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Top 10 Crafts of 2010

While I was able to do a top 10 post for both 2009 and 2010 on my food blog, this will be the first one for my craft blog. :) This blog means a lot to me. It has allowed me to get out of my creative rut and get back into the craft room again. Sure, I’ve been crafting regularly for over 5 years for Kaboose, and I love making kid’s crafts, but I had all but stopped creating projects that I enjoy personally. That all changed during 2010 and I have this blog, and all of you, to thank for that!

I’m excited about 2011, another year of fun projects and meeting new friends. I have a designated craft area in the basement now, and that makes me very happy. It makes my husband happy too since all my crap isn’t upstairs anymore, ha! I hope that everyone has the best new year ever and I thank you all from the bottom of my heart for commenting, emailing and sharing your projects with me on Facebook. Looking forward to yet another great year!

TOP 10 COUNTDOWN

#10 – Shabby Chic Decoupage Ladder
This project was one of those ah ha moments. I had seen a few different ways to use old ladders to decorate with and display photos, but I hadn’t seen any that had fabric decoupaged rungs! This was a Crafting with the Stars project, which was loads of fun in itself. I worked with my bud, Amy of Mod Podge Rocks, and this cool ladder was the result.

#9 – Paper Plate Owl Craft
Funny story about this owl. I actually made him twice, this was the second attempt. The first one ended up looking like an Easter chick. Ha! He was cute and all, but just not an owl. This is a fun project for kids!

#8 – Distressed Eat Sign
This is one of my favorite projects this year. I made this for my kitchen and it hangs proudly above my cabinets. I made this for Crafting with the Stars and used a couple different distressing techniques that were actually quite easy. It was loads of fun to make!

#7 - Epsom Salt Luminaries
You know, before I actually sat down and made these I had the idea in my head and couldn’t wait to get started. This was one of those projects that when you finish you just stand there and say to yourself “Yes! That’s exactly how I wanted it to turn out!” I originally posted these on December 16th, less than two weeks ago, but they are already at #8 in the countdown! WOW. Thank you!

#6 – Clothespin Art Center
I had no idea this would be so popular. It’s definitely a cute project, but I’m not sure if it was the use of the clothespins, the crayon papers, or the use of coloring pages that made it hit the big time. Who knows, I just know that you guys liked it! :)

#5 – Plastic Lid Ladybugs
Another one of my favorites from this past year! I love ladybugs and every summer I will make several different ladybug crafts. This one uses plastic milk and juice jug lids, a little paint and some wiggle eyes. A great craft for kids, it’s fast and they are adorable!

#4 – How to Make a Duct Tape Wallet
I love this post. It’s actually not me that made the wallet, but my youngest son’s friend who did. I took all the pics and wrote out the instructions, but she made it from start to finish. That’s why I love it so much. She shows just how easy it is for kids. :)

My daughter asked me to make this. She described a bracelet she had seen for sale somewhere and asked if I could make one. So I did a little googling and got to work. I had no idea it would be so popular!
Just like the epsom salt luminaries, this is one of those projects that made me smile from ear to ear. I had so much fun bringing these to life, and the fact that no one else had made these yet was icing on the cake. I did have to battle with one person who stole this post and claimed that she made them, but that is settled and gone now. I get so much personal satisfaction out of creating something from my brain that I swear it releases endorphins. ;)

I was very surprised at how popular these were this past Halloween. I loved them from the moment that I made them but really didn’t know they would take off like they did. They’ve been featured from here to Kingdom Come and everywhere in between. Even iVillage picked them up! I did put them on display again this past Halloween, they are so fun all lined up together!
So thanks for a great year everyone. Your comments, emails and posts on Facebook really encourage me to keep creating. I am having so much fun getting to know you all and look forward to a whole new year!

Me
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11 Responses to Top 10 Crafts of 2010

  1. 1
    Marie@PoutyPinkPrincess says:

    I LOVE the ladder!! Great job on all your crafts!

  2. 2
    Katherine says:

    the distressed "eat" sign is definitely a top ten from any blog. i love it. one of my favorites i've seen all year. happy new year!

  3. 3
    Cassie @ Primitive & Proper says:

    these are all great, but i love the ladder and the EAT sign best. and of course i love the paper plate owls! :)

  4. 4
    Alicia says:

    Great stuff, I LOVE the recycled lids and bread tags.

  5. 5
    Jenny @ DIY Newlyweds says:

    You are so creative, I love your projects! Especially both of the luminary projects :-)

  6. 6
    Amanda says:

    Thanks everyone!

  7. 7
    Kerri says:

    Every single one of these projects is amazing! In particular, I loved the epsom salt luminaries and I even included them as one of my faves in my holiday round up. I also adore the EAT sign. I am a new blogger, and a relatively new follower of yours. I am now hooked on your creativity!

  8. 8
    Katie says:

    All of your projects are amazing! Great recap on your top 10 craft projects in 2010!

  9. 9
    {northern cottage} says:

    Everytime I see it….I LOVE LOVE LOVE your EAT sign. Yummy!

    http://www.northerncottage.blogspot.com

  10. 10
    CraftyLikeLindy says:

    I have nominated you for an award on my blog
    http://onecraftyme.blogspot.com/2011/01/you-like-me-you-really-really-like-me.html

    Thanks for inspiring me!

  11. 11
    Joni says:

    I am so glad to see your halloween luminaries on here! I made some of my own after seeing this and I loved them.

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