Cottage Musings for December

I haven’t shared a musings post since October so I thought it was time to do a little recap after our crazy busy December, and share some thoughts on 2017. Let’s get 2018 started (a few days late) with our Cottage Musings for December. 


Even though the month of December was (mostly) about my Christmas cottage, our new “old” front door was the most popular post of the month. I love my new door and I’m anxious to replace the storm door with our new “old” storm door.

Cottage Musings for December and our new front door and paint.

We’re still working on our tiny powder room build. I know…if it’s so small, why is it taking so long? All I can say to that is life, and the holidays have gotten in the way. I am hopeful that it will be done and ready for the reveal by the end of the month. Fingers and toes crossed!

What We’re Working On

Of course we’re working on the powder room and a few other small projects. My main goal right now is to put Christmas away and organize the cottage. Nothing will be started until that task is completed…she said hopefully. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Cottage Musings for December and our small powder room addition, almost ready for the reveal.

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What I’m Loving

If you follow me on Instagram then you know that I was traveling over the holidays. I was so happy that I bought this (*affiliate link) for our trip. It was great for the airplane and I used it a lot around the house when I was chilly. Plus it’s reversible and under $5o. Love! 

Speaking of traveling…

The weather this time of year was cold and very dry in Denver. Besides drinking a ton of water, I used this lotion (*affiliate link) day and night and it really helped with my dry skin. 

In The Coming Year…

We had a great year last year but 2018 looks like it’s shaping up to be even better. I have a few projects planned for inside of the cottage and we’ll finally be tackling some outside projects.

We also have a big project that both the hubs and I are really excited to get started on.

Would you like a hint? The hubs and I have a great love for this. We even met, as teenagers, while doing it. Can you guess what it is? I’ll share more about it in the coming weeks. 

I plan on diving into video more this year, and doing more (and better) FB LIVE videos. You can follow me on FB here. Totally out of my comfort zone with all of this, and a lot to learn, but I love connecting with you all in real-time. If you have anything you’d like to see me cover, feel free to make suggestions. 

There are a few more great things on the horizon and, as soon as I can, I’ll be sharing more. 

Thank You!

I want to thank you all for a fantastic 2017! I love blogging and connecting with all of you. Every time I post I’m so excited to read your thoughts on my projects or decor (the good and the bad) and to hear about what you’re doing in your own home. You have helped me create this great community where we all have at least one thing in common…a love for our homes. My sincerest thanks to you all! 

Here’s to a fabulous 2018!

You can also check out a few of my past Cottage Musings posts.

Cottage Musings for October

Cottage Musings for September

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  1. Debbie H
    Friday,January 5, 2018 / 11:00 am

    Hi Kristi, sounds like you had a busy but enjoyable holiday. Do you feel the let down after all the activities?
    I can’t begin to imagine what your new big project is about so looking forward to finding out.
    I am hopefully going to be starting a big project this year. I won’t be doing the heavy stuff, just the decorating part. I haven’t fully committed yet; I have a few details to work out before making a decision.

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 8, 2018 / 12:05 am

      We did have a nice holiday. I always have a rough time after the holidays. Seeing the girls and spending time with them keeps me going and then…poof it’s all gone. Back to reality. I think the weather doesn’t help. It will pass, I know, but I’m just not a fan of January. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Yay for big projects! Good for you Debbie. I’d love to hear about it after you make you decision.

  2. Pat M.
    Friday,January 5, 2018 / 11:41 am

    Kristi, can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in 2018. Yours is the first blog I look for each time I open my email, hoping that you’ve posted something new about your cute and wonderful cottage. I try to also go to your FB posts, but even being retired, don’t have time to spend all day at the computer – which I could do, looking at all the blogs for new ideas – but I do watch for your blog and love that you’re still posting. Keep up the good work and do what you do best, which is down to earth decorating and updating of a small home that so many of your followers can relate to. I think you’d be surprised how many of us do NOT have large rooms with high ceilings, matching hardwood in every room, and expanses of huge windows and french doors. You are our hero when it comes to small and livable spaces.

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 8, 2018 / 12:09 am

      Awww, thanks so much for your kind words, Pat. I can’t tell you how much it means to me to know that you enjoy CC. I am so grateful for your support, whether you visit FB or not. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s so easy to get sucked into being on the computer all day, and there are so many great blogs out there so I’m happy that I’m on your reading list. Thank you! xx

  3. MaryJean
    Friday,January 5, 2018 / 2:58 pm

    Okay, you got my attention! What could it be? I met my husband working at Fisher Price Toys. His story that he would tell was that they said he could take a doll, so he did and it was me. Ah, so sweet huh? Miss that guy . . . Can’t wait to see what you have in store. My blog goes live January 8th. I’m very nervous. Working on some things to post right now and enjoying my retirement. There was an accident and traffic back-up for hours around rush hour last week. This is when I’m glad I wasn’t traveling home from work! Happy New Year to you!

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 8, 2018 / 12:12 am

      What a sweet story, MJ. I know you must miss him terribly.

      So happy that your blog is going live. Congrats to you and best of luck. Welcome to the wonderful world of blogging.

      Happy New Year to you my friend! I hope this year is a better one for you.

  4. Marlene Stephenson
    Friday,January 5, 2018 / 4:44 pm

    It’s all been fun, entertaining and learning, i have enjoyed it all thanks so much and looking forward to 2018. Happy New Year.

    • Kristi
      Monday,January 8, 2018 / 12:13 am

      Thanks so much Marlene! I appreciate all of your support and look forward to a great year.

      Happy New Year to you! xx

  5. Kaycee
    Tuesday,January 9, 2018 / 6:47 pm

    Hi Kristi, I don’t know how I missed this post, but better late than never!! I am looking forward to 2018 and everything you’ve got up your sleeve. I always look forward to reading your posts, and especially enjoy your IG Stories during the holidays. Those lighted balls in your neighborhood were amazing, and for such a great cause!!!

    I’m hoping to get a lot of purging and reorganizing done in our home too. I made a real mess of a spare bedroom when I decided to “organize” We are now referring to that room as the Storage Unit! LOL

    • Kristi
      Thursday,January 11, 2018 / 2:34 am

      Thanks so much Kaycee! I’m so happy that you enjoy my posts and it’s so nice to know that someone is out there watching my IG stories. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I was afraid I’d lose everyone with so many lighted ball postings. LOL

      I know exactly what you mean about having a storage unit room. Our guest bedroom and parts of the basement fall in that category at the moment. It’s never-ending. ๐Ÿ™‚ Good luck with your purge.

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