Top Ten Posts of 2012

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2012 was a turning point for me into a new season of life. I have one daughter now married, a son in college and my two 8th graders that I am still homeschooling. My husband is serving as worship leader at a new church and we are settling in there with our two teenagers.

I have devoted much of this year to researching and praying for guidance for Marty’s Musings. What started out as merely a family journal has taken the turn into pursuing opportunities to make my blog profitable. I’ve learned so much and met many wonderful people. My hopes and dreams for 2013 are for this blog to encourage others through my posts on both DIY projects and the personal side of our story.

Here are the 10 posts that received the most traffic (from Google Analytics for June-December 2012).

Scrapbook Room Organization is a must for those who love to look at other people’s craft rooms as much as I do!

Scrapbook Room Organization

Best Frozen Punch Recipe is truly the best punch for entertaining. Easy to prepare ahead of time and dearly loved by my family.


Our Blessing Jar is indeed a family tradition, a way of remembering to be grateful for each day.

Blessing Jar from Marty's Musings

Den Makeover is probably the room in our home that changed the most in both looks and function. It is such a fun room!

Den Makeover from Marty's Musings

How to Decorate with Pallet Shelves was a free and easy project!

How to Decorate with Pallet Shelves

Window Table Decor gave me a chance to accent the window table my husband built for me.

Window Table Decor

How to Make a Window Table made me incredibly proud of my husband and his DIY skills.

How to Make a Window Table

No Mantel to Decorate? No Problem! I loved my Christmas decor this year. It was simple and no cost!

No-Mantel? No Problem! from-Martys-Musings-7

Branch Candle Centerpiece shows my hubby again making a Pinterest project for me.


Scrapbook Room Paper Storage shows off my ridiculously excessive (but totally pleasing) scrapbook paper collection!

Scrapbook Room Paper Storage

These posts got the most page views but do you have a different favorite?

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  1. Your hubby and you are sooo TALENTED!! Everything you created is AMAZING!! You know how much I LOVE your window table!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

  2. I absolutely LOVE your window table your hubby crafted for you. Stunning.
    Great blog, very uplifting. Lots of interesting things to read and learn, thank you!

  3. I love taking a look back at your top ten posts. You have accomplished so much. Great organizational ideas. I would love for you to share this at my Winter Blues Wednesday party going on right now. Hope to see you there.

  4. Your tops posts all look so great. I’ve dropped in from The Fun in Functional Link Party. I plan to come back and take a longer look, at many of them , especially the craft room πŸ˜‰

    I homeschool also; my youngest is almost finished! I’m adding you to my blog list and “liked” you on facebook. Blessings!

    1. Hi, Roxana! I’m so glad you visited my blog. I’ve been homeschooling for 19 years and have just a few to go! I’ve grated two with two to go! I do hope you’ll stop by and read more when you have time!
      [email protected]’s Musings

  5. My favorite is the pallet shelf. I pass these on the side of the road on trash day all the time. Next week. . . look out! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the great idea.

  6. Thanks so much for posting this! I love your projects, especially the scrap room organization! And of course, your candle holder. So glad I found you again, I’ll be following by email now so I don’t loose you again.
    Happy New Year!
    Reconnected with you when you shared at Debbiedoo’s!
    Debbie πŸ™‚

  7. Youve had some amazing projects this year Marty! Thank you for partying with the Wildly Original Crowd this year. It’s been so fun seeing what you’re up to and featuring some of your fantastic work. Hugs!

    <3 Christina at I Gotta Create!

    1. Hahaha! I get to reply to my own daughter! Yes, I know you love those enchiladas! Working on the taco soup recipe right now πŸ™‚ Love you!

  8. Wow, you had quite a year! I would LOVE to have that Scrapbook room! Thanks so much for sharing on Super Sweet Saturday.

  9. Marty, Your top ten posts are just beautiful! You have such talent. Thanks for linking up to our Strut Your Stuff Saturday! Happy New Year! -The Six Sisters

  10. Your organizational skills have inspired me! I did post about my studio in December and was forced to clean that up, but there are still so many areas I want to tackle! Your scrapbooking area is impressive indeed, I wish I had the patience for that! Your children will be blessed with wonderful visual memories. Thanks for sharing,

  11. all I can say is WOW! I really love the shelf! it really is so awesome! and 2012 definitely does sound like it has been a busy year for your family!