Vol 5. Welcome friends! I am going to be doing a little something new on Saturdays. The Cottage Market in the early years (aka…before I knew any thing about blogging lol) had a little segment called Down The Rabbit Hole. It was a collection of random links that I found throughout the week that I loved and think you will do. So I thought it was time to bring it back New and Improved, because I am going to be adding a little Giveaway each week…a little something that I found fun and thought you would like. The items are not sponsored and are purchased directly by me to send you a smile. My approach to this New Year is living more simply and putting more emphasis on the “little things” and the important things in life like kindness…compassion…health…family…love of animal…charity…well I think you get the picture… So on Saturday’s sharing some fun links…sending someone a smile with a token of my appreciation will be the norm. You can enter the Giveaway by simply leaving a comment. There is another very important facet to Saturday’s Down The Rabbit Hole…for EACH comment left The Cottage Market…aka myself and my family will be donating $1 to a deserving charity each week which we will announce and be accountable for…so let’s leave those comments . Tell us what your favorite things are and spread the love. The Cottage Market is also making a personal pledge to donate 5 percent of our net earnings to Charity this year…it’s a way of giving back and that is so very important to us. So come on in an enjoy…spread the love and maybe win a little something cool while donating to charity. Scroll on down to see this weeks FUN Giveaway! (remember…blue words are clickable : )
- Do you love seeing fabulous Craft Studios like me? Well if you love color…love a fabulous design and just adore a FUN space…you need to check out Oh Happy Day’s incredible space!
- Spread the word to Opt To Adopt and feed 8 Shelter Dogs…all with the purchase of this awesome Shirt!
- 5 AMAZING …Crazy Easy Healthy Vegan Recipes The Whole Family Will LOVE!!!
- If you are looking for a special gift for someone dear to you…try dropping by Prosperity Candle. You will love the items and most of all love what they do to help Women. Every candle purchased helps provide a living wage for the women of Prosperity Candle, like Moo Kho, Naw and Htoo who have recently resettled from refugee camps and are working to build a brighter future for themselves and their families in the United States.
- Has Hand Lettering been on your list of things to do? Why not give this a try…it’s Free…Fun and you will get Fabulous results.
- Are you looking for a quick…easy…beginner’s knitting tutorial for a fabulous cozy Chunky Woold Blanket…look no further! Even if you are new to knitting…you can do it!
- If you would just love to relax in the …enjoy a glass of wine and maybe read for a bit…you need one of these!
- Do you LOVE Meyer Lemons? Do you love dessert? Do You crave the creamiest…dreamiest ice cream ever…um…you need to visit this blog!
- Don’t want to spend a lot of time putting on make-up? Wanting a natural look in a snap…then check out Beauty Simplified…you are going to love it!
- I watch Innovation Nation every Saturday (especially great if you have kids) Last week they had a special on this amazing Dog Food called Just Food For Dogs…everything is FRESH and Fabulous and probably the best dog food out there. It is fortified with all of the vitamins needed and guess what…for those of us that make homemade food for our pets…they offer a complete vitamin powder that has everything your pup needs…check it out. I am a vegetarian but my dogs are not…oh…by the way…this is not sponsored…I just really want you to see it because it is great for your pups! Oh…there is the same service for the Kitty…Purrfect right!
- Want the perfect scrambled egg? You have to know the secret ingredient first…come and see how easy it is!
- One of my most favorite forms of art is Street Art (really…this art major loves a great Van Gogh or Michelangelo…but I can’t get enough of Street Art) You have to visit this site and watch as Jim Bachor fills potholes in the middle of Chicago and beautifies the spot too. Check them out..so original and so much fun!
This Week’s Charity is: Stand Up For Pits http://www.standupforpits.us/
Abuse and discrimination is wrong. Whether the abused and discriminated has two legs or four, it is wrong.” – Rebecca Corry
The Stand Up For Pits Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to saving lives and ending the abuse and discrimination of Pit Bull “type” dogs (Pibbles) through live events, funds, education and advocacy. We don’t limit the way we advocate or save lives. We believe in new ways, new thinking and new change, and are committed to empowering others to do the same until abuse and discrimination against our beautiful Pit Bull type dogs ends. For more information on this incredible Charity…click here http://www.standupforpits.us/
List of Charities Down The Hole Had Donated To:
(an on-going list of deserving charities: )
The Hempstead Town Animal Shelter
The Winner of the Zen Garden is…
We numbered each comment from 1-14 in the order we received them (the first received was given #1 and the last comment we received was #14) Then we let the random generator pick our WINNER!
