What's up, 2012?

I know we're already a few days into 2012, but I wanted to take the time to reflect on 2011 and look back at some of the things that made it truly amazing. I launched Senn & Sons in April, just nine months ago. It's been a whirlwind, and I had moments where I questioned why I was working 40+ hours a week yet my "full-time" job was still being a stay-at-home mom, but I have loved every minute of starting this small business and can't wait to build it in 2012.

I loved writing (more than 100 posts!) on this blog too. It's been a great place for me to share my new work as well as little projects I take on, people I am inspired by and places I've visited. Here are a handful of my favorite posts of 2011:

A few nursery mood boards and sharing real reader nurseries... Urban Jungle NurseryColorful Eco-friendly Nursery, and a gorgeous Stars & Stripes Nursery in SF.

Some fun projects like my chalkboard jars and super-easy jewelry storage amongst many others.

I also loved having visitors and special guests on the blog, especially since each of my guests is so creative and inspiring.

I liked visiting new shops and buying cool things too. Especially when it involved buying funky yellow shoes.

I took on a huge project when I signed up to participate in the San Francisco Birth & Baby Fair. I met so many great new mamas and mamas-to-be, got to give a free set of paintings to my lucky raffle winner and even met some new clients who now have Senn & Sons art in their homes.

My business has also grown enough for me to justify having a dedicated space to work inside my home. I spend hours in this space working on paintings and designs and couldn't be happier with how the studio area turned out. But now I feel spoiled and only wish it were a bit BIGGER!

One of the coolest things to happen was probably my feature as a Found Local in the Bold Italic. I love being a part of the SF creative community and this was such a fun local thing to appear in.

I can't wait for 2012. I learned so much in 2011 and look forward to building what I started last year. While I'm occasionally happy to just "see where things go," I am definitely a person who likes to have a plan, even if it has to change along the way. Thankfully, I've had a couple of weeks to really sit down and think about my business and where it's heading, and I can't wait to share some of my goals for the new year.

Hope you all are enjoying the initial days of 2012 and feel refreshed for another great year.

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