Living a simple life in a cottage by the sea.

Dec 22, 2013

Merry and Bright

"May you have the gladness of Christmas which is hope; 
The spirit of Christmas which is peace; 
The heart of Christmas which is love."
-   Ada V. Hendricks 

       Grandbaby decorating Christmas cookies

        Wishing you all a Very Merry Christmas - see you in 2014!

Dec 17, 2013

Our cottage Farm

"There ought to be Gardens for all Months in the year, in which, severally, things of Beauty may be then in season."
-  Sir Francis Bacon

Is there such a thing as a cottage farm?  I don't know, but that is how I like to think of our little homestead.  I'm already dreaming of our spring garden.  Soon it will be time for those seed catalogs to arrive and then I can spend time pouring over my wish list with a cup of tea and a dog in my lap! We plan to expand our garden a bit this year, but of course we never really know how things will turn out..what will grow, what won't, what will get eaten my bugs, too much rain, too little, too hot...
but we'll hope for the best.

 Our three new hens have started laying eggs. Our three older girls will wait til' spring.  So now we have Charlotte, Lizzy, Marianne, Buttercup, Penelope and Miss Pittypat.  They all have very different personalities, from Bossy Charlotte (the leader of the pack) to not so bright Lizzy, shy Marianne, boisterous Buttercup, lovable Penelope and then there is the oh so ladylike Miss Pittypat.


Lizzy is molting, which is why she looks a bit bedraggled.
I must admit I love our Girls for their quirkiness and the fact they provide mighty tasty breakfasts! Not to mention we don't have to buy eggs anymore.

This is the jean jacket I picked up at the thrift store.

I plan on using this lace one way or another to pretty it up.

This Christmas is very laid back.  We didn't do much shopping aside from a few toys for grand baby, and one or two things for each kid.  My daughter and I are planning a cookie baking day on Wednesday, baking sugar cookies, chocolate chip as well as making peppermint bark.  We don't go in for much variety since none of us have much of a sweet tooth.

I don't know if it is just me, but I haven't been in a particularly Christmassy mood this year.  I've noticed not has many houses are decorated in my neighborhood either.  About this time, I usually get a bit burnt out on Christmas cheer anyway. 
 I'm  looking forward to January and those garden catalogs.

Dec 15, 2013

A Rose Cottage Christmas

"Holly and mistletoe
Candles and bells,
I know the message
That each of you tells."
~Leland Jacobs

Christmas is a little different this year with a toddler in the house!  I decided to have a tiny "mommy tree" as the kids call it in the Family Room along with an old fashioned live tree decorated with child friendly decorations.
Here's my little pink tree.

Our beautiful white crèche.

This tree has our fancier (breakable) decorations which is the Rose Room.

Mrs. Snowlady in our Foyer.

This is the live tree in the Family Room.  Grandbaby loves to take the ornaments off and put them back on ~ no sharp hooks on this tree.
We've been busy canning apples. They are really delicious, I added a bit of cinnamon so they taste like the apples you get at Cracker Barrel.
We will be making sauerkraut coming January.  That's something my husband and I love, though no one else does!

I've also  been having fun with my wardrobe. Love my jeans, but I just have to have lace and ruffles to make me truly happy.
Here are a few recent thrift store finds.  I'm always on the lookout for white blouses.



I love this jacket. It has a tiny black and white stripe pattern which I plan to add a touch of lace.  I also found a jean jacket that I can't wait to play with...

This is a blouse I'm currently redoing. I took apart the side seams to add more lace, this from a vintage piece I had laying around.
I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful weekend!