Top 10 Posts of 2012 {the year in review}{23}

What an interesting year this has been.  breida with a b. is not quite a year old yet.  The official launch date (the date of my very first post) was in the first week of March.  However, I got my DSLR for Christmas last year and the writing, planning, and picture taking really started just about this time a year ago.  When I looked back over my posts for 2012, I was surprised to find that I had written exactly 100 posts.  On the nose.  I had not planned on writing a “best of” post.  But, now that I see so many others doing it, it looks like fun!  And really, it was fun to look at my analytics tool and see which posts had been the most popular.  There were some in the top 10 that I expected to see and others that were a surprise.
Would you like to see the top 10?  If you’ve only been reading along at home for a short while, you may find some things that you haven’t seen before.  Have a look around.  Get a cup of something hot, and stay for a while.  Here we go:

CLICK ON ANY OF THE TITLES OR PHOTOS BELOW TO SEE THE ORIGINAL POST

#10
The View from Over Here

In May I took a road trip to Virginia so that I could visit the Luckett’s Spring Market.  I wrote several posts about my journey.  I had a fantastic time and I’m hoping to go again this year.  I saw an amazing array of vintage goods.  I even took some pictures!  You can see a few of the good ones in this post.

#9
PRACTICAL BEAUTY – {ASCP BENCH MAKEOVER}

This painted bench was one of my very first Annie Sloan Chalk Paint projects.  It recently showed up in one of my Christmas photos and Mr. Social Media accused me of trying to put it in as many blog posts as possible.  Nonsense.  Though I do really like how it came out!

#8
PINSPIRED &PRODUCED #15
FUNNY JUNK – {A SURPRISE BEFORE & AFTER}

This project was just a few junky pieces of nothing I bought at a yard sale.  Or so I thought.  Click the title above or the picture below to see this funny transformation!

#7
PINSPIRED & PRODUCED #16
MISS MUSTARD TEE MAKEOVER

{turning a tee into a strappy tank} 

This one kind of surprised me because it is a sewing project.  I don’t actually do that many sewing projects – I am a rank beginner – but there are more sewing projects in the top 10.  In fact, I think ALL of my sewing projects are on this list.  I really love this one and I will definitely be wearing it when the weather warms up.

#6
MY OTHER POST IS A BROOMSTICK
{a quick and simple nature craft}

how to make a broomstick

 #5
I’VE GOT THE WORLD ON A STRING
{wait, that’s not a Christmas song. . .}

This post began as a personal musing on the Holiday Season and turned into a recipe for the “stuff” I put on the stove to make the house smell good during Christmas time.  I had to come up with a name for it on the spot. . .  Someone (with a very big following) pinned it to Pinterest on Christmas Eve and it turned into my highest blog traffic day in ages!  I know Christmas is over but this is just a warm, wonderful, homey smell – check it out – it takes about 90 seconds to get it on the stove!

#4
PINSPIRED AND PRODUCED #12
{DIY vintage yardstick coat rack}

This project was a non-traditional baby shower gift for my newest nephew.  I think it might be time for me to make something else out of vintage yardsticks – I have a BUNCH of them!  I ran a giveaway when I did this post and sent off two vintage yardsticks from my collection to a lucky reader!

vintage yardsticks with hooks

#3
PURE PREPARED MUSTARD (SEED)

I honestly thought that this post would be in the #1 spot.  I wrote this during such a fun time.  It was very popular because Miss Mustard Seed put up a link to my blog when she went to Luckett’s in May.  I made a plan to bring my Luckett’s experience to as many readers as I could.  I was so happy to report back to all of my readers and her readers who could not make the trip!  I’m really hoping to do it again this year.   This post is all about meeting Marian Parsons and has pictures of her booth at the Luckett’s Market.

#2
Pinspired and Produced #14
{making a baby rag quilt}

So.  Here we are at #2.  I  love this project. LOVE.  Just click on over and have a look at all pretty pictures.  You know, I still have this quilt.  I should really give it to someone with a baby. . .

baby rag quilt

And that brings us to

#1
Sewing Lessons
{making a baby washcloth}

Yep.  THE most popular breida with a b. post is a sewing project (with a step by step tutorial).  I have to say that I’m a little surprised by that.  Although, these washcloths are AWESOME!  I still have them – they do go with the baby quilt – but we use these all the time.  They are most decidedly NOT just for babies!

baby washcloth sewing project tutorial

Writing this post was way more enjoyable than I thought it would be.  I got to go back over a bunch of the older stuff I worked on, see all of the pictures, read all of the words. . .  and really make me think about what makes a post popular.  Fascinating.

HAPPY NEW YEAR to ALL OF YOU!
I hope you’ll take a minute to poke around on the blog.  If you’re new here, you’ll not have seen most of these projects.  I hope you enjoy them!

Looking forward to great things in 2013!

breida

ps.  do you follow me on Facebook?  I’m way more fun over there!  Just kidding – but I do post some quick pictures of things I’m working on or funny things about wherever I happen to be or whatever I happen to be doing.  You can “like” my FB page by clicking this:

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before you go – leave me a comment and let me know you were here!  Wish me a Happy New Year and tell me ONE thing you want to accomplish in 2013!

Linking up to these END OF YEAR parties:

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