Happy almost new year!! I’m not going to say it, how I can’t believe that the year is already over, and how time just moves too quickly. Those words are so contrived. Instead, let me just say that 2015 was a pretty great year for me, and I owe it almost ALL to my followers and fans. You guys are the flame in my engine that keeps me going, even on those days where I am just totally spent.
I see your posts on Instagram that are Art Bar inspired, and my heart sings!
I read and answer every comment on my blog, on my Facebook page, and on my IG photos. And each time it brings a smile to my face.
Because of you guys, I have hit some pretty incredible milestones. As of today, December 31, 2015, these are some of my stats:
INSTAGRAM: 10.5k followers!
FACEBOOK: 25k fans!
MY BLOG: almost 4k subscribers!
In March, on my three-year blogging anniversary, I hit one million page views on my blog. Guess what? In just 8 months, I’m almost at two million page views! Things are growing fast, now. For all of you new bloggers out there, I will tell you that the first three years are the hardest. Just keep plugging away and creating content that is meaningful to you. Make it personal, and make it real. I worked really hard to get to where I am, and now the growth is exponential. It’s a labor of love, but if you stay committed, good things will happen!
Again, I owe it all to YOU!!
I have a really great surprise that I am working on to share with you guys. I hope to be done in March, on my four-year blogging anniversary, and then I will send this thing to all of my subscribers as a gift. SO if you haven’t subscribed yet, do it today!!
Ok, without further ado, here are the twelve most popular posts from 2015 (not in any particular order)…
And now for something I’ve been collecting and working on for many, many months…
THIS is my favorite collage I’ve ever made!! It’s a collection of 35 images that I captured off of Instagram. These maker mamas were inspired to do an Art Bar project and then tagged me, and I just love them for it. Thank you to everyone who tags me…keep them coming!!!
(Note: Please tag your photos with @artbarblog, not #artbarblog because I won’t be notified of those! And sometimes I even miss the @artbarblog so if you don’t hear from me for a few days, just tag me again, please!)
Row 1: @littleworldsbigadventures making my cardboard animals // @anjinho_mimis.lovables_ made my heart potato prints // @colorfull586 made my wire and bead ornaments // @julialinsteadt made poppies for some O’Keeffe paintings // @mericherryla making my watercolor pinwheels
Row 2: @growingupcreative painting a branch // @katebasti made my ribbon chandelier // @frameartco’s kids drawing their henna hands // @leftbraincraftbrain made some kids weavings // @purpletwig painting a branch
Row 3: @my_happy.place doing some table paintings // @wonder.seekers painted their branch then hung it on the ceiling (clever!) // @thea_snv made my clothespin art holder // @libbyhallwyoming made my cardboard animals // @katiekathrynann made some dreamcatchers
Row 4: @kaciart making some cardboard ice cream cones // @jallaway made some dreamcatchers // @scarletterosefairy doing some table painting // @makersmess made a dreamcatcher // @mrsjessensartroom made some coffee filter poppies
Row 5: @kidsartquest made some Xs and Os // @forevadreami made some border paintings // dreamcatchers from @annekristin_art // and more dreamcatchers from @theworkspaceforchildren // @anjinho_mimis.lovables_ making my puffy stars
Row 6: @mericherryla made my clothespin art holder // @whitneybilodeau made some cardboard ice cream cones // @mericherryla made some paper bag portfolios // @littlevillagehandmade making some kid weavings // @la_petite_ecole_vieux_levis doing some bubble wrap printing
Row 7: @pinkstripeysocks creating some table papers // @travellingbeccalee wrapped a twig and made a mobile // @theworkspaceforchildren made a birthday banner // @libbyhallwyoming made some cardboard ice cream cones // @wfredin made a thanksgiving banner
This walk down memory lane was so awesome. Thank you for coming along. And thank you, again, for being such smart, creative, and dedicated readers. I love you!!