2011 In Review – The Top 10 Projects

February of this year I started Domestic Imperfection on a whim. I had been reading lots of craft blogs and thought “I do all this stuff, I should start a blog.” And start a blog I did. I had no idea what I was doing, which was okay because I didn’t really figure people would read it. And they didn’t. In the month of May I got a whopping four pageviews. FOUR. Then in the month of June I figured out how to link up to parties and things started to take off. People commented and told me how awesome my stuff was and it felt great. I was hooked :) Soon after I started to notice that people made money blogging. I had no idea that was a thing. It makes sense though… doing projects, editing pictures, and writing posts takes a lot of time. I recently started working with some ad networks and making a bit of money myself. When I say a little, that’s an exaggeration. Last month I made about four cents a day. I’ve spent some time tweaking my ads and this month and am up to about three or four dollars a day. It’s not much, but I’m thrilled. Making money at something you love is the dream right? So I wanted to thank everyone for reading and supporting my little ‘ol blog. I’m thoroughly enjoying myself, and the fact that you guys want to read about what I do around my house (usually still in my pajama’s) is icing on the cake.
So here is a recap of the top projects of the year. I’m listing these in order of most views, not by what I think are my best projects. That list would be totally different.

1. Triple Book Slings

 This project wins by a long shot, it has twice the pageviews of the second place project. People pin the crud out of it, and most all the traffic comes from Pinterest. I’m assuming that’s because it such an simple and functional idea, easy to replicate in your own home. I wish I would have known how popular this post was going to be, I would have done it during the daytime so the pictures were be decent. I also would have made sure the dowels were pushed all the way into the curtain rods for the pictures. Never noticed that before did ya? Drives me nuts, but not enough to go take another picture.

triple book slings


2. Guest Room Before & After

This was a pre blog project, so the post is pretty much just a before and after picture. I really missed out on a lot of material by not starting a blog sooner, I could have written about the stripes, the pillows, the furniture, the artwork….

guest room before and after

3. Dining Room Curtains and Rod

This was the first project I did knowing that I was going to write about it. I’m actually pretty proud of this one because I feel it’s the most original (well, this and my blinds frame). Usually I get ideas and inspiration from the internet or magazines, but the rod solution for my funky, uneven, four bay windows came completely from my own head. I also did it on the cheap and it looks really nice. Go me.

dining room curtains and rods

Another pre blog project that doesn’t have any pictures of the journey. It’s a pretty great before and after though, and only cost 130 bucks.
laundry room before and after
I was amazed at how much people liked this project… it was featured on a ton of websites, including Apartment Therapy. It also wins for most comments at 98 super sweet ones.
dumpster rocker
This post kicked off our kitchen renovation…the one we started in August and are still working on. Hopefully within the next few months we will finish it up…perhaps it will be my to project of 2012. Or perhaps a simple easy project will steal all it’s glory, lol.
painting and raising the kitchen cabinets
Another kitchen post, this one about our DIY counters. And in case your wondering, they are holding up awesome and I have no complaints, love them!
butcher block counter tops
I just made these trees a few weeks ago, but once again Pinterest comes along and makes the easy projects popular!
no sew ruffle trees


9. Guest Bedroom Frame Wall

This project was an update to the previous guest bedroom post. I enjoyed making these, there were no rules and I just went with it. I didn’t have a plan and liked how they turned out…plus they only cost about 10 bucks.

guest bedroom frame wall

Not only is this toy box super cute, it has also saved my sanity… the toys now have a home and aren’t all over the place. Actually, there are still toys all over the place but now they have a place to go at night. I’m surprised this isn’t higher than number ten, it’s a really simple DIY.
stenciled toy box
That concludes the Domestic Imperfection top ten of 2011. Here’s to 2012 being even more productive!
 (I can hear my husbands exhausted sigh from 30 miles away).


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  1. So great! I love the recap. I love your details about getting started because I'm just going through that now too. Happy Crafting in 2012!
    Karah @ thespacebetweenblog

  2. Really great stuff here! I can entirely see why that chair is so loved. It's gorgeous. I am utterly head over heels for that fabric too. I am, in fact, going to pin it as soon as I'm done writing this. So I expect even more people will be coming to see it. ;)

  3. Wow! Way to go! You've been busy! What great projects.

    My faves are the chair and the Christmas tree topiaries, but I just love how creative you are with all your fabric!

    Would also love for you to stop by for a visit!

    I'm your newest follower! : )

    ~Abbie (www.fivedaysfiveways.com)

  4. Great round up! I have seen more than a few of those popping up around Pinterest! If you get a chance I would love for you to link this up to my party on Tuesday night. Now off to pin a few of these ideas for myself! Happy New Year!
    Jenn :)

  5. Fan.tab.u.lous projects. So creative, and love all the colors. Love the rocking chair, but then really like the tree and then there is a Triple book Slings. Great job!
    Thanks so much for sharing your “years” best over at Sunday's Best.

  6. WOW!! You have some really incredible projects here! Those ruffle Christmas trees are beautiful! I love your guest room, too. And the book slings–amazing!! I can't wait to read more. Congratulations a wonderful first year of blogging! Thanks for linking up to Oopsey Daisy!


    Well done!

    Thanks SO much for linking up your awesome posts @ Feature Friday Free-for-All!

    ~Abbie (www.fivedaysfiveways.com)

  8. Love all the photos and the book slings are great–love that they have a crafty and industrial look too-the hardware and dowels-LOVE them.

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