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     


Sunday, March 20, 2016

First Day of Spring: Easter Table


Yes, it's "OFFICIALLY" spring today...but here in Indiana, the warm spring weather is holding off a little longer...we only had a high of 45 degrees today.(Brrrrr....not quite fishing/boating weather yet!!)
That doesn't mean that we can't get in the Spring mood by decorating and putting out our springtime dishsettings...
I started with my dining room centerpiece (the same one I made last year and kept it in storage to display again this year.) This moss-covered mound with three crosses is surrounded by a floral display and in front is an open tomb with the stone rolled away - Hallelujah!!
I love this photo of the crosses darkened in the foreground with my lakeview in the background!
Here is a close-up of the tomb, with the stone rolled to the side!
My spring teapot for this tablesetting is one I have had for several years. I love the little saying on the side..."A moment of quiet, a cup of tea, and friends...to keep me company."

 
My tablesetting has 4 spots with teacups waiting to be filled. Here are close-ups of these "spring" flowered cups and saucers.



My polka-dot egg cups are also back out for this seasonal setting. I found these adorable sequin eggs at Meijer. I had some extra flower-shaped cupcake papers from last year that I set my egg cups for extra pizazz.
My nesting finch came out of hiding, as well. Here he sits among the flowers in my centerpiece.
It may be cold outside still, but I'm hoping my Spring table-setting will be a reminder that spring weather is just around the corner. I look forward to seeing all the spring flowers bloom outside, as they are blooming inside at my table today!!!

   Ann 
“Better joy in a cottage than sorrow in a palace” 
Spanish Proverb
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