I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays and is looking forward to ringing in the new year! We had quite the whirlwind last week. Christmas was at my home for the first time ever and I never realized or appreciated how much work went in to hosting the big day. Now I know. :) My birthday was two days later and my parents were kind enough to watch the kids for us so that my husband and I could spend some time together, just the two of us. He said we could do whatever I wanted, so of course I chose to go to the Restoration Hardware outlet!!
I didn’t buy anything but had fun looking. And I did spot the cutest puppy leaving the store – a Goldendoodle! It looked like a soft stuffed animal.
Looking back at 2013 I realize it was a big year for me. I started Tidbits&Twine in March of this year and it was a big step for me. Putting myself out there pushes me out of my comfort zone, but I’m so glad that I did it! I’ve had so much fun with the blog and getting to know my readers and I’m grateful for each and every one of you.
So what did you like on the site this year? Well, by far the most popular post was the DIY Inexpensive Fall Wreath and Fancy Bow. The post showed how I just use one wreath for each season and simply wire different elements on to it to create a new look. (Click on the text links or picture to see the original posts.)
Included in the post were step-by-step instructions for making a fancy bow and that turned out to be by biggest Pin of the year, getting over 85K pins in just a couple of months!
I then posted an update to the wreath for Christmas by simply removing the fall floral stems and replacing them with holiday ones.
Tips for mixing patterns was also quite popular. While mixing patterns can be daunting, the result creates a look unique to your home!
I made a Mason Jar Manicure Set & Lantern for my daughter’s preschool teachers and shared the information on the site. The sets contained everything they’d need for an at-home manicure, plus an electric candle so that they could use the jar as a lantern when done.
You also liked seeing other creative and decorative uses for mason jars because the truth is, mason jars are so practical! I love these jars used as lemonade drinking glasses!
Finding new uses for everyday items is always an interesting topic because it provides lots of new decorating ideas. I have a lot of birdcages in my home (some functional, some not!) and so shared these 12 ideas for decorating with birdcages.
After finding a box of picture frames I had tucked away and forgotten about, I also shared ideas for how to reuse picture frames….for purposes other than pictures!
It seems that the idea of decorating your kitchen was also quite popular this year and I shared some of my ideas on how to make your kitchen look decorated, but practical.
Styling tips were also common topics, including how to decorate a mantel and how to style a bookshelf. How to Decorate a Mantel included tips for creating layers and maintaining a triangle of movement.
How to Style a Bookshelf Like a Pro included tips for creating a decorative look to your bookshelf.
Finally, exploring How to Disguise a Flat Screen TV was popular on the blog this year.
Of the seven ways listed, I ended up creating a gallery wall to “hide” my TV.
Thank you all for making 2013 a great year. Wishing you all a safe and happy New Year. See you in 2014!
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