Cottage Musings for June

Hello and happy July!

I don’t know where June went but here it is July already. Lots of things going on this month but this is all about our cottage musings for June.

Cottage Musings for June: Front porch window screen

We haven’t been able to spend a whole lot of time sitting outside on our porch this summer. We’ve had a ton of rain lately, which means a lot of mosquitos. I bet I can get 5 bites every time I step outside. Ugh…

I did a lot of little projects in June, like my flag front door basket and the old window screen on the front porch. The living room, along with the DIY curtain rods I made, was one of the bigger projects we worked on but it’s finally done and we’re enjoying it everyday.

Cottage Musings for June: Light and bright small living room makeover

No rest for the weary though because we’re already working on our next big project. If you watch my Instagram Stories you’ll be able to get sneak peaks of what we’re doing. 

Cottage Musings for June: New Project in the works

I know…

It’s not much to go on. I have to do something to get you to come back! ๐Ÿ˜‰

There’s also another project coming up. It’s something totally unexpected, and a lot of you might think we’re crazy, but we’re excited about it. More to come…

We haven’t done a lot of outside work but we are tending our small experimental garden. The tomatoes are growing and we even have a few small ones. It’s too soon to tell if the rain caused any damage but we’re keeping our fingers crossed. My zinnias are doing ok. 

Cottage Musings for June: Flowers and the Garden

The rain flattened some but I still have a couple standing tall. They are so pretty. I’ll definitely plant them again next year.

What we’re watching:  Nothing right now but we’re eagerly waiting for Game of Thrones! Any one else?

What I’m reading: I’m sad to say that it’s been a while since I picked up a book. If you have any recommendations, I’m all ears. 

What I’m loving: Linen has been my go to this summer. I’m especially loving *this top (in white). I’m also living in the Panama hat that I bought in San Juan a few years ago. I have a large head (it holds my massive brain after all ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) so I needed something large, which is hard to find.

Cottage Musings for June: Things I'm Loving (like my hat)

Caught my eye:

I don’t know why but I’m always looking at kitchens and bathrooms. I just love this bathroom. I think her shower is bigger than my whole bathroom (sad but true).

If there is such a thing as kitchen love, then I have it for Heather’s kitchen. Every time I see her beautiful kitchen, I stop and check out every detail like I’ve never seen it before.  

Great ideas:

Easily age wooden cutting boards

Love KariAnne’s easy solution for a plain, boring table (her words not mine ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).


How about an easy macaroni salad recipe. After all, it is the season. I love the look of this recipe, and he uses sweet pickles too. Yum!

Can’t wait to see what July brings!

Happy Sunday!

Hope you’re having an awesome 4th of July weekend!

Cottage Musings for June: Hanging a DIY flag basket on the front porch to add a patriotic flair.

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  1. Melanie
    Monday,July 3, 2017 / 7:38 am

    I read a book that I absolutely loved. It was recommended by John and Sherry (Young House Love). If you want more info, I can try to find the link to their review. It is called “The Kind Worth Killing” and is a murder mystery. Some bad language but not a whole lot. Highly recommend!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,July 5, 2017 / 3:57 am

      Thanks so much for the recommendation Melanie. I love murder mysteries so I’ll definitely add it to my must read list. Thanks!

  2. Lou Clidton
    Monday,July 3, 2017 / 8:12 am

    I found after changing my soap,I don ‘t have a issue with bug bites.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,July 5, 2017 / 3:58 am

      Thanks for the suggestion. I’ve tried switching but they always seem to find me. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Debbie H
    Monday,July 3, 2017 / 9:41 am

    I agree that June zipped on by us. I hope July slows down because I am behind on making my holiday items for my shop and making quilts for two weddings this Fall. I read so many mystery books I can’t remember the names of them. I read every night before I go to sleep, They are mostly murder mysteries with a little predictable love story thrown in. Your teaser about the new project confused me more but hey I am easily confused. LOL Have a great week and be safe on the 4th. Debbie

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,July 5, 2017 / 4:01 am

      I hope July doesn’t zip by too fast.

      I used to read before bed too but the blog happened and it takes all my time. I should try to get back in the habit.

      Sorry I confused you with my teaser. I’m sharing more this week so hopefully it’ll make more sense.

      Hope the rest of your week is good. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Kaycee
    Monday,July 3, 2017 / 10:24 am

    Look at all you accomplished during June! These monthly posts really showcase all your hard work! The zinnia photo is just gorgeous!
    we had a cold, wet Spring here in New England and most everything is behind schedule this growing season, I can’t wait for that first locally grown tomato!! Happy Fourth of July!!!!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,July 5, 2017 / 4:05 am

      It’s nice to look back on what we’ve done but it doesn’t seem like we accomplished a whole lot by the looks of our house right now. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Part of the fun of it I guess. Loved your front porch flag display! It looked awesome.

      Hope you get some summer weather so you can have those tomatoes. Boy I sure miss garden tomatoes and fresh corn.

      Thanks for stopping by Kaycee!

  5. Rose
    Monday,July 3, 2017 / 9:29 pm

    Can’t wait to see the project you teased us with.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,July 5, 2017 / 4:12 am

      I’ll be sharing some of it later this week, Rose.

      Thanks so much for stopping in.

  6. Monday,July 3, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    Lots going on in your world, Kristi. It’s a busy summer! I’ve seen your sneaks peeks on Instagram and I am so curious! Can’t wait to see what you’re up to!! Happy 4th!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,July 5, 2017 / 4:14 am

      Always lots going on here. Not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing. I’m trying to tell myself it’s a good thing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Thanks for stopping by, Kim!

  7. Monday,July 3, 2017 / 9:41 pm

    Hi Kristi, Great to see your musings. The cottage looks beautiful. I have been busy selling off my inventory, made a few property videos this spring market. Your zinnia looks amazing. I did a painting with Zinnias and Cannas last week at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Like you, I love the formality and brilliant color of the zinnias. I’m reading 3-4 books at the moment . Have you read, A Prayer Owen Meany by John Irving or The Gift by Lewis Hyde? One is a nostalgic novel the other is non fiction about creativity; I think you would enjoy both. Can’t wait to see what your big project is. Say hi to Mr. H.
    Sending you love and hugs keep creating, it is truly a gift.

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,July 5, 2017 / 4:22 am

      Hi Tara, so good to hear from you. Sounds like you have been busy. I’d love to see your Zinnia and Cannas painting. So glad you are still creating.

      Thanks for the book recs. I read A Prayer for Owen Meany and loved it. I’ll add the other one to my list.

      Hugs to both you and the hubs. Take care my friend!

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