Thursday, January 3, 2008

Some R and R and Dreaming of Cabin Styles

After the hustle and bustle of Christmas and removing those once-a-year beloved objects, it was time for my husband and I to sit down and rest. He got plenty of books for Christmas, so it was off to the recliner for him. Myself, I wanted to catch up on my Christmas magazines and some favorite books. Nothing goes better with this book "Camps and Cottages" than a steaming cup of coffee with some whipped cream and chocolate on top. Page after page in this book brings back memories of cabins tucked amongst the Redwood trees...making S'Mores over an open campfire...telling spooky stories out in the woods...fishing for trout in an open stream...and the time I scalded my stomach at Girl Scout Camp whilst dipping my diddy bag of utensils in the hot steaming water and water spilled out on my bare stomach. oweeee! Taught me not to run around in my bathing suit anymore! Ok, back to cabin dreaming.....ha!
Being all cold and wintery outside, I found myself lost in this wonderful book with tons of photos of cabin style cottages, collections and beautiful rooms filled with all kinds of goodies.
Now, how can you not smile when you look at this Sock Monkey picture. I was amazed at how MANY of them there are and in all different styles. I made a Sock Monkey for my husband when we were dating. He had always wanted one. Not long after that he asked me to marry him. Thank you, Mr. Sock Monkey! I think you helped me to steal his heart.
An amazing collection of American Indian Dolls.
Love this old medical cabinet with the glass jars and pristine look of white folded towels.

A lovely collection of Hotel Silver. The green background really makes the silver pop.
I spy a little Scotty Dog! But I really took this picture for what it had to say. Like it says, pulling together anchor pieces and adding paint and textures really do bring a home together. I love mixing old and new together. Nothing has to be matchy-matchy and I say if you love it, then use it.
Sweet vintage children's watering cans.
A clever way to display your watering cans.
This looks like a wonderful bed to climb into and curl up with a good book!

Very Americana - love it!
Ok, how many of you would love this room in your home?
I am fond of this photo because it has a wonderful mix of textures...from the American Indain photo down to the Scottish looking plaid pillows. One of my favorite homes are log homes. We have always dreamt of having a log cottage somewhere. This looks like a great store and is soooo cute.
Isn't this old wardrobe brush cool?

Socks and Duhgall had to curl up on my hubby's lap and warm themselves in front of the fire.
It has been very cold here and a huge storm is blowing in tonight. I know that our friends in Florida are having a cold spell, too. We are just thankful to have some rain here in California, however we are suppose to have some flash floods in some parts of town.
For anyone who may be interested in finding the book that I featured here, it is:
Camps and Cottages
bt Molly Hyde English
Published by Gibbs-Smith Publishers
Orders: 1-800-748-5439
I bought mine at Borders Book Store about five months ago. There are pages full of beautiful pictures from lodge, camp, adirondack and cottage styles. Perhaps it will even spark a need for a new collection for the New Year!!

50 comments:

Counting Your Blessings said...

I LOVE that picture of the watering cans!! Looks like a great book. Blessings... Polly

She'sSewPretty said...

What a beautiful book. Every time I think I want to do my house over in all pastels I see pictures with red and I know I can't give it up. I love that picture with the red quilt with the stars. Thanks for sharing Becky!

Michelle said...

What a great book..I'm getting ready to snuggle and read.

I hope you do okay with the storms..we are ready..food, water, flashlights and candles because we ALWAYS lose power.

Michelle

Janet said...

I am going to So. Cal in April and look forward to going to her shop in Laguna. Such great shops there; I am going to have myself some fun looking:>).

Janet

A Thing for Roses said...

Happy New Year to my dear friend Becky!

I just wanted to let you know how blessed I am to have met you. You have helped to make blogging so much more fun than I ever imagined. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

On another note, I love that you made your husband a sock monkey when your were dating because he always wanted one. When my husband was a kid, he always wanted an Easy Bake Oven, but his parents would never get him one, too girly they probably thought. After we got married, I found one at a garage sale and bought it for him. He thought that was so funny. Anyway, I want to wish you and your adorable family a fabulous 2008!

Love and hugs,

Lisa

Jean said...

I've been having trouble leaving comments so I hope this works....
I am a sock monkey lover down to the sock monkey flannel pajamas. The book looks fantastic. Have you seen Brad Paisley's home? One big enormous log "cabin" home. Beautiful.

