Top 10 Projects of 2013

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I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with friends and family! 

We sure did! We didn’t do any traveling this year which was really nice. I’ve been taking a bit of a  blog break with the kids being out of school. September through December is an incredibly busy time so a little down time was in order.

This break was in order for me to unwind and revive for the upcoming new year! I can’t believe it is almost 2014!!!!

I’m close to 1-1/2 years of blogging and have learned a lot along the way. I’ve also made some wonderful friends as well from fellow bloggers to YOU…my readers. I appreciate your support and getting to know you! I am looking forward to the year ahead!

In reflection, I’ve taken a look at my stats and wanted to share with you My Top Ten Projects of 2013!

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Quick and Easy Knitted Infinity Scarf from Our Southern Home

My Quick and Easy Knitted Infinity Scarf has been my highest viewed post and it has only been live since November 22nd! It has actually been a hit with my daughter’s friends. She gifted yarn that she picked out for all of her friends with a note that I was knitting this for them! Needless to say, I’ve been a knitting fool. I’m just about finished with the third and have 4 more to go! I can finish one in about 3 nights of TV knitting. If you know how to knit and purl, this is a simple scarf!

No sew drop cloth curtains with removable toile topper from Our Southern Home #nosewcurtains #dropclothcurtains #windowtreatments

 This project was one that I was a little iffy about! My husband thought I was nuts….No-Sew Drop Cloth Curtains! We were all surprised! They look so tailored and hang beautifully! I’ll definitely be making these again. The great thing is that the toile fabric is attached with the drapery hooks so nothing is permanent! 

Painting Mismatched Picture Frames to create a Santa gallery wall from Our Southern Home #anniesloanchalkpaint #ascp #santaphotos #santagallerywall

Santa Gallery Wall

Painting mismatched frames with Annie Sloan Chalk paint from Our Southern Home #ascp #chalkpaint #anniesloanchalkpaint

Painting Mismatched Picture Frames with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint  and the Santa Gallery Wall were fun. I still have my kids take a yearly Santa picture at the same studio! The frames became so numerous that it was a challenge trying to find a place to put them each Christmas. I decided to do the gallery wall upstairs to enjoy them year around!

Thrift store furniture can be used on a porch with the proper paint via Our Southern Home #paintingoutdoorfurniture #thriftstore #porch

I really enjoy decorating our porches with thrift store furniture. Painting Thrift Store Furniture with the right paint and prep can give furniture years of beautiful use without spending a fortune!

Coffee Filter Wreath Tutorial from Our Southern Home #coffeefilterwreath #coffeefiltercrafts

 This was my first coffee filter craft projects and wow! Once put together, you’d never know it was made with coffee filters. I’ll definitely be making more Coffee Filter Wreaths.

Antique desk painted with Annie Sloan Chalk paint with a grain sack stripe from Our Southern Home #grainsack #ascp

 My mom found this $15 desk at a yard sale. We thought it would look fabulous in my son’s bedroom and it does! Annie Sloan chalk paint is such a pleasure to work with. This antique desk has been one of my favorite painting projects!

Tips on hanging a gallery wall from Our Southern Home #gallerywall #hangingagallerywall

Hanging a Gallery Wall is so much easier if you use a template!

Transform a Goodwill mirror into a chalkboard from Our Southern Home #chalkboard

 I am loving this Goodwill Mirror turned into a chalkboard. I have been using it for seasonal chalk art. 

Beefy Tortellini soup from Our Southern Home #soup #tortellinisoup

Now this isn’t exactly a project, but my family loves this Beefy Tortellini soup! It is great on a cold night with crusty French bread. 

This is just my Top 10 projects from 2013. It doesn’t include the various room and home tours from the year. You can find them HERE.  A few of my top posts were Christmas related, but I am sure you are all over Christmas crafts! I decided to leave those out! My project gallery can be found HERE.

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Link Parties that OSH parties at on occasion!

