2018 Wrap Up and Top 10 Posts

Merry Christmas Week!  I hope you’re enjoying this holiday week and staying warm, cozy and dry!

 We’re under a flood watch through Saturday morning, following our weather pattern of rain, rain and more rain, making 2018 a very wet year. . . it’s a good thing we have a boat. ;)

As 2018 comes to a close, it’s fun to look back at the top posts of the year. The results are always bit of a surprise to me since comments and shares aren’t always indicative of the posts with the most views.

Here’s the wrap up of the my top 10 posts of 2018. Click on the links in red if you’d like to revisit or for more details.

Number 10:

Cozy and Romantic Table for Valentine’s Day

Number 9:

Teapot Bouquets + Lakeside Table by the Azaleas

Number 8:

Fast Growing and Low Maintenance White Spring Blooms

Number 7:

Saying Goodbye to the Dog of My Heart

{Thank you to everyone for your heartfelt comments. It still makes me weepy to read them. ♥}

Number 6:

Lemons and Hydrangeas Alfresco Summer Tablescape

Number 5:

An Autumn Harvest on the Porch

Number 4:

DIY Evergreen Table Runner Centerpiece the EASY Way

Number 3:

Patriotic Flower Arrangement with an American Flag

Number 2:

Public Service Annoucement: Plant a Limelight Hydrangea. . .or Five

And Number 1 Post of 2018:

Slinky Hack and Trellis for a Favorite Flowering Vine

We’re enjoying a little R&R by the twinkling lights of the tree this week and looking forward to a visit with my sister as we celebrate the New Year.

Wishing you a Healthy and Happy 2019!

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  30 comments for “2018 Wrap Up and Top 10 Posts

  1. Kate
    December 28, 2018 at 8:52 am

    I LOVE all your posts and look forward to them every day/week! Thank you very much! Best to you for a Healthy, Happy New Year!

  2. Peggy Ott
    December 28, 2018 at 8:56 am

    GM Mary! I just did that same thing, sitting in the cozy chair and looking back at pictures of this past year. We are blessed all around us with beauty and provided daily with all the joys to have. The bumps in the road, as I call them, are the most challenging to get past and unfortunately life is full of them on our journey through life. But we hold dear to all the good memories shared by those we love and cherish.

    The #1 pic did surprise me, though I am all about doing that slinky idea. And oh yeah, will be doing that the next time my bird house needs repair. So keep the beautiful post coming because we delight in each and everyone you send.

    Happy New Year to you and yours!

  3. Carol Bandille
    December 28, 2018 at 9:01 am

    I hope you have a wonderful New Year! I love all your posts, they inspire the decorator in me😊 I feel your soggy pain, we too have had so much rain this year here in New Jersey ☔️

  4. December 28, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Thanks for ALL your post…I enjoy everyone!! HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 🎈🎉🥂🍾

  5. Victoria
    December 28, 2018 at 9:19 am

    Have a very happy, healthy and absolutely awesome 2019. Look forward to next year’s post. Your posts are a joy to watch. Tfs cheers

  6. Jane Teague
    December 28, 2018 at 9:36 am

    Thank you for your wonderful blog. Happy New Year!!!

  7. Sheran
    December 28, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Love your blog! Thank you and Happy New Year to you and your loved one.

  8. anne
    December 28, 2018 at 9:58 am

    Looking forward to 2019 and more wonderful ideas you share and your beautiful and inspiring pictures. Stay warm….and dry!
    Happy New Year!

  9. Linda L
    December 28, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Happy New Year and thank you for another year of wonderful posts. Sending you some sunshine from Florida.🌞

  10. Robyn
    December 28, 2018 at 10:01 am

    Love your blog!!! Your posts always make my day! Happy New Year!

  11. Jackie Leonard
    December 28, 2018 at 10:29 am

    Mary, I can’t believe how STUNNING your bird tree is.. you never cease to amaze me, just when we think you can’t possibly pull another trick out of your hat. God woman, you are amazing!!!!; This is truly one of your best posts ever.

  12. December 28, 2018 at 10:30 am

    Thank your for all your wonderful posts throughout the year, Mary! Happy New Year to you, your hubby and Lola and Gracie.