I will email you for your information!!!
Thank you to EVERYONE who commented and helped raise money for theOne Tail at a Time and Good Luck with next weeks Giveaway!
As always here at The Cottage Market we would like to send out tons of APPAWS and APPLAUSE to all of our blogger friends for sharing their talents and creativity with us! We want them to know that they are appreciated and loved. You are going to adore exploring their blogs for more outstanding DIY’s and inspiration. As always…ENJOY & CREATE!
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Pat Champagne says
Very happy you brought back this series. I enjoy all of your posts. Pat.
Hi there Pat! How are you : ) I am so happy that you enjoy this series and that you are happy we brought it back! Thank you for being such a wonderful reader and friend of The Cottage Market! Sending wishes for a fabulous day and tons of hugs to you!
pat groom says
Down the rabbit hole is my favorite Saturday go to. Thank you
Hi there Pat…I am so happy that Down The Rabbit Hole is your favorite Saturday go to! That totally make my heart smile! Wishes for an amazing day and sending tons of hugs…
Karen Benton says
This is the first time I have seen your site. Thank you for reaching out and making life better.
I love your charitable outlook, and this giveaway is awesome. Great post!
Hi there Monica! I so appreciate your kind words! I am so happy that you enjoy the choice of Giveaways…keep checking back each week…trying to keep it fresh : ) Sending wishes for a wonderful day…Tons of hugs…
I love your site; I just have to read it or I don’t feel my day is complete! I have owned dachshunds for 33 years. I can’t seem to live without one. Your donations to these doggy charities is incredibly beautiful. A nation’s true colors are shown by how it treats its people and animals. As a long-term survivor of chronic illness, my heart and prayers have been with you during your recent cardiac illness. And on a lighter note, I hope I win the mug – love anthropologie’s doxie stuff!
Hi there Debra! How are you! I know how you feel about being addicted to dachshunds…been there and still doing that : ) Thank you for your loving wishes and concern. We are hanging in there…hoping for the best! Sending tons of hugs and love to you and yours! Hope you are well!
I love “Down The Rabbit Hole”. So many good ideas and something nice to look forward to on Saturday. I like the idea of helping homeless animals. We have two rescue cats and they are wonderful pets.
Hi there Karen, so nice to see you enjoying Down The Rabbit Hole…hope you continue to get tons of fun idea! I love giving to help rescues…I wish I would win the BIG Lottery and spend the rest of my life giving the money away. Thank you for rescuing your little kitties…sending you and them much love and hugs!
How inspiring and generous of you. I love your idea and creativity as well. Thx for sharing!
Thank you Michelle for visiting The Cottage Market and thank you for the kind words! Sending you and yours tons of hugs and love and wishes for a fabulous day!
This is one of my favorite parts of opening my email on the weekend! Thank you!
Liz…you just put a BIG smile on my face…so happy that The Down The Rabbit Hole Email is one of your favorite things! Thanks for sharing! Sending tons of hugs and love to you and yours!
Loved the studio tour! Lots of goodies in this series. Thanks for sharing. Cute, cute mugs! Would love to win! 🙂 And I think the charity this week is admirable – my sister has several dogs with pit in them (all rescues). They are so sweet!
Hi Cecilia So happy that you enjoyed all the goodies to look at…I LOVE that studio tour also!!! Tell your sister she is doing a wonderful thing…that makes my heart happy! Bless you all…sending tons of hugs and love to you…yours and those fabulous rescue pitties : )
Karen U says
I love that street art as well! Amazing!
Love those mugs too! And for such a good cause. Unfortunately, it’s the kind of people that often choose pit bull types that give them a bad name. As the picture says, they’re born inherently good.
Hi Karen…how are you! I too LOVE LOVE LOVE Street Art!!!! I am an art major and sometimes I enjoy it way more than a great Picasso or Monet! You are right…the doggies are inherently FABULOUS and they get a bad rap from bad people that use them for bad things. It is now illegal in all 50 states…I hope and pray that they close down each and every ring…it DISGUSTS ME to my core! Sending tons of hugs and love to you and yours!
