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.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Going from room to room.....

In our bid to streamline our lives and get rid of things we are not using, I am going from room to room now looking at what we have. I thought it would be fun to revisit the rooms on the blog. But first, I wanted to try out this for some time...making your own vanilla extract. Have you ever tried it? I had everything to do it but just did not get around to doing it. Saying to myself that this year would be different, I grabbed all the ingredients this afternoon and it is now sitting on my pantry shelf. I simply put three vanilla pods (cut open lengthwise) into a small air tight bottle with vodka. I shook it and set it on the shelf. Now to remember to shake it twice a week and then in a few months I can start baking with it.

I am going to try and spread out my cleaning more this year. It is also a great chance in the first few months of the year to see what I want to keep and what can be decluttered. Our powder room (click here to see the first post about this room after we moved) is very tiny so there is not much there and it is easy to keep clean.

 I did edit the items on my cupboard shelves I have hanging over the toilet. No more ivy to simply collect dust. I see from the photos that I need to edit the glassware now too. I have started using some of my doll quilts collection here too. They are stacked on a shelf and I now hang one at the bottom of the shelf. Hopefully, I will get a few more doll quilts made this year to add to the shelf. There are two of them sitting in my studio as UFOs (unfinished objects) waiting to be finish. It is fun to use my handmade quilts in our home even in the smallest room of the house.



  1. Yes, it is a tiny room but you never waste a space. I'm sure it is cute. Now if you could heat it up in there it would be great. Lol. Love you mom

  2. Jullie zijn goed bezig!!
    Ben benieuwd of je vanille extract gelukt is!!


  3. So, the decluttering bug has hit you, too! Sometimes I will look around one of the rooms in my house and think, "too much". How did I ever accumulate so much "stuff"?! I guess it's easy to do after living in the same house for 26 years. I have not made my own vanilla, but my neighbor-friend did so and shared a bottle with me before she moved last year. I've been using it in my baking. Will write you an email soon! :-)

  4. I made vanilla for the first time about 2 years ago. We love it and I'm sure you will too.
    I so want to declutter, and am working on it bit by bit. We have six people living here right now, so things are crowded. It would help to get rid of a roomful of things. LOL.

  5. Goed idee, ik ben benieuwd naar de vanille. Dikke hug, Bep.


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