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Happy New Year! 5 Best Posts of 2012

As this year comes to a close, I sit and think, what am I grateful for? At the moment I'm grateful for fuzzy socks and chap stick. I'm grateful for heaters (it's freaking 60 degrees out there!).  I'm grateful the Mayans didn't account for leap year, or continental drift, or some such, and that our planet is still up and kicking. Go Earth!

Silly Mayans. When will you leave the End of the World predictions to the professionals, like the Zombie Apocalypsers? (If you are Mayan, take no offence. I realize you had no part in your ancient ancestor's calculation errors.)

Chances are, if they're making a movie about it, don't put it down in your day planner.

I'm Still Here!
Since we're all still here, I thought I'd mention some big plans for Clever Nest in the coming year!

Can you believe I've been doing this blog thing for almost a year now? Thanks for hanging in there for my nonsense and shenanigans, on my quest for classy surroundings on a 99 cent store budget! If you like what you saw this past year, you'll love what you see in 2013! Barring zombie apocalypses of course.

Some exciting things you'll see in the new year:

  • More giveaways! :) Who doesn't love free stuff?
  • New logo and header, spiffying up this here blog!
  • Easier to use project gallery (aka battling my old archenemy, HTML). My current set up over there on the Projects tab is a bit sad.
  • More gratuitous baby pictures. Say cheese!
  • More shenanigans! I may actually post more than once a week in the future! (we'll see)
I Know about Popular
It has been a great year. To celebrate, and steep in some serious back patting, I looked up my 5 most popular posts in 2012.

Funny. All 5 were total surprises. See, some posts I slave over for days, tweakity tweaking til it's just right. And sometimes I pop one out over lunch for fun.  And wouldn't you know it, those were the winners!?

So in future I'll be putting in half the effort and expecting to reap unimaginable success. Bring it on.

Here they are, starting with #5! :)

#5. The One Minute Scarf Necklace
This easy wardrobe upcycle came out in May, and has gotten 2838 views and counting so far!

This colorful chunky necklace was easy to make and goes with a lot of outfits. Grab an old scarf and give it a try sometime!

Click here to see this post!

#4. The Knotty Necklace
I busted this necklace out for Andrew's nautical themed first birthday in September, and it's gotten 2868 views and counting.

I love the bold, chunky contrast of the colors. While it may be slightly intimidating for beginners, I bet once you see the step by step you'll be willing to give it a go too. Necklace, ahoy!

Click here to see this post!

#3. Purdy Paper Stars
Something to do with that leftover wrapping paper! I'm glad I learned how to fold these stars. It's a one-cut, impress-your-friends wonder.

These guys are so versatile they could be used for a New Year's party, birthday, 4th of July... the options and paper choices are endless.

I shared these this month along with 2 other easy garlands. So far it's gotten 3452 views!

#2. DIY Mod Podge Experiment!
Coming in at #2 most popular post was a big surprise. Who knew DIY Mod Podge could create quite a stir? Number #2 on my list with 6724 views is a Mod Podge post I shared in July.

I wanted to know if do-it-yourself Mod Podge worked as well as the real deal.

My findings? surprising!

Am I going to make you click through to see them? yes!

Click here to see this post!

And, now for the most popular post of all in 2012. With a whopping 7718 views (!!!) is a craft I literally threw together one day in April. Reinforcing my new lackadaisical work ethic for 2013.

The #1 Most Popular Clever Nest Post 
of 2012 is...

The key to this magic- one step, practically-nothing-to-it diy = max effect. I still love the way this cheery little pot turned out! When I do pot I do it right, mm kay?

One Successful Year
I love looking back every now and then. I've had so much fun creating, sharing, and complaining with you guys this year! You guys are awesome. Let's make 2013 infinitely more awesomer.
(source: urban poetry)

Have a happy and safe New Year's Eve! We will be the coolest house on the block, busting out the sparkling apple cider around 9pm. It'll be New Year's on the east coast by then! and we can go to bed early, cause babies know no holidays.

<3 Alyssa

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