Top 12 DIY Posts from 2015

Happy Monday!

How was your holiday weekend?  Wasn't it fabulous to still have the weekend to recover after Christmas on Friday?  For the first time in a long time, I felt like I completely relaxed and enjoyed what was going on around me.  I hope that you can say the same.  It is almost hard to go back to my normal workday schedule today!

As 2015 comes to a close, I thought I would share a look back at some of my most popular DIY posts from the year.  It has been an exciting twelve months and I can't wait to see what 2016 holds.  I have big plans for this blog and my life and hope to be able to share them with you sometime this week.

For today, though, let's focus on the past, shall we? I'd love to know......which one of these projects was your favorite from the year?

Top 12 DIY Posts of 2015 from

Close Up Christmas Tour

My camera was very busy working over the past few months snapping pictures to share here and on Instagram.  I take a lot of pictures for my posts and then have to sort through them all to find the best pictures to share.  I enjoy snapping pictures at different angles and getting close up to see the details.    While most of those pictures didn't seem to fit into my earlier posts, they normally end up being my favorites.  I enjoy the blurry backgrounds and brightness that you can achieve by zooming in on single items.

To close out this Christmas blogging season, I'm sharing some of my favorite pictures that haven't been shared here on anderson + grant yet.  We will call it a mini Christmas tour of my house to highlight some of the details (and the kitchen) that you may not have seen.  These pictures will get you up close and personal with some of my favorite things from the holiday!

Thank you so much from the very bottom of my heart for visiting my home and sharing a part of the holiday season with me.  Have yourself a very merry Christmas, friends!

DIY Black and White Distressed Christmas Sign

Can you feel it?  The feelings of Christmas are all around as the holiday draws near.  As I type this, I can smell the scent of a gingerbread candle burning on the coffee table next to me.  Christmas music is playing in the background.  And a thin dusting of snow has finally fallen on the neighborhood (although I know that won't be sticking around for the holiday).  

Friday Favorites #45

Can you believe that next week at this time will be Christmas?!?!  Crazy how fast this month has gone......and the whole year quite frankly.  

The weather has been extraordinarily warm here and Christmas day looks like it will be in the mid-fifties and sunny.  Not typical weather for a day in central PA when most expect snow, but to be quite honest I'm totally fine with it.  The older I get, the more I think I'd be perfectly happy living in a warm southern climate.  

I've still got a few posts planned for next week, but I'm also planning some time for just sitting back and enjoying the season and time with family and friends.  Since the holidays are falling on Fridays, this is it for the series this year.  I'm guessing we all have a few more interesting things to keep us busy for a couple weeks!

So here is the final Friday Favorites of 2015.  Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend my friends!

As a courtesy to the bloggers I've featured, please pin these images from their 
own posts using the links provided.  Thanks!

Personalized Wrapping  ||  Boxwood Clippings

Giving My Handmade Christmas Train a Makeover

As a child, each year at Christmas time I would decorate a small tree for my bedroom.  I guess that must have been an early indicator of my love of design.  The tree was about three feet tall and was a chance to personalize my space for the holidays.

I'd love to be able to know what my thoughts were back then as I placed my white angel on top of the tree.  Did I step back and analyze the placement of ornaments on each branch as I do now?  Was there a plan or style that I decided before starting the process?  Or did I just use the items that I had to make my tree festive for the season?

Friday Favorites #44

Happy Friday, sweet friends.  I hope that your weeks are beginning to fill with the joy and wonder of the holiday season.  It is time to slow down and take in the beautiful decorations you've taken the time to display, turn on some holiday tunes, and sip a cup of hot chocolate or peppermint coffee.  Fully immerse yourself in the Christmas spirit so that you don't wake up on December 26 with regret and realize that it is all over for another year.  I'd love to hear what you are doing this year to really be present in celebrating the real reasons for the season.

Last week for Friday Favorites, I focused on some of my favorite images from the Cherished Christmas Home Tour that I took part in.  Today I thought I'd branch out to some of the many other tours happening and share a few of the pictures that I found most inspiring.  For the most part, they are all very simple and clean.  It has me already thinking about my decorating for next year!

Have a wonderful weekend, and I'll see you back here on Monday!

As a courtesy to the bloggers I've featured, please pin these images from their 
own posts using the links provided.  Thanks!

Easy Sour Cream Cookie Recipe for Your Holiday Baking

This recipe for Sour Cream Cookies that has been passed down through the generations of my family will likely turn out to be one of your favorite cookies for Christmas baking or anytime of the year.

How to Make a Faux Boxwood Wreath with Berries for Christmas

Have you noticed that Christmas time brings out a lot of collaborations and tours?  I almost feel as though everywhere I turn on the internet lately is another picture of a perfectly decorated room or craft project.  (Although yesterday, my friend Ashley of Cherished Bliss shared a not-so-pretty glimpse at what our homes actually look like when a tour is being photographed.)

Today marks the last group and tour that I'm in for the year.  Promise.

Last year I joined in with these same bloggers for my entire house tour, but we decided to take it a little easier with less stress this year and not necessarily do a whole house tour.  That was a relief! The Home for the Holidays tour started yesterday and will conclude today.  Links and pictures to everyone's tours appear at the end of today's post.

Turning an Old Photo with Santa into Christmas Decor

This evening, I have the opportunity to participate in a gigantic holiday blog hop in partnership with and  There are so many people participating in this, each with their own unique ideas for decorating and creating this Christmas season.  I'd love for you to take some time to visit some of these talented bloggers.  The hashtag for this event is #homeforchristmas so you can use this throughout social media and on to find additional participants in the event.

Friday Favorites #43

Happy Friday friends!  It has been the strangest week.  After the Thanksgiving holiday, a Black-Friday weekend shopping trip, and not having to go to work on Monday because of the first day of hunting season (yes, I live in a rural area!), I've never gotten quite on track with what day it is.  Now that Friday has finally come, maybe I can get caught up and back to a normal schedule.

I hope that your week has been going well.  Unless you've been cut off from the internet over the past week, I'm sure that you've been aware that home tours have been popping up everywhere!  It is always an exciting time of year to see how everyone has transformed their homes for the holidays. I've been pinning like crazy! 

Making Your Christmas Cards Special

Each year, it seems more and more like the holiday becomes one big rush of things that must be done.

 Shopping for gifts.

Decorating the house.

Sending out Christmas cards.

Preparing meals for guests.

And before you know it, the holiday is over, the decorations are put away and you're left wondering where the season went.

Does any of that sound familiar?

DIY No Sew Burlap Table Runner

Creating something with your own two hands is one of the best feelings.  Regardless of what you are making or your level of expertise, being able to say you successful made something is incredibly rewarding.  Sometimes your skills may not match up with what you need to know for a project, but there is normally an alternative and way around the knowledge you may be lacking.  I find playing with different materials and experimenting to be incredibly soothing and relaxing.

DIY Thrift Store Rocking Horse Makeover

Hi everybody!  Did you check out the first day of the Cherished Christmas Home Tour yesterday which included Cherished Bliss, Maison de Pax, Live Laugh Rowe, Dandelion Patina, and Craftberry Bush as well as myself?  I'm so glad that I was able to post on the first day so that now I can sit back and enjoy the rest of the week of amazing bloggers!  Thank you so much to all of you who left comments on the post yesterday and throughout social media.  Hearing from you is the greatest feeling in the world and I'm very grateful for the connections that can form with us all.

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