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7 favorite bloggers share their TOP POSTS of 2015!

What a year! 2015 was very different than I expected it to be. I thought we would be in our house by now, but due to unforeseen circumstances well outside of our control, instead we are still very cozy in our little temporary apartment.  So much has happened to our family over the last twelve months, and while things have been really hard at times, I've come into 2016 feeling very grateful for all of the things that we do have. And...come summer of this year, Old Salt Farm will finally be built!

2015 was also a very different year for me when it came to blogging.  Because I wasn't in a home that we could decorate in any way, and because all of our things were (and still are) in storage, so many projects and ideas have been placed on the back burner, and I'm REALLY looking forward to tackling them in 2016.  I've missed that part of me--and I'll be so glad to have it back. That said, I was able to to try new projects this year that I might not have otherwise, and I learned to be more creative with the things I had around me.  I'm glad for that, and I'm so excited to present not only my top posts of 2015, but also the top posts of six other fabulous bloggers!

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Easy Wood Christmas Sign | simplykierste.com

Easy wood Christmas sign

You might be surprised to hear this, but one of the hardest parts of being in this little apartment and not having any of our things is not the cramped quarters (which I've actually come to appreciate in many ways), but rather not being able to build and create and make stuff!!  With no tools here, and no home to decorate, my list is getting longer and longer by the day. It's what I love to do, so when I get any small opportunity to make something, no matter how simple, I'm a happy happy girl!

I decided I needed a little something to go above the chalkboard window in the family room to add a pop of color and a little bit of Christmas to the whole space, especially after my cute husband took on the big, bad, storage unit and tried to find our ornaments and decor, but couldn't.  I created a simple but adorable wood Christmas sign that's perfect above a doorway, window, or shelf, and I absolutely love it!

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Easy DIY Thanksgiving Plates | simplykierste.com

Easy DIY Thanksgiving Plates

I've always wanted to have a set of dishes for each holiday, especially Christmas and Thanksgiving. Over the years I would see ones I liked, but the price never agreed with my budget. Finally last Christmas I made a set of polka dot Christmas plates that I adore, and this year I decided to go ahead and make a set for Thanksgiving. It was one of the easiest projects EVER, and turned out so darling-- I can't wait to use them!

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4x4 Post Striped & Polka Dot Candlesticks | simplykierste.com

4×4 Post Striped & Polka Dot Candlesticks

You probably all know by now how much I love polka dots and stripes. I've used them in lots of my projects, with two of my favorites being Peppermint Striped Candlesticks and Striped & Polka Dot Pumpkins. I love them so much that I simply couldn't resist making a set in brown & white for Thanksgiving table centerpieces.  They're easy, adorable, and really inexpensive--three of my favorite things!

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DIY Striped Mason Jar Soap Pump | simplykierste.com

Striped mason jar soap pump…perfect for Halloween!

Did you know there is a super easy way to make and adorable mason jar soap pump?  I've made them in the past using vintage jars and soap pumps cut from plastic soap dispensers, and I love them still, but this way is just SO easy.  You can use a plain jar, which is always a classic choice, but I thought a fun black & white striped version would be perfect for Halloween!

DIY Striped Mason Jar Soap Pump | simplykierste.com

I love love LOVE it!  Isn't it too adorable?  Stripes are another one of my obsessions, so it was an easy choice.  How cute would this be, sitting on your kitchen counter or next to your bathroom sink?  I know!

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DIY Halloween frames | simplykierste.com

DIY Halloween picture frames

Hi, it's Jessica from Mommy Envy! Once September hits I like to pull out the Fall and Halloween decor. Fall is my favorite season and I feel like it never sticks around long enough. And winter is my least favorite so I try to make Fall last as long as possible.

My kids and I have been feeling a little cooped up this week. We typically walk every morning but I have a knee injury and haven't felt like walking much. With a few left over supplies from other projects my oldest and I put together these fun DIY Halloween Picture Frames.

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Farmhouse Style Fall Wood Signs | simplykierste.com

Farmhouse Style Wood Fall Signs + Free Silhouette Cut Files

With all of our things still in storage, I really needed wanted to make a few fall decorations.  Okay, so I would have made them anyway. :) Anything pumpkins, apples, or fall calls my name, so I decided to start there, and made these adorable farmstyle wood fall signs using pieces of scrap wood. I absolutely love how they turned out, and best of all, they're super easy to make!

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washcloth boo boo bunny | simplykierste.com

Washcloth boo-boo bunny

Last year my baby spent a lot of time in the hospital. Within seven months, she was admitted to ICU five times, and it was an incredibly difficult time.  We were blessed with really wonderful doctors, and exceptional nurses who took great care of her, and  when you're spending weeks in the hospital at one time, you get to know them pretty well.  Caroline was between 15-21 months during this time, and being old enough to walk but young enough to be confined in a crib was a challenge, and I was constantly looking for ways to entertain her.  She also had a lot of shots, IV's and treatments and watching your baby go through it is pretty terrible.  The nurses were definitely the bright spots--they were so good with her, and were constantly coming up with ways to make things easier.  That's how I learned about the washcloth boo-boo bunny!

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DIY notebook paper treat bags | simplykierste.com

DIY notebook paper treat bags

I was at Target (of course) and saw the cutest notebook paper treat bags. I immediately thought how fun they would be for all things school, and at first thought I would buy up a bunch to keep for throughout the year. But I would have to spend a fortune to do it, and I didn't really want to do that. Then I remembered I already had some plain white treat bags at home, and realized it would be super easy for me to make my own DIY version, anytime I needed them!

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Farmhouse Picnic Table | simplykierste.com

Farmhouse style picnic table

The last picnic table we had cost $10.  We had just moved into our first house, and I was at the township office working in paperwork, when I saw a pile of picnic tables outside. They happened to be old tables from the parks in our township, and they were selling them cheap to make room for brand new tables.  I dug through the stack and chose the best of the bunch, and after refinishing it several times over the years, it lasted us until we made this last move.

I had plans to make another one this spring, and then my cute hubby surprised me by making one when I was out-of-town a couple months ago.   We've always use our picnic table a lot, and with the good weather finally making an appearance here in upstate NY, so I was very happy! I had to wait about 6 weeks for the pretreated lumber to finally dry out in order to finish it, but it's finally down, and I love it!

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Backyard fun: Make your own DIY Tetherball set for half the cost! | simplykierste.com

Backyard fun: Make your own DIY tetherball set!

We are on a quest to add some really fun things to our backyard, and this DIY tetherball set was an easy weekend project that our whole family loves!  

Backyard fun:  Make your own DIY Tetherball set for half the cost! | simplykierste.com

After re-discovering tetherball at our friends' home several weeks ago, the kids begged us to get a tetherball set for them.  I checked them out on Amazon, and when I saw the price (around $100), I knew I could make one for less. I did!  I saved more than half by making our own, plus it's incredibly sturdy and durable.  We absolutely love it, and our family has already spent a lot of time outside enjoying it.

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