summer hydrangea bouquet and the red door

Hola! Summer’s in full swing and the hydrangeas this time of year are spectacular. There’s a garden down the street from us growing a couple of bushes with bright pink blooms that catch my eye every time I drive by. Ours are out in the back garden and bloom French blue. We also have a lace cap in purple/blue. Our bush that usually produces purple blooms hasn’t done much so far this year, fingers crossed. I created this bouquet with […]

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eating key lime tart

Hola! Simon is on his way home from college even as I type! As much as I miss him while he’s living so far from home, it does make for quite the fun production on the rare occasion that he travels home for the weekend. Oh yes, there’s usually a couple of conversations about what will be on the menu while he’s here, and more importantly — what’s for dessert? The choice was between key lime pie and blackberry cobbler, […]

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Friday Flowers – blooming branches

Happy Friday Cottage Fix friends! And happy spring too! Just this past week the temps have been climbing a bit here near the coast of Virginia, and the early spring bloomers are making a beautiful scene all around town. In our garden, the magnolia, redbud, and cherry blossom are the first ornamental trees to bloom infusing a splash of color amidst the bare birches and fresh green grass. Although Farmer Brown is informing me we’re mostly weeds and moss this […]

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a new year

Happy New Year Cottage Fix friends! I’ve been changing some of our furniture pieces up here and there, along with a bit of a pillow shuffle. Sometimes I like to switch the pillows up from room to room to get a fresh look without spending a dime! I pulled our Morris chair back out of the attic when we were loading the Christmas ornaments back up. This arts and craft style chair has been in my family for generations and […]

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Christmas 2018

Merry Christmas! I hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful holiday season. I kept our cottage decorating simple this year with fresh greenery, baubles, and a touch of sparkle. Fresh greenery and a homemade baking cup garland on our mantle. I filled this dough bowl with greenery and pomegranates along with dollar store candles to create an easy going centerpiece. I purchased the glassware from the dollar store as well and then filled the bottom with table sugar […]

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cottage fix Autumn decorating

Happy Fall Cottage Fix friends! Autumn has made its way to the coast of Virginia with cool crisp air, colorful leaves, and the days growing shorter. After the long humid summer we’ve endured, this is a welcome change for sure. This is one of my favorite times of year in our town.  And although I don’t go all out for Halloween and Thanksgiving decorating, I like a sprinkle of Autumn decorations here and there. Candlelight and flowers are always so […]

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Waiting on fall

Hola Cottage Fix friends! Well, the calendar says it’s fall, but here on the coast of Virginia we’re still flopping around in our flip flops and sippin’ on lemonade. I have this little rule I made for myself – no pumpkin spice anything until I’m crunching leaves underfoot and grabbing a sweater as I head out the door. Fall is my favorite season and I’ve been hearing that a lot around town. I guess we’ll just have to keep on […]

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