Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Wine A Bit...

I love the sign in the window at the Lynchburg Winery... "Wine a bit...you'll feel better."  LOL  So, Lynchburg, TN isn't just for Jack Daniels anymore!  The wine from this new place is wonderful!  When they announced their new Blackberry wine, I knew I wanted some!  But soon after, they posted, "SOLD OUT!"  I was SO bummed!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Counting Down

Christmas Break....I love it!  Just like most everyone else, I'm counting down the days until Christmas!  For me thought, it's probably one more day than your count...I will celebrate Christmas Day with my sweet Emmy but "my" Christmas will be when my children and grangirl arrive on the 26th.  Spending time with them is all I need...all I want!  So as I count down these last 4 days...3 for you...I am enjoying the slow pace around the cottage, as presents are already bought...just need to do some wrapping...most of the food is bought...just need to make some goodies.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Christmas Goodies

I have so many favorite Christmas goodies...I could never decide which I like best...I love them all! 
These peanut butter balls {above}are awesome!  They have oats, peanut butter, raisins, pecans, and coconut in them then dipped in chocolate.  When I was in elementary school, we use to have the most wonderful homemade desserts.  These were one of them!  I got the recipe from my MIL who use to make these every year.  After she passed, then I started making them each Christmas.  Yum!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

We All Need a Smile on Mondays!

Mondays are hard enough...but coming off of Thanksgiving Break is the hardest!  I hope you all had plenty of family time, good food, and rest!  I'm thankful that I did!  I also had some time to decorate more for Christmas!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Feeling Nostalgic

I've collected vintage ornaments for many years.  They just bring back so many memories and make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.  I have seen so many beautiful wreaths created by vintage ornaments, and have wanted to create my own for a long time.  However, every time I thought about putting glue on my beautiful treasures, I cringed and dismissed the thought.

Sunday, November 22, 2015


I have been wanting an old scoop for a long time!  I found this one at the same vintage rummage sale that I blogged about yesterday...I got it for $3!!!  SCORE!!!  There are so many ways these old scoops could be used...tie some greenery and a nice bow to hang...have berries, tiny pinecones, and such spilling out...the possibilities are endless...And I know I will use this awesome scoop in many ways in the years to come...
If you have an old scoop, I'd love to hear the ways you use yours!
And not to skip over Thanksgiving....bc I LOVE Thanksgiving...How cute is this little turkey?!?!
 And this one.....LOVE the plumes!!!
 I adore pink and brown together....and it looks great on this little guy!
GORGEOUS plumes!!!
How adorable are these little bottles??  
Too stinkin' cute!
Oooooohhhh....another one for my milk bottle collection....
...and it's Sealtest!  My first one of these!
And for a teacher....a perfectly vintage pencil sharpener...which goes perfectly on my antique school desk!  And for $1...another SCORE!!!
It was a truly wonderful vintage rummage sale!  So many treasures and such wonderful prices!!!!

Cottage Blessings,

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Rummaging Around

I love autumn rummage/yard/garage sales!  And I sure lucked up at one this morning!  A friend, Amy from Farmhouse Dreams,  posted about it on FB, so my bestie and I decided to make a day of it...breakfast at Cracker Barrel and a little vintage and some Christmas shopping.  
It's no secret that I adore vintage ornaments....and look at these cuties!!!  The little bells are just precious...the gold ones have silver glitter with cute little flowers on top.  I adore the little white one that has silver glitter around the rim.  I fell in love with the little angel.  Her sweet little dress is made of pipe cleaners.  And all for only 50 cents each!  Sweet!
I have a thing for stockings...and I couldn't pass up these burlap trimmed with lace ones!  Especially when each was only $3!!!  
The lace on this one is a little more....well, lacier than the others...just sewn with more gathers so it's more flouncy...I'm really not sure that's the right word.  LOL
The lace on this one is a little more "tailored"...and a little more slimmer than the others.
And then this one is a "combo" of the other two....it is tailored with a more wider lace.  I have plans for each one of these but I can't reveal that just yet...But all in good time...lol
I got some more great deals but I'm going to save those for another post...just...because...lol
So after the vintage rummage sale, we were off for some great breakfast at Cracker Barrel....YUM...
Then, it was off to High Cotton...a wonderful shop about 15 min. from our town.  Actually, the friend that had the rummage sale also helps out at this shop.  :)  My bestie and I frequent this shop, however, this was the first time we had visited their new location.  They initially were on the square in this small town, but they moved a month ago into this wonderful old house just down the street!  
We parked across the street, and we walked down a bit so we could walk the full length of the old sidewalk...Sweet!
Look at this sweet bicycle!
It was totally gorgeous inside!  I just wish I had gotten a pic of the porch and the staircase inside!  The following are some shots of their Christmas room...

How amazing is this sleigh??!!

This shop has a lot of jewelry and adorable clothing.  I basically just focused on the Christmas goodies, but I'll get more shots when I visit again!
So after a quick trip to Dollar Tree and Russell Stovers, we headed home...only to remember the holiday craft fair in our town...which we thought we should just check it out so as not to miss anything.  LOL  

It was a great day!!!  The weather was great...except for some crazy wind at times...Breakfast was yummy...And the shopping was FUN!  So, what did you do today?  

Cottage Blessings,

Friday, November 20, 2015

Pink Christmas...Santa, Angel, and More!

Who says Santa has to be dressed in red?  I think Santa looks positively perfect in PINK!  Don't ya think?  I'm sure Mrs. Claus would agree too....because after all, REAL men wear PINK!  And why can't trees be pink too...like this little cutie!

PINK angels are precious...I adore this little one that I found at Belk a few years ago.  I wish I could find more similar to her.  Speaking of PINK trees...This cute tinsel tree came as a set of 3 (pink, aqua, gold).  I found them on Etsy a few hears back.  

This little Christmas book isn't pink but it sure is cute!  I bought 4 of these from The Curly Willow, a nearby sweet little vintage shop.  ADORABLE!

 Bottle brush trees are so darling!  This little aqua one has been decorated in the sweetest pink mini ornies and topped with a PINK bird that has an incredible PINK tail!!!  And on the strand of Mercury beads, there are a few PINK ones hear and there.

These were the kind of ornaments we had on our tree when I was young.  There is nothing like these colorful ball ornaments.  I adore these even today...placed in a bowl, in an apothecary jars, and even on the tree.  So delicate, so fragile, so beautiful!

Happy Pink Saturday, everyone!  Head over to Beverly's for your Saturday PINK fix!  You'll be glad you did!

Cottage Blessings,

Thursday, November 19, 2015

As a very young girl, I dreamed of decorating...I'm really not sure what sparked it in the beginning....

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Confectionery...European Style

Sweet tooth...I've always had one...or many!  LOL  While there are many sweets in the U.S. that I crave, none (IMO) compare to the confecionery yummies from Europe! 
Oh...Let's just take a peek at some of them...Shall we?

Monday, November 2, 2015

Monday...All Day Long!

Whew!  I was dragging all day long!  And I'm just NOW getting to SMILE Monday....  Today I'm just going to focus on "S"...so here goes...

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Fall Back

With all the Halloween hoopla, I almost forgot about the end of Daylight Savings.  The up side:  extra hour of sleep, down side:  gets dark way too early!  I love most everything about autumn....but this...not so much.
Have a great week everyone, and be sure to head back tomorrow for SMILE Monday!

Cottage Blessings,