As bloggers, it's always fun to look back on the year to see which blog posts were most successful. So Leo and I decided to do a countdown of our Top 5 DIY posts of 2014. By successful, we mean the ones that received the most visits, and we determine this by looking at Google Analytics. There were a few surprises, and you'll have to see if any of these were your favorites, too.
Early in the year, Leo posted his 5 Tips for First Time Vegetable Gardeners which turned out to be our most visited post of the year. You know, we've only been gardening for 5 years now, but we have learned so much along the way. And nothing makes us happier than encouraging more people to start growing some of their own food. Be sure to check out his tips if you're thinking about starting a garden this year.
During last winter, Leo made 4 of these DIY Wooden Garden Obelisks and then posted about them. What we found out that many people were unfamiliar with the word "obelisk," but they could clearly see that they were garden trellis that would be very useful for growing climbing vegetables such as cherry tomatoes. Not only that, they give vertical interest in the garden as well. So glad we added these structures to our garden, and we're thrilled that lots of other people found the directions helpful to them as well.
Our next popular post was our summer porch post where I made a wooden sign based on one of my favorite songs "Summertime's Calling Me." Even though Christmas is barely over, I can't wait for more porch time weather.
In the fall, I had this idea to paint some cheap, plastic trick-or-treating pails and then turn them into Topsy Turvy Jack 'O Lanterns. It was one of the most fun projects of the year and apparently they inspired many of you to make your own versions.
And just recently, I posted about these DIY Santa Napkin Rings that I made one afternoon, and they have been pinned and re-pinned numerous times on Pinterest.
I hope you've enjoyed looking back at our Top 5 DIY Posts of 2014.
As always, we appreciate all our loyal readers as well any new visitors that happen to find our blog. We just find it amazing that people like to read about our comings and goings here around the Crossroads.
I'll be back tomorrow with the All Things Creative Team bringing you all kinds of ideas of how to clean, organize, and get healthy in 2015.
Hi Jane! It was so fun to see you and Leo's top posts for 2014. Sometimes I think those late in the year posts get the short end of the stick because they don't have much time to get "clicks" before the year is over. I love ALL of the posts that you had in THIS post but my favs (probably because I don't garden) are the topsy turvy pumpkins (they remind me of your tt planter) and the fabulous Santa napkin rings.
The napkin rings and the topsy turvy pumpkins were my favorites! Happy New Year!
Jane I loved your pretty summer porch and that topsy turvy pumpkin topiary is super cute!! Wishing you all the best in 2015!!
Don and I have enjoyed you and your husband's blog this year. I finally retired Christmas Eve so now maybe we can start using some of your ideas and help. Have a safe and happy New Year.
Loved, the Santa rings, didn't do it, but maybe for next year! Happy 2015 to you two!
You have some wonderful posts,your garden is just wonderful,i had a lot of fun reading the ideas you posted and am looking forward to 2015,Happy New Year to you and Leo.
Pat @ Life At Lydias House
Oh Jane, all of those were great projects but I can certainly see why the garden was the most popular spot. It is absolutely my favorite garden in blogland! Hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and wishing you the very best 2015!
Kris @ Junk Chic Cottage
Love all your creative inspiration. Your summer porch so sweet and love those napkin rings.
Have a great week as we head toward the new year. Looking forward to seeing all your creative inspiration for the new year.
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I always enjoy yours and Leo's fantastic projects and so look forward to them in 2015!!...Love those napkin rings!!
Michele @ Our Rosey Life
Jane ~ This is a nice, creative collection of ideas from spring to winter. I'm itching to try to make your garden obelisk for our garden this spring! Thank you for sharing them again.