Cottage Contessa said...

What a fabulous book, and that coffee had me almost drooling! Me thinks it's cuppa time!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Cowboys & Custard said...

Hello Becky and wishing you a very Happy New Year and to your lovely family & four legged friends.

The pictures in your book are wonderful and I would so love to crawl inside one of them and join all the beautiful collections..

I will send details re:Milly...

Much love
Michelexx

Heidi said...

Socks and Doogs are smart to curl up on a lap by the fire. What could be more like paradise?

Now I really sometimes find it scary how many of my blogging friends and I are on the same wave length. I am in the middle of stitching pennies for a penny rug and on New Year's Day, I googled images to find more unusual ideas for the setting for my penny rug. I came across this book and fell instantly in love with the tear drops on the edge. I kept the link to this book which I had never seen before that day. Now here it is on your blog.

I think there is something fitting about your weather for it being winter. I hope that you don't get any flooding but can experience the joys of snuggling up for the winter. Nothing like a good book and a quilt for that! By the way, you are after my DHs heart having coffee with whipped cream. He loves doing that.

Have a wonderful weekend dear Becky!

Hugs ~
Heidi

Kerrie said...

**Becky* Wish you and your loved ones a very *Happy 2008* may it be filled with much joy, laughter and good health.....WARM wishes I send to you from Austrailia too...

Here in Australia we have't had the sock monkeys..well not that i had noticed anyway...I JUST love them..
This book you shared looks great I too love the idea of the watering cans....
This one I will be on the lookout for..

Seeb said...

Thanks for sharing a complete book with us.have a happy year :)

Linda said...

This is a great book. I loved all the hotel silver. Stay cozy...we are in the middle of the storm. It is so windy and heavy,heavy rain...but we are prepared. I'm planning to stitch and read all day. Hugs,Linda

Shelley said...

Thanks Becky, for sharing that lovely book. I love the pictures ! Those little childrens watering cans are just my style.

Bless you, Shelley

BittersweetPunkin said...

I am redoing my master bedroom in the Americana theme...I already decorate in the primitive style and naturally gravitate towards Americana...love it!!
Blessings,
Robin

Dena ~ swaddlecottage said...

Oh, I am loving that book! The watering cans are my favorite :)

Hope your new year is off to a great start!!

Hugs,
Dena

The Nostalgia Fairy said...

Looks like a great book to curl up with. Thanks for sharing.

LAUREN at Faith Fuel- said...

Ohh,delicious looking coffee and book; and I love the book's author too- her name sounds so regal and proper: Molly Hyde English!

Nancy said...

I'm not a big coffee drinker, but boy does that look good. I would love a cup. All the pictures are so pretty too. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Sue said...

Happy New Year Becky! We have had cabins on our minds around here too. Your book looks really good.
Hugs,
Sue

Kristen said...

Oh the watering cans are my favorite. I am so thankful for your friendship! Thanks for the thoughts and comments as well! Thank the Lord, my back is begining to feel better! If the problem gets any worse I will head back to my doc to ask for an MRI. I am praying all goes well and I heal quickly! I am sorry to hear that you have back problems as well! I now know that it is not fun and quite frustrating! Do you need any special prayer for your back problems? Thanks again! You are oh so special~~!

Stephanie said...

That sounds like something I would do- curl up with a cup of coffee and a good decorating book ! Im re-doing our bedroom in Americana. So, I might have to order that book for the great ideas !
Thanks !!!!
Stephanie

Anonymous said...

We soooooo NEED the rain and snow in the Sierras, but I hope there aren't floods and mudslides in the fire areas.

~elaine~

Rosie's Whimsy said...

Ooh....love that book....just right for me....must buy :-)

Happy New Year right back at you....can't believe i have been gone so long. I just posted today....come by for another visit :-)

Bejeweled said...

How blissful! A stack of lovely books and that awesome delicious-looking coffee! A very lovely way to spend a day!

Rosemary said...

What a great book.
Love Hotel silver!!
I love things that mix old and new as well.
Thanks so much for sharing.
Have a great weekend!
Rosemary

quiltdoggie said...

Beautiful Book, Becky! I love the photo of the bed with the red & white stars blanket, and how fun is that, they just tossed that old roses comforter on there and it really works!!! Thanks for sharing. Oh and doogs & the kitty look mighty comfy on that lap! :) xoxo P

KarenHarveyCox said...

