{Wedding Guestbook Quilts}

Wedding Guestbook QUILT {NorthernCottage}

I’ve been doing a lot of sewing and tying and ruffling here at the cottage as of late. 

One of my shop items that has been getting a lot of attention has been the very special WeDDiNG GueSTBooK QuiLTS 

They are a very unique alternative to a traditional Guestbook. 

When you place your order, we work together to select the perfect fabrics to coordinate with YOUR wedding and home décor.  Then I cut your quilt pieces and then send them your way to hold until your special day (along with special fabric marking pens).

{NorthernCottage} special day quilt with pretty frame

Once your big day arrives, your guests leave signatures or special love notes ♥!! 

wedding guestbook quilt ready for guests to leave their love notes {NorthernCottage}wedding guestbook quilt sign {NorthernCottage}wedding guestbook quilt signing {NorthernCottage}

wedding guestbook quilt pieces {NorthernCottage}

BaRN WeDDiNG - Northern Cottage Quilt Guestbook Sign

Then you send it all back to me here at the cottage & I get to sew them up into a one-of-a-kind, amazing QUILT that will be a cherished keepsake…which you can have on display & cuddle up with to remember your special day ANYTIME!  These special rag quilts are entirely meant to be well-loved and used (not hidden away)!!

Guestbook QUILTS {NorthernCottage}

The picture below shows the ReVeRSiBLe Quilt Backing option where designer fabrics are used on both sides of the quilt squares allowing double the squares to sign and results in a gorgeous top and back of the quilt (the top being the ruffle-y, wonderful rag quilt top we all adore ♥ and the back being more like a traditional quilt with smooth seams)

Ruffle Rag Quilt Backing {NorthernCottage}

For us old married couples, really, when was the last time you looked at your old wedding guestbook – ummm…ever?  With this option – you get to feel the love of that day literally surrounding you for years to come!!

This makes the most fantastic, special gift!!  It doesn’t have to be just for weddings, either!!  It has been ordered for:

♥ weddings (of course) – signed by all guests or just the wedding party or family or extra close friends! 
♥ one for the bride & one for the groom to sign as a gift to each other with their thoughts/feelings of the day to be forever remembered! ♥
♥ bridal showers
♥ baby showers
♥ new baby crib bedding
♥ retirement gifts
classroom teacher gifts (where all the little kiddos sign the squares (oooh how cute!)
♥ family reunions
♥ anniversary gifts (think 25th or 50th wedding anniversary – how special!)
♥ special present from all the grandchildren to a special grandma or grandpa
♥ housewarming

You’re invited to pop over to the shop to explore and order a Special Day Guestbook Quilt for your next SPeCiaL DaY!!

 

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{Sweet Vintage Sheet Canopy}

Sweet DIY Vintage Sheet Canopy {NorthernCottage}

Did you know today is National Hammock Day….did you know there was a National Hammock Day?

In light of this….thought I’d share a lovely little spot we pulled together last week.  It’s a DIY little canopy made of stuff you probably have on hand….a hoola hoop (if you don’t have one you can get one at the dollar store!), some sheets and some twine

A BReeZY SuMMeR Canopy {NorthernCottage}

Pulling these items together creates a lovely little spot to enjoy some summer moments!

Vintage Sheet Canopy {NorthernCottage}

a perfect spot to read a book

Sweet Vintage Sheet Canopy {NorthernCottage}

Inside looking up this is your view…

View Inside a Vintage Sheet Canopy {NorthernCottage}

Of course, I layered the top with a lovely scrappy garland which you can purchase here.

Scrappy Garland {NorthernCottage}

Many a page has been turned in this little sanctuary already.  It has turned into a delightful, cozy, cocooning spot for enjoying a breezy, sunshine-y day – perfection, right?

{NorthernCottage} Breezy Vintage Sheet Canopy

As a base for the Canopy, we layered lots of different vintage sheets and quilts and pillows atop our hammock (but you could just as easily do this on the ground or even INSIDE over a bed!)

To make your own canopy, grab a hoola hoop (from the garage perhaps), fold some sheets (pretty vintage sheets if at all possible) over the top and safety pin them in place….attach some twine at the top to hang from a hook or a branch of a pretty tree…. you can finish it off by adding trim, ribbons, garlands etc to make it even prettier!!

Make Summer Memories DIY Vintage Sheet Canopy {NorthernCottage}

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I’ve listed some custom PiCNiC QuiLTs and GaRLaNDs in the SHOP that you could use as a base for your own special space…..feel free to pop over and check them out here

…We also have a very portable nylon hammock that we bring camping with us and always try to set up near our campsite.  Oftentimes, we find both kids sharing the hammock relaxing, reading, snoozing – one of my very favorite sights ever!!  There is something completely lovely about a tech/gadget-free afternoon swinging away in a vintage sheet decked out hammock!

I NEED to make use of it more myself (rather than doing laundry or sweeping or ahem…blogging) and concentrate on savoring the fleeting moments of summer!

Happy summer day to you!! 

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{Creamy RaSPBeRRY PReTZeL Dessert}

summer dessert {NorthernCottage}

This was one of the first desserts I made as a newly married girl…loooonggg time ago.  I received the recipe from a co-worker.  She worked in our legal department and she had it together.  You know what I mean?  She did an amazing job, was gracious to everyone, had a great family life, looked pulled together AND could cook up some amazing treats.  I still want to be like her when I grow up.  When I asked her for the recipe, she promptly brought it back to me…TYPED (at 120 wpm!!)  ha!

