top ten projects of 2009

To recap my favourite projects of the last year, I compiled my annual list... but there were more than ten in total. Starting with the third runner up...

The fairy jar I made for my cousin Kelly (aka The Inmate) featuring her daughter Moira as an adorable captured garden fairy. A birthday gift in May.

Second runner up: the Valentine swap I participated in, one of the few swaps I had time to do this year. I used the playing cards that my Mother in Law brought from me from Paris. I knew they were destined to be used for something special.

First runner up: shutting down the blog on April Fool's Day for a prank. Not easy, but worth it.

And now... drumroll please... my Top Projects of 2009:

Number 10: the quick revamp of the main floor powder room 
on a Friday night by Loopy and I.

Her first attempt at hanging wallpaper, but under my supervision, it still went up upside down. This was pointed out numerous times by the readers at, where it was featured. We were still happy with the overall look and thrilled that it was featured there.

Number 9: Loopy Photo Shoots

We still had fun with our ongoing project from 2008, me experimenting with my camera and Photoshop more in-depth, and Loopy experimenting with different hair colours.

We got pretty adventurous with our styling sometimes!

We even trashed a funky old wedding dress that we found at a thrift store.

If our computer hadn't failed in upload, we might have had a chance in the GARAGE Model Search of 2009... maybe 2010 will be our year.

Number 8: The Halloween Baking Event

The lovely ladies/local readers joined me for a day of preparing spooky Halloween goodies to share at parties and with their tricksters. We made chocolate armpit hair, booger balls, earwax on a swab, used Band Aid cookies, and other delicacies.

Number 7: Hosted Charm Bracelet Swaps

I hosted three super-successful online swaps for Halloween and Christmas:

And at home, hosted local charm party swaps for Valentine's Day, Halloween and Christmas.

One lucky reader won a bracelet from the Halloween swap:

... and another won one of the Christmas kits!

Number 6: Cupcake Saturday in June!

The day before Father's Day, I had a live cupcake tutorial for twenty local readers and an online celebration of cupcakes for those who couldn't join us in person.

Happy cupcakers at work! The cupcakes produced were no doubt enjoyed by dads and granddads all over town the next day.

Number 5: Loopy's Juicy 14th Birthday Party

In February, Loopy's gal pals were invited in for an evening of couture crafts and deliciously "juicy" treats.

They assembled special Juicy-Couture-inspired charm bracelets with the charms that I'd collected and made for the occasion.

A snazzy paper cake centerpiece was filled with "Juicy" styled candy necklaces:

The birthday girl celebrated surrounded by her friends with a red velvet cake that I attempted to fashion after a Juicy handbag.

Number 4: Cupcake Buffets!

I organized not one, but two cupcake parties in 2009! One was a fundraiser for Loopy's school in March:

The other, a dessert buffet for Saskatchewan Scraps in November. 

I never knew so many cupcakes could be cranked out in so little time. I'm breaking a sweat just remembering it.

Of course, I'm looking to plan another for the new year. The Cheerios need team jackets!

Number 3: Opening my Etsy Shop

I was finally inspired to open my own Etsy shop and offer a selection of fun and funky charm bracelets.

There were plenty of special orders, especially for Jonas Brothers theme bracelets!

I added the very popular iPod and iPhone earrings and they have been flying out of the shop at breakneck speed.

Most recently, I've added a line of vintage-inspired bracelets and necklaces using vintage coins and charms that I have collected at flea markets and antique shops.

Number 2: Our Amazing Jonas Brothers Concert Ticket Giveaway in July

We were so fortunate to get hold of two pairs of tickets to see the Jo Bros live on their summer tour, so we decided rather than scalp them, we'd share the wealth with a fellow Jonas fan.

In July, we were tickled to meet Poopsie and her Auntie in Edmonton, where we all attended the concert and got to know each other! We made friends for life.

Number 1: Loopy's Grade School Graduation, June

My house was a disaster zone for a few weeks while a group of dedicated parents worked, fundraised and planned for the most amazing grade school farewell party, ever.

First priority: to fundraise and purchase a new podium for the school auditorium. We just made it in time.

Pepper and I gathered up each and every student in the class and took portraits of them around the school grounds for the slide show we put together.

It was a daunting task, but as you can see, we had beautiful models to work with.

