Slow Preparations

Instead of our more typical rush to get all the Christmas decor up at once, we’ve been ushering it in slowly over the last few weeks, adding little touches here and there as we find the time and space.  I’ve been working on a few hand made gifts and spent some time shopping locally for […]

Finishing touches

We built our new mud room/laundry room a year ago.  We hadn’t planned on waiting a year to paint, but once construction was done winter set in and the space was used to hold all the winter gear that is required for a family living in Maine.  While summer is traditionally a season for getting […]

What do May Showers Bring

Growing up,  I remember being told that April showers bring May flowers (what do Mayflowers bring? Pilgrims!).  But that was in a state a bit south of where we live these days.  And the April showers are more like April snows. The showers come in May (though some of the flowers do too. ) This […]

New to Me Baking Counter

Upon finishing the wall, floor and trim painting of  Maddie’s room I still had a lot of afternoon left. With the paint in one hand and a still loaded paintbrush in the other, I walked by the buffet that I had recently moved from our garage into the kitchen. And I heard a whisper, “Psssst!  Psssst! Over here.” […]

Maddie’s Room Remake

Under the chapter of “How we Shuffle Five Children into Two and a Half Bedrooms”, we updated Maddie’s room. I had hoped to get to it before Christmas, but busy happened and I just never found the time.  So it was one of the top projects for us to tackle in 2016. We loved the […]

Happy Living Room Curtains

The living room of the cottage has had the windows dressed for some time with panels of discarded old lace, which have been quite lovely and allow the sunlight to dapple through the panels and create the prettiest patterns on floor and rug. But with the decorating of the cottage for the upcoming celebration of […]