Hello my friends! What an awesome holiday break I’ve had and I hope you did too! Mine involved a good two weeks off of the computer entirely since my laptop ended up in the shop; and while I would have liked to have it back sooner to get a jump on new year’s blogging, the time away from the keyboard was very refreshing.
As a blogger (or “online content creator”), it’s easy to become extremely future-focused – planning ahead for the next big project, moving on to the next task – and forget to pause and celebrate what has already been accomplished. When I write a post to share a completed project, it may seem like I’m standing there holding a big sign that says “Look at me! Look at this awesome thing I made! Isn’t it AWESOME?!”, but in my head I’m already feeling compelled to move on to other tasks.
Instead of my measure of success being my own personal satisfaction in my work and enjoyment of a project, it’s easy to focus on how popular the post is and how other people respond to and appreciate it. Chasing that positive response becomes a full time job of creating and promoting and creating and promoting (because even the most amazing project in the world will soon lose traction and become buried by other new content online) without much lasting fulfillment.
So anytime something disrupts that cycle (like taking some time off over the holidays), it’s a welcome reminder to stop and smell the roses and enjoy how far I’ve come. Because I just can’t charge into the new year without taking a moment to acknowledge the past.
Which is why today, I thought it would be fun to pull together The Gathered Home’s top 10 posts of 2014 as well as highlight a few lesser-known personal favorites.
Ready to dive in? Let’s start with a countdown to the most popular post of 2014 as far as pageviews and pins on Pinterest go…
The Top 10 Best DIY Projects of 2014
These were a fun, relatively easy project that I created as part of a handmade gift hop. I don’t currently have a place for them on my walls, but I’m sure they’ll make an appearance somewhere.
This was my backup plan when my original project for the Knock Out Knock Offs series I participated in this summer bombed. It was quick and easy, but after seeing the original in stores, I have to say I’m really pleased with the way my version turned out!
#8 – My DIY Wedding
I wrote this post in celebration of our fourth anniversary (our fifth is coming up soon!) and it was so much fun to relive our little low-key, last-minute wedding – lots of pictures and details in the post.
In 2014, I was really surprised to discover a love for textile art, especially retro-styled wall hangings. I played around with different techniques to create my own and I don’t think I’ll be tired of this trend anytime soon!
This was a long overdue DIY completed with the help of my dad. These rustic shelves are in our office and hold my husband’s craft beer bottle collection. I love all the colors and textures!
Yay! I’m so glad this post was popular – the sunburst detail is one of my favorite parts of my dining room makeover!
This is one of my favorite DIY projects from 2014! The supplies were minimal, but the outcome was just so perfect for my living room!
Gold leaf pillows? Yes please! I feel duty bound to report that ours did not last through the year – my husband did not get the memo that these were not to be smooshed, crushed and sat upon.
However, while the gold leaf dulled somewhat from constant abuse, it was actually my non-sewing job that gave up the ghost… I would totally make these again with sewn seams and use them as accent pillows on lesser-used chairs.
Another of my absolute favorite posts of 2014 and possibly one of my proudest DIYs of all time. I was so happy to see that this was a reader favorite as well!
And are you ready to see the number one most popular post of 2014 on The Gathered Home?
Can I let you in on a little secret?
I still don’t use my side of the desk.
My husband has his computer set up on the right side, but I much prefer to sit on the couch and use my laptop! I have found the desk surface near the window to have the perfect lighting for photography though, so I shoot many of my #thriftscorethursday finds there.
And finally, here are my three favorite posts from 2014 that didn’t make the list…
This post might not have gathered quite as many views as some others, but I’m just so happy with the way my living room turned out! It’s perhaps 90% finished in this picture, since I still need some final touches like oh, legs on my sofa. All in good time!
This is my favorite room in our house! I love all the bold colors and the quality of the light in here is fantastic. Bonus points: marsala rug!
I’ve got to say, I’m surprised this post was so far down the list of popular posts, since it was one of my favorite projects for 2014 – tied with the copper icosahedron light for coolness in my book! A love for copper took me by surprise this year. I thought nothing could come close to my love for brass, but copper is just such a versatile DIY supply and gorgeous metallic finish!
Isn’t it fun to look back? I’m not sure what 2015 will bring (no really – here’s hoping inspiration strikes soon!) but it’s nice to remind myself of what I was able to accomplish last year.
And I know you accomplished some awesome things too! Take a moment and brag on yourself today – what’s your favorite project you tackled in 2014?