Cottage Musings for August

And just like that,  it’s September (which means Cottage Musings for August)!

Wow, where did August go…where did the summer go? It seems like only yesterday we were all longing for summer weather. Now it’s September and fall will be here before you know it.

Not only are we going to talk about our happenings during the month of August, but I’m also going to tease you about a giveaway that I’m having on the blog next week.

First let’s talk projects…

Projects – As usual, it was a busy month at the cottage but it feels like we didn’t get a whole lot accomplished. We were able to complete phase one of the sunroom makeover, but the powder room and closet didn’t see much action. We also talked about my go-to breakfast, my love of natural fiber rugs and a towel rack that I made from a fence baluster.

A project that is getting done is phase two of the sunroom makeover. It won’t be as dramatic as phase one but it’s still a good change. 

For this cottage musings for August, we're sharing the sunroom makeover that was just completed with ew paint and lighting.

Bumps in the Road – We still need to work on the plumbing for the new powder room (a huge project) and I’m narrowing down choices for wallpaper for the new closet. I didn’t think it would be this difficult to pick wallpaper but it has really tested me. Hopefully I can make the final decision and place an order this weekend. 

Decorating the Cottage – Fall has been popping up all over the cottage. Well not all over, just in the rooms that aren’t a mess from the powder room addition. I wasn’t sure what my theme would be this fall, but it’s coming together. 

It may seem a bit early to decorate (it even seems that way to me) but when you blog, you have to be a little ahead of the game. 

Pretty sunflowers in a field in Canada for Cottage Musings for August.

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What we’re watching – Game of Thrones is over for the season (boo!) so we’re looking for a new show to watch. I’ve heard that Ozark was a good one, but we haven’t watched yet. Any recommendations for shows you hate to miss?

What I’m loving – Omg ya’ll, I have found the most comfortable sandals ever, here (affiliate link). I know it’s almost fall, but I just found them I couldn’t let it pass without telling you. Besides the fact that I wear sandals well into September, I can save them to wear next summer. Comfy shoes are a challenge for me to find with my wide and extra large feet. With these though, it was love from the first step (and that doesn’t happen very often). The leather is so soft and the color goes with everything. You’re welcome.

I’m also loving this fab eyeliner I’ve been using. A few weeks ago I went to Vancouver with the hubs for business. Long story short, I left my toiletry bag in the hotel. Yup, I had nothing with me. No face soap, no deodorant and no makeup. Gah! We had to make a quick stop at a pharmacy to pick up a few emergency supplies to get me home. Once we were home, I ran out to get a couple of makeup essentials, including this awesome eyeliner (affiliate link) in Rockstar. It stays put but washes off with just soap and water. Love it! My toiletries should be making their way back to me next week, I’m happy to say. You don’t realize how much you rely on certain things until you don’t have them. 

What caught my eye – I came across this amazing dresser transformation and had to share. All I can say us WOW!

This isn’t a before or after, or room decor, but it did catch my eye, and who doesn’t love a sale.

I buy so much on Etsy, from pillow covers to a potted plant, so when I saw they were having their first ever Labor Day Sale, I did a little happy dance. If you’ve never checked them out before, you must. You can check out their sale offerings by going to the sale page, here (affiliate link). Not only are you supporting small business when you buy something but it’s a great resource for decorating your home, among other things. It’s definitely a win-win.  

Giveaway – Coming Next Week! I know, I am so mean but I am so excited to share this giveaway with you and I just couldn’t contain myself anymore. If you saw my IG stories a week or so ago, I showed a peak at what I’m giving away. I want it to be a surprise but I will say that I’ve wanted to do this for the past 2 years but could never work out the timing. I hope you’ll come back to enter, I know you’ll love it (I hope so anyway).

Adding fall touches, including a wooden bowl full of fresh picked apples, around the cottage.

It seems so silly to talk projects, tv shows and makeup when so many are going through unimaginable circumstances and devastation in Texas right now. It’s so incredibly sad. All I can offer is a light read and my continued prayers for all those affected. 

Hope you have a great holiday weekend!

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  1. Pat M.
    Friday,September 1, 2017 / 10:31 am

    I love your monthly “happenings” at the cottage. It’s a bright spot, even in the midst of dark things that may be happening out there. With regard to TV watching, I’ve been watching The Sinner on USA network on Wednesday. Its an 8 episode murder mystery that has already aired 5 episodes, so you would have to go back and binge watch the first 5 to catch up. They promise that at the end of 8 episodes, the case will be solved – no terrible waiting for months and months until next season for a resolution. I’ve never watched Game of Thrones – always seemed a little too bloody/gory for me – although I did watch all the way through Breaking Bad – but you might enjoy this one too. It’s much more a psychological mystery than physical.

    • Kristi
      Monday,September 4, 2017 / 4:15 am

      Thanks so much, Pat. I’m glad to hear that you enjoy my monthly happenings. Thank you too, for the tv show suggestion. I’ll definitely check it out. It sounds like something that we’d both enjoy.

      Hope you’re having a great holiday weekend!

  2. Kaycee
    Friday,September 1, 2017 / 10:34 am

    I agree, Kristi, where did the Summer go? We’ve got mid 60’s today, but it is bright, sunny and so clear out. I’ve opened the windows to let all that fresh clean air rush into the house, with the Central Air on all Summer, it feels so nice to have the windows open!!!

    You’ve accomplished so much and I am looking forward to part 2 of the sun room!

    Enjoy the Labor Day weekend!

    • Kristi
      Monday,September 4, 2017 / 4:17 am

      I know that you had a late start to summer, Kaycee. I hope that you are getting nice weather over this long holiday weekend.

      Hope you have a great Labor Day!

  3. Friday,September 1, 2017 / 11:00 am

    Summer always goes by way too fast for me. I love the hazy, hot and humid weather, of course, I don’t live in the south. Yes, what’s happening in Texas is absolutely awful. My heart goes out to all those affected…

    • Kristi
      Monday,September 4, 2017 / 4:18 am

      Summer did go by way too fast. It seems that the older we get, the faster time goes by.

      Hope you’re having a great long weekend!

  4. Friday,September 1, 2017 / 1:35 pm

    I agree with Pat M. Sinner is a pretty good show for watching in off season. I am visiting my sister in Ohio. I left 100 degrees in Florida to arrive in the 70s. Today it is only 60 and windy, brrrrrrrrrrrr. That is winter to me. Enjoy your long weekend.

    • Kristi
      Monday,September 4, 2017 / 4:21 am

      Thanks for the suggestion, Debbie, we’re going to check it out.

      We’ve been unseasonably chilly here as well. I want it to cool off but not get cold. LOL

      Have a wonderful time visiting with your sister. Happy Monday, my friend!

  5. Brenda (Florida)
    Friday,September 1, 2017 / 1:47 pm

    Hi Kristie: Hats off to the Designer of the beautiful dresser! It’s gorgeous, but a lot of love/labor. I would probably draw a design on and do the dot technique. LOL

    My go to TV shows are PBS Masterpiece Theater. ( Downton Abby, Poldark, Call The Midwife etc. 9pm Sunday nights.

    Summer is not over here in Florida for a long time yet. We will be on the alert for Hurricanes until Dec. 1st. I will most likely be wearing sandals on Christmas Eve.

    Good luck with choosing wall paper, I sure you will make the right decision. (BTW if you don’t like the outcome, just keep the door shut!!!) I’m looking forward to the good things coming.

    • Kristi
      Monday,September 4, 2017 / 4:34 am

      Hi Brenda! Isn’t that dresser gorgeous? It was definitely a labor of love. I don’t know if I’d want to spend that much time doing a piece. Th result is beautiful though.

      I’ve watched Masterpiece Theater too. Unfortunately, hubs is not a fan so I have to watch when he isn’t home. πŸ˜‰ Thanks for the suggestions.

      I remember the summers in Florida very well. You’ll be enjoying the weather during Christmas when all of us are complaining about the cold.

      Ha, I had a good laugh over your wallpaper joke. It sounds like something the hubs would say. πŸ˜‰ Hopefully though, that won’t happen.

      Thanks for stopping in to chat. Hope you have a great Monday!

  6. Marlene Stephenson
    Friday,September 1, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    I really enjoyed this post of Aug. and can’t wait for Fall decor and finishing for projects. I think it would be hard to pick wall paper, they have so many great designs. Happy Labor day weekend.

    • Kristi
      Monday,September 4, 2017 / 4:22 am

      Thanks Marlene, I’m glad you enjoyed August. I just wish the months wouldn’t go by so fast.

      It has been so hard picking a wallpaper but I think I’ve finally decided. πŸ™‚

      Hope you’re having a great holiday weekend!

  7. Laura Harrie
    Friday,September 1, 2017 / 8:37 pm

    I love wallpaper also. There are far too many choices! One of my many opportunities to dream is while going through wallpaper books.

    • Kristi
      Monday,September 4, 2017 / 4:24 am

      I agree Laura, way too many choices. I had no idea. It’s been fun looking at all the different colors and patterns though.

      Thanks so much for stopping in. Hope you have a great Monday!

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