Tuesday, January 1, 2013

My Favorite Projects of 2012

My favorite projects that I got done in 2012 were not
necessarily the "most viewed" on my blog but they 
were personally rewarding for me.  Either they were things
I had intended to do for a long time and finally completed
or just fun to do and see good results. 

After years of trying decide whether or not to paint my 
antique bookcase/dresser, I finally took the plunge and
painted it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

I do enjoy working with the official chalk paint but sometimes
I need chalk paint in a hurry and I don't have a supplier nearby.
I devised a way to mix some myself with wall texture from 
the home improvement store.  I can make it in as large or as 
small a quantity as I need in whatever color is wanted.
I used it on a mirrored screen and various smaller projects. 


Another painting technique that I experimented with was adding
artist gel medium to poster/art prints to make them look like
real paintings.  This project earned me a spot in the Shaw Home
Floorings "30 Days/30 Bloggers" Facebook Giveaway.
The first print I did was a winter print in 

I also continued to make "paintings" in 

...and compatible prints that mimick canvases in

"Summer of '12 Mantle"  also had an art print mounted on
foam core (I never did get around to adding the gel medium 
to it) and the  DIY faux Japanese fishing floats.

The most fun part of this mantle was the imitation dock 
pilings made out of pool noodles and wood-grained shelf paper.
I won $100 gift certificate from the Dollar Tree for that 
project which is detailed in "Using My Noodle(s)".

Another project that was a long time coming was to try to 
make an expensive looking Italian chandelier out of a 
standard inexpensive one in "The Chandy Challenge".


It was fun to try different techniques to make regular jars
look old in the posts "Making Jars Look Vintage" and

One of the projects that took the most experimentation to
achieve the look I wanted to copy (but could not find good
instructions for) was "Submerging Flowers".

My most recent endeavor (OK, my husband would call it an
obsession) was bleaching, painting, glittering inexpensive 
bottle brush trees for indoor Christmas decorating. 



 Yikes! I still have more bottle brush trees to do blog
 posts on but here are the ones I have done so far: 
"DIY Glittered Bottle Brush Trees"
"Bottle Brush Tree Mantle Vignette"
"Bottle Brush Tree Wreath".
(I know Christmas is over and no one cares about holiday decorating posts but I have not had time
to blog about the little trees and I just want to so I am...when I can...that's the fun of having a blog.)

By far, the most viewed posts that I did (thanks 
to Pinterest and Google) were the ones
involving deco mesh.  I love how quick the deco mesh
projects are to complete and how "showy" they are.
The biggest and most impressive deco mesh wreath
I made in 2012 was the spiral/curly style:

The tutorial for that wreath can be seen at 
"How to Make a Curly Deco Mesh Wreath".
I made it in Fall colors but, of course, you can choose any colors.

I'm almost embarrassed to look back on my first deco mesh
wreath I did a post on but it still gets lots of views.
"How To Make Deco Mesh Wreaths"

Other deco mesh wreaths I did blog posts on were
"How To Make A Deco Mesh Pumpkin",

"How to Make A Santa Belly Deco Mesh Wreath"

My most "viewed" post ever is the deco mesh garland!
"How To Make a Deco Mesh Garland"

In 2012 other blogging highlights I had were to go to the
Haven Blog Conference in June (just bought my ticket today
to go back to the 2013 Haven in August) and to have a 
blog design make over by Cutest Blog On the Block.
Who knows what 2013 will bring to Miss Kopy Kat?

I'm sharing this post over at
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Best Projects of 2012 Party @ Tatertots and Jello
Whatever You Want Wednesday @ Free Pretty Things For You
Top DIY Projects of 2012 Party @ Southern Hospitality
Weekend Bloggy Reading @ Serenity Now
Show and Tell Saturday @ Be Different Act Normal

10 comments:

NanaDiana said...

Oh- You had some VERY LOVELY projects here- I love them all and looking forward to seeing more in 2013-xo Diana

Diane said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such nice comments about my photography. I believe this is the first time I have seen your blog. You did a great job on your projects!

Nancy @ The Headmistress said...

All great; my favorite remains the artwork using prints and gel medium. Haven't tried it yet, but I surely do intend to! Thanks for reminding me!
Nancy

Heather Inspired said...

Oh your painting is beautiful, thanks for the little tour around - happy new year!

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

You really did some fun projects in 2012. I think my favorites are the painting from a print and the faux Japanese fishing floats. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with this year.
Happy New Year!
~Barb

Di Lewis said...

I ADORE YOUR PROJECTS!! I just added you on GFC , several of your projects are things I plan to do besides the bottle brush tree idea, I love the giant ribbon, giant wreath, chalk paint..etc! Happy New Year, Miss Kitty!! Di

FABBY'S LIVING said...

You have such great projects you did in 2012,and you have such a special talent for them too! I love the giant wreath, but then again, I love them all, actually.. hope I can make it, I'm not so talented that way, lol.. Thank you for your sweet and kind visit. Wishing you a great, healthy and happy 2013!
FABBY

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Love all of your projects!! And who says that because we work night shift, we have no time!! LOL!!

Thanks so much for your recent visit! I have signed up to Follow you and I hope you will consdier following Debbie-Dabble!

Hugs,
Deb

Laura said...

What amazing projects.
I would have a hard time picking a favorite.
Where do you find all of those wonderful colors of deco mesh?
Have a wonderful weekend!

Laura
White Spray Paint

Tanya from Dans le Townhouse said...

Amazing project round up!! I'm new to your blog, so it was fun to get this crash course. Can't wait to see more ideas in 2013!