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Best of 2012

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Can you believe it’s almost over? The year 2012 I mean. It was my first full year of blogging and I think I might finally be getting the hand of it! Here are the top ten* posts of 2012:

Duck Tape Holiday Wreath

10. Jingle Bell Rock Wreath

Barn Quilt tutorial

9. Barn Quilt

Alternate Wedding Guestbook

8. Alternative Wedding Guest Books

Vintage Lace Pennant Banner

7. Vintage Lace Pennant Banner

Buffet makeover

6. Roadkill Rescue Buffet

Cake Pops O' Gold

5. Cake Pops O’ Gold

Paper Shamrocks

4. Paper Shamrocks

DIY Front Clasp Necklace and Jewelry Making Tips

3. Untwistable Necklace

Fire Cracker Centerpiece

2. Fourth of July Firecracker Centerpiece (I believe this is my most pinned post to date!)

Doily Covered Lampshade

1. Doily Covered Lampshade

In other 2012 news, I started a Facebook page and joined twitter. Oh, yeah, and I GOT MARRIED.

outdoor fall wedding

Just the little things you know :-)

*Several word searches would have placed on this list but I left them off to focus on the project-related things

New Life for Old “Christmas Tree” Ornaments

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I was very excited to put some of my ‘real’ Christmas ornaments on the tree this year. I have a giant tub full that haven’t seen a tree since I moved away to college (6 years for those of you counting at home). While the 24 years of Precious Moments ornaments are still tucked safely away my somewhat sturdier trinkets are on display this year. Unfortunately that does mean I ran out of room for some of the ornaments I made last year.

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Quick Stitch-n-Flip Christmas Stockings

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Sooooo Christmas is in 4 days. Is your mantle looking a little glum? Got a new pet (or child) currently lacking a chocolate orange storage device? Lucky for you I have a SUPER FAST (like lightning) Christmas stocking tutorial. You will end up with a fully finished stocking with a cuff and hanging loop in less than 10 minutes. It will take you longer to cut out than to sew. Are you psyched? Lets do this:

Really quick Christmas stockings

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Merry & Bright Printable

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I had no intentions of putting up a Christmas printable this year. Then (while busy at work) I stumbled across the font ‘Christmas Ligtness‘ and the wheels started turning.

I set up a few 8×10 color ways. If you’re looking for a 5×7 or 4×6 leave a comment and I’ll see what I can do! (The is a white border around the ones with colored text, I have a white background so it isn’t showing up but it is there, promise!)

Merry & Bright Pink Christmas Printable

Raspberry: 1, 2, 3, 4

Merry & Bright Red Christmas Printable

Red: 1, 2, 3, 4

Merry and Bright Aqua or Burgundy Christmas Printable

Aqua: 1, 2

Burgundy: 1, 2

I hope you love them! If you use them I’d love to see some pictures.

The lights font is from Vanessa @ By the Butterfly. Stop by her facebook page and shore some love! While you’re there check out the CSNY FB page to catch all my Christmas favorites.

Find more holiday projects on my Christmas page

In Memory of the Lives Lost in Newton, CT

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I am one of the many craft, cooking, lifestyle and DIY bloggers who had posts to share with you today, but the events of Friday's shooting in Connecticut have left us heartbroken. Like you, we cried as news reports poured in and wondered out loud about how something so cruel could hurt the most innocent and tender. We not only grieved for the lives lost and wounded, but for that part of the magic and wonder of this holiday season that was taken from us all.  We know that no words, no gifts, no acts of service will ever take away the pain, but we, as bloggers and parents collectively, want those affected by this to know how close to our hearts they are:   We love you. We pray for you. We're so heartbroken for your loss.  To honor the memory of lives cut short, we choose to step away from our blogs and computers today to celebrate the gift of life and those we love most: our children, families, good friends and community. We're holding our kids a little closer, reaching out to neighbors and giving thanks for the moments we have together.  Thank you for stopping by today. We hope you'll join us in remembering, praying, and gathering close. We wish you and your families a safe and blessed holiday.