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.
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.

Monday, December 3, 2012

There is no cottage like gnome.....

Christmas is starting to appear in the woods at Cranberry Cottage. I started my decorating this weekend. I have just a few more touches I will add when we make it back up again.

In the meantime, I snapped a few photos to share with you. Remember that crocheted gnome hat I made and the toadstools? I created a gnome tree from my Christmas tree at the cottage. I have always used the bird theme on this tree. I added the gnome hat on the bird house tree topper so I think a gnome must have moved in by now. *grins* There are toadstools on the branches. I have yet another idea but have to find some spare time before we make it back to the cottage.

This little tree skirt was made specially for my pencil pine tree. It had been a patchwork block I used for a quilt class I gave years back in 2004 which was also the first Christmas we had at Cranberry Cottage. It is a reminder of when we bought the little cottage.

Please forgive the horrible wallpaper. The paste dried too fast as the sun streamed in on this wall. We still have to redo it. A shame since I loved this paper and color. We added some things to give this area some festive cheer along with a quilt I made 17 years ago.

So now to decorate our house in the city. I am put in the mood today as we are having our first snowfall this season. It is supposed to turn to rain later today but I will enjoy gazing out as I decorate while it lasts...



  1. Looks great Heidi!! Hope the preparations are going well for your party!! Blessings, Laurel

  2. I love the quilt you made. The tree is cute too. I've been doing a little every day, so I'm almost done decorating.

  3. I remember bringing you that tree in a suitcase. LOL. The tree is very cute and just right for the cottage. Keep on decorating, you'll get it done, but I'm not sure about you finding extra time to do anything else. LOL.
    Love you, Mom

  4. Het ziet er al heel gezellig en sfeervol uit. Leuk die smalle kerstboom. Veel plezier met het decoreren voor Kerst. Groetjes,

  5. Het ziet er allemaal weer heel gezellig uit Heidi, ik ben benieuwd wat je thuis hebt gedaan.
    Natuurlijk verheug ik mij op woensdag!!!
    Liefs en hugies, Bep.

  6. Hi, Heidi, how are you? This is Vicki in the U.S.; I've been away from your blog for awhile and am catching up. I hope you are doing fine and I've enjoyed hearing about your cottage. I especially liked your recipe for the pumpkin mousse. I'm trying to stay away from a lot of canned items and do fresh instead, so I like the way you go at the pumpkin to get a delicious, natural treat of the seeds and also to make a nice dessert. Here on the West Coast California, we finally have rain today; much needed. Bring on your Christmas vignettes; I've loved seeing your holiday decorations in the past! My mother is so elderly now and can't decorate as in former years, so I tried to help with a few things to cheer her and spruce up her home with red, then brought home other treasures from my childhood which she wants me to have; first out of the box is the nativity scene; lots of memories...when I was so young, I would re-position the figurines constantly; it made the Christmas Story so alive in my little-girl mind.


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