Saturday, November 28, 2015

Feature Favorites - no. 5

Hello, all.
Welcome to another post of "Feature Favorites"!
Well, Thanksgiving is over and we now will be focusing on the winter season, Advent, and Christmas. As usual, I will be sharing some sweet blog posts, photos, and feature websites that have recently caught my eye. Hope you enjoy reading them as much as I have.

Beach Bonanza
Beach Brella announced their debut of their beautiful 2016 collection, which offers six vintage inspired prints. Each print contributes to making a complete collection for anyone to find the perfect Brella for a sunny beach day, holiday getaway, or special gift. As I dream of possible future beach days, I can imagine sitting under one of these beauties!

Decor and Design
Pam at "Everyday Living" shares a bedroom tour, Christmas style. Canvassed with lots of greenery, the beauty of the outdoors is brought inside. Grab a cup of coffee, find a comfortable chair, and get ready for a visual feast!

Foodie Finds

This is a thick, creamy, cheesy, comforting broccoli cheese soup from scratch. No cans here. It’s surprisingly quick and easy to prepare. A perfect meal for a cold, winter day. See the full recipe over at "Don't Sweat the Recipe"

Fashion Frenzy

Erin, of Happily Howards, shares 3 easy tips for how to be stylish this fall, while still being comfy. This is a perfect outfit for me, as I recently went from working girl to stay at home wife.

Lake and Cottage Lifestyle
Kelly, over at the "Lily Pad Cottage" is already preparing for a warm and cozy cottage setting in her living space. I just want to sit on one of these chairs by a roaring fire and read a good book, while sipping on a cup of tea!! How about you?

Fantastic Photography 

Scott Papek Landscape photography captures the first snow of the year in Stowe, Vermont. Find this and other landscape photos over at the "Papek Gallery".  Sure signs that Autumn is quickly turning into winter.

Pet Portraits
What a cozy spot for this pet bunny...and looks like someone's enjoying a cup of chai or coffee, too! Looks like a perfect afternoon to me, over at "Ava Galindo's" Tumbler page.

Teatime Treasures
Lu Ann Pannunzio, over at "The Cup of Lifeshares some of her favourite DIY tea advent calendars, found online. What great gift ideas, or just a unique way to enjoy tea each day during the Advent season.

Tremendous Travels
Huckberry is an online shop and journal that inspires many active, adventurous, and stylish lives. In a recent journal, Michael van Vliet and Megan McDuffie share the wonder and beauty of America's first national parkYellowstone, "at the Edge of Winter". I have been there in August, but never have seen it's amazing beauty in the winter months.

Congrats to all these bloggers and internet sites!
Thanks for sharing your awesome posts! 
I hope my readers are as blessed by reading them as I have been! Feel free to use the button below to let your readers know that you were featured here!

Cairn Cottage
Have a wonderful week!
Wishing you
“Better joy in a cottage than sorrow in a palace” 
Spanish Proverb
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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

What's In My Closet: Autumn Outdoor Wear

Welcome to another post of
What's In My Closet?

 Autumn is definitely here and that means it's time to bring out all the snuggly warm sweaters, knit scarves, and have plenty of layers. The past few weeks have been especially day is cold and rainy, the next warm and sunny.
This year I find myself being drawn to a few styles, most of which are very casual. You see, I am now in the process of being a full-time homemaker. Favorites for me are poncho or blanket sweaters, jeggings (a big fan of these this year), and boho style. I especially love the variety and versatility of "palazzo" pants!

Outfit No. 1- Blanket and Leather
  • Black and Tan Knit Blanket Sweater Drape with Cascade Sleeve (similar) 
  • Black and brown handbag (similar)

  • Black faux leather jeggings (Walmart) 
  • Off white boat neck top with waistband. (similar)  
  • Black Suede Classic Slouch Boot (Walmart
  • Ivory, Black and Gold necklace (Walmart)
Outfit No. 2 - Poncho with Jeggings
Gray knit poncho with brown fringed edging and batwing sleeve(TJ Maxx)
Gray Pull-on Jeggings(Walmart)
Gray ankle booties(similar)
Gray handbag(similar)
  • Silver-Tone Filigree Owl necklace(Walmart)

Outfit No. 3 - Boho Palazzo
Boho 70's Ivory Long Sleeve Cardigan Duster Long Maxi Sweater (similar)
Black knit tee(thrifted)
Patchwork multi-colored corduroy handbag(thrifted)
Brown moccasins (Walmart)
  • Black print Palazzo pants with design around leg bottom.(similar)
  • Red knit eternity scarf(similar)

Gold necklace(similar)

Outfit No. 4 -Rainy Day Inspiration

  • Navy and tan rain jacket from trip to Booth Bay Harbor, Maine

Outfit No. 5 - Thrifted Threads
  • Gray slouchy sweater (thrifted)
  • Striped henley shirt(similar)
  • Gray skirt with Asian print detail(thrifted)
  • gray infinity scarf (similar)
  • white plastic belt(similar)


Have a wonderful week!
Wishing you
“Better joy in a cottage than sorrow in a palace” 
Spanish Proverb
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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Fall Projects/More Autumn Pictures

Hello, Friends!!
I’m back once again with some more fall pictures. It sure seems like fall has lasted longer and later in the season and I keep finding beautiful things to take pictures of.
From gorgeous sunrises over the lake...
... to fall colors on our trees.
I love taking close-ups of the intricate nature of each leaf...

 ...Then there's the annual migration of the Coots. With cooler temps starting up, they have been feeding right out front of our cottage.

 It’s been quite a crazy few weeks here at Cairn Cottage, too. We have had to go through some difficult situations – the passing of my father-in-law, as well as getting ready to soon step down from my job at my church.
But throughout it all, we have continued to keep ourselves busy.

My mom stopped out for a visit and threw out a line. No lucky catch that day, though.
...While she enjoyed the quiet lake view, hubby and I started one of our projects.
 ... I glued the stones as hubby positioned them on top of one another.
Some of the stones had to be cut to fit.
The completed project!
 A stone bench, which has to have a wood seat attached yet, was also completed. (It will be a great spot for keeping warm by the fire pit.)
 Today, we completed part 2 of a project we actually started in July... a fence to keep our little doggies in the yard. Of course, hubby added some of his rocks for beauty and effect.
 Here is a picture of the area that he also landscaped long ago with more of his rocks.
...As the sun set this evening, we saw the moonrise. A beautiful orange glow on the autumn trees was breathtaking!!
After such beautiful weather and views, all I can say is this...

May you have a wonderful week ahead!