top ten projects of 2008

In February, Loopy turned thirteen and we celebrated by having a 13-going-on 30 party inspired by one of our favourite movies. Makeovers, photo shoots and Razzle red tongues were enjoyed by all... and everyone took home their own framed Sparkle magazine cover.




In July my sweet cousin Sassy married McDreamy and we celebrated with a big, fat twist of lime wedding. You can get the details here. I lurrved putting together the memory boards and taking part in the celebration. Sassy and I also had a ton of fun with our charm bracelets and will be making more in '09.


For the premiere of Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 in August, Loopy and I decorated a pair of Levis for her back to school wardrobe and she wore them on the opening night of the movie. You can read my cupcake review of the show here.



Inside our home, we redecorated the laundry area that runs along the upstairs hallway connecting the bedroom areas. This involved making a countertop into an ironing board and hanging a chandelier... oooh la la! I lurrve my laundry room.



My Japanese sister Yoko visited in September and we created sushi from cupcakes and candy...




Yoko "knows" sushi of course and she was very particular about how our little cupcakes looked... they were awesome. Loopy took them to school to share with her peeps:


They were a hit, everyone loved them! Here, Breeanna, Janessa, Elayna and Quinn enjoy the our efforts.



I hosted my first swap in October... a Zombie in a Jar event. It filled up right away and everyone made great gifts for each other. This is the "Glamour Ghoul" that I made for my partner Angela, and although the orange bell jar didn't travel well, she is enjoying her new home:





I absolutely loved my Loopy photo shoots. Every time we took her photograph she was more relaxed and self-confident in front of the camera. We planned our wardrobe, styling (hair and makeup) for each shoot and really had fun with it. We will continue this project in 2009.



Just another reason Saucy needs a fancy new camera and a set of photography lights!




The renovation of our flip house nearly killed me, we got it completed in just two short months. If I ever decide to do this again, please slap me. It turned out beautifully, but it was too much work in too short of a time.



In September Loopy and I were Amy's InspiredFriends. This gave us the opportunity to craft together during the summer and Loopy reaped the rewards of our sales - she bought a new iPod. All of our Thread Bears teddies found new homes and we sent the last of the herd - Esther - to Stiletto Mom in a NaBloPoMo giveaway. This little creature was our most loved, named after Junie Moon:



Lastly, Club Little House was another highlight for 2008. I fashioned tiny pink iPods, complete with headphones for my swap partners. I rigged the cards to play music when opened.


Can you see that terribly tiny piece of technology? I had to make so many prototypes to get the scale just right that I ended up having enough little iPods to make about twenty pairs of earrings to share with friends at Christmas.


Now that 2009 is underway, I am excited to get started on new projects, more tutorials and hosting another swap and a charm bracelet party! What were your favourite projects of 2008, Dear Reader?

36 comments:

Janeen said...

Wow! Very fun year! I look forward to seeing what your well of talent has for 2009. As always, thank you for sharing them with us!

My biggest craft of the year was my sisters 45th birthday I did for her last year - wow, as I think about it, it was a year ago this month. You can see the posts related to it, I think there are 2 or 3, on my blog in the January 2008 section.

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Rock on with your crafty self! I love all of this, the magazine covers are genius and I want to move into your laundry room!

My favorite "craft" project of the year was finally designing my craft blog. Does that count? lol

Marianne@Songbirdisnesting said...

Hi Saucy, thank you for stopping by at my humble blog. I was mighty honoured.
I wish you and the whole gang all the best for 2009! May it be a very creative and inspiring year for all of us.
(And by the way, you have me dreaming of charmed bracelets, thank you very much, what am I going to do about that we don't have a dolar store over here ;-) ).
Greetings!

Amy said...

I didn't start really crafting until the end of 2008 but I have many plans for 2009! Can't wait. You are such an inspiration. I would love to do photo shoots with my kids especially my DD, but my little Cannon isn't quite up to that level yet. Another thing on my list of wants.

Genevieve said...

OKAY...can I please have the sushi cupcake recipes please?

urblonde4ever@yahoo.com

She looks amazing, please send me a picture to paint..already, lol!

You ROCK, and so does your laundry room~

Saucy said...

Amy: you know, any little camera will work and take some cool photo! Really. I did a photo tutorial; check it out in my sidebar under "oldies but goodies", you can take really good shots with just about any camera... really.

Sweet Genevieve: The light has just NOT been conducive to taking pictures up here. Seriously. I don't want to use my very crappy flip up flash on my camera 'cause that would look worse than worse. I was wondering if you would be interested in using a shot from a summer photoshoot but my computer died and I cannot access anything on my hard drive until my brother rescues me :( computer problems are THE WORST!

Jen on the Edge said...

You are so incredibly creative. So many great projects in 2008, but I think the laundry room is my fave.

Laura said...

Loved looking back on your top ten projects! And I look forward to many more that you have up your sleeve. My best project for the past year was opening my Etsy shop and starting my blog. Thanks for all the visits you've made to mine!

SOINSPIRED said...