This is such a lovely post. I found your blog through another favorite. thanks for the link. Karen

nannykim said...

ok girl, This Christmas was sock monkey Christmas for us---I made a bunch for our family ---see my sock monkey blog at http://monkeybusiness-nannykim.blogspot.com/ I love them!!

Kari & Kijsa said...

What a fabulous book- we loved our preview with you!!! Love that hotel silver!!!

blessings,
kari & kijsa

Kari & Kijsa said...

What a fabulous book- we loved our preview with you!!! Love that hotel silver!!!

blessings,
kari & kijsa

Denise said...

Do you remember Arnold Horshack on Welcome back Kotter? How he would throw his hand up in class and holler "Ooh-ooh-ooooh anyway.. I am sitting here with my hand waving in the air hollering "Ooh-ooh-ooooh I love the watering cans......... I have several and want to collect more..... What a great idea........

hahahha

hugs ......

Lallee said...

Hi Becky! I've been watching your weather. I hope you are OK! This is a perfect time for you, hubby, and fur babies to hunker down and stay warm and dry. It looks like you've found the perfect way to do just that. I've been looking at different sock monkeys all year. I'm determined to make one. Check out all the different ones on flickr. So fun!

Hugs!
Lallee

Jenn and Jacqui said...

Hi Becky! Log cabins sounds like a perfect place for a vacation! Thank you for sharing the book and the links. Hope the storm has gone and you are all okay. Now, we hope you let Doogs and Socks lick the cream out of the coffee cup!! LOL Have a wondeful weekend of reading and curling up, how perfect :) Jenn and Jacqui

crisl said...

hello,your blog is very lovely!!
greetings from germany
crisl

Back Through Time said...

That looks like a wonderful book! So glad you shared some of it with us!
Enjoy your weekend
Michelle

SweetAnnee said...

Wonderful pics of cabins and such..the brush is awesome
and YOUR coffee looks yummy!!
I'm going to make some just like that!!

smiles, deena

Esther Sunday said...

Love the pics!!!! Don't you just love getting these types of books/magazines? I have to prepare my surroundings to be just perfect to lose myself in them! Quiet house, coffee, etc. Love, Esther

Nan said...

What gorgeous pictures. They do make you dream of other times.
Nan

Mary Lou Weidman said...

My goodness I have had that book for some time and never enjoyed it as much as when I read your blog. Thanks so much for sharing! I just wish I had had that wonderful looking cup of coffee. You aren't from Washington are you?
Thanks for the vacation tonight...
Mary Lou
Marylouweidman.blogspot.com

Deb said...

Beautiful book - I love the watering cans displayed on the old mug rack :-} but my favourite picture of all was that of sweet Socks & Duhgall by the fire! They know where the best seat in the house is :-}
Have a wonderful weekend.

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

I love those photos! What a wonderful book to curl up with on a cold winter night. Thanks for posting the pictures.
Hugs,
Penny

Mary said...

Happy new year

Shelby said...

Looks like a wonderful book - you had me at the cover :)

Flea Market Queen said...

So many wonderful looks...
I keep thinking of redoing my whole house in Camps & Cottage look! Someday...
Priscilla

Ragged Roses said...

Hello and Happy New Year! What a wonderful book, I'm going to have to keep an eye out for that one. Thanks for sharing the photos
Kimx

Feenwerkstatt said...

Dear Becky, this seems to be really a wonderful book! Great pictures...

But the cutest one is this with Doogs and Socks...;0))))

Love, Anja

Jen said...

I love the watering cans! Cute, Cute, Cute!!!!! I enjoy reading your posts! I have been playing catch up - I have not been getting to blog as much as I would like lately :)

Have a good week!

Jen

The Old Painted Cottage said...

What a delightful book, my dear friend. I could just picture myself cozying up by the fire with that yummy cocoa and extra whipped cream, soaking it all in.

Thank you for your very sweet friendship. You brighten my world with your lovely posts, fun emails and charming photos of sweet doogs. Meeting you was definitely one of the highlights of 2007 for me.

oxox
Jennifer

farmerjulie said...

oh my gosh! I know Molly! I had a little flower shop next to hers in Laguna Beach for years!! She is a sweet lady! and has a darling shop, and a darling cottage!!

Mary said...

Love that picture of the hotel silver - right up my alley! I'll have to add that book to my birthday wish list.

Hope you weathered the storm OK!
xoxo,
Mary