Garden Matter – Top 10 Posts of 2016

Happy New Year!

As you can see this post is coming out on a Monday. For 2017, Garden Matter will be posting on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Mondays will be dedicated to garden-related posts. On Wednesdays you will find more projects, including DIYs, decorating, and crafts, including this month’s $100 room makeover event starting this Wednesday. Fridays will wrap up the week with great easy recipes, and posts about entertaining family and friends.

I hope you are all as excited as I am to begin this new year creating many beautiful home and garden projects that will make your hearts sing.

For now, here’s a look back on 2016 and our readers top 10 posts.

Top 10 Posts of 2016

Garden Matter Top 10 Posts of 2016

#1 Mason Jar Oil Candle Lamp  This was a holiday favorite, however I think  you could adapt it and make one any time of year by changing up the plant material depending on what is in season.

Make a Mason Jar Oil Candle Lamp with botanicals and essential oils. ~

#2 – Decorating with Apothecary JarsAn easy decorating trick that can also be adapted with different types of flowers and filler. Dollar store beans, rices and other grains would work great in this application.


#3 – Ten Long Blooming Plants You’ll Love A great list for those of you looking for more plants that bloom for more than just a few weeks.


#4 – Spring Cleaning Never Smelled So Good Recipes for basic cleaners using essential oils so that you can enjoy the smell as you clean.

Homemade Cleaners with Essential Oils -

#5 – Favorite Shade Loving PlantsPlants I use year after year in this large planter on the front porch.

Shady Planter on Porch ~ Favorite Shady Plants ~

#6 – Simmering Potpourri Super easy gift giving at any time of year to make your house smell all warm and cozy.


#7 – Easy Kokedama: Moss Ball String GardenA fun indoor garden craft to hang or set on a pretty tray.

Hanging string garden - easy kokedama

#8 – Handwritten Family Recipe Tea TowelTransfer a loved ones recipe, poem or note onto a tea towel for a lasting gift.


#9 – How To Make PotholdersPick a pretty fabric that goes well with your decor or someone you love and make these easy potholders.

Completed Natural Print Bird Potholder ~ How to Make Potholders ~

#10 – Fancy Chocolate Charlotte Cake Recipe Fancy, decadent and delicious. This one can be made ahead too.

Fancy Chocolate Charlotte Cake - feature -

Thanks again for all your lovely comments and support in 2016.  I hope you will continue to enjoy Garden Matter, and will stop by often to see what’s new and share your own ideas.



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. Nancy Dorin says:

    I loved your cranberry shortbreads and they were so easy to make! I’m not a fan of making complicated cookies and these were just my style! And they were so delicious!

    • Hi Nancy,

      Thank you for your sweet comment. I ended up freezing mine and brought them out for Christmas Eve and they still tasted great. I love a cookie that freezes well. They are all gone now and I’m about ready to toss out the leftover chocolate.
      Thanks for stopping by,

  2. Jean Spain says:

    I really enjoyed your top 10 because I joined you right before Christmas.. I enjoyed them so much I saved most of them. When I get finished here I’m getting on Amazon to order the materials I need.
    Thanks for all you share!

    • Hi Jean,

      Thank you for your lovely comment. It does my heart good to hear that others are inspired and enjoying the blog. I hope you continue to find things that you like here in 2017.
      Have a great week!

  3. Sandra L. says:


    Belated Happy New Year and I love the Top Ten posts especially the Recipe Tea Towel and have added them to my list of things to create this year. I’m very new to your blog and love it and the fact that most of your projects are easy to do and don’t make you rob a bank. Now that the holidays are behind us and as soon as I pack away the decorations I plan on spending a few hours checking out what I missed before I landed here.

    Here’s hoping for a wonderful year for you and your family.

    • Hi Sandra,

      I’m so glad you found me and I hope you are inspired and enjoy my posts in 2017.

      A very happy and healthy new year to you and yours too,


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      Hi Sandra,

      I’m so glad you found me and I hope you are inspired and enjoy my posts in 2017.

      A very happy and healthy new year to you and yours too,

  4. You have the most beautiful garden posts! I enjoy reading them! Look forward to our challenge coming up together.

  5. All of your posts are wonderful but as the owner of a brown thumb, I am most impressed with your beautiful garden posts.

  6. What a wonderful round up! I am very intrigued by the kokedama as I have never attempted one! ‘Definitely want to try that! The handwritten recipe on a dish towel is a wonderful way to share a sentimental dish with all the members of your family! What a lovely gift! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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