Blogger Recognition Award

We are so honored to have been nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award by My Casual Reflections, thank you so much for the nomination! 


Guidelines for accepting the award:

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you.
  • Write a post to show your award.
  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  • Let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
If you haven't checked out my casual reflections please do so! She is a wonderful writer and such a bright light on Twitter. I love have them in my feed!

How it all began:

We started blogging on January 5, 2013, but we had been tossing the idea around for a couple years. Some friends kept telling us we needed to start something called a blog- at the time Brianna and I were 16 and full-time homeschool students. We kind of just chuckled and said: "who'd want to read what we have to say?" But God had other ideas and kept pressing the idea on our hearts so on the 5th of January we embarked on this journey knowing absolutely nothing about running a blog or creating a platform. 

Our Advise For New Bloggers:

1: This is going to be one of the hardest things you ever do, they'll be bad days, days you want to pack up and walk away, they'll be days when you shut the computer and walk away feeling like a failure, they'll be times where you feel like what you've written isn't good enough (there will be a lot of those moments), there will moments where other's words leave you with tears streaming down your face, there will amazing moments where someone will say that your words changed their lives, or helped them through a bad place, or kept them from making a horrible decision, or brought a ray a sunshine to a really bad day, that your words made them laugh, or see the world a little different, or made them try something new. Your keyboard, your pen they are powerful. You have the opportunity to make the world brighter or darker. To make it a kinder warmer place, to touch people and leave them changed. It's worth it, every exhausting, hard, amazing moment is worth it. Stick to it, even when you're tired. If He has called you to this, it is for a reason. Don't try to be like everyone else, don't try to sound like other bloggers, don't be afraid to stick out, to not quite fit in the set categories of "blogging".

2: People crave genuine relationships through social media when you respond to the comment you get, or if you go out of the way to comment on their posts if it's just something simple it will make them special, it's a reminder that this page on the web isn't just a cold online presence- but a human being. 

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Simple Christmas Tablescape

Christmas is always a big deal here at the Cottage, every year it's a little different but we always enjoy the challenge. For many years Grandma Cottage hands we in every aspect of our decorating, she loved this time of year with her whole heart. I miss her guiding hand and input every Christmas that rolls around without her, but I think she would approve of this table design from last year.

Farmhouse, Cottage, Cotton, Greenery, Crocks, Vintage

We went with a beautiful burgundy table runner, cotton garland, fresh greenery from the yard, star china plates and vintage chargers. This look is super easy to put together and feels so cozy! 

Farmhouse, Cottage, Cotton, Greenery, Crocks, Vintage

Using fresh greenery from your yard is a great way to keep your decorating budget under control. For this look, we used a big crock we picked up at Burkes last year and a cute little tree from Grandma Cottage's collection in the center of the table. To either side, we placed these cute cone trees, and then laid the fresh greenery to either side of the crock and around the cone trees. We litterally just layered it, nothing fancy. Around that, we wove cotton garland [you can find some in our shop HERE].

Farmhouse, Cottage, Cotton, Greenery, Crocks, Vintage

We used some small Christmas ornaments that matched our table runner and twine to make napkin rings. I love how it pops against our white plates and dark chargers.

Farmhouse, Cottage, Cotton, Greenery, Crocks, Vintage

Under the chargers we used these adorable flour sack placemats we picked up at Walmart a while back, I'm really impressed with some of the decor pieces they have been getting -like the plates we are using this year!

Farmhouse, Cottage, Cotton, Greenery, Crocks, Vintage

Farmhouse, Cottage, Cotton, Greenery, Crocks, Vintage

Mismatched chairs are a great way to get that farmhouse feel around the table- or if you just have lots of guests and need more seating. Yes, we totally do that. I think imperfect can often be the most beautiful!

Farmhouse, Cottage, Cotton, Greenery, Crocks, Vintage

Farmhouse, Cottage, Cotton, Greenery, Crocks, Vintage

Farmhouse, Cottage, Cotton, Greenery, Crocks, Vintage

Farmhouse, Cottage, Cotton, Greenery, Crocks, Vintage

Farmhouse, Cottage, Cotton, Greenery, Crocks, Vintage

Farmhouse, Cottage, Cotton, Greenery, Crocks, Vintage

Farmhouse, Cottage, Cotton, Greenery, Crocks, Vintage

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Old Fashion Christmas Mantel

For some reason I was really stumped with this look, I just could not figure out what to use. Originally we were going to do an engineering print on wood but the place we use to get them are no longer allowed to print pictures like that so we went back to the drawing board. After our massive pumpkin on reclaimed wood, we knew we wanted something tall to give this area hight and really be the focal point of the room but we just could not figure out what to use.

After a few crazy busy days we finally were able to get back to this little project and on a whim decided to try the mirrors from our guest room up here.

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This mantel has a very old fashion Christmas passed to it, so the color needed to harken to that and not clash but still fit in with the rest of the room. These creamy colored mirrors were the perfect solution! I love the lines on them and the decorative piece at the top, it reminds me of mirrors I have seen in some of the historic houses we've been to (just smaller of course!). 

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I love this garland so much! It's a mix of frosted winter berries, flocked pinecone garland and cotton. We also fastened beautiful mercury glass ornaments to it. I love the classic feel it has, and I think the ornaments give it a charming vintage feel. We also ran battery operated LED fairy lights through the garland, they had a warm touch to the mantel, but are more invisible than regular Christmas lights.

