Ten Favorite Posts (Yours) 2013
So, I've listed off the photos I took on Instagram that I liked, but what about you? What were your favorite posts here on the blog? Well, I did a little scanning through the web statistics, and I have the answer for you here.
First, as an honorable mention, there's two posts that were by far the most popular this year but weren't written this year. That includes my post on how to make a pillow cover in ten easy steps (pictured above) and my recipe for buttercream frosting (pictured at right).
For the proper top ten list, I wanted to only include posts that were written in 2013. So, without further ado, here are the ten most popular posts from 2013 in reverse order:
10. The Road Ahead
One of my first posts of 2013 was an essay about how I wanted to "be" as a blogger, a writer and a human. I made a vow to blog like it was 2007. I still stand by that, and will continue to blog it old-school style as we go forward. (January 2)
9. (Seems Like) A Whole New Family Room
In January, I also did some rearranging and fluffing in the family room, and just by adding some thrifted artwork and window "mistreatments" I made my whole house seem nicer. (January 6)
8. Vintage Radio Cabinet Makeover (Before & After)
In February, I was hot on the plan to make our front room into my craft-room-slash-office, now known as "the workshop." One of the first projects completed was my makeover of the vintage radio cabinet. (February 2)
7. I Finally Finished Baby Girl’s Yo-Yo Pillow
A major accomplishment occurred in early summer, when I finished the yo-yo pillow for my little girl. I had been working on it for two years, so I was thrilled to finish it. (May 20)
6. How to Make Scrappy Trip Placemats
Last year's Christmas season was so crazy, I didn't finish most of the actual gifts until well into the Spring. One of the first gifts I finished was a set of placemats using the "scrappy trip around the world" method. I think they turned out pretty nicely, and I shared my specific techniques so you could make them, too. (January 9)
5. Grain Sack Workshop Table (Before & After)
Continuing on my drive to decorate my workshop, I painted my main crafting table. Vintage green, white top, and feedsack stripes. It was lots of fun. (June 5)
4. How to Drill a Cabinet Access Hole
Of course, that vintage radio cabinet makeover wouldn't have been commplete without some power in the back! I use it as a charging station for camera batteries and so on, and I needed a hole to put the plug through. (January 29)
3. How to Make a Vintage-Style Wood Sign Letter
Also in my workshop, I made myself a vintage-style wooden sign letter out of beadboard plywood after seeing a real vintage one in an inspiration photo. I painted it pink. Naturally. (February 4)
2. How To Make an Ironing Surface
One of my most popular posts of the year was the one on how to make a table-top ironing surface. I made one for myself, and I have to tell you, I love this thing. It's so convenient and compact. Plus it gets hotter than a regular ironing board so the fabric presses beautifully! Great for quilting. (February 13)
1. How to Hang Small Cabinet Curtains (for Cheap)
And finally, the most popular post of 2013 was the one I showed on how to make cabinet curtain hangers out of cup hooks and scrap wire! I needed little curtains to hide my charging station, and I had to do it with what I had on hand. This is what I came up with. (January 30)
And that's it! For all of you, those who have read every post for years and those who I am just getting to know, thank you so much for being there. There's nothing more satisfying than being able to share what you're doing with a friend!
What were your favorite projects this year?