My Top 10 Favorite Projects of 2018

At the end of a year it’s always fun to look back through all the projects.

This past year I was all about slowing things down so I could enjoy being in the creative moment, whether I was working on a repurposing project or doing some kind of makeover.

I can’t even tell you how many times I said to John, “This day seems to be lasting forever.”

And it was always true.

I promised myself that I would remember that if I started to feel like the year had gone by too fast when the end of 2018 arrived.

And here it is and I still feel like it whizzed by, but maybe time always goes too fast in hindsight.

I didn’t have time to do all the projects I wanted to, but the truth is I never do.

I’ve always got project ideas percolating in the back of my brain, and I’ve come to realize that’s not a bad thing.

It’s actually a great blessing because projects and makeovers are what I love to do.

So here are my 10 favorites of the projects that made it out of my brain and into reality in 2018.

black leather purse clock and orange vinyl purse clock

How to Make a Repurposed Purse Clock

I love making things that are totally unexpected and these repurposed purse clocks were a fun and easy project.


repurposed floral tablecloth decoupaged desk makeover

Decoupaged Desk Makeover with Floral Tablecloth

This desk makeover project combined two of my favorite things, florals and decoupage.


repurposed dollar store clothes pins flowers

How to Make Plastic Clothes Pin Flowers

When it comes to our gardens I can’t have enough whimsical pieces scattered throughout them to make me smile, and every gardening season I’ll create a few new repurposed flowers projects.


pink diy tulips made from repurposed gutter leaf strainers and beaters 2new

Repurposed Gutter Leaf Strainer Tulips

I honestly can’t get enough of creating funky flowers.


repurposed magazine rack planter planted with pink mums

Repurposed Magazine Rack Planter

And I love repurposing things into planters too.


How to turn a throw into a wall hanging piece of art

How to Turn a Throw Into Art

In my ongoing living room makeover I was so happy to incorporate a thrifted throw that brings back some very fond memories.


Create this fun diy repurposed owl door decoration with chalkboard sign. Perfect for your front door for the fall season.

Repurposed Owl Door Decor

Fall is always such a fun season for crafting, and Owliver asked everyone who came to our door a classic rock question… in owl speak of course.


Mini blind makeover with spray paint and lace in aqua color

Mini Blind Makeover with Spray Paint and Lace

I was looking for an inexpensive way to add privacy to my living room windows and some plain white mini blinds did the trick. All they needed was a little more pizzazz.


DIY Christmas trees made out of repurposed salad tongs

How to Make Christmas Trees out of Salad Tongs

This idea came to me while looking through a kitchen gadget bin at my local thrift store. It’s quick and easy, and the decorative possibilities for these trees are truly endless.


DIY Christmas ornament wreath with sparkly white garland

DIY Repurposed Ornament Wreath

And last but not least an ornament wreath has been on my project bucket list for years and in 2018 I finally got it done. This tutorial shares how easy it really is.

And that’s it.

My top 10 favorite projects from 2018.

I hope you saw some of your favorites in there.

Top 10 Favorite Projects from 2018

Here’s hoping that 2019 follows in the footsteps of 2018; filled with days that seem to last forever.

For me and for you. 🙂

Because just like journeys in life that are not only about the destinations, creative projects are not just about the outcomes.

They’re also, and sometimes I think more importantly, about the creative journeys on which the projects take you.

So remember to stop and smell the roses along the creativity road.

They really do smell so sweet. 🙂

Happy New Year!

I’m looking so forward to 2019. Now that I’ve got the slowing down thing pretty much working for me, 2019 is going to be all about trying to simplify both my projects and my home’s decor.

What about you? What’s 2019 going to be all about for you?

Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…

keep on keepin’ on!



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    1. Thanks Audra! I’d love to make more of the tulips next year in different colors.

  1. Elaine Hopper says:

    All 10 of your projects were very lovely. I especially loved the salad tong Christmas trees, the magazine rack turned into a planter, the blind that you spray painted with a lace pattern, and the wonderful ornament wreath! Keep inspiring us all, and have a wonderful 2019~ Elaine from Fort Erie, ON

  2. Rita Ragan says:

    Your garden plate flowers started it all with me, when I remembered that I USED TO like to do crafts. I’ve been doing them again ever since. Thank you, Tuula. You’re an inspiration!

  3. Hi Tuula,
    I believe I was especially inspired by the mini blind, the ornament wreath, and the tulip flowers. All your projects are inspiring though. Keep on keepin’ on & happy new year!

  4. Debra Hubbs says:

    I love all of your projects and loved all of these. Somehow I missed the owl until now. So cute! Wishing you a very happy, healthy, and creative 2019!

  5. Forget it! I couldn’t pick a favorite if I had to! I’ve loved them all….want to make them all….and don’t have time! But…..2019 will be all about less……less food, less time wasted, less money spent. And MORE…… getting into the best shape I can, more time spent doing things I’ve wanted/needed to to, and get some bills paid off! Have a wonderful new year, my friend! Dona

    1. That all sounds good to me Dona. It’s really a balancing act to create our best life isn’t it? Doing less where we should, and doing more where we need to…. and knowing the difference. Sometimes I get them mixed up. I wish you a wonderful new year too my friend. 🙂

  6. Loved seeing all of your exciting ideas and look forward to many new ones! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Tuula,

    I loved the tulip flowers, in fact I made some for me. Many compliments! I had never seen the strainers in California so ordered them. Mine are purple with the bright yellow stamens (egg beaters). Look forward to your creative ideas in 2019. Happy New Year!

    1. Wow Nancy, I’m thrilled that you made some of my repurposed tulips. Purple and yellow are a fabulous combo. I’m sure they look amazing. Happy New Year!