Garden Matter – Top 10 Posts of 2015

It’s New Year’s Eve!

Where did the time go? It’s been a great year. I have so enjoyed sharing my projects, recipes and garden tips with all of you.  As we prepare to ring in 2016 I’m sharing highlights of the most popular posts this year.

Top 10 Posts of 2015

2015 Top 10 Blog Posts collage -

As a bonus, some of my blogging friends have gathered their own “Best of 2015” to share (see the list at the end of this post) 

 You know when you go on a house tour, you start getting excited by all the great ideas, and you can’t wait to use some in your own home. This top ten list will be the perfect boost, full of the best ideas to start the new year.

Top-Ten-Posts-of-2015-Blog-Hop ~

#1 Chicken and Black Bean Tortilla CasseroleThis is an easy recipe that can easily be adapted to many different tastes.

Chicken & Black Bean Casserole ~ Top 10 posts of 2015 ~

#2  Dried Orange GarlandI made this for my fall mantel, however this can also be made into a wonderful kitchen wreath by using a wire instead of the jute.

Dried Orange Garland ~ Top 10 posts of 2015 ~

#3 Dry Oil Body SprayGreat for summer and winter.

Dry Oil Spray ~ Top 10 posts of 2015 ~

#4  DIY Roman Shades from Mini blindsStill holding up great in my office.

DIY Roman Shade from Miniblind ~ Top 10 posts of 2015 ~

#5Flower Pot CenterpieceInexpensive enough to make for a large gathering, or just one for your patio.

Flower Pot Centerpiece ~ Top 10 posts of 2015 ~

#6  Gardener’s Hand SoapMy Mother’s Day gift last year.

DIY Gardener's Hand Soap ~ Top 10 posts of 2015 ~

#7 English vs French LavenderWhat’s the difference, and how to grow.

English vs French Lavender ~ Top 10 posts of 2015 ~

#8 Shade PerennialsA nice selection you made not have heard of that grow great in my garden.

7 Shade Perennials ~ Top 10 posts of 2015 ~

#9 Spiced Mug MatsScented coasters made from square fabric and filled with spices. Super simple to make.

Scented Mug Mats ~ Top 10 posts of 2015 ~

#10 5 Herbs to Know & GrowAnother sample of off-the-beaten-path herbs to grow in your garden.

5 herbs to know & grow ~ Top 10 posts of 2015 ~



Want to see more?

Stop over and see the best of this fine group of creative bloggers:


Domestically Speaking | Cupcakes and Crinoline |Our Southern Home

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia | Yesterday on Tuesday | Mad in Crafts

Petticoat Junktion | Roots North and South | DIY180

Inspiration for Moms | Restoration Redoux | Create & Babble

2 Bees in a Pod | Garden Matter | Artsy Chicks Rule

Cottage at the Crossroads | Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer | Sweet Pea

Plum Doodles | What Meegan Makes | Clean and Scentsible

Hunt & Host | Brandywine Cottage | Day to Day Adventures

About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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  1. These are so inspirational projects. I love the herb garden, you gave me some great ideas. Wishing you a Happy New Year

  2. I think I could sift through your blog all day! There are so many inspiring projects here …now you have me anxious for Spring so I can get outside…I know one thing I’ll be adding to my outdoor décor this year is your flower pot centerpiece! Happy New Year! XO

  3. You’ve had a great year. I’ve already pinned your hand soap recipe to make this spring and I’ll probably make your chicken and black bean casserole this weekend. I look forward to seeing what you share in 2016!

  4. I love all the gardening posts. Our yard is a blank slate- right now, a muddy blank slate. I need all the help I can get.

  5. I’m embarrassed to say I don’t know your blog, but I am a new subscriber! Love to get gardening tips.

  6. Patti- I just love your blog! You are a garden gal like me. Finally dawned on me to subscribe! Not sure why I haven’t signed up to follow you sooner. Maybe we need to join forces with a few other garden lovers to do some winter garden tours to tide us over until we can get out and dig in our yards again? Have a healthy and happy new year!

  7. I truly wish I could garden like you do. AND your orange garland is simply lovely. You are so talented Patti. Thanks for sharing and a VERY Happy New Year to you.

  8. The dried orange garland is gorgeous, and I bet it smells terrific!

  9. Patti, you have so many amazing projects but I’m going to hop on over to see how you made that dried orange wreath. My kitchen is so bare right now! Looking forward to seeing much more of your garden in 2016!

    • Hi Jane,

      Thank you for your kind words. The dried orange project is actually a garland made with twine which you have probably noticed by now but I wanted to mention that I think it would totally work as a wreath if you had a nice thick wire and didn’t try to make it too large. Cheers to a great 2016!

  10. What wonderful and inspiring projects!!
    Happy New Year!!!

  11. So many lovely projects, Patti! It was so nice to party with you. Have a very happy 2016! mb

  12. love all your projects, i can’t pick a favorite because they are all so amazing!

  13. I want to try your dried orange garland – that gorgeous!

  14. That garland! so many beautiful and informative goodness here! What a beautiful year!

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