December 30, 2012

Best of 2012 and moving forward

The end of the year is often a time of introspection and reflection. For me, these days are the calm before the busyness begins again. I'm currently in New York City (home!) after much relaxation with my family in Ohio, where I binge slept like crazy. Then, it's back to D.C. on the first of the year, when the fun starts. Starting on the 2nd, I'll begin another new teaching job that I'm very excited about, but I'll be working full time and going to grad school simultaneously.  I'll be busy, yes, but being busy is a choice, and I'm excited to see what this next phase brings. But what does that mean for Thanks, I Made It? I think it means that I will be more thoughtful about what I do. Perhaps my posting won't be as frequent, maybe it will stay the same, I'm not sure.

What I do know is that I'm going to create and post things that truly reflect me and my style. I sometimes feel like I have dirty little DIY secrets, like the fact that I'm tired of chevron, bored with chalkboard paint, hate keeping calm and carrying on, and am not particularly glittery, glam or girly. If you are those things, that's great! They are just not me. I may make things like those from time-to-time (my glitter barrettes or an upcoming project come to mind), but I create those with someone else in mind and give those projects to loved ones. Instead of jumping at every available DIY opportunity, I will try to commit to making only things I love, not those that I make just because I can.

In short, in the coming year, I'm going to ensure that my time creating, making, and blogging is authentically me. In that vein, I want to highlight a few pieces of from different blogs that have resonated with me lately, and some of my favorite posts from the past year. I can't wait to see what the coming year brings for Thanks, I Made It. Thank you all so much for following along, supporting me, and taking pride in your ability to create. Cheers to the new year, and wishing you all the best!

Food for thought:
Some Thoughts on Blogging from Bleubird Vintage
When Did We Stop Trying? from Wonder Forest
Rebirth of Slow Blogging from Design for Mankind

My five favorites from Thanks, I Made It's 2012 DIYs (while it's hard to pick, these are some of the pieces I reach for again and again), you can click on each photo for the tutorial:

And five-- okay, six-- of the most popular posts of 2012 (you guys really love bracelets!):


  1. These are indeed some lovely pieces! I'm wishing you all the best for 2013 :)

    1. Thank you my dear! Best wishes for you too!

  2. they are gorgeous! Happy 2013!

  3. I think I have either posted or reblogged almost everything on your list! I so agree with chalkboard paint and chevron. I can think of tons of things to add to that list right now. It's also why I don't look at other people's Pinterest boards or Craftgawker. I want to make sure I like something because I like it and not because I'm kind of told to like it. Does that make sense? Good luck at your new teaching job and grad school - it will be tough but so worth it!

    1. It totally makes sense-- and I agree completely. For me, it's also a combination of never being crazy about a trend in the first place (chalk is so messy and makes terrible noises! why oh why?!) and over-saturation leading to boredom. Thanks for everything and your support, and all the best for the new year!

  4. Great post, Erin. I'm pretty much over so many things, too! (The word 'oxblood' actually makes my skin crawl!) I think it's hard, and a fine line to walk between posting and making things that I like, and those that my readers like (which is why my postings are so erratic!) It's an ongoing battle that I can't seem to resolve.
    I feel that a great issue comes from defining my readers. When I started smart n snazzy, I wanted to appeal to real (aka, non-bloggers) women, but it seems that the majority of my readers are bloggers. I think that bloggers tire of trends faster than non-bloggers, and so I keep things geared toward non-bloggers, even though they're not my primary audience. Does that even make sense? LOL Sorry for the rant, but it's definitely something that resonates with me too!
    I'm so proud of you, you've certainly accomplished alot in 2012, and it sounds like 2013 will bring so many more good things your way! I wish you the best of luck teaching (while attending grad school full time!) Not an easy feat, but you're a rockstar :)

    1. I understand what you mean completely, Lia! It's hard to know for sure what readership is composed of, because more often than not, commenters and active readers are bloggers, so it's hard to say what everyone else enjoys. I think the best solution is for us to stick to our standards and blog what makes us happy. All the best for you and your family this year! Lots of love! E

  5. hey i just wanted to say thank you so much for all the love and effort you put into your blog! I love your DIYs and ideas, I find your blog and blogs like yours really inspirational cause I love doing DIY jewelry/clothes/repurposing myself :D so thank you again and HAPPY HAPPY 2012 and i hope grad school goes great for you! :)

  6. You had so many great pieces this year - rich DIY inspiration for me!
    Cheers to 2013!

  7. I just got back from Ohio, too. Serious snow there.

    Your chain and leather bracelet is my fave, too.


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