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.

Monday, July 21, 2014


Hi friends!
I feel I should be showing you more of the cottage but it's not quite there yet to show!  I do have a couple of  pics for the tiny kitchen.......An 8 x 9 room to be exact.
This is what is left to do................the shelving on the back and side wall has to go up
                                                    all trim work - top and bottom..
                                                    filler cabinet pieces around the stove to be installed
                                                    hardware on cabinets
                                                    take protective plastic off cabinets
                                                    electrical covers on
                                                    decision on darkening the butcher block counter some?
                                                    get new fridge in place
                                                    get chandy hung
                                                    move in and decorate!

Of all the things that were chosen...some I like more than others.  I do love my sink, floor, Martha Stewarts cabinet and hardware and the GE new retro stove.  I'm not so happy about the butcher block counter.  It looks fine isn't what I would have chosen.
I think a gray/stone look would have looked better.....a different texture for the room.  (Hubby loves BB)
The lace apron skirt is temporary.  I will be looking for something different once I move in.

The new fridge will go where the Martha box is......I was using it as a visual for size.  The fridge will be a tad smaller than the box.  The shelving will be on the back wall and to the right wall as well.

                      I will be using a Martha S. hardware....a brushed nickel cup and knob

Testing out a few decorating items~~~

These next 40 days will be busier than ever.  We are moving in late August regardless of what is finished or not.  We were ready for the renovation challenge and I'm glad we took the plunge.  It will be nice to be moved and settled very soon.
I promise more pics over the next few weeks........It's coming together!   Blessings~~~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

Wednesday, July 2, 2014


I was thinking about using my "older lace curtains" at the cottage.  I am re-thinking it.  They are 20 years old and I've never parted with them because I loved them too much.
I know there isn't anything in the room yet and won't be for a few months but I decided to bring them over and do a quick hang.
Maybe they're too dated......maybe I need something new.......or maybe I need to make a better decision when the room is more put together.
I know the final decision is mine when I put the room together but I would love to have some of my fellow bloggers give me their decorating input on what they like.........


                        I actually like this type shade/curtain.  It's at Target and I think it's sweet.


                                    I love this simple look...........

Here are a few pictures of some windows and lace I got off pinterest/internet.  Some because of the lace and others I just like the picture!

                                                   darling little cottage~~~

                                                             closer view of my lace

Have a wonderful and blessed Holiday weekend~~~Roxie

Saturday, June 28, 2014


Just a quick peak at the flooring going down.........this is in the bedroom.  A rustic pine wide plank is being installed through-out the house.   There is some "tweaking" yet to be done but this room and one bathroom is finished (notice in background).  This floor decision was very tough.  Hubby and I wanted a rustic, old look for the cottage.  This is the second floor that went down in this room.  We ended up not liking the first one he put in.......yikes!  We had to eat the cost on that one.  Keeping walls simple....Picket Fence by Martha S.
I plan on putting old lace at the windows.

Here is the update on the flower (trough) box.  She has been put in her permanent home outside the bedroom window.  Hubby did a great job hanging it!!  I love it!
The cottage is starting to come together more every week.  We have had some delays in the last few weeks but we are pushing through~~~Blessings~~~Roxie

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


I hope everyone is enjoying summer......even though it won't be officially here for a few days!  It's been very hot and humid in the Midwest.
Since the majority of our time has been consumed with renovating the cottage, I knew I wouldn't be able to plant vegetables or flowers this year. But.... I knew I wanted 2 trough window planters on the cottage.  One on the teeny-tiny window by the brick/stone fireplace (upstairs window) and a large one on the right double window if you are looking at the cottage.
Most of the time, I am a very patient person but I needed to get my hands in some dirt!  I bought the metal troughs (this is the large one) and started going to town.  Now mind you......THIS IS NOT WHERE THIS BELONGS.  I hung it on the side of the house (not positioned in anyway) and went to work.  I couldn't place it where I wanted it because Ken has to put some outside trim up around the windows...
Now Hubby will have to move this to it's correct and proper spot.......yikes!
With the flowers, this is around 6 ft. long.......

When they are hung in their proper place, I will take a distant picture.  At least, this fulfilled a void for me to plant something.  I will love planting these for the seasons!

Here are a few more pictures of other window boxes/planters out there on the internet......Enjoy!







I have decided I won't be planting as many flowers in the ground at this new house.  I will be using my "horse trough metal window planters" for my color and seasonal looks.  Mostly the natural look of nature...greens and whites on landscaping.
Did you see a favorite window planter?  Or do you have Window Boxes?  let me Know and share!

Blessings for a beautiful week~~~I have to get back to work!    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