Well, hello there and Happy New Year! Oh man, I just love the time between Christmas and New Year’s Day. We did a lot of hanging out, playing games, watching movies, working on puzzles, and I had plenty of unhurried time to read some of my books, sketch and paint in the studio, and I even learned how to knit! The boys are back in school today and it’s time for me to get back to work. I did squeeze in a little planning this weekend, so I could be ready to hit the ground running. Before we get into 2021 and exciting things to come, I’ll be sharing a few favorites and highlights from 2020 throughout the month of January. Let’s kick that off with the top ten posts of 2020!
These are the top ten posts of 2020 based on the number of views the posts received in 2020 according to Google analytics. This list surprises me every year and it did this year, too! Here’s the countdown…
(The links to the posts are in each header.)
This was one of my favorite projects of 2020, so I’m glad the post sharing all of my picks and finishes was so popular. I hope it inspires others who are about to embark on a bathroom makeover.
And, by the way, we are still loving our “new” bathroom. I haven’t shared a final reveal here on the blog, because I don’t want to spoil the surprise! It’ll be shown in detail in my new book that is coming out this fall.
Several crochet tutorials and posts made the top ten posts of 2020 list, so I think I need to share more! I’ve been working on a cat bed tutorial along with a popcorn-stitched dishcloth and a few others. This is one of my favorite current crochet tutorials, though, because it’s simple and looks so cute.
This live painting series was so fun and such a great way to connect with my followers and readers while most of us were under stay at home orders. I looked forward to it each Friday. Not only was it a mood-boosting pick-me-up, but it got me back into painting regularly and gave me an opportunity to stretch my legs a bit as an “art teacher.” I have received great feedback and regular requests for more painting classes, which I am planning to do in 2021. I already have committed to one big class (I’ll share about that later), but I will also offer some small classes showing how to do individual paintings.
This announcement was bittersweet for me. It was time to move on, but it was an end to something – an intentional and happy end, but still an end. I recently found a quote by the chef Samin Nosrat that pretty perfectly sums it up… “Endings don’t have to be failures, especially when you choose to end a project or shut down a business… Even the best gigs don’t last forever. Nor should they.”
I feel that way about all of my creative endeavors. None of them will last forever. Nor should they. As I evolve, change, and grow, so will my work. Selling this line meant freeing my time and creative energy to focus on other things, like writing and art. And I am very excited about it!
If you haven’t noticed, though, I am still a part of the MMSMP line in a supportive role. I’ll continue to share projects with the paint as I use it in my own home.
In this post, I shared a reworking of the shelves in my living room. They were white shelves filled with white ironstone (which is never a bad idea.) I felt ready to add some color and texture, though. I loved the result and so did my readers. I’ll have to do some more styling posts this year!
I found it so odd that this was one of my top posts! I remember when I wrote it, I felt like it was a bit of a filler. I was just observing that once the weather was warmer, I was out in the garden or garage more, working on home projects or landscaping or just walking. I hardly touched my crochet work. I think it’s mostly going to be a fall/winter/early spring sort of thing for me. Many of you agreed!
In this post, I do share links to helpful posts and tutorials for beginners, so if you want to start crocheting this winter (or get a refresher), this is a good place to start.
Here’s another crochet tutorial that made the top ten posts of 2020! This was my first tutorial and it’s a great project for absolute beginners. I mean, you really can’t mess up a dishcloth. Really…a trapezoidal, wonky dishcloth with irregular stitches will still do the job!
I’m trying not to gloat about this one, but I did get my wood floors in the living room when I was outnumbered on the issue 3-1. The rug was stained and showing its age, so Jeff finally agreed that we should replace it and hardwood would look the best. It was then a 2-2 tie and since the boys weren’t paying for it, the adults won.
I really enjoyed the hardwood floors this Christmas, seeing the tree lights reflecting off of them. It’s a more classic look that I love and having the same flooring as the kitchen and eating area made the entire space look larger and more cohesive. It’s also so much easier to clean!
I was tempted to select a neutral sectional, but I am so glad I went with the buffalo check! (It’s the Outerbanks Sectional from Arhaus.) This fabric was not only a more unique choice, but it has been so forgiving. The nubby texture camouflages any snags from the cats’ nails (although there haven’t been many) and I don’t feel hyper about the family and pets actually using it.
On my to-do list this year, though, is to make a slipcover for it out of antique hemp sheets. It’s not to hide the buffalo check, but to give me options to change the look of the room with the seasons, which was the plan all along. Covering the check part of the year will also extend the life of the upholstery in a home with pets and teenage boys
This post has been number one on my top ten blog posts list for at least three years, maybe four and it’s still number one in 2020! Thanks to Pinterest, this post continues to bring a lot of traffic to my site. As I said, it’s interesting to see what the top posts are!
There you have it! The top ten posts for 2020. I am going to share another post of my favorite projects since many of them didn’t make this list. Do you have a favorite project or post that didn’t make this list?