Graduation Party Ideas
The Big Cottage Switch New Dining Room
Cottage Spring Mantel

May Day Baskets

May Day Baskets How-To

Did you know that May Day is next Friday???!!! I shared last year a few quick tips on putting together May Day Baskets / Bouquets…..thought it would be fun to reshare……... +++++++++++++++++++++++++  May Day is right around the corner....and we have always enjoyed making May Day Baskets / Posies / Bouquets and leaving them as a surprise for people. The original way to leave a Continue Reading

Using Painters Tape + Contest!


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of FrogTape®. All opinions are 100% mine.  I have always loved painter's tape. It's great to use for protection when painting a room or project…..or to create a design like our Harlequin Doors! For many years now I've used FrogTape® when I'm painting or needing to create a design for paint. My favorite is the FrogTape® Continue Reading

Graduation Party Ideas

Graduation Party Ideas

   It's hard to believe that it's that time of year again……graduation! We don't have anyone graduating this year…..but I have shared some fun graduation party ideas in the past; and I thought it would be fun to round them all up into one post. If you'd like to read all about No. 1 Son's graduation party a couple of years ago you can do that here: A Night to Remember Some Continue Reading

The Big Cottage Switch

The Big Cottage Switch New Dining Room

   Well. We made it through the big part. Still lots of details to work out and finish. After emptying the dining room we painted. I was so tired of the 'wooden spoon' color on the walls… it's covered in Gray Pearl. The color is a Valspar color…but we had it mixed in Sherwin Williams paint. Here's the color chip: It's a beautiful light, gray that doesn't turn funny Continue Reading

A Tale of Two Spring Mantels

Cottage Spring Mantel

Spring mantels …… so bright and cheery. Right?  I wanted a very simple and airy Spring mantel this year… I gathered bunches of daffodils and put them in mason jars and lined them up. Perfect. It fit the bill. Two days later the daffodils died. What. in. the. world. Two day!!!????? I became angry with the daffodils. Yes, I tend to get emotional with inanimate Continue Reading



   Happy Monday! I forgot to post the winner of the MORE book winner last week! EEkkkkkk! So….I have some good news! It's really on my heart to give the book to each of the people that entered by the due date……so, I will be contacting everyone that entered on the giveaway post by the due date to get your mailing address so I can mail you your own copy! You guys are the Continue Reading

Spring is Good for Deadheading ……

Front Porch Ideas

This week has been Spring Break for our family…..and I've been taking a bit of a break to do some special things with my family.  This time of the year this post I shared a couple of years ago is always a good reminder to me…..especially with the words I chose for my words of year for 2015: See, Sift, and Sieze. Thought I'd share it from the Continue Reading

Tables and Plans

Making People Feel Welcome in Your Home - Cottage in the Oaks

We are getting ready for some big stuff around here…….this weekend we are making the big switch of changing out our living room with our dining room. There will be painting, grunting, and head scratching, I'm sure. But in the end I think it will be great. There are several reasons we desire to do this. One of the big ones is so we can have a super long farmhouse/trestle table Continue Reading

Spring Gardening Ideas ……

Chicken Feeder Flower Pots

   It is absolutely gorgeous here in Eastern NC right now. Spring has finally arrived, and we have been having fun gardening over the past several days. I thought I would put several fun gardening ideas together in one post....from our archives here at Oak Cottage. These have been some of the most popular.... Chicken Feeder Planters ….. still love creating these each Continue Reading

Rest ……..

Cottage front porch swing

Rest. It's a choice. Intentional. Rest never happens by accident. It's a form of trust. I hope you will take some time to rest this do what would feed your spirit and soul. It may be a nap, reading, painting, taking some fun photos....just because. Be willing to rest in the undone. The to-do list will always be there waiting for you.....I promise it won't run Continue Reading

DIY Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs


Even thought I've been doing a wonderful study during Lent this year….Easter has still snuck up on me! We have so much fun dying Easter Eggs. We like to use natural dyes that are made from fruits, vegetables, and spices from the kitchen. Here are great recipes to use to do that if you'd like to give it a try. I love the colors that natural dyes produce.  I hope Continue Reading

You Were Made for MORE ……. {Giveaway!}


Good Monday morning to you! I returned from Hope Spoken super late last night….and can't wait to share it here. =) ++++++++++++++ I hope that you know that you matter to God. And, that you were made for MORE. Tammie Head's new book, More….from Messes to Miracles, reminds us all of those two important truths. {You can find it HERE. } Regardless of what we're going Continue Reading