Merry Christmas 2014

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“For a child has been born—for us! The gift of a son—for us! His ruling authority will grow, and there’ll be no limits to the wholeness he brings.” Isaiah 9:6 (MSG) Well, Christmas is almost here (can you believe it!?), so I wanted to wish you a very one before the festivities really start to ramp up! […]

I’m Dreaming Of A White Fireplace

Country Living | Stone Fireplace | Arizona Home

See that dirt under your fingernails? My friend, that is beautiful. That is remarkable. That is significant. You could have let go. But you didn’t. You could have given up. But you didn’t. You hung on. And hung on. And here’s what I believe: I believe 2014 was not your worst year, but possibly your […]

Christmastime Decorating In The Living Room

The Lettered Cottage Christmas | Living Room | Checks and Stripes

Well, I misted it and misted it, and it looked (and smelled) great for about three days, but unfortunately the fresh-cut garland I created doesn’t look like much like this anymore: It was fun for a minute though, and since I had never experimented with live greenery like that before, I really enjoyed getting a […]

Christmas Centerpiece Vignette

Country Cottage Christmas | Centerpiece

Decorating our entry table inspired me to add a little sump’n-sump’n to the center of our dining table this week. I started with a cable knit runner (TJ Maxx) because I’m a sucker for anything “sweater” right now. Next, I placed a small rosemary plant (potted in one of my Grandma Beth’s old crocks) in […]

100 Winter Decorating Ideas

Cookie Jar Christmas Craft | Epson Salt | Picket Fence from Hobby Lobby

Happy December! I’ve teamed up with 24 creative gals to bring you 100 winter-themed project ideas today! We ‘re each sharing four of our favorite posts of Christmas past. These are the ones I submitted to the link up… Christmas Cookie Jar Craft Winter Tablescape Ideas Festive Napkin Ring Ideas Winter Sailboat …and here are links […]

Winter Decorating

Plaid Gift Wrap | White Birch Bark | Paper | Cottage Christmas Decorating

Happy Thanksgiving! Did you have a fun one? 😀 After a nice, big lunch with family, I finished decorating the entry table with things I gathered from around the house today. I started with this strand of red glass ornaments… …and then added in some wrapped boxes and some paper snowflakes and doilies. A strip of […]

Christmas Craft: Clothespin Snowflake Ornament

Clothespin Christmas Snowflake Ornament

I’m not super crafty, but when it comes to handmade Christmas ornaments, man do I love to experiment!  I’m participating in an ornament swap with my fellow Three Angels adoptive mamas this month, so I had some fun putting together a travel-themed ornament for my secret Sister today. I started with some clothespins I got […]

Merry Christmas 2013

Merry Christmas Card | The Lettered Cottage | Featured Image

Merry Christmas! I had so much fun visiting with you here this past year! I hope you’re having a very special last-week-of-the-year, and I look forward to lots more e-fellowship with you in 2014! 😀

Cookie Jar Christmas Craft

Cookie Jar Christmas Craft | Airstream Ornament from Michaels | Picket Fence from Hobby Lobby | Epson Salt

I thought I’d sneak in one last Christmas craft before it’s officially time to back away from the Christmas decor. 😀 I met up with my friend Evan yesterday morning, and we had the best time making our Christmas cookie jars. We were super inspired by the one Tamara created for Becky on Instagram, and spending that time […]

Christmas Tabletop Decorating

Mistletoe | Natural Neutral Christmas Decor

I had soooo much fun creating today’s wintry coffee table vignette! I started with my green tray (Pottery Barn) and stump slice (Michaels): I sprinkled in some faux greenery, snow flakes, and ornaments… …and wrapped some little boxes, topped with more leftover ribbon and “fauxliage”: I wrapped this next little box with yarn: I’ve always […]

Christmas Mantel Decorating

Christmas Mantel | White Pitcher | Ornaments | Twine Tree | Brass Candlesticks

I had a little fun with our fireplace mantel yesterday… I was feeling something simple, and neutral, and “Christmas in the country”, so I drew color/theme inspiration from our Christmas tree, and played with a collection of items I gathered from around the house, with the exception of the greenery and bead garland. I started […]

Christmas Tree Decorating

Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

Last week was a bit of a roller coaster. Great news from our adoption agency on Tuesday (so exciting!), and then our external hard drive bit the dust on Friday (boo!). I had tons of upcoming work-related photos and video footage on that thing so needless to say, I am very anxious to hear back […]

House Numbers


I really enjoy looking at blogger’s adoption timelines to see how everything went for them, time-wise. And since I’ve had a few requests to share more information about each step of our adoption process, I just wanted to quickly mention that I’m planning to create a separate page on our blog for anyone who would […]

Our Christmas Tree

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I decided to keep our Christmas tree decorations super simple again this year, so I dug out a couple of strands of white lights, and paired our plastic silver & gold ball ornaments with a whole mess of paper snowflakes: The “theme” came about because I love what’s on TV this time of year. Yep. […]