Wednesday, October 6, 2010

We're Moving and Redecorating!

This blog is moving to a new location. Please be patient while we redecorate and move into our new blog home.

You will automatically be forwarded to the new blog location when the set up is finished.

The new blog home will be
See ya soon!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Who is The Cottage Chick? Why am I here?

Who is this Cottage Chick anyway, and why am I here?
So glad you have taken the time to visit my blog, and join me in my cottage lifestyle world, where I love all things creative, infused with some handmade love. I am just a simple gal with simple ways, who happens to love cottage style and all things about decorating.

My love for decorating came at an early age. My parents were missionaries and we moved a lot. We lived in rentals and many humble abodes, including a travel airstream trailer! I observed as my mother would make our current living location, no matter how small or humble, into a HOME for us all to enjoy. She had a knack for creating cozy and creative environments on the cheap!

I was a girl who always loved to work with my hands and from an early age, would be redecorating my bedroom over and over. Crafting and sewing projects were never far from my hands, as I loved the creative process.

To this day, I love using my creative juices to bring about something fun and meaningful to life, and in my home.
I feel one of my missions in life is to inspire others to do the same.

I am a wife and mom of 3 busy boys. I currently live in a 100 year old farmhouse in Washington state. My old house is in the process of being renovated as we speak. Feel free to follow along on our family's own "extreme makeover".

My adopted motto in life is to “make the most of what you’ve got”.

We often dream of a big grand house or wish for more than what we have. I have found in my life that learning to be content in the moment and not looking too far ahead, has brought much growth and joy. I have had to learn big lessons through adversity. I have gone many years with no money to fix up my house or have my surroundings as I wished them to be.

Since I had to adapt to a less-than-rich lifestyle, I discovered ways to get very creative with decorating! That is why cottage style decorating is perfect for me and so many others as well. You can take something and make it beautiful for pennies! With a can of paint, a glue gun, and some sandpaper you can do wonders in your home!

My hope is that you will find this blog a source of inspiration and starting point to spark creativity in your own home, no matter where you live; new or old, rented or owned, a small cottage or a ranch house.

My goal is to inspire you to decorate your home the way that pleases you and makes you feel happy. May you find true contentment in your heart and home!

By wisdom a house is built,
and through understanding it is established;
through knowledge its rooms are filled
with rare and beautiful treasures.

Proverbs 24:3-4

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Pottery Barn Style for Less

Do you love Pottery Barn style, but can't afford the prices? We have all come to look to Pottery Barn for inspiration and as an authority in decorating style. However not all of us can handle the price tag attached. Right?

I don't let that stop me!

I have learned how to use Pottery Barn style to my advantage and find ways to achieve a desired look for less. You can find out how I do that here at Blissfully Domestic. This post gives you 8 easy tips to acheiving the PB style.

In the near future I would like to cover the Pottery Barn look more in depth and we could talk about how to achieve it in greater detail. Let me know if you're interested! Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know!

You can look for more of my writing over at the Blissfully Domestic site each month. I will be sure to link up from here, so you don't miss any of the decorating tips and techniques I share over there.

I am Blissfully Domestic

Embracing A New Season of Life

Autumn is here and the start of a new season of the year.

As the leaves turn, and the crisp air brings a reminder of a transition... so do our lives shift and transition.

I have been struggling a lot lately over a big change in our family's life. A change that may seem trivial to some people, but for me it is big. Our family had the priviledge of being part of a children's musical theater. My 16 year old son is a talented actor in every sense of the word. His ability to exude a character on a stage is incredible.

As our family has participated with this childrens theater, they have become our family. We have laughed and cried together. Prayed for one another. They have been ready with a hug when things were tough, quick to bring a meal when I broke my ankle.

I have never experienced a community of people quite like it.

Our family has put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into this crazy, fun and fantastic community called theater. Most of all our hearts will never be the same.

Why the change?

My sixteen year old decided he wanted to begin his journey into the work world. He landed his first job, and I couldn't be prouder. He wants to be responsible, has always wanted to be "grown up" before his time. Couldn't wait till he could drive, and couldn't wait till he could get a job.

I need to embrace the change, but my heart hasn't caught up. I have a son spreading his wings.

This is a good thing....

Have you ever noticed how life ebbs and flows? We must embrace the changing tide of life and wait for the "next season" to come. I have to look at this change in our family as a wonderful opportunity for God to bring us new opportunities and chances for our lives to touch others as well

I am posting my Multitude Monday list within this post. It seemed appropriate to express my thankfulness and let God be God!

Today I am continuing my Multitude Monday list...

I am thankful for:

#31-The change of seasons in my life.

#32-Friends who have loved and embraced our family.

#33-Love that knows no bounds or limitations.

#34 -The "Weaver" who puts our lives together in interesting ways.

#35-For a son that wants to be responsible and "grow up".

#36-New opportunities to share love and an open hand.

#37-The way our lives move in and out of people's lives and hearts.

#38-For "family" that doesn't need to be related by blood.

#39-For the ability to pray to a God who understands!

#40-For glimpses of good things to come.