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We own a waterfront, boat access only, property and plan to build a cottage. This blog documents.. our pre-construction planning, design ideas, and adventures with our newest little cottager, our 6.. month old daughter.

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  • DIY Centerpiece- Bringing the Outdoors In
    on May 26, 2011 in Cottage Chic DIY Projects
    Get in touch with nature- indoors.  Take some inspiration from your garden, cottage, or favourite outdoor space.  This centerpiece is a simple and affordable way to incorporate some outdoor elements you love into your home.  Use any ki...
  • The Boats In the Water
    on Apr 28, 2011 in The Cottage Dream
    After a slow start to spring, the forecast finally predicted sun and above zero temperatures, which meant that Friday's long weekend plans of productivity had to be immediately scrapped and postponed for a trip to the island property.  Prioritie...
  • David Ferrer- Please do not fire warning shots at babies!
    on Mar 31, 2011 in On My Mind
    I will prefice this post by first saying that this has nothing to do with cottage construction/planning or the outdoors for that matter.  Sorry to all the true cattagers that may be disappointed with this post.  I've decided to create a new...
  • The Art of Stone Balancing
    on Mar 30, 2011 in Show and Tell
    While on a walk today I stumbled upon the most amazing sculptures.  Truly amazing artwork and incredible talent.  So glad I had my camera on me!  Hope to get back there tonight for sunset!
  • Show and Tell: Letters From Side Lake by Peter Leschak
    on Mar 22, 2011 in Show and Tell
    In this book, Peter Leschak chronicles his adventure of building a log cabin with his wife in the North Woods of Minnesota.  He writes about his everyday experiences: watching the Northern Lights, clearing stumps, skating on the lake in the dead...
  • Show and Tell: Levon Helm Live in Concert
    on Mar 9, 2011 in Show and Tell
    My husband and brother saw Levon Helm, longtime drummer for the Band, live in concert at Massey Hall this past weekend.  His daughter, Amy Helm, and others accompanied him on stage.  While Helm's voice was a little rough and he appeared to...
  • Top 10 Reasons Why I Love Cottage Season
    on Mar 9, 2011 in Top 10...
    10- I don't need to worry about laundry.  Everyone is wearing their cleanest dirty shirt!9- Campfire is the new eau de toilette... long lasting and everyone's wearing it!8- I get to blame any new found blemish on a bug bite.7- My biggest concern...
  • Top 10 Cottage Tunes
    on Mar 9, 2011 in Top 10...
    10- Up on Cripple Creek- The Band9- Sitting on the Dock of the Bay- Otis Redding8- Stay or Leave- Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds7- Down by The River- Neil Young6- Jolene- Ray LaMontagne5- Oh, The Boss is Coming- Arkells4- Have You Ever Seen the Rai...
  • DIY- Atti Cat Blown In Insulation
    on Mar 2, 2011 in DIY Projects
    We're sleeping warmer upstairs and anticipate being $650 richer after this DIY project (not taking into consideration any energy savings!).   We added 14 inches blown insulation to our attic, bringing it from an R12 to an R50.  Highly recom...
  • Show and Tell: Birch Tree Mural
    on Feb 20, 2011 in Show and Tell
    Birch Forest wallpaper muralDuring my inspiring walk through the home show today, I stumbled upon a company ( for prepasted mural wallpaper.  The murals are designed from original art work/photography of Canadian artists.  I...
  • Show and Tell- A short film on the most Canadian of places, an outdoor skate rink
    on Feb 14, 2011 in Show and Tell
    The ice rink I stumbled upon on Rice Lake, on the way up to the propertyLast night, I watched a screening of Jeff Bird's documentary RINK (  performed with live music to accompany.  The documentary, filmed in G...
  • DIY Projects for 2011- The Master Plan
    on Feb 12, 2011 in The Cottage Dream
    With careful planning, by the age of 35, my husband and I are hoping to own a waterfront cottage.  Our goal is to build a 800-900 square foot, open concept cabin for $50 000 and have this complete in the next 5 years.  The building bylaw fo...
  • Camping with a baby: A whole new adventure!
    on Feb 9, 2011 in The Cottage Dream
    Before having a baby, we weren't sure how portable a baby would be and how easily we could incorporate our little one into our lives and ambitious dream of one day building a cabin on our boat access only waterfront lot.  We know how to navigate...
  • A Hike Up To Our Our Winter Wonderland
    on Jan 31, 2011 in The Cottage Dream
    The recent blog posts inspired an impromptu drive to Rice Lake and hike across the lake to our island property.  While I always get excited to go up to the lot, this trip was different.  It was our first long awaited trip up with our newest...
  • "There's only so many affordable waterfront properties."
    on Jan 29, 2011 in The Cottage Dream
    Growing up spending summers at our family trailer, I came to love life by the lake.  The childhood memories that I have catching frogs, sitting around camp fires, swimming in the lake, tubing, getting up at the crack of dawn to go fishing, and c...
  • "A dream can't come true if you don't dream it."
    on Jan 29, 2011 in The Cottage Dream
    It's cottage planning season and time to reflect on a lot of hard work to date.It's hard to believe, that just 2 1/2 years ago, my husband and I purchased a waterfront island property on Rice Lake.  How we would get to our boat access only lot w...