Best of 2012


I know, I know….I said I was taking the week off.  But I kept seeing all these awesome “Best of the year” blog posts and I couldn’t resist making my own! Without further ado, my favorite projects from this year:

1. DIY Wood Map Art

2. Faux Ceramic Vases

3. Best Dirt Cake Recipe Ever

4. Tree Trunk Candleholders

5. Cinnamon Stick Candleholder

6. Faux Chalkboard Art

7. DIY Beadboard Headboard

It’s been an awesome year and I’m super excited about 2013, I know it’s going to be even better! I have a lot of projects coming up to share and I recently launched a new blog/site So You Wanna Be A Blogger, and I’d love your support over there if you are a blogger or thinking about starting a blog!

Happy New Year, see you next week!
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  1. says

    You’ve done some wonderful projects in this past year – well done! I loved your headboard and your map wall art is just gorgeous! I wish you the best of luck and great blogging success in 2013, I’ll be watching to see what you come up with!

  2. says

    Oh, that dirt pudding recipe brings back memories! That use to be my mom’s go-to dish for parties and get-togethers and I was obsessed with it. So yummy! Looks like you had a great year. I am hosting a Best of 2012 Showcase Party if you’d like to swing by and share your favorite posts/projects of the year. No need to brush your hair or even put on a party dress;)

  3. hickory nut says

    i’m so glad i found this! i’ve been wanting to do something to the top of my sons’ unfinished toybox. i would like to put a sticky stencil down, and stain all but the stencil – so just opposite of what you did. i have been worried about bleeding under the stencil though. so you think if i condition first, then apply sticky stencil, then stain over the stencil, it shouldn’t bleed under the stencil? because then i want to peel the stencil off, leaving the raw wood under, and then clear coat the entire thing. based on your statement that the wood conditioner keeps it from bleeding, i’m getting the motivation to try it. Also, you conditioned, and then sanded, or sanded and then conditioned? i would appreciate any feedback. You did a great job!!

    • Melissa says

      Hey there! Honestly, I’d recommend tracing the stencil then hand painting the outline. It would make me very nervous to rely on the stencil to keep the stain from seeping. I condition and then sand (although to be honest I have skipped sanding and it didn’t seem to make a difference…the conditioning is the vital part.)

      • hickory nut says

        ok, thanks again! this is actually better advice anyway, because then it saves me from having to buy a stencil – i can just free-hand whatever i want. I appreciate the quick response, now it’s just waiting for it to warm up so i can stain outside! It will probably take me until summer to decide what i want to do anyway.


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