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She Shed & Chicken Coop Christmas Blog Tour

Hi! I’m so glad you made it over to my blog and I’m excited to share the chicken coop with ya! Some of you possibly came from The Little Green Bean blog and if you did, welcome!!!

So I waited a minute too long to deck the halls of the chicken coop this year. I had a plan but I couldn’t find any fresh garland or wreaths in our WHOLE TOWN!! AHHH!! It turned out okay though because it forced me to be creative and I saved money!

I found myself at our local farmers market on my journey to finding those items. They were giving their tree clippings away for free! (Tip – I think most places that sell Christmas trees do this!) So Aaron and I grabbed some and threw them in the truck.

Once I got home I simply decked the coop with pine tree branches! I stuffed them on top of the coop and in a planter beside it. These pine clippings really brought life to our little coop and they were FREE! YASSSS!!!!

Next up, I added a red wreath (which I’ve had since my very first apartment) and a joy sign that was out in my shed! Bam, the chicken coop is now festive!!

If you found this inspirational, be sure to check out my friend at The Pickled Rose!

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!

Making Money with a Vintage Booth During the Holidays

I’ve been in the industry for a few years now and I can tell you the Holiday season can be a little slower for antique dealers/pickers. Sad to say, but I’ve heard many dealers say they have a hard time paying rent during the Holidays, much less making a profit for the work!

I try to be very strategic when it comes to Classic Cottage Co. during the Holidays so that I not only make rent but bring home a paycheck! Here’s a few tips!

Christmas Decor Stocked

People are buying all things Christmas right now. Look at the big box stores – Target can barely keep it in stock. Wednesday I had a good day at my largest booth location and most of the items that sold were CHRISTMAS!

If it’s out (& priced right) I’ll sell something Christmas-y just about every day this time of year.

Keep it Festive

Yep, that Christmas decor serves another purpose too. It makes the booth feel festive which in return makes people happy which leads to jolly ol’ buyers!

Tip – All the Christmas decor does have a price tag!

Style those Christmas decorations in your booth as you would your home. This not only keeps the booth looking pretty but shows buyers how to use your merchandise. I shop all year long for Christmas items so I’ll be fully stocked all season.

Bring Out the BEST

Sure, everyone has Christmas on the brain. Sure, everyone is spending all their money on Christmas gifts. Use this to your advantage!!!! Those same shoppers are making a mental Christmas wishlist as they shop. I’ve seen wives spot a vanity or buffet and the husband show up the next day with a cash in hand. Now is the time to bring out those beautiful pieces that that would make for the perfect Christmas gift.

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!!

Preparing for Christmas at Thanksgiving

Yep, I know it’s a debate. Truthfully I don’t think there is a right or wrong answer. I’m talking about the topic of decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving Day.

Let me start by saying, it’s all about the traditions and what makes your heart happy.

For this reason, my halls are already decked for the season on Thanksgiving.  In my mind, Nov 1 bErin’s the whole season of Jolliness. Part of this is because it’s how I was raised, so it’s tradition. Growing up, our home would already be decorated for Christmas on Thanksgiving Day. It felt so festive!

This week I’ve been asked several times if it was okay to start decorating for Christmas even if you host Thanksgiving. I say TOTALLY! We’re hosting Thanksgiving and the house is already very festive for Christmas!

I’m styling my table with classics such as gold metals, candle sticks, and ironstone to blend Thanksgiving with Christmas decor.

Just wanted to write this blog to say if it makes your heart happy to begin enjoying the Christmas decor, go ahead. On the other hand, if it makes you’re heart happy to wait, that’s okay too!

As for me, I’ll be enjoying my Thanksgiving dessert beside the Christmas tree.

PS – These pics are from Thanksgiving last year!

-Karlee

Be Careful What You Teach Your Children

If it hadn’t of been for my mother, I wouldn’t have this career.

Seriously. I think about it often this time of year. Why? Because every October and November she would drag me out to every flea mall/ antique store in and around our area and make me hunt for every vintage Santa mug, pitcher or cookie jar I could find.

On the regular – she would take me to yard sales and estate sales. At a young age, mom taught me how to hunt. Eventually, I developed an eye for things I liked and I would put them away in my hope chest.

Mom drilled me to look for little details such as… look for the “Japan” stamp… Fenton is good. Fenton hobnail is even better. For years I learned these tips among many other. Later I added on to this base knowledge and begin adding in my own style.

Once we got home we would have to “display” the items of course (I now call this styling lol). So along with developing an eye for hunting “junk”, mom taught me how to arrange that “junk” in a way that instantly turned it into treasure.

I write this today because it hit me, I was taught these things not knowing it would later develop a career. She had no idea it would pay my mortgage, help send her grandkids to college (possibly) and provide me with nice things. Each little tip she gave me as a young child, I practice daily.

All because a grown up taught a little, I hunt for items, nearly daily, for customers. I write about how to style those items and I display soooo many vintage items in my home in hopes of inspiring other to embrace beauty in old things.

Share knowledge with little ones and don’t underestimate them… In many ways, childhood shaped us.

One Final October Weekend

So we’re approaching the end of October, sadly! No worries – more fun months are to come. However, I want to embrace every last moment of the month and all it’s fun festive charm!

Since Aaron and I don’t have children yet, this post is geared to those adults who are without kiddos yet still wanna be festive! There’s no way we can fit all of these ideas into the next remaining days but this will hopefully get your festive mind going!!

To Do

1- Go to The Pumpkin Patch  

Yep, there’s still time!

2 – Binge watch scary or not really thaaaaaat scary movies. 

Aaron and I LOVE doing this! 

3 – Bake a Fall treat

4 – Hand out treats to all the trick or treaters 

Being out in the country we don’t get many of these but I always have a bowl of candy ready!

5 – Drink a warm mug of apple cider

Good news – you can do this into November too!!! 

6 – Splurge on a Fall scented candle and burn it ALL weekend long. 

I’ve been doing this all month but it’s not too late!

7 – Carve a pumpkin

Adults can do this too! 

8 – If your town is hosting a grave yard tour, GO!

We did this last year and really enjoyed the weirdness while learning the history of our community. 

9 – Make chili

10 – Enjoy another pumpkin spice latte

The Clock Collection

Within the past year I have a newfound love for collections and grouped items that are very similar to one another. When similar vintage items are grouped it achieves a uniformed look with character.. if such a thing is possible. I’ve always collected milk glass (began at age 8) but recently I’ve wanted to broaden my collection abilities.

That’s around the time I began thinking clocks were cute. Yep clocks. Especially the little vintage desk clocks with the white face and blacks numbers. So I began hunting around the antique malls and keeping the ones I found while picking. (This isn’t my usual way of doing business.. lol)

Before I knew it I had gathered a little collection! Not to mention at a great price. Even at the antique malls I never paid more than $12 for a clock. In fact, most of these I found under $5. I’m not saying I found them everyday. Shoot, I didn’t even find them once a month but when I did they were reasonable priced.

I’m still working on my little clock collection. I recently styled them in our front living room on the top shelf of a bookcase. The hunt for my clock treasures has nearly been the best part of collecting!

Fall Dining Room Decor

 Fall and Christmas are my VERY FAVORITE times of the year to decorate my home! I love pumpkins, orange, fall scented candles, cooler temperatures.. ahh just give me all the warm cozy tones!!

So I did a little Fall decor on our farm table in the dining room. As usual, I kept it simple and tried using mostly items I already had. Sometimes shopping your own home is the best way to find cheap inspo! I tend to shop my own home every season and swap items around.

This Fall, I used some white cake stands to add height and antique glass jugs on either side of those cake stands. To add a little festive charm I styled some faux white pumpkins (from last year) on the stands. Then to add a little Fall orange-y color, I popped some orange florals from Hobby Lobby.

Simple as that! The only “new” thing for this space are the Hobby Lobby florals coming out of the vintage jugs. I personally feel Fall is quiet easy to decorate for! Just think, pumpkins alone are beautiful!

Cute Fall Etsy Finds

So Fall is my FAVORITE time of year. I love the colors, smells (Yep, I’m talking about the candles) and festivities.

Here’s a few adorable items I found on Etsy that really out me in the Fall spirit!!

 

Links

Pumpkin Pattern Rolling Pin – Click Here

Mason Jar Pumpkin – Click Here

Pumpkin Garland – Click Here

Chenille Pumpkins – Click Here

Mornin Pumpkin Pillow – Click Here

Pumpkin Mug – Click Here

Autumn Tea Towel – Click Here

White Pumpkin Mug – Click Here

Paper Cups – Click Here

Fall Sign – Click Here

Welcome Mat – Click Here