Trust in the LORD with all your HEART. Lean not unto your own understanding, but acknowledge him in all thy ways and he will direct your path.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Hi friends!  I thought I would share with you my new "French Bakery" sign.  I spotted this at an Antique Mall recently....passed it up and decided to go back and buy it.  Thank Goodness it was still there.  I think it's adorable!  I'm still looking for that special place to put it in the cottage kitchen

As you can see, the family room is almost finished.  We have brought a few items in and will bring the rest over the weekend.  Kens tools and some work stuff is there but will be gone by Friday.
So many have asked to see more....sorry it has taken a while.  I will post the room put together in the next weeks to come.  It is a large room...around a 22 x 22.

This side of the room walks out to another deck....this is more of a private area.  I have lots of plans for it.

Finally, here are a few pics of the other bathroom.  I LOVE the trough sink I chose!  This bathroom is good in size....I have a full wall (standing against it taking pic), which I plan on putting an antique furniture piece for storage.  I went a touch of modern farmhouse with a vintage, industrial  twist.  I am putting up a galvanized light over the sink......

                                               We went with a walk-in shower only

We still have a little trim painting to do.......hang a mirror and the light.  Again, when I get this room together, I will show pics!  This bathroom will mainly be Hubbys!

We will be moved in this's been a HOT week for moving.  We really could have used one more month of work inside before moving in but decided against it.  What's left to do will be easy to work around.
Stay cool....this has been our hottest week of the summer here in southern Ohio.
Have a wonderful and blessed week~~~Roxie

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


I've been bringing a few items in for the dining area of the cottage.  The "original" plan to put the dining table in another room, was changed.  This is plan B....I like it better!

This is a basic, simple look ..... I have a few wall areas I need to's good for now!

I'm still not sure about the lace curtains.....I do love them but I may change it up later on.  There is sooo much going on right now, I am using what I have.  I am going to try soft, long panels to frame the windows...that may look better.
I want to add a little industrial, rustic look in places too!  Once we get officially moved...then the decorating fun begins!

Have a blessed and wonderful week~~~from one sweetie to another~~~Roxie

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Friday, August 15, 2014


I've begun to add a few accessories to the kitchen.  Hubby has been busy in other rooms, there are a few lingering things to finish in the kitchen....mainly the hardware.
I did purchase a genuine antique toaster turned into a light.  I have it hanging at the opening...I love it!  Ken loves antique toasters, so I thought of him when I saw it.
We brought the English pine open hutch in (left of the pic) and it does make a statement!  It barely fit...we had less than 2 inches from it being too tall.  Whew!
(sorry this pic is crooked, I must get a better camera)

                                       Antique toaster made into a pendant light

                                    A sweet,  little French frame I made into a chalkboard

Everyone have a wonderful and Blessed weekend! The weather has been beautiful here in Southern Ohio!   ~~~Roxie

Tuesday, August 5, 2014


Whoo-Hoo!!  The open shelving is up and completed!  The kitchen is almost finished........the hardware has to be put on and the cabinet strip trim to be installed.  I have a few weeks before I purchase the fridge.
Do you notice anything different?? (besides a few items I set around).  Give up?  I changed my mind about putting up the chandy in the kitchen.  WHAT??  After much consideration, I decided to move the chandy in the room to the left.....actually there will be two of them.  Sooooo....I felt something simple, a little industrial to accent the rustic and romance theme.
Hubby made this was very simple.  I had the vintage wire basket (love the patina on it) and after looking and looking (nothing was working) told Ken we were going to make our own.  An IKEA cord, the wire vintage basket and easy installation.  The total cost was $20.
I have a regular soft white bulb in the picture but I have an Edison bulb which looks better.  This bulb was brighter for the pic.

I've had this antique frame for a while and love it.  I decided to make a chalkboard with it.  It has a hint of a gray patina in the paint which looks wonderful with the old stone in the fireplace.
I haven't decided on a fabric for the apron sink yet......too busy!

