The Top Posts of 2012

Posted on January 2, 2013 and tagged Favourites, Personal with comments

I thought it would be fun to count down my top 5 most popular posts from 2012. This past year was really my first offical year of blogging and I learned alot about the kinds of posts I like to write. The kinds of posts people like to read... well that's still a bit of a mystery to me. What I tried to do was write things that felt right and genuine to me. Some of them didn't work out, but a few did. And here they are!

DIY Wall Art: Bubbles
This was my first blog post that really took off and I give it credit for getting me excited about blogging. These little bubbly canvases are the kind of thing I'm always working on and I usually just throw them in the closet or give them away. Publishing this and having it take off made me think "Hey, people actually want to see the little projects I'm working on. This could be fun!"

Hand Embroidered Cards
I actually had made these cards a couple years before I wrote this post and tried to sell them in my failed Etsy shop. I assumed people hated them because there was very little interest, so when I wrote this post it was totally on a whim. It was meant to be a bit of a filler post because I had nothing else to say. What I thought was just filler has turned out to the bread and butter of my blog posts. It's been pinned thousands of times, I've seen the post all over the internet and translated into several languages. So if you have any draft posts growing mold somewhere, maybe you should clean them up and hit publish because you just never know.

DIY Wall Art: Dreamy Letters
After the success of my Bubbles Art post, I decided to try my hand at DIY art again. I had a lot of fun dreaming this one up and believe it or not, took weeks to get it right. This post ended up being published on the Ruche blog and I became a proud member of the Ruche Blogger Family.

How Not to Paint Ikea Furniture
To this day, this post is by far my most commented on. People love to point out my obvious mistakes and laugh at me. I didn't really want to publish this one at first because it's so dorky, but I'm glad I did. I was planning on just destroying the evidence and never speaking of it again, but I decided to share the story hoping nobody else would make my mistakes. Maybe you'll even have a little chuckle at my expense.

Fall Freebie
This post was the first in what I hope to be a continuing trend on my blog- giving away free digital bits. I figured an iPhone background is something a lot of people could use, and I've since expanded these posts to include a desktop background too. I'm really glad these freebie posts turned out to be so popular because I really enjoy making them! Don't worry, the January background is coming very soon!!

Fall Freebie

Posted on October 11, 2012 and tagged Freebies, Favourites with comments

Oh boy is it ever chilly out there lately! I've been drinking lots of tea, piling on the layers and even designing Christmas cards. In between all that, I put together a cute little iPhone wallpaper to get my phone all ready for fall. It's like a cozy little sweater for your phone! So cheesy, I know. Since your phone will be so stylishly ready for fall, you should probably find a comfy sweater too. Then, click here to download my Fall Freebie iPhone wallpaper.

Instructions (while on your phone):

  1. Tap and hold on the image
  2. Choose 'Save Image'
  3. Go to your Photos
  4. Tap the arrow in the bottom left
  5. Choose 'Use as Wallpaper'


Sources:
Cable Knit Sweater - Fox Sweater

DIY: Fall Wreath

Posted on September 19, 2012 and tagged DIY, Favourites with comments

My neighbours think they're living next to freakin' Martha Stewart now. I see them walking by looking at my new wreath with envy. Or maybe they're just weirded out that I'm camped out on my front lawn staring at it. Totally just kidding of course... or am I?

This is a really fun, easy project to get your front door looking a little more fall-like. The cost can basically be whatever your budget is. Expensive silk flowers from a craft store look beautiful and real and they'll stand up to the elements, but dollar store flowers are so much cheaper. I went with a mix of both for mine. I'm really happy with how it turned out and it looks so much nicer than anything I've found the stores, most of which were covered in glitter and had some sort of neon skull glued to it. Shudder.

Gather your supplies:

  • floral foam wreath form (mine was 14")
  • silk flowers, like a million of them (buy more than you think you'll need and return the un-used ones)
  • glue gun
  • wire cutters
  • something with which to hang your wreath (I used a big ribbon)

My first step (and this is optional for you) was to tie a wide black ribbon to the top of my wreath. I used this ribbon to hang my wreath by pulling it over the top of my door and tying it to the window treatment on the other side. You could also hammer a little nail at the top of your door on the inside and tie it to that. I like this much better than those store bought wreath hangers because it doesn't get in the way when you close the door.

After that, it's really as easy as it looks. Cut the heads off the flowers leaving about a 1/2 inch of stem and get gluing! I used a pencil to poke little holes into the foam to make it easier to stick the stems into the foam. The combination of hot glue and pushing the stem into the foam will ensure those flowers are going nowhere. Don't waste your time covering the back, nobody sees that anyways.

A note on colours: To give it a more modern look, I used a combo of "clashing" colours like bright pink, red, orange and purple. It's nice variation on the classic fall colours.

DIY Wall Art: Sparkly Confetti

Posted on June 1, 2012 and tagged DIY, Favourites with comments

I was so happy with the way this DIY wall art project turned out, I decided I needed to try another variation on it.

This project is super easy to do and so inexpensive. I think I spent under $10 for all the supplies. The canvas is really the most expensive part, but if you look around or aren't too picky about the size you can usually find a good deal.

The supplies you'll need:

  • canvas
  • tissue paper
  • glitter paper
  • Mod Podge
  • foam brush (or paint brush)
  • white paint (optional)

The optional prep-step is to paint your canvas with a coat of white arcylic paint first. I had to do that last time I did this project because I felt my canvas was a little grey, but this one was nice and white so I skipped that step. Side note: I've stopped trying to get all the kitties out of my DIY photos. They just love getting involved! Especially Marshall, he was all up my business during this one.

First, cut out a bunch of circles from the tissue paper and glittery paper. You should be able to find glittery paper in any craft supply store in the scrapbooking section. I used a penny and nickel as a template for my circles. If you fold the paper over on itself several times, one cut will give you a bunch of circles.

Next, arrange the confetti on your canvas to get an idea of where you want it to go. I liked how it looked when I concentrated more of the confetti in one corner and had it spread out across the canvas.

Once you're happy with the placement, start gluing them down with the Mod Podge. It works best if you spread some on the canvas first, lay the circle on top of it, then add another layer of Mod Podge on top of that. When all the confetti is glued down, add another quick coat of Mod Podge to even it out.

I'm really happy with the way it turned out. I even unknowingly matched my nail polish to the design! Guess I had pink dots on the mind this week. This would look great in just about any colours though. I'd love to do dark blue tissue paper with gold glittery paper.

But pink really goes with Barney's fur.

Like I said at the beginning, this was based on a previous art project of mine, so if you like this one be sure to check out DIY Wall Art: Bubbles.

Note: My husband read this post and he wants you to know that we are aware of Barney's "weight issue". He's on a special diet and we try to get him to run around but he's just a big boy. Soon he'll have a whole house to run around in. And Barney would like to point out that this is a very unflattering angle.