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.

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