Monday, December 31, 2012

so long, 2012

I think it's in some unwritten blogger's code that a year in review is a must. Just kidding, but I really do enjoy looking back on the previous year to see where we've been, remember what I've shared, and look forward to a new beginning! Here are some my memorable & favorite posts of 2012. 

I celebrated the New Year in Seattle. 
I shared 5 things I've learned about running a handmade business here.
I started the New Year with much inspiration on the blog, kicking off with this delicious cocktail.
& I also found my favorite thrift find of all time

I started doing more consistent outfit posts, kicking off with this number. This was one of my favorites. This one too
I busted out the sewing machine to make this clutch

With friends visiting & several out of the ordinary warm spring days to take advantage of, we took a hike or two.
I celebrated my 25th birthday.
I shared a tour of our home.
Had a baking fail that turned out to be yummy & pretty anyways. 
I accidentally dressed like Mrs. Arnold from the Wonder Years.
I had fun participating in a sewing challenge.

Phew! March was busy!

Teamed up with another local blogger for a fun DIY project.
I went to Texas.
I took a step back from my shop.
Sewed up a peplum tank.
Answered your questions.

I "perfected" a comfort food staple.

I sewed up five custom bridesmaid dresses
I shared my heart
Became obsessed with making spring rolls.
Found some ways to beat the heat. Here // Here // Here

Spent some time at the cabin.
Took neopolitan ice cream to a whole new level.
Made my favorite meal over & over.
Shared some thoughts on blogging.
Became obsessed with all things lemon.
Hosted a party to celebrate the 4th of July.

I pondered change.
I prepared my wardrobe for the fall
Combined my two favorite things: Ice Cream & Coffee

Got bangs & celebrated 4 years with the hubby.
Braved pumpkin spice marshmallows
Confessed to being Martha.

Layered up for cold weather.
Celebrated a three year blogiversary!
Shared my mom's tortilla soup recipe with you.

Made some macarons.

Hosted a Christmas Cookie Exchange Party with a hot chocolate bar
I had the honor of being Blowfish Shoes' "It Girl"
Made more macarons.


What a full year it's been. I'm so thankful for the ups & downs that 2012 has had. I'm incredibly grateful for being able to document it here on the blog. I'm blown away that you all have stuck by my side and read along, encouraged, chimed in, and shared. I'm humbled by the grace & goodness that God has shown me and cannot wait to see what the next year holds ((especially welcoming Baby Davis into the world!))!

 Thanks for being a part of Oh, Sweet Joy!
Here's to 2013!



  1. okay. so jealous you go to Mars Hill. Hubs and I are big driscoll fans. love this post! So excited you'll be getting a baby boy this year. Since I just had mine, he has rocked my world.

    here's my year in review:)

    promise to email you back about the sponsorship soon:)

  2. Yours is one of my favorite and most inspiring blogs to read. Thanks for sharing with all of us!

  3. Kim, I cried a little reading this....mainly the november/december look backs....I'm just so so so overjoyed for you and Chase. God using you to bring another human into the world is just so amazing. It will change you and challenge you in ways you never thought possible. & little boys? Ah.May.Zing. Your heart will grow and stretch until you think it's about to burst. You will love so much that it literally and physcially hurts. (ok, sorry, I will stop gushing now!)

    ps. i think i inspired your title for "this ain't your grandma's skirt" via instagram :)

  4. what an amazing amazing year for you!! i can't wait to meet little davis!!!!!!!

  5. I normally don't love year-in-review posts, but I am in love with all of your images! Sucks me right in! :)

  6. Happy 2013! Looks like last year was filled with joy and happiness! I've been away from blogging for a long hiatus and was delighted to see that you're expecting a sweet baby boy! Congratulations to you and your family!!!

    (Also, I'm glad to have seen that amazing faux-taxidermy project in your retrospective, too. I'm obsessed.)


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