Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Feature Favorites - No. 8


Welcome back to "Feature Favorites", where I will be featuring different blog posts, photos, and ideas that some of my favorite bloggers have recently shared. This time around, I am sharing some of my
Favorite Summer Posts and Photos:
Beach Bonanza
Follow The Sun
6 lessons in living (and entertaining) by the beach...Summertime rules at Sean MacPherson and Rachelle Hruska’s Montauk beachside retreat.
Explore inside Sean MacPherson and Rachelle Hruska’s Montauk beach house and learn their tips for living stylishly and entertaining in a cozy chic way by the beach.:

Decor and Design
At "Eclectically Vintage" Kelly shares some beautiful and unique summer house styles. From Victorian to American Colonial to Georgian to Cape Cod Cottage and more. Find which is your favorite! 
Love the row of peonies planted in front of this cape cod home eclecticallyvintage.com:

Foodie Finds

BREAKFAST BETWEEN FIELDS

Marta Greber found the perfect setting for her "Strawberry Cheesecake Chimichangas" - cheese and fruit tortillas in cinnamon sugar and a chocolate shake. What an interesting breakfast combination!!
Breakfast between fields / Marta Greber:
Fashion Frenzy
STAYING CHIC DURING SUMMER
At "Glam and Glitter" Travel and Fashion blogger, Tamara Kalinic shares her summer fashion secrets of "How to dress for temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius if you want to go shop with your friends, have some drinks or walk around the city."

Lake and Cottage Lifestyle
Cottage Style Decorating
One of the most charming aspects of cottage living is its natural, simplistic and bare-boned style. Sarah Richardson shares 16 Fresh + Simple Design Ideas.Cottage Decorating Ideas | Interior Design Styles and Color Schemes for Home Decorating | HGTV:

Fantastic Photography 

Once-in-a-Lifetime View

Photograph by Cory Mottice, National Geographic Your Shot
A rainbow adds magic to an already paradisiacal scene captured by Your Shot member Cory Mottice at Havasu Falls, Arizona. “The clouds looked promising for a decent sunset, so I left my campsite and headed up to Havasu Falls,” he writes. “Instead, I was treated to a once-in-a-lifetime view.”
Picture of a rainbow over Havasu Falls in Arizona:

Teatime Treasures
A Honey of a Tea Party over at "Teatime Magazine"
From pretty tea sandwiches that include a touch of honey to sweet honey desserts, here are some tea and honey treats that go together perfectly.
A Honey of a Tea Party:

Pet Portraits
Tremendous Travels
I have decided to combine the last two categories here for a very cool special blog post about pets that travel...At 
The Travelettes  "Meet the pets that travel more than you."(Including Monique the chicken, Amelia the sailing cat, Sailordog- the rescue dog, Leroy Brown and Miles - the goats, and more!!)
Day 854 - The conquest of Sicily has begun!:

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
 Ann 
“Better joy in a cottage than sorrow in a palace” 
Spanish Proverb
Linking over to these blog parties:

Thursday, June 16, 2016

An Unusual Summer

Hello Cairn Cottage friends!
Well the summer of 2016 has been a unique and unusual one, so far! We have been busy doing some outside gardening and enjoying our flower displays...
~ one of my lilies in full bloom.(Another lily will soon also bloom.)
  ~ a new cactus planter 
~ my fairy garden, turned into a fishing bear lighthouse...
 ~ my annual display of Alyssum (so many blooms and a intoxicating fragrance!)
 ~ my orange marigolds are so bright!!

and other projects.
~ The green bean boxes we built in the spring are doing great with our pole beans. My hubby strung a trellis for them to climb, as well.
 
We also recently built a pergola on our front patio. We did some rearranging of the stone wall surrounding it and hope to add an arched trellis. The pergola also has a cover that can be used for extra shade, but we didn't have it up in this photo.
 To anchor the pergola, we have flower planters at the base of each post. My petunias seem to love their new pots.

We also have enjoyed early summer fishing...
The first year we lived here, we caught literally hundreds of fish right off our pier. Then, for a few years after that, we only caught a couple of fish off the pier. This year, we again have been catching them right off the pier. It's a good thing, as we had been having boat engine problems and had to take it in to get worked on. Now, our boat is back and we have been getting back out on the lake more. 
~ fishing from our pier
~ A day fishing with my hubby and mom.
 This Gar washed up to our shoreline. It had apparently been hit by a boat propeller and didn't survive. We have not seen Gars in our lake before and this one was especially big(42 inches)!!
Swimming on a hot, humid afternoon
Relaxing with my doggies by the lake.
 They definitely love the laid-back lake life!!
An evening campfire by the water...
A brief video...

