Highlights of 2012 ~ it was quite a year!

The year of 2012 was a bit of a whirlwind with many blessings and trials along the way. It was a year of change, discovery, growth, and fun! It’s interesting to look back at how life has unfolded and reflect as we begin 2013! I have met SO many of you through this blog and the friendships we’ve made are so special to me, they literally just make my heart sing ~ I’m so lucky to have such sweet people come and visit my blog and I hope that this next year will bring a lot of your way through This, That and Life!

At the end of last year, I was blogging under the name RustiChic, but I knew that I was headed toward a change. When I was contemplating which direction to go, I was literally blessed to cross paths with Kimberly of My Whole Heart Design, who worked with me to do a complete overhaul on my blog. People….she.was.a-MAZ-ing!!! I’m telling you right now – if you’re looking for a web or print designer, I highly recommend her (and that’s pure love right there!) So, the name changed, everything was transferred from blogger to wordpress, and I was able to expand into more topics that are important to me and what I’d love to share with all of you.


So, here are just some of the highlights from 2012!

Kayla J. Photography Studio Reveal

Antique Dresser – “Jackson”

 Smiles Are Worth More Than Disneyland

{this melted my heart}

Distressed French Blue Twin Bed


1 Year Blogiversary!!!

{What?! Seriously???}

{Hahaha – this was funny!}

We Celebrated Our 10 Year Anniversary in Maui


{this was a HUGE undertaking but SO rewarding!}


Antique Dresser Before and After 


Seeing The Potential In A Craigslist Find



100 Craigslist Search Terms


Vintage French Bed Before and After


I turned the BIG 3-0!!!

{And am LOVING it by the way!}

The MOST VIEWED POST {by a land slide} was this one:

diy upholstered headboard tips

 Are you interested in more tutorials maybe??? ;-)

 It’s crazy looking over all the these projects and special moments, and realizing that these all happened this year. It was a big year with our 10 year anniversary and turning 30, kids entering into school, and a ton of fun projects! I hope you find some of these to be helpful, inspiring, or relatable.

In a year where I felt like God was navigating me through many unknowns and reminding me to trust in Him, it’s been amazing to see how it has all worked together ~ even looking back a couple years ago, it’s amazing to see the results of life decisions. :-)

Needless to say, I am SUPER excited for 2013!

Happy New Year to YOU!!!!

Thanks to all of YOU for joining along!

My Best to You,



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  1. Beautiful post Anneke! Happy New Year to you & your beautiful family!!!

  2. You’ve had such a great year, Anneke! I just know big things will happen for you in 2013! xo Kristin

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