The Best of Keys to Inspiration 2016

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The Best of Keys to Inspiration 2016 - year in review of all the best posts of 2016

Wow, it’s the end of 2016 already!? This past year seems like it went so fast, but looking back it also feels like January was forever ago.

This month is actually just over a year since when I first started this blog. I don’t really have a specific start date like so many bloggers do. Instead, I kind of just started blogging not knowing what I was doing. Near the end of 2015, I really got excited about what this blog could be and I started to focus. I had lots of goals and ideas for the new year, so I decided that January 2016 would be my “unofficial” start date for the blog.

I can’t believe that it’s been almost a whole year since then! Today I thought that we could take a little trip down memory lane and look back at the highlights of 2016 – my first year blogging!

The Best of Keys to Inspiration 2016

So, what happened this year on Keys to Inspiration? Let’s start in…

January

In January, I started off the year excited about getting organized. Specifically, organizing our pantry staples. I decided to do an easy craft project using my Cricut Explore to create labels for my new pantry containers. I love how these hand-lettered labels look whenever I open my pantry. They make my organizing heart happy!

How to Make Hand-Lettered Labels for Pantry ContainersHow to Make Hand-Lettered Labels for Pantry Containers

February

In February, I was still on an organizing kick. Staying in the kitchen, which is one of the most utilized spaces in our house, I decided it was time to get some of our drawers in order. I couldn’t find the perfect drawer organizers that I had in my mind, so instead I decided to make my own custom wooden drawer organizers. This post is one of my most popular posts and has been shared all over Pinterest since then.

Super easy way to make custom drawer organizers!DIY Custom Wooden Drawer Organizers

March

In March, I started my Cricut Explore Essentials series. This series was focused on teaching some of the basics of Cricut Design Space while doing some fun craft projects! The first project in the series was an easy tutorial for creating your own banners. Apparently, banners are a popular Cricut Explore project, because this tutorial keeps getting repinned all over Pinterest.

She shows you step by step how to make a banner using the Cricut Explore! Such an easy tutorial with great information!Cricut Explore Essentials: How to Make Gorgeous Banners

April

In April, I launched a new area of the blog – the Library! The Library is the one-stop location on the blog for all my free printable downloads and project resources. Whenever there’s a freebie on the blog, you can find it in the Library.

Part of launching the Library was filling it with some amazing goodies right off the bat. So, in April I shared 5 fun free wall art printables that were all available in the Library. The Library is exclusive for my insiders (email subscribers) – you can sign up here to get access!

Check out the FREE wall art printables - SUPER CUTE and colorful designs!5 Fun Free Wall Art Printables

May

In May, I really started to think about the projects and ideas I had for our home. I quickly became overwhelmed and decided that I needed a plan. The first step in the plan was figuring out what was my home decorating style. This post was all about how I used my favorite social media site – Pinterest – to nail down my style and create a good foundation for all the future home projects.

Figure out your home decor style using your Pinterest boards! See how she found her style here!Finding my Home Decorating Style

June

In June, I really felt like it was time to start adding some decorations to our home. A lot of our rooms were looking bare and plain, so I thought adding some décor would help make it feel a little more like home. The only problem is home decorations can be expensive! This post was all about finding ways to decorate your home on a budget without sacrificing style.

She shares her list of updates to transform her house into a home - this is the kitchen list!How to Decorate Your Home Without Breaking the Bank

July

In July, I tackled my very first furniture upgrade project! I found an old and outdated cabinet for $15 at a flea market and decided to give it a total makeover using Fusion Mineral Paint. I love the transformation that this cabinet had, and now it’s one of my favorite pieces in our living room!

Great and easy tutorial for painting old furniture using Fusion Mineral Paint. I love the color she used - Homestead Blue - with the gold hardware!The Easiest Way to Update Old Furniture

August

In August, I was busy enjoying summer, taking a vacation, and creating a relaxing retreat on our porch. Our summer porch “room reveal” was one of my favorite posts, but the post that was the most popular with you was not really related to summer at all. One day, I decided to share my process for organizing my meal planning and grocery shopping, and you all loved it! It is one of my most popular posts on the blog and is constantly being shared all over Pinterest.

The best way to organize your meal planning and grocery shopping - free printable included!How I Organize My Meal Planning and Grocery Shopping

September

In September, we were finally into my favorite season – fall! I did a few fall craft projects, but the most exciting thing that happened was I shared my very first seasonal home tour! My fall home tour turned out better than I expected and I was so happy with how everything was decorated! Psst! Don’t tell anyone, but this is when I started to really feel like a REAL blogger!

Love this gorgeous fall home tour! So much amazing decor inspiration. My favorite is the tablescape - so beautiful!Fall Home Tour

October

In October, I was focused a lot on my Cricut Explore. I mean, it is my absolute favorite crafting tool! I started thinking about all the projects that I could do and wanted to do in the future with my Cricut Explore, and that’s when I wrote this post. Crafting Blanks for your Cricut Explore Projects is another one of my most popular pins on Pinterest. I’m amazed at how my simple little post about some blank items you can decorate using your Cricut Explore got so popular!

Tons of crafting blanks and supplies to use for your Cricut Explore projects. Create your own customized designs! Lots of ideas for projects you can make with your Cricut Explore.Crafting Blanks for your Cricut Explore Projects

November

In November, I got the amazing opportunity to work with an incredible fellow creative – Jessica from Jessica N Designs. I love her hand-made goodies from her shop. She has so many creative things available that would make the most amazing gifts. I used some of the products from her fall line to create this amazing Thanksgiving Pie bar!

Love this cute Thanksgiving Pie Bar! So unique and fun. Leave room for desserts - especially those mini pies!

Creating a Thanksgiving Pie Bar {with Jessica N Designs}

December

In December, I was busy getting ready for my favorite holiday – Christmas! Christmas is my favorite holiday to decorate for, so I was so excited to get my house all ready for a Christmas Home Tour! I had so much amazing Christmasy inspiration to share with you that I actually split my tour up into two parts – the living room and the kitchen. This was the first Christmas in our new home that I really got to fully decorate for, and I loved every minute of it!

Modern meets Traditional Christmas Home Tour. This home mixes styles and creates a cozy Christmas living room with a beautiful real Christmas tree!

Modern meets Traditional Christmas Home Tour. This pretty white kitchen looks like a whimsical Christmas bakery. Check out the beautiful all white gingerbread house!Christmas Home Tour 2016 {Part 1 and Part 2}


Looking back on this year, I am so amazed at everything that happened here on the blog. It was such an exciting year of growth and learning a whole lot about blogging. I can’t wait for what 2017 will bring!

Thanks for being here with me along the way. You truly are my friends!

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