Now look closely at all these smiling faces... they're now some of my Cheerios, so you'll see more of them in 2010.

The "graduate" herself! Pink streaks in her hair and Converse high top sneakers on her feet! A fashion statement.

There were cupcakes in school colours, of course. Served on an amazing dessert and ice cream sundae bar.

Loopy and her pal Casey made candy corn and hard crack candy for the event on a cool summer day.

There were games, prizes, there was music and dancing, pizza, and a photo booth.

... and some very happy kids spending their last evening together as a group before entering high school. All the hard work was worth it.

Whew! I'm tired just reminiscing about all that happened in 2009. All I can say is: brace yourself. 2010 is looking even better.


Rosemary said...

Wow that is quite the year!

Lisa said...

I don't know how you do it all! What a great mom you are. All I can say is I wish I lived closer so I could participate in your local events! xoxo, Lisa

J.G. said...

Lisa is right: these are just about worth moving to Canada for. I can't wait to see what you come up with in 2010.

Happy wishes for the new year and all those projects!

Coco said...

Looking forward to seeing what you do in 2010.

Karen of the KAGS said...

I'm exhausted just reading about your top ten - I can't imagine how many more there were - let alone the ones that didn't make it on the blog!
(I'm also very glad that I got to spend so much time with you on so many of those projects!)
Happy 2010 Saucy Lady!

Jennifer Juniper said...

I'm happy to say I remember almost all of these! What a fun walk down memory go lay down, you must be exhausted!

Save the Date for Cupcakes said...

Nice to see just even a little bit of what you did all year! Looks like it was an exciting year for you! Thanks for sharing;o)

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

All you do is so darn impressive. If I had half of your talent and passion! Loopy and everyone else in your circle are lucky to have you in their midst making life taste/look/feel better!

Mom Taxi Julie said...

Can you be my mom? Seriously you are so cool!

SandraD said...

What an impressive list. So many lucky people benefited from all your efforts. You are one of the most talented and generous people around!

bamemories said...

Congratulations on all of your 2009 projects. I look forward to your 2010 ones and hope that I will draw even more inspiration from you. Thanks for all your local events--I can't wait for the upcoming ones! All the best in 2010.

sassy studio said...

ah memories......yours are the sweetest saucy! (and delicious too!)
xox sass

Megan said...

Thanks to your amazing cupcke feats and fetes - I decided to have cupcakes be the theme of my daughters first birthday - 142 days to go so keep those ideas coming!!

the queen said...

and I'm tired just reading about it. You are a busy lady and an inspiration to all. Thanks for that. I too wish I lived closer to you so I could participate in your events.

sweetpicklesandchocolate said...

It looks like you've had an awesome year! Here's to many more!


Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Mis Saucy...I LURVED every single post. It's been such a fun ride from photo ops to cupcake confections. I'm looking forward to whats yet to be unveiled in 2010!

I posted your tini idea on my blog.

Sweet wishes,

Amy said...

You did have quite a busy year. I forgot to mention that I sent on the package to you last Monday. I sent it priority so they guaranteed 6-10 business days. They didn't offer delivery confirmation to Canada, so please let me know when it reaches you. :)

MJ said...

I've got my seat belt fastened for 2010! Zoom on!

ChaChaneen said...

Ah great memories indeed. A cupcake sounds good right now - ha ha

the treat girl said...

Wheh!!!! You busy, busy girl! I was smiling the whole time I was scrolling down remembering them all and thinking you couldn't have possibly fit anything else in! Thank you so much for all of your inspiration! Can't wait for all of the fun stuff yet to come.

Suzy said...

Busy, busy lady.....Don't know how you keep up with it all. You had some great top tens. Keep the ideas coming, I love everything!
Happy New Year!

jenny said...

I am really very impressed by watching your all creations of you guys. All are really very nice work, good hard work... Thanks for showing it to us...


Rosa said...

What a wonderful post. I enjoyed each and every one of your wonderful projects. I most enjoyed Loopy's birthday though. That was top-notch off the hook!

Tracy said...

Hi Saucy! Happy 2010! I'm amazed at how busy you are with all of your projects/Cheerios/ etc. Love your creativity!

Anonymous said...

I wish I could accomplish in a decade all of this that you did in '09! Congrats! This is the reason we all follow your blog.

Love it!