A Year End Review

I just got my WordPress “annual report” today, and it inspired me to reflect on my work on this blog in a slightly different way than most people. Because I’ve never done a “year in review” post, I figured I could look back not only on this specific year, but also all of my posts. To this end, I’m going to talk a little bit about some of the projects completed in each month, January, February, ect, which I am particularly proud of or attached to, so that we can all appreciate my genius. I’m also going to use this next year as an opportunity to re-tool some of my older posts, to make them more readable and generally a better experience. One of my New Years resolutions is to re-imagine one of them each month so you can look forward to that in the next year as well!


Right off the bat this is going to be difficult. I’ve made some pretty cool things in Januaries past, but the two things in particular that I’d like to high light are this cashmere teddy bear I made in 2014…

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and this wonderfully disgusting decomposing jaw in a jar for a production of Radium Girls in January 2012. That was a super fun project.

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I’ve had some pretty successful Februaries over the years. Last February (2014) was a particularly busy month for me, as I was working on the not-food project throughout the month. You can see an entire collection of not-food in this tag, but here are some pictures from the February section of the project!

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The other February project I’d like to share is also from 2014. I finished this series of hoop earrings which have become some of my favorites in February, and I’ve been loving them ever since.

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March is usually a slow month for me. I did make these really awesome dragon earrings in 2012, which I still love a lot.

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In 2013 I also got my hands on this really fun map in an old encyclopedia from 1959, and made some really cool wall art from it.

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In April 2013 I did a really cool project based on pattern, symmetry, and geometry for a Mathematics of Art class I was taking at the time.

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I also followed up on my Radium Girls experience with some paper props; newspapers and labels, which I put together for the show. I’m still very proud of those newspapers.

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It was really hard to choose only two projects from May- there were so many great ones! In 2014 I made a set of two hats for some May birthdays which I was really proud of.

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In 2012 I had my wisdom teeth out and hand stitched a mini-Dr. Who scarf necklace which is still one of my favorite pieces of jewelry.

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June is a very bleak month for me craft-wise. I’m usually in transition and unable to really make a lot of things in June. In 2013, however, I did start some more complicated cross-stitch projects which were really fun, and I managed to finish this heart piece with a quote from Dr. Horrible.


I also made some really cool jewelry based on some vintage buttons from the Czech Republic in 2012 that I still really like.

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My two favorite July projects are very different from each other. First, I loved the mini paper baskets I made for the Pintester Challenge, which were totally made of recycled materials.

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Second, I want to share these really fun monster earrings inspired by some Czech glass teddy bear eyes.

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This blog was started in August 2011, and I kicked off the blog with a ton of posts all at once. Perhaps one of my favorites of that first month of posts was this name tag holder that I made for my summer job that year.

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Additionally, in 2012 I made some wonderful beaded bracelets based off the Japanese sashiko style of embroidery.

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In September 2011 I moved into a school apartment with some friends which had some pretty difficult furniture, so we made a bunch of pillows to make it a little more bearable. It was a lot of fun.

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In 2012 I finished a big bead weaving project and made a bracelet based on a Diane Fitzgerald design which I still really love.

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October is a pretty prop heavy month for me, generally speaking. In 2012 I made some really great fake wax seals and some lovely stationary which I had a lot of fun with.

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I also made some really cool Mario earrings in 2013 which are still a staple in my jewelry box.

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November 2011 saw the beginning of a trend for me in jewelry; big chunky seed bead woven bracelets. I’ve made a lot of them since then, but the turquoise bracelets I made that November were the first.

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This year November was the month of knitted hats. Many of my Christmas hats were made in November but shared in December, but I did make a few hats for myself, including re-working a previously knitted grey hat.

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Always a very busy month for me, this December in particular was packed with crafts and gifts. Especially cool, in my opinion, was the holiday place cards I created for the holiday party I threw this year.

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The other project I’d like to share from December was from December 2013, a coffee cozy project which I made for my Mom’s new ceramic coffee cup. It was really fun to work with felt and buttons on this project.

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And there you have it! Some of my favorite things that have happened for each month of the year. I’m really looking forward to some of the awesome things that will happen in the next year, and I hope you all are as excited as I am! Happy New Year!


2 responses to “A Year End Review

  1. Pingback: January Re-vamp: Peyote Chain Link Bracelet | WhipStitchDesigns

  2. It is really cool to see this retrospective of your work this way…you’ve made so many beautiful things! I like that your skills span quite a range of objects and techniques. Kudos.

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