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. So I thought it was time to bring it back and even add a bit more fun to it, because I am going to be adding a little Giveaway each week…a little something that I found fun and thought you would enjoy. 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 facet to Saturday’s also…for EACH comment left The Cottage Market…aka myself and my family will be donating a $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! Scroll on down to see this weeks FUN Giveaway! (remember…blue words are clickable : )
- If you have a wooden stool that needs to have new life breathed into it…you must stop over at Design*Sponge…plus there is the most adorable RESCUE Pup named Rex to show you around!
- It only takes 5 minutes to put together this Fresh Farmhouse Table Centerpiece? Really? Watch KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms work her magic!
- This App makes me wish that my kids were toddlers again…really it does! So many possibilities from Tangrams and there are other awesome ones featuring animation, numbers, art and more! Mom’s…Grandma’s and everyone in between…you are going to want this for that special child in your life!
- Kirsten Dunst’s newly renovated apartment in NYC is swoon worthy…especially if you are in love with exposed brick like I am.
- If your heart races a little bit faster when you fall for a gorgeous Farmhouse Kitchen…come and visit here for a cup of coffee and a tour…you are going to want to stay to cook dinner!
- Would you like to have all your spices organized as much as I would? Check out these ideas and free Spice Label Printables over at Anderson + Grant.
- Have you ever watched Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee? Well it is in Season 9 but it’s never too late…they are all on line waiting for you and next year onto Netflix. If you love Jerry (as in Seinfeld) you will love him up close and personal with your favorite stars…This Jersey Girl loves Stephen Colbert but drop by and pick your own star…they won’t disappoint!
- Looking for a special Child’s Gift that gives back drop by cuddle + kind? There are beautiful handmade toys (free trade) and each toy feeds 10 meals to needy children…you must stop by…they are totally inspiring…a gift a child will love and also be told the story of kindness behind it…priceless.
- I am a huge animal rights person and so are my family members and spreading the word to OPT TO ADOPT is one of our Missions. We also encourage everyone to support their local shelters. Even if you can’t adopt…you can volunteer…donate food…treats…toys and more…be a part of the solution : ) The smallest of things saves lives.
- Little squares of quick and easy NO-Bake heaven over at The Merrythought!
- Every Contemporary Farmhouse needs a golden laurel…see how you can make on in a snap over at Craftberry Bush!
- 10 Ceilings that will make you look UP…see them at The Shabby Creek Cottage!
I love whales…I love to cook and of course I love butter so when I saw this little piece of Stoneware I thought that it would add a little fun into your space and make you smile! Hope the lucky winner loves it as much as I do! To win this little cutie…just leave a comment and remember with each comment left $1 is donated to a special charity each week up to $100. This week it will be going to The Hempstead Town Animal Shelter in Wantagh, Long Island, NY. They are a wonderful no-kill shelter that goes ABOVE and BEYOND to get each special pet adopted to the perfect family or person. This is a shelter with a big heart!
Now here is the adorable Stoneware Whale Butter Dish! It will go with every style decor…from Contemporary…to Boho to Farmhouse! So enter your comments to win!
Sure hope you enjoyed the first NEW Episode of Down The Rabbit Hole!!!
Please tell us if you did : )
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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Lisa Thompson-Eisler says
I love the whale butter dish! I’ve been looking for one that was different and speaks to me. Do you do that? Anyway, I love your posts.
Hi there Lisa! How are you ! Oh things speak to me all the time : ) I totally get it! Thank you for your sweet words and here’s wishing you the best day ever…Hugs!
I was kind of hoping you were giving away one of the puppies! So cute!
Hey there Kat! Well we would not be giving away a puppy but you can always find one at Hempstead Township Animal Shelter or your local Shelter : ) There are tons of cuties waiting to be loved!!! Thanks so much for dropping by! Sending hugs…
Love the butter dish!
Hi there Christiane…I love the butter dish too…it simply makes me smile! Thanks so much for dropping by…wishing you a brilliant day…hugs…
What a great return to down the rabbit hole. I remember it well. Keep up the sweet work you do.
Hi there Pat…GREAT to see you and it is so great to know that people actually remembered the original Down The Rabbit Hole…that makes me SMILE!!! Hopefully this Rabbit Hole will last for years!!! Sending hug and wishes for a fabulous day!
Pat Champagne says
I love how you showcased it all with the polka-dotted port holes. Very clever. I know they are rabbit holes, lol. Now I have something different to look forward to on Saturday mornings. As a family, your sharing and giving is to be commended. You present a great example of how we all should live. Hugs to all of you. Pat.
Hey there Pat…you made me smile…you got the Rabbit Holes…YAY for you! : ) So glad it will be something you look forward to! Thank you for your kind words…sending hugs and wishes for a fabulous day!
I love the Saturday addition, and those ceilings were totes mind boggles!
Hi there Linda! How are you! So glad you enjoyed our new or old whatever way you look at it addition! Those ceilings were WOW weren’t they! Sending hugs and wishes