Thought-full Thursday (Travel)

Pascal Mercier Quote | Haiti | Adoption

We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place. We stay there, even though we go away, and there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there." -Pascal Mercier Here's to going back again real soon. XO … [Read More...]

Our Antique Farmhouse Table

Antique Dining Room Table | The Lettered Cottage | Farmhouse

“I've always had a keen sense of history. My father was an antiques dealer and he used to bring home boxes full of treasures...each item always had a tale attached.” ―Sara Sheridan There's a new table in town... ...and by "town", I mean, our dining room...and by "new", I mean, new to me … [Read More...]

July Designs

Theres This Boy | IG

Okay- it's Blog Threads day! :-D I've been having waaaaaay too much fun designing these shirts, y'all. This time, I was inspired by my dreamer, I mean, hubby... ...and our sweet baby boy in Haiti: That's my proud mama pose. ;-) And when Kevin's sample "Dreamer" shirt came … [Read More...]

In The Kitchen (Lemon Icebox Meringue Pie)

Lemon Icebox | Meringue | Pie | The Lettered Cottage

"Since as far back as I can remember, I have simply loved pie. I can't really explain why. If one loves poetry, or growing orchids, or walking along the beach at sunset, the why isn't all that important. To me, pie is poetry that makes the world a better place.” -Ken Haedrich Boy have I got a … [Read More...]

How To Create A Layered Gallery Wall (DIY Picture Frame Riser)

The Lettered Cottage | Gallery Wall | DIY Picture Frame Riser

"Don't think. It complicates things. Just feel, and if it feels like home, then follow its path." -R. M. Drake I've been determined to figure out a way to raise some photos in a gallery wall ever since I saw this photo of a picture frame riser on Pottery Barn's website: I love how … [Read More...]

Fireplace Makeover Update: Where We’re At And Where We’re Headed

Chippy Old Corbel

"Wander with wonder and the whole world becomes home." -Tyler Knott The fireplace project is chugging right along. Here's an updated pic of the freshly-painted (new) trim, along with some Photoshop doodles to show what's still in the works: The new wood is painted our custom "Blue … [Read More...]

Living Room Update: Gallery Wall Art

Gallery Wall | In Progress | Farmhouse | Cottage | Painting | Photography | Art

I did something I've been wanting to do for a long time yesterday. I sent something I wrote to one of my favorite publications. They were accepting story submissions for their Winter 2016 issue, so I thought I'd give it a shot. Unfortunately, I didn't realize until yesterday that the … [Read More...]

Fake Flowers That Look Real

Faux Flowers With Quick Water from Michaels

“I must have flowers, always, and always.” ―Claude Monet I don't know how my master gardener mother (who sells plant and flowers for a living) is going to feel about this post, but I must have flowers, always, and always- and this is one inexpensive way to have them every day, so I'm sharing. … [Read More...]

How To Make A Faux Succulent

Faux Succulent DIY | Cottage Style

“I am a crafty girl. I make things. Lots of things. I'll keep making things until my fingers fall off. Then, I will grab my hot glue gun, reattach those suckers, and make more things!” -Kathy R. Jeffords I don't really consider myself a "crafty girl", but I do enjoy sitting down with my hot … [Read More...]

Fireplace Makeover Update: Paint

Blue Yonder Gray | The Lettered Cottage

“Her favorite color is blue. She says that blue is associated with vastness; the skies are blue, the oceans are blue.” -Mahbod Seraji We brought a little piece of one of our old blue-gray boards to Home Depot and had the paint color-matched. Because the original color is 130-some years … [Read More...]

Thought-Full Thursday (Quitting)

Like creating a masterpiece | Quote

Like creating a masterpiece, quitting is an art: you have to decide what to keep within the frame and what to keep out." -Richie Norton Here's to knowing what goes where. :-) … [Read More...]

Fireplace Makeover Update: How To Seal A Rustic Mantel Beam

Miss Mustard Seed Clear Furniture Wax | Rustic Mantel Beam

I love that, don't you? To think of creating anything as getting a glimpse of the Divine? :-D Kevin rubbed three coats of Miss Mustard Seed's clear furniture wax on our new mantel beam, and wow has it really come to life! He used an old t-shirt to wipe it on, and let each coat dry … [Read More...]

Fireplace Makeover Update: Rustic Mantel Beam

Rustic Mantel Beam | Fireplace | Cottage | Farmhouse

Our heart pine planks are fresher than ever... …they're a brand new mantel beam now! :-D I'm going to deepen the color of it with some tinted wax this week, and I know we've still got a ways to go, but I can hardly wait to decorate it! :-D I made sure it was 10" deep so that I'd have … [Read More...]

Fireplace Makeover Update: Hearth, Frame and Blue-Gray Boards

Fireplace Makeover | During | Cottage | Farmhouse | Planks

Okay- we're back at it in the living room this week! What once was half-sized: ...is now super-sized: What fun to see it coming to life! The new hearth topper (a 2" slab of limestone from Acme Brick) went down first, and then we started piecing the framework together. Next up, we'll … [Read More...]