Tuesday, December 12, 2017

December Snow At The Mountain Cottage

Mr. DIY and I closed up the Mountain Cottage the weekend after Thanksgiving...
or so we thought.

Our daughter Jenny said she'd like to go and planned a girls weekend last weekend, only....

The weather forecast said it would snow, and snow several inches in the mountains.

They went anyway.

Mr. DIY was jealous because snow is a magical sight to see at the Mountain Cottage 


Our daughter sent us these photos...

This is the Mountain Cottage from  a little more than halfway up the driveway.
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All those snowy lumps are little pine trees.
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No beautiful mountain view when it's snowing!
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The girls made a snowman.
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The little Mountain Cottage covered in snow.
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There was plenty of snow to make a proper snow man.
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I'm always amazed to see how the 15 ft high shed is dwarfed by the 100 ft tall pine trees.
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Georgia and Upstate South Carolina got a good bit of snow judging from the photos that graced Instagram. Even the Houston area had a bit. Unfortunately, we didn't get a flurry down south of Charlotte. 

Of course, it isn't even Winter yet!


Thanks for stopping by!
Pam

Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas Master Bedroom With A $30 Tree

Last month when so many bloggers started sharing their beautiful rooms all decorated for Christmas. 
I was still in the planning stages and had no idea how I was going to decorate and with what colors.
Last year was easy with  a Mad About Plaid theme. 
So easy...just get lots and lots of plaid ribbon, runners, pillows and placemats. 

Easy Peasy.


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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Cute & Affordable Christmas Pillow Covers

This blog post contains affiliate links.

I've ordered several cute pillow covers from Amazon and some of them are Christmas themed.

I've shared some of my favorites on DIY Design Fanatic's Facebook page and I thought I'd share
them here on the blog today, as well.

Pillow covers are my favorite way to change up the pillows around the house and they take up less space to store.

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I purchased these last year after Thanksgiving.
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They're available separately or in a group of cute pillow covers.
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I love these Buffalo Check pillows. They were great for Thanksgiving and I plan to use them with Christmas pillows.
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They're available in red, as well.
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These two pillow covers are cute together.



If you'd like a little more color and red in your Christmas decorating, these two pillows look like they'd go great together. 

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UPDATE: 
Just found this one and had to share. (I ordered  one too!)




Remember to get the pillow inserts if you don't already have them

There are plenty more Christmas pillow covers on Amazon, the ones above a few of my favorites.

Thanks for stopping by.

Pam


This post contains affiliate links which means if you purchase something through these links, I'll make a small commission, so thanks!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Christmas In The Breakfast Room Favorites

Setting a pretty table in the Breakfast Room or Breakfast Nook is an easy thing to do and it's been my favorite place to decorate over the years. 
Our last house was especially wonderful to decorate because it had 3 angled windows with a view of the woods outside.
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I loved hanging a wreath in each window, with a ribbon as a hanger.
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My ruby red glasses are ALWAYS displayed on the Breakfast table every Christmas season. 


Can you tell they're my favorite?
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I think they go with any Christmas color choices.
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Here's the Christmas Breakfast Room last year. Lots of red and plaid! And, of course, my ruby red glasses. 
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The table in our Breakfast Room will be set next week and I can't wait. Not sure how I'll decorate it, but I know for sure, that the ruby red glasses will be perfect, however it is set.

Thanks for stopping by.
Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Pam

Friday, November 10, 2017

How A Magnetic Pincushion Saved The Day

Everyone should have a magnetic pincushion.


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I know you're wondering, "well that's random".


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You know those moments when you see something on Facebook, which leads you to Amazon, which makes your mind wander and remember something that happened to you a long, long, LONG time ago?
Then you wonder, well heck, how did that happen?

Yep, just happened to me  today and I thought I'd tell you about it.
It's one of my very first DIY, I did it myself stories; not a house project DIY, but a fix your car when you're stranded 30 miles from home DIY story. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and I'll tell you about it...

Monday, October 30, 2017

Making Wood Rounds



Jenny's friend Emily was planning her wedding over the summer and wanted some wood rounds for the centerpieces on the tables for the guests. 
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I looked high and low for her, desperately trying to find some inexpensive options online and in stores. I found these in HomeGoods, but they were a little pricey at 19.99. X 20 tables and it was a no go.
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Emily and Jenny thought we might be able to cut some rounds out of the large pile of huge, unsplit oak logs  at our mountain cottage, but most of the logs we had cut were missing the bark.

There are several smaller trees on our property that need to be cut down because in a few years. they'll block our much loved view.  We thought one of the tree trunks might be large enough in diameter and could be cut up in rounds. We hadn't planned on cutting down the trees, though, until the Winter after the leaves had fallen and most likely, not until next year. 

I wasn't sure we'd have enough time to fit that into the list of projects we needed to do, but Tim thought if Jenny, Emily and Aaron (Emily's fiancee) went up and helped him, they could get it all done that day.


Here's a pic of the trees that needed to take down. We thought that one of those trees was large enough to be cut up as rounds.They chose the tree below the arrow. It was a Poplar tree about 50-60 feet tall and only a few years old. Poplar trees grow FAST!
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Here's how it looks after the tree was cut down. Mr. DIY met Jenny and her friends at the Mountain Cottage on a Saturday and were able to get the job done. It was easy enough to cut the tree down, but getting the logs up the hill to the wood pile next to the driveway, took teamwork. Mr. DIY said he couldn't have gotten it done on one Saturday without their help. 
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Mr. DIY gave the larger rounds to Emily and Aaron for their wedding and brought home 5 of the smaller ones to me. I was thrilled. Here's how the rounds looked when he brought them home. They were pretty wet and the rounds were rough since they had only been cut with a chainsaw.
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I set them outside on the table on the screened porch. It was pretty humid over the summer and thought they would dry out slowly.
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Looking back, I would have stacked them up like this and wrapping them in muslin fabric so they would dry more slowly. You'll see in the next photo that the rounds cracked. I still like them though...
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Mr. DIY sanded the rounds down for me with a belt sander.  Note to self: do this outside and not in the garage! Dust was everywhere after sanding the first wood round! He sanded the rest outside in the backyard.  I left my wood rounds unfinished, but I might apply some poly in the near future.
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I used mine for Emily's shower that Jenny hosted at our house. You can see more about the shower HERE:
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I continue to use the rounds for decoration. Here, you barely see the round, but it raises the green plant to just the right height.
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Thanks for stopping by!

Pam

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Fall On The Screened Porch


Welcome friends!

Do you have a favorite spot in your house, but in the Summer it's a little warm in the late afternoon?
Well, that's our Screened Porch. 

Now that's the weather is cooler, it's a lovely space to sit and enjoy any time of day - it's even perfect in the late afternoon.

I ordered a few things and pulled some other things from here and there and decorated the Screened Porch for Fall. 


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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fall on the Front Porch

Yesterday I dressed up my porch for Fall and I felt a little silly.

My neighbors must have thought I had gone crazy too.

You see,  Nate (the hurricane) pushed up some very humid air up from the Gulf and interrupted our warm, wonderful weather with cool nights that we had been enjoying for several weeks.
I mean, who in their right mind would put a throw blanket with a bunch of pillows in the middle of 80 degree weather with 80-90% humidity?
Seriously.
I was sweating as I set out everything out.

Ah, but I persisted.
And even though I felt silly fluffy pillows and setting the throw just so,  I continued to taking photos as cars drove past my house.
I didn't even turn around and wave as many in our neighborhood do... I just pretended I didn't hear or see them.

Oh, don't tell me you don't do the same thing when you're outside or at the grocery store when you didn't put your make up on. I can't be the only one.

Anyway, it's going to get cool here sooner or later and my porch will be ready for the cool evenings of Fall.


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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Fall Tablescape In The Breakfast Room

The weather is still warm here and I'm loving it. 
Reminds me of Fall in Southern California.
Short sleeves for warm days and a light jacket for the cool nights.
The weather is just right...

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Sweet Memories And Fall In The Family Room



Hello Friends!

Is the weather still hot where you are?

The summer heat is still hanging around here, but the humidity is lower and nights are cooler - which makes for nice evenings out on the screened porch. The sounds of cicadas have given way to chirping crickets and that tells us that things are about to change and cooler temps are on the way. 
It will soon be time to break out soft cable knit sweaters and colorful scarves and warm cozy blankets out of big woven baskets.
Which brings me to decorating for Fall in the Family Room.
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Monday, September 18, 2017

How To Install Crown Molding On Full Overlay Cabinets

We spent a week at our Mountain Cottage a couple of weeks ago and one of the projects he finished was installing the crown molding on the cabinets. The cabinets we chose have a full overlay door style, which means that the doors and drawer fronts cover almost all of the 1 3/4" cabinet frame. 

Full overlay cabinet styles require a bit more work when installing crown molding.
Yep, that's just what Mr. DIY needs - more work.
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Maintaining A Gravel Driveway - Mountain Cottage Upkeep

Owning a second home is all fun and decorating...

said no one ever.

There's mowing the lawn, painting, roof repair, fence repair, tree and shrub trimming, septic tank maintenance, and if you have a gravel driveway; driveway maintenance.
We looked into having asphalt installed, but it was $15,000 to $20,000 because our steep driveway is about 300 feet long with a big parking lot at the top. 


We haven't won the lottery yet, so we have to do  maintenance on our gravel driveway.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

How To Dry Fresh Basil



Drying fresh basil is super easy!

Don't let that fresh basil you purchased for a special recipe go to waste in your fridge! Preserve it by drying it!
If you have an herb garden with fresh basil growing in it, preserve it now because the plant will die off when the weather turns cold!


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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

How To Make A Wood Drawer Organizer

Unorganized drawers drive me CRAZY.  


I hate highly dislike when you need a pen or pencil and you have to rummage through a pile of supplies until you find what you need. 

Maybe it's just me.

I love perusing The Container Store's website  dreaming of having perfectly organized drawers and closets.

Maybe it's just me.

The problem is...
Drawer organizers  don't always fit your needs perfectly and can be expensive!
I'm going to show you how we made a custom drawer organizer easily and how you can to- even if you don't use power tools. All you have to know how to do is how to use a hammer and pound in a nail!
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Saturday, September 2, 2017

Bridal Shower Inspired Tablescape In The Dining Room

Last week I showed you the Bridal shower inspired tablescape in the Breakfast Area-
The beautiful floral arrangement in the Dining Room were calling for a tablescape too.
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Mr. DIY took out the leaf so the table was back to it's regular size. I left the tablecloth, the burlap runner, the wood round with candles and my grandmother's salt and pepper shakers.
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I just shopped the house for placemats, dishes, utensils and wine glasses. The china is our wedding pattern Limoge Artois Green. The salad plates are from HomeGoods, as are the placemats, napkins and wine glasses.
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Oh, I love those flowers...
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If you missed the Hosting A Bridal Shower post, you can find it HERE.
The Breakfast Area Tablescape can be found HERE
The post on the Fabulous Flowers can be found HERE.