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The best of C.R.A.F.T. in 2011 (and lessons learned!)

By best of C.R.A.F.T., I just mean the most page views :) I debated adding the actual number of page views in this post (don’t want you to think I’m bragging)… but in the end, due to my extreme nosiness curiosity I decided others might find it interesting too. I like sharing all of the deets… I’m a talker, and I’ll tell anyone– anything (especially if you were talking DIY, blog, or crafts!)

You can learn a lot from looking at good ol google analytics (which I did not start doing until Dec. 6, 2010… If you have a blog, please, please… sign up now… even if you have no idea what it is or how to use it!)

The number one most viewed post on C.R.A.F.T. in 2011 was…

1: 20 unique pumpkin ideas (461,664 page views, 21 comments)

Lesson learned: Sign up for Stumble Upon and use it! (Follow me if you’d like!) Stumble others posts you really like and even stumble your own every now and then! Thank you to whomever stumbled this post! You rock! I also learned (from a rude comment) that you can NOT just copy and paste pictures from other sites, you have to save them to your computer and then upload them to your blog! Thank you, Lorie and everyone on C.R.A.F.T. facebook, for nicely explaining it to me :)

2: C.R.A.F.T. #76: How to fix a broken I-Phone Screen (112,647 page views, 27 comments)
Lesson Learned: I debated and debated whether or not to post about DIY-ing a broken IPhone screen… and I’m so happy I posted it! If it’s useful for you, most likely others will find it useful too… It has saved us hundreds of dollars! I owe Sugardoodle a shout out for listing this post in her random 10 page back in May of 2011!

3: C.R.A.F.T. #21: Mini Scrapbook (45,090 page views, 13 comments)

Lesson Learned: Thank you again, Stumble Upon :) The funny thing about this post is when it originally went live in March of 2010 (just one month into my blogging obsession), I had awful cell phone pics in the post. When I realized the post was getting a lot of action, (I was embarrassed of my pathetic pics) I took better ones and changed them out! I could not fathom the idea of people coming to my space and seeing awful pictures! I have done that quite a few times now with older posts!

4: C.R.A.F.T. #82: How to tie dye Nails (22,868 page views, 25 comments)

Lesson Learned: Submit your posts to the big blogs, link up to parties, and pin your own stuff! AND once again, make your pictures pretty, even if it is after the fact! I just changed this one now! I have lots of people to thank for this post… Annie (these are her nails and her tutorial!), Jen @ Tatortots and Jello, and Pinterest!

5: I’m sew very happy freebie (22,559 page views, 9 comments)

Lesson Learned: I re-did this printable. It used to look like this. My theory is if I don’t like it or am tired of… you probably are too… I had the old version hanging in my house and decided it needed an update.  I made a new one and y’all liked it better too! This post went viral thanks to Everything Etsy! I was #2 on the 101 Pretty Printables list!!!

6:  C.R.A.F.T. #72: DIY Basal wood drawer organizer (11,835  page views, 21 comments)

Lessons Learned: This is still one of my all time favorite projects! I LOVE this drawer, like really, really love it. I submitted this to Curbly and they posted about it, thank you!! Submit, submit, submit. Be squeaky :) Curbly recently re- posted about it in their top 10 DIY organization ideas… whahooo! (I’ve got the  magnetic board with contact paper high on my to-do list!)

7: Valentine C.R.A.F.T. #1: ABC Freebie (8,916 page views, 30 comments)

Lessons Learned: If you are posting about holiday related things, try your best to post it a minimum of a month before. This original post was on January 10, 2011… I feel like it was perfect timing for people to notice it and post about it! I was so so so excited when Ashely @ Ashely Ann Photography gave C.R.A.F.T. some link love for this little printable.

8: 20 Halloween wreaths (6,767page views, 4 comments)

Lessons Learned: I like round ups, and so do other people! I love having all the images and ideas I like on one post! For C.R.A.F.T., holiday round ups seem to be a big hit!

9: C.R.A.F.T. # 79: Hex nut Bracelet (6,274 page views, 12 comments)
Lessons Learned: Again, link it up, baby! Thank you One Pretty Thing, Pinterest, and Craft Gossip!

10: Dad’s day gift round up (5,504 page views, 3 comments)

Lessons Learned: Crafters like their round ups! And once again, thank you, Stumble Upon!

