Category: Cottage

Fresh Grass for Easy Spring Decor

Here’s a fun, early spring project to brighten up your home. This is simple enough for kids to do with very little adult assistance. Tending this tiny garden takes just seconds each day, and is so satisfying because you see results very quickly! Using the tutorial in this post, grow a fresh crop of grass for your spring decor.

Create a tablescape, centerpiece or fairy garden. How about making a May Day basket to hang on a friend’s door? A gnome playing hide and seek in the grass would be a fun surprise for little ones!


Once you’ve grown the grass, it’s time to pull out your spring decor, or shop the house for seasonal items. I’ve collected a ceramic rabbit, four different types of eggs, some plastic chicks, faux flowers and a faux bird nest.

Get creative and decorate with other containers you have on hand. I’ve used a basket, a trifle dish and a wooden crate. A vintage Pyrex bowl, silver ice bucket or a metal tin are all charming options. The possibilities are endless!

With just a slight change in accessories, here are three different looks for the same rustic, wooden basket.

A wooden crate makes a cozy home for a couple of crazy chicks.

A clear, glass trifle bowl puts all the layers on display.

If you try this project, I’d love to see your results! Happy Spring!

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Lucky St. Patrick’s Hoosier Cabinet

It’s very true in our 950 square foot cottage that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s central location means that we walk through here approximately eleventy-billion times a day. The Hoosier stands right in that passage, so when we’re not using it for food storage, I like to gussy it up for seasons and holidays.

I decided to pull together my meager collection of St. Pat’s decor along with all things ROYGBIV and see if I had enough to fill the Hoosier. Surely, my Fiestaware will do the job, right? Jerome the alpaca, and his rainbow unicorn girlfriend Celeste are both gifts from our niece, Mary. They’ll be our tour guides.

I pulled dishes, books and linens in every color of the rainbow and strung some fun miniature sphere lights. The lights are battery operated and have a 6 hour timer feature.

One year my sister and I swapped refrigerator boxes at Christmas. So funny!

My Hoosier Grandma’s vintage orange Fiestaware.

While we’re celebrating leprechauns, we might as well sneak some gilded unicorns in there too. This salt and pepper set was a gift from my cousin, Ruby. She gets me.

Since I wrote the post about removing rust from cast iron, Pa Kettle has snapped it up whenever he sees it at the flea market. I’ve got rusty cast iron stacked to the ceiling in the basement! He brought me this little cauldron and my initial thought was to tuck it away for Halloween, but I think it’s perfectly cute as a pot of gold.

Mr. Arthur was particularly interested in this addition to the Hoosier. He ate about 2/3 of these milk chocolate coins before I could photograph them! The leprechauns aren’t the only ones up to shenanigans around here.

The sparkle of the lights makes the Hoosier particularly magical at night.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tour for St. Pat’s. I’ll leave you with the inscriptions from my collection of thrifted shamrock mugs.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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Valentine’s Hoosier Cabinet

Let’s have a quick pop around the Hoosier, shall we? I don’t have loads of Valentine’s decor, so I keep things pretty simple with a heart wreath of red roses on the front door and all. the. red. and. pink. things. in the Hoosier.

These embroidered kitchen towels feature love birds and were given to me by my sister.

The Pyrex Cinderella nesting bowls in Gooseberry were a lucky thrift store find. At one time, we had the pink flour canister. I say ‘had’ because it flew a little too close to the sun and melted. Actually, it was snuggling with the Crock-pot on the counter.
RIP, vintage canister. You were a good one.

The felt XO banner is a few years old, and from the Target dollar spot. Tiny clothes pins hold the tart tins to it.

Our wedding cake topper from 25 years ago. Back when Mr. Arthur wore a mustache because without it he looked 12 years old.

Lil’ nod to Sweden.

Pyrex refrigerator boxes and repro tins.

No fresh flowers? No problem! Pom poms on bamboo skewers make a charming bouquet. My sister made these poms and tied them onto Christmas packages a few years ago. They aren’t glued to the skewers, I simply popped them onto the pointed end.

