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Domestic Imperfection: 2011 In Review - The Top 10 Projects

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

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 at over 8,000. People pin the absolute crap 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.

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....

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.

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. 
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.
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.
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!
I just made these trees a few weeks ago, but once again Pinterest comes along and makes the easy projects popular!

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 they only cost about 10 bucks.

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 10, it's a really simple DIY. 

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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At December 28, 2011 at 3:49 PM , Blogger Melisa Humes said...

Great job Ashley! I love reading your blog and am so happy that you're making money off of it! Go you!

At December 28, 2011 at 5:50 PM , Blogger Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

i love those book slings and love the color of the kitchen cabinets, too!

At December 28, 2011 at 9:52 PM , Blogger PitterAndGlink said...

I loved looking at all these. Now I'm going to click on some of them to read the how to! Thanks for sharing. :)

At December 28, 2011 at 11:18 PM , Blogger Debra said...

Such fun projects! I can see why the book slings were so popular- really neat idea!

At December 29, 2011 at 5:35 AM , Anonymous Generic Viagra said...

Nice site, I have bookmarked your site yet and I will come back again! You have a greatest site!

At December 29, 2011 at 6:41 AM , Blogger Katie said...

I love your frame wall!

Feel free to link up to my 2011 Year-in-Review party here:


At December 29, 2011 at 7:20 AM , Blogger karah said...

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

At December 29, 2011 at 11:27 AM , Blogger Sherika Lovett Alston said...

Those are some pretty awesome makeovers!!

At December 29, 2011 at 11:39 PM , Blogger Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops} said...

You were one busy lady! I love them! That cute dumpster rocker is darling :)

At December 30, 2011 at 9:11 AM , Anonymous Deana@CountryMommaCooks said...

Loving your site....your newest follower...

At December 30, 2011 at 10:10 AM , Blogger Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

Stopping by from Serenity Now and am super impressed! I love your taste and what you've done this year!

At December 30, 2011 at 11:08 AM , Blogger Otter said...

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. ;)

At December 31, 2011 at 12:12 AM , Blogger Abbie said...

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 (

At December 31, 2011 at 2:02 PM , Blogger Rosemary@villabarnes said...

They're all pretty neat, but I really love the dumpster rocker.

At January 1, 2012 at 9:19 PM , Blogger Holy Craft said...

You are off to such a great start blogging this year! So many great projects. I love the fabric on the chair, I can see why you got so much traffic from that's amazing. Can't wait to see more. I'm your newest follower.


At January 2, 2012 at 12:28 AM , Blogger HI THERE! said...

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 :)

At January 2, 2012 at 1:29 AM , Blogger Giggles said...

A joy to visit your blog and see all your wonderful projects!! Well done, very creative!
Happy New year to you!!

Hugs Giggles

At January 2, 2012 at 9:59 AM , Blogger Natasha said...

Great Projects!!

Natasha xx

Check out my link party!

At January 2, 2012 at 10:41 AM , Blogger Claire said...

Following you from thrifty decor chick-stop by for a visit!!

At January 3, 2012 at 1:37 PM , Blogger Megan Wynn Volnoff said...

The chair is certainly my favorite! I can't find one good enough to invest in. Everyone around here is boosting their prices in that market!

Stopped by from the VWB link up.

At January 3, 2012 at 2:55 PM , Blogger raising4princesses said...

LOve, Love, LOVE the gray and yellow combinations. You have a gift, girl!

I’m having a link party on my blog today if you want to come over and share this I’d be just tickled pink! Here’s the link if you’re interested! Happy New Year, Maria

At January 3, 2012 at 4:25 PM , Blogger Janel@hatingmartha said...

you have done a great job with your blog and your projects! So glad that you figured out how to make a bit more then 4 cents. There is hope for me after all :).

At January 3, 2012 at 10:33 PM , Blogger Aimee - said...

I think I'm totally obsessed with all you did in 2011! Seriously your style is incredible! I'd love to have you stop by and link up to my party that just started!!! I totally want to be friends with you!!!

XO, Aimee

At January 3, 2012 at 10:59 PM , Blogger Aimee - said...

I'm glad to be your newest follower! 2012 is sure to be great with you as my inspiration!!! Your ideas are fabulous!

XO, Aimee

PS Thanks for linking up!

At January 3, 2012 at 11:34 PM , Blogger Artsy VaVa said...

Thanks for sharing your top 10. You have some great projects. I think my favorite is that rocking chair!

At January 3, 2012 at 11:39 PM , Blogger Create With Me said...

All your projects are so fab! I love the stenciled pattern and chevron you did throughout the house. Would love for you to share this at my Best of 2011 party going on now Happy new year! My

At January 4, 2012 at 10:48 AM , Blogger Kristina said...

Love all of your projects, your style and your colors you chose. Now I'm going to follow along so I can keep updated on more of your projects :)

At January 4, 2012 at 3:38 PM , Blogger Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts said...

thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday - you were featured today - most viewed link!
Mandy, Sugar Bee Crafts

At January 4, 2012 at 8:52 PM , Anonymous cathy@my1929charmer said... 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.

At January 4, 2012 at 10:07 PM , Blogger Heather at Dragonfly Designs said...

Um ya ~ those book slings rock!!! Thanks for sharing!

At January 5, 2012 at 1:25 PM , Blogger Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Love it all- so Lovely! Thank you for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday!

At January 5, 2012 at 5:14 PM , Blogger Christine said...

FULL and I mean FULL of inspiration in this post!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!!

Check out my blog too:

At January 5, 2012 at 10:22 PM , Blogger Alison @ Oopsey Daisy said...

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!

At January 6, 2012 at 10:07 AM , Blogger Abbie said...


Well done!

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

~Abbie (

At January 6, 2012 at 6:19 PM , Blogger CJ said...

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.

At January 7, 2012 at 9:04 AM , Blogger ✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

I enjoyed seeing all your projects.


I'm a new follower

At January 8, 2012 at 8:51 PM , Blogger Barb J. said...

I love those dining room windows with lots of natural light. And you did a great job on the window treatments!

At January 11, 2012 at 10:46 AM , Blogger Kara said...

Oh my. These projects are awesome! So glad you linked up. I am featuring them this morning at Creations by Kara. :)

At January 12, 2012 at 3:02 PM , Blogger Sara said...

WOW!! SO darling!! Hope you can link this up at my turquoise lovin' party!

At January 17, 2012 at 3:38 PM , Blogger Bobbie S said...

I just wanted to let you know that I featured your book swing think on my blog. Thanks for such a genius idea!

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This looks good...inspiring for my new kitchen thanks!

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