Saturday, July 31, 2010

A View For Your Weekend

Can you see yourself dining on this beautiful veranda? Or relaxing the hammock?

I love the antique table with the wicker chairs, such charm! The shutters open up and let the outside ocean breeze in...can you smell it?

As we are winding down to the last month of the summer, I hope you are all having a relaxing weekend and get the chance to breath in fresh summer air and reflect on the days behind us and the days ahead of us.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Beautiful Barn

I know, it is another "Up North" post but there is so much that I love to share with you about my little piece of heaven! So.....

Up north near 'our' cottage there is a beautiful white barn that I am completely infatuated with; The D.H. Day Barn.

I am not really sure why I am so in love with this barn other than it is SO


It was built in the 1880's by David Henry Day. Over time he owned more than 5000 acres. He sold and donated much of that land to the State of Michigan. Most of which is now D.H. Day State Park which is part of Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore.
I was never able to see it "working" like it was meant to do but the government had started to restored it and now I believe now it is privately owned.

The farm itself was 400 acres and housed hogs, Holsteins and grew hay, apples and cherries.

To see more history on this beautiful barn click here.

Here are some gorgeous pictures by photographer Dean A. Pennala

This is the view atop Sleeping Bear Dunes, that is Lake Michigan in the background.

This is now considered one of the "Most 50 Significant Structures in Michigan" by the

Society of Architectural Historians

I hope that you are able to see this historic barn for yourself one day, you will not be disappointed!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wooden Flag How-To

If you saw the wooden flag from Layla at The Lettered Cottage and just had to make it, she posted the instructions today so I thought I would pass those on!

It looks pretty easy and painless and if your house is like mine there is always scrap wood laying around somewhere!

Happy constructing!!

Click here for instructions!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Wooden Flag Idea

Good morning! I hope that today finds you well. I have been pretty busy lately with making jewelry and picture frames for some upcoming craft shows as well as driving children around to various things. My summer seems to be flying by QUICKLY!

I found this this morning at The Lettered Cottage. Layla, who is a design consultant, and her husband are so talented and inspiring. Check out their blog, you will not be disappointed!

Anyway, this flag caught my eye right away, white and blue are my favorite!! She said that they made it from shutters that they never used and this is what they came up with. This is her summer themed mantel, check out her spring themed mantel too!

My goal is to try to make this when I get a chance. She will let us know how she made it later this week. It looks pretty simple and you can use wood from a lumber store if you don't have any old shutters. Paint the boards the color of your choice, sand and attach the starfish which I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!

I will post her instructions when she posts about them!

Have a great day!!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

If I Only Had a Green Thumb!

When we are on vacation there is always one place that is a must stop to shop, Wildflowers. It is such a beautiful shop not only for their great little garden and lake living inspired gifts but for the amazing garden and landscaping.

I love the lawnmower on the roof! Classic!

I would love a small fence like this iron one that was, of course, painted white and left to naturally weather.

I am not sure what these are called but they reminded me of lily pads and would look great in my garden!

Ferns are my favorite!! They are so simple and elegant and I am always in love with the way that the mix the ferns in with other plants with various shades of green.

They have so many garden ornaments. This blue gazing ball caught my eye..probably because I love the color blue!

As you make your way towards the back of the garden they have this beautiful pond and waterfall. It is so peaceful to listen to the water surrounded by all this greenery.

They also had these hydrangea hybrid flowers. They almost looked like a cross between Queen Ann's lace and hydrangeas. They were so feminine.

The fence made from branches would also look great in my garden. What a clever idea!

If I only had a green thumb, or even a light green thumb, this is the garden that I would choose. The ferns along with various shade loving plants and these beautiful hydrangea hybrids would be ideal for me. So simple, yet so beautiful!

* This post has been edited to link up with Fishtail Cottage Flora Thursdays

Friday, July 23, 2010

Emerald Cove Jewelry Give Away Winner

Good morning everyone! We had some pretty good storms roll through our area last night. Lucky we stayed out of the path of the most severe. I hope those that were not able to are safe this morning. That is another benefit of living by the lake, we are protected from tornadoes that start forming over the water!

Anyway, I am here to announce the winner of my first Emerald Cove Jewelry Give Away!

The winner is.................


Check out her wonderful blogs about the life by the sea and sea-side inspirations!

Thank you all so much for entering and leaving such wonderful comments below! I am pretty new at blogging and you all mean so much to me!

I have a busy day at a craft fair with the frames that I make, hope the weather cooperates!

I hope everyone has a relaxing weekend!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

A Perfect Place with a Bit of History

Just north of Glen Arbor, Mi there is a barn on M22 that,
for whatever reason, I am drawn to. It stands all alone in the middle of a field about 50 yards from the road. I am not sure how old it is or what the history is but it has always intrigued me. It is simple and rustic and.....beautiful!

