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Make an Easy Autumn Pumpkin Wreath!

If you've been following my blog for long you will know that I love making wreaths! It's such an easy way to decorate for different seasons or holidays! And one of my VERY favorite seasons to decorate for is AUTUMN! You can make a fall wreath in August and leave it up all the way through November - how easy is that???   Autumn Pumpkin Wreath    Here's a wreath … [Read more...]

Quite Honestly – My Story

I'm taking a break from the norm today. I've heard there's power in vulnerability and so I'm taking a leap of faith and telling my story. I hope you'll read it with an open mind and if it helps one person that would make me so happy. In a world saturated with blogs and Pinterest, it’s so easy to fall in love with “perfect” images and ideas. I love pretty things as much as anyone. There’s … [Read more...]

How to Restore Marble Countertops

How to Restore Marble Countertops. When I restored the 1905 Cottage's kitchen I knew I wanted marble countertops. It was at the top of my bucket list. I loved the color of natural marble. I loved the veining. I loved the look. So when I found a kitchen island at a clearance center that was discounted almost 90% I couldn't pass it up. Once I got it home I discovered that it had quite a few big … [Read more...]

Our Puppy and Keeping Your House Clean with a dog!

Tips on how to keep your house clean with a dog.  Tips on how to keep your house clean with a dog. We got a puppy at Christmas! Her name is Tourpel (my kids picked the name out) and she is really so sweet. She is a King Charles Cavalier. When my kids said they wanted a puppy I knew that was the breed I wanted. King Charles Cavaliers have a very gentle disposition. They were bred originally … [Read more...]

1905 Cottage Addition: Dining Room

It's been so fun working on a project I love so much. The 1905 Cottage is a little home I fell in love with years ago and bought about four years ago. You can read all about it here. A couple of years ago I started an addition and now I'm sharing the projects from the addition. Today I would like to share the 1905 Cottage Addition: Dining Room. This is the outside of the home. The bigger … [Read more...]

How to Clean a MOLDY Outdoor Rug

How to clean a moldy outdoor rug. A couple of weeks ago I got my courtyard at the #1905Cottage all spruced up for Spring. Over the winter leaves had gotten trapped and snow had piled up to create a moldy mess! And my rug was under all of that. I didn't get it rolled up and put away in time. So as I was cleaning up the space I wondered if the rug could be salvaged. It had stains from the leaves … [Read more...]

Crunchy-Topped Cinnamon Swirl French Toast Casserole

Breakfast foods have become my favorite thing to make lately at the #1905Cottage. For Easter I decided to try making a new kind of french toast creation. After experimenting a little I came up with this Crunchy-Topped French Toast Casserole. Make this dish for a beautiful breakfast or brunch recipe that will wow your guests. The crunchy topping is out of this world!! The secret ingredient … [Read more...]

Win a Trip for 2 to Iceland!!

If you follow me on Instagram you might know that I went to Iceland a couple of weeks ago. ICELAND!! I still can't believe I was there. It really was a once-in-a-lifetime trip. Iceland is now my favorite place - for real. I fell in love with everything about it. I am trying to convince my kids that we should move there - that's how much I loved it! You can find out more about all of the FUN … [Read more...]

Five Ways to Help Your Kids Keep their Bathroom Clean!

I love Springtime! The warm weather. The flowers. And of course Spring Cleaning. NOT. Actually I do love getting my home all cleaned out after the winter and letting fresh air in. But after all of these springs of getting my home cleaner, I have found out something a little mind-blowing. If you keep your home semi-organized, it's not such a HUGE deal to do Spring Cleaning. My mom always said "A … [Read more...]

Spring Patio Entertaining Ideas!

I get so excited when the weather warms up and Spring is in the air. One of my favorite parts of the 1905 Cottage Addition was turning the tiny 1-car garage space into a patio. I put a short fence in the front for a little privacy and a gate for easy entry. I also put an arbor over the gate. This little space is great for entertaining. So when BHG gave me the theme of Spring Outdoor … [Read more...]