Top 5 Hobbies Up To Here Posts of 2016

It’s that time of year again, folks. Time to look back and review all that we have accomplished in the past 12 months.

Last year we looked at our top 5 posts of 2015 and had a blast seeing our progress, our accomplishments, and all of the ways we stepped out of our comfort zones to try new things. You can check out our 2015 post here to see all of the lovely things we did last year.

Over at Meadow Mist Designs, we’re having a link party again where bloggers from around the web are sharing their very own top 5’s from 2016. There are no rules and anything goes! You can share top commented posts, best tutorial, most likes or shares. Anything you want to commemorate as an accomplishment for the year.

Now that we’ve taken a peek at what our 2015 year of posts were like, let’s see how 2016 came together! And don’t forget to click the badge above to view all of the other great posts celebrating a year in review with all of our friends from around the web!

#5 Post With The Most Comments

TGIFF: My First Dresden!

Our post with the most comments (21 comments total!) is actually a finished project from 2015 that I didn’t get to post until after the new year. It was the post about my first Dresden and how much I love that little wall hanging. I was very proud of the quilting on it and this year, the moment the season was upon us, I took out that Dresden and hung it in my craft room.

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#4 Post With The Most Likes

Journaling For Me!

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Hobbies Up To Here Episode #28

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Meal Prep Monday: Casseroles Are LIFE!

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Well ladies and gents, it looks like we have a three-way tie! The posts listed above all came in with 8 likes each! And they were a variety of topics from cooking to a podcast episode to journaling. What I love about this year’s top liked posts are that they all represent our varied hobbies and interests!

#3 Highest Viewed Podcast Episode

Hobbies Up To Here Episode #32

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Heading into year two with our podcast and we’re still loving it! We get to sit down together to chat and share some of our interests with each other and our listeners. This year we branched out beyond just our mad love for quilting and we tried some new things. Our top podcast post for 2016 is Episode #32 with 63 total views! Dori shared her finished Dresden baby blanket and we all got to ogle at her beautiful quilting.

#2 Most Viewed Video In A Post

The Splendid Sampler: Block 1 Hearts Aflutter 

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We’re changing it up from last year and sharing with you the most watched video linked within our posts. It was from back in our Periscope days when we would live stream some of our hobbies with you! This video was viewed 17 times!

#1 Highest Viewed Post of 2016

TGIFF: Jake’s Darth Vader Quilt

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This year the honor of the most viewed post, with 530 total views (WOW!) goes to Jake and his Darth Vader quilt!!!

While the majority of our posts are about our own finishes or what we are working on, Hobbies Up To Here is really a whole family enterprise. My husband and my dad are big supporters and their names and hobbies get mentioned throughout the year. But they aren’t the only ones! Our little man, my 10 year old son, has also shared his hobbies and interests here and there, too. And this year he made his first quilt top, an accomplishment that he is truly proud of. Congrats, my little man!

It’s been an amazing year with a lot of new interests, lots of learning, and the chance to meet, in person, so many of our friends from our on-line quilting community. We hope you enjoyed following along with us this year. We’ve had an awesome time and can’t WAIT to see what 2017 brings us!

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DIY Steampunk Kid Costume

Every Halloween, we get creative. And not just Halloween, but it’s something about Fall in general. I love the colors, the feel of the season, and it gets my DIY craftiness going.

Because Halloween is all about becoming something you are not everyday, my son and I have always made our costumes as much as possible. And this year was no different! He wanted to dress up in the Steampunk style (thanks to the TV show Steampunk’d).

With his style in mind and a few ideas on what pieces we’d need, we headed over to Pinterest to gather some ideas and plans to bring his look together. He found one picture that turned in his main inspiration.

Then we took off to Good Will.

There we hit a home run with a $0.99 vest, a top hat, and even some goggles. We filled in the other pieces with things we had around the house. His black pants, white shirt and boots were all clothing items we already had. Then we took an old Nerf gun and some other toys that we would antique for a more steampunk look.

