December 29, 2011

Top Ten Posts of 2011

As 2011 draws to a close, I would like to share the
ten most viewed posts that I have done since I
started my little ol' blog in March 2011.

We'll go in countdown order to practice for
New Year's Eve's countdown to 2012.
If you would like to see the original post, you can click on the blue
title lettering in the list below for the link to take you there.

Number 10
I wanted to participate in the frugal finds/thrifting parties so I did this post about the good
deals that I had found recently at Hobby Lobby.  Some needed a little restoration and/or
repainting to be attractive.   I used to be in retail and thought that the title "up to 90% off"
would get readers to come to see the blog post even though not everything in the post was
90% off.  If you note that it only says "up TO" so some things are only 50% off.  I also
found out from comments on this post that not everyone has a Hobby Lobby nearby.

Number 9
This blog post is full of pictures from my sister's home near Asheville, North Carolina.
She has a very interesting and eclectic home full of finds from consignment stores, swap meets,
thrift stores, antique stores and yard sales.  This home has so much personality.
I'm glad that through the blog, more people were/are able to see it.

Number 8
This was the first blog post I did in which I realized that it was interesting to take pictures of and
share projects that other folks in my community had done (and easier than doing it myself).  Many
ladies from a large church in my home city of Montgomery, Alabama hosted tables at a
spring time dinner at the church fellowship hall.  Each hostess of a table decorated it with a centerpiece
and also brought all the china, silverware, and glasses to go on the table. The variety is amazing.

Number 7
This was the first post I had done where I picked my top ten favorite ideas out of a
magazine for a blog post.  The newest Martha Stewart "Halloween" magazine had come out
and I took pictures of my favorite ideas in the magazine.  I wasn't sure this was not copyright
infringement but I haven't been slapped on the wrist yet for it.  In reviewing the "source" list
on my stats page of Blogger, this seemed to get a lot of views from folks interested in
make up.  Maybe they wanted to know how Martha achieved her look as a moth. 

Number 6
I wanted to participate in "A Nest For All Seasons" Tripped Up Thursday blog party so I did a blog
post of my quest to try to discover how they made glowing jars in a picture that I had seen
on Pinterest.  One experiment involved breaking open glow sticks even though it is
forbidden to do so on the packaging.   I did get some fabulous glow-y pictures and great ideas
from other commenters but I never got to that perfect place of exact copy cat of the picture.
I spent more time and money on this project than probably any other that I have done while blogging.

Number 5
This was the first project that I posted about that got passed around on Pinterest and I got
to experience the increase in page views from that happening.  On this post, I was
reluctant to post about it because I did not come up with the original idea.  I had seen a  picture that
another blogger had posted of a spoon wreath in a store window and decided to try to make one
myself.  The original used colored spoons but I adapted the idea and used cheap clear spoons
and then spray painted them after the glue was dry. I learned that as long as you credit your
original source, that it is OK to post your own attempt.

Number 4
The actual cake pops in this blog post did not turn out all that well but somehow when folks google
"display cake pops", this post is one that is on the list of options to look at.  I'm always
embarrassed when I check my "stats" page and see that more people have viewed this post.
It's one of my older posts but it gets viewed a little every day so it's numbers keep climbing.

Number 3
This post on repainting a dresser with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint was my top viewed post for
a long time.  I was able to join the Friday party at Miss Mustard Seed blog with this piece and
got lots of "views" from that party.  It's the only time I have been able to go to that party because
your post has to be about furniture to participate and I haven't painted any other furniture
since I have started my blog.

Number 2
This blog post got a lot of views from the "It's Fall Y'all" Mantle party.  Also it got pinned
around on Pinterest during the Fall season.  I had been looking on Pinterest for inspiration myself and
saw some photos with antlers in them and like the look.  I used some that my son had in the attic.

Number 1
The post about Fall decorations inside and outside was by far the most viewed post that I had
this past year.  I shared it at several blog parties and it was also re-pinned on Pinterest quite a bit.
I really enjoyed having these decorations up during September, October and November.
If I had not had started blogging, I don't know if I would have decorated for Fall as much.
 It's a good  for me to be challenged by the lovely things I see other bloggers doing to their homes
to do more to make my home a warm and inviting place. 

I am sharing this post at
Top Posts for 2011 @ Southern Hospitality
Year In Review @ The Blooming Hydrangea
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
2011 Recap Party @ DIY Showoff


  1. You had some awesome posts in 2011! Wishing you all the best in 2012!

  2. Great review my dear. Loved em all. Have a Happy New Year.

  3. You had some beautiful projects that you shared...and even if not all the ideas were orginial you put your own spin on them and made them your own. Thanks for all the things you have shared here- xo Diana

  4. Love that spoon wreath....doesn't even look like spoons. Wow!

  5. Congrats on some pretty great projects!! Hey I just scored my first pair of antlers at a flea in Mississippi last week. And saw a great Christmas mantle decorated with them. :-) Love it!

  6. You have had a year of fabulous projects! What a great recap post!

    Thank you for being a friend to me and 2805 and for sharing at Potpourri Friday. I wish you a healthy, prosperous and sparkling New Year!


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