2012: The Year in Review for Chic Steals

12.31.2012

2012: The Year in Review for Chic StealsEvery year on New Year’s Eve I republish a list of all my DIY’s that I shared on this blog during the past year.  This time around, I decided to do a Best Of list as well, to share some of my favorite content from this past year with you:

2012: The Year in Review for Chic Steals

How Do You Maintain Your Life While Facing Stress? 5 Ways to Deal When It Seems You Just Can’t was a great post that offered tips for dealing with complete meltdowns and crazy stress (I’m sure we all experienced a little of that during the holiday season!)

2012: The Year in Review for Chic Steals

DIY Watercolor Kitten Tee with DecoArt Ink Effects was a super-fun project with amazing, watercolor-style results.  Speaking of cats, the DIY Cute Cat Beret project was a way to use a 99-cent Goodwill pirate’s hat (found just after Halloween) and make it into a darling little beret and jump on the cat-themed bandwagon.

2012: The Year in Review for Chic StealsDIY Holiday Chocolate Bark: 4 Recipes to Gift Last-Minute can be made any time of the year, thank goodness!  That Tropical Coconut-Pineapple Macadamia Nut Bark was akin to ambrosia…and the Godiva-Inspired Caramel Cashew Bark is already a staple in my candy-making repertoire!  Also for the holidays, I made some DIY Glittery Ornament Napkins and some DIY Easy Pinned Sequin Ornaments.

2012: The Year in Review for Chic StealsIn December I launched a bimonthly podcast about bringing creativity and craftiness to your daily life, called Creatively Chic.  You can listen to both episodes that have launched here.

I also partnered with Echoed.com to create a Stories area on my site (now located in the upper left-hand corner) where anyone can upload their DIYs!  Post your tutorial or your finished project to share with everyone – and create a link back to your site!  Vote, share, and comment on those stories to get a ton of inspiration and meet some other DIY’ers in the community!

2012: The Year in Review for Chic StealsSome of my favorite books (and accompanying reviews) from this year: Steal Like an Artist, DIY Couture, New Dress a Day, and Mod Podge Rocks!

2012: The Year in Review for Chic StealsI got an iPhone for my birthday and joined Instagram!  Slowly becoming an addiction.  I also was featured as the first DIY Fashionista on Cut Out + Keep’s new series!  What an honor.

2012: The Year in Review for Chic StealsI designed some repeating Universe Prints on Spoonflower.com and ordered fabric swatches to test the prints.  I still have to sew them into something beautiful!

2012: The Year in Review for Chic Steals

3 Reaons Why Your DIYs Are FAILS: The Spore Sweater Resurrected offers some tips for how to get past mistakes and failures when making your own things.  Plus there I shared my resurrected Spore PomPon Sweater…a project 8 months in the fixing!!

2012: The Year in Review for Chic StealsI shared tons of DIY inspiration, including From the Archives, DIY Inspiration from Street Style Photos, DIY Ideas from New York Fashion Week S/S 2013, DIY Fashion Week Street Style, DIY Inspiration from J. Crew August 2012 Catalog, and DIY Ideas from Fashion Weeks Around the World for Autumn/Winter 2012, among many others.

2012: The Year in Review for Chic StealsDIY: Sequin Trompe L’Oeil Peter Pan Collar T-Shirt is a great way to jazz up a plain tee really quickly.

2012: The Year in Review for Chic StealsIn 2012 we also traveled to Tucson, AZ, Timberline Lodge, OR, and Tokyo, Japan (part 1 of Japan photos here).  I was also able to go to the Japan Hobby Show 2012 while I was in Japan too, which was so inspiring.

5 Easy DIY’s Even a Beginner Can Master can get you started in making your own things, with easy, fun projects that are simple to start, simple to collect the tools and materials, and a snap to finish.

2012: The Year in Review for Chic StealsMy son Lil Tot had so much fun making the Kiddie Craft: DIY Milk Carton Bird Feeder from Parents Magazine.  It’s a great little project to do with any little one in your life!  (Or even for your own yard;-)

2012: The Year in Review for Chic StealsNow that Spring is on the way you may want to update your wardrobe with flowers, and this DIY Floral Applique Cardigan for Spring would be perfect.

2012: The Year in Review for Chic StealsIf you have a spare curtain laying around (or find one at the thrift store), a DIY Lace Maxi-Skirt…Made From A Curtain! is a simple and quick project.

2012: The Year in Review for Chic StealsDIY Mixed Media Bib Necklace with Tulip Beads in a Bottle was another project I did playing around with a new material.  Tulip Beads in a Bottle is so fun!

So here is a comprehensive list of all my tutorials from 2012 (29 in all):

2012: The Year in Review for Chic Steals

Clothing

Sequin Trompe L’Oeil Peter Pan Collar T-Shirt

Watercolor Kitten T-Shirt

 Lace Maxi-Skirt from a Curtain

Floral Applique Cardigan

Upcycled Colorblock Chiffon Top

Accessories

40′s Style Cute Kitty Beret

Preppy Initial Back-to-School Keychain Bag Charm

Tattoo Tights

Dolce & Gabbana Flowered Sunglasses

Jil Sander Gathered Removable Peplum

Skull-Printed Scarf

 Jewelry

Mixed Media Bib Necklace

Rhinestone-Wrapped Neon Tasselled Earrings

Jumble Chain Choker Necklace with {styled} by Tori Spelling

Metal Collar Necklace

Bolo-Tie Style Necklace

Handbags

Stenciled Convertible Tote/Backpack

Flowered Clutch Snackcessory

Shell Jewelry Case Clutch

Shoes

Lace-Covered Boots

Luxury Jones Belt-Wrapped Cowboy Boots

Beauty

Neon Sign Manicure

Acrylic Nails Sculpture

Half-Moon Manicure

Nails Inc. London Magnetic Manicure

Home Decor

Pinned Sequin Ball Ornaments

Glittery Christmas Ornament Napkins

Milk Carton Bird Feeder

Recipes

Holiday Chocolate Bark: 4 Recipes

 

2012: The Year in Review for Chic Steals

My DIY’s from 2011 (46 Tutorials)

2012: The Year in Review for Chic Steals

My DIY’s from 2010 (63 Tutorials)

 

2012: The Year in Review for Chic Steals

My DIY’s from 2009 (51 Tutorials)

(some of them may be missing photos b/c of my move to WordPress awhile ago – if you see any posts missing photos, please let me know! {Leave a comment on the post}  Thanks so much!)

2012 has been a great year for me…hope it has been just as wonderful for all of you!

So, as I raise my glass of sparkling grape juice, I wish all of you a very Happy New Year!  May 2013 bring even more wonderful things for everyone~

xoxox

Carly




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2 Comments on 2012: The Year in Review for Chic Steals

  1. Olly
    1.01.2013 at 8:33 am (2 years ago)

    I love your blog, One thing I noticed is that there is this thing on the side called Echoed or something? And it blocks a part of your post, so it’s hard to read it, any possible way this could be moved to the other side or something? It’s such a shame it blocks the post :(

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    • carlyjcais
      1.01.2013 at 6:03 pm (2 years ago)

      It does? I had no idea it was blocking some of the post-content. Are you reading on a smaller screen, like a tablet or iPhone? I’ll see what I can do about getting that moved…I’m so sorry for the trouble – it’s a 3rd-party app and so I had no idea it was covering my content! Thanks so much for the feedback, and your kind words :-) Happy New Year!

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