cran·ber·ry
1. A mat-forming, evergreen shrub (Vaccinium macrocarpum) of eastern North America, having pink flowers and tart, red, edible berries.
2. The berries of this plant, used in sauces, jellies, relishes, and beverages.
cot·tage
1. A small, single-storied house, especially in the country.
2. A small vacation house.
cran·ber·ry cot·tage
1. A tiny house in the woods in the north of Holland.
2. Peace, quiet, paradise.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A little touch of winter.....

We just spent a glorious week up at Cranberry Cottage. It was nice to be able to enjoy the last days of autumn color while also having time to get some much needed work done. Jos painted the black wood trim around the windows now in a nice light beige color. What a difference it has made. Before, the black trim stopped your eye as you looked out but now you really see the view. We look right out into the woods from the cottage so we will enjoy the new look. We still have a great deal of painting left to do but I will show you it all in the end one day. We do not get much time to be able to go at a fast pace with work on the cottage.


I bought this planter the first winter after we bought Cranberry Cottage. It has been sitting neglected on the cottage lately. I decided to make a winter arrangement in it as I plan on starting my Christmas decorating at the cottage when we can get up there next time. I have really been pulled to more natural looking decorations lately so I filled the planter with moss pulled from our side garden. Bits of periwinkle came up with the moss but I think it looks nice that way. I then added some faux hellebore's and holly berries. Last I stuck in some small pinecones to complete it.


I just hope the birds do not do too much damage to it. I could not use real holly from our garden as there are no berries this year. Last year our holly trees were full of berries so I wonder if this is a sign it will be a mild winter?


Heidi

7 comments:

  1. that looks so nice. The birdies better just fly by and say oh how cute and leave it alone. LOL.
    think they will listen???
    I know you were busy painting and also quilting and crocheting. You are always a busy bee.
    What's next now????
    Love you, Mom

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  2. that looks so nice. The birdies better just fly by and say oh how cute and leave it alone. LOL.
    think they will listen???
    I know you were busy painting and also quilting and crocheting. You are always a busy bee.
    What's next now????
    Love you, Mom

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  3. I love the little planter box. It is just way too cute Heidi! I am glad that you were able to spend time at Cranberry Cottage this last week, I know you enjoy it there! Busy as usual here but I wanted to take a minute to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving (even though it is an American holiday...LOL...)Hugs from CA.

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  4. Heidi, what a lovely planter and I love the moss and all. It looks very festive and I love the red. I don't think I will do any decorating for the holidays-just having a hard time. I hope you are going well. Please take care!

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  5. Your arrangement is so pretty! It *almost* makes me long for snow.

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  6. your mom's comment made me laugh out loud :)
    I am sure the birds will just fly on by as they won't want to mess up your pretties.

    Will you be celebrating Thanksgiving?

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