Like a bull in a china shop…
Especially when “the world” is the china shop and “ 2016 ” is the bull! It’s been a rough-and-tumble year for many folks across the globe and I suspect that there are more than a few of us that are happy to bid farewell to such a pummeling year.
But there were a few bright spots (for me)- like the Chicago Cubs winning the 2016 World Series- and yet another tremendously satisfying year of blogging. Even when the world seems like a dark, dark place…the light in my workshop flickers to life and I can repurpose-DIY-upcycle-create through it all. And then I get to share it with you! (Both the hits AND the misses, haha!)
I always love this point in the calendar year- when I look back at the numbers/stats and figure out which projects truly resonated. There are always some surprises in the mix, and it’s always fun to go back and revisit older projects that you may have forgotten (or didn’t even know about). So, let’s take a look at the Top 10 project posts from 2016…starting with #10…
Finding a cutter quilt at a thrift shop was a definite highlight in 2016…and I ended up making two projects with it so far. Re-repurposing my old window to display it was by far the favorite of the two projects, but the question is- will I eke out a third quilt project next year? Hmm…
This was a fun project for a couple of quirky reasons- first, I found out the back story on the “Made in Romania” stamp on this piece, AND I tried out stenciling for the first time! Needless to say, there will be more stenciling in my future (and probably some more jewelry organizers, too).
Sometimes a project sounds absolutely insane…like repurposing a wine-stained table runner into a clutch purse. But I had a vision in my head and was determined to bring it to life…which I did…and it was a big hit! I also got to continue my practicing my sewing skills, which I love to do from time to time.
Going into this one, I knew that one of two things would happen- either people would HATE the idea of making your own wired ribbon (because it’s so easy to buy!), or they would LOVE it (because it’s so customizable!). Thank goodness it was the latter…but I’m afraid that boyfriends and husbands may <literally> lose their shirts over it- ha!
Having seen SO many straw tote bags at the thrift store, I knew I needed to repurpose one in a unique way. Hanging one on the door and filling it with silk blossoms wasn’t my initial idea…but it just plain worked. It was *almost* too simple to warrant a blog post, but ultimately, aren’t you glad I did it anyway?
This, my friends, was definitely the sleeper hit of 2016! And for everyone concerned (because there were quite a few of you), no- this one is not in our yard with the key inside, tempting anyone to waltz right in. Of course, if anyone broke in, they might be disappointed by the tangle of thrift store junk and craft supplies that keep our otherwise-tidy home hostage at all times…
Who knew a simple suet/seed blend in a chipped coffee cup would be so well-received? But I loved that you loved it as much as my birds did…speaking of which, they’re probably ready for me to make one again for them. We have two woodpeckers that visit our feeders- a tiny downy woodpecker (aptly named Robert Downey, Junior) and a red-bellied woodpecker (named David Bowie…from his red/orange wig era). I wonder if I could tempt them with mug feeders??
I had a sneaking suspicion that this project would be in the Top 10 list! The magic of fireflies is like the fountain of youth- if only for a moment, we’re children again…running around the yard at dusk with a mason jar and boundless joy. And this version costs WAY less than the original, so…
When glass recycling came to a grinding halt (pun intended) in Greenville, South Carolina, I was fraught with frustration. We have since altered our shopping practices as much as possible to avoid buy glass jars and bottles, but at least I turned a few of them into pretty summer décor. Lemonade from lemons, right?
And here we are at #1! I’m pretty sure Martha herself invented fabric pumpkins…I just put my own Sadie spin on the idea by repurposing vintage black and orange bandanas! I’m actually in the process of making more for a top-secret reason…and I’ll probably spend the rest of my life hunting down Halloween-colored bandanas to make more of these little guys!
Also of note…
Honorable Mention (Round-up Post): 20+ Repurposed Flannel Shirt Ideas
Honorable Mention (Shotgun! Post): Junkin’ Journey: Athens, Georgia
So what will 2017 hold? Hopefully a little more kindness, understanding, and world peace! But as far as Sadie is concerned- more projects, new junkin’ trips, some cabin-themed ideas (more on that coming soon!), and probably a YouTube channel with DIY videos. At least, that’s the plan for now…
Thank you, thank you- for reading and following my journey…for welcoming me into your creative space and computer screen, day in and day out in 2016 …and for just plain being a friend. Cheers to us all this New Year’s…and may 2017 be full of creation, inspiration, and exploration.
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