Random fact: I used to hate the color combination of red and pink. Not sure why. I love it now, especially luscious, hot pink and red! I also love vintage cookie cutters even though it’s been ages since I made rolled cookies.

Vintage Paw and Maw mugs from our friend, Michelle. She gave these to us after getting our hillbilly on at the Hatfield & McCoy race. When we’re older and hard of hearing, we’ll holler at each other like this couple. But, today is not that day.

Because vintage tablecloths and polka dots are just fun! This mug holds a vat o’ tea.

Vintage Royledge decorative shelf edging via the flea market.

Have you enjoyed this little tour of our Hoosier cabinet all decked out for Valentine’s Day? Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s, Galentine’s, or having a hygge evening at home, I hope your day is beautiful!

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Cottage Collectibles – Miniature Log Cabin

Before we were married, I told Mark that when we’re retired I’d like to have a cabin in the woods and a cottage at the beach. That way we can enjoy each location, and alternate between them when the tourists get annoying.

Many years ago, we were browsing a new consignment store and wandered into the children’s section. Mark pointed out this little log cabin and said “There’s your log cabin. I’ll buy it for you today.” We laughed and then went over to inspect it. It was filled with a jumble of furniture and household items.

As we looked at the construction of the cabin, it became very clear that someone lovingly built this from scratch. It is more folk art than a scale miniature.

The stairs are wonky, the shingles are enormous, there are pencil markings where the builder notched the logs and a few adhesive smears on the windows. Nothing is to scale, and there are large holes drilled in the back for nightlight bulbs.

I like to imagine that Grandpa made this for the grandkids to enjoy. I had to have it.

For $35, we brought it home and cleaned it up. I used nail polish remover to clean the adhesive from the window glass. The chimney was covered in what looked like aquarium gravel. Little bits fell off every time we moved it, so I scraped all that off. I plan to add stone that is more to scale.

I added dollhouse miniature wood floors and covered the plywood ceilings with embossed paper to mimic tin panels. With doors that are 4″ high, it’s somewhere between 1:24 and 1:18 scale. It can be a challenge to find furnishings that fit because it is not a standard size.

The roof lifts off, and the 2nd floor lifts out to access the first floor. The only other access is through the tiny doors.

I gave the furniture a coat of paint, and painted the kitchen hutch to resemble our Hoosier cabinet.

When our nieces and nephews were little they loved to play with the furnishings and decorate it for the holidays. They’re now teenagers and young adults with no interest in the log cabin. I guess it’s up to me to carry on their important work!

I found some new miniatures in my advent calendar, so I have a few tiny projects to make for the log cabin. I love coming home from work in the evening and seeing the warm glow of the log cabin with the lights on. So cozy.

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Real Food Menu for Week of 01.12.2020

One of my goals for the new year is to reduce food waste (and hopefully food costs) by doing a better job of meal planning. Wasting produce is a huge pet peeve of mine. I suppose composting it gives it a second life, but it’s not what I intended.

We received this compost bin at Christmas and I just love it. We previously kept our kitchen scraps in a bowl and emptied it every day. Now we can get away with emptying every few days because the filter eliminates any odors. Yay!

Breakfast:
Blueberry and Raspberry Baked Oatmeal – This recipe is an old favorite. Perfect for using up a few bananas that are heading into banana bread territory. We like it with a little coconut milk on top.
https://www.sohowsittaste.com/blueberry-raspberry-baked-oatmeal/

Lunch:
Slow Cooker Cabbage Soup – New Recipe! Tastes like a cabbage roll without all that work. The recipe says it yields 12 servings. Um. Maybe if you’re feeding tiny people, or consider a cup of soup a serving? This makes 8 nice bowls of soup.
https://www.veggiebalance.com/cabbage-roll-in-a-bowl-slow-cooker-recipe/

Dinner:

Creamy Roasted Cauliflower Soup – New Recipe! – Very likely the most monochromatic meal we’ve ever had, but tasty nonetheless. We’re having this with Brazilian cheese bread on the side.
https://cookieandkate.com/creamy-roasted-cauliflower-soup-recipe/

