One of my favorite things to do at the start of each new year is look back at what I’ve done on the blog the year before. January 2016 marks the eighth anniversary of She Makes a Home! It’s absolutely incredible to think that when this blog started I was a 22-year-old newly wed college senior living in a tiny apartment. If you’d like to look back at previous year-end reviews, check out 2014, The 2013 Review that Never Happened, 2012, and 2011.
So here we go: these are my favorite posts; my most popular posts; and my most useful posts of 2015.
January started with a list of six kitchen tools that have totally changed the way I cook. I told you why I love them, and where you can find them online.
I also touched on the “frosting” vs. “icing” debate, which you can vote on. Admittedly, it is a superficial debate; however, some people only use one term or the other, and I wanted to know why.
February is always about Valentine’s Day for me. As a greeting card designer, it has to be. I re-published 2 printable freebies for you to download for Valentine’s Day – a set of 6 mini Valentine notes, and a printable robot girl that you can frame or turn into a card.
I also shared how I found an amazingly comfy queen size mattress and a gorgeous mid century modern bed frame, plus bedding for $1,000. My husband and I had been using the cheapest, full-size mattress we could find since 2008, so this was kind of a big deal for me.
In April I shared my teal entryway. Every room was a different color when we moved into our house over 4 years ago – I’m talking red, yellow, navy blue, mint green, dark green. It’s taking longer than I would like, but I am slowly getting the whole house to a color palette of my liking. Most of the house is grey, so I loved the idea of a bright, bold entryway from the garage.
May was all about the outdoors. I shared many projects for creating an inspiring “playscape” for our girls. I wanted it to be a space that encouraged imaginative play, and didn’t cost a lot to create.
June was a busy time for me, personally. We had a lot of mini family vacations, and did some traveling for work as well. I took an Instagram class with Holly Becker and was focusing a lot on nature photography. I built a photo library for myself to use a reference when painting or drawing plants. Some of my favorite inspirational photos ended up on my Instagram feed.
I also wrote a short tutorial on the new Etsy feature, Shop Updates. Even though I don’t use them as often as I would like, I love that this feature is now available, and I like the idea of it both from a seller and a buyer perspective. Learn what they’re all about, here.
November was all about my joy for the holiday season. I LOVE Thanksgiving. I LOVE Christmas. The air just feels a little different in November and December.
I expanded the products I offered in my shop this year, including ornaments and home decor. I was amazed as how well my new line did, and I shared some of that here.
Looking Ahead to 2016
I can’t help but feel 2016 is going to be an amazing year. 2012 was a very wonderful year for me, and I feel like I’ve spent 2013, 2014, and 2015 learning new skills, gaining new knowledge, and working on myself. All of that effort is coming together now, and I see a new year ahead with great products in my Etsy shop; inspiring posts (and a new Etsy boot camp) on the blog; printables such as worksheets and art; good health; exciting giveaways; and a published book on the horizon.
Thank you so much for visiting my blog in 2015, and I hope we can connect more in 2016. Thanks for being a reader!