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 crafting […]

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. […]

Our Shutter Gray Secretary


Our good friend, Rhoda is hosting a Christmas vignette link party over at Southern Hospitality today, so I thought I’d blog about the Christmas-y touches I added to our newly-painted secretary. Here it is “before”… …and here it is now! As for the secretary itself, I ended up using Miss Mustard Seed‘s “Shutter Gray” milk […]

Christmas Craft


It’s Christmas craft day over at Kate’s blog (Centsational Girl), so I thought I’d share a little bit more about the easy-peasy, DIY sailboat project I made the other day. Like I mentioned in our Christmas mantel post, we live next to a lake now, so I thought I’d have some fun shooting today’s photos […]

Christmas Mantel Decorating Ideas – Link Party


It’s Christmas mantel/ledge/shelf link party time! I blogged about our woodsy/water-y/wintery mantel yesterday… …and we can’t wait to see and share what you’ve had fun creating this year, too! Here’s how it works: To link up your blog post (or the web address where you’re Christmas mantel/ledge/shelf photos are saved), just scroll down this page until you […]

Christmas Mantel


We haven’t started on our fireplace makeover yet, but that didn’t stop me from having fun with our Christmas mantel this year! As usual, I tried to mostly use things we already had around the house, and then I embellished with inexpensive elements I found while out and about, around town. (Wrapping paper- Target, Snowflake […]

Possibility, Discovery, Adventure, And Becoming


Christmas was pretty low-key at TLC this year, but it seems like life has been moving at a peppier pace than usual, so it was nice to slow down and let the fullness of the holiday sink in for a few days. (Thank you for surprising us with the snowy Christmas card confetti, Deborah!) About a […]

Christmas Tree Ideas


Sarah’s hosting the final Holiday Home party of the year today, so if you published a blog post about your Christmas tree this month- we’d like to invite you to head on over to her blog and link it up, Buttercup! We don’t have a Christmas tree up this year (yet?), but we did deck […]

DIY Christmas Decor


Our fellow Holiday Home’r, Kate, is hosting a Christmas Craft link party today… …so I thought I’d blog about a few simple/inexpensive DIY Christmas decor ideas I put together for earlier this year. Click on any of the links below if you’d to read the full articles! 1. Snowflake Curtain 2. Mitten Advent Calendar Garland […]