Yellow Flower Bucket


Take an empty lonely flower bucket

a pretty image from Graphic Fairy here

and some

mod podge




It’s pretty in this state right?


give it to your sister to fill up with blooms from her garden
like I did here

and it’s taken to a




yellow flower bucket

hello beautiful!

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Rainbow Book Crate

I’ve mentioned a couple times that I’ve been busy purging and organizing here at the cottage and a recent change has helped me realize that

sometimes it’s the simple things that can make a girl happy

I’ve collected together all of my

home, garden and décor books

into one location

I’ve weeded out and sold many that are no longer my style, that I don’t use any more or that just don’t make my heart flutter when I leaf through them

and with the


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I’ve displayed them in

rainbow order 

{I don’t think librarians would approve of my system!}

in a


wooden crate

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Loving it every time I walk by

{makes me smile}


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Making the World Cuter * running with glitter


I know I’m a little bit different than most…I am attracted to dingy, rough-around-the-edges, peeling, flaky pieces of lumber

is that so weird??

Case in point


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To me – this flaky piece of wood was screaming for something
French country

so it got a bit of flourished script

‘les fleurs’

ahhh flowers sound even prettier in French don’t they?

this shot (below) was in process before it was roughed up again and stained over so the new addition was made to look old

I have to apologize that don’t have an actual full ‘after’ shot as it went to the shop and sold right away before I could get my camera in action

there seems to be a pattern but really it’s a good thing!

I promise to try to do a better job with snagging shots of the {after!}

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Another sign:

wow this one was pretty ugly

1980 rose (or should I say m.a.u.v.e.)
yeah, I’ve heard the 80’s style is back but
I don’t think this cuts it

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Here we have ‘in process’

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and Now…

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another little sign made

{which was inspired by here}

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and lastly

with beginnings

from a panel of an old chippy door

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of course – it begged to painted with the word


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A Good Summer Day

This past Saturday was a good day


Started off visiting with some of my favorite people

(my sister and her family stayed overnight with us – we always have fun together)


We got up and had some breakfast

{made raspberry coffee cake - mmm}

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and then

off to a local flea market

where I snagged a few goodies

{a poor broken little windmill}

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{fresh sunflowers}

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{vintage metal molds}

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{vintage canisters}

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{shelf cabinet}
gonna paint this baby up – hmmm what color?

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{vintage lunchbox and enamel bucket}

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I just love the color of these

{drawers and the crystal knobs}

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who can’t use some additional
{wooden boxes!?}

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I have plans for this stack of
{metal trays}

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{towel bar}
that will be refreshed

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Afterwards, I got a lot of organizing done

around the house,


I also got to play in the garden

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went for a bike ride with the kiddos,


we all went swimming in the local watering hole

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came home for a quick, easy but entirely
yummy summer dinner

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a good summer day, indeed!

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Curvy Chalkboard

I love the shape of this curvy scallopy little silver serving tray


the inside finish was a little



see how it’s all swirly




chalkboard paint to the rescue!

I sold this piece super fast and, unfortunately, didn’t get to snag a picture before it left..

I used it as a

family message center

by adding the menu for the day, etc!

I love it when simple things turn out to be

functionality and pretty!


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S’MORE croissants

 Hello there and  WELCOME to new readers of NORTHERN COTTAGE
{recipes * home decor * crafts FUNKY farmhouse cottage FUN!!}
and thank you to those of you who have been along for the ride for awhile!  I'm so inspired by YOU!!

Now on to some FUN....
Want a super easy

NORTHERN COTTAGE smore croissants

all it takes is:

* mini marshmallows
* chocolate chips and
* a tube crescent rolls

northern cottage blog - smore croissants
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I have to admit that these ingredients are
{all on their own}

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but when you pop them into little bundles of
yummy flaky dough

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and bake ‘em up
and you get…
oooey gooey
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yep – they are


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