Tuesday, December 27, 2022

Panoply 2022: It's a Wrap!

It's time to collage all my blog posts for 2022 as a final step before closing the book, figuratively and literally, on 2022. This blog is primarily my personal journal, and my final step each year is to have all my yearly posts bound in a yearbook style format using Blog2Print (no affiliation, I just love the product and service). 

I only blogged 24 posts (counting this one) in 2022, the same as 2021. Perhaps that's my new norm. It is my hope, though, that there is entertainment and inspiration within these posts for you, my readers. My blog is non-revenue producing by choice.

My format for this final post each year is to summarize my menu categories from the header on my blog's home page. I do this with photo collages, and then caption each collage with the blog titles/links within the category. That way, should you be curious, you can click on the links and visit the individual post of interest. 

Organization is key for me in my lifestyle. As my journal, my blog keeps me organized when I want to refer back to a year, a subject or item. You may be surprised to know how much I use my own search function within my blog when I want to find a certain home decor item, a plant, a tablescape element, etc.!

One thing I did a little differently this year was fewer posts on home decor. Fall decor is the best example illustrating this. I did not do a separate fall home tour post in 2022; instead, those changes were in a fall tablescape post. I incorporated some fall decor changes I made in my home collage below, and those decor photos will actually be within the fall tablescape post. 

My Home
We moved into our home in October 2021, so 2022 was a fun year, organizing, sourcing things, and "playing house". 

My Garden
2022 was the first full year in my new (Zone 6b - 7a) landscape garden, full of surprises and challenges that will carry over into 2023 and beyond.

The garden was another topic where I would incorporate photos of blooms into a tablescape post, so you'll see some of the photos from the collage below in a few of my tablescape posts.
My New Garden: Surprises, Delights, Mid-Summer Cottage Garden: First Year, Cottage Landscape: One Year Later

Tablescaping is a hobby I really enjoy. I began hosting tablescaping blog hops in mid-year 2021, assuming the torch from a prior host in order to keep the blog events alive. 

As mentioned earlier, you may see a few photos / descriptors of home decor and garden blooms within my individual tablescape posts. However, those photos from the posts below are assembled in the respective home and garden photo collages.
I Only Have 'Ice' for You, Valentine, St. Patrick's Day Flying Colors Tablescape, Blissful Signs of Spring/Easter Tablescape, Summer Garden Party Tablescape, Ready for Fall: Game On! Tablescape, Apothecary's Mystical Halloween LaboratoryHomeland Merriment Thanksgiving, Nutcracker Classic Christmas Tablescape

Traveling Totes
In my tales of the traveling tote series, I often include trips centering on antiquing with my Panoply sisters. Once again, my header subjects crossover categories.
Tales of the Traveling Tote No. 30 & GiveawayTales of the Traveling Tote No. 31 & GiveawayTales of the Traveling Tote No. 32 & GiveawayTales of the Traveling Tote No. 33 & Giveaway

Panoply Antiquing 
While 2022 only had one post dedicated to Panoply antiquing per se, my little side hustle is my real life too, so you will see vintage finds within my home decor and in my travels.
Recent Panoply Booth Displays

Miscellaneous Musings
These are my brain dumps - things that amuse me, things that I wake up and lose sleep thinking about, just random thoughts.
Miscellaneous Musings No. 21Miscellaneous Musings No. 22

And that's a wrap for 2022! Converting these posts to a book format is something - like summarizing the posts here -  that also appeals to my need for organization. If learning how to create your own book is something you're interested in, I'd be happy to share the details of how it's done. A Zoom or Teams video meeting seems to be the most efficient way. 

I so appreciate each and every one you, my readers, and the friendships, both new and old, through blogging. I hope those of you who read but don't always comment will feel welcome to do so anytime. I always try to visit blogs if you have one, and try to respond by email to comments. It's rare that I can't figure out who the commenter is or that I don't have a contact to reach you, but if so (or you show as anonymous or you're no-reply commenter), I'll leave a response on the post. 

