Shut the FRONT DOOR!!

I was perusing blogland & saw a post from Donna

you know…

the Donna from Funky Junk Interiors

She posted about being named one of the


over at Styleist Home

I thought HOW COOL for her!!

She totally rocks and I’m thrilled for her!

So I hopped over to the list

outlining the


3-30-2012 stylist home

and saw that NORTHERN COTTAGE is listed there too!!

See it? – SHUT UP!!

what a WONDERFUL surprise!

3-29-2012 Names Northern Cottage Top 5 pinners to follow now

here is what they wrote about my boards
(I’m blushing!!)

3-30-2012 nc listing

Thank you Stylelist Home!!

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In Donna’s post about this article, she also mentions the
pinner extraordinaire –
Michael Wurm of Inspired by Charm

I feel like both of these guys are my bloggy buddies

and they’ve provided so much blog, pinning & creative

inspiration & encouragement

{I feel like we’re friends – even though they probably don’t really know who I am!  wink!}

We all joined pinterest around the same time {way back when}
I think there were like a few hundred pinners back then!
and look at what has changed!

you can see Donna’s Pin Boards here!

and Stylelist here!

and Michael’s here!

Enjoy Perusing and Pinning AWAY!!

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How to Make a Pennant (Banner) in 3 Easy Steps!


Did you see

the little Pennant/Banner
on my


happy spring mantel??

northern cottage spring mantel


 I thought I’d share how I made it

northern cottage pennant

#1. Start off by cutting paper triangles to the size you desire

{here the possibilities are endless!!  You can choose to cut them big or small; make them all out of one paper design or go WILD & totally mix it up by using multiple colors and patterns!!}

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#2. Cut a length of ribbon

{in my spring banners I used a deep orange ric rac & an aqua seam binding as my ribbon – I used the whole package for each}

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#3. Now Hot Glue the paper pieces to the underside of the ribbon evenly spacing them out

{be sure to leave a little tail of ribbon on each end to use for tying up}

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do you see our pup in the upper corner of the photo above?
she’s always nearby when I’m crafting!


Now you’re all set to
hang it up!

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Would love to see your versions if you
whip up a banner/pennant of your own –

just throw me an email to show it off!

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Northern Cottage Party Features 3.26.12


YOU guys ROCK!!

Take a look at these FANTASTIC features from the last Northern Cottage linky party:

here’s a really fun spring mantel from swirly girl dreams and décor
{I think we may have been on a similar wavelength
when I put together
our mantel}

mmmm an awesome display from crows feet chic

this girl always has the most amazing recipes
(check out these fries and ketchup – NOT!) from
shaken together

awesome diy yard makeover at little house in the big d {she really put her boy to WORK!}

I have a teeny tiny little addiction to galvanized metal so this was right up my alley from green willow pond – let the galvanization process begin!

pretty plant holder (& check out the cute shed while you’re there) over at
under a pile of scrap

awesome diy dresser redo at imperfect patina
{great blog name eh?}

52 mantels shares gorgeous mantel displays and her spring mantel is no exception

we’re gonna make your mouth water with nifty thrifty’s black forest bundt cake, am I right? whoa nellie! that looks WAY TOO good!

if only I really knew how to sew, I’d have to find a little girl and whip up a dress like bumblebees and sophie did

darling diy soap jars from design dreams by anne

fresh flowers displayed so cutely (is that a word?) at city girl gone coastal

check out this fun fresh doily banner from creatively living outside the box 
extra bonus that she made it with the kiddos!

my friend Angelina (
Ruby Jean) has revealed the most amazing
sewing room/studio ever (fab, right?)


If you’ve been featured – go on & grab a button:


In the coming weeks, I’m stretched quite thin (if only the rest of me would be automatically made thin like that!)
with work projects,
business travel,
family stuff
(like science projects, dance class, baseball season opening, etc),
trying to run more (for me!)to prep for the first 5 k of the season,
etc, etc, etc.

So, really, what I’m saying is that


like all of YOU!

and I have to admit that

I can’t keep up on it all

{anyone who does parties knows they are a.lot of work!}

so….the linky party is going…
on vacation, too!
on a little hiatus….
on sabbatical…

‘on holiday’…
(did you hear my British voice saying that? ha!  Did you READ it with a British accent?)

But, of course, I’ll still be blogging and creating and making stuff and taking pics and visiting y’all and enjoying YOUR creations!

So take a breather with me…


Gear up for an amazing spring/summer

Get some projects DONE!

Hang with your family!

Enjoy the Sunshine!

and I’ll let you know if when the party will start back up!

(smooches to all of you!)

Of course, I’d just love it if you would subscribe/follow along and visit often so you can stay in touch with Northern Cottage Projects

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You Are My Sunshine - Chalkboard LOVE

I love my big ol’ chalkboard

northern cottage sunshine chalkboard

It is a vintage school chalkboard

with a built-in ledge

I’m using it turned on its side

and it fits perfectly in my little alcove next to the fireplace

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For Spring – the chalkboard displays one of
my very most favorite phrases

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YOU are

my sunshine!

{even when skies are grey!}

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I like little chalkboards too!
{and have then scattered throughout the cottage}



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thank you

just want to take this chance to express my gratitude
for your support, and your encouraging comments,
and following on this little blog journey of mine!!

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