So, one night my mom, daughter and I took a drive to take some pictures of the barn.

The sun was starting to go down and it looked so beautiful on the field and barn.

Sweet Peas lined the road and I thought that taking a picture through them of the barn would be pretty.

On our way to the barn my mom mentioned that she could take me to see her long time friend's house and property that she often tells me about.

Laura Lee owns her family's house and land in a small area called Port Oneida.

In 1846 a German immigrant built a cabin and worked as a fisherman until 1842 when the government opened up the land for settlement. He then purchased over 200 acres of the land and eventually built a house on what is now called Sleeping Bear Dunes Bluffs which over looks Lake Michigan. Over time the population grew and eventually became a port for the foresting industry. Port Oneida was named after one of the first steamships to stop there. Laura Lee's family eventually purchased a large portion of land, to which she still owns a part of. The area still has a schoolhouse, pig barn, cemetery and a few other barns that the National Park Service owns and are slowly starting to restore.

This is the Barrett pig barn. While we were there, they were putting a new roof on as part of the restoration.

The school house and outhouse still remain on the property. (I love the moon on the out house)

We continued to drive up the dirt road until we came to Laura Lee's place.

Pyramid Point was the name of the little area that was first settled on.

Laura Lee was kind enough to let us wander the property and take pictures of her garden and breath-taking view of Lake Michigan.

There beautiful front porch was an addition.

This fruit-bearing tree is over 100 years old and still bears a few pieces of fruit.

As you walk around the side and back of the house there are still buildings that were part of the original farm.

Her brother lives next to her and you can see the beautiful yard that they share that opens up to this....

A breath-taking view of Lake Michigan and the South Manitou Island! Can you imagine watching the sunset every night?

Now, I must admit that my next reason for wanting to see the property, after meeting Laura Lee and her wonderful husband Ron, was to see the ship wreck off the South Manitou. I have been wanting to see this for so long and when my mom told me that you could see it from Laura Lee's house I was so excited!!

During the night of November 28/29, a snowstorm greatly reduced the visibility of the Fransisco Morazan and the ship was pushed off course on her way out of the Great Lakes. She then ran aground about 300 yards from the shore of the South Manitou Island. The wreck of the Fransisco Morazan is now the property of the State of Michigan.

As we were pulling away from the property I shot a couple more pictures of her barn and area around it.

I has such a great night with my daughter and my mom and her friend and learning about a place that is filled with such history and beauty.

Thank you so much to Laura Lee and her husband for opening up your home to us and allowing me to take pictures. (so sorry that we scared you at first)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Beautiful Lake Cottages

I really wanted to show you some of the beautiful cottages/homes that are around Glen Lake, so I decided that the best way to do that, besides walking up to the residents and asking to take pictures, was to take pictures while we were on our daily boat rides.

Here are a few of my favorites!
(sorry about the quality of the pictures, it was a little challenging holding still while going fast on a boat and a 4-year-old on my lap :) )

Every year they decorate the porch with these buntings. It just looks like a place out of a magazine!

This cottage was built by the man who "invented" the Soft Batch cookie!! I am not sure if he sold it or if he still resides there though.
He needs a cookie stand out front there! :)

I love the openness of this cottage. What a great view from any room!

This cottage is fairly new. It is tucked away within the trees but still has a great view of the lake.

This is by far my favorite! It is simple and beautiful! It is located on Little Fisher Lake, which you can get to through channels off of Glen Lake, and the view is perfect! I wish I could get inside to see the rest of the cottage! Maybe next year I will be bold enough to ask.

Can't you just see yourself relaxing on the front porch there!? It is so peaceful!

I am just amazed at how big these cottages are!

This cottage reminds me of something that should be on the edge of an ocean! It is situated on a small cliff with rocks stacked to form a pretty steep edge. Another one of my favorites that I would love to see the inside.

Certainly big enough to be a house! Check out the chimney in the screened in porch to the right. How great would that be to sit at night by the fire in there!

Cottages/houses range up there from one room to 15 rooms! They are all beautiful in there own way and what I wouldn't give to have one of my own!

Don't forget to enter in my Emerald Cove Jewelry give away! Click here to find out how! I will be drawing a name on Friday!!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Emerald Cove Jewelry Give Away!!!

Yeah it is my first give away! I thought that I would let you all know how much I appreciate all of you kind comments, encouragements and views! My blog is slowly coming along and I am having a great time writing and reading all of my blog friends blogs. You are all so inspiring!
So, while I was on vacation, basking in the sun, I decided to make this beach inspired necklace to give away to one of my lucky friends!

All you need to do is become a follower and comment below and you are entered! I will draw one lucky winner on Friday so check back to see if you are a winner!

Just make sure that I have a way to contact you if I draw your name!


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