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. 😉 First, […]

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 […]

How To Make Your Houseplants Happy

Fairy Garden with items from Joann Fabrics

“There’s a fairy at the bottom of my garden, she flits in and out of my flowers. I can sit on the step here and watch her. She stays there for hours and hours. Her wings are so golden and flimsy. Her little body a few inches in size. Her heart is her biggest attraction […]

DIY Flower Frog Easel

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“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise. It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.” -Ashley Montagu Thank you for leaving so many kind comments on my last post! What a Gift to be able to share our adoption journey here! It’s hard to believe we’ll finally be able […]

DIY Table Centerpiece Made From Flea Market Finds

Sewing Machine Drawer DIY Planter Project

Today’s DIY project started with an antique doorknob set, an old sewing machine drawer… …and three faux herb plants I picked up at Joann Fabrics when I noticed they were marked 70% off a couple of months ago: I’ve been thinking about using something long and slender down the center of our (narrow) dining room table, […]

Embroidery Hoop Art

Pom Pom Fringe Hoop Art

It started with really good intentions, y’all. Intentions to create a fun piece of art to hang in our sonny boy’s room. It started with a four dollar embroidery hoop from JoAnn’s… …and a yard of pom-pom fringe, and a cloth napkin my friend Traci used to wrap something up for me last year… It started with […]

How To Faux Paint A Faux Stone Planter

Faux Painted | Faux Stone | Planter | Tutorial

I’m in a plant-y mood lately, are you? I picked up this faux stone planter at Jo-Ann’s Fabrics & Crafts last week when I saw that it was 70% off… (Snapped that pic before the kitchen faucet went back on- ha!) It wasn’t quite the color I was looking for, but I really liked the shape […]

DIY Hanging Dish Towels

Ribbon Trimmed Loop Hanging Dishtowel | The Lettered Cottage

It’s no secret: I love dish towels…especially if they have loops that you can hang them from! I was inspired by a dish towel project on The Purl Bee, and had some fun creating some ribbon-trimmed dish towels of my own yesterday: I started with two towels and a gray and white-dotted napkin from Target: […]

DIY Sign

DIY sign

It’s been a busy summer so far, but I’m excited to get back to work on Keith’s living room makeover next weekend! If you’re just tuning in, here’s a look at Keith’s ‘before’ photo: …and here’s the inspiration photo I put together using Photoshop: Keith is a firefighter at station #7, so I decided to make […]

DIY Magazine Holder

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Remember that wooden orchard ladder we had propped against the wall in the reading room in our old house? And remember that black wire basket we used in my Mom’s guest bedroom makeover a while back? Well, my Mom gave me the basket at one point or another (we’re both chronic switcher-uppers, ha!), and there’s this little […]

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 […]

Fireplace Makeover

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We worked on a budget-friendly fireplace makeover at Kevin’s brother’s house a few weeks ago, and we’re so happy with how it helped to update their existing brick fireplace. We’ve been slowly helping Kerry and Robyn redo their living room over the past few months, and it has been SO MUCH FUN “sneaking” into their […]

17 Ways to Add Character To Your Cottage

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We’re working on the newly-installed hardwood floor in our hallway today….sanding, staining, sealing….story of our lives- ha! I look forward to posting the before, during and after pics soon, but in the meantime, here are links to some of the other low-dough/high-smile projects we’ve enjoyed blogging about over the past few years: Transom window project- […]