Saturday, December 31, 2011

To my Blogging Friends.......Wishing You a Happy New Year.................

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Friends are not beautiful as they look and they walk as they talk. Friends are beautiful as they are sincere as they care and as they remember.

Author Unknown

Monday, December 26, 2011

Winter Poem and a Wonderful Surprise!!!

Winter by Walter de la Mare
Clouded with snow
The cold winds blow,
And shrill on leafless bough
The robin with its burning breast
Alone sings now.

The rayless sun,
Day's journey done,
Sheds its last ebbing light
On fields in leagues of beauty spread
Unearthly white.

Thick draws the dark,
And spark by spark,
The frost-fires kindle, and soon
Over that sea of frozen foam
Floats the white moon. 

A special thank you to Kim of for offering a wonderful giveaway sponsored by The Verbena Cottage.  I was the winner of the holiday giveaway!  What a wonderful surprise!
 Hope you all are enjoying your holidays with friends and family!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Cookie Time

Hi Friends:

Just a small post on some cookies that I have made during the holiday season....I only made about four different kinds this year...Usually I make at least eight to ten different kinds.  Oh well, next year, once I am settled in my home, I will start a new tradition and host a cookie swap in my neighborhood.  Sounds good to me!  Do you ever attend cookie swaps with friends and/or neighbors?  My sister has had several in the past and they were always a lot of fun!

Nothing is better than having homemade cookies from the oven with a glass of milk.............

I just had to buy these napkins, aren't they adorable?

My favorite cookie tins that I have had for several years!

Happy Holidays to you and Your Family!

Monday, December 19, 2011

My Little German Feather Tree

I have had this German Feather Tree for several years. 

Added some sparkly ornaments along with some fresh pines.

This is one of my favorite tavern tables dated back in the early 1800s.

News on  Home:.   We bought our home from a military family so the program takes a little longer with settlement.  We should settle towards the end of January or mid-February.  YEAH!

Hope you are enjoying your day!  Happy Holidays!

Okay, now it is time to make some cookies!!!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Baba Rhum for Dessert?

This week, I visited Bluffton and had lunch here.  For dessert, I had the baba which had a warm sauce served over top of it.  It was too die for!  It was a light type cake soaked in butter rum and served warm.  So I went home and did some research on it and found this recipe that looks and reminds me like the one that I had.

This is such a great idea to have for dessert during the holiday season!

I found this recipe:

I think this is going to be on my dessert list over the holidays!!  ENJOY!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Better Homes and Garden
I found this on Pinterest....This is such a simple craft to make.  All you need is a mason jar, add greenery (magnolia, evergreen, etc).  Fill jar 2/3 with water then add cranberries and votive.  VOILA!!!


Saturday, December 10, 2011

Some Vintage Finds and Giveaway Winner

Hi Friends:

Just wanted to share some of the latest finds that I found for my new home.

I just love this, can't wait to use this for decorating!!!

I found a shop on  Lady's Island, South Carolina that is going out of business.

First - I finally found a whiskey barrel, (See above) can't wait to use this for my decorating purposes.  Perhaps I might start with it on the front porch with a old, vintage checker board/checkers.  Trying to locate a whiskey took a while since everything that I found was basically far away from me and the shipping costs were astronomical.  The best news about this find was that it only cost me $50.00 which I was ecstatic over!  I think I will change decorating it for certain holidays...(pumpkins, gourds, mums for Fall); greens with candles and lanterns for holidays, etc.)

Me second find was this gorgeous farm table that I will use in my dining room....Now I currently have two tables (one in my current rental and this new one).  Therefore, I will have to sell my old table along with my six ladder back chairs.

Love the tapered legs and the pull drawer on this farm table

I just love this table purchase!  It has a drawer in the front and the patina of table is absolutely beautiful.  Now it is going to be fun to find chairs/or bench to go with this.....I kind of have some ideas and also have two new parson chairs to add to table.

And for the winner of the burlap handbag giveaway -- Congratulations to Holli of

I will have more giveaways soon!!!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

It's Giveaway Time!!!

Hi Friends:

I am excited to offer this giveaway from my sister, Tara, who owns a business (Pee Dee Bee Handbags) in West Chester, PA.  She has graciously offered one of her adorable handmade burlap handbags for my giveaway.

Here is a photo below of the handbag that a lucky follower will win.

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How to enter:

1)  Leave a comment on this post for one chance to win

2)  Become a follower of Coastal Cottage Dreams(additional chance)

2)  "Like" Pee Dee Bee Bags on Facebook (additional chance)

3)  Post Coastal Cottage Dream Handbag giveaway on the sidebar of  your blog (additional chance)

***Please comment separately for each chance to win below......
If your comments are anonymous, please include email address so I can contact you......


Good luck to all who enter!!!



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