365 Days of Blue Cottage.

Nothing jolts you into adulthood faster than signing your name on a loan worth more than all of your other possessions…combined.  Yet, here I am, one year in to ownership of this little gem:

The teeny-tiny little Blue Cottage, perfectly sized for myself and the two fur balls. It’s been incredible to actually call somewhere “home.” To have a space that I can host friends. To have some sense of permanence and establishment (two things I’ve been craving since college.)

One of my favorite benefits is being able to work on projects around the house anytime I want. You’d be surprised how much trouble a little lady armed with a power drill can get into. This year I tackled some pretty big interior projects, including:

Painting the main room and drapes that my momma made.

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THE KITCHEN. Holy cow. In one week. Never again.

And my bedroom. This was a much easier job. Just a little paint and more drapes from mom!

And of course I have more ideas I want to do, including finally finishing (or starting…) the office/spare bedroom and updating the bathroom. New year, new projects!

Like any new phase of life, there are a million lessons to learn. I thought I’d take a little look back at some of the big ones from the past 365 days…

There is always something to work on. Everybody told me this. And though I didn’t doubt it, I didn’t actually grasp the concept. But there really is always something else to work on. Always. My list never ends. Money, however, does.

The beauty is in the imperfections. My house is roughly 60 years old and it still has all the original woodwork and TONS of closets with original wood doors. While they’re showing their age; scratches, dents and discoloration, I can’t bring myself to paint them or replace them. There’s part of me that feels like I would be betraying the house and its history by changing something so unique to its character.

Patience. I have none. Moving on…

It is actually possible to have zero trees in your yard and yet have more leaves to rake than your neighbors. The science behind this still boggles my mind.

There is no greater feeling than welcoming friends into your home. Making dinner. Having coffee. Sitting outside on late, summer evenings. When I bought I house, I wanted a space that I could share with other people. And that’s just what I got.

Here’s to the next year…happy housing, friends!

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A Wednesday Post of Randoms.

Happy Hump Day, friends!

I hope your week is going well. I’m enjoying my last day off before I start my new job tomorrow. The excited/nervous feelings have set in full swing. I’m packing my bag and picking out my clothes…it’s really kind of like the first day of school all over again…

Anyway, here in Ohio we are enjoying one of our favorite things…a lovely snow storm in March 😦 So I have given myself an unofficial snow day to do with it whatever the heck I want. And I decided to give you all a random update of the past few days (because mini staycations are the bomb.)

Sunday I wore this fun little get up to brunch (where there were Broadway music videos! I would just like it to be known that this is the best idea ever. Way to go, Level Dining Lounge.)

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I’m in a navy blue phase at the moment

I made this for chocolate pomegranate tart for dessert on Monday…omggggg.

Photo from PastryAffair.com

And I made this black bean soup and cilantro lime rice for dinner last night…so good.

Photo from iowagirleats.com

And I finally worked on a little project and took my Christmas wreath off my front door (I mean, it’s only March, give me a break…) Craft day!

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And I’m currently plowing through a miniseries on the Kennedys on Netflix. Snow days really are the best.

How are you today, sweet friend?

The Pinterest Post.

I think it’s a staple of bloggers everywhere to fall head over heels in love with Pinterest. And why wouldn’t you? It’s a mecca of inspiration, art, recipes, fashion and sharing of ideas. You can find just about anything (and boy did it come in handy during the holidays for food and gifts!)

So I thought I’d share a few of my favorite pins. Let’s connect!

LOVE this tutorial. I chopped up all my old sweaters. I'm obsessed with boot socks this season!

Homemade coffee creamers. The vanilla caramel was YUM.

Truth.

My work mantra 🙂