already have a few going!)
  2. Work more than 2 weeks in advance. Would like to have a full month worth of posts “in the can” at all times.
  3. Make it as creative/blogger now that I have no other sources of income (eep!)
  4. Remodel my very dated bathrooms and get a tub I can actually sit in without my knees up around my ears.
  5. Visit my grandmother.
  6. Help my parents get their house ready to sell so that they can move nearer me.


Comments (4)

  • Jeanine

    January 3, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    LOL & WOW are the first two things that come to mind! On your achievements, on your goodwill truck load donation, and on your resolufions/goals! Firstly, i must admit, you are one of the blogs i actially take the time to read through every single word of your posts! I enjoy them and relate often. Thank you for sharing your time, efforts, experiences with us. Secondly, I dont actually make resolutions. I will for te first time in years, make some plans, & work my hardest at putting them into action though. I feel too pressured whn I start out at a “new years resolution” so to speak. We’ll see how the actions go… Lastly, I would definitely have paid the shipping for sone of your fine “donations” I see what you work with and admire your taste & supplies ;D
    A million thanks again! Sending you much support for your new goals and transferred ones ;) I will share share and share some more, of your posts to assist in whatever ways I can ;D Cheers, Jeanine from Canada!

    1. Allison

      January 10, 2014 at 11:16 AM

      Oh, you are too sweet! And I’m so glad that you read my posts. Not even my sister reads them. She calls and asks “how do I make that?”. I’ll say, “you know that I write up directions”. “Who has time to read all of that?” Now I’ll say “Jeanine does!”

      Thanks for being a reader, a commenter and supporter. IT means so very much to me!

  • Erica @fortheloveofdecorating

    January 4, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Congrats on the growth of your blog! I’m ecstatic when mine hits 150 page views in a day. Boy do I have a long way to go! LOL
    I can’t wait to see the finished craft room :)


    1. Allison

      January 10, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      Oh, thanks so much, Erica. And I adore you and your blog. You have talent and I think you’re going to be seeing big page views from it soon :)

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