Happy Valentines Day + Two Years of the Penny

Happy Valentines Day, friends!! Today is also the two year anniversary of launching my blog, The Penny Drawer!! Time flies when you are having fun :) I want to thank my friends, family and readers for continuing to support me and my blog and providing honest and positive feedback, it is so appreciated!!

I have said it before, I am not the most consistent blogger and rather than set goals I may not be able to maintain, this year I am striving to drop the guilt and the comparison I sometimes feel as a blogger. In an ideal world I would love to have a few scheduled blog posts each week/month in addition to posting regularly on Instagram. I do admit that I often find myself comparing my projects and my photos to others and although I do find lots of inspiration from the people I follow, I am learning not to make myself feel bad, guilty or upset if I am not at the same level or consistency. I work full time at a community mental health agency in additional to a casual position with a crisis service. My job can be difficult and challenging and I started my blog as a creative outlet from my “real job”. But working 6 sometimes 7 days a week, I don’t always have the time I would like to spend on DIY projects and home decor. With that being said, I go through phases where I am working on multiple projects at once and then don’t do anything for a period of time. It's called balance and something I preach on a daily basis to the individuals I am supporting so it only makes sense that I practice it in my personal life as well. I also find winter especially challenging to take good home photos given the lack of natural light. I can only imagine how challenging it will be to maintain a blog and social media presence once we have a family, but I am so excited for that chapter to start and to share it with you!!

Anyways, I don’t want to make excuses I just want to provide some insight and also take some of the weight I feel off of my shoulders :) I really love having the opportunity to share my projects and decor with you!! I am really proud of what I did accomplish in the last year; helping plan and decorate my sister’s wedding, stencilling my bathroom and kitchen floor, multiple wood projects including floating shelves, picture ledges, painting numerous pieces of furniture and my biggest project was our laundry room makeover. Not too shabby! 

I didn't really decorate for Valentines Day this year as I have been enjoying my neutral winter pallet and red isn't my favourite. Blush on the other hand probably needs to make more of an appearance in our home. Maybe someday.... :) Here is a super cute fabric sign I scored at the Dollartree. I think the quote is a good reminder, today and always;


As mentioned in last month’s post, 2018 is wedding year so I am putting home projects on hold to a certain extent in order to focus on wedding planning and decor.I do have a few home projects on my TO DO that I hope to accomplish prior to being in the deep of wedding planning. I am so excited to share some of my planning and progress with you soon!! 

Happy Love Day, everyone!!  

-Jess xx

Valentine's Day + First Year of the Penny Drawer

Today is not only Valentine's Day but also one year since I launched the Penny Drawer! Happy Valentine's Day all & Happy Birthday to the Penny Drawer!!


I am so thrilled to have been blogging for a year now and want to thank you all for your love and support! I love being able to share my DIY projects and home décor with you all and hope to keep some exciting content coming. Later this week I hope to have a post up about my sister's winter wedding that took place this past Saturday. I will save all of the amazing details for a full post but needless to say it was AH-MAZING!!

I may not be the most consistent blogger and this is something I hope to improve over time. I work both a full and part time job in mental health which keeps me pretty busy but I hope to dedicate more time to projects and blogging going forward. I am also starting some in home consulting and will hopefully sell some of my DIY pieces locally so stay tuned :).

This year I really didn't do much for Valentine's decorating (like seriously, nothing) given our busy weekend with the wedding and just wanting to relax since we returned home. I did grab some valentine's mini cupcakes and wore my most festive pjs this morning. I am working afternoons this week so I didn't get to spend the evening with my Valentine's but we were happy to keep things low key this year.

Here is my Valentine's post from last year for some festive inspiration. Enjoy!!

Jess xx