Monday, March 20, 2017

Springtime Ladybug!

In honor of the first day of Spring, here is a little ladybug to brighten your day!

I had some wood scraps left-over from last Fall and decided I better use them.  The first thing I did was draw a pattern and cut it out of an old cereal box.
The pattern was traced on the wood and cut out with my trusty jig saw.
After drilling a hole for the antennae and smoothing the edges with sandpaper, the ladybug was ready for paint. 

The edges were distressed and a little antique-medium was rubbed on.  I curled two pieces of black wire and put them in the drilled hole with a little glue.  The ladybug was done!
I think it's perfect for the kitchen window, don't you?

Thanks for stopping by...I hope you'll share, pin, and comment...I loooove comments!  Have a great week and Happy First Day of Spring!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

All-Natural Oven Cleaner That Really Works!

Yes, I know, I'm supposed to be packing.  I am, but I can't stand the smell of oven cleaner and the ovens REALLY needed cleaning before moving out.  Take a look:
Yeah, proud housekeeping moment, right?

I searched the internet for options and here's what I ended up with:

Here's how you do it:

Get some vinegar, baking soda, and salt.
Mix 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water in a spray bottle.
After removing the racks, spray the interior of the oven with the vinegar/water mixture.
Then sprinkle it with baking soda and salt.  I didn't measure, I just threw it around!  I'm precise, like that!  😁
Spray it lightly again and close the door for 2 hours.  
This is what it looked like:

After 2 hours I took my blue plastic scrubbie (sorry, I forgot to take a picture of it) and lightly scrubbed the oven surface.  Believe me, I do mean lightly - I don't scrub anything if I can help it! Remember the fence? The result was amazing:
This was a win-win.  Clean ovens and no stinky chemicals burning my throat!  
Of course, if you have a new stove/oven with a self-cleaning option, this is not the tip for you.  On the other hand, if you have an older model, like mine, give it a try, you won't be disappointed.
I will miss this beauty - vintage 1959 with double ovens and everything works great!

I guess I'll get back to packing now.  You have a great week!

Friday, March 3, 2017

The Cottage Is Sold!

You may remember, several weeks ago, I mentioned some 'Big News".  Well, here it is...we sold the Cottage.  We didn't plan it, it just happened, really!  Are you ready for the story?

Last July I was sitting in the front yard weeding the flower beds, when a car drove by a few times and finally stopped.  The woman asked me if I knew anything about the house next door.  It had a FSBO sign with no contact information.  I told her the only thing I knew was that it was a 3-bedroom house and the owners were rarely home.

We continued to chat about houses, etc. when I told her that my husband always says for the right price, you can have ours!  She thought I was kidding and I informed her that I wasn't.  My husband heard us talking and came out on the porch to join in the conversation. We chatted for a while and just 'hit it off'.

Finally, we asked if she'd like to see the house.  She said she would. After being in the house for about five minutes, she turned to us and said, "I love this house and I want to buy it.  How much do you want for it?"

The rest is history, as they say.  She had to sell her house, which she did in December.  She then started house-sitting for a friend and applied for  a mortgage in January.  We closed the other day and we are now looking for a place to live.  Where it will be is yet to be determined - across town or across the country - Stay tuned!

I have mixed emotions about this event, but it really is for the best. Owning an older home is a lot of work and physically, we are finding it challenging. But there are some things I will miss...

Sitting on the front porch on a Summer afternoon:

The Cozy Side Porch:

And so much more....

The one thing I can tell you is this blog will continue.  Even though I won't be living in the Cottage, the Cottage will live on through me!  So, stay tuned my friends, life is about to get interesting!

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Monday, February 27, 2017


How about some soup?  After having every kind of weather this weekend - that's right, temperatures near 70 turned into thunder and lightning, changing to snow  - I thought a nice pot of soup was in order.  

3 - 14 &1/2  oz. cans beef broth
2 - 15 oz. cans canellini beans - rinsed & drained
1 - 14 &1/2 oz can Italian-style stewed tomatoes
1 - 1 &1/2 oz can vegetable juice
1 - 6 oz. can tomato paste
2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 12-14 oz. package frozen mixed vegetables
2 cups cooked pasta (1 cup uncooked) I used Ditalini 
Grated Parmesan cheese

Combine the first 7 ingredients in a large pot and bring to a boil.  
Add the mixed vegetables, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
Add cooked pasta and remove from heat.

Ladle into bowls, sprinkle with Parmesan.

Serves 8.

How's that for easy?  

Here's hoping the weather calms down...I'm really ready for Spring!

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

A Quiet Week

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!  We got over a foot of snow here this past weekend...needless to say, the shoulder is feeling it! So have a wonderful week and enjoy my new Featured Post, in honor of Valentine's Day!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Shirt Pillow

Well, it finally happened.  My favorite chambray shirt ripped through at the elbow.  For 15 years I was a Close To My Heart Consultant and I LOVED that shirt! So, rather than throw it out, I decided to make a pillow.

I decided on an 16-inch pillow, smoothed the buttoned shirt flat and cut (both front & back) into a 16-inch square.

After putting the right sides together, I pinned the edges - all the way around the square.

Now it was time to sew a 1/2-inch seam all the way around.  That's right, no opening for turning!

At this point, you are ready to unbutton the shirt so you can turn it right side out.

Using a 16-inch pillow form, I slid it in the unbuttoned opening, smoothed it and rebuttoned the shirt.  The pillow was done!

The entire project took about 15 minutes and it's a great way to preserve a shirt that has special meaning to you.
My pillow sits in my Craft Room.

This is a wonderful way to preserve a memory of something you did or someone you love.  I hope you'll give it a try!  As always, please share, pin, follow, etc!  😊

Have a wonderful week & thank you for stopping by the Cottage!

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

My Vintage Coat

Last summer, while digging around some antique/vintage shops, I came upon this coat.  Honestly, I am not usually a 'Vintage Clothes Gal', but this coat spoke to me.  I slipped it on and fell in love. My husband took one look and said, "Buy it".  Eighteen dollars (that's right, $18) later, the coat was mine.
This pic was taken on a hot August afternoon!

It's from the 1950's and it's is great shape:
That's the arm - not a tear in sight!
It's wool and very warm.
I did a quick search of this company.  They started in the 1950's in New Jersey.

I bought a pair of dark brown leather gloves to match.  Yes, I paid more for the gloves that I did for the coat!

The coat has been worn many times this winter and I can tell you, it's very warm! 

Short and sweet this week, my friends.  I hope you enjoyed hearing about my 'Vintage Find'.  Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week! 

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