Creamy Raspberry Pretzel Dessert mmm{NorthernCottage}

I have a large raspberry patch (this year a little out of control – I’ll have to clear it out come fall/spring to make it tidier for next year) but it is getting ready to BURST with ripe, red, yummy berries.  One of the best things EVER is to pick a berry and pop it in your mouth…a flavor explosion of red, juicy bits warmed by the sun – serious YuM!!

northern cottage raspberries

My son & I tackle our raspberry patch together….we weed together (chatting about life) and then we pick the berries together (still chatting up a storm – our conversations often lead to video game strategy – ugh!) and then we whip up yummy recipes together (still chatting!!)

{Northern Cottage} - How to Make RASPBERRY JAM!!

Last year we made many, many batches of jam and still have a good supply in the pantry so I imagine many a recipe (I’m thinking scones, smoothies, pie, just on ice cream, in cereal –  mmmm!!) 

{NorthernCottage} raspberry collage

 

Hopefully, we’ll be able to gather enough berries to accomplish all that!  In anticipation of our raspberry harvest, I whipped up this recipe recently…what a treat.

{Northern Cottage} 021{Northern Cottage} beautiful Raspberry Jam!!

Raspberry Dessert{NorthernCottage}

Creamy Raspberry Layered Pretzel Dessert

2 c crushed pretzels (I use the small twists)
3/4 c melted butter
2 T sugar

Mix together and pat into 9x13 pan.  Bake 10 minutes at 350 degree.  let cool completely (important so middle layer will set)

Blend together 1 c sugar and an 8 oz package cream cheese (softened).  Fold in 16 oz cool whip.  Spread on top of cooled crust layer.  Refrigerate about 45 minutes to set.

Top Layer: 6 oz pkg raspberry jello, 2 c boiling water, two 10 oz pkgs frozen raspberries

Stir jello until dissolved, add raspberries.  The frozen raspberries should cool the jello mixture.  If the jello mixture is too warm, it will seep into the middle layer.  Pour cooled jello mixture over cream cheese layer.  Let set overnight.  * If using FReSH raspberries, you must let jello mixture cool completely before adding to cream cheese layer (or it will seep)

Enjoy!!  Delicious on a hot summer night, for an upcoming BBQ….and leftovers are awesome the next morning (just sayin’!!)

Layered Raspberry Pretzel Dessert {NorthernCottage}

While we wait for our fresh berries to ripen, I’ll be weeding the garden & talking about boy stuff in the process!

Happy day to you!! 

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garden happiness {NorthernCottage}

hello my long lost friends!!  I know I’ve been a little (more than a little) quiet here on the ol’ blog lately.

I must admit that it has slid down the list of must-do’s.  I love it but it takes a backseat to spending time with ones I adore, accomplishing what needs accomplishing as well as squeezing in a tad bit of fun and laughter here and there.  I find that my ‘free time’ as of late has been sucked up with sewing and making pretty garlands and getting orders prepared and shipped out!  I’ve closed up the shop for a bit as well to keep it in balance…. I’m really enjoying working on orders already received (some really really really pretty orders for weddings and baby nurseries – sigh!!)  It amazed me how quickly the early summer production schedule filled up so fast!!  wink!  I imagine I’ll open up shop later on ready to tackle some new fun custom projects so keep your eyes open for when the SHOP opens back up!

Here’s what’s been filling our days:

♥ We’ve completed several camping trips (yay!!) There is nothing sweeter than sitting around a warm campfire on a cool night with ones ya adore!

♥  A very special roadtrip surrounded by amazing people and taking in wonderful, wonderful words and encouragement when we got there.

♥ Sewing up pretty QUILTS & GARLANDS (including several sweet wedding GUESTBOOK Quilts – I’ll show you some examples soon!!) ♥

Sweet Quilt & Garland{NorthernCottage}

♥ Cleaning, rearranging, editing, purging and still there’s more (where does all our stuff really come from?)  I’ve been doing VERY well not bringing much new stuff in (new as in new to me vintage/flea goodies) My picking days are done (or at least on hiatus) and I’m enjoying the calmness letting go of stuff is bringing.

♥ Working on completing some larger yard/home projects that I hope to be able to share with you soon!

northern cottage sauna

♥ How does the grass grow so quickly – feels like I’m forever mowing (sssshhh but don’t tell my hubs that I kinda like it – it is a weird contemplative time for me – yeah weird, I know!)  Now weed pulling is a different story – never.ending!

garden chair northern cottage

♥ My kiddos are growing even faster (I think I can seriously SEE them busting out of their shoes I just bought a few weeks ago!)  I’m savoring the moments with these special, funny, wonderful little people.

 

So as you can see… not leaving a lot of room for blogging.  I’m sure I’ll pop in here and there and then get back in gear later on when the summer breezes, growing grass, and school schedules kick it and leave a tad more ‘down’ time.  In the meantime, I post occasionally to FACEBOOK here and am a newbie (& loving it!) on INSTAGRAM here

Enjoying the NOW and looking forward to what’s ahead!  Are you?

Happy {EVeRYDay} y’all!!

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