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)…
Watercolor Paper Pinwheels // Branch Weaving
Happy Birthday Banner // Dreamcatchers with Kids
Rolled Paper Sculptures // Matisse: Painting with Scissors
DIY Cardboard Easel // Paper Bag Art Portfolios
Melted Crayon Butterflies // Hearts Paper Chain
Ribbon Chandelier // Shibori with Kids
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!!
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