Countdown to Thankfulness

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Over the past few days, I have been wrapping up things in my office to prepare for the new year, and reflecting on all that I accomplished in 2018.


Before taking a holiday break though, I wanted to bring 2018 to a close with a post thanking YOU… my readers.

Without YOU… I would have no reason to blog… to share what I do every day. So thank you for reading and being a part of In My Own Style, some of you since the very beginning…  XO

I could not let the year pass without thanking every one of you for reading. I can’t even begin to describe to you what it has meant to have all of you along for the ride through my ninth year of blogging.

In my posts, I always share the projects and ideas that I have done in hopes of inspiring you… but for this post, I am turning the tables and am sharing a few of the amazing things readers have done and shared with me.

Over the years, many of you have sent me photos of the projects you have done… from sharing how you relit your Christmas tree to painting your first piece of furniture.

In this holiday season of giving, reader Lynn Lipsey did one very special thing for me…

….that will be remembered in my family for many years to come.  Her thoughtfulness made my two daughters very happy.

Do you remember last Christmas when I wrote about a beloved Avon Christmas Mouse Countdown Calendar in a post about holiday traditions?  I shared that I only had one calendar and two daughters that grew up loving it. Now that they are grown and on their own, I didn’t know how to hand it down to them and figured they would have to share it somehow to keep the tradition going.

Avon Christmas Countdown Calendar

About two weeks ago, this showed up on my doorstep. A card and pretty package, its contents carefully wrapped.

Avon Christmas Countdown Calendar

Inside was the exact countdown calendar that my daughters grew up with and adored every Christmas.   :-) I now had two and just yesterday….

Daughters with countdown calendars

…was able to give each one their very own beloved Christmas Mouse countdown calendar.

Sometimes it is the simple things like this… the beloved traditions that are carried on through the years, that make the holidays special.

Thank you Lynn; your thoughtfulness will never be forgotten.

And just this week, these photos landed in my inbox.


Reader, Katie Bowers wrote to me showing me how she painted her kitchen cabinets to get her home ready to sell. Here is the before photo.

In My Own Style readers DIY kitchen cabinet painting

She used my kitchen cabinet tutorial to get it done –  the results  – dramatic!!!

In My Own Style readers DIY kitchen cabinet painting

Now her kitchen is updated and more appealing to buyers. She has already had a few showings. If you are in search of a new home in the Hermiston, OR area, check out the listing on Zillow.

In My Own Style readers old fashioned lemon pound cake wrapped into gifts

And lastly, reader Gail V. sent me this photo telling me she made a few batches of Old-Fashioned Lemon Pound Cake. She was following one of my posts from the previous week, in which I also shared how I wrapped it. I love seeing how she wrapped the cakes up in her own style to give to her neighbors.

Christmas decorating ideas using candles

You… every one of you really make In My Own Style what it is.  A BIG thank you for reading along, subscribing, commenting, and being the best readers for which a blogger could ever ask.


I hope that no matter where you are spending the holidays this year, that you can take some time to relax and enjoy the best the season has to offer with your family and friends.

Wishing you the merriest!

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  1. Was reading some of your past posts and this one really touched my heart! What a wonderful gift from Lynn Lipsey so that each of your daughters will have that calendar to hang for years to come at Christmastime!!! Very, very thoughtful of her!!

  2. I’m new to you…and I have been poking around in your blog for a bit! I love so much of what I see. Thank you for sharing! Happy New Year! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  3. Diane, thank you for all you do and share with us! You inspire so many and are very generous with your ideas and projects. Happy New Year and I look forward to what 2019 will bring from your blog!

  4. Beautiful, and how really kind of Lynn to give you the needed calendar. And a reminder to all to try and save the same treasure for each girl & boy.

    Merry Belated Christmas! Well no, it’s never really too late to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

  5. Hi Diane,
    Thank you for your inspirational blog. I truly look forward to reading your posts.
    Happy New Year!!

  6. Thank you Diane for all your inspiration throughout the year, I cannot wait to see what 2019 brings! Merry Christmas to you and yours .

  7. One of the 1st blogs I ever subscribed to – your personality shines through, . Best wishes from New Zealand!

  8. Diane,
    Thank you for sharing your life, home, and talent with us all year.
    Blessings to you, your husband and family.

  9. Merry Christmas and a very happy new year to you and your loved ones. I enjoy reading every blog you write. Keep on keeping on in 2019.

  10. I have the very same Avon countdown calendar. It just wouldn’t be Christmas without it! So glad you were able to get another one.

  11. I so enjoy your helpful and inspiring blog!! How wonderful that you received another mouse advent calendar from one of your readers!
    I’m always amazed at the kindness of others.
    May your Christmas be a merry one!!

  12. What a special gift for your daughters to continue your family tradition ?. That advent calendar is so sweet ?
    Merry Christmas and looking forward to more in 2019 ?

  13. Diane- I am always amazed at your many and varied projects. You past as a window dresser
    Is the perfect training for you home design
    blog. I am inspired (but don’t always follow
    through?). Love just looking at the beautiful
    rooms. May your Christmas celebrations be
    joyful and you and your family have happy
    and healthy New Year.
    PS I love your home on the lake.

  14. Thank you, Diane, for a wonderful year of ideas and projects to make a house a home! Merry Christmas and a very Happy, Healthy New Year to you and yours!

  15. I always love reading about your latest ideas. Here’s hoping for many more in the New Year. Merry Christmas to you and your family! ;)

  16. Happy Holidays, Diane! Your blog is one of my favorite gifts to myself! I always enjoy sneaking in a few minutes when your updates come in to spend some “me time” with my favorite blogger! So “Thank You” from your readers/fans! You give us a lot of pleasure too!

  17. Diane, it is always a joy to open my emails and see your blog! Reminds me so much of anxiously awaiting a new book from my favorite authors…..your blogs are always full of terrific ideas as well as getting to read about your family! I thoroughly enjoy opening my email from you! Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy 2019!

  18. Always enjoy reading your blog and love following along as you make your lake house your own.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

  19. Diane – thank YOU for sharing your ‘labor of love’ blog with the world. It is always so uplifting! Wishing you and your family a Blessed Christmas!