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Happy New Year and the 2015 Best of the Nest

happy new year

Happy New Year to all my readers, blogging buddies, family and friends! I am so grateful to have you in my life and and for your support during this third year of my blog. I appreciate you more than you could know!  Thank you!

2015 was a year of super highs and extreme lows. Like many of you, I’m ready for a fresh start, to begin anew and resolve to do some things better, differently or not at all.  It’s going to be a big year for me because I’ll turn 50 in a couple of weeks – yes, 50. Holy moly. My daughter will also graduate from grad school this year (fingers crossed!)

Acting on a kind request from a wonderful reader, I present to you – a roundup of some of the top posts on this blog, in the past year. The posts are drawn from the articles that garnered the most hits and comments. It’s really cool to take a look back to see which posts generated the most views. I had a few in mind that I thought would make the Top 10, but I was surprised to see several that I never considered. First, a couple of Honorable Mention posts who were so very close to making the list:

Strawberry Limoncello Lemonade

Inspired by an amazing trip to Italy with my daughter in 2015, this lemonade is crazy good!

Strawberry Limoncello Lemonade 1

Best Coconut Pound Cake Recipe (with Bonus Lessons!)

The Best Coconut Pound Cake

And the Top 10 Nest Full of New posts of 2015…the Best of the Nest!

10.  The Time the Pioneer Woman Was My Best Friend

This day still doesn’t even seem true in my brain. So amazing (Ree AND the cookbook!)

The Time The Pioneer Woman Was My Best Friend

9.  Fresh Peach Cobbler

I can’t even stand how amazing this cobbler is. Come on summertime!

Peach Cobbler with Cream

8.  Have a Fondue Party at Home

Why not? It’s simple, it’s fun and it’s cheese!

Fondue-Party

7. How to Make Macrame Hangers

This old school project is back and super easy!

Macrame Covered Hangers

6. Homemade Vanilla Extract

This is the best and so easy. My sister and I just started another batch of extract after we used up our supply on holiday treats.

Homemade Vanilla Extract

5. Beer Cheese Soup

This is the yummiest and most decadent soup you’ll eat this season! We’ve been enjoying it for several years (read “football seasons”) and it freezes well, too.

Beer Cheese Soup

4.  Seedless Blackberry Cobbler

Mmmm…more cobbler.

Seedless Blackberry Cobbler

3. The Amazing Burger Round-Up: 16 Fabulous Burgers

There’s no wrong time when it comes to burgers. Summer, winter, rain, wind, snow…doesn’t matter. This post offers 16 yummy burgers, plus sauces and buns.  Don’t miss my post on making the perfect Oven-Baked Fries!

Amazing-burger-round-up

2.  Happy Birthday, Mom!

This one was a surprise. What started as a little note to my Mom on her 70th birthday, has made it’s way to the number 2 spot on my top posts again this year. Moms pretty much rock, right?

Happy Birthday Mom

1. Easter Mason Jar Craft

The top post of 2015 just happens to be the most adorable Easter goodie ever! I’m a big fan of Mason jars and these little cuties were so simple and were a huge hit. Check out the companion centerpiece, too!

Easy Craft - Ball Jar

I’d like to thank you all for hanging out at the Nest this year. You’ve been so inspiring and supportive and I truly appreciate all of your input and suggestions.

I hope that 2016 brings you joy, fulfillment, health, and success. I pray that it is the year we will all act on our dreams, hopes and desires, and that the new year ushers in a more peaceful, stable era.

Happy New Year!

How To Make Macrame Hangers

Macrame Covered Hangers

When I was a kid, I remember seeing Dad’s work clothes coming back from the dry cleaner – crisp, collared dress shirts on wire hangers, tucked neatly away beneath billowy tents of plastic. Mom saved all the hangers and removed all of the protective paper covers so she, my sister and I could macrame yarn onto them.

At first, Mom would have to get the hangers started for us, but as we got older we were able to take over the set up and make hangers whenever we wanted. We’d macrame a lot while driving in the car when we went on family vacations…well, when I wasn’t reading a Nancy Drew book, anyway!

TAMU Hangers

Mom still makes these hangers for us – she gifts us a set when we visit. She usually makes random colors, but sometimes we’ll get a bunch made from our college colors – LSU, Texas A&M and University of Georgia.  Sometimes she hits us with black and gold New Orleans Saints hangers. (I’m noticing a football trend here…hmmm.) Whatever it may be, I love these hangers and love even more that they were made by my mom. They’ll always be very special to me and bring back lots of good memories.Covered Hangers

 

Want to make some of your own? They’re easy to make and great for giving as gifts.  Here’s all you’ll need to make your own:

Covered Hangers - Materials

Yarn (this Red Heart yarn is recommended because it’s thicker and won’t break as easily) in two colors that are the same weight

2 wire hangers that have the same shape – you think I’m kidding, right? All wire hangers are not created equal. 🙂

School glue

Scotch or masking tape

Scissors

Instructions

To start making your macrame hanger, tape hangers together in several places. I tape the top ends first and then the two corners of the hanger. Add tape in a few places in between so that they are firmly attached to one another side by side.

Covered Hangers - Wrap ends

Covered Hangers - Secure

Measure about 8 yards of yarn in each color. Roll each color yarn into a ball or something similar to what’s shown in the picture. Mom and I find it easier with the long shape to pass the yarn through as you work.

Covered Hangers - Yarn

Time to get the hanger started. Begin by cutting a piece of yarn from each color that’s about 1 to 1-1/2 inches long. Add a bead of white glue along the end of the hangers and press the ends of the yarn onto it. Allow to dry. Add more glue along the opposite side, wrap the yarn around the tip and press it into the glue. Again, let it dry.  Finally, glue each short piece of yarn to the sides of the end of the hanger.  You guessed it, let it dry. (It’s really not as awkward as it looks/sounds. You’re just covering the end of the hangers in yarn.)

Starting covered hangers

 

Take your time when you start to get a good finished end.

Now, if you have ever done macrame, it is exactly the same process. Tie your first knot and tighten it so that it sits almost to the end of the hanger – yes, right on top of what you’ve just glued on. Make sure to pull each knot firmly so that it is not loose. But wait! How exactly do you make those knots?  (if you know that part already, skip down a little to the quick video that shows you how to get things started.)

Here’s how to make each knot:

1.  Start with a figure “4” as shown with the purple yarn.

Macrame Technique

 

2. Bring the end of the yarn back under the area of the hanger you’re working on and up through the loop on the opposite side.

macrame 2

 

3. Pull the yarn snugly against the hanger. And boom! You made your first knot.

macrame 3

macrame 4

4. Repeat using the other ball of yarn (pink, in this case.)

macrame pink

 

 

Now, begin your knots so that they cover the end of the hanger and simply make your way around. (Enjoy the groovy music!)

 

Continue to alternate colors with until you have made your way all the way around the hanger to end.  Here is the master (my mom) in action again.

Tie off the yarn so you have a knot facing the side that you want to be the front of your hanger. Leave about 8 inches of yarn so you have enough to tie a knot then a pretty bow or you can make a quick pom pom.

FInsihed

 

Covered Hangers

I do a little happy dance (ok, a BIG happy dance) every time I get a bunch of these from my mom! Imagine all the people you could make dance during the holidays. These are awesome gifts for any family member, and make a perfect hostess gift.