A LOVELY LITTLE CLOSET

It has been a wonderful kind of busy
around the cottage as of late!
It has been filled with...beadboard, paint, shelves, trim, cutting, screwing, leveling and 
{my favorite part…accessorizing!}


Does it get any better than that list of activities?
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All of this work has been
leading to this…our new

lovely little closet
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Here is where we started
oh boy!
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and evolved…from inside my head...then on to this paper sketch (so professional looking right?  perhaps I should put my dreams of being an architect aside?)


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to starting the beadboard

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to painting and beginning the custom shelves

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I’ve decided to use it currently as an extended kitchen cupboard
display/pantry space


northern cottage extra kitchen storage

we’ve divided this new glorious storage into STATIONS…

northern cottage kitchen stations
northern cottage kitchen closet pantry shelf
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the closet now includes a breakfast shelf {Cereal Station} where kiddos can help themselves to bowls and spoons


northern cottage kitchen shelf display

and a big glass jar of cereal {with a vintage metal scoop, of course!}


northern cottage cereal cannister

EAT UP!

northerncottage kitchen shelves EAT

I’ve also been able to now display my favorite kitchen scale and some treasured family vintage cookbooks


northern cottage vintage kitchen scale

as well as some ruffle-y aprons

northern cottage flirty ruffle aprons

and vintage cake plates {alongside some new ones} all in a row


northern cottage vintage cake plates

all in all - I’m diggin’ my new closet/storage spot!

northern cottage kitchen storage shelves

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NEW PARTY & Northern Cottage FEATURES 1.30.12

{PARTY LINK UP BELOW}

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Thanks to all who linked up last week….awesome links!
(see them all here)

Here are a few that really caught my eye:

opulent cottage has put together a beautiful potting bench…
I’m ready for spring, how about you?

simply home shared her diy kitchen island 
mmm love a glossy shining top like this!

it’s just me shared her ongoing love for a table

and

check out what we’ll be having for dinner tonight at dwell on joy
(does this make your mouth water or what?)

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Link up your creations:

* Décor
* Crafts
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* Recipes
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Here are the rules:

PLEASE be a sweetie & link back! 
{
Can’t be featured if ya don’t!}

  • Link to your specific post(not your general blog url)
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  • Link ups must be YOUR creations or renditions
  • Please take a few minutes to browse and comment on others too…
    {Help everyone feel the bloggy-love!}

 

 

I can’t wait to see what
you all have been working on!! 

Here we go…

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My First Quilt {& a Laundromat Adventure!}

Update:
I'm excited to announce that I've opened a little shop where you'll find cozy, cuddly, wonderful quilts all ready for you!


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This is a post about the adventure of my first ever quilt made from some soft flannel.  Here is my rendition:


northern cottage rag quilt

I normally wouldn’t be drawn to oranges but that was THE one alternative to the other choices at our one local fabric store.  All other choices were baby-ish (I’m stressing the ‘ish’ in that word) & there wasn’t going to be a care bear quilt in this cottage!  sorry if you love care bears – {they kinda scare me!}

And now that I’ve put the quilt pieces all together – the orange has 

drawn me in.  It definitely has a cozy factor.  I sewed it up in just a few days (working on it here and there) and then…as recommended for rag quilts 
(so as not to clog your washer with the straggling rag bits)…


I took it to the laundromat....(poignant pause)
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so I hadn’t been to a laundromat since college – it was… wellinteresting -
The clientele (with their many garbage bags of clothes) were eyeing me up & probably thought me a little odd bringing in my one little quilt (and in a pretty tote of course!) what a dork I am! 


I plunked in my $3 dollars in quarters for the wash and $1.50 for the dry.

(I know I AM frugal but that seemed a little high priced!) 


If I were still in college I’d sooo be broke doing laundry at those prices! ok maybe it’s because it’s been 20 years since I was in a laundromat 
(did I just say that – how could that be??)

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I had planned on getting the laundromat load wash started and then setting off to run some errands 

{la la la la la – can you see me skipping...to the library and the thrift store {with my cute little tote bag? of course!}BUT…as I was walking in, there were some customers yelling that someone had stolen their clothes from their dryer.  (what? – ewww who would do that?)  This is the NICE laundromat 
(really it was – clean and just fine but you know!)


Anywho…… So I just stayed there forever watching my little quilt go around and around and around (I HAD to stay there for fear that my little quilt would be stolen!)  THERE was a plus side however – 

free wi-fi!

yay!

If you follow me on pinterest, you may have noticed 18 billion new pins being added during my laundromat lock down!
so – in the end - it was all good!

ok back to my quilt…a couple more shots of my new baby

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in all her frayed  ruffle-y ragged-y goodness!
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a perfect lapsize
* for road trips
* for reading time snuggling with the kiddos
* for (what else?)blogging on the couch!

hello!
What do ya think?
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Northern Cottage Party & Features – 1.23.12

Don’t know if you noticed but I’ve updated my url from www.northerncottage.blogspot.com

to the new & improved & simplified

www.northerncottage.net

If you visit the old url – you should automatically be forwarded to the new site but just in case I wanted to give you a heads up!

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Get ready to party! 

I’m going to try a different format & open this week’s party in tandem with features from last week’s party…

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We had some FABULOUS links

{thanks to ALL the lovely linkers!}

primitive and proper shows us this cutey patootie polka dot cloche

this wonderful bookcase and display wall are stunning from thrifty décor mom

I totally totally totally want one of these gorgeous sewing machine covers from
bumblebee and sophie – oh my!

mmm - look at this molded ring from
loopy loop creations

I’m loving the recycling creation by
creative passage with this great wreath

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check out this darling ruffled ottoman slipcover from days of chalk & chocolate

 

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Now are ya ready for  the next

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Party Time Tuesday!?!

LINK UP Party!!

Link up your creations:

* Décor
* Crafts
* DIY
* Recipes
* Whatever!!

Here are the rules:

PLEASE be a sweetie & link back! 
{
Can’t be featured if ya don’t!}

  • Link to your specific post(not your general blog url)
  • Be a follower AND/or Subscribe
  • Please add {my button} or text link back
  • Link ups must be YOUR creations or renditions
  • Please take a few minutes to browse and comment on others too…
    {Help everyone feel the bloggy-love!}

 

 

I can’t wait to see what
you all have been working on!! 

Here we go…

GET LINKING:

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Raspberry FIZZ Drink Recipe

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I usually make this recipe for
get-togethers like
bridal/baby showers, etc.
and love it. 

It is comfort food for me

{reminding me of happy times!!}

It just occurred to me that I could make it for individual consumption!

Recipe:

Step 1

Obtain a Glass

northern cottage raspberry fizz glass

Step 2:

Scoop in some raspberry sherbet

northern cottage raspberry fizz scoop

{you might HAVE to take a spoonful for yourself before you put it
back in the freezer!}

Yum!

Step 3:

Pour some lemon-lime soda {sprite; sierra mist; ginger ale} over the top.

 

northern cottage raspberry fizz

Make some for yourself or someone you love!

mmmmm
Good!

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