Best of 2013 – Favorite Projects and Posts

I’ve been spending some time looking through the past year here on the blog. It’s amazing to see everything that happens in a year. While the bulk of everything that goes on here is projects, there’s a little life tossed in too. You can see so much growth in me, my photography (thank goodness), in my daughter (who was only 5 months old when this blog began), in everything.

The Best of Making Home Base 2013

If you’re like me you are wondering where the heck 2013 went to? It seems like yesterday I waiting on the pier for my husband to come home from deployment and now he’s been home for six months! Our daughter isn’t a baby anymore, she’s a real toddler, with spunk and so much personality. And in a year, our little military base house has come so far. It’s really becoming that home base I dreamed about when I started this journey, and this blog!

And since I’m reminiscing, I thought I would recap your favorite (most viewed) projects and posts from 2013.

It’s really interesting to see which projects “take off.” Some of them are some of my favorites too and then some of them are ones I almost didn’t even share but I’m so glad I did 🙂

You can click on the link below each photo to be taken to that individual post.

Painting Furniture - Mint Painted Nightstand

Mint Painted Nightstand

The Best Blueberry Muffins I've Ever Made

The Best Blueberry Muffins I’ve Ever Made

DIY Nautical Coasters Making Home Base5

Nautical Sisal Rope Coasters 

Embellished Mason Jar Vase for Spring

Embellished Mason Jar Vase

Vintage Map in a DIY Rustic Frame

DIY Rustic Framed Map

Heart patch sweater leg warmers

Sweater Leggings for Baby

DIY Wood Bathroom Caddy

DIY Wood Caddy

DIY Stenciled Arrow Pillow

DIY Stenciled Drop Cloth Pillow

Why We Painted Our Rental. Thinking about painting? Here's what you need to know.

How to Paint A Room In Your Rental

Cookies and cream frosting

Cookies and Cream Frosting Recipe

You guys also loved my tips on Temporary Wall Treatments for renters and my ideas for Container Gardens.

Looking back, my favorite post is hands down the one where I shared my husband’s homecoming. The best day right there. And really, it’s been one incredible year and much of that is because of this blog and because of YOU. Thank you so much for reading, Instagramming with me, hanging out with me on Facebook, just and allowing me to have a place to share!

Going into 2014, I hope to share a little more about life mixed in with the DIY madness that is already here. I know I enjoy reading a little more about my favorite bloggers and getting to know them a little deeper than paint colors and projects, and I’d like to do that here.

On that note, may you have a happy and blessed New Year! I’ll be back after the 1st!

Want more end of the year round ups? Some of my favorite bloggers are sharing their “Best of 2013” posts too! If you’re in the mood to be inspired, you don’t want to miss these posts. Check them out below.

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  1. Girl, you certainly have had a great year! SO many amazing projects! And I just read your husband’s homecoming story for the first time, and it had me in tears. What a special day! I can’t wait so see what 2014 holds for Making Home Base!

    ~Abby =)

  2. Love them all, Chelsea! As I scrolled down the list, I remembered each post and each one was one of my faves! You’ve had some great projects this year, girl! Thanks for sharing your round up!

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  5. What a great year of projects Chelsea. Your photography looks amazing- that is my goal to improve this year… I think my favourite project might be your mint nightstand… Or that great framed map art. Looking forward to what you have to share in 2014!