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.
The "recipe" is in "A Homemade Chalk Recipe To Try".
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.
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