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January 21, 2013

The Top 15 No Pattern Required Posts For 2012 – Renovation Posts, Time Capsule Homes and More!

By RetroRuth

I have to admit, 2012 was a great year for No Pattern Required! Thanks to our team of mid-century loving writers, the blog was flooded with great posts related to everyone’s favorite time period. And thanks to all the great readers like you, we got lots of fun submissions, feedback and comments! It was great. But if you’ve been wondering what the Top Posts were for 2012, wonder no more! Here they are, in no particular order:

1. Renovation and Restoration Posts

Some of the most popular posts this year had to do with Sara in AZ’s restoration of her mom’s awesome time capsule condo. It was a crazy, fun, hectic ride for Sara and her husband Mike, and her posts about the renovation made sure we all lived through every moment with them AND we got to learn a bunch of restoration stuff on the side.

New VCT Tile In Mom’s Time Capsule Condo



Changing Out The Shower Water Valve Stems In Mom’s 50s Time Capsule Condo



Atomic Starburst Stencils In Mom’s 1950s Time Capsule Condo…A Tutorial



Later in the year, Sara in AZ was up to her handy shenanigans again, this time with an ultra fab and detailed refinishing post featuring some awesome Heywood Wakefield nightstands:

Refinishing Our Heywood Wakefield Encore Night Stands


A surprise hit with readers was this post featuring some ideas for authentic 1940’s window treatments, from yours truly:

1940’s Window Treatments for Unusual Windows – 11 Ideas with Illustrations

Popular Home Decoration033


And from Eartha Kitsch and reader Jason, we learned how to reproduce our favorite etched glass shower doors:

Reproducing A Vintage-Style Etched Glass Shower Door – Reader Jason Tells Us How

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2. Time Capsule Homes

Every Sunday, and sometimes on Fridays, Sablemable (aka Jan) treats us to some of the most choice time capsule homes for sale in the country in Won’t You Be My Neighbor. This year she featured TONS of great houses, but two homes really blew readers away:

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Normandy Park, Washington


Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Midland, Michigan 



We also got a look inside of the amazing The Citation Home thanks to intrepid reader Ron! Thanks so much, Ron!

Oodles of Pictures of “The Citation” Home Taken By Reader Ron During Modern Tulsa’s Open House!

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Reader Lydia made all of us swoon with envy when she sent in pictures of her amazing cape cod home. These pictures still kill me!

Reader Lydia’s Lovely and Glam Cape Cod

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And Tom and I stumbled on a time capsule in our backyard when we went to a local estate sale:

Time Capsule Home With Geneva Cabinets and Original Details At Recent Estate Sale



3. Vintage and Retro Sewing and Crafts

Our resident Seamstress Andrea made sure that we all got our sewing butts in gear this year with an awesome Mad Men sew-along featuring part of Peggy’s wardrobe. In addition, she drew our attention to some great reproduction patterns to make everyone’s sewing life a little easier:

A Mad Men Sewalong! Peggy’s Perfect Red and Blue Skirt

Retro Sewing Made Easier! Reproduction Sewing Patterns


Our wonderfully crafty Betty Crafter did a ton of posts this year, but everyone apparently loved her little owl puppet:

This IS Your Granny’s Crafting! Owl Puppet Edition


4. Some Vintage and Retro Food

And, finally some vintage and retro eats were posted! You know I couldn’t resist this, especially with all the craziness we get up to on Mid-Century Menu.  But this year, the craziest thing we did that spanned BOTH blogs was our gelatin contest. It took us a LONG time to test out all those recipes, but in the end it was totally worth it.

It’s A Mid-Century Menu Gelatin Round-up – ALL of the Winners In Our Recent Gelatin Contest



Anyway, I hope that you guys enjoyed reading the blog this year as much as we enjoyed writing it. If you have any suggestions for what you would like to see in 2013, please leave them in the comments below!

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5 Responses to The Top 15 No Pattern Required Posts For 2012 – Renovation Posts, Time Capsule Homes and More!

  1. Nina Reply

    January 21, 2013 at 9:36 am

    You are a true historian! Thank you for not forgetting this under appreciated time slot!

  2. sablemable Reply

    January 21, 2013 at 10:29 am

    I have always enjoyed the posts here! And, of course, I have enjoyed blogging here, too!

    So happy that I discovered NPR and all of the friends I’ve made here!

  3. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    January 21, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Keep on doing what you’re doing, ladies! It’s perfect!

  4. Andrea Reply

    January 21, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    I second Sable’s comment! Can’t wait to see the posts that 2013 will bring 🙂

  5. Laura Reply

    February 6, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    I’m a bit behind in my blog reading, but I just wanted to stop here and comment that Sara’s posts on her mom’s condo rehab were really awesome. I’ve filed away some of the hints for future use, and reading about how the condo finally came together in a just a total package of retro cuteness was so much fun! Thanks for the great reading!

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