I'm looking forward to 2023, and I hope you are, too. Changes are inevitable in life, and we can encourage each other with our shared experiences.  Please take care to stay safe and in good health.

Happy New Year!


  1. Congratulations on a great year in your new home. I hope 2023 is just as (if not) even better!

  2. Looking forward to your posts in the coming year. Happy New Year!

  3. I love how you do this, Rita. I can see how it makes even your own blog searches much easier! (And I spy my art there, too! That was a delightful surprise.) I love all your posts, no matter what the category, and am so happy you are part of my blog life! Cheers!

  4. Rita, so nice to see all the posts collected together. It has definitely been a busy and productive year for you. Looking forward to your 2023 Blog posts. Happy New Year!

  5. A great year in review, Rita! Wishing you all good things in the coming year!

  6. Best wishes in the New Year from Katie and me!

  7. What a great year 2022 was for you. Lots of fun places with your tote and your garden this summer was gorgeous. You have done so much to your new house in just one year. Wishing you a great 2023. Hugs. Kris

  8. You are one organized gal! You had a fabulous year and it was fun to take a peek thru your collages! Happy New Year

  9. Dear Santa, please help me be as organized as my friend Rita!! You are and inspiration Rita, and I love your subject collages, you've had a great first year in your new home, everything looks so pretty and I'm so happy you have your garden back! Happy New Year!
    ❤️ Jenna

  10. You are so organized, Rita, and I admire you for that, plus for so many other things, too. I look forward to reading more posts in 2023. Happy, healthy New Year to you and Will.

  11. Happy New Year, Rita...the new house exudes warmth and coziness! Enjoy!

  12. I love your organization, Rita! I hope you had a Merry Christmas and everyone is recovered from the flu. We lost power on Christmas Eve for 7 hours in the single digit temps and ending up sitting in our car parked in the sunshine …it made for a warm and toasty greenhouse. 😊 Wishing you and Mr. P a Happy and Healthy New Year. ♥

  13. Beautiful posts looking back at 2022. You have worked in your gardens and home so hard and it all looks fabulous. Fun photos with your tote. The collages are wonderful. I appreciate your ability to be so organized. Cheers to 2023. Wishing you great health, hope, peace and love.

  14. Rita, I would have to echo Jenna's wish to Santa to please let me be as organized as you are! It is an amazing and admirable skill. I love all your posts too, and although its difficult to choose a favorite, I sooo enjoy the miscellaneous musings. You worked so hard in your garden and yard this year and its really shows because its all beautiful. I hope 2023 is filled with joy and wonder for you. Happy New Year!

  15. Rita, you are my hero when it comes to organizational skills. I pretend to be organized, but I am not. I love this look back on 2022…home, garden, antiquing, booth displays, tablescapes, traveling totes, and more. The collages are beautiful. I am excited to watch your gardening journey in 2023 and to watch Baby J grow. I think you have found your forever home. Happy New Year to you and Will!

  16. Like everyone else, I'd love an ounce of your organizational skills and energy. I'm so glad you've had a great and productive year. Your new home is so wonderful and cozy. I've loved seeing your gardening journey this year, and some ideas for working on mine. Rita, I've so loved getting to know you better this year and appreciate your being there for health advice and info. Wishing you an amazing 2023, and sending prayers for health and happiness!! xo Deb

  17. Rita, kudos on your organizational skills. I'd rather be hiking, kayaking, skiing, snowshoeing, but believe me you are my hero. I always love these look backs, and wish you a happy and healthy 2023.

  18. You are an inspiration in so many ways, My Friend! I enjoyed your sharing 2022's highlights. Happy New Year!

  19. Happy New Year to you and thank you for the beautiful recap of the year past. You are always an inspiration in all that you do and I look forward to what you have going on next! You have done so much with your new home in the past year and it is beautiful. Here’s to a wonderful 2023 ahead!