C.R.A.F.T.’s top 10 referrals in 2011 were:
1: Stumble Upon
3: Feedburner
4: Google
THANK YOU to everyone who has featured C.R.A.F.T. in 2011… you have no idea how excited it makes me each and every time I see my creations on the internet!
And there you have it… the top 10 most viewed posts on C.R.A.F.T. in 2011 :) I think it is interesting to note that the top viewed does not equal the most commented on, weird right?  It’s also interesting to note that the top 10 in 2011 are not the same as the top 10 most viewed posts ever on C.R.A.F.T… 8 of the 10 are the same. You can see that list on the left hand side of the ‘ol blog.
Thank y’all for reading, I really can’t believe so many take their time to read my about my silly crafts! It makes me wish I would have majored in creative writing and photography in college, instead of psychology! Oh well, everything happens for a reason, right? 

Bakerella

I met Bakerella! (AKA Angie Dudley)
Bakerella
Everyone was able to sit down, ask her questions, take pictures, get their book signed (and point at her cute gold bow ring)! I scared her with my pointing she thought she messed up my name!
 Bakerella
I went with Rachelle who was wearing gold bow earrings and naturally got really excited when I saw Bakerella wearing a gold bow ring… it looked a lot like this one:
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I’ve had a thing for knots and bows since THIS post back in May of 2010.
I was able to ask Angie 2 questions:
1: Do you run your blog on your own? Yes she does. She also has a full time job as a graphic designer… Here schedule consists of her day job Monday- Friday, baking on Saturday, Blogging on Sunday. Oh yea, she has a book, a cake pop kit, and note cards, and does book signings on the weekend. AND she just launched a new site called cakepop.com. Whoa. Talk about an amazingly creative, super busy woman! Makes me feel a little lazy!
2: Where did you come up with the name Bakerella? Angie said, “Everyone thinks it has to do with Cinderella, but actually it comes from Barbarella.” Angie wanted an anonymous name, like Jane Doe, to bake behind. She likes Jane Fonda and briefly thought about using Jane Fondant, but did not want to limit herself to fondant only.  I had never heard of Barbarella (gasp if you may, but I am not a movie buff!)
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 Annie couldn’t make it, so her sister saved the day…
Bakerella
After the book singing we walked next door to Anthropologie… another creative wonderland. Check out the use of crushed cans as a wall display:
Monogrammed, book page ornaments:
 
Book page trees, cute with pinking shears and stacked on dowels:
 
Another good Christmas present for the crafty friend in your life, Design Sponge at Home :)
This post turned into a mini gift guide for all the crafty ladies in your life. Let’s recap: Cake Pop Book or kit, gold bow rings or earrings, monogrammed, book page ornaments, and Design Sponge at Home Book! Women are so much easier to buy for. Do you agree? Do you have a go to dad/boy/brother gift? I made a guy gift guide last year that has some easy-ish ideas!  Are you cake pop maker? Do you have a favorite combo? I’ve made a few, and ate a lot…

kid c.r.a.f.t. #20: Foam Board Memory Game

Homemade Christmas gifts

Materials:

Homemade Christmas gifts

The easiest way to cut the foam board is with a metal ruler and an X-ACTO.  I figured out that one 20×30 piece of foam board will make 150 2in. x 2in.  squares!  You could make 15, 10 square games with a SINGLE piece of foam board! You could do this craft with a whole class or birthday party for a couple of bucks.

Here is my darling crafting partner in deep focus…

Homemade Christmas gifts

I love her sky… It’s the pink square. She wasn’t a fan of making the squares look exactly alike, but as long as we labeled them “flower” or “bird” she could make them as different as she wanted!

Homemade Christmas gifts

Then, of course, we played! And she won… Twice! 

Homemade Christmas gifts
Homemade Christmas gifts

Just so you know the memory card underneath the sky card in the upper left hand corner is a magic Christmas tree… Gotta love a kid’s imagination!

Homemade Christmas gifts

I’ve made another version of memory out of balsa wood. Foam board memory game was much easier as far as cutting the pieces goes! Speaking of games… Annie thinks we need to have a “Game of Love” theme for the celebration of Love (some people might call it a wedding! You can see our joint pin board with loads of  DIY lawn game inspiration HEREHappy Friday and don’t forget to enter the Elmer’s Giveaway! You could win all the supplies to make 15 memory games, 20 family tree ornaments, and a state map