Friday, December 30, 2011

Year in Review!

Cue the music that announces something important is about to happen ...

Because it's time for ...

Actually it's not really a year, since I've only been blogging for 61/2 months, but all the other bloggers are reviewing their years, and I want to too!  So let's not nitpick.

First I want share the top three posts in terms of page views to date:

Way out in front with 1,560 page views is my Magical Mercury Tutorial.  I was just gobsmacked (as my British friends say) when I saw that number!  I love the word gobsmacked.  I wish I could use it, but it sounds a bit strange coming out of the mouth of someone who doesn't have an English accent. Anyway, it got picked up on a bunch of sites, which is great.  But I'll have to come up with an amazingly good interpretation of a craft to beat that, and so far I haven't.

Next is A Gender Friendly Makeover with 481 page views. That didn't flabbergast me after seeing number 1, but it's still pretty decent for my new-ish site.  That's another word I like--flabbergast. I can use that one, but I rarely get the chance.  I mean really, how often a day are you flabbergasted? 

And close behind is Some Frenchie Flair with 402 page views. That's just the bees knees.  That's a cute phrase from the '20s.  Not something I say or want to say, but it's cute. 

Next up are my favorite projects from 2011.  I think it's fitting that I start with the very first project I posted, this console:

I think this is one of my most dramatic before and after projects, because it was just plain ugly when I started!

The console was also the first project for my next favorite, the dining room makeover, which took for friggin' ever, mainly because of the table, but which I think was worth it in the end.  This project also included the chairs, china cabinet, and the famous butt chairs.  And best of all, I actually made money on the makeover--so it's got to be up there with my favorite projects of the year!

The chest in the Gender Friendly makeover is also one of my favorites.  I love the color inside the drawers.

This nightstand was such a mess when I got it, but I had a hard time selling it when it was done--I just thought it was so pretty!

And this table is a good example of keeping an open mind, because I didn't think I liked it at first, but it has totally grown on me.

And lastly, I just want to thank the following blogs for hosting link parties because these are my top referring sites (other than Facebook, which is actually the number two referring site, so thank-you Facebook friends for linking up when I post an update blatantly begging you to look at my blog!):

My Repurposed Life
Miss Mustard Seed
Primitive & Proper
Between Naps on the Porch

I  know of only one of you that reads me fairly regularly (hi Cassie!), but in case any of the rest of you happen to be looking at today's post I want to say to you all, I am gobsmacked when I look at your blogs, and utterly flabbergasted by your talent.  You are all the bees knees!

Sharing at French Country Cottage: Feathered Nest Friday


  1. You've completed some great projects Deborah. It's fun to look back. Wishing you a very happy, and productive New Year.

  2. ha ha! hi back! i wanted to pop in and say i am really glad you decided to start blogging and glad i have gotten to know you better! looking forward to 2012!

  3. Here is to a full year in review for 2012.
    I cheated too ;)
    Happy New Year!!

  4. You have some awesome stuff! I'm featuring the glasses on my blog tomorrow (or today, depending on your time zone).

  5. Deborah, with such a new blog, you've been so successful! I've enjoyed watching you remake some of your beautiful furniture and remodel your rooms.

    Can't pick out a favorite as all of your work is awesome!

    Wishing you a wonderful new year filled with joy, love and happiness!


  6. I love your blog and since I think Craigslist is the BOMB, your name caught my eye right away! I tried out the Mercury Glass - thank you for that, mine turned out great! I'm starting a blog soon and it's encouraging too see what a great job you've done in such a short time :)

  7. @Sunday-I can't write you back because your email isn't on your profile, but I wanted to say thanks and good luck with your blog! There are a lot of new bloggers I follow who have done much better than me in a shorter time--it's all about the amount of time you can put into it. Once you're up and running let me know and I'll follow you! (Hope you're following me!)


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