Our Shutter Gray Secretary

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 HGTV.com 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 […]

Christmas Cottages

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Well, now that Halloween is over… …I thought I’d blog about a couple of Christmas-y magazines we’re excited about this year! The first one is Better Homes & Gardens Christmas Ideas magazine… We actually snagged a couple of copies of it at Books-A-Million way back in September (man they start the season early, don’t they?!), […]

Christmas 2010

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A while back, a reader named Kelly shared some photos of her house with me. They were taken last Christmas, and I was totally blown away by how beautifully she had the place decorated. I immediately shared them with my editor at Cottages & Bungalows magazine, and we were thrilled when she gave us the […]

The Lettered Cottage’s 12 Days of Giveaways

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I got to thinkin’ about something yesterday while I was laid up in bed. (Sinus infection, and yes, I’m doing the Neil-Med thing again.) The banner up at the top of this wacky thing says “our blog is our playground“. And playgrounds are meant for having FUN, right? Sooooo, starting Monday, we’re gonna follow Ellen’s […]

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I love “let’s decorate the Christmas tree” night… Almost as much as I love wearing my pajamas ALL DAY. Yep.  The tree is officially up. We had a $5 live one last year, but on January 4th of this year, we waltzed outta Michaels with an artificial one for just $24.96 (marked down from $179.99! […]

Christmas Craft: Festive Napkin Ring Ideas

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We saw our niece and nephew sing at church tonight and it. was. wonderful! There’s something about little ones signing & singing songs about Jesus that always makes me teary. Speaking of Christmas and fellowship, if you’re hosting a family dinner and you’re looking for some inexpensive and easy ways to snazz up your dining […]