It turned out to be quite the undertaking. You have to lay down a good base before using the Rub and Buff wax to get that antique look. I sprayed a matte black coat on a sanded down Nerf gun and a little plastic squirt toy for his hand. Waiting for everything to dry probably was the lengthiest part to the whole process.

While I waited, I began the task of Gorilla glueing all of the cogs and chains to his Good Will top hat.

Then we waxed and buffed all of the antiquing colors onto his weapons. We used Rub and Buff in different tones and while it made it easy to change the obnoxious orange and yellow of the Nerf gun to a great antiqued weapon, I didn’t quite do it as instructed. I painted it on instead of rubbing and it just took longer than expected. I still think it’s a great product.

In the end Jake LOVED his costume and the overall look. Below are the final results (except for the trench coat he added when it got cooler).

We love to DIY and we love the Steampunk style. Pulling them both together made a great costume that got lots of compliments.

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My Grown Up Crafters Wish List Episode #54

You can never be too old to make a wish list.
Even if, as an adult, you know most of the items are unrealistic or out of reach, it’s still fun to create a list of things you’d enjoy playing with.

On this week’s podcast (recorded 10/22/2016) we share a few fun crafty items we’d love to play with!

Everything from  some Tula Pink shears to a fun hot foil pen!

What’s on YOUR crafty wish list?

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All Things Fall Episode #53

Hello Fall!!!
Our favorite season is here and we couldn’t be more excited to get totally crafty!

Last year I shared my Dollar Tree haul of all my fall goodies. I’ve done it again this year and I can’t wait to share with you all the great items I’ve picked up for my crafts this season!

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We gave a shout out to Frances over at The Off Kilter Quilt. Definitely check out her wonderful podcast. It’s a lot of fun to listen to and hear her thoughts on quilting.

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DIY Fall Gift Baskets

My mother-in-law recently asked for some help to create some spa-day gift baskets for a few captains that have been organizing a retreat for the past year. It was her way of saying “Thank You” for all their hard work.

She wanted some input after seeing my YouTube videos last year when I hauled a bunch of cool crafting items from my local Dollar Tree and used them to create lots of adorable fall decorations and later on, some great gift ideas for under $10, all from the Dollar Tree.

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Even Jake enjoys them!

Also, I’ve most recently been gushing out my local Daiso store where you can get a lot of unique Japanese items for $3.00 or less. I’ve enjoyed a lot of their sheet masks for my face.

So together we hit up the Dollar Tree first and I just about died at all the beautiful fall decor and crafts! I love the deep colors and all the leaves and sparkle.
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For my mother-in-law’s project, I was surprised to find that the Dollar Tree also carried shrink wrap gift bags. I’ve used this stuff before but not from here so I took a chance and we brought home a few to try.

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We combined a mixture of bath and spa items from both stores including bath gel, lotion, rose sponges, bath salts, relaxation masks, hand sanitizers, and a sheet mask or two.

She already had these adorable baskets with little felt pumpkins and leaves. Very cute and fall feeling for a great base to our gift baskets.

We also picked up some packets of fabric leaves. They had everything from solid fall colors to gold or sparkling leaves, too. So many great little pieces to add some dimension to the baskets.

Filling the baskets was fun but the real challenge came when we had to use the shrink wrap. Now my previous experience is that shrink wrap can be finicky. Sometimes it works, sometimes it folds and creases, even rips.

But I was happily surprised by the outcome! Once I got the hang of it, I found each gift coming together quicker and smoother than the last. The trick seemed to be working from the bottom up. Heating the bottom, then around to the sides, and up made the process simple. We just used a plain hairdryer and then trimmed the tops after wrapping a beautiful bow to synch it shut.

 In the end we made 8 gift baskets and used up all the spa and bath items. We had a few packets of leaves left over so I took them home to make something with them.

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Hobbies Up To Here Episode #45

Crossing fingers there are no technical issues this week, here is episode #45!!!

