Celebrating Spring ::: May Day Baskets

May Day Baskets How-To

   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 May Day basket is to hang it on someone's door, ring the doorbell or knock, and then run away. But, we like to do it a little differently. May Day is always May 1st....so, late at night on April 30th we go around and deliver our May Day Baskets. We hang them on people's doors....so they will be there when they wake … [Continue reading...]

Redoing My Grandmother’s Writing Desk……..

Using the HomeRight SteamMachine to Redo Furniture

   I've been wanting to work on this writing desk for quite a while……it was my grandmother's. I've had a few ideas of how I wanted to redo it and use it in our master bedroom; but couldn't decide which idea to go with. We hope to start working on our master bedroom redo in the near future….and this would be a fun little starting project. I hope to post the finished project later this week….I love it! =) When I started working on it and getting it cleaned up and ready to paint……after taking off … [Continue reading...]

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…..you 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……

Easter Decor and Activities to celebrate the special season

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