The Decorating Princess And The Golden Pea

February 13, 2018

Cottage Style Kitchen Pantry Area

Several years ago, I mentioned that I was a selective perfectionist when it comes to home decor. I called it my princess and the pea syndrome

It's really not that big a deal, I mean, when I notice something that needs to be fixed or fluffed and I do it. Problem solved. 

Princess pacified. 

Seed Packet Print Hanger

February 10, 2018


Rustic Seed Packet Print

Oh spring, where for art thou, beautiful spring? I know that your arrival isn't scheduled until late March, but it's been a really rough winter around here and I need a bit of sunshine right now.

As luck would have it, that elusive season is the theme for today's Ten On The Tenth hop, giving me the perfect excuse to indulge my craving and spring ahead just a little early, regardless of what that groundhog said.

How perfect.

Foggy Glass Fail

February 7, 2018


Ways To Clean Cloudy Glass

A few weeks ago, my husband and I spent a blissful afternoon meandering through a few local thrift stores, picking up treasures along the way. I had no idea what I was looking for, but I was quite smitten with the glassware in one particular shop.

There were the most darling little glass plates for a buck apiece and I wanted them, but they were covered in a weird cloudy film, so I hesitated.

Thrift Store Vase Makeover

January 30, 2018

Glass Vase

This weekend, my husband and I went out for a drive and ended up at the thrift store. He's a very good sport. We actually had a blast aimlessly poking around and even though we weren't looking for anything specific, we found a ton of fun items I can't wait to transform. Among them was a 99 cent plain glass vase that I couldn't put down.

My husband did not see its appeal. 

Twelve Months Of Front Door Decor

January 27, 2018


Easy Front Door Decor For Every Month Of The Year
One of the first decorating subjects I tackled when I started writing, was the importance of putting something on your front door. Way back when, I wrote a piece called Your House is Frowning and it chronicled all the reasons why I believed that a naked front door did not make a great first impression.

Of course, now it's January and there is a still an evergreen wreath on my own front door. Hmmm. 

My Cottage Style Fixer Upper

January 20, 2018


Cottage Style Fixer Upper

Hello friends! I'm back with some more of everyone's favorites, those delicious before and after photos. 

Earlier this week, I shared pictures of the yard, before the pool and the patio. I also shared what the living room looked like when we moved in, complete with its wall to wall seafoam green carpet.

Before And After

January 17, 2018


Before and After A 1920's Cottage Renovation
When it comes to home decor, remodels and DIY, before and afters are always a huge hit. Everybody wants see that ugly duckling blossom into a beautiful swan.

Unfortunately, when we renovated our 1920's cottage by the sea, I wasn't blogging. I was teaching preschool with two toddlers in tow, taking care of a new kitten and a one eyed cat, dealing with the contractors who framed the new kitchen, inspectors and delivery people on a daily basis and washing the dinner dishes in the bathroom sink.

A Little Bit Of Love

January 10, 2018


How to adorn cupcakes with stenciled powdered sugar hearts

Hello friends. Today, I'd like to share a little bit of love with you, some really sweet Valentine cupcakes. Yesterday I was certain that I would not be posting this week at all, but this morning when I woke up and the crowds were gone and the house was quiet ~ too quiet ~ I felt the need to be busy. I needed to do things to keep me from thinking too much and I needed something to fill up the time I would normally be visiting my mom.

So once again, it was crafting to the rescue. 

Mother Nature And My Mother

January 5, 2018


Winter In The Northeast

I hate winter. To be honest, I've always hated it. This is not a recent phenomenon. Not something I can blame on my advancing age or even the recent winters, which by the way, have been downright wicked.

Nope. There's just always been something about me and winter that doesn't mesh.