Crystal Young says
I look forward to Down the Rabbit Hole every Saturday!
Hi Crystal. I am so thrilled that you enjoy Down The Rabbit Hole…that makes me very happy. Keep looking for it every Saturday…hope I don’t disappoint : ) You take care now…have a wonderful day…sending tons of hugs and love your way!
Linda Manuel says
Love these collections of ideas and absolutely LOVE that you are using our comments to provide monies to animal rescue! Love all dogs including the pits! Thank you for doing such good with your site.
Hi there Linda! So happy that you enjoy what we share and your LOVE OF DOGS…always words I LOVE to hear! I am so happy that you appreciate us doing good with our site…I have a platform…ok…not one like amazon and stuff…but it is still a place where people come every day so why not use that for good : ) You take care now and here’s wishing you and yours a fabulous day
Louise Fredieu says
I am glad you brought this Saturday post back!
I love dachshunds. It all started with my little Black and Tan midi, Mattie. She has been gone 4 years and I still miss her so.
Hi there Louise! How are you : ) So glad you are enjoying Down The Rabbit Hole again…I didn’t realize how many people missed it! I will light a candle for little Mattie this evening along with the candles for my angels. You will never stop missing her…never…it’s because she became a piece of your heart…I know you will be together again in the future…till then…maybe sharing your love with another rescue doxie would help you through. There are NO replacements…just additions to our hearts! Sending tons of love and hugs to you and yours!
JUDY SMITH says
I adore the Dachshund mug as we have a long hair one. Of course she is very spoiled– shows that she trained us very well. We are better learners that she is. This is the first I have seen ;your blog and I just love it. Can hardly wait until next Saturdays blog. Keep up the good work.
Hi there Judy…so pleased to meet you and so happy that your found our blog! WELCOME! Anyone that adores dachshunds is a friend of mine : ) My first doxie was a long haired black and tan named Skippy Peanut Butter…he was the best and I still cry each day…but he gave me such a love for them…I went into Dachshund rescue only I fail many times and they stay lol!!!! Sending tons of hugs to you and yours!
Jacqui Jackson says
Love your kind generous gesture. Rescue dogs are very close to my heart having rescued several over the years. I also donate to a charity in Thailand that rescures dogs bred pureful for the meat trade. That are kept in the most nhumane barbaric way..its just heartbreaking. You always post such wonderful inspriring ideas and certaily brighten up any Saturday. If I ere to be chosen to win the mug please donate to the charity so that they might be able to raise some extra funds for themselves too. Happy Saturday to you xx
Hello Jacqui…Thank you so much for all that you do for these special animals…God Bless you! I would love to raise money for the Rescue In Thailand…if you have the information…we will do that if you would like! Your heart is a wonderful things! Sending tons of love and hugs to you and yours!
One of our daughters-in-law is vegetarian and a good friend coming for dinner next is week is vegan. These recipes could not have come at a better time. That is wonderful but to see what Charity you picked for the first week hit me right in my heart. We have – you notice I did not say own because basically they own us – two dogs. One, Nina is a pit mix who is a bit over 12 and has cancer. Our Vet said she should have another 5 years. Our other dog is a red nosed pit, Candy who had to have 9 inches of her intestine removed because she ate a doll’s head and couldn’t be socialized. Anyway one of my viscous pit bulls is terrified of the cat, loud noises and almost everything else. These two dogs own our hearts. It breaks my heart to see how they are portrayed in the media. It seems any attack that happens is ALWAYS a pit bull. Andrea thank you for doing this for these sweet dogs.
Oh Patty…God Bless you! I could not be happier to hear that you have two pits in your family. of course they OWN YOU…never the other way around lol1!! I hope and pray that Nina have many years of love in front of her and Candy sounds like a precious soul!! I am so happy that Nina and Candy own you…they are very lucky : ) My dream is that they ALL have homes like yours!!! Sending hugs and love to you all!!!
I really love this section being back on the blog. I look for it each Saturday and always find something in your links to love and share.
Hi there Mary! I am so happy you are once again enjoying Down The Rabbit Hole! Hope you find tons and tons of inspiration! Sending tons of hugs and love your way!
pam smith says
I love this series too! There are always great things to check out! By the way, I have a Pibble! She is very mixed, but definitely has Pit bull in her. Her name is Rozy and you have probably seen her on the blog. Anyways, have a great weekend!
