December 27, 2012

Positively Splendid’s Top 12 of 2012

This time of year, I am always thankful for the way my blog serves as a little time capsule of sorts, allowing me to take a walk down memory lane to remember my favorite (and no so favorite!) creative projects from the last twelve months.

2012 was a bustling year here at Positively Splendid, with multiple home decorating ventures, craft projects and some tasty recipes to provide plenty of fuel along the way. Today, I’m sharing my top 12 posts from 2012. Let’s get right to it!

12. Valentine Wreath

Something about this sweet wreath made my heart happy. The vibrant colors and yummy texture added a splash of life to my kitchen during the doldrums of winter. I can’t wait to display it again this year!

11. Portable First-Aid Roll

Combining style with functionality, this is a sewing project that is great for beginning and experiences sewists alike.

10. Cream Cheese-Filled Sweet Bread

The memories I have of my mom making these loaves and wrapping them up to give as gifts to friends at the holidays are some that I will always hold dear. This recipe helps me recall precious days gone by!

9. Red, Lime and Gold Christmas Mantel

I was so proud of how this display came together, and particularly the DIY gold sunburst mirror (made with foam board and a ceiling medallion) and my bright and cheery classic cuffed stockings.

8. No-Sew Felt Poppies

Perfect for adorning everything from handbags to home decor items, these beauties are deceptively easy to assemble.

7. Kitchen Dining Area Update

In terms of the overall impact on the aesthetic of an area in our home, no other project that I completed this year can rival this one. These updates completely transformed this space, and what I think I am most proud of here is that I was able to mainly use things I already owned. A quote from that post that I particularly like:

Satisfaction in one’s home can only be achieved when you stop focusing on what you don’t have and start appreciating what you do.

Words to live by!

6. Stacked Wall Frames

These frames come together quickly and inexpensively, but the end result looks completely current and on-trend. I love that the method I came up with for these beauties allows me to easily switch out the photos as the moods strikes me!

5. Magnetic Refrigerator Art Frames

I reclaimed my messy, cluttered fridge with these little gems. I would recommend this project to anyone wanting a functional, stylish way to display the work of their little Picassos!

4. Hallway Command Center

To say that this project revolutionized the day-to-day operations of our little family is putting it mildly. This project, which turned an under-utilized hallway in our home into a command center for coats, important papers, keys and more has been an absolute life-saver! My husband says this is his favorite project of the year, hands down.

3. First Day of School Interviews

Having my children fill these questionnaires out year after year will result in a keepsake scrapbook to cherish for a lifetime.

2. Sewing Room & Home Office Reveal

At the beginning of 2012, I never would have dreamed I would wind up with a dedicated space for my creative endeavors. It is a genuine dream come true!

…And my overall favorite post from 2012…

1. Baby Boy Nursery Reveal

I sewed, painted, and DIYed my little heart out to get this room ready for baby George’s arrival. Even after a year, it is still my favorite room in the house!

I would love to know: Did your favorite PS post from 2012 make the list? 🙂


 I know I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a part of Positively Splendid. I can’t wait to continue our creative journey together in 2013!

Amy @ Positively Splendid

Amy @ Positively Splendid

Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you'll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.
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9 Responses to Positively Splendid’s Top 12 of 2012

  1. nest of posies December 27, 2012 at 11:40 am #

    amazing projects & amazing detail to every single post!

    All the best to you & your sweet family in 2013~!


  2. Courtney Taylor December 27, 2012 at 5:28 pm #

    I truly love your bl

  3. Courtney Taylor December 27, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    Lets try this again…I truly love your blog! Your craft room was my favorite project. Absolutely beautiful!
    Happy New Year!

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid December 31, 2012 at 8:15 am #

      Thank you so much Courtney! Happy 2013 to you, as well!

  4. Christina at I Gotta Create! January 19, 2013 at 9:23 am #

    Great projects, Amy!
    {fyi: your kitchen reveal link goes to the poppy tutorial 😉 }

    <3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original link party is open.

  5. Teresa Robbins February 26, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    I just found your site from a friend’s facebook post. WOW! You may have just become my new favorite site. I love everything I have seen so far. I especially liked the sewing room and home office because I am getting ready to make my own. Your blog is truly “Positively Splendid”. Thank you so much for sharing your creativeness and inspiring me to get creative myself. That is priceless.

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid February 28, 2013 at 6:02 am #

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Teresa! I am so glad you found your way here.

  6. Emma April 6, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    Dittos to Teresa – You are my new favorite blog! You definitely inspire me to be creative (and decorative) within organization! I don’t have a crafty bone in me; I’m happy instead when everything is organized down to a science. But you’ve shown how I can make it look beautiful too! The DIY ideas are simple and seem like something even I could do 🙂 Btw, your dining area and craft room are lovely! Thank you for your inspiration!

    • Amy @ Positively Splendid April 9, 2013 at 10:55 am #

      Thank you so much for your sweet words, Emma! I truly appreciate you taking time to brighten my day with your comment! registered & protected

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