Friday, December 28, 2012

Best of 2012

This past year has been a busy one.  I started this little blog at the end of last year when my son (our youngest) was a little under 6 months.  With two kids under the age of 3 I was feeling the need for a little mommy time.  I decided refinishing furniture, tackling home decor projects, and breaking out my rarely used sewing machine would do the trick.  Since then I've seen steady growth to my blog, met some awesome bloggers in real life and online, and look forward to continuing creating and blogging in 2013.

A big THANK YOU to my top 10 referring sites from 2012.  It's because of the features and link parties at all of your sites that this little blog has continued to grow!

1. Miss Mustard Seed
2. Pinterest
3. Apartment Therapy
4. The Graphics Fairy
5. Funky Junk Interiors
6. Curbly
7. Vintage Revivals
8. Primitive and Proper
9. The 36th Avenue
10. Knock Off Decor

Here's a look back at my most viewed posts of 2012!

Silhouette Dresser with Chalkboard Mirror

China Cabinet turned Farmhouse Pantry

Two-tone Dresser

Bulk Trash Vanity Rescue

Customized Wedding Present Nesting Tables

Weathered Wood Techniques

Mom's Fall Home Tour and a peek at our Refinished Buffet

DIY Nautical Knobs {Monkey's Fist Knot}

Queen Bed Frame Plans

Baking Soda Paint- Olive and Gold Dresser

Happy New Year!  Well not quite yet but it seems necessary at the end of the countdown! ;)

And, I also thought I'd share some of my favorite projects that didn't make the top ten cut.

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 / 12 / 13 / 14 / 15
The last post has only been up a few days but I thought you might have time to sneak in this easy New Year's Eve ready headband project before the ball drops.

Thank you to my readers who have joined in and stuck with me this past year.  I hope you'll continue to be inspired in 2013!

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

New Year's Bling Bands {a simple headband tutorial}

Today I bring you a simple tutorial to turn any ribbon trim into a headband.  In honor of the upcoming new year I chose lots of sparkly festive trims prefect for making a party ready headband. 

My 3.5 year old was fixated on getting the purple trim helped me pick them out.

I'm partial to the teal/blue/gold ribbon myself!

What you'll need:

  • ribbon trim (approximately 1/2 yard per headband)
  • skinny ponytail that matches your hair color
  • sewing pin
  • sewing machine or needle and thread
  • coordinating thread
  • scissors

Ready to see how easy this is?

1. Measure and cut ribbon length.  The best way to do this is to wrap the ribbon from behind (and slightly below) one ear, over your head to the same spot below your other ear.  Tack on 1 inch extra to allow for folding the ribbon around the ponytail.

2. Fold the ribbon over one side of the ponytail.  First tuck in the end of the ribbon to finish the edge, then fold over ponytail and pin.

2. Stitch across to secure.

3. Knot ponytail at the center to help keep ribbon in place.

4. Repeat step 2 with the other end of the ribbon.


Do you have any plans for this New Year's Eve?  What will you wear?  Any chance you'll be adding this little project to your to-do list?

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