Thursday, August 4, 2016

The Monthly Cottages - One Last Look

I thought I would put all of the cottages together in one last post about them. If you have followed my blog, you have seen me cross stitch each month.

I started the cottages last August, and the first month to be on display was September

I just realized while looking for the September picture that I never showed September on display, so I may have to do that in September. Y'all will have to humor me!

I have enjoyed doing them so much, and have worked to find the perfect spot in the kitchen over the course of the year so that were on display and not going to get messed up.

Through this, I have found the kitchen with my white counters and no really color theme going has been the place to have my little seasonal themes. 

I can change out the table linens very easily to go with the month. Example up next.

To store them, I had a tub left over from the classroom. I keep it in my sewing room cabinets. It has all of the backgrounds, ribbons, etc. right there. Easy to get to and easy to put away.

I placed a magnet on a frame with a saying I got at Hobby Lobby. It had some depth to it, so it worked perfectly with the monthly cottages.

I originally had the washer on the frame and the magnet on the back of the cottage, but quickly changed that set up to the exact opposite. Magnet on frame works tons better!!!!

Then I mounted the cloth and the cottages on sticky mounting board that you can get from craft stores. I glued the backs down with tacky glue and held them with clothes pins until they dried. 

Corners first and then sides.

I then glued a washer (the kind you pick up at a hardware store) onto the back of the cottages. 

By doing the magnet on the frame and the washers on the cottages, it was extremely inexpensive to do and easy to switch out each month.

I didn't put anything on the back of the cloth piece. The magnet and the washer were strong enough to hold both pieces in place.

I have thoroughly enjoyed them and look forward to them for many years.

So without further adieu, let's travel the remainder of the year with cottages.

Remember I did two Junes. I didn't like the first one, but......

I love the second one!!!!!!!!!

and last but not least August.

This makes up stitching for a year of my life with a few other things thrown in.

Thanks to Priscilla @Priscillas for the inspiration. I saw these cottages on her website and knew I had to do them.

Busy stitching,

Linking up with Stacy@Poofing the Pillows

Thoughts of Home on Thursday


  1. I am so glad you let us seem them all together Sandy. And the tutorial on mounting them was very helpful. I think my favorite one is July. I love all those pretty blues.

    1. I love July too and May turned out to be one of my favorites.

  2. Sandy, I love all of the cross-stitched cottages. I used to do so many cross-stitch projects and I should start again, I think you have inspired me! Pam @ Everyday Living

    1. Thanks Pam, they have been a lot of fun to do.

  3. Sandy,these are absolutely beautiful! Thank you for sharing exactly how you finished them and how they switch in and out of your frame. I appreciate knowing the details. I would love to do this. Thanks for featuring this post, because I missed it the first time around!

    1. I seriously love these cottages. When I put September out it will begin my second year displaying them. They sit in a spot on my kitchen counter that doesn't get used for cooking, so they are ok not framed. I have really loved them.


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