                                            Wire basket lamp with an Edison light bulb


Ken is going to adjust the wire basket light as well........I believe it's coming together!
Here is a verse "us" ladies can enjoy............Lord knows I needed this many times through this renovation~~

                                   Blessings and a wonderful week~~~Roxie

Saturday, July 12, 2014


Hi friends!  A lot has been going on with this cottage these last few weeks and more in the coming month.
I was "ran" out of the house.....(I guess I'm in their way).... the kitchen is being put together.  In the meantime..........Hubby and I found this cast iron sink over 5 yrs ago at a place called Kellys Island in northern Oh.  It was the islands treasure day.  A $3.00 bargain.
   Since I've had it, Ken built this simple base for it.  As you can see after 5 years in the weather, it needs some new paint and cleaning up. I had an old faucet but sold it???! Ugh, why did i do that?  So I am in the hunt for another one!
I purchased this vintage bark cloth a few weeks back.  It is actually a valance.  It replaces the other valance skirt that was on the potting sink.  I think the fabric is adorable.
   This area you are seeing is at the cottage.  It is under the deck.  This is a walk-out area with old stone walls.....perfect for my "Potting nook area".  I planted a few flowers and hung some hanging baskets.  I have huge plans for this quaint little area!
The SWEET vintage green watering can was found on the property back in the woods.  Hubby found it....He knows what I like!
My plan on the next posting is to show you how the tiny kitchen is coming along.  We are in a time crunch because we plan on moving in (whatever the situation is) last of August.  Whoo-Hoo! But of course, the work will continue~~~Blessings~~~Roxie

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


I came across this pillow the other day at T.J. Maxx and it spoke to much, I had to have it.   I  like birds, I enjoy birds.....they are very sweet,  pleasant to hear and watch but I never thought I would enjoy a bird fabric pattern in my cottage.  I LOVE the muted colors and I love natural (nature) things.  The cottage speaks that to me......even the shingle roof I chose (not intending) is from the woodland nature collection.

Here is a textured pillow I picked up to go with the bird pillow.  It's hard to tell from the pic but the button is brown, not black.   Or.......

here is the textured pillow in the soft lime-green.  They both are so nice.  I believe this bird pillow is going to set my accent color for the cottage.  Overall, these are "earthy" colors in the pillow....warm soft brown, muted soft gray and muted soft blue and limey green.

Although, the cottage will be very neutral, I am in love with this print.....  And I also give myself permission to change my mind, if I choose!

As my Grandmother use to say........Birds of a feather, flock together!  In this case, it's for decorating!


Monday, May 19, 2014


Turning the corner, coming together!  Here is a peek-a-boo look at the first room almost complete!  It's the small (5 x 8) bathroom.....yeah!
The new cast iron claw tub is perfect for my "soakings" by candle-light!  The tub is only 54" long but feels great! The hand held shower head has to be put on the faucet ensemble yet.

This is the Martha Stewart vanity we purchased.  The vanity color is "sharkey gray" and I painted the bead board "picket fence".  These are Martha Stewart colors.
As you can see, the hardware isn't finished being put on the vanity and the electrical covers have to go on too.  The toilet or should I say "commode" is being installed tomorrow as well as the wall light.
The tile floor is a small octagon style and is white.  I love it's vintage look!

This bathroom is coming together nicely.  I will show another reveal when it's all together with decorating!  It's a very hard room to photograph because it's so small.
We were hoping to move in June but looks like it will be July or maybe later.  We have so much yet to do on the outside but aren't worried about that right now.

I wish I had more to show you...."finished".  There has been so much small unseen work that takes time.
The outside cedar shakes have been oil stained and did you notice the original wavy cedar wood over the large front window?  It has been stained brown.  We are currently working on the front door and new white trim will go up and be painted over the next month.  The concrete WILL BE REMOVED very soon~~YES!
Hopefully, in about 2-4 weeks, I can show another room(s) coming together.
We are having beautiful weather this week and I thank the Lord for that and I welcome it with open arms!

But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings, And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture.    Malachi 4:2


Thursday, May 1, 2014


                                                              magnolia pearl

I've always had a fascination with clotheslines.............old or new, they bring back wonderful childhood memories.  A few years back I started collecting old clothesline rope holders, clothespins, detergent boxes and galvanized tubs to name a few.........


                                   I even have this SWEET little clothesline book in my collection........

                                        Shabby Olde Potting Shed

One of the things on my list is to have an olde-fashioned clothesline at the Cottage.  I LOVE this clothesline of my friend Lea.  She tops it off with a beautiful Bible verse........

Do you have a love relationship with a clothesline?  Do you know they are a "GREEN" thing to have?
Even if you can't have a permanent one, there are umbrella clotheslines you can put up and take down easily.

Also, I will be making my own laundry detergent soon.  As many of you know, there are recipes out in blogland to make your own.   I have heard nothing but good things about making your own detergent!

Do you have a special detergent recipe to share?  Or a childhood memory of a clothesline?  Please share if you like!   Have a wonderful and blessed week~~~~~Roxie