The summertime here at Cairn Cottage is always a favorite time for us. It has been an unusual few months, with so much rain here, followed by hot and humid temps. The fish and our flowers seem to thrive in the different weather conditions, though. I have to say, I have enjoyed it too!!
Hope you are enjoying your summer, too!!
   Ann 
“Better joy in a cottage than sorrow in a palace” 
Linking over to these blog parties:
The Scoop @ Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Make It Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Inspiration Monday Party @ I Should Be Mopping the Floor
The Inspiration Board Link Party @ Homework
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday Coastal Charm
Tuesdays With a Twist @  Stone Cottage Adventures 
Be Inspired Party Elizabeth & Co
Clever Chicks Blog Hop @ The Chicken Chick
Wake Up Wednesday @ Sew Crafty Angel
A Morning Cup of Joe @ The Cottage Market
Freedom Friday @ My Turn for Us
Flaunt It Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring 
Creativity Unleashed @ Shaken Together Life
Creative Collection Link Party @ Classy Clutter, and Blooming Homestead     

Friday, May 20, 2016

Nautical Table-setting and Teaware Display

Hello, Cairn Cottage friends!!

Has it really been 2 months since I posted last? Where does the time go?
I wanted to share my latest table-setting, which I put together as a spring display. I probably will be changing it out soon for a summer setting, though. I do love anything nautical and have had most of these items for a number of years. I put them together for a different look than any of my past table settings, though.

My sailboat teapot is the centerpiece, surrounded by grapevine and silk daisies, and displayed on my glass cake plate.

To match the yellow in the flowers, I started with a basic yellow tablecloth. 

Each place-setting has a blue place mat, red dinner plate, and colorful sailboat salad plate. 

I really love these beautiful sailboat images on the plates. Here is a close-up.

The mugs are also a favorite, with seagulls and more water views!

The two new items here are my colorful napkins and DIY napkin rings...don't tell, but they are really door knobs that I got on sale for half price at Hobby Lobby...I just attached them to metal rings, which hold the napkins.

New Curio Cabinet Display
I recently also made some changes to my curio cabinet. For many years I had a large collection of angels...I love angels, but have not been collecting them since my love for teapots/cups began. So, I decided that it was time to get rid of many of my angels in a garage sale (all except the ones that were gifts.) and keep them in another glass cabinet in a different room. 
Thanks to a blog post posted by teapot collector, Fabby, over at Fabby's Living (March 20th post), I now have some of my favorite teapots/teacups in my curio.(Though, there isn't room for ALL of them that I own.) 

Here are a few close-ups of each shelf...
Blue and white: I have a few blue and white teapots. In the background are some family heirloom plates.
 Rose Chintz: I love rose chintz teaware! These are my favorites!

 Majolica, Canadian, and Nautical: This display has a variety of some of colorful teaware!

Whimsical and Unique: Another shelf holds a nice variety of modern tea and serving items.

More Variety: My last shelf holds more antiques, some Asian teaware, and a few white teapots.

I love my new display!! Don't you? (I have several other teapots, but keep them in a different cabinet. I will switch them out every now and again for a little variety in my display.)

 View out of my dining room window and my favorite window sign...
"Give Thanks {No Matter What}"

 Have a great week!!
   Ann 
“Better joy in a cottage than sorrow in a palace” 
Linking over to these blog parties:
The Scoop @ Cedar Hill Farmhouse
Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings
Make It Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Inspiration Monday Party @ I Should Be Mopping the Floor
The Inspiration Board Link Party @ Homework
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday Coastal Charm
Tuesdays With a Twist @  Stone Cottage Adventures 
Be Inspired Party Elizabeth & Co
Clever Chicks Blog Hop @ The Chicken Chick
Wake Up Wednesday @ Sew Crafty Angel
A Morning Cup of Joe @ The Cottage Market
Freedom Friday @ My Turn for Us
Flaunt It Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring 
Creativity Unleashed @ Shaken Together Life
Creative Collection Link Party @ Classy Clutter, and Blooming Homestead