Here is a little sneak peek of what is to come. . .
I am very excited about the new blog design, and to at last be in a place where I can blog to my heart's content! I have many projects going on at the Orange Door Cottage, and so much more I want to share with you.
Thank you so much for your patience. Very soon now!
Well, believe it or not, I am working on redesigning a new and better orange door cottage blog! Lots of behind the scenes stuff going on, and several projects in the works. I'm very excited to show you, but you'll have to be patient for just a wee bit longer!
We had a pretty freaking fantastic holiday season this year. Partly because we got to sleep right next to the Christmas tree. And we can't move it back yet because I haven't painted the bedroom yet. Ooooh, darn. We'll just have to leave it like this for a couple more weeks.
Here's our winter wonderland. . .
Above: you can see we finally parted with the big brown couch, so now we just have two couches like most normal people. Except our bed is in the living-room, so we're clearly not normal.
Above: our crazy nativity scene, complete with Batman and a Guatemalan Mary and Joseph with a giant Caucasian baby Jesus.
Above: That's Stewy the Christmas Angel on the left [I made him quite a while ago], and a new ornament for this year. It's an orange door cottage! I found it at a local antique mall.
Above: the wreath was similar to last year, but with the addition of the metal flower I purchased at Crafty Wonderland in Portland this year.
Above: these two cuties are new this year, also found at our local antique mall. On the right is a Santa I found last year, and this year I found his snowman friend!
I hope you all had fantastic New Year parties and are excited for the months to come.
Let's just say I've been busy this week. I moved the bedroom into the living-room and part of the living-room into the bedroom. I got some new stuff, got rid of some old stuff, and our car got broken into and they stole some stuff.
So I haven't started painting yet. But I did tackle this disgusting mess of spices we had lurking in our pantry and on our fridge. . .
We already had the containers, but I had put labels on the sides before and stuck some tape over them. Not only did that make them hard to see, but they got very gross looking very quickly.
I took off all the old labels and cleaned up the containers. Then I grabbed a fine-tip white paint pen and wrote the names of all the spices where we could actually see them: on the front. Ahhhhh... much better!
I know this is not everybody's thing. In fact, I'm sure plenty of people are adamantly against it. But I love vintage linens. Especially crazy flower-power ones with plenty of orange and yellow. And then I like to mix them all together on the same bed. See?
Yes, they're super wrinkly. I refuse to iron my pillowcases. Sorry.
I went thrifting in Seattle and Tukwila last weekend and had pretty awesome luck. Then I went thrifting in McMinnville [Oregon] and also had awesome luck. It's been a good week! I have more scores to show you, but one thing at a time.
As I'm sure you know, we painted our bedroom grey before we moved in. And THIS is about what it has looked like for the year+ that we've lived here. But guess what? I'm going to repaint it. I know, I know, I'll probably get reamed for this. But it's my bedroom and I have to sleep in it, and I'm tired of the grey!
You're going to laugh when you hear what color I'm painting it. Yup, that's right. WHITE. Sue me. I love white rooms. Remember those awesome vintage linens? They're going to pop in the fresh white bedroom, and I have a couple other projects in my brain that's going to make the bedroom even awesome-er. For those of you attached to the grey and yellow, enjoy it for a couple more weeks. I won't be repainting until next month ;).
I love Halloween.
We got a late start on decorating for it this year. As in, we just did it yesterday. Honestly though, it was really fun doing all this on Halloween Eve! Mike and I went to TWO pumpkin patches, drank almost an entire half gallon of cider, carved pumpkins, watched MST3K zombie movies and had a grand old time.
We did everything [including decorations and candy] for about $30.00. The wreath and black leaves I already had from last year. We added the cheap plastic spiders on some thread. Totally makes the wreath.
I moved the chalkboard out from my office, and put it on the upturned umbrella bucket [IKEA]. We scattered the pumpkins around and done. Easy but colorful and fun.
Please avert your eyes from the filth on our welcome mat. I need to shake that out today. . .