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Jake and I recently shared a new DIY project we attempted at home with some old crayons. So far, we’ve had some major success!

Have you ever had an Ah-Ha moment?
Those moments when something clicks and inspires you?
This week we share some of our recent ah-ha moments that got us going creatively!

Dori’s doll making interest has been sparked again! This time with soft dolls. And a recent ah-ha moment has her inspired and seeing doll making in a whole new way!

Angela Walters and Christa Watson shared a shirt design on Instagram with the slogan “Finished is better than Perfect” and this really stuck with me. So much so I’ve jumped back on my machine and I’m working on a few projects at the same time without the worry about it being perfect.

Quilt & Coffee Chat

For our quilt and coffee chat this week, we shout out to a few friends, fellow crafters, and followers who have reached out and made our day a little brighter with some kind words of encouragement.

  • I recently had the pleasure of some back and forth with Pat Sloan on a YouTube video of mine. We chatted a bit about The Splendid Sampler and about the flexibility of the sampler.
  • Our sweet follower Sandy has been catching up on some past podcast episodes and we wanted to give her a shout out and a thank you for the uplifting and positive encouragement!
  • Also to Claudette, a YouTube subscriber that has been very supportive of our YouTube adventures. She’s been watching for a while and leaves comments of the most wonderful and positive words. Thank you!!
  • If you caught my Instagram post the other day of a new show that I found on TV called Craft Wars, then you’ll want to check out this YouTube Channel for this awesome, FUN show (if you can get past Tori Spelling as the hostess). It’s pretty inspiring and lots of creative fun.
  • I also received some happy mail and I really enjoyed the goodies in this Stash Builder Box!

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Hobbies Up To Here Episode #41

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Today’s podcast comes to you from my new craft room! It’s not ready to be photographed yet BUT it’s getting there! I can’t wait to share with everyone once it’s put together a little more.

We share all the recent happening in our lives. We also talk about some lost and found projects and some future ideas for more DIY projects to come!

Definitely check out Holly Vlogs and her great mod podge video. She recently sprouted my interest in mod podging again!

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Crafty Gooooodness Shopping Spree!

Oh dear…with my 37th anniversary coming up tomorrow, my hubby’s birthday on the 13th and Valentine’s Day on the 14th, I thought it would be nice to hand make cards for each celebration.  The supplies I have on hand are wonderful for Christmas cards, but wouldn’t suit any of the other celebrations.  So it was off to Michael’s to “grab a few things” I had on a list I made from searching Pinterest and watching YouTube vids over breakfast.

Sheesh, I think I owe Tim Holtz my firstborn.  (Sorry Kate!) Going to one Michael’s wasn’t enough…I hit TWO!  I’m finally home and have spread out my booty…..

Uh, yeah.

Now to create a card for tomorrow.  This is gonna be FUN!!!  Whether I use my new stamp sets, my Sizzix die cuts with my Big Shot or pre-made stickers and embellishments, I know he’ll appreciate whatever it is that I present to him.

Oh!  Don’t forget to check out our QuiltCon post too.  Just push PLAY!  Or rather, click on this link lol!

Have a great evening, and I’d love to hear about your adventures in card making!

 

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{VIDEO} Last Minute Gift Ideas for $10

Ever run out of time for gift shopping and wonder what can you do for those left on your list? Need a creative gift idea you can make on a budget?

I hit up my favorite store and got a few things to create some thoughtful gifts for those left on my list.

What’s better than using your creativity and craftiness to make a gift someone will appreciate?

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{VIDEO} DIY Holiday Wreath

This holiday season I’ve really been in the mood to get crafty and decorate all while working within a budget. So I hit up my dollar tree store and grabbed a few items to make a new holiday wreath.

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I grabbed fake flowers, berry and pinecone fillers, ribbon, and a hanging ornament that says “joy”.  My local store also carried foam rings that would work as the base to my wreath.

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If you want some tips and ideas, check out my video below.

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