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Favorite TT&J Tutorials of 2011!!

Valentine Pillows

It was so fun to go through all of my projects from 2011.

I forgot about some of them — LOL! I discovered that I had published over 100 personal tutorials in 2011, not counting the many, many amazing guest tutorials for the year. I love going back and re-living those moments. Here are a few of my favorite tutorials from 2011 — I guess you could say that 2011 was the year of CHEVRON around here :)

And I am SO excited for 2012.

I have a big project up my sleeve. It will bring LOTS of DIY Decorating tutorials to the blog. I can’t wait to share more with you soon!!

But in the meantime, here are some of my favorite TT&J DIY tutorials from 2011:

Super Sized Valentine Subway Art

DIY Entertainment Unit Remodel

Painted Chevron Rug

Dining Room Turned Craft Office and 144 more creative spaces linked up!!,

Washi Tape Topiaries

Easy Chevron Slipcover Tutorial

Spring Sweater Refashion plus 6 other Spring Sweater Refashions,

Stenciled Damask Lamp Shade,

Summer Reading Tent, 

Houndstooth Pedicure

Stenciled Martha Stewart Pillows

THREE Dollar Store Tiered Trays

Handmade Heart Jewelry

Spring Specimen Gallery Wall Art

Beadboard Kitchen Focal Point

Summer Mantel – Reclaimed Shutters

Striped Garden Bench Makeover

Stenciled Circle Rug

Spring Chevron Art

Painted Striped nautical Rug

Stenciled Napkin Pillows

Candy Birthday Party

Halloween Eye Chart Pillow & Printable

Halloween Chevron Wreath 

Decoupaged Chevron Pumpkins

Good Witch Party

Family Message Center

14 Ways to Refashion Winter Coats

DIY Holiday Ladder

Striped Straw Wreath

And, I would love to see YOUR projects from 2011 — link them up and enter to win some fun Party Printables from 

Three Little Monkeys Studio — Printables for Bright, Happy, Affordable Parties!!

I will be writing one more “Best of 2011 Project” posts this week.

I am excited to see YOUR 2011 projects.

Here’s to a FANTASTIC 2012!!

My Kitchen Reveal is coming up this month!


PS — Be sure to check out this awesome series:

Yesterday, it started with the delightful Nester of  Nesting Place!

 And today it continues with one of my favorite blogging friends today — Sarah, then Wednesday with me, Thursday with Marian, and Friday with Kate . We will be talking about all different aspects of blogging — from building a community, photography, monetization, finding your voice and finding balance. Be sure to check it out!





  1. I recently discovered you on Pinterest. I love the Clorox container turned grocery bag holder. Do you have a tutorial for that? I’d like to know if you used fabric or paper and what you used for adhesive.

  2. I think my favorite project of yours last year was that cute chevron rug! So simple, but so beautiful! I bought a rug to stencil months ago and I still haven’t done it!

  3. Great Round-up! I feel inspired (especially by the houndstooth nails!) I didn’t check all the links, just a few that caught my eye, but I did notice that the links for “Stenciled Damask Lamp Shade” and “Spring Sweater Refashion plus 6 other Spring Sweater Refashions” both point to the “Summer Reading Tent”.

    • Thanks for letting me know Ginny! My internet went down last night as I was writing the post and by the time it was back up it was super late. I must have copied those in by mistake. I fixed it :) Happy 2012!!


  4. Jen- Your stuff is amazing, adorable. fabulous, and creative. THAT IS WHY WE ADORE YOU. xo, jen

    • Love you Jen!! I think you are just the nicest friend. Here’s to a happy 2012 for everyone!!!


  5. Your creations are always fabulous Jen :)

  6. It’s so fun seeing all these great projects and color together!! It must have been fun to get back through your year – you were very busy!!

    I am loving the series already – can’t wait to read more!! What a good idea and super helpful format! Thank you!

  7. Loved checking out your favorite projects! I think my faves are the Valentine subway art and the striped bench…I LOVE those stripes! I too am so excited for 2012. Haha…let’s make 2012 the year we actually meet in person!!

  8. I loved these highlights! I recently found your Blog (obviously 30k late! Haha!) and am loving it. This entire post pretty much went straight to Pinterest! As for growing your Blog ~ Thanks for the opportunity to read and soak up your knowledge. I look forward to reading during the kiddos nap time!

    • Hi Lindsey!!

      Thanks so much for the sweet comment!! Let me know if you have any blogging questions or need any help. I would be glad to answer them if I can. Happy 2012!!


  9. Everything looks so FABULOUS! ~Kelly

    unDeniably Domestic

  10. oh my word…you have left me with so much inspiration! what a great year it was….looking forward to being inspired by you in 2012!

    • Carmella – you are so sweet!! Thanks so much. I am so excited about 2012 – I think it’s going to be a wonderful year :)


  11. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen so many fabulous tutorials all in one spot, by one person! You had quite a year, Jen. Here’s to a fab 2012!! :)

    • I love you Amanda!! You are the sweetest person in the blogiverse. Thanks for being my friend. I appreciate you!!!


  12. Love all of you tutorials! and all the Chevron makes my heart happy :)


    • Thanks Courtney!! I still love Chevron too — I wondered if people were getting tired of it LOL. I love the clean lines and bright colors. Happy 2012!!


  13. Love the straw wreath I will definately try that next christmas and will share with my friend. This year we made wired ribbon candle wreaths that a member of our craft club shared with us. – link to pic here

  14. Thanks for always being so inspiring & uplifting! I think I want to use the straw wreath idea & make it Valentinsie! BTW I am pretty sure I have convinced my hubs to buy me a ticket to SNAP, sure hope I can meet you in person instead of ‘pretending’ to know you! I am sure most of us that regularly read your blog feel like we know you! Big Hugs

    • Oh yay Andrea — it would be so fun to meet you at SNAP!! And let me know if you make a straw wreath for Valentine’s Day – I would love to see it and feature it!!


  15. So many fabulous ideas, Jen!! Happy New Year! XO

    • Thanks Alison!!

      Happy New Year to you too. I think 2012 is going to be awesome!!