Highs & Lows – 2018

Farewell, 2018. Hello, 2019.

It was a good year. Fast but good! Here’s a few moments that really stand out to me when thinking back on 2018.

I turned 25 – High

Wow, am I really an actual grown up? Yep. I turned 25 on January 25th 2018. I even wrote a post about it –25 Life Lessons for 25! Aaron & Kelbee made this day special for me.

Classic Cottage Co. Expanded… AGAIN!! – High

Yep, we had the opportunity to expand the space we we’re currently renting so we did so! This gave our customers a little extra room to shop while allowing us to stage more inventory.

I Felt Alone – Low 

It was a Summer Night when the reality hit me – I’m the only one who still lives in this area. Once upon a time, I had a father, mother and 2 sisters live in the Auburn, Al area. We grew up here. Everyone went their separate ways. I stayed in a town full of memories. I felt very alone.

I Planned for an Online Store – High

Yessss!! The thought alone excited me. Aaron and I spent ENDLESS hours planning for our online store. It was the conversation every Sunday at our favorite local Italian restaurant. It would be the BIGGEST expansion of Classic Cottage Co. YET!

He Canceled the Store – Low

Real low. I was furious.

I totally see why Aaron made the decision. I had been planning for nearly a year to open the online store and didn’t make the jump because of fear and anxiety. I had all the support in the world – Aaron and really no excuse. Aaron and I were paying monthly fees for a store that didn’t exist yet. It was all just a big dream with even bigger fear.

One day, I tried logging in to the admin of the online store and it had been canceled. I was furious. I called Aaron. Aaron explained that he had canceled it months ago because we were paying for something that hadn’t been used in months.Worst of all – I was so embarrassed it had been canceled for month and it took me that long to even realize. Geeze. I was so angry but baby it put a fire in me. Within weeks we had items listed and were ready to go. I think Aaron knew the fire I needed.  I realized fear had be robbing me so I…

Launched an Online Store – High 

You. Better. Believe. It.

I’m so proud to say Classic Cottage Co. Online launched on September the 4th. Funny story. We actually hit the “go live” button and made the announcement on social media on the way to our friend’s house for dinner. At this point, I wasn’t wasting time or waiting for the perfect time. When it’s time to GO, you GO!

I had no clue what I was doing. Didn’t know the first thing about shipping items. Not to mention shipping items worldwide! Ha, Aaron and I quickly learned though!

Talk about a high – I was on a freaking mountain. Since then we have shipped out more orders than we ever imagined. PS – thanks for that!

We Nearly Lost Oscar – Low 

One Sunday morning, we woke up and Oscar was sick. Aaron rushed him to the emergency after hours vet. It was an up and down roller coaster. After much prayer, money and few weeks, our little Oscar was back on the mend!! Thank, God!

My Instagram hit 30K – High 

Say whaaaattttt???? Yes! Maybe soon I should write a post on IG tips! Instagram is a part of my business. I was so thrilled and appreciative of reaching this milestone!

Wow, that’s actually a good bit of highs and lows! All in all, it’s been a good year. Aaron and I totally invested everything we had into building our life and a business. The year FLEW BY!

Cheers 2019!

Ahhh, My House Feels Sooooo Empty – After Holiday Home

Some of us dread it. Some of us love it. It’s the after Holiday emptiness of our home. We’ve had orange decor and pumpkins, turkeys and acorns, and Christmas trees and garland. For the past few months our homes have felt festive and full. Suddenly it feels empty.

I’m somewhere between love and dread when it comes to this after holiday emptiness. I love the simplicity and routine that comes with January; however, the house can sometimes feel a bit cold and empty. Here’s what I do to combat that empty feeling – I plan!

No – I can’t go to World Market and hit up the antique mall and buy a bunch of AWESOME pieces to fill the after Holiday void. Ummmm, can you say “budget”…Not to mention how pricy Christmas just was!! Nor do I even need to purchase extra “things”.

Instead, I take a step back and think of maybe a piece or two I want to invest in for 2019. Maybe a nice cabinet or large wall art. I focus on how I may could budget that awesome piece for 2019. Maybe you want to change out the coffee table. Well, now’s the time to start Pinteresting what you want and set aside a little money for it.

Also, now’s the time to do some DIY projects inside the house. Maybe freshen up the paint in a room (buying a can of paint can go a long ways in a space), change out a light fixture, or make a chalkboard wall. It’s cold outside so now’s a great time to work on the interior of your home.

Plan what you want your home to look like in 2019. Plan for any major purchases you’d like to make. When packing up the Christmas tree it’s hard to know if you should drown your tears in one last peppermint mocha or celebrate the fresh simple start with champagne. Girl, I say make a mimosa and start planning what your want for your home in 2019.

Christmas in the Kitchen

Kitchens are my favorite to decorate at Christmas time! I truly feel a kitchen is the heart of a home.

This year I wanted all the cozy kitchen vibes with lots of green trees and lots of warm lights.

Draping some lights across the white metal piece in our kitchen was one of the first things I did. I’m still loving the warm glow it gives…. secretly wanting to keep it up through Winter!

Next the evergreens! We hung faux garland across the sink window and put out little mini trees all throughout the space. Especially in the open space above our cabinets. We also added a little live tree on the island to serve as our little “family tree”. That’s been my favorite part of the Christmas kitchen decor.

What’s Christmas without a little red?! I pulled out the vintage Santas to give me a punch of  red. Nothing like a sweet classic vintage red. This also serves as a reminder of Christmas as a child because we had Santas displayed everywhere in our home growing up.

That’s Christmas in the kitchen!! Hope you enjoyed this festive post. Thanks for reading!

Christmas in the Workroom for $10

Yep, we made Christmas happen in the Classic Cottage Co. workroom. Many hours are spent in that workroom of ours so we decided to make it festive for the Holiday season!

Our small business functions on a small business budget so we wanted to play this Christmas decor game smart! I turned to my trusty favorite for me this season Target lights. Simply draping these lights around our chalkboard gave an instant Holiday glow. Not bad for $10!

Speaking of chalkboard, I grabbed my chalk (I’m such an artist. NOT!) and drew out a simple (VERY SIMPLE) tree. Note – If I can do this you can too!! This bit of Christmas cheer was free!

Next, Aaron and I went all over town looking for fresh pine. We needed a wreath and garland for this project and another we have coming up. We soon found out our community is out of garland and very limited on fresh wreaths. This actually worked out for the good. While on our search for garland we went by a farmers market and they let us have the Christmas tree clippings for FREE!! Tip -I think this is pretty common for places that sell live Christmas trees! So I grabbed my floral wire and and formed a little wreath from the clippings. Now I’m glad everywhere was out of garland because it forced me to be creative and saved us money!

Between these little festive touches and a peppermint candle, you have Christmas in the workroom. I didn’t even realize we only spent $10 until after is was finished. A little Christmas can go a long ways!

Fresh Pine Wreath

A simple timeless way to add holiday cheer to your home is with a fresh pine wreath! You can use it inside or out – either way it’ll have that little space smelling and looking like Christmas time!

That’s why when Artist Wreaths  reached out about sending us a wreath for the Holiday season – I said , “SURE”!!  There’s nothing like fresh pine during the Holidays.

The wreath we chose was the Cedar Roses & Red Princess Pine Holiday Wreath. I was attracted to this wreath because of the sweet cedar pine roses. I though those were a creative combo on a Christmas wreath. It has just enough neutral with a great pop of rich red. The wreath was delivered right to our door looking very full and fresh! It was the same type of treat as getting live flowers but this is prettier, larger and will last longer!

Over all, I was so pleased with my wreath from Artistic Wreaths! I think it makes for the perfect festive touch on a door, window or above a bed!

 Hope you’re already enjoying your Holiday season! Be sure to check out Artist Wreaths!!