Thursday, July 2, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!
This year I decided to decorate a little on the front porch. Holidays always have a habit of sneaking up on me, so it wasn't until this week I decided I needed a patriotic pillow. Thankfully it was a simple project and I got it done quickly!

I really made the star pillow for the settee. The green chair is Kerri's chair and she doesn't like pillows. But I love the "picture" it makes with the pillow and flags! 


 The flag banner was another quick project. Twelve little flags and some white bias tape sewn together. I love it, the perfect touch for the porch!




I hope you have a lovely (and safe!) holiday Friends!! 

I couldn't resist sharing our view from inside the house. I love looking out and seeing the flag banner!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Porch Rules and Pinwheels

Pinwheels are making an appearance on the porch again.......and they still make me Smile!
(For more on pinwheels, last year's post is here.)

 I found the Porch Rules printable from On Sutton Place. It fits perfectly, especially in an aqua frame!

A "bouquet" of pinwheels on the table.
 Back in March, when summer breezes were just a hope, I found this giant beauty at Hobby Lobby. How could I not take it home? (It almost set sail on the way to the car that blustery March day. But oh, was it fun!)
Warm sun. Colorful pinwheels, Perfect Day.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Possibilities

I stopped by an estate sale this morning and found a few treasures. A couple of aprons (which I will share in detail later) and a curtain.
I am not sure what I am going to do with the curtain, but I loved the fabric the minute I saw. The possibilities are endless!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Strawberry Picking

We went Strawberry picking last week! Our Cousins were visiting and I was thrilled the berries were ready to pick! We all had a fabulous time!
 It was a gorgeous day; bright blue skies, a slight breeze to keep us from getting to warm and lots of berries!


 We have been having a rainy summer so far, so wellies were required. But we didn't let that slow us down! In no time we had 6 baskets picked.
Time to head home with visions of strawberry pie, jewel toned jam and shortcake dancing in our heads.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Strawberry Season

Summer is finally here (It's official, we turned on the AC!) and Strawberry season is just around the corner!
Below I have put together a collection of links celebrating Strawberries. I have been collecting these on Pinterest just waiting for June!

Strawberry Pie recipe from The Red Feedsack. (We made this last year and it was delicious!)
Or how about Strawberry Cobbler or Chocolate Strawberry Oasis Pie. Both sound great to me!

I can't wait to try recipe for Strawberry Rolls with Vanilla Glaze from Baker by Nature. They look heavenly!


And of course, don't forget a strawberry apron before you head to the kitchen! Here is a tutorial on making your own cheerful Strawberry Pocket apron.


And here are a few projects to decorate with, you can never have too many Strawberries!

Strawberries
Knit your own strawberries. Isn't that fun? And they are so cute!

A darling quilt, Strawberry Social from The Pattern Basket.


Or even a strawberry pillow. Too too cute!


We are hoping to get to the strawberry fields this week! The last several years we haven't been able to make it, so I am very excited to finally get there again! Picking strawberries are one of my favorite memories growing up.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Summer Geraniums

Summer isn't complete without geraniums! This year there are reds ones on the porch..........


 ....................And bright pink in the flower beds!


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

For the love of a Cottage


While browsing Houzz the other day, I came across several articles about cottages. They made me laugh at how true they were! There certainly are pros and cons to living in a small house! I hope you enjoy.

In her 8 Benefits of Cottage Living, Becky Dietrich talks about how cottages can save money, encourage togetherness and simplify your life. "Whereas large homes have multiple rooms where families can scatter and hide, the cottage demands that everyone remain in pretty close proximity. Even if everyone’s nose is buried in a cell phone, they are still together, and there is something basically wonderful about that."
So very true! And even if a person is in the other room, they are usually only a shouting distance away!

"Cottages make you feel good. Apart from all the financial, social and ecological benefits, cottages simply emanate warmth, comfort and welcome. Maybe it’s because they tend to be unique rather than cookie cutter, and compact rather than vast."


She then goes on to explore the 8 Challenges of Cottage Living. of living with cottage sized kitchens, bathrooms and closets.
"And then there is the challenge of fitting furniture. Finding pieces that you love can present a tricky trinity of challenges. They have to fit your budget, fit through that charming-but-nonstandard front door, and fit in the rooms of the cottage you have fallen in love with."


In here article Cottages: The Comfort Food of Architecture, she shares "While the term “cottage” has been used to describe everything from a contemporary faux chateau to the massive seaside sanctums of the uberrich, Merriam-Webster, quite pedantically, calls it “a usually small frame one-family house.” It is, however, so much more than that."

I loved this quote from Jane Austen "I am excessively fond of a cottage; there is always so much comfort, so much elegance about them. And I protest, if I had any money to spare, I should buy a little land and build one myself, within a short distance of London, where I might … collect a few friends about me and be happy. I advise everybody who is going to build, to build a cottage.”