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eShakti Dahila Crinoline Review

A couple weeks ago eShakti asked us to review another one of their beautiful outfits! And so with no further ado, we present their Dahlia crinoline. We are absolutely in love with this gorgeous skirt.

 This skirt has a zipper and elastic which makes this wonderful skirt easy to get on and off and it is really well made. It is fully lined and it also has pockets!!! That is one of my favorite things about this company they put pockets in their dresses and skirts. As photographers, this is soooo helpful and if you wear it out to a dinner party, you could carry your ID and key in your pocket if you wanted to not carry a purse.

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The color is more a peachy pink than I thought it would be, but we LOVE it.

I love how full the skirt is! Seriously, who doesn't love being able to spin and having your skirt arc out with you?

I chose to pair it with a vintage top and added some fun jewelry, but I think you could easily dress it do…

Seaside Cottage Sign Tutorial

Today we're making this beautiful Cottage sign! Ready? 
What you will need:1/4"Wood Chalk Paint (We used American Paint Company in Uncle Sam to paint it)Paint BrushPencil or Rounded Carving Tool Tape19 Gauge Galvanized Steel Wire1/4" StaplesFelt Pads Starfish

I painted the board white, I wanted it to look really crisp so it took a view coats. 

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Using Picmonkey I found a font and using a blank canvas and saving each letter of the word on to your computer. I think I used a font size around 2000 and print the letters so that they fill one regular printer size page. 

I trimmed away excess paper and then laid the letters out on the sign and taped it in place so it didn't slide around.

Using a pencil or a rounded wood carving tool (yeah, I don't know what it's called) I traced the outline of the letters pressing hard.

Related post: DIY Faux Shiplap Tutorial

Then painted over the traced lines filling in the letters.

Using the hot glu…

When Loving Is Hard

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” And Jesus replied to him, “ ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself [that is, unselfishly seek the best or higher good for others].’ The whole Law and the [writings of the]Prophets depend on these two commandments.”Matthew 22:36-40 (AMP) I consider myself a pretty nice person on most days. I mean I get grumpy and I have days when I am sick or times when I am not happy, but all in all I think I am nice.

I moved from sunny southern California to the idealistic small town in the rural south with dreams of life being like Mayberry and ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’. Friendly neighbors greet you when you pull up with loaves of fresh baked bread and greetings of “If you need anything, you just let us know” were all still fresh in my mind as I am driving with my two-year-o…

Tortoise Shell Bread

This was such a pretty bread. It was crusty and great with jelly.

2 2/3 cups of organic flour
1/2 tsp yeast
1 tbsp organic sugar
1 tsp Himalayan salt
1 Tbsp Coconut or Olive Oil

Add to your bread machine 9 oz of spring water.  To this add your dry ingredients reserving the yeast. Make a well in the top of the flour and place your yeast there.  Set to dough.

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When the cycle ends remove onto your lightly floured countertop and shape it like an oval.  Put onto a greased baking pan and cover with oiled saran wrap and place someplace warm and draft free.  When it has doubled in size (about an hour) preheat your oven to 425F.

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Dust the loaf with flour and slash the top with your sharpest knife.  Bake for about 40 minutes or until the loaf sounds hollow when tapped with a knife on the bottom.

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Sit your bread on a wire rack to cool


DIY Faux Shiplap Tutorial

If you've been following our Kitchen Remodel you probably saw the faux shiplap that we did in the kitchen, and as promised, here is how we did it! We've always loved the look of shiplap, but frankly didn't want to go through the hassle of nailing boards to the wall, especially after Mr. Cottage's run in with a table saw- but that's another story (trust me you don't want to hear it). PS. I may or may not have actually painted in that outfit.

You will need: Painters Tape
Thin Paintbrush
A Ruler (longer the better)
Gray paint (we used Valspar zero VOC Gravity in satin)
And last but not least coffee- ok so you don't really need that to do this but hey, coffee is always good right? Check out our sponsor Lifeboat Coffee while you're at it! They have the best coffee we have ever tasted and its a family owned business for a great cause! Ok back to our project.

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First, you are going to want to decide how wide …

It Didn't Go My Way

How often I have felt like this, how often I have lain awake and whispered those words to the darkness. It Didn't Go My Way. Why did it have to happen this way? Why? Why? WHY? How much like small children stuck in the why stage we must seem. "Why mom?" "Why dad?" "Why God?"

For as long as I can remember Job has been my favorite book of the bible - it all started with a horse study and Job 39:19-25.

“Do you give the horse its strength or clothe its neck with a flowing mane? Do you make it leap like a locust, striking terror with its proud snorting? It paws fiercely, rejoicing in its strength, and charges into the fray. It laughs at fear, afraid of nothing; it does not shy away from the sword. The quiver rattles against its side, along with the flashing spear and lance. In frenzied excitement it eats up the ground; it cannot stand still when the trumpet sounds. At the blast of the trumpet it snorts, ‘Aha!’ It catches the scent of battle from afar, the …

Rosevine Cottage Girl's Fajitas

Ingredients: 1 1/2 Onion sliced 1 Bell Pepper 1 Tomato 3 Tablespoons Lime Splash of Lemon Juice 4 Cloves Diced Garlic Garlic Powder Salt Pepper
Directions:Slice peppers in strips. Sauté in a pan with a bit of oil (keep them moving so they don't stick) Season with 3/4 teaspoon garlic 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon lime juice and a couple grinds of pepper. Cook until soft and can be cut with a spoon. Remove from pan and set aside. Slice onion and repeat process. Cook 5 pieces of chicken breasts until almost done (they should still be pink inside but easy to cut with a knife). Season them with 3/4 teaspoon garlic 1 teaspoon salt, a couple grinds of pepper and 1 tablespoon lime juice. Remove from pan and slice in strips return to pan with tomatoes (cut in strips) garlic and a splash of lemon juice. Cook until done and serve.

Kitchen Remodel Week 7

 This week at the Cottage it's shiplap, shiplap, and more shiplap! We've wanted to do this for a very long time and finally bit the bullet and did it (tutorial here), and we are so glad we did! Absolutely love how it turned out!

This is part of the wall that we finished, the opposite wall will have floor to ceiling cabinets so we didn't bother with it.

Walked into the makeshift kitchen This morning to find the freezer leaking all over the wood floors, "AHHHH!". Opened it up only to discover that everything is thawing. Thank you, Lord, we have another fridge freezer combo and a chest freezer (unfortunately there are a few 50 lbs turkeys taking up most of the room).

We managed to get everything but a large ice chest moved into the other freezers and are borrowing freezer space from a neighbor. Mr. Cottage is going to have a nice surprise when he walks in the door from his Men's Breakfast at church this morning.
We're working on shiplap today, the plan is to…

DIY Burlap and Gerber Daisy Napkin Rings

Today's DIY project are these fun fall napkin rings! These are going to be perfect for all of your fall table settings. Are you ready? Let's get started!

 You are going to need:

Paper Towel Rolls Cut To SizeBurlapGerber Daisies Glue GunScissorsRelated Post: Hydrangea Wreath

Step 1. Cut paper rolls in the size needed for your napkin holders.

Step 2. Cut a burlap strip to cover the roll.

Step 3. Using the hot glue gun, run a strip of glue across the roll.

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Step 4. Press burlap against glue, continue laying rows of glue and pressing the burlap until you reach the end. Please be careful it will burn your fingers if you touch it.

Step 5. Squeeze a circle of glue into the center over the raw ends.

Step 6. Press flower onto the glue and hold until it cools.

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