Top DIY Projects of 2013 – It was a Good Year


Happy 2014 my friends – it feels good to be back.

I feel renewed and ready to face a new year.

How about you?

I thought I would start off 2014 with a look back on last year and our top DIY projects of 2013.

It was a such a great year and one of the things I love the most is what I have learned and the relationships and friendships I have formed.  I was lucky enough to work with some amazing brands and companies and I am blessed to call many fellow bloggers friends.

I have always said that as a blogger Sudoku is not necessary – you know to keep challenging your mind.  Blogging takes care of that all by itself.

I thought I would share a mixture today of some of your favorite posts – and one or two of mine.

This post cracks me up.  It is by far the most popular post I have ever written – by a lot.  I wrote it about 2 months into blogging and it is terribly written, the photos are small and bad – but I guess the idea works.  It is a lesson to me – yes, pretty pictures matter, well written posts matter – but in the end, readers just want good ideas.

Born of a real need not to use all of my friend’s vintage ornaments, I came up with a way to make new ornaments look vintage.

new ornaments look vintage

Just like me, you all love a good home tour.  I was so excited to host my first home tour this year and had the opportunity to pair with some incredible bloggers who also shared their homes as part of the Finding Fall Home Tour.


And then  I met some new readers through this year’s Holiday Housewalk with Jennifer Rizzo.  I shared our home all decked out for Christmas.


This year I did a few projects with Mod Podge – and y’all seemed to really like both of them.  The first one was rustic art on an old piece of wood.


And then I created a faux painted canvas look


And now that you found new art ideas, you wanted to know you to hang them.  I shared 10 tips on hanging almost anything.


And then we all got a little crafty and made homemade goat’s milk soap.


I created a wreath from wood slices for the fall and for Christmas.

Oh, and the Christmas one may have been shipped to a magazine for next year!


In perfecting timing for getting organized for the new year, I shared tips on organizing craft supplies.  I need to do a little work on the pile of post-Christmas-crafting pile in front of the cabinet right now – so I will be using these tips myself today!


And also as part of our office / craft room makeover, and my favorite project of the year, we shared our built-in desk.  It was also an amazing opportunity to work with The Home Depot.


You can see all of our home office / craft room projects here.

And your last favorite project of the year was vintage mason jar solar lights.


Now, for my favorite.

For what made 2013 so amazing.

Our new journey.

And it is changing.

We are jumping.

We are living.

And it feels great.

Stay tuned….

Thank you for all your support, kindness, comments, encouragement and friendship you offered me in 2013.

Let’s do this 2014!


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11 thoughts on “Top DIY Projects of 2013 – It was a Good Year”


  1. I am partial to that darling cow-dear, from the post that helped me to discover you! 🙂 I’m looking forward to this year, and to looking back at your wonderful posts from LAST year!

  2. Hi Laura, I’m loving your wreath made of wood slices. I’m going to try this very soon since I recently got some wood slices. Thanks for all your inspiration throughout 2013 and Happy 2014!

  3. Hey Laura. I only recently found out about the Mod Podge photo transfer and I’ve fallen completely in love with it. I’m trying to read everything I can about it and I’m so happy about the fact that you’ve featured not only one of such posts here, but two! Thank you, thank you, thank you! 😀

    I wish you a great 2014 and I hope last year wasn’t all too shabby either 🙂
    Love, Nathalie

  4. Hi Laura! I am so glad I read this post today. I have a question for you. I delved further into the post you wrote about how to hang anything, and we are trying to find a solution on how to hang a mantel that we recently had made from a barn beam. It is a solid piece of wood, and weighs between 80-100 lbs. Do you think that the French cleats would work for this? I clicked on you link to Amazon and found some that say they will hold 200 lbs. I read the reviews and all were good, but no one mentioned hanging a mantel with them. I wondered, since you have experience using them, if you think this would work for us. I would very much like to hear your opinion on this. If you have trouble responding to this email, you can reach me at Thanks and congratulations on a splendid year!

  5. What an awesome year yo have had. I have pinned so many of your projects and even made a few. I made the soy candles for my bunco group and they were a hit.
    I absolutely love the wood wreath. We were on vacation this summer in the Poconos at Skytop Lodge and they had a wreath sort of kind of similar to yours. I immediately feel in love with it but couldn’t justify spending over $100.00 for it. I left Skytop thinking of that wreath. I was so excited that a few months later you did a tutorial on how to make the wreath. The hardest part for me was finding the log. I finally found one. Now all I need to do is put it together. I can’t wait to see what the magazine does with it.
    You really are very talented and I’m so happy to found your blog. You have inspired me in so many ways. Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for 2014. Happy New Year.

  6. Laura found you this year.I so enjoyed following you and plan to start my new year with my door that is outside. Was in luck to find big wash tubs about a month ago. So cant wait to plant them with my door.I will also be doing more of the wonderful things from your blog. Keep them coming. Happy New Year to you and your family. Also that cute g/d puppy of yours. Love mine with all my heart.