Category Archives: Michigan

Cherryland: Traverse City Michigan


The land of plenty.  Cherries on the Old Mission Peninsula, Traverse City, Michigan.

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Framed Bathing Suits


Long time, no Blog.  I’ve been missing in action on my Blog and in my life.  Unfortunately, my mother passed away last month from lung cancer at age 86.  She always believed it was OK to smoke two cigarettes a day.  It was not OK.   We all miss her greatly and had a lovely celebration of her life.  Our relationship with our mother was complicated.  But then again, sometimes I think everyone’s mother daughter dynamics are.   My favorite place to be is out on the lake.  I grew up skiing on weekends in the summer with my entire family.  We would spend every Saturday and Sunday out on the boat.  My father in the water helping us learn how to ski, my mother driving the boat, while my siblings watched and waited for their turn.  My mother would pack lunch and fun snacks for the day.  I choose to remember the good times with my mother and sometimes that is very hard thing to do.    It was time to try and move out of the funk I’ve been in and do something I enjoy and continue to live the life I love.   So today, I worked on framing cute vintage style bathing suits for the cottage.   I bought them on Etsy and the frames were on sale at Hobby Lobby.   Life moves on.

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Vintage: The New Yorker


I just finished framing three vintage The New Yorker magazine covers for the Michigan summer cottage.  Even though I love the black and red combination, I think I am going to spray paint the frames a vintage white.  The 50% off frame sale ends tomorrow at Hobby Lobby.  I’ll be making one more frame run in the morning.  I’ve had these covers for years.  Who knew I really would end up with a yellow cottage, porch swing and potting shed in real time.

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Vintage Spool Bed


For the cottage, heading to Michigan this weekend.

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My First Cherry Pie












So, what did I do on my summer vacation?  I made my first cherry pie!  My husband’s family has a small cherry orchard, so after almost 30 years of summers on the Old Mission Peninsula, I finally decided it was time to make my first cherry pie, in fact, my first pie ever.  I’ve been inspired by all the cooking Kristen at Knitionary is always doing.  I love to stop over and take in her dinner parties.  On my bucket list.  Anyway, one day in Sutton’s Bay, I saw this fun cherry pie cut-out and knew I had to try it.  So thank you to the girls over at The Front Porch, it’s a keeper.   We spent two weeks of fun in the sun and near the end of our stay, we stopped by the orchard, picked and pitted and I ended up making 3 pies for the family.  They look beautiful and even more surprising, they even tasted great.  I guess I will now have to make this a summer tradition.  Who knew?

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Suttons Bay Art Festival










The Suttons Bay Art Festival was this weekend.  It was a beautiful sunny cool day by the Bay.  Talented glass and pottery artists had plenty of wares on display.  Actually, there were so many to choose from, I couldn’t decide.  This show is always on my Summer To Do list.  Done.

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Vintage Metal Chairs












Found:  Crystal Lake, Michigan

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Northern Michigan


Lorey’s Flower Station, Bowers Harbor, Michigan

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Happy 4th of July






Happy 4th of July to all my family and friends enjoying this festive parade filled holiday!  We miss all who are not here today in Cherryland, but we are with you in spirit.  Bring on the sparklers.

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Cottage Porch Rug






While in Michigan this weekend, I took a break from cleaning the cottage and stopped by Pier One Imports.  They had some really cute colorful wicker chairs.  Chairs are something we have plenty of but the blue outdoor rug came home with me.

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The Cottages of Michiana Shores











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Michiana Shores is by far one of the most enchanting villages in lower Michigan.   Development began in the 1930’s as a log cabin town for vacationers.  Many of the cottages were originally built as summer cottages for Chicago teachers.   Today, the new log cabins blend seamlessly with the old.   A perfect getaway.

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Michigan Cottage


Today we were in God’s country:  Michigan.  My friend has a wonderful lake house which is so warm and inviting.  We were lucky to spend the day on the back porch with a light breeze before the rain set in.  Lovely.  Black and Red, my kind of girl.

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