Some Christmas Favorites ……


I thought I would pop in and share a few of my Christmas favorites for your weekend! I LOVE this hand drawn little Christmas Village from Thoughts From Alice….. I printed it out on craft paper card stock and it is happily living on our piano. =) You can print your own out for FREE HERE! And how about these precious cork trees! You can find out them simple how-to at Live, Laugh, Rowe HERE….. How about 50 Christmas morning breakfast recipes…. wow! You can find them HERE. Love these … [Continue reading...]

Christmas Card Prayers ::: New Year’s Traditions

New Year's tradition with Christmas cards

It's almost time to take a quick look back and get ready for moving forward……... I've shared a couple of these traditions last year…but I usually share them at the very end of the year. I thought it would be fun to share the a bit earlier…in case you may want to add them or start them in your families. =)  I think one of the reasons I love to take pictures is that it documents moments.  It's so easy to remember the hard times or disappointments or struggles…but when your year has been … [Continue reading...]

Christmas Centerpiece Ideas

Centerpiece Ideas for Christmas

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! We enjoyed hosting our annual Christmas party here at our home, beginning the 12 Days of Christmas Countdown, and snuggling in bed with coffee and a good book! The makings of a great weekend to me. =) Since I recently returned from Italy and it was such a special trip to me……I thought it would be fun to use that as inspiration for some Christmas Centerpiece Ideas I could create for this year. If you'd like to see past years' centerpieces here are the … [Continue reading...]

Everything’s Exactly the Same ::: Just Completely Different {Christmas Card 2014}

Pitman Christmas 2014

 Our Christmas card for 2014….from our cottage to yours….. Our Circle...Continuing the Story……. It’s been 12 years between the top and bottom pictures – and everything is exactly the same, just completely different. Many chapters have been added to the story of Our Circle – 5 individual stories have expanded; along with shoulders-wings have begun spreading. We are still the same Circle, but stronger and covering more ground. No. 1 Son – still the fearless leader, protecting, … [Continue reading...]

Christmas Front Porch {2014}

Front Porch for Christmas

I shared a bit of our porch the other day for the Christmas Home Tour ….. but I thought I would share all of it today. =) I've been wanting to use this fun Reindeer feed bag for something fun….and thought it would be a perfect for the front door this year….. Fresh greenery just makes everything more festive….don't you think? We had some black vintage snow skis and have used them for years all over the place. This year I painted them red…... Wood and fat wood by the front door at … [Continue reading...]

Elf Food Christmas Recipes


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Glad & M&M’S®. All opinions are 100% mine. Well. I've been schooled a bit this week. I LOVE the special edition holiday M & M's…and we purchase them each year. I had no idea that you could ONLY get them at available at TargetTarget! ha! {That lets you know how often I'm there….that's where I've always picked them up!} And, when I get M & M's I just tear into the bag and eat them straight. I mean….in my world they aren't … [Continue reading...]

Christmas Home Tours {2014}

Cottage in the Oaks Christmas Home Tour

Good morning…..grab your favorite warm beverage and come on inside…..I have a week of great Christmas home tours for you……. {If you'd like a tour of our home not at Christmas….click HERE.} I'll be sharing the details of our Christmas front  porch later this week….. The living/family room is ready for Christmas movie marathons and long visits with friends and family……. I shared all about our Christmas Mantel yesterday….. I enjoy this little vintage European grain sack sachet all … [Continue reading...]

Christmas Mantel {2014}

Mantel Decor at Cottage in the Oaks for Christmas

I love to use natural elements and European vintage items…..and I wanted a very simple Christmas mantel this year. I find with each passing year that I have less and less of those green and red boxes coming down from the attic. Each year I lean more and more on bringing some of our favorite vintage items to the forefront and items found in nature and used in unique ways. This week I will be adding fresh greenery to the mantel….tucking it in here and there….. I love to use these vintage … [Continue reading...]

One Solitary Life ::: FREE Christmas Printables

One Solitary Life Printable

Each Christmas I have some printable as part of the Christmas dinner table setting along with Christmas Crackers filled with surprises. You can find past free Christmas printables that I've used here: A Christmas Story Booklet The Real Meaning of the 12 Days of Christmas Last Christmas I printed "One Solitary Life" onto vintage music paper, rolled them up, and we read it before we ate dinner. I'll share the table setting a bit later. =) I wanted to share the FREE printable I created with … [Continue reading...]

Preparing for Our Annual Party with Meister !

Meister Cleaners

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Meister Cleaners. All opinions are 100% mine. This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Meister Cleaners. All opinions are 100% mine. Meister Facebook Page Now that all the decorating is done and we can sit back and enjoy it the rest of the season…..this week and nexMeister Cleanerst week I'm concentrating on getting our home ready for our annual Christmas party. This will be our 20th year hosting this party…..and, honestly, I have … [Continue reading...]

20 Fabulous Christmas Projects for Your Home

20 Fabulous Christmas Ideas for Your Home

We love our special yearly traditions during Christmas….but also enjoy changing and tweaking things here and there, and adding completely new fun into our celebrating and decorating each year. Here are 20 fun Christmas projects for inspiration in your home!

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Ticket Winner!


Good Monday morning! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

I wanted to pop in to announce the winner of the

Pursue the Passion Women’s Conference ticket!

{The conference is sold out….but please head on over and put your name on the waiting list…there’s always a chance that you will be able to get in!}

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Simple Christmas Window Decor

Vintage Postcards in Window for Christmas

I love bringing nature into our home to decorate….especially during the holidays.

I like to bring a touch of Christmas to all the corners of our home….and the windows are a fun place to do that.

Simple really makes a big impact in windows…, it’s quick and easy. =)

Here are some simple Christmas window decor ideas that we’ve done over the years….

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Happy Thanksgiving!


We have so much to complain about.

And so very much to be thankful for.

Let’s CHOOSE to focus on the many things we have to be thankful for….

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A New Class of Class Rings!


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Jostens. All opinions are 100% mine.

We are full-blown into the high school and college years around here…and I feel like I just picked out and ordered MY class ring, and now it’s time to honor that tradition with my Lovely Middle. =) Let me tell you…..class rings are NOT what they used to be. You have choices! Lovely choices and so many options with Jostens class rings.

I ordered my class ring from Jostens many years ago…..and now we are working on customizing my daughter’s using class rings by Jostens. Jostens class rings are so on trend these days….if you don’t want clunky….you can get elegant. It is so important to memorialize important milestones in life…..and a special, customized ring for 12 years of hard work is a great way to do it.

One of our favorites is The Serenity…..I think it’s lovely and elegant. At first glance it doesn’t appear to be a class ring. I think she will enjoy wearing for a longer amount of time, too.

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