  13. S Williams
    December 28, 2018 at 10:45 am

    GM Mary-The rain has been relentless but perfect weather for reading your wonderful posts. Thank goodness it’s not snow! I always enjoy them as you have a wealth of great ideas that can be replicated with the instructions you provide. As you know, I always love the tablescape as they are a favorite. I remember what a clever idea the slinky was because as a gardener we always need trellis hacks. We look forward to more in 2019. Enjoy your time with your sister. Wishing you a Happy, Healthy 2019! Clara

  14. Bonnie L Keearns
    December 28, 2018 at 10:50 am

    Thanks for all the enjoyable posts this year! They were always heartwarming and a delight!
    Wishing you and your family the warmest of the holiday season and may you have blessed New Year❤

  15. Cyndi Raines
    December 28, 2018 at 10:51 am

    Thank you for all your effort with each and every post ~ pure delight for us in blog land! You spoil us so and we love it! Happy New Year and the very best to all of you! 🥂 (51 here today and we’re loving it!)

  16. December 28, 2018 at 11:26 am

    Mary, each of your posts get ten stars from me. Honestly, your posts never fail to inspire with gorgeous images, clever ideas, and wonderful recipes. Thank you for sharing your talents with all your readers. Wishing you joy and good health in 2019. 😘

  17. December 28, 2018 at 1:08 pm

    You are beyond talented and creative! I truly enjoy receiving your email. Its always bursting with great ideas and beautiful colors. Happy 2019!

  18. Carol
    December 28, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    You provide so much joy and inspiration to my life!! I am always grateful when I see your name come up in my email. I share your passion for the seasons, gardening, doggies, picnics, tablescapes and enjoying nature. Thank you for all you do to add beauty and kindness to the world.

  19. Melodie Strickland
    December 28, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    Thank you for all of your inspiring and beautiful posts. May you and yours have a Happy & Healthy New Year!!

  20. Donna Milazzo
    December 28, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    I recognize most of these posts. Your tablescapes are always the prettiest I’ve seen anywhere! Have a Happy New Year, and I look forward to seeing your lovely posts in 2019!

  21. Glenda Dolan
    December 29, 2018 at 1:43 am

    Happy New Year! Have a safe and fun one! Thank you for all your beautiful posts and pictures, they always brighten my day! Can’t wait to see all the lovely 2019 ones! Wishing you and your family a bright, healthy, fun and prosperous 2019!

  22. December 29, 2018 at 4:39 am

    Lovin’ the slinky hack Mary! Happy New Year, give The Girls a big ole hug for me:@)

  23. December 29, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Happy New Year! Your posts always add so much joy & inspiration to my morning cup of coffee! Dry year here in the Pacific NW so we are welcoming our rain and much needed snow in the mountains. Staying cozy like you enjoying the tree & decorations without the pre-holiday frenzy! Looking forward to your posts next year!

  24. December 30, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    Wishing you a very happy New year, loved your top ten, my breath quickened seeing chole, it still makes me tear up, but so grateful Lola bounded into your life! I could use your rain, been planting roses all day long since Xmas eve, I need a garden break! Back to loading up the audios so stay tuned 😉!

  25. December 31, 2018 at 9:49 am

    It’s fun to see what’s popular, I know I am often completely surprised! Your posts really can’t be narrowed by top ten, they all are top ten worthy! We too have had our share of the wet stuff, we had a waterfall flowing over the retaining wall into the driveway last week! Happy New Year Mary!

  26. Marilyn Morphis
    December 31, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    Thank you for another great year of your wonderful posts. You state that our comments make your day. Please know that your posts make of day.

  27. December 31, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Happy New Year!! Love your posts and I made your rosemary wreath for Christmas. It was a hit so thank you!!

  28. Mother of 3
    January 1, 2019 at 7:19 am

    So many great posts! I just love all your photographs.

  29. January 2, 2019 at 9:45 am

    Oh what a year of beauty you had…and bittersweet too…Chloe touched the heart of us all…I look forward to being mesmerized by all of your wonderful creations both on the table and in the garden and the antics of Gracie and Lola..Happy New Year Mary!

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