My Top Posts of 2015 and a Look at the Year Ahead

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.

15.  A DIY Vintage-Inspired Laundry Hamper

I used an old lampshade frame to make this vintage-inspired laundry hamper.

laundry hamper - 2015 recap

14.  A Beautiful Update for Mom’s Garden

We headed over to Erika’s house to see her pretty garden update and take a little tour.

Deer in the creeping jenny - 2015 recap

13.  A Late-Summer Porch Refresh

I spruced up my front porch with estate sale finds, spending around $25 on the whole project.

front porch revamp - 2015 recap

12. Haunted Hatchlings

A windstorm landed this strange raptors’ nest on my porch just in time for Halloween.

haunted hatchlings

11.  Treasure Under the Sea – The Marine Building 

While at a conference in Vancouver B.C., I found this stunning art deco treasure and just had to share it.

The Marine Building Exterior

 10 .  The Inspired Room Tour – Our Master Bath Remodel

I shared why I was inspired by our master bath remodel.

Master Bath Remodel

9.  A Look Inside Cousin Lolli’s Studio

I finally got a firsthand look at how Lolli silkscreens her soft, whimsical dish towels.

Lollis inventory

8.  Rustic Greenhouse Lights from a Mad Scientist

My brother, Dan, made these wonderful rustic hanging lights for my greenhouse.  I just love this patina.

Dan's rustic lights

 7.  A New Life for an Old Trailer Sink

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.

Trailer sink used in the greenhouse

6.  A DIY Barn Light for a Vintage Garage

Dan is back, this time at number 6 with his DIY barn light.

DIY Barn light

His projects are so well received here, and I hope he will share more with us in 2016.

5.  Collecting Vintage Christmas Lights

Chris shared a few vintage Christmas lights from his collection.

Vintage Christmas lights

4.  A (Mostly) Bug-Free Patio Party

We had some friends over for dinner on the patio, and I tested a few ways of keeping bugs from crashing the party.

Patio table

3.  A Hoppy Harvest Wreath

I made a pretty wreath using the hops that were trying to devour our house.

Buckets filled with hops

2.  A Princess Dresser Gets a Grown Up Makeover

A neighbor kicked this little dresser to the curb so I gave it a new home and an elegant makeover.

Dresser after makeover

And now for number one . . .

 1.  Flower Frogs 101

Who knew that the humble flower frog would end up at number one. Go flower frogs!

spike frogs

Two more posts from 2015 that were featured on other lifestyle blogs were Darlings of the Shade Garden and Pretty Burlap Greenhouse Shades.

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.

My cat Charlie is shy, but he says hello, come in and sit a while. Can you spot Charlie’s cute little butt?

After all, My Sweet Cottage is my virtual home, and you are my guest.

If you would like to bring me a hostess gift, consider making your next Amazon purchase using my Amazon affiliate link or your next Etsy purchase using my Etsy affiliate link.  I will earn a small commission, but you will not incur any additional cost on any product you purchase.  My full affiliate disclosure can be found here.

I also love comments and I can’t wait to read each one.

Hope you drop by again soon – and often.  I have lots of fun projects planned for 2016.


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7 Replies to “My Top Posts of 2015 and a Look at the Year Ahead”

  1. Always love looking back and it always surprises me which posts are in my top 12. I have a small collection of flower frogs and love them! I remember pretty much each and every one of these posts. Looking forward to what you have to share in 2016! Happy New Year and thanks for sharing with SYC.

    1. Jann, I was new to blogging and had just discovered link parties when you featured “Rustic Greenhouse Lights From a Mad Scientist” – first time one of my posts was featured. I was thrilled!

  2. Oh the hop wreath. I’m still swooning over it. Definitely my favorite from last year. I hope you have had a very happy beginning to 2016 and I am so excited to see what you do with your garden this year!

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