Over the past year of not blogging, I’ve actually picked up new followers (thank you for joining in!) so, to kick things off, I thought I’d share a round up of past posts/projects that were particularly popular. As well as some that somehow slid under the radar. (Let’s see if we can do something about that!)
My number one post (and I have to admit, it really surprises me) is: No More Wasted Space.
I used scrap wood and created a small magazine rack for my kitchen. It’s been a super useful project and I do still use it all the time but for the life of me, I can’t figure out why it’s been so popular. As a side note, it was shared over on Hometalk and generated a heated discussion as to the practicality of it. In the 2 years I’ve had it in place, no one has ever hit it with the door but (I mention this in the original post) I was very careful to place far enough back on the wall that it shouldn’t ever happen.
Another popular project was my Printable Spice Labels.
This was a companion post to my DIY Spice Rack post. I was really pleased with how these turned out but, honestly, I think I would go with smaller bottles next time.
In the summer of 2015 I had a project picked up by a major children’s blog in Europe, the Watermelon Rope Swing.
I had a blast making it but I think I enjoy swinging on it more than anyone else. (Much to the dismay of my 16 year old.) Although, when we have guests over, they really love taking a turn. Yeah, I’m not sharing that video. OH, and I’ve checked with an arborist, there is absolutely no problem with having the hook screwed into the tree.
My Gallery Wall post was also quite popular but I was never really happy with the pics. I think the dark color of the wall and the lack of sun that comes through that window made, even the best ones, kind of grain-y.
We’re in the process of doing some re-arranging now so maybe I can persuade one of my photo-genius friends into taking some new pics for me. I will say, it may not photograph easily but I’m still in love with my big blue wall!
Ok, so that brings me to my all-time favorite project. The funny thing is, it never seemed to catch on. But as far as the DIY projects I’ve created for my house go, it is still my favorite. And it’s really pretty simple. Let’s give her another try, please? It’s a Faux Mounted Butterfly.
I know, I can see why you might think it’s weird. But, hear me out. I love vintage-y decor items and those somewhat gruesome mounted butterflies (and other critters) fall into that category. But after having to do a butterfly mounting project in high school I thought it would be much nicer to be able to have one without having to kill and mount an actual butterfly. So, I painted some and that’s how I came up with this project. Ta-da! And, you get some free printable watercolor art. Also, if you’re still not into the whole “mounting” project, the artwork is set up to be a nice frameable piece anyway.
If you’re new here, I hope that helps you get a little caught up and I’m looking forward to seeing you again soon! If you’re interested in seeing more of my watercolors you can catch regular updates in my Instagram feed. CLICK HERE!