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2013 Year in Review at LulaBelle Handicrafts

When I first started blogging, I did some research to decide which platform to use. Everything kept pointing me to WordPress, so I felt like I had to choose it. I have been tremendously pleased with my decision.

One reason that I appreciate WordPress is the annual report they prepare for everyone’s blog. Keep reading to see what their report has to say about LulaBelle Handicrafts’ first full year of existence. Thank you to all of my readers for making this report way more interesting than I could have ever hoped!

 

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 23,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 9 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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LulaBelle’s “Bed”

LulaBelle aka Kiko loves many things about the holidays – knocking ornaments off the tree, shredding wrapping paper, harassing relatives, etc. Her very favorite thing about Christmas is a basket that I bought when she was kitten. There’s nothing particularly noteworthy about this basket, but she adores it. The day that I brought the basket home, before I could even take it out of the shopping bag, I found Kiko laying in it. Yes, snuggled up inside of the basket inside a plastic bag. That’s my cat!

LulaBelle's Bed | LulaBelle Handicrafts

When I brought the holiday decorations down from the attic this year, I caught her nosing around the tubs. I opened the one with the basket and left the room, not giving it a second thought. When I came back into the living room, Kiko was trying to worm her way into the basket. I tried my best to keep her out of the basket once the house was decorated, and I failed miserably. Anytime that I couldn’t find Kiko and called her name, I would see two, black ears emerge from the basket. Eventually I gave just gave in. I figured if it made her that happy, I should let her enjoy the basket. Plus it has a canvas liner, so I could wash all her beautiful, black hair off at the end of the holiday season.

LulaBelle's Bed | LulaBelle Handicrafts

With the holidays winding down, I was itching to pack away the decorations and return my living room to its normal setup. My boyfriend tried to convince me to leave the basket out for Kiko. I love her, but the last thing that our living room needs permanently adorning it is a Christmas basket. So began the quest for a Kiko-sized basket with a washable liner. Eventually we found one at Home Goods.

LulaBelle's Bed | LulaBelle Handicrafts

I’m hopeful that this basket will keep Kiko happy until the Christmas basket returns next November. To entice her, I added some ribbons to one handle of the basket. A little bribery never hurts. Happy pet parenting!

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Metallic Alcohol Ink Ornaments

My Alcohol Ink Ornaments are far and away the most popular craft on my blog. This is due in large part to Oh, My Crafts featuring them on both their Facebook and Pinterest pages. I knew these ornaments were beautiful and easy, and Oh, My Crafts helped me spread the word to even more of the internet.

Knowing that they were so popular, I had to think of something new to do with the ornaments this year. I started off by purchasing different shapes and sizes of glass ornaments at Michaels when they were 50% off. Then I decided to treat myself to Adirondack Alcohol Ink Metallic Mixatives in Gold and Silver. With all my goodies bought, I got down to the experimenting. Here are the results.

Metallic Alcohol Ink Ornaments | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Metallic Alcohol Ink Ornaments | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Metallic Alcohol Ink Ornaments | LulaBelle Handicrafts

Metallic Alcohol Ink Ornaments | LulaBelle Handicrafts

I used the exact same technique as in my previous Alcohol Ink Ornaments post. The metallic mixatives take a craft that was already gorgeous and turn it into something luxurious. Much like glitter, there can never be enough gold and silver in my life!

I’ve already gifted several of these ornaments to co-workers and family, and they’ve been very sweet and complimentary. If you’re looking for a gift that takes minimal effort but leaves a lasting impression, these ornaments are for you. Happy ornament crafting!

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