Happy New Year! Thank you for all of the wonderful inspiration and entertainment. You are amazing!

abigail @ Piece of Cake said...

wow, your laundry room almost makes me WANT to do laundry :)

almost.

my favorite craft project of the year... hmmm... how about paperandcake.blogspot.com

i love it!

Karen said...

Love all the projects you have done! Can you tell me where you purchased the baskets in your kitchen? We just removed our upper kitchen cabinets and I have a single cabinet left that those little baskets would be PERFECT for! Thanks for all the great ideas!

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

And those iPod earrings are mighty darling, yo.

Saucy said...

Karen: the seagrass baskets are from a store in Canada called London Drugs. They are readily available at places like Target and Home Depot so check there. These ones just (luckily) happened to fit the space perfectly! Good luck with your reno!

Mrs. G. said...

You have had one creative year!

Gabriela said...

Happy New Year!

It seems to be that you had a wonderful 2008.

All the best for 2009!

~ Gabriela ~

The Stiletto Mom said...

Wait...that is your LAUNDRY ROOM??? OMG! Swoon!!!!

BTW, Esther went on our holiday getaway to the water park...Miss G takes her everywhere! Of course, she didn't go near the water, she stayed in the room and read a book like a good little bear. :)

Christine said...

Sounds like a great year. May 2009 be just as good! I don't think that I have ever seen such a nice laundry room. I would put a recliner in there and hang out.

Linda Crispell said...

You've accomplished more in 2008 than I've done in a decade!!!
Your Pal,
Linda

alittlebitofscrap said...

and as an avid reader.. I can say.. very memorable indeed! My one biggest craft project that I simi-finished was knitting a market bag. I still need to felt it. :)

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

You are so talented! I think my proudest accomplished project would be the 5 acres of prairie & 1900 trees planted in our back 40!

Katie said...

Katie can't wait to see what Saucy has up her sleeve for 2009!

3continentfamily said...

Catching up on my blogreading and wow- this was a great post! You are so talented and *cool*. I think your photo shoots of Loopy are my favorite, though.

Rue said...

Hi Saucy :)

You should go over here:

http://southernhospitality-rhoda.blogspot.com/2009/01/top-10-projects-of-2008.html

and put your list on Rhoda's top 10 of 2008! I figured since one of your NYRs was getting more readers that you might have fun with this :)

You really made out on the Christmas presents this year! All of them were great, but the typewritter that The Fan gave you is out of this world! LOVE it :)
Say hi to her and give her these for me.... xoxo

hugs,
rue

Yummers! said...

That was a neat look at the past year. You are so talented in so many areas. I love the laundry room!!

The ornament is so perfect for a new start to your sad tree... not that you are lacking in ornaments I would imagine. I'd love an ornament of the Plaza Hotel. Should start checking ebay.

I can't wait to see what your projects are for 2009... de-lovely...de-lightful... and... well you know how the old song goes.
Joni

3rdEyeMuse said...

holy smokes! if i could just have one-sixteenth of your amazing can-do-it-ness, I would be over the moon with delight. thank goodness for you & all your craftiness!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Looks like a full year for you last year! Love your LR, that turned out great. Thanks for joining the party!

Olive Rue said...

The laundry area turned out fabulous! I love the color scheme.

jenjen said...

Wow - you had a busy year! I love the chandelier in your laundry area. So fabulous. I also love, love, love those cupcakes - so cute. And making the Sisterhood pants - such a great idea!!!

Thanks for letting me stop by!

Jen

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The Mrs. said...

Wow. A) Your're brilliant. B) Love the header! You're not going to believe this but when I first found your blog I coveted and tried to save your laundry room posts. then I couldn't remember who's it was and have been looking ever since! Thank GOOOOOD you reposted it! Love all your ideas...the sis of traveling pants thing is so great.

Yin said...

I love this wrap up! Can't wait for everything you do in 2009!

Saucy said...

Really we get the most pleasure out of the "Loopy photo shoots"... can't wait for the sun to come out and to get the opportunity to get back into it! We have lots of good ideas ready to go.

Joanna said...

I love 13 Going on 30. What a cute b'day party theme for a 13 year old. I will have to keep that in mind.

Love your laundry room! The ironing board countertop...Ingenious!

What a cute Halloween swap. Are you doing that this year? I'll have to join up!

specialksmommy@yahoo.com

michelleb. said...

For your year-in-review, I would have to say I love all of Loopy's photo shoots.

(My gurlz love the itty-bitty ipods, they were so amazed by them.)

mblaise29@yahoo.com

blaze said...

It looks like you had a great year!! the little i-pods just amaze me they look so perfect and real!!!

mblaise3@yahoo.com

Christine said...

I loved 13 going on 30! Those magazine covers are cute, I'm sure the girls had loads of fun. And I went back and looked at the wedding and I think those flower pot cakes were so adorable I think things like that should be in weddings more often. You guys sure worked hard on the whole event thats for sure! Those sushi candy and cupcakes are amazing that must have taken a long time.

Christine Bruce
crispy_crunch05@hotmail.com