Year In Review: Top 10 Posts for 2012


There is a little time to rest and reflect in this final week of December 2012, and so I want to share with you the top 10 posts that were visited the most by you over this last year!  These are listed in order, starting with our most-viewed post at number one.


1.  Autumn Mantel Transformation and Tips:  I have really enjoyed coming up with fun ways to dress up our vintage mantel this year, and our most-viewed post was for the autumn mantel that I created.  I offer some tips to help you decorate your mantel or any flat surface like a sideboard or a shelf.



2.  Affordable Autumn Table For Two:  This was one of my favorite tablescapes this year.  I used a few items that I had collected at thrift stores throughout the year, and then supplemented with what I had around the house, for a lovely autumnal feel for the dining room.  I love the fun, fresh color scheme in this arrangement!



3.  Vintage Look Dining Room Bookcase Before and After Tutorial:  I am so proud of my sweet husband for the wonderful work he did on this project that I had long wanted to add to our dining room.  In this post, we give a tutorial on how we put together a lovely, 8-foot long bookcase ourselves out of reclaimed wood and for only $67!  It provides the perfect-sized storage for many of our music notebooks, and now I have a fun, long shelf top to decorate throughout the year, as well as it being a great spot for the cats to do some bird watching!



4.  Vintage Bar Cart Spray Paint Project Transformation Tips:  I just love the transformation this little bar cart went through, and what a big impact it now makes in our living room.  This was a very easy project that adds a lot of vintage flair using spray paint and a paint pen–I highly recommend this one if you are looking for a quick fix for an old metal cart.



5.  Garden Columns:  A Pinterest-Inspired Before and After Tutorial:  This garden project was one of those “lightbulb over the head”-type of moments for me, after looking at these columns sitting in our garage for so long!  They add drama to our backyard, and a lovely feature that we can see from our bedroom.  We give point-by-point details on how to create this project in your garden!



6.  DIY Beaded Lampshade:  This lampshade still makes me happy everytime I see it when I enter our bedroom.  I love the blue and green colors of the glass beads, and I love the fact that it started out life as a lowly Dollar Tree trash can!



7.  Antique Ribbon Lampshade Before and After Tutorial:  This is another easy lampshade revamp that I made with an old lampshade I had and some lovely turquoise-flowered ribbon I found at our local antique store.  All you need are some scissors and a hot-glue gun to put this together.  I love how it looks now on my bedside table!



8.  Glazed Bedside Tables Before and After DIY:  I enjoyed using glazes this year on a variety of home decorating projects.  Here I show you how to mix your own antiquing glaze, and I really like the heavily glazed result that I achieved, giving these tired old tables a refreshed new look for very little money.



9.  Autumn Pots Before/After Tutorial:  This is a very easy project that you can use to dress up inexpensive plastic pots.  Spray paint and decoupage are the combination I used to bring a fresh new look to these containers!



10.  Dollar Tree Hostess Gift:  Spiced Nuts:  I was so happy to start incorporating some recipe posts into the mix here at Minerva’s Garden this year.  In this post, I give you a very inexpensive yet charming way to share my favorite homemade spiced nuts, using a Dollar Store glass and bird clip, and my recipe is included.



What a fun year this has been blogging–I’ve grown so much, and I appreciate each one of you who stops by to visit each week at Minerva’s Garden!


Looking forward to and wishing you a fantastic New Year in 2013!

What are your plans for 2013?  I’d love to hear from you in the comments, so stop by for a visit!


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I’m participating at:

It’s Party Time at Setting For Four

Be Inspired Link Party at Elizabeth & Co.

Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style

Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life

Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits at Stone Gable

Catch as Catch Can at My Repurposed Life

Top DIY Projects of 2012 Link Party at Southern Hospitality

Home Stories A2Z

Funky Junk's Saturday Nite Special



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About AthenaMG

Athena McElrath is a Master Gardener with a love for gardening, decorating and cooking inexpensively. She enjoys working out in her urban garden in Southwest Washington State, watching the hummingbirds and other birds and insects, eating the wonderful vegetables, fruits and herbs that she produces from her garden, and just having a great time hanging out under the pergola with her family and friends (that is, whenever it stops raining long enough).
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23 Responses to Year In Review: Top 10 Posts for 2012

  1. The Other Me says:

    I sure need your green thumb. hoping to get the yard in shape this year. Love looking at your stuff and trying to believe that even I can learn to grow things.

  2. nicole says:

    Wow! I love that fall mantel! It is so beautifully layered! What wonderful posts! Looking forward to seeing more in 2013! Happy New Year! Nicole

  3. You did such a fabulous job of all your projects! Haven’t we come a long way this year?!

    Here’s to a happy and successful 2013.


  4. Alycia Nichols says:

    You have had a VERY busy year! It has been nice getting to know you, and I look forward to seeing more fun stuff from you in the coming year! I love seeing people use their skills! Take care, and Happy New Year!

  5. Mindy says:

    Isn’t it fun to look back at the year with photos? My favorite thing that has come from blogging is the visual diary I’m creating. What an amazingly personal and special way to record our lives. I look forward to following along with you again in the new year!

    • AthenaMG says:

      Thank you so much, Mindy–it’s been such fun getting to know you, and I totally agree about the blog being a visual diary–it’s fun to look back and see how far we’ve both come this year!

  6. FABBY says:

    You’ve had a very creative and busy year..everything is beautiful, specially that matel…I love it!! Wishing for you and yours a very blessed and happy new year. I hope we continue our fun visits in 2013 as would make me very happy.

  7. Emily says:

    I’ve enjoyed all your posts. One of my favorites was the Autumn table for two. I hope to do more with my blog this coming year! Blessings for the New Year………


  8. Love all of your posts. I have a link party called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop and would love to have you share this with everyone. It runs from Wednesday through midnight Sunday. Here is the link to the party.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above
    Marci @ Stone Mountain Cottage

  9. Hi Athena,

    Happy New Year to you! Hope it is. Prosperous one for you. It is so nice to look back over the year and see what you have accomplished or done. Your Lookback of popular posts is wonderful. I am still taken by the stately blue columns.

    As for me, I’m keeping on blogging. Looking forward to seed catalogues. And I am starting to write a few Squidoo lenses again (2 new, so far) I’m lionmom100 if you get over that way.

    Yael from Home Garden Diggers

  10. debbiedoos says:

    Happy New year my dear friend! You had some fabulous projects…so glad you shared them with me and us.

  11. debra says:

    I have loved all of your posts but those bookshelves are still my favorite! :)

    Happy New Year! :)

  12. Well done for 2012 and good luck with your projects in 2013!

  13. Shannon says:

    You had a year of wonderfully creative projects! I hope 2013 is just as much fun!

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