Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Favorite Projects from 2014


2014 was my very first year blogging.

It was fun, hard work and scary.

I have learned so much and I am looking forward to all I will learn this year.

I shared some special places and some of my favorite  projects.

To remember the year, I wanted to review some of my favorites.

So here are 29 of my favorite posts from 2014.


This post was one of my very first sharing something creative with you.

It has some sweet wind chimes for the garden made from recycled goodies.

I had a summer workshop with my good friend and then shared what we did.

This post brings back memories of those days of fun for me and hopefully some inspiration for you.



I love dress forms.

Just ask my family.

I made a bunch of them.

This gal got a new perch and a fancy raggedy skirt in this post.


This was one of my most popular posts of the year.

I can thank Hometalk for that.

You can see all of my projects over there if you look here.

The full blog post can be found here.

 It is still one of my most used studio storage pieces.


This is one of those projects I always wanted to do and am thrilled that I did.

While it was not highly viewed, it is one of my most treasured projects.



This is another workshop/project that went viral thanks to Hometalk.

For a month, my daughter and I mosaic-ed anything we got our hands on.

Using unconventional materials was fun and caught on.

We had three posts to cover the whole process.







A trip to the thrift store provided the materials and inspiration for these Glass Garden Mushrooms.

You can make your own by following our tutorial.


This was our most popular post of the year.

This fun rug was made from recycled sheets that my daughter dyed herself.

While these are very costly to buy, she made hers for about $3.

For instructions to make your own, check here.


I shared one of my very favorite necklaces with you.

To see more, check here.


These just make me smile.

Crafted from left over scraps from my daughter's raggy rug, these bracelets are easy and make great gifts.



I already mentioned how much I love dress forms.

This summer I finally made my own from chicken wire.

They are perfect (to me anyway).

If you would like to try your hand at making one too, click here.


My daughter made her own magnetic memo board for her dorm room by painting this great antique ceiling tile.

To see the transformation, look here.


A rescued cart from my neighbor got a French makeover.

I use this all the time.

Tutorial.


I transformed a stack of clearance bangles with washi tape here.


These necklaces were made with shotgun shells and over-dyed silk strips.

I show you how to dye the strips here.


This burlap wreath found a great home on our porch this fall.

I love that it looked great from September until November.




This step-by-step tutorial for making this Spider Spells book shows how easy it is to create an aged spell book for Halloween.



This post has a whole bunch of wool projects ranging from felted wool bracelets you make from yarn to this sweet machine felted purse bag made from thrift store clothing.



My felt mushroom cups make me grin.

This particular photo is so special to me that I use the picture as an avatar sometimes.



What can you make from old book pages?

Dozens of things...



While this post was not as widely viewed, the finished project was special to me and my co-worker whose shower they adorned.

Her baby boy arrived in November.

Her mom says these are in her nursery.

I later made a pink set for another colleague whose baby we are still waiting for.



My Spooky Doorside Vignette had several of my favorite projects featured.



These Waterless Mason Jar Snow Globes were easy and gorgeous.

I think those crystals on the top made them special.





These burlap roses used up some pieces of burlap ribbon I had from the fair this summer.

They are sweet with French book page leaves.

If you would like to make some too, you can see how here.



This cinnamon stick star ornament was created for the Christmas Craft Lightning.

All the crafts there can be completed in 15 minutes or less.

I love that!





While this post was not exactly a project or tutorial, it does have some of outdoor d├ęcor decorations that make me smile.






Even though this ornament post did not appear in time for Christmas, the snow globes from recycled light bulbs is one of my very favorites.

You can see the tutorial here.



These pinecones have not been transformed yet but I love their natural beauty.

Beaching them was easy and lovely





While I removed color from some pine cones, I added color to others.



My goal for my first year was 100 posts.

This is post 101...

It has been an awesome year.

I hope you stop by in 2015 as well.

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