Top 11 Projects of 2011

All the cool bloggers are doing it, so I figured I'd join the crowd (apparently I am the ridiculous kid that would jump off the cliff too assuming there was ice cream or puppies at the bottom since everyone else was going)... these are the top 11 projects from 2011!

(These are a mix of my favorites and yours - as indicated by the number of comments and views!)

Definitely one of the most pinned projects I've created, the paint chip art was tons of fun for me too (or I wouldn't have made about 12 versions)!

Every time I look at the quote and the bright yellow chevron, it just makes me happy... apparently I was also a big fan of the yellow this year... but the yellow chevron frame and quote (with the free printable version) was also one of my faves and yours!

I almost didn't post a tutorial for the rubber band + ribbon headbands I made, but it seems that these were pretty popular (especially on Pinterest) and I love wearing them, so I'm definitely calling this project a success!

I absolutely loved creating these microbead pendants and think that each one is just so unique... I guess that's why I felt compelled to make about 15,000 of them!

I was so proud of myself for creating this argyle wreath and it actually got featured in a few places... it's definitely a favorite from this year!

The lemonhead wreath was a challenge - it took forever to make, tons of lemonheads, and then it was so heavy I didn't think I'd ever get it hung up, but I just love it. The ribbon and jute with the bright candy... so many textures and colors!

I made a lot of wreaths, but I'm so proud of all the different touches on this Halloween wreath made pretty much entirely from Dollar Tree materials!

Puppy chow or muddy buddies are absolutely one of my most favorite foods - SOOO yummy!

I thought this project was so simple that no one would even notice it, but lots of people have pinned this button initial project and talked about how awesome it is to do with and for kids! 

The Valentine's Day printables were simple to create and everyone seemed excited about them - they even got featured on One Pretty Thing!

Maybe it's just some kind of recency effect, but people seemed excited about this lemon hand scrub project - from the bow to the scrub to how easy it is to make with stuff you already had on hand. Plus, this was a hit with the people we gave it to as gifts!

Now that I've chosen between these projects - which felt like choosing between children - it's time to think about the awesome projects that 2012 has in store! If you want to see all the projects, including those that didn't make the cut, please check out the Past Research page here!


  1. You picked some good ones. The lemon head wreath was absolutely great. I love that your favorite projects incorporated so much color! :) Can't wait to see what you do in 2012. You know I'll probably copy some of it. ;)

  2. you had a wonderful year of creating. I know the new year will bring you just as much joy. Hugs! P.S. I hope you'll stop by Katherines Corner and add your lovely blog to my blog list page :-)

  3. Love all of this! Everything is so cute, especially the paint chip art. Seriously gonna have to try that one!

  4. Wow, what great projects this year! Looking for a wreath to make and I love your argyle one!! Stopping by from Serenity Now!

  5. All amazing projects! Thanks for the creative inspiration in 2011 and can't wait to see what you're up to in 2012. Happy New Year!!

  6. love that lemonhead wreath, it looks fabulous!!! hope you didnt eat it afterwards :) happy new year!

    -rachel w k

  7. I loved all of them! Happy 2012 Mel!

  8. What a great bunch of projects! I especially love the yellow chevron and quote :) I can't wait to see what 2012 has in store! -Aimee (

  9. I LOVE your blog!! full of crafty and awesome ideas!! :D :D I became ur follower!! :):)
    visit my blog, I would be glad if u would like to follow me too! :)

    kisses from Italy and keep going on ur way, u're cool!!

  10. Featured you!


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