Monday:  Between Naps on the PorchBoogieboard Cottage – Masterpiece Monday

Tuesday:  The Scoop at Cedar Hill Farmhouse and Inspire Me Party at A Stroll Thru Life, Setting for Four – Project Inspire{d} 

Wednesday:   Savvy Southern Style

Thursday:   From My Front Porch to Yours52 MantelsStone GableHome and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life, The Shabby Creek Cottage ,No Minimalist Here

Friday:  French Country CottageMy Repurposed LifeMiss Mustard Seed Furniture FridayCommon GroundThe Charm of HomeRooted in Thyme,Imparting GraceKeep Calm and Link Up,  at the picket fence – Inspiration Fridays,  My Romantic Home – Show and Tell Friday,  Craftberry Bush – Inspiration Gallery Friday,  SnapCreativity – Show and Tell 

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  1. Love your projects! what a great year you had!

  2. I love and remember each and every one of these posts Christy!! All wonderful…and no surprise they are your top ones!
    I love the scarf but do not knit!! ;) My niece gave me one of the arm knitted scarves for Christmas though! I mighhhhttt be able to do that! lol I am not sure how you found the time in your super busy schedule to knit those!!!
    I am so happy I “met” you! And I am really looking forward to the new year and all that it brings!
    Happy New Year to you and your family Christy!
    xoxo
    Nancy
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  3. Sheryll & Critters. says:

    Oh the Infinity Scarf, yes, I am going to make that also. I don’t have enough yarn (only bought one skein) of the Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn (I love that one) and planned to just wing it by just knitting a long narrow scarf, but I want yours….. now to remember how and what the difference is between the knit stitch and the purl…… lol.

  4. Sheryll & Critters. says:

    I love, love, love all of these DIY projects. I am using the cheapest white sheets I could find (plain) for my side panels in my bedroom and then will be making some short cafe style for the actual windows (again cheapest), but I am making fabric ties for mine. And using two metal conduit (electrical in HD) for my rods and believe it or not, tennis balls for my finials. I got the finial idea from Diane over at http://www.inmyownstyle.com. She too is so very clever and creative and does stuff very inexpensively too. I am going to start looking for some pretty color or print for the tops of my panels too. I just love your idea. And the heck with sewing everything the old fashion (traditional) way…. just not worth it now to me. I am an expert seamstress, but no longer want to sew (too hard to see) and no room either to haul out the old Singer.

    I wish I had that gorgeous desk and the colors are wonderful. If I found such for even close to that great a price, I have no way to get it home…. but I would and am willing to try. And I wish I could afford that ASCP I keep reading about and the color would work for my living room furniture.

    And the Gallery wall….. sigh, I have had that on my wish list for seems like years now. lol And I definitely want that tool you spoke of for sure!

    The soup I too make, but usually end up with potatoes instead of the Tortellini….. but will have to put that on my list also. Hey, did you know that you can just toss the onions and ground, very lean beef into the pot and simmer it….. just in case you ever get stressed and no time for prepping. I used to just toss it all in without browning the meat, back when I worked a hundred hour week EVERY week. Fresh tomatoes and veggies….. sigh, I want some right now. I think I could eat this every single day.

    Thanks for all the great ideas. Oh I almost forgot, I am going to make that wreath too… soon as I get the supplies. I have the red and green Folk Art paint, so I am halfway there.

  5. Awesome projects Christy…I am so going to make that soup YUMMY! Looking forward to seeing what you have planned in the New Year! Wishing you a wonderful 2014 my friend!
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  6. I love all your projects. Each was unique and required different skills. To me, that means you are one talented lady.
    I especially love the drop cloth drapes. I hope to do some for my screened porch this spring. I used the templet method for hanging the mirrors up my staircase. That was the only way I could accomplish it in that tricky area. I remember seeing the grain sack desk. It is awesome.
    Have a Healthy and Happy New Year, Ginger

    • Thank you so much! You have made my day. :) I bet those mirrors are beautiful on your staircase! I’ve always been a fan of mirror gallery walls. I hope to hear from you again. Happy New Year, Ginger!! XXOO Christy

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