Happy New Year and welcome to the ninth week of Bricks ‘n Blooms Weekly!

I hope you all had a great week!

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Adirondack chair in VT at Sunrise
Sunrise in Vermont.

Random Things Happening Behind the Scenes at Bricks ‘n Blooms

After Christmas, we headed up to Vermont for some family time and outdoor winter activities. The snowshoeing wasn’t as good as the weekend before, but we took the dogs on a lot of good hikes, enjoyed some cozy fires, cooked some amazing meals and watched some good movies together.

Chris and I have been streaming a ton of shows lately. And I feel like I’ve watched them all! If you have anything good that you’ve been watching, tell me in the comments so we can add it to our list!

We came home from Vermont to celebrate New Year’s in New Jersey. It was really quiet for us in terms of a New Year’s Eve, but we had a good time and actually stayed up to watch the ball drop.

Because we left for Vermont right after Christmas, I have no idea what’s going on with that plumbing leak from Christmas Day yet. The plumber is coming on Monday and I am praying the he doesn’t need to rip open my new laundry room ceiling to fix it!

Painting Chair Upholstery Fabric

In addition to enjoying Vermont and celebrating New Year’s, we did lots of cool things on the blog.

I shared all about our experience appearing on an episode of HGTV’s Househunters. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity that my family did together when we purchased the Vermont cabin.

Stacy Ling on House Hunters
Which House Will We Choose?

We had such a great time filming with the production crew. And I shared an inside look at the episode, what we’ve done with the house since filming concluded as well as ways to watch the episode.

Because our cabin is about 4 hours from our home in New Jersey, it takes a really long to time to DIY things up there.

Stacy Ling on House Hunters
Our latest DIY project is the deck railing. Chris built it with a buddy in the fall and it looks so much better!

I recapped my top 15 posts from 2020. There are some great home and garden DIYs that are not only popular on my blog, but are also my top pins on Pinterest. Wait until you see what your favorites were this year!

Top 15 Blog Posts from 2020

And I’m already planning my garden for 2021! This year, I want to add more cottage charm to the beds by tucking in more decorative elements and flowers that I’ve not grown before.

Since I’m all about my gardens right now, I shared about 5 quick ways to grow a cottage garden. If you’ve wanted to grow your own cottage garden, now is a great time to start planning for it. I also included a cottage garden flower plant list, as well as what I’m doing to grow flowers that are not readily available at my local nurseries.

It’s going to be a fun winter preparing for the next gardening season! I can’t even wait for spring.


Amazing Inspiration from Around the Web

I love finding cool inspiration from around the web and wanted to share some of what I’m loving right now.

My favorite thing about blogging is the great friends I’ve made around the globe.

And I want to share some of them with you this week because they are really inspiring me.

My good friend KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms has one of the best blogs on the internet. I just read her blog with some great tips about how to get organized to make your life easier. It is really good and has really inspired me to get started! I need to get cracking on her list.

Photo by Thistlewood Farms
Photo by KariAnne at Thistlewood Farms

I also really love Natalie from My Vintage Porch’s latest project making a DIY Hypertufa planter. I watched her make it on Instagram and it turned out amazing. When the weather gets warmer here, I totally want to make this!

Photo by Natalie from My Vintage Porch
Photo by Natalie from My Vintage Porch

Thanks for stopping by the blog today and everyday! I really appreciate all of your sweet comments and feedback. I hope you enjoy the holidays!

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