Happy New Year!
I hope you enjoyed a wonderful holiday season.
New Year’s Eve had me playing with my little greenhouse again. It was a major focus for me in 2015, and this time of year it’s often warmer in there than in the house. Right around sunset is a pretty time to be in the greenhouse.
A Look Back at 2015
It’s always nice to reflect a bit before moving forward.
I published about 50 posts in 2015 and thought I would share the top 15 with you.
The top 15 posts were chosen based on reader feedback and on which posts were featured on other lifestyle blogs that I link to.
There were a few surprises in the mix – and especially surprising was which post turned out to be my number one post of the year.
We begin the countdown at number 15.
I used an old lampshade frame to make this vintage-inspired laundry hamper.
We headed over to Erika’s house to see her pretty garden update and take a little tour.
I spruced up my front porch with estate sale finds, spending around $25 on the whole project.
A windstorm landed this strange raptors’ nest on my porch just in time for Halloween.
While at a conference in Vancouver B.C., I found this stunning art deco treasure and just had to share it.
I shared why I was inspired by our master bath remodel.
I finally got a firsthand look at how Lolli silkscreens her soft, whimsical dish towels.
My brother, Dan, made these wonderful rustic hanging lights for my greenhouse. I just love this patina.
My husband, Chris, brought home an old, unwanted trailer sink and we put it to work in our greenhouse. And it has really come in handy.
Dan is back, this time at number 6 with his DIY barn light.
His projects are so well received here, and I hope he will share more with us in 2016.
Chris shared a few vintage Christmas lights from his collection.
We had some friends over for dinner on the patio, and I tested a few ways of keeping bugs from crashing the party.
I made a pretty wreath using the hops that were trying to devour our house.
A neighbor kicked this little dresser to the curb so I gave it a new home and an elegant makeover.
And now for number one . . .
Who knew that the humble flower frog would end up at number one. Go flower frogs!
But where do my old posts go? They can be found by clicking on the category buttons in the left-hand column or by conducting a search with the green button in the upper right-hand corner.
What to Expect in 2016
I’m Still Stubborn
When developing my home and garden ideas, I often look to magazines, blogs, or social media for inspiration – but never as the final authority. I love it when I discover a trend that truly inspires me. But often I will ignore a popular trend and head off in the opposite direction if that works better for me.
I invite you to join me in being true to your own sense of style. This leads to you doing what you do best – for your lifestyle and for your home. It might involve a little trial and error, but in the end this is how fresh ideas are hatched and how classics are brought back out in new ways.
An Escape from the Noise
My goal is to keep my website pretty to look at and fun to visit, without any slow-loading ads or annoying pop ups.
There is a lot of great information out here in cyberspace, but also a crazy amount of debris and noise. So I am approaching this new year with a renewed focus on quality over quantity. That could mean fewer posts, but hopefully posts that are entertaining and worthwhile.
After all, My Sweet Cottage is my virtual home, and you are my guest.
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Hope you drop by again soon – and often. I have lots of fun projects planned for 2016.
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