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year two

Well, It’s a pretty big day here on House of Earnest – We’re turning TWO!  It’s been a whole two years of tips, tricks, decor, DIY, parties, entertaining, flowers, and festivities.

I honestly cannot believe that we’ve had so many successes in just two short years – if you’re new to House of Earnest, or love a blast from the past, here are twelve of my top projects from the past year – snoop around, enjoy, but keep scrolling down for my goals from the past year, how I did on them and what my goals are for year three.


My goals for this past year were as follows:

  • Improve my photography (and consequently my photographic documentation that I post)
  • Start a couple of regular column-style posts (one is coming tomorrow!)
  • Learn photoshop (got it for my birthday last week, so now I’m ready to learn!)
  • Post more fun DIYs (and get one in print!)
  • Post more original ideas and content that you won’t see splashed across every other part of the internet
  • Get more reader interaction going on
  • Tweak and refine my branding, graphics, and site design.
  • Collaborate with some other bloggers to increase the variety and voice of the blog
  • Secure some amazing sponsors!

I can honestly say that I’ve accomplished every single one of these goals – and here are some examples!

ONE I got photoshop one year ago and my photos drastically improved, here is a before and afterTWO Have and Make was one of the more popular columns, but Style Splurge and Details With were also fun, regular columns we did in 2012.  THREE I spent close to 4 hours making each of the little photos above flash words when you hover over them with your mouse.  I’ve taught myself a ton of things on photoshop, but being that I cam completely self-taught, I’m taking a class this Saturday as well! I’m pretty excited for it! FOUR If these top twelve DIYs from last year aren’t proof enough, I don’t know what is.  And I’ve had four of my projects in printed magazines! Woohoo! FIVE I’ve really tried super hard at this goal.  I hate the idea of reblogging a photo that you’ve probably seen ten times on Pinterest, so I make it a huge priority to post mostly (90%) my own photos and my own content.  No scans of magazines here, new, fresh ideas that are carried out by me. SIX I would love to still improve on the goal to increase reader interaction.  I’d love for the comments on each post to increase and for more discussion to get going. SEVEN I completely revamped my site and my branding.  If you don’t remember what the old site looked like, I’m not going to remind you! EIGHT I would like to collaborate a bit more with others, but my Details With column, the Trade & Made post series, and the 24 Merry Bloggers posts all count toward that goal. NINE I’ve currently got some amazing sponsors! Benjamin Lowry Photography, Betty Means Business, and a host of other non advertising sponsors help me get you the best content each day – A huge thanks to them!

All of this just means that I’ve got to make some even bigger goals for year three, and boy are they big.  Here are some of the ones that top the list:

  • Team up with some national brands for collaborative tutorials or DIYs
  • Foray my way into some video or TV opportunities
  • Improve my photo styling
  • Meet Martha Stewart (I’m not sure where or how, but I’m confident an opportunity will arise!)
  • Find a good balance between inspiration, tutorials, and real life projects
  • Bring you more ideas, tricks, and tutorials you won’t see anywhere else
  • Super secret goal #1
  • Super secret goal #2 (cheating isn’t it?)

While my two last goals are some of the biggest, unfortunately, they’re not totally honed and ready to be unveiled.  As soon as I do unveil them, however, I’ll add them to the list.

So if you’re still reading by this point, I just want to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for another year.  For coming here, reading my ideas, and trying them too. Nothing makes me happier than to see that you guys benefit from the time I spend putting together this site and hearing your feedback and comments. So, to round out my longest post of 2012, I’d like to as you to please take a quick little survey (just 8 questions) to help me continue and improve House of Earnest.

 CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY (thank you a billion!)


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  • Congrats on two successful years! I started following you last year and your blog has become one of my favorites. You have so many great guides and content already, I can’t wait to see what else you have in store 🙂 Here’s to 3 years~

  • I’m a fairly new reader and ADORE your site. I can see and feel how much love and work you have put into an post. It’s wonderful seeing your goals and how you fullfilled them, which I find sooo inspirational. Happy birthday to House of Earnest and to many more fabulous years!

  • Erin, I wish you the very best of luck with your new goals! I absolutely adore your blog. The site design and graphics are perfect–it’s so readable, easy to navigate and beautiful, too. You’ve made me want to learn Photoshop! I actually have it but I’m completely intimidated 🙁 Have a wonderful 2013!

  • Congrats on being 2! It’s so very exciting how many goals you’ve accomplished and how many more there are to come!

  • Congrats!
    Survey complete!
    ♥, Londa

  • It’s amazing what you’ve accomplished in 2 years – congrats!

  • Congrats on 2 years! I’ve been following along for a few months and I’m looking forward to reading more! All the best to you.

  • You have accomplished many wonderful things and have amazed me many times in the last 2 years,Erin.Congratulations!!I hope year 3 is just as wonderful.

  • Happy 2 year Anniversary! There have been so many wonderful articles and DIY’s I could never pick a favorite! Good Luck on year 3!

  • Happy 2nd Anniversary! I have to echo the other comments, I love your blog and comb it daily for past posts that I can try on my own. I look forward to more in Year 3! Congratulations!

  • Congrats on accomplishing SO many of your goals, Erin! And, I’m 1000% confident that you’re going to accomplish all of the others you noted… especially super secret #1 and #2…. Thanks for bringing us along as you continue joining this exciting journey!

  • Congrats on two great years, Erin! Always love stopping by to see what you’re sharing!

  • Congrats on two years! Such an exciting milestone 🙂 And, year three sounds like it’s going to be amazing!

  • Yours is one of my favorites! It’s so fresh and inspiring! Congrats on such an awesome year and I can’t wait to follow along to see where 2013 takes you.


  • I took the survey, but it wouldn’t allow me to choose my favorite topics in any order but the one they were listed in.