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Top Ten Projects & Posts of 2022

Can you guess the top ten projects of 2022? Some surprised me! Will you be surprised, too? Plus a look forward to 2023!

Happy New Year’s Eve!

NYE is a great time to reflect back at a year.

At its resolutions (kept and, well . . . ).

At the accomplishments (huge, tiny and everywhere in between).

At the joys and triumphs (as well as the trials and losses).

I thought you might enjoy seeing which of my projects of 2022 landed in the top ten. These Top Ten projects are totally objective — based solely on the Google Analytics numbers. How many views each post received for the year.

I know, it’s not truly apples to apples, because some posts have been live 11, almost twelve months and some just weeks old. But it’s the best objective measurement I have to go with.

You, on the other hand have permission to be totally subjective in your rankings! Please leave me your favorites in the comments. Are there one’s you thought should be on the list that didn’t make it? Are there some that made the list, but not with the ranking you think it deserves? Feel free to set us straight!

10- Lambs Ear Trees

This is one of those that’s just weeks old!

But they are super cute — so I get it.

All of my fresh Lambs Ear posts have been off the charts. I guess preserving fresh lambs ear was a well kept secret that I let out of the bag.

two small lambs ear trees in foreground with large tree and poinsettia tree in background wit linen runner

9- Functional Buffet Tips

I am thrilled this one made the list. It’s not the splashiest if my holiday posts, so I was a bit surprised.

It tells me, my readers like a hearty serving of helpful tips and tricks for entertaining. This post alone contains 17 tricks for making a buffet table functional AND beautiful!

8- Library Wall Finale

This was the final chapter of a great DIY — adding the critical closed storage to this massive library wall we installed in 2021.

And that massive library wall was one of the top posts in 2021. This whole room turned out fabulous!

Two adirondack chairs with pillows and pumpkins and a large flower pot arrangement sitting on the finished DG patio

7- Crushed Granite Patio

Another Finale post!

Takeaway: my readers really like spectacular finishes! And this truly is one.

The end of an enormous project that we absolutely could not be happier with!!! So very glad we went with the granite over pea gravel!

6- Soft Fold Roman Shade

This is such super easy and inexpensive way to get custom window treatment — allowing light in but privacy where needed.

Low sew and low cost!

It’s a win all the way up and down!

A roman shade in a double window covering the upper half with linen drapery panels hanging on each side.

Two polaroids of family activities tied with bows as these activities were the Christmas presents

5- Family Gift Exchange

One of the BEST things we’ve ever done!!!!

We changed our family gift exchange 5 years ago, and we’ll NEVER go back.

See if this is the solution you didn’t even know you needed.

4- Decorative Candles

Creative problem-solving at its finest!

Eliminating a frustration point + saving money = more joy!

Are you with me on that?

Three vintage gold battery operated taper candles are lit and standing in a glass bowl filled with sand

A Lambs Ear Christmas ornament hanging from a fir branch

3- Lambs Ear Ornaments

Hands down my favorite ornament to make — ever!

And it’s so simple! And virtually free!

You’ll want to make room for perennial Lambs Ear in your garden plans!

2- New Porch Swing

One of my favorite upcycles — ever! And a definite favorite of my readers. Not at all surprised by this one landed on the list.

Can you guess what it’s made from?

Finished Repurposed Satellite Dish Swing hanging on a balcony next to a green plant with a light throw and accent pillow in the swing

Closeup of the west wall of the organized walk in pantry.

1- Walk-in Pantry

The clear No. 1 –This took me by surprise!!!

It’s not a particularly sexy post, but it is filled with clever ways to maximize storage and organization.

And I guess that’s what y’all want.

I get that. I’m a huge champion of function first and then we make it pretty!

Any Surprises for You?

Any insights from this list? It seemed like the favorites are rather evenly distributed across the broad categories of Organizing, DIY Builds, Entertaining and Crafting, with a sprinkling of Gardening and Upcycling.

Did you miss some of these posts throughout the year?

Was there a favorite that didn’t make the list? Please share it below in the comments!

Any insights you take from this list of favorites?

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Are You Excited for 2023?

workout shoes, hand weights and tape measure beside a lightbulb drawing exploding with creative ideas and color

If your resolutions include regular workouts — you’re at the right place.

We’re going to be flexing out creativity muscles regularly. This is how you strength that critical muscle and lower the stress in our life, making room for more joy!

I know I’m excited about all that 2023 promises!!!

I’m making plans and putting together a schedule for the year.

But you, my reader and friend, hold a critical component of my planning!

It’s your opinion! It’s what you enjoy, what you need, what you come looking for.

My goal is to make you smile and bring extra joy to your life with creativity: creative problem solving, creative doing and creative making.

I’m sending out a survey soon for you to share your thoughts, needs and opinions so I can tailor our creativity workouts to what you enjoy. Please keep an eye open for this and share it all.

For now, Happy happy New Year! Looking back, I want to repeat again, how grateful I am for your presence here. For every time you visit, for every post you read, for every comment you leave, for every share and for every affiliate link you use, Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Here's to Joy-Filled Living, Diane

1 Comment

  1. Barbara at Mantel and Table

    That sounds about right Diane. 🙂 LOVE all your projects – it was a great year! Thanks for sharing all the goodness, and here’s to a super happy new year for you and your lovely family!



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