I can’t really do a ‘Best of 2012’ post based on stats because the all time most-viewed posts on the blog remain ‘Andrew’s Father’s Day Post’ and my ‘Night Circus’ post, both of which were actually written in 2011. GOOD GRIEF, that Father’s Day post just WILL NOT go quietly into the night.
So I’ve compiled a little list of my favorite posts from last year based on their level of AWESOME, my mood, and other hormonal fancies. Isn’t that the way most people decide things? Just me? I think not.
Being featured on Apartment Therapy is the thrill that keeps thrilling! I still can’t believe that anything I created wound up on the great-granddaddy-site-of-all-things-cool-for-families-and-décor.
BEST PARTY I’VE SEEN ANYWHERE:
This Japanese tea party of SHEER INCREDIBLE, which was profiled on the LMNOP website, was hands down the coolest thing I saw on the internet last year. Nothing else came close. I ooohed and aaaahed over the whole amazing soiree in this post.
The paper dolls kit Julia received for her birthday last year was one of the most fantastically fun gifts
It was tough call between this amazing banana cake I made and my Snowy White Cake, but the white cake is incredibly hard to make and the banana one was easy-peasy so I’m going with the banana. THIS CAKE WAS AMAZING. GO MAKE IT.
If you’re gonna have a treat, you gotta have a lovely drinky to go with it. Moonlight Tea is like swallowing a warm blanky and laying it gently upon the stomach acids in your tummy. DOESN’T THAT SOUND COZY? But seriously (a state of being I strenuously try to avoid), this is the perfect cold-weather beverage. Make and drink while watching a British period film, wrapped in something soft and woolly, and shoo anyone out the door who might disrupt your zen state of coziness.
BEST ANDREW POST:
‘Andrew Has Opinions’ post we learned Many Important Things. Like Andrew’s disdain for British period dramas and Anthropologie, his great love for Sally (his cat wife), and that there are no lengths I will not pursue when it comes to exploiting my poor, long suffering husband in the name of my own entertainment.
BEST VINTAGE BOOKS:
Hey, how about some books? Did you enjoy any BOOKS last year, Melissa? Why yes. Yes I did. Some of you know by now that vintage books really get me whistling like a teakettle (???), especially VINTAGE FAIRY TALE BOOKS. The posts I did on ‘Great Swedish Fairy Tales’, ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and ‘Once Upon a Time’ were chosen because I think these books in particular, out of all the ones I reviewed last year, are the most special and unique to read, while being the most beautiful to look at. Oh except the 'Sleeping Beauty' book isn't vintage but that makes no never mind to me.
Also, ‘My Very Own Fairy Stories’ by Johnny Gruelle is flipping incredible but it did not fit nicely into my little collage.
Oh heckfire, I forgot about ‘The Giant Golden Book of Elves and Fairies’, illustrated by Garth Williams. That book is GORGEOUS, BRILLIANT and YOU SHOULD OWN IT.
Why those toy companies had to go hoochify Strawberry Shortcake? Why?
BEST KICKASS PHOTOGRAPHY OF WHICH I AM PROUD:
I took some awesome pictures of fall trees reflected in water.
STILL READING???????????? You can stop now. I’m done applauding myself. Actually, what was best about 2012 is that I made several more wonderful friends in the blogging world, and that really really nice people occasionally read my blog and stop and say hello. I can’t tell you how happy-making it is every single time a comment rolls in. I appreciate it so much! Now that it’s officially 2013, I’m really excited to chat books with you, take pictures of pretty things, be silly, and explore the endlessly fascinating world of tea, treats, all things British, and Hello Kitty. We can’t ever forget about her. I won't LET you forget about her.