Little Entry Table


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This little table started off as a poor little brown shabby
(not in a good way!)
table with mushroom knobs. 
(yes I said knobs with mushrooms on them!) 

oh it was not a pretty sight!

I’m sorry that I don’t have a actual before shot (as I got the table prior to blogging when I didn’t take pictures of EVERYTHING!) but it started off something like this (only not this nice):

Yikes – right?

I took off the flimsy falling apart ugly hutch off the top and painted the bottom black.

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This table has been all over the house!

Here it is bare:


It’s been used as a sofa table behind sectional in the living room

in our entry

as a desk in the kids rooms

I used it as the base for the copy me challenge with Miss Mustard Seed & Funky Junk Interiors(way back when) – fun!



It feels pretty welcoming for the time being
tucked right in by my front door.

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But… I’m thinking of moving it up to my craft/sewing area…

hmmmm – I’ll have to rearrange and show you the results here soon!


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Midwestern Jambalaya

I was having a


serious…craving…for some spicy jambalaya

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ok so I know there are so many wonderful wonderful southern cooks out there who have spent years perfecting their jambalaya


I am from.the.midwest

(enough said right there right?)


I had never made jambalaya before


I didn’t use a real roux

but instead made up my own version

and it



pretty darn good!

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Here is my exact recipe


Midwestern Jambalaya

I sautéed up a handful of onions and a couple stalks of diced up celery in a squirt of olive oil

and then added two cut up smoked sausage links

browned this all up for a bit over medium heat
in my trusty dutch oven

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and then added some beef broth
(a few glugs from the container)

(remember this is an exact replica of how I made it!)

and a can of diced tomatoes in sauce

and then popped in a bunch of different spices:




seasoning salt

a splash of Worcestershire
(boy that’s a long word to type!)

and a couple splashes of frank’s original
red hot sauce
(I’m thinkin this is THE ingredient to really make it a
southern dish – am I right?)

Throw in some shrimp in the last couple minutes of cooking
if ya like

and cook it on up for the exact time of…


(remember I was having a
so I didn’t wait too long!)

look at that bubbly goodness - mmmmm

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I love some cilantro on top – and server over rice

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Diaper Baby Gift IDEA

I’m just tickled pink that my
Diaper Babies
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are being featured at some really delightful blogs like:
Ginger Snap Crafts
Hope Studios
it seems that they are the #1 hit for
Gift Ideas at the Tip Junkie
tip junkie diaper feature 11.11
whoot whoot!

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You know those quizzes that tell you what decorating style you lean towards?

Mine usually came back with QUOTE a mixture

* farmhouse

* cottage

* industrial

* traditional

* country

yep – that is a mix, eh?

But I think I’ve touched on the name for the style I really lean to (currently at least)


I absolutely adore this book

by Fifi O’Neal


While leisurely flipping devouring through the pages

I saw my stuff that I’ve had forever here at Northern Cottage

again & again in the layouts


graphic signs

warm wood

white beadboard

metal accessories

vintage dishes


does it get any better!?

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I love that basket on the floor in this shot

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and here I have one similar that I leave empty on my sofa table

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I would love love love to get my hands on a metal table
like in this shot:

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In the meantime, I’ll have to settle on my vintage kitchen scales

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This beautiful scalloped topped cabinet is featured in the book:

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and mine holds treasures in our living space

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throughout the book there are moments & soft accessories that I




like this quilt:

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Here’s MY favorite quilt

{the absolute best to wrap up in to read a good book!}

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do you see this delicious table draped in linen below and then covered in a flannel backed moving cloth

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I have the moving cloth ready for use

(I love that mine has some nice typography too)

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and someday

my garden will something like this:

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I’ve shared with you that I’ve also been moving toward a little more


when it comes to colors etc. 

I love the serene palette that comes with the prairie

so natural

and easy

and comfortable

and real

it fits

{like a great pair of jeans... …

with maybe a flirty apron on top!}

It will be fun to show you how this plays out here at this cottage in the coming days!

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Autumn Vignette

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Fall Days

are being well received


at the

northern Cottage!!

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It is

Wonder- Fall!!

after all!

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fingerprints on the fridge *

Baby Shower Gift

ooohhh how I


making presents for

brand new



I recently attended a baby shower so

I whipped up some of these little


from tiny diapers, socks,
washcloths and ribbon

{Oh…and some googly eyes, too!}

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Here’s how:

Some baby washcloths

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some cute baby socks

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spread out one of the washcloths –
fold it in half corner to corner

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take a disposable diaper (I used pampers swaddlers size 2)

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place the sock on one end of the diaper to form the


(squish down the toe part of the sock to push down the hat)

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like this – ta da!

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see -

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now wrap up the ‘body’ with the washcloth

(like you’re swaddling a baby or making a burrito!!)

and tie in place with some coordinating ribbon

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now for the


draw little closed sleeping eyes


attach some googly eyes

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see the one on the right down below??

{he has crazy thick eyelashes!}

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shhh…quiet this one is sleeping!

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(when have googly eyes ever been so cute??)

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Put these all together in a basket with other goodies


* pacifiers

* more little socks

* baby soap & lotion
(love that smell!)

* bibs

* rattles

* etc


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Are you wracking your brain for pregnant people right now?

“Who can I make these for?”

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