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Best of the Best from 2013


First of all the best DIY project of my life was completed on November 27th, 2013 when I had my little girl, Mary.


Since I was mostly absent this year (you can thank the little girl above for that) I’ll only be sharing the top 5 posts from the year:

Chicken Wire Gallery Frames

5. DIY Chicken Wire Frame

I finally added a set of 4 photo legdes to the wall in the loving room, the first (and only) project I finished was a set of 3 chicken wire gallery frames

#Silhouette #Pumpkin Banner + Tips

4. Paper Pumpkin Banner

This was the first project I ever did for the Silhouette Challenge and I still love it, it was also my first layered paper project

Maple Sage Sweet Potatoes

3. Maple Sage Sweet Potatoes

I rarely post food but it seems to have gone over well! I was happily surprised to see this delightful dish in the top 5 for the year

DIY Game Tutorial

2. Garden Tic-Tac-Toe

Even though this is hands down the most popular and well-known post of mine (thanks social media!) it was #2 in terms of page views for the year.  It has been pinned over 143 thousand times so far and continues to be pretty popular, it was even featured in a dutch magazine!

DIY Burlap Curtains

1. DIY Burlap Curtain Tutorial

This was the most viewed post of 2013 AND the most viewed post on my blog overall. It was also the first post of mine to get really popular on Pinterest, it currently has over 33.3k pins! Another fun fact, this post has almost 2x as many views as the post in #2.

It was a big year for me in the social media realm as well, I went from a few hundred followers on Pinterest to almost 2 thousand (I pin a whole bunch of awesome things so if you don’t follow me there you should totally do that ASAP!). I also joined Hometalk and Google+, which I largely ignored but that’s why we have 2014 right?  You can also find me on Facebook, where I post random tidbits and photos, and share things from other sites.

Hope you enjoy the rest of 2013 and best wishes in 2014!


  1. precious pic of the baby, too sweet! I love it!

  2. Those Sweet potatoes look yummy!
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  3. Congrats on the best DIY project: your daughter. Congrats again….I really like the chicken wire picture frame. I just will have to try that. I look forward to your projects in 2014.
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  4. Happy New Year and congrats on your baby girl!!
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  5. What a great reason to be absent, she’s beautiful! I adore the garden tic-tac-toe game!
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  6. Oh my goodness, that tic tac toe game looks awesome. So creative

  7. I love the Tic Tac Toe, and the Burlap Curtains!
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  8. I am just getting ready to make burlap rugs with my daughter next week, so I’m glad to see your number 1 of Top 5 posts! Definitely bookmarking that one! What a fantastic DIY that little angel is – Happy New Year!
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  9. It looks like a fantastic year! I’ll have to go back and get that sweet potato recipe. Yum!
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  10. your baby is just scrumptious. many congrats
    and 143k times ?? woot! i’ve pinned it myself

  11. Those sweet potatoes look delicious! I also love the burlap curtains! We are redecorating right now and I would love to make some just liek those! THanks!
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  12. Your daughter is too cute. Love seeing all the other things from 2013 as well.
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  13. Your little one is adorable! The best gift ever! I love all of your best of 2013, but have to agree with all of the pinners, the burlap curtains are by far my favorite! I remember when you posted them!
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  14. Your tic tac toe game deserves that many pins. It’s so cute! Another cutie —> your baby!
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  15. I love the pic of your little girl!
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