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, February 23, 2015

February cloche and quilt love!

It is already so close to the end of the month and I had intended to post more this month. February is the month of love and Valentines so my cloches are decorated for the season. On the coffee table are two with various hearts in them. Three of the hearts were gifts from friends...Sonja, Silvia and Annet (Silvia's daughter) they have a special place. The heart doily was a gift from my sister.

The sideboard has a cloche with three white glass heart ornaments.....

My desk also has a cloche with a vintage feel...shoe pincushion, spool of lace and a black glass heart ornament.....

Pink roses by my quilt wall.....

Blue and taupe vases by my 50 Hearts quilt. This quilt was made over the last year to celebrate my having turned 50. The evening before I turned 51 this month, I sewed on a special label to finish off a quilt that holds memories for me. You can read about it here.


Friday, February 6, 2015


Again this year, my amaryllis bulb was planted in October to have it ready to bloom in December but it did not show itself until January. Too late for the holidays but standing tall in all its glory for the start of the new year. It brought some beauty to the month which normally feels dull due to the Christmas decorations having come down. 

This week the blooms faded as February began. I see a tiny spot coming up again so have to wait to see if a second stem will come up into flower yet. 

The language of flowers...amaryllis is the symbol of pride and splendid beauty

We tallied up our decluttering results for the entire month of January...
10 items thrown out
1 suit donated to clothes bank
8 items taken to thrift shop
5 items taken to chemical drop (old paint and glue)
21 items sold for a total of 363,50 euros 

We are thrilled with the start of our year's goal to clean up our home and life. I hope we can keep up the momentum as the year progresses. Each month, I will tally up what we have achieved. I am so excited to get rid of unused items in order to make room for things we want to do in the house. More about those plans will come this year.