Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Winter Mantel

Hello friends! We are well into the new year already even if I am still in the process of putting all the holiday decorations away. Taking my sweet time. But I did finally need to look at something new. 

I like how much a little snippet of linen can change a room. A few of the same elements are still here, but the look is a little more crisp than the ecru lace I had on the mantel for Christmas. 

I am thinking of garden themes already, and I know I am not alone. I'll be pulling in a few vintage garden objects as time goes on. 

I'm thinking of what I want to fill up my cement garden urns besides the obvious. (I'm not so great with live house plants even though live green is what I prefer.) For the moment, I have a few fire starters tucked in.

I also kept my nests out as another hint of spring. That's about as fussy as I want things to be for now.

I can hardly seem to keep the days straight!

 But I hope you're having a great week already halfway into January. . .

So nice that you stopped by!


Friday, January 6, 2017

Winter Cottage Life

We have just enough snowfall overnight to give us a little winter cheer! Ours will all melt off by noon. But it gives everything a beautiful softness in the early morning light while it lasts.

We will get a nice fire going to cheer us, since the house has gone quiet. The last of our house guests have only just left. I have spread fresh seed for our resident yard birds after seeing tiny tracks in the snow. It is the coziest winter day we have had yet.

I love the cocooning of winter days. It always makes me want to take up a bit of knitting and see something productive take shape stitch by stitch, bringing its own kind of winter softness.

My little brown bear sports a small white handmade sweater that I found once at a thrift store and couldn't help rescuing.

I'm always thrilled to ponder its neat and orderly pattern done by some unseen loving and expert hand.

This is more my style. A little useful square of wool to satisfy my instant gratification. There is already plenty of waiting for things ahead in winter! Haha!

I always have my eye out for bits of wool in my thrifting forays as well.

I snatched up these skeins of mohair so fast it would make your head spin!

Just enough to make a fluffy scarf.

Even Miss Helen has her own version of an Irish Fisherman's knit sweater. I had the pleasure of stitching a couple of these when my children were small.

Finally, here is a larger version which I also salvaged from a thrift store rack.

Beautifully made by Barbara Grant whoever she may be... Well done!

First warming the stitcher as it lay across her lap while in progress. Then the one who was fortunate to wear it with great care. And finally, warming my own admiring heart. 

This lovely white afghan throw was another thrift store find. (Should I be feeling embarrassed instead of lucky?) Oh well, I say, as I snuggle down for awhile, ready to read a cozy winter tale by the fire.

I hope you are enjoying these first quiet days of the New Year too!

Happy Friday!


Saturday, December 31, 2016

Personal Favorites 2016

Another year of blogging has passed, and I'm showing a few of my own personal favorites from the past twelve months. A lot of it now feels like just a dream!

But the year was filled with lots of the familiar and predictable. White china and brown transferware. Linens and cushions and all things cottage. 

The source of this bunny plate was my most requested item of 2016. (It's by Magenta.)

I have enjoyed another year of sharing my passions and some of the beauties of domestic life with you! Thanks so much for being a part of that. I hope you enjoy this little glimpse back at Cabin & Cottage 2016! 

Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!


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