Saturday, November 19, 2011

Seaside Sundays

Seaside Sunday with thanksgiving in mind...

these white chairs are the same ones we have around our espresso brown round table in the kitchen nook. I will be moving it into the sitting room near the farmhouse table to decorate for thanksgiving also.

This carrot salad looks so delicious. I'd like to try and make it for a side dish for our thanksgiving feast.

But I thought some seafood pot pies and casseroles sounded good for this seaside sunday.

You can cook them up in your lovely kitchen. This kitchen pantry is one of my favorites. The clock here was the inspiration for changing my clock next to the hutch in our sitting room from shabby chic to industrial(if you don't remember you can see it on my sidebar).

I am going to try and make this tuna casserole for dinner tonight.

then maybe a nice nap after all the comfort food.

and thats it for seaside sundays. All photos from Coastal Living except the bedroom from Country Living. My son is on holiday for the week so I may not be blogging much. I'm hoping to go to the zoo and the movie theatre once or twice. After Thursday we will go to the Dickens Faire and Christmas parade in our Historical Old Towne. A morning trip up the mountain to apple hill for apple donuts has been requested too. Who knows we may even do some snow sledding. I'm looking forward to spending time with my family. Happy Seaside Thanksgiving from our cottage to yours. ox

Sea tidings,

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

letting nature in

As the season has turned to autumn with cold mornings and quieter days, I try to spend some time outdoors every day. The beauty of the changed season surrounds us in the dropping of crimson and golden leaves, moss covered rocks along waters edge, frost laced grass and fog upon the fields. It really is beautiful when we step outside and let nature in.

The approaching holidays are truly lovely when we embrace the life of the season rather than that which can burden the heart. Letting nature in...letting life in...that is what I am doing. Letting nature into my heart and into my home. Reminding myself of what matters most.

I found this tiny twig of three leaves on my morning walk and brought it home. I placed it on the console behind the sofa next to a piece of driftwood and felted bowl(handmade by Moon Flower) filled with broken sanddollars. Isn't it better than any holiday decor you could buy in the stuffed mega stores?

The felted bowls in oatmeal created by Salina of Moon Flower I purchased in September.

The felted bowl in moss I just received from Moon Flower this week.

I think it goes perfectly with my pine tree notecards and I will be giving them together as a christmas gift to a dear friend.

These felt bowls are handmade by Salina who crochets them and then washes till the yarn gets fuzzy. They are perfect for holding treasures brought into the home found in pinecones, rocks, seashells, sanddollars, leaves, twigs, moss, dried flowers, and more. Visit Moon Flower if you would like your own felt bowls to bring the soft warmth of autumn into your cottage.

Letting nature in...

the beauty of autumn and winter's cold days. ox

Sea tidings,