Best of 2013

Paper & Stitch // Best of 2013

I’m back from my trip to North Carolina – popping in before the new year to take a quick walk down memory lane. As cheesy as it may be, it only seemed right to share a few of my favorite blog moments from 2013, before the new year rolls in.

So, in no particular order, here are my top 11 moments from 2013…

live flower lampshade project // horizontal

1. Two words. Flower tutorials. I was really happy to be able to collaborate with an amazing flower company and some very talented ladies this year to bring a few big flower projects to life (like this one for a fresh flower lampshade made of dahlias, calla lilies, and more).

Me setting up in NYC for Lowe's event

2. Gab from The Artful Desperado and I went to New York City to design and decorate a dining room from scratch, for Curbly. Subsequently, that trip actually changed my opinion of NYC. I hadn’t really appreciated it much before that trip. It was too intimidating for me. But after walking around the city with Gab, a lot of (strong) drinks, and an amazing breakfast, I am definitely a fan. I can’t wait to go back!


3. I started collaborating with Amanda on food/ recipe posts, back in July. Our very first one was for these no-bake energy bites, which are soooo good.

Uppercase magazine feature from earlier this year (2013)

4. Brittany from The House that Lars Built interviewed me for Uppercase Magazine, which happens to be one of my favorite magazines. I was fortunate enough to be in handful of other publications the year as well, like Mollie Makes, COUCH, Ladies Home Journal, and Cloth.

gift bags for West Elm event

5. I teamed up with Sarah K. for a West Elm workshop called Meet + Make.

Outtake from merry and Bright shoot

6. In November, I worked with Scotch Tape, to create what ended up being my most pinned project of the year (pinned over 23,000 times – you guys are awesome!). Sarah Eddy was the photographer. Image above is an outtake from that shoot. In case you need a laugh.

Skillshare class : on DIY Tutorials

7. I launched my first online course with Skillshare for DIY bloggers, called the How To on How Tos. There are more than 250 students who have signed up for the class so far. Wanna join? Visit this link.

A DIY I did for Curbly earlier this year.

8. I did a bunch of DIY projects for other sites this year, including Curbly (like the one above – link to tutorial here)…

Hello There // DIY Fabric Chalkboard for DIY Network

9. I also created some DIYs for DIY Network (like this one)…

Flower Napkin Ring DIY for Project Wedding

10. And Project Wedding (like this one).

Gertie and Franz in the window

11. Jeff and I added Franz and Gertie to our family. Dang, these cats are growing bigger by the day.

What are your favorite moments from this year? Anything in particular that sticks out in your mind?

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Looks like you had a fabulous 2013! Wishing you the best and even greater success this year!



What a great year!


Thanks for all the inspiration in 2013. Happy new year and keep up the good work!


Inspiring to look at all you’ve accomplished this year. Congratulations! 😀 And of course, Happy New Year.


New to your blog and didn’t see all these fantastic projects but I am going to go back and look at them! Can’t wait to see what you com up with next.


So much awesome! You totally inspire me. And I love that you adopted kitties. Happy new year!


Thanks so much Victoria. I am loving what you are doing on Oh So Pretty, by the way. Every post is gorgeous.


Wow! So many amazing things in 2013 – really such an inspiration. Looking forward to more exciting things to come in 2014 – Happy New Year!

Victoria | Oh So Pretty

Well, thanks Annie. I appreciate that. 🙂


Congratulations on an amazing year – esp regarding the course and all the fantastic DIY tutorials!


Appreciate it Alex. Those breakfast tacos you posted on your blog look delicious. I might need to make some of those this weekend.


These DIYS are so creative, thank you so much for sharing!


Aw, thanks Kel. I am looking forward to seeing what you have in store for the next year too girl.


What a year you’ve head, my dear! I think the floral lampshade has to be my fave. I still just want to stare at it all day long, SO GORGEOUS! Can’t wait to see what you have in store for 2014!

Kelly @ Studio DIY

Thanks Diane. The kitties were definitely one of my favorite moments from the year. They’re pretty cute.


very busy year! and an excellent collection of highlights, including the kitties

Diane @ home sweet homemade
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