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Because our mirrors are very narrow we decided to hang a simple cotton wreath between them. It comfortably fills what otherwise is an awkward gap.

Rosevine Cottage, Christmas Decor, Decorating, Mantel Decor, Christmas Past, Vintage, Cotton, Flocked, Old Books,

On either side of the mantel we used our heavy candlesticks, we actually tried adding in some cone trees but it just didn't feel right so we went back to these beauties. Another way to dress up simple candles would be to wrap them in birch bark or even glitter. We may end up going back and trying this (don't worry we'll post pictures!) but for now we left them plain.

Rosevine Cottage, Christmas Decor, Decorating, Mantel Decor, Christmas Past, Vintage, Cotton, Flocked, Old Books,

We've picked up quite a wide selection of vintage volumes at estate sales and yard sales over the years, some in really good some of them quite worn and battered. But I love the look of old books, their worn covers, yellowed pages, cracked binding- so many passengers they've taken through their pages... This year we decided to display some of them on our mantel. We picked some in similar shades to our garland - reds, greens, and browns. We didn't do anything fancy with them just laid them against our mirror (make sure your books are secure and that it isn't putting pressure on the spine of the book, the last thing you want to do is have them break).

Rosevine Cottage, Christmas Decor, Decorating, Mantel Decor, Christmas Past, Vintage, Cotton, Flocked, Old Books,

I found these adorable horse and cow imitation "pull toys" at Kroger for 50% off a couple weeks ago and fell in love with them. Aren't they adorable? Plus they harken back to the yesteryear vintage feel we were trying to weave into this look.

Rosevine Cottage, Christmas Decor, Decorating, Mantel Decor, Christmas Past, Vintage, Cotton, Flocked, Old Books,

We hung these burlap and muslin stockings we made years ago along the mantel also, I love how they are a mixture of hard and frilly. I think they are the perfect touch to our mantel! Each one is a little different with ruffles and ribbons and frills and buttons.

Rosevine Cottage, Christmas Decor, Decorating, Mantel Decor, Christmas Past, Vintage, Cotton, Flocked, Old Books,

We also sprinkled our vintage silver candlesticks here and there across the mantel.

Rosevine Cottage, Christmas Decor, Decorating, Mantel Decor, Christmas Past, Vintage, Cotton, Flocked, Old Books,

Rosevine Cottage, Christmas Decor, Decorating, Mantel Decor, Christmas Past, Vintage, Cotton, Flocked, Old Books,

Rosevine Cottage, Christmas Decor, Decorating, Mantel Decor, Christmas Past, Vintage, Cotton, Flocked, Old Books,

Rosevine Cottage, Christmas Decor, Decorating, Mantel Decor, Christmas Past, Vintage, Cotton, Flocked, Old Books,

In the middle of our mantel, we stacked our collection of vintage bibles and placed a little candlestick on top. To either side, we place several volumes with the spines toward the wall so all you see is the pages.

Rosevine Cottage, Christmas Decor, Decorating, Mantel Decor, Christmas Past, Vintage, Cotton, Flocked, Old Books,

In front of our fireplace we placed this adorable white chest we picked up at an estate sale over the summer and this beautiful cupcake holder with several candles.

Rosevine Cottage, Christmas Decor, Decorating, Mantel Decor, Christmas Past, Vintage, Cotton, Flocked, Old Books,

Rosevine Cottage, Christmas Decor, Decorating, Mantel Decor, Christmas Past, Vintage, Cotton, Flocked, Old Books,

Rosevine Cottage, Christmas Decor, Decorating, Mantel Decor, Christmas Past, Vintage, Cotton, Flocked, Old Books,

Rosevine Cottage, Christmas Decor, Decorating, Mantel Decor, Christmas Past, Vintage, Cotton, Flocked, Old Books,

Rosevine Cottage, Christmas Decor, Decorating, Mantel Decor, Christmas Past, Vintage, Cotton, Flocked, Old Books,

Rosevine Cottage, Christmas Decor, Decorating, Mantel Decor, Christmas Past, Vintage, Cotton, Flocked, Old Books,

Rosevine Cottage, Christmas Decor, Decorating, Mantel Decor, Christmas Past, Vintage, Cotton, Flocked, Old Books,

Rosevine Cottage, Christmas Decor, Decorating, Mantel Decor, Christmas Past, Vintage, Cotton, Flocked, Old Books,

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Delicious Christmas Roast

This roast is so delicious and sooo easy to make! It's definitely a crowd pleaser, and you are going to love it. It's perfect for your Christmas meal or any other, tender, juicy, and oh so good- have I said that before? But seriously this is a wonderful way to make a roast!

Recipe, Food, Beef, Yummy Food, Cooking, Dinner

Recipe:

3 # Chuck Roast
1 container of beef or chicken broth
Salt
Pepper
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder
Flour
Oil
Coconut Amino
Carrots
Potatoes

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Directions:

Sprinkle roast with flour salt and pepper, place oil in a pan and heat over medium heat, brown meat on both sides and then re-season with salt, pepper, onion, and garlic powder. Place in a roaster pan or dutch oven. Roughly chop potatoes and carrots and sprinkle around the roast. Pour in enough broth to go up to the halfway point on your roast. Bake at 250 for 3 hours or until done to the way you like it. We like to slice with an electric knife to make the roast pretty but dig in and eat. This roast is so tender and juicy! 
Let us know if you try it and what you think!

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