Mediterranean Chicken with Sun-dried Tomatoes, Artichokes and Capers – New Recipe! UPDATE: This meal was not only visually unappealing, it had a sharp acidity which neither of us enjoyed. And we don’t shy away from acidity around here.
https://juliasalbum.com/mediterranean-chicken-sun-dried-tomatoes-artichokes/

Pickety Bits – Unfamiliar? It’s a charcuterie board, a grazing board, or whatever the trendy name for it is today. I prefer ‘pickety bits’. Essentially, you just arrange your favorite snacks on a serving board or platter and call it dinner. My kind of cooking. This is best made for a low-key evening; great for game night.

Turkey Herb Stuffing Style Riced Cauliflower – This isn’t a new recipe, I just forgot to take pictures of it! We’ll throw some turkey cutlets in the crock pot to serve with this delicious side.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/cauliflower-stuffing/

Snacks:
Clementines, Bananas, Bell Peppers, Cucumbers and Hummus, Popcorn
Rinse and repeat (we never tire of this).

Treat:
Chocolate Chip Chickpea Blondies – Here’s a fun fact about Mr. Arthurized Home: He hates chickpeas. But he LOVES these little babies. We like them with these chocolate chips.
https://cleanfoodcrush.com/chocolate-chickpea-blondies/

Thank you for taking time to read here! Have a great week!

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Altering Decor that Almost Works

One of my perpetual January tasks is to focus on getting organized. I’m always on the hunt for boxes and baskets to corral my stuff, particularly in closets and my crafting space. I needed a small basket to hold toiletries in the bathroom closet, and this one fit the bill. Almost.

As much as I enjoy word art, I didn’t love the word “dream” on the side of the fabric liner. So, out came my embroidery scissors and seam ripper.

Taking care not to cut through the liner fabric, I removed the embroidery. I pulled all those stray threads out from the front and back of the liner.

Now the liner is perfect, and surprisingly, I’m still able to dream without that bossy basket ordering me to do so!

Don’t be afraid to buy a decor item that almost works, if you can alter it to fit your needs.

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Have a Cup of Cheer – Beverage Center

A few years ago, I grouped our Christmas mugs, and hot cocoa fixings to create a little beverage center on one shelf of the Hoosier. We liked it so well that we’ve done it every year since then. Our guests can help themselves, and we simply replenish the supplies throughout the season.

I painted the sign on a scrap board leftover from another project.

We like to offer a selection of chocolate, marshmallows and peppermint candies for flavoring drinks.

This short string of lights is meant to surround a computer monitor, but it’s the perfect length for framing the beverage center. We’ve got it plugged into an adapter and timer.

This little snowman mug is a favorite gift from my mother-in-law.

Keep a supply of spoons nearby for mixing cocoa, and stirring honey into tea.

My sister (who knows me all too well!) gave me this sign, and I love it. It’s a good reminder this time of year!

This little tractor is one of my husband’s childhood toys. It is on display somewhere in the house throughout the year. Apparently, we had a bumper crop of peppermint!

Merry Christmas from Arthurized Home!

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Fall Decor in Jewel Tones

Like most things at Arthurized Home, our fall decor color story skews a little unconventional. Once the weather turns cooler, I like to add warmth and richness to our home using jewel tones. I challenged myself to (mostly) shop the house and create a fall arrangement for our coffee table/ottoman in the living room.

A co-worker gave me these deer shed antlers and I love them. I might as well get something back from the deer for all the damage they cause in the garden, right? The glass pumpkin is a new find from HomeGoods (similar) and the flocked votive holders are from the Arthur Archives. I think they came from Big Lots. I bought them in fuchsia as well.

This tray lives on our coffee table year-round and normally corrals the books I’m reading, a mug of hot tea and approximately one million remote controls for Mr. Arthur’s gadgets. Give or take a few.

I’ve simply swapped out the pumpkin and votive holders to create an entirely different look. The mercury glass pumpkin is a JoAnn’s find. It was on clearance at Halloween and may still be in some stores.

Changing the tray, and adding a punch of color in the quilt and book give a playful, new look. This unfinished quilt was made by my husband’s MawMaw. It’s smaller than twin size and I haven’t figured out quite how to finish it. So, for now I just fold the raw edges under and enjoy it anyway. I like its 1970’s vibe.

I’ve added a riot of color in various mismatched, jewel tone votive holders. I love the bright, boho look of it. The books were my Grandma’s and the small pumpkin is a Boulevard pumpkin apple scented candle.

Take care when burning candles in your home and never leave them unattended.

Trading the wooden tray for a mirrored one completely changes the look. I love the way the candle holders reflect on both the pumpkin and the tray.

I hope this inspires you to shop your home and use your decor in unconventional ways this year. Have a cozy fall!

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Let’s Have a Crafternoon – Painted Acorns

Here’s a quick and thrifty idea for fall decor. Paint acorns in every shade of the rainbow, (well, except for purple, apparently) and pearlize them. This is a simple and fun craft to make with kids.

Don’t you think these look like tiny candies?

Here’s how I made them:

Collect fallen acorns.

Rinse the acorns thoroughly, and allow them to dry completely.

(Bonus step: Bake the acorns in the oven at the lowest temperature for an hour or so, to kill any unwanted inhabitants. I didn’t do this, but I should have. I left mine in a bucket in the garage for two weeks or so. Apparently the little freeloaders can live for two weeks in there. Notice a worm. Scream like a girl, etc.)

Glue loose acorns back into their caps using clear tacky glue.

Carefully paint the acorn using acrylic craft paint and flat and detail paint brushes. Let the first coat dry, then apply a second coat if necessary to get the desired coverage. One the acrylic paint has dried, apply a pearlizing medium over the acorn. This will soften the tone of the first coat considerably. Let dry, and display as you please.

Crank some tunes, make a mess! Sip a big ol’ mug of tea while you’re working.

Here are some ideas for variations:

  • Go monochromatic, and paint the entire acorn in a single color.
  • Create an ombre display using progressively darker tones of the same color.
  • Mix pearlizing medium directly into the acrylic paint if you like.
  • Dry-brush the cap using white paint for a weathered effect.
  • Paint glue onto the cap and sprinkle glitter over the wet glue.

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Halloween Hoosier – All Treats, No Tricks

It’s time to pull out the Halloween decor and get ready for Fright Night. (Actually, my Halloween tastes tend toward spooky/goofy/vintage rather than gory and horrific.) The Hoosier has a prominent place in our kitchen, so I love to decorate it for seasons and holidays. Care for a tour?

I used my Fiestaware and created a cake stand to give this pumpkin some height.

Our neighbor Norman (may he RIP) grew the gourd and gave it to me to paint. It’s been part of my Halloween decor for 13 years. I found these sweet ceramic jack-o-lanterns at a thrift store. Their insides are sooty from a previous owner burning what must’ve been the world’s tiniest tea light candles in them.

Rabbit Trail: I don’t burn real candles in the Hoosier. Have you ever seen a candle flare? Mark and I were watching TV one night and I had a jar candle burning on the coffee table. All of the sudden, the flame shot up about three feet into the air! It burned that way for just a second and then went back to burning as normal. We couldn’t believe what we’d just seen! That’s why I like to leave clearance of several feet around real candles.

The papier-mâché ornaments are from Department 56.

No such thing as unlucky black cats when they’re this sweet.

While the Hoosier is festive by day, it’s pure magic at night.

For the past several years, we’ve carved Funkins at my sister’s Halloween soiree. The Hoosier is chock full of them. Our nephew gave us the spiderweb candle below….about 20 years ago!

I debated placing the “G” marquee letter in front of the “eek”! We do geek out over Halloween.

The star led lights are from Anthropologie. They usually stock them before Christmas; I like to buy them on Boxing Day clearance.

Most everything in the Hoosier is thrifted, gifted, handmade or found on sale.

We put the string lights on a timer so they’re on for a few hours in the morning, and on again in the evening until we go to bed.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little jaunt through the Hoosier. Happy Halloween!

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