Thursday, December 31, 2009

Goodbye 2009

Dear Readers -

May I get sappy for a moment? I am going to remember 2009 as the year of the blog. Truly.

Even though launching AO didn't come about until late September, I feel like it has defined my year. I had no idea how wonderful this blog adventure would has changed me for the better.

I am most grateful for all of you who read the blog, encourage me, give me feedback and share your own ideas and thoughts. Like most bloggers, I started AO for me. I wanted somewhere to express my all-consuming thoughts about design...but it has given me so much more. I have met wonderful people, had some great adventures, and LEARNED so much.

Thanks to all of you who write beautiful blogs that inspire me every day. Reading your blogs motivated me to start my own and I am so glad that I did.

I am incredibly content with how AO has developed over the past three months. I'd like to think 2009 was my trial run. Now that my feet are wet, I'm planning to dive in head first in 2010. I have lots of ideas and perhaps some new ventures (an Etsy shop?).

2009 was incredible - we have been healthy and happy, we bought our first house (!) and we welcomed two nephews into our family. Hard to top, but I am thrilled to open the door to 2010 and see what this new year brings for me, for Carter, and of course, for AO.

See you Monday (in 2010)!



  1. Your blog has been so much fun to read! I can't wait to see how it develops in 2010! An etsy shop?! Very exciting stuff!

    Happy New Year!!!

  2. Thanks Erin! Happy new year to you as well!

  3. You and AO have really sparked my inspiration. Even though I feel like I'm living in a temporary house, it's my home right now, and your blog has inspired me to make the most of it. I will look forward to reading in 2010! (Yes, I'm writing this at 9:58 on New Year's Eve--Party Time!) Happy New Year, Dear D.

  4. Awww...thanks E. We missed you at Christmas. Happy new year to you and the boys! xoxo

  5. I am so happy in 2009 to have met you, discovered your wonderful blog, and have you do my blog designs. I look forward to seeing what you have in store for AO in 2010.

  6. Love your blog!! I was able to buy a footstool from Jardin Fleur because of your information. Thanks so much and keep up the great work.

  7. Thanks SR2...the feeling is very mutual!

  8. Ooo, Kristin, I'm jealous! I bet it's gorgeous! Glad I gave you the scoop...


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