Friday, January 1, 2010

Favorites of 2009: Blog Posts

Happy New Year!
Now that the 2009 has come to a close, our final "Favorites" is about blog posts.

Writing has become such an important part of my life over the past couple of years.
I call it my passion, my family probably thinks of it more as an obsession. :-)
Each morning, I find myself pulling my laptop onto the bed before I even think about pulling the covers off.
Contributing to this blog has been both therapeutic and thrilling for me.

It is my lettered love.

It filled a void and helped shape a more confident, creative me. It opened doors when I was fumbling for my keys. It introduced me to hundreds of friends that I look forward to "seeing" every day. :-)

Here are some of the posts I particularly enjoyed putting together for our blog in 2009:

A Door with a View

Beer Garden Bench Re-do

House Tour - Union Springs, AL

Presto Chango

Maple Street Marvel


And here are some posts that I loved reading in 2009...

Viola "May" Johnson


Anniversary in Eureka Springs, Part One


Leave Your Mark



Slop Bucket


Homeless Man in my Dumpster


Home Wasn't Built in a Day


Never Say Never


And last, but not least, Brin at My Messy Thrilling Life:

First Box. First Night.


If the authors of these incredible posts happen to be reading this,
thank you so much for writing them!


If you wrote or read a blog post this year that you'd like to link up to our "Favorite Blog Post of the Year" party, just click on the "You are next: Click here to enter your link" link. Then title your link with the name of the blog post you're linking to.

Thank you in advance!
I can't wait to sit here...

...with my laptop and my lemonade, and click on all the lovely links you leave!


Pauline Wiles said...

Thank you for hosting another Linky session!
It wasn't until I read Presto Chango that I realized you and Kevin must have moved in at almost the same time as we did into our house. Your collection of before and afters is just incredible - we are, of course, lagging behind totally in the transformation league, but I'm trying to just enjoy the journey :)

Jill said...

I love all of those blog posts as well! I have two that are new to me, so thank you. :) I'm not quite sure, but I'm pretty sure the picture you have with Darby's name under it (from Fly Through my Window) is Erika, her sister. I could be wrong, though...

Thank you for a wonderful year of great blog posts!!

Aura said...

I'm honored, Layla! You should keep doing these posts, I love them. I always check out all the blogs you suggest.
Happy New Year! I hope this is an amazing year for you two.

Cathy said...

Happy New Year friend.. Thank you and Mr. LC for sharing all of your hard work and dreams. I hope you have an awesome 2010!

{{Big Hugs}}


TheVirginiaHouse said...

Ok, my husband is at home sick on this New Years Day and I was feeling kinda blue picking up yet another toy from the living room foor, then I read this from one of your favorite posts, "However, he was extremely happy to learn that I wasn't calling him a "PLAIN WU-SSY" in front of the whole neighborhood"
That made me laugh out-loud!! Thank you for the laugh and the smile on this first day of 2010!
Jill @

Amy@TheLemonCottage said...

Another great post.
I'm going to grab a cup of hot chocolate and check them out. A few of the blogs will be new to me!
Happy New Year to both of you.


KellyMellyBoBellyBananaFanna said...

Happy New Year!

Great picks!


momstheword said...

What a fun idea! I recently discovered your blog and absolutely love it! I am not a DIY but always feel like "I can DO this" when I see what you're doing.

Maybe you'll make a DIY out of me yet!

~ Nan

Jill said...

Wow, you had it changed in a sec!! :) And thank you for introducing me to Aura's blog. So cute!

Tammy Robbins said...

Layla -

First of all, I love your blog! I discovered it a few months ago and have been reading it ever since! You, and others, have inspired me and I've started my own blog, too. If anything, it's just an outlet for me. It's a way to express myself and write down all of those thoughts flying around in my head!!

By the way, you have mentioned a favorite flea market in Prattville (I think it was Prattville). I live in Calera, in South Shelby County, so let me know where that flea market is! I need to check it out!

Wishing you much success in the new year!!


Robyn said...

I love all your posts as usual but the Maple Street Marvel somehow got skipped in the past and my husband and I just drooled over all the photos. I don't know how our 3 kids, 3 dogs and 3 birds (and a zillion big Koi) would feel about picking up and moving but it's always on our mind and places like that tease that craving! My link is ENDLESS goodies at my fav store and there are actually 3 posts of photos, so you have to click on "older posts" to see the others...believe me it's TOTALLY WORTH IT!

Leila said...

Thanks for hosting! I look forward to seeing everyone's post!

Remodelaholic said...

Hey Layla, Thanks so much for doing these linky parties! It has been so fun! It is nice to find new blogs to see as well!

Happy New Year!

Melissa Miller said...
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Erin Southwell said...

Thank you much for including me, L. Love you and can't wait to read the rest of these great posts!


WhisperWood Cottage said...

You've done so much in 2009! I understand your passion/obsession with blogging! The connections, the inspiration, the creativity...the impact is amazing. I wish you both the best in 2010!


Patricia said...

wow... amazing and thanks so much for allowing us to link up too
many blessings and i so look forward to your blog posts

Melissa Miller said...

Thank you for hosting this link party! It's a great way to see what I missed. I look forward to checking out these wonderful blogs.

Happy New Year! ~Melissa :)

Leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville said...

Happy New year!

Tales from Bloggeritaville

Anonymous said...

Layla & Kevin,

It's been said truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget. We will never forget The Lettered Couple.

Thank you for including us in your list of favorites and featuring us in your post. What a surprise and honor.

We wish you a year of happiness, health and prosperity.

Deborah & Thomas

momstheword said...

I'm sorry, I totally messed up on my link "The Battle Of The Leg Hair." I was thinking I wrote it this last year but I actually wrote it in Dec. of '08 (didn't notice it until after I linked up)

So it's a little more than a year ago. I don't know how to delete it so thought I'd leave you this comment so you can delete it as it's not quite an '09 post.

I really do love your blog as I said in my earlier comment and thank you for hosting this. I am enjoying checking out all these blogs!

~ Nan

Gail @ Black Copper DIY said...

I love following your antics! I listed your $82 fireplace makeover on my Top 10 Picks from Blogland 2009. Check it out:

All the best in 2010!

Lori said...

Wow ~ I just had one of those "Am I really going to do this" moments. I linked up with a post that is dear to my heart ~ especially this time of year but I think it is one of my favorites from last year. Thanks for everything guys ~ this is one of my favorite places to visit!

April J Harris said...

What a great idea, Layla! It's wonderful to get a chance to read all these amazing posts. Happy New Year to everyone!

Darby said...


Thank you for including me in your list of favorites... I'm sure Viola May Johnson is smiling down from heaven!! Happy New Year!


Allison Shops said...

Always enjoy reading your blog. Happy New Year to you and Kevin.

Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs said...

Okay, I think I went a little overboard, and I might have linked to the wrong McLinky (sorry!), but it's hard to pick just one!! Thanks for the opportunity, though!

Oh, and I just LOVED that post you linked up about the auction! So moving!

Anonymous said...

Oh!! Layla, thank you so much for including one of my posts in your list!!!!!!
I am flattered beyond words (which is saying a lot, if you know me!) and to say that this has made my, my month! is an understatement.
Thank you so very much, sweet friend!

Anonymous said...

Oops! My blog address got all weird on my's

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the introduction to some new blogs, and for hosting another linky party! Have a good week...

People Who Know Me Would Say: said...

It was great to have these all in one post!

Happy New Year!!!

Emily A. Clark said...

I just found your blog recently so I loved finding this recap of your favorite posts. What a fun read :) Look forward to keeping up w/ you in the new year.

carolyn said...

Layla- Loved reading your LC favorites and remembering how much I drooled over Maple Street and Union Springs the 1st time!

Can't wait to visit your other favorites too.

Wishing you and Kevin a 2010 that exceeds your dreams!

Jennibell said...

I think I read every post you linked us to, sometimes spending an hour or more at one. Then I started through the linky list too. Thank you for putting this together for us!!! And thank you, all you beautiful women who shared your hearts so openly out here in blogland. It's been a privilege to "meet" you :)