DARLING Little Tissue Packet Covers


I won, I won, I won!

I never win anything!  But was delighted to win a giveaway recently!

It has taken me entirely too long to get this thank you posted

{with being gone on our recent roadtrip and now catching up with life work, family, house ya da ya da – you know!}

A very special thank you to:

  Sarah Found Sarah Made

for sending these darling tissue packet covers our way!!

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almost makes me want to get a little case of the sniffles
so I can make use of them…..

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I had pinned a version of these covers to make but now I don’t have to (bonus!)

and the fabrics are just delish! 
aren’t they darling?

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Speaking of giveaways – only a few days left to enter the giveaway for your own personal copy of the fun, happy Stitch Craft Create magazine –

 just click over here to leave a comment for a chance to win!

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FEATURED in Stitch Craft Create Magazine!! And a GIVEAWAY FOR YOU!!

Some exciting news to share!!

Northern Cottage
has been featured in the latest edition


Stitch Craft Create magazine

Take a look at this lovely magazine…so bright and fresh and springy

& on page 35…

you’ll find a page spread with…

northern cottage gardeners hand scrub


Their beautiful shots of the
gardeners hand scrub
that I shared here last spring

eeek!! I could about die! I did a little happy dance when I saw it!

As spring may have already sprung in your area or if spring is right around the corner, I’d encourage you to whip up a batch of this awesome scrub for yourself!!

(it also makes a fantastic gift for mamas, friends, teachers etc.)

in addition to the scrub,
there are lots of other really darling tutorials for cute crafty stuff galore!

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You can also visit Stich Craft Create AND pick up a copy for yourself!


northern cottage featured in stich craft create

I’d love to share a copy of this fun magazine with one of my awesome readers!

you never know,
I might just throw in some other goodies when I mail out the package!! 

Just leave a comment below 
before midnight, 5/2/12

and I’ll randomly select a winner!

easy-peasy, right?

If ya want, feel free to visit:

** Stitch Craft Create blog and say hello from me

** Stitch Craft Create on Facebook

** Northern Cottage on Facebook

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Hello Dear Ones!!'

You might have guessed with my recent quasi-disappearance….

we went on a family trip.

with the ENTIRE family

{with grandma, grandpa, cousins, most of us brothers and sisters}

We road-tripped from the upper midwest to sunny South Carolina

and it was



in my last post, I shared a few snippets of what we came across
{mmm the beauty of nearby savannah, georgia; turtles, sitting by the pool, etc.)

The trip started off as we drove and drove and drove

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going from leafless trees here at home to full bushy beautiful green surrounding us (ahhhhhh – that was worth it right there!) 

We enjoyed the fabulous seashore and perfect weather all the more because it SNOWED at home while we were gone…snowed…in April…


We biked, and walked, and ate seafood, and swam, and ate seafood, and explored,
and visited, and ate seafood, and hung out, and ate seafood!

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Getting home to still leafless trees and just the beginnings of the sprouts of daffodils, and lilac buds and the very beginning of a peony emerging is bittersweet (reminding us how far behind we are from other warmer areas of the country and
yet happily anticipating what is to come for us here)

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Home Sweet Home!!

  ** p.s. I have some exciting news to share with y’all tomorrow (see how the south has influenced me with that y’all – bless my little heart!) Stay tuned!

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Sneak peek

Hello friends

A few shots to get is through the week....an odd array of things I've encountered recently....

Some turtles, some pretty iron railings, some swimsuits, and one very old, very massive, very beautiful tree!

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stuffed mushrooms

Ready for some serious
northern cottage stuffed mushrooms
Stuffed Mushrooms
a tub of mushrooms (probably 12 – 18 in a package)
1 package softened cream cheese
1 tablespoon minced garlic
(I sometimes cheat and use the garlic from a jar)
1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp cayenne (this is key!)
Mix all of the above together (except mushrooms of course)
Take the stems out of the mushrooms and plop in some of the cream cheese mixture in each cap
(I use a little baby spoon to load it up- ahhhh)
Place on a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to lessen the clean up)
Place in a 375 degree oven for about 15 – 20 minutes until golden brown
* sometimes I’ll also throw in a bit of finely chopped onion too
* or top it off with some provolone to get the top extra golden and melty (mmmm!)
the kids {and adults}
DEVOUR them!!
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Serious YUM!!
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You might have seen my little red chair included in my header pic

{which I’ll probably be changing up soon}

I’ve actually got a bit of a vintage kid chair addiction collection going

This is my newest find:

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Here is the BEFORE shot

kinda sad shape:

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so I ripped off the horrible seat that was totally trashed. 
{It was being held together with scotch tape!}


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and in its place I added webbing
{which coincidentally has the red and burlap colors I adore}

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It’s a cutie, eh?

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