Happy New Year!
I absolutely love the time of year between Christmas and New Years when I hibernate, take time off, and generally loaf around without any deadlines, commitments or expectations beyond wearing pajama-like clothes all day, every day. We’ve been doing puzzles and science experiments, watching movies, playing board games, letting the boys have playdates and sleepovers. I had planned on getting a few projects done, but neither Jeff nor I felt like cutting, measuring, or installing anything, which would all have been required. The house is a bit messy, the snacks have been thoroughly raided, and the Christmas decorations are still up.
In the midst of all of the planned downtime, though, I had some rich and productive creative time. I spent the time I had to myself in my studio writing, painting, studying, drawing plans, taking notes and I can already see and feel the benefits of letting myself rest and I have a growing excitement for all that 2019 may hold.
I’ll share more with you in another post, but today, I am sharing my top ten blog posts from 2018. These aren’t my favorite posts necessarily or even all posts that I wrote and published in 2018, but they are the posts that received the most page views according to Google Analytics this year…
I found some red paisley chairs on craigslist when we first moved to MN and this summer, I finally got around to putting my stamp on them in this post…
We did a lot of home improvement this year and getting new kitchen counters was one of my favorite upgrades! This post shows the reveal after they were installed.
I transformed an orange-ish, over-shellacked craigslist table to use in my dining room in this post…
When my mom came to visit last January, she convinced me that we should make as many curtain panels as we could to knock them off of my to-do list. I can sew, but it’s not my favorite thing to do, so I drag my feet. We managed to sew the curtain panels for the bedroom, living room, kitchen eating area, and three linen panels for my studio!
I’m not sure that it was the butler’s pantry preview or the free Mrs. Meyers products that landed this one on the list, but I’d like to think it was the butler’s pantry! That project was definitely a highlight for me this year.
I took a deep breath and repainted my beloved antique hutch in a softer shade, so the color would work better in our new dining room. I later painted the interior as well, because it was looking like a black hole in the room!
I’m so glad this made it to the top of the list, because I love how our tree and this entire room looked all decorated for Christmas. (Actually, it still looks this way, because I haven’t taken our decorations down, yet!)
This post went up January 2 of this year, so it’s the most popular post of this year that I actually wrote and published in 2018. It’s interesting how some of the simplest posts do so well! I was just sharing which color I selected for our master bedroom walls – Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore.
This was a tutorial I wrote for Cottages & Bungalows years ago that I published on my blog after the issue was no longer available. This tutorial has been circulated on Pinterest and has consistently been one of my tops posts.
Pinterest is also responsible for this being my most popular post this year! And, of course, it was one of my posts without any pretty pictures in it. That seems to be how it goes. I wrote this tutorial a couple of years ago when I was making new cushions for some inherited deck chairs. It’s a simple tutorial that could work for any sofa, chair, daybed, etc. cushions that need to be replaced.
And those are my top 10 posts from 2018!
Here are some of the other top 10 DIY/Home blog posts from around the internet…