What a busy and project-filled year it’s been.

Biggest project of all? I started this blog.

What an interesting journey that has been. I’ve learned a lot. Doubted a lot. Done a lot. Worried a lot. Changed a lot. Planned a lot. Dreamed a lot. Posted a lot.


AttaGirlSays.com Best Projects of 2012

As we say farewell to 2012, I thought I’d recap my favorite projects and posts of the year.

In this recap/roundup, I hope you’ll find inspiration and ideas to make your home brighter and your heart lighter. That’s my motto here at Atta Girl Says. I’ve certainly accomplished that in my home, and I hope my projects, recipes and musings have also brought some lightness and brightness to my readers’ homes and lives.

Now, without further, ado, here’s my Best of 2012 wrap-up, beginning with my favorite craft projects.

Best Crafts of 2012 by AttaGirlSays.com

  1. Vintage Graphic Iron-on Transfer Napkins
  2. DIY Faux Mercury Glass Mirror
  3. Pottery Barn Knockoff Faux Mercury Glass Easter Egg Tree
  4. 3D Family Bucket List
  5. Wax Paper Transfer Cheese Tray
  6. Painted Halloween Rocks
  7. Decorated Easter Jars
  8. Scrap Fabric and Rolled Flower Flip-Flops
  9. Mod Podge Storybook Easter Eggs
  10. DIY Faux Driftwood Twig Deer Head Mount
  11. Burlap Circus Pennant Banner
  12. Chalkboard spice rack
Click here for more craft projects.

Now, some of the best recipes to come out of my kitchen in 2012:

  1. Ladies Who Lunch Artichoke & Olive Pasta Salad
  2. Simple Chicken & Veggie Pot Pie
  3. Slow Cooker Brunswick Stew
  4. Homemade Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade
  5. White Chocolate Cranberry Muffins
  6. Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter & Coconut Easter Eggs
  7. Sweet & Spicy Chili
  8. Easter Asparagus Strudel
  9. Quick & Easy Mexican Shrimp Bisque
  10. Rustic Caprese Pizza
  11. Fresh from the Freezer Guacamole
  12. Hot Mustard Greens & Artichoke Dip
  13. World’s Best Fried Wontons

Click here for more recipes.

When I wasn’t in the craft room or the kitchen, you’d probably find me in the garage in 2012, working on yet another furniture painting project. Like these:

Best Painted Furniture Projects from AttaGirlSays.com

  1. Chalkboard Armoire Doors
  2. Sinclair Dinosaur Stool
  3. Beachy Striped Table
  4. French Pink Nightstand
  5. Shades of Gray Dresser
  6. French Enamel Milk Paint Craft Armoire
  7. French Label Table
  8. Coca-Cola Chair
  9. Ballerina Table
  10. Betsy Ross Flag Chair
  11. Damask Stenciled Table
Click here to see more furniture painting projects.

And speaking of furniture painting, my most popular post of the year was about how to remove stinky smells from old furniture.

How to remove odors from furniture by AttaGirlSays.com

In between the cooking, crafting and painting, I found time to do some decorating projects around the house, and you can rest assured that I’ll be showcasing more of these types of projects in 2013:
Best of 2012 Decorating Projects from AttaGirlSays.com

  1. Laundry room reveal
  2. Living room revamp
  3. Guest bedroom mood board
  4. Botanical Artwork Gallery Wall
  5. Bedroom Farrah Fretwork Curtain Odyssey

I also did a little holiday and seasonal decorating:

Best of 2012 Holiday Decor by AttaGirlSays.com

  1. Halloween Front Porch
  2. Keeping It Real Christmas Mantel
  3. Living Room Christmas Decor
  4. Outdoor Thanksgiving Feast
  5. Fall Mantel
  6. Easter Decor
  7. Valentine’s Vignette

Click here for more decorating projects.

As we close the door on another year, I thought it fitting to also show you some of the wreaths I made in 2012. I’m a Southerner, and wreaths are clearly an addiction of mine.

Best of 2012 Wreaths for Every Season by AttaGirlSays.com

  1. Orange and Black Burlap Halloween Wreath
  2. Aqua and Natural Burlap Bubble Wreath
  3. Sweet Gum Ball Wreath
  4. Spring Burlap Wreath
  5. Dollar Store Grape Vine Easter Egg Wreath
  6. Til Death Do Us Part Spooky Halloween Wreath
  7. Antlers in Evergreen Christmas Wreath
  8. Paper Pinwheel Wreath
  9. Pink Cupcake Liner Valentine’s Wreath

Click here to see more wreaths.

I’m looking forward to another creatively busy year!

Happy New Year! I’ll be partying here:


  1. Wowee, my friend! You have been one busy lady this past year! You did so many great projects – I enjoyed each and every one. But the best thing of all was getting to know you! Happy New Year!
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  2. What a productive and lovely year you have had! Such wonderful projects and recipes to tempt our tastebuds.

    Have a very Happy New Year!
    Jennifer recently posted..A Look Back at 2012My Profile

  3. You’re putting the rest of us to shame Amy!! You are a serious rockstar – your projects are amazing and I am heading over to check out that Ladies Who Lunch pasta salad!

    Here’s to an amazing 2013!
    Kelly recently posted..Smoky Blue Cheese Dip with a KickMy Profile

  4. holy crow, you were some busy!! Gorgeous projects, lovely recipes. So glad we met!

    Happy New Year!
    Anne recently posted..2012 In Review – Part 2 The ProjectsMy Profile

  5. Amy, What a great site you have! This is my first visit and I am so glad I landed here to see your 2012 bests! You have been one very very busy girl!!!
    I’m putting your blog on my blog roll. I don’t want to miss another post!!!
    Happy New Year!

  6. Looks great, Amy!
    Marty Walden recently posted..(After) Christmas DecoratingMy Profile

  7. Hi Amy – Impressive recap of lots of wonderful home decor projects! Thanks for including links to them and we love all the projects involving paint and decor – our passion! Keep up the great work!

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