Friday Favorites


   Happy Good Friday! I've had trouble all week realizing that it's here. =) I still haven't heard from our winner, Cheryl, concerning the HUGE giveaway that she won! If I don't hear from her by Monday…..I will be picking and announcing another winner on Monday! So, be on the lookout! As I gathered a few Friday Favorites I was thinking of Spring break next week. I'm thinking lazy mornings, coffee, good books, gardening, maybe a day at the beach, picnics, daydreaming……... You … [Continue reading...]

DIY Hand-Stamped Linen Napkins

How to hand-stamp your own napkins

   I love linen napkins. We use them at all of our meals….even picnics sometimes. So, I like to have all kinds to be able to use depending on the time of year, how I'm setting the table, or…to be honest…what kind of mood I'm in! ha! {Did you even KNOW that you can have a napkin mood?} I think they are also great gifts….especially if you personalize them in a special way. Here's the how-to for making your own hand-stamped napkins for yourself, or a gift. You can use any kind of … [Continue reading...]

The Winner of the Huge Giveaway!!!

Winner of the Big Giveaway!

#183 is Cheryl!!! {Cheryl…….e-mail me at cottageintheoaks [at] me [dot] com with your mailing address so we can get your goodies out to you!} Please be sure to visit the wonderful ones that so generously helped us celebrate! I chose them because I have and use their products and love what they do!  Head on over and check out their wonderfulness and shop! ;) House of Belonging {wonderful handmade signs and fabulous artful tees and sweats!} Duluth Trading Co. {yummy smelling buttery soft … [Continue reading...]

Creative Ways to Use Succulents……

Succulents and creative ways to plant and use them

   I absolutely love succulents! They are so easy and can be planted in anything… almost plant them and forget them. {They also look good in anything you plant them in…..} Here are several creative ways to use succulents that we've enjoyed…... Succulents in Teacups Succulent in Tin Cans Succulent Party Centerpiece Succulent Summer Centerpiece Succulents in Chicken Feeders Hmmmm, let's see…..can I write 'succulent' just one more time? ;) How about: "You've reached your SUCCULENT … [Continue reading...]

Remembering the Perfect Easter Morning ……

The Perfect? Easter Morning

   Can't wait to share our NYC trip with you. Our plane got back in late last night….. and with Easter just around the corner I'm remembering The Perfect? Easter Morning. If you'd like to read about it….just click the picture below or the link above. Until tomorrow…... Tomorrow is the LAST day to enter….THE HUGE BLOGOVERSARY GIVEAWAY!!! Click on over and get to it! =) … [Continue reading...]

Friday Favorites


   I am loving these gorgeous egg ideas…... Nail Polish Easter Eggs Calligraphed Eggs Silhouette Eggs Naturally Dyed Eggs Rubb-On Eggs Stamped Wooden Eggs Don't forget to enter……over $600 in awesomeness! The HUGE BLOGOVERSARY GIVEAWAY! Happy Weekend~ … [Continue reading...]

Spring Centerpieces

centerpiece on farmhouse table

   It was fun pulling these items together …….they are the makings of great spring centerpieces ! Light and airy and colorful. I started with a vintage French cutting board. Three small demijohns hold forced forsythia branches. {To force branches you pick them while they are in bud and put them in water. They will slowly bloom.} I purchased 4 little pots of wheat grass from the grocery store and put them in cafe au lait bowls, and then surrounded the top with reindeer moss. I … [Continue reading...]

Sometimes in April……..


Sometimes in April you need a little spring adventure…..    Somewhere that makes your heart beat differently……. The first paved street in NYC…located in Battery Park: Want to follow the adventure? You can do so here. More than ready~ Have you entered the great giveaway yet? Click here to do so! … [Continue reading...]

Fun Easter Activities & Decor

Easter Decor and Activities to celebrate the special season

Over the years I've shared many fun Easter activities and decor ideas here on the blog…..I thought it would be fun to round several of them all together. Here's 9 fun Easter things….to do and to celebrate…... Click on the titles below to be taken to the post with all the info…... DIY Vintage Sheet Music Eggs How to Dye Easter Eggs Naturally Easter Centerpiece Ideas Vintage German Easter Egg Treats Easter Egg Trees Resurrection Cookies Easter Mantel The Story of Pine Tree Crosses … [Continue reading...]

Celebrating 3 Years with a GIVEAWAY ::: & a Discount Code

Super Huge Giveaway!

  I cannot believe that Cottage in the Oaks is 3 years old this coming weekend! Wow! What started as a fun way to keep up with what we were doing around our home and to keep a virtual account of great moments has turned into quite an adventure. =) Thank you so much for being a part of that! I never would have guessed. You, lovely reader, are such a blessing and so appreciated. Wish you could all come to my front porch and celebrate with a fun party! Thanks for meeting me here each day and … [Continue reading...]

Friday Favorites


Some of my favorites from this past week…….

this weekend will be perfect for a picnic….


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