Hi there Pam! ROZY IS FABULOUS!!!!!! I love her! Thank you for giving her your heart!!! So happy you enjoy this series!!! Sending you tons of hugs and love!
This is a great series. I love the Doxie cup so cute I am happy to see a pit bull rescue supported We have two rescue pitties, they are the sweetest and most loveable. family members This breed is so misunderstood. Thank you for all your help
You are so right Marlene…Pitties get a bad name and are so misunderstood. They are abused and used by a group of horrifying people and from that generates their reputation. I have NEVER met a Pittie that I didn’t love or didn’t love me! They are just a wonderful breed and hopefully with each passing day they get more and more understood! Sending you tons of hugs and love and a BIG THANK YOU for rescuing!!! YAY!!!
Linda Manuel says
OMG, the knit site has so much cool stuff on it!! Thanks for sharing that find. Another really wonderful blog to follow.
Lynne Knowlton says
Thanks for the knitting & blog love Linda! Much appreciated!
Lynne from Design The Life You Want To Live
Hi there Linda! How are you and I am so happy that you found tons of fun things on the Knit Site! YAY!!! Hope you have tons of fun creating! Take care now and have an amazing day…tons of hugs and love coming your way!
Linda Weeks says
Andrea, that is so good of you! If I were to be in a position to help the Humane Society, that’s what I would do! Always enjoy your posts.
Hi there Linda! So great to see you!!! I hear you…helping animal rescue is a wonderful thing…just wish we could help them all! The Humane Society will be on the list very soon. Just trying to cover some rescues that do not receive high funding…trying to make people aware of them so maybe they can get more subsidy to help more and more on a local basis : ) Sending tons of hugs and love to you and yours and wishing you a magnificent day!
Laura S says
Love your ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ series, and you are quite right who couldn’t use one of those adorable mugs! So much fun!
Hi there Laura! So glad you enjoy Down The Rabbit Hole Series! There is always room for another mug in the closet lol!!! Sending tons of hugs and love your way!
Robin S says
Thank you for your continuing to provide us with fun links and deserving charities; I like knowing that when I make a donation, the money is going directly to support the animals and not to “administrative costs.” By the way, I enjoy street art also–some of it is truly amazing!!!
I hope you are continuing to recuperate as quickly as possible. Blessings to you and your family, xox
Lynne Knowlton says
Thank you so much for sharing my knit chunky wool blanket pattern and my blog! Much appreciated! I’m checking out all the other links now too and LOVING THEM !!!!
Lynne from DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE xo
chelsea w says
This is so amazing. Just, yeah! I clicked on the link about scrambled eggs because I never seem to get the “perfect” ones that I want. Mayonnaise? REALLY?! Is that what I’ve been missing out on? I will definitely have to try it next time!
I know Chelsea…Mayo…WHO KNEW…I tried it and WOW you can’t believe what a difference it makes…you need to try it : ) So glad you are enjoying this series! Sending tons of hugs and love to you and yours! Wishes for a fabulous day!
Down the Rabbit Hole was always a favorite of mine. Glad it’s back!
Hi there Cyndi! How are you : ) I always love to see you here and I am so happy that you are glad to see Down The Rabbit Hole back…to be honest with you…I am happy to have it back : ) Love doing it! Sending tons of hugs and love your way! Wishes for a fabulous day!
One of our favorite things to do while on a family vacation is wander around and discover street art in each new location.
Hi there Kristie! I LOVE that you shared your love of Street Art…I LOVE IT!!! I think it is fabulous that you try to discover it wherever you go! Check out the Street Art This week on Down The Rabbit Hole…hope you enjoy! Sending hugs and love your way and wishes for a fabulous weekend.
Tried the eggs, they were perfect. Great tip! Love the charity work! My part pit Oscar thanks you!
Hi there Suzie…Sending you and Mr. Oscar tons of love and BIG HUGS!!! Thank you for rescuing him …would love to see a pic! I know…weren’t those eggs really yummy….WHO KNEW!!! lol!!!! Thank you for your kind words. Wishing you and yours a magnificent day!
Love that San Francisco studio…what color….must be a happy place!!!
I agree with you Nancy…that studio is a HAPPY PLACE for sure! Sending you tons of hugs and love!!!