Best of 2011: My Top Five (+1)

Earlier this week I shared my most popular post from 2011. And while this next set of post may not have been the most pinned or favorited on craftgawker, they’re special to me so I’d like to share them again. I made a Mockingjay shirt after falling in love with the Hunger Games series. I’ve always loved reading but I think this year I just really let myself fall back in love with reading fiction (particularly YA fiction) as my goodreads account proves.

I can’t decide. Do I like the time I made my husband aka the best uncle in the world dress up like a Butterfly or a Unicorn. Yup the naughties’ birthday parties (and invites) as always were a blast.

I was surprised at Christmas last year with a trip from the musicmaker to Florida to go on a fun cruise and experience the magic of Universal Studio’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I know it’s been a while since I’ve had a full out post devoted to my addition but fear not my Potter obsession remains strong.

I also shared my all time favorite customer appreciation picture to date. I always love receiving each and every one of them so please keep them coming but this one is just such a cool idea and the little guy is so stinking darling.

The hubby also started a great new band called Dani Lion with a friend of ours who has an amazing voice, they’re kind of Fiest meets Gorillaz meets She and Him. They played around with a green screen one day and made this super fun music video. I just love their music so it makes me so so happy (you can hear the whole album and stream or download it for free here)

And this one is just one an aunt would love. Nothing flashy, no fancy sewing or crafting or cooking involved but this year I discovered and shared this old picture of the nieces on their first trip to the aquarium. L could barely talk and she said clear as day “mermaid?” in a totally inquisitive voice like she was wondering if there was a mermaid in there. They’re growing up too fast!

Any ways 2011 was pretty dandy. I hope you all have something fun planned for New Years Eve and I’ll see you in 2012!


  1. Hello Marissa!
    I am in a swoon over your Mockingjay! Adorable! Wishing you a Happy Healthy New Year! xoxo Malia

  2. Your husband is awesome for dressing up for those invites!
    Happy 2012!

  3. You are one creative lady! Thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting about our remodel. I will come back and link up on Wednesday. Thank you so much for inviting me and Happy New Year!


  4. thanks for linking up to Make it Monday!

  5. what a beautiful picture of the girls in front of the aquarium…priceless!

  6. want mockingjay t-shirt…loved it so much i had to mention you on my WILW post today:)

  7. Just started the Hunger Games series and love it. This post inspired me to figure out a way to get my kid to Orlando! They would love the world of Harry Potter!

  8. thanks guys!

    Amy, I hear that in 2015 (I know a while) we’ll get a west coast one in Universal in california. It was really fun but small. I hope you like the hunger games. I started another series that I love love love. It’s called divergent for when you’re done with that ;)

  9. Great posts! I always enjoy reading what you’ve been up to! Thanks for sharing at the Tuesday To Do Party!

  10. Love it! Thanks for linking up!

    XO, Aimee

  11. Love that customer appreciation photo!

  12. THANKS, Marissa!! I LOVE the Hunger Games!!!

  13. Thank you so much for sharing this last week on Thingamajig Thursday! Hope to see you again this week!


  14. you definitely had a creative and wonderful year! I wish you and your family a wonderful year, Marisa! and more creativity juices! Kepp those fab projects coming!


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