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I’m Ann and let me welcome you to The Apple Street Cottage.

The Cottage is all about DIY, including: refinishing, recycling/upcycling, decorating, gardening, cooking, baking, and power tools.  I find all of these activities relaxing and therapeutic after wrapping-up a 28 year career as a Teacher/Literacy Specialist.  Not having to worry about lesson plans, report cards, trainings, and data reports are a welcome change.   

So, you’re probably wondering how I got started in all of this?  Well…
…I’ve loved antiques since I was a little girl and when I got old enough, my Dad taught me how to refinish furniture.  Our neighbor allowed me to poke around in his old barns to search for treasures. It was there that I found an old oak ice box (in pieces) and my life as a DIYer began.

Fast-forward a few (ahem) years…retired, time to work on projects – this blog was created as a way to share all of my adventures.  When I’m not involved in all this DIY, I read, play with paper, and do a little scrapbooking.

I hope you will continue to visit my blog, become a follower, and leave a comment from time to time.  I’d love to hear what inspires you, makes you smile, and maybe makes you say, “Hey, that’s a good idea!"
Thanks for stopping by the Cottage!




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