Setting Up Your Flower Boxes For Planting

Setting Up Your Flower Boxes For Planting

31 May 2016 0 Comments

Now that the flower boxes are done, we’re ready to set them up for planting. To preserve the boxes, I like to put foil inside them. When you’re doing this, there are a few things to be conscious of. Make sure to use thick foil since it will be in the boxes for a very long time.
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How to Make Handmade Flower Boxes

16 May 2016 0 Comments

As a celebration for buying GO-Cottage many years ago, we decided it was time to remove our old, broken down flower boxes and build new handmade ones. After 80 years or more, the boxes were literally falling off the cottage! There was no way I was going to plant fresh flowers in them another year. Being DIY-ers
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There’s no place like bed (with great bed linens!)

02 May 2016 0 Comments

There’s no better place than your own bed! And one of the most essential aspects of a good night’s sleep is the right bed linens. Both Crate and Barrel and Ikea have great sheets for less. For inexpensive, soft bed linens, I love Ikea’s Dvala line. If you’re looking for more expensive luxury, try Pottery
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The Best Organic Cleaning Products

18 Apr 2016 0 Comments

Now that it’s spring cleaning time, it’s important to use the best organic cleaning products! I look for products that are hypoallergenic, organic, and good for the environment. They clean just as well! I love Method, Greenworks, Meyers, and Seventh Generation. One of my favorite earth-friendly products is Seventh Generation’s laundry detergent, which doesn’t contain any
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It’s Spring Cleaning time!

05 Apr 2016 0 Comments

April means… spring cleaning time! When you own and manage a vacation home rental, you better make sure you love cleaning. You do a lot of it, even if you have great housekeepers like we do. Nobody sees what you see. Personally, I love cleaning and the immediate gratification it gives you. It’s also great
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Nothing’s better then homemade Clam Chowder

22 Feb 2016 0 Comments

This winter has been a cold one and there’s nothing more satisfying then eating homemade clam chowder. Of course you can have it year-round, but in these winter months there is no better comfort food! It takes about 1.5 hours to make and it is totally worth it! It’s almost decadent how deliciously satisfying it
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XC Skiing at Mt. Van Hoevenberg

25 Jan 2016 0 Comments

One of the major reason we love Lake Placid is because we get to cross country ski at Mt Van Hoevenberg! Mt. Van Hoe is our favorite place to ski in the country.  If you haven’t visited it yet you’re in for a giant treat! We have been visiting Lake Placid since the mid-nineties. We first came
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Decorating the Cottage for Christmas

21 Dec 2015 0 Comments

It’s that time of year again! I love decorating our cottage for Christmas. To set the scene, I make our front porch Christmas-ready with a festive, less-is-more approach. We already have two sconces that light the snow beautifully. We also planted two cute little Christmas trees on the porch several years ago. One of the main attractions
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When Beauty’s a Cottage Industry

01 Sep 2015 0 Comments

When a singer/model decides to try her hand at a new creative project, one needs to pay attention. After all, talents and interests often overlap, often to startling effect. Such was the case when Sharon Middendorf decided she could make a business out of gutting cottages in the Adirondacks, where she and her hubby Todd Carter had been
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Let’s cut the grass!

10 Aug 2015 0 Comments

I love cutting grass! It’s a great exercise and can be therapeutic as well. Fresh cut grass smells really good and gets the blood and sweat glands going! What a perfect form of exercise! One of the best parts of cutting grass is being able to see the immediate beauty and change happen when you’re done. I
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