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Happy New Year Friends! Whew, I’m going to step off of the whirlwind that has been this wonderful, busy holiday season and take a minute to thank all of my readers and subscribers.  Truth time: When Terry and I started this little blog 10 months ago, we truly did not have a clue of what was actually involved in this ‘blogging thing’.  Holy cow, we have learned so much these past months  and have met some wonderful people along the way. We’re excited about what 2016 holds; we know we’ll learn even more and we’ll meet many more wonderful, helpful, clever and creative people from all parts of the globe.

In thinking ahead, it’s always helpful to look back at what we did, what worked and what didn’t.

  • First off, we started this blog on February 3, 2015.  When I say ‘we started’, I mean our first post was published.  But its fair to say that we were completely walking in the dark for many months.  In the past 11 months, we’ve learned the basics of our blog platform, coding, PhotoShop, photography and gained insight into all the different modes of social media.  If nothing else, it’s been really good for our brains!
  • Just in the past couple of months, we really feel we’ve found a blogging community that includes talented bloggers from as far away as Greece, Spain and Australia and as close as our home state of North Carolina.  Bloggers (can’t anyone think of a better name? Some words roll off of the tongue, but “Blogger” just kind of plops off of the tongue.  Ugh.) are, as a whole, an encouraging group of creatives who really do welcome the opportunity to help each other.
  • Top 10 Posts of 2015:  

    Here’s a bit of a retrospective (David Letterman style) of our most popular posts.

10. Ornament Topiaries.  This was a quick, immediate gratification project that made a big impact on my mantle.  This topiary project was featured on HomeTalk.Ornament Topiary

9.  Ornament GarlandThese garlands for my little trees completed my holiday front porch and were featured in Houzz’s 40 Welcoming Holiday Entryways.  DIY Ornament Garland

8. Up-cycled Candlewick Bedspread   I love finding ways to re-purpose items that are otherwise languishing in my attic.  These hand towels were the result of up-cycle brain storm.  Candlewick Handtowels1

7. and 6.  Is it any wonder that dessert recipes make up 2 of my top 10 recipes?  The Best Ever Carrot Cake and Cherry Oat Bars are clearly deserving of top 10 accolades.  cut carrot cake

 

Cherry Oat Bars

5. Not only was this the 5th most popular post of 2015. but it is also one of my favorites.  This blog has given me a vehicle to journal and document some of my childhood memories.  The post about making Linen Cocktail Napkins introduced my readers to Grandma, who played a important role in my life.  DIY Crochet Edge Linen Cocktail Napkins4, 3, 2 and 1.  Knitted Washcloths.  I was lucky enough to have several of my knit cotton washcloth patterns picked up and promoted by FaveCrafts.com, which resulted in these 4 patterns being the most popular posts of the year.Daisy stitch washcloth in basket

Hand Knit Daisy Stitch Washcloth

Lattice Washcloth

Woven Lattice Cable Knit Washcloth

partially folded washcloth-1Hand Knit Washcloth

 

Knot Another Washcloth!at www.NourishandNestle.com

Knot Another Washcloth

Thanks for joining me on this trip down memory lane and more importantly, for the journey of the past year. I truly appreciate that you have taken a few minutes of your busy day to spend it, virtually, with me.   Your comments, suggestions and tips mean so much to me, so please keep them coming.  If you have some specific ideas for projects that you’d like to see in 2016, I’d love for you to send them my way.  

I wish you and yours a very Happy and Healthy New Year.  

Right now, subscribers to Nourish and Nestle will receive a free, downloadable Measuring Equivalents Chart overlaid on a watercolor lemon.  You can see it here. Sign up to our email list (on my right sidebar) and we’ll send it to your inbox within 24 hours!  If you are already a subscriber and would like a lemon measuring equivalents chart, send us an email with ‘lemon chart’ in the subject line and we’ll send you one too!

 

Until next time, 
lynn

 

 

 

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8 Comments

  1. Cheryl in Kansas

    January 2, 2016 at 8:27 am

    Congrats on your first year! Found u in December & so glad I did…now going thru past posts….u have some great ideas. Lovin it!,,,, looking forward to more posts. Best wishes & happy new year!

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    • lynn

      January 2, 2016 at 10:50 am

      Hi Cheryl, thanks so much for you kind words. Comments like yours keep me going and give me a little extra boost! You have no idea how much they are appreciated.
      Wishing you and yours the happiest of new years.

      Lynn

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  2. Anna in Venezuela

    January 2, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Congratulations on your first year. I found your post thanks to the washcloths and have enjoyed it. Still have a lot of past posts to see 🙂 Hope you keep it up. Best wishes for the new year 🙂

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    • lynn

      January 2, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      Thanks so much Anna. I am so glad you found me and the washcloths. Have you knit any? I am looking forward to the upcoming year and am so appreciate of my readers. Thanks for taking the time to comment.
      Happy New Year, Lynn

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  3. [email protected]

    January 4, 2016 at 8:40 am

    Congrats sweet Lynn! Your blog is amazing, I love stopping by to see what you’ve posted and it’s always a WOW!~moment! We both started around the same time, funny, hey??? I know I say this all the time, but your photography is just amazing and so natural, I really enjoyed all your posts! The wash cloths are award worthy, seriously! I wouldn’t dare to use them as wash cloths though. They’d go up for decoration for sure! Have a great & successful, happy & healthy 2016 Lynn!

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    • lynn

      January 4, 2016 at 1:40 pm

      As always Katrin, you always give me a little boost with your kind words. One of my highlights, without a doubt, this year is meeting up with you…over Walking Dead of all things! Thanks again for your compliments on my photography. I actually went to the college today to get my student i.d. as my photography class starts on Friday! Very excited.
      Hugs and Kisses, LYnn

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  4. Mary-the boondocks blog

    January 15, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Did you knit those washcloths yourself? They are very pretty. It is so nice to see that the art of knitting is not being lost. My mom had tried to teach me lots of these fine crafts but unfortunately I lost her at the age of 19.. She also had this strange contraption which looks like 2 oval ivory pieces connected in the middle. and she used it to make lace. Wishing you Lynn a wonderful year full of crafts and inspiration.

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    • lynn

      January 17, 2016 at 7:59 am

      Hi Mary, knitting is one of my favorite hobbies. Or it used to be…seems it’s been taken over by others…I know you know what I’m talking about! As a matter of fact, I’m up to my ears in balls of yarn right now…working on some blankets. It’s the perfect hobby when you want to veg in front of the telly. Hmm…I’m curious about that lace making tool! Do you still have it?
      Thanks so much for stopping by Mary!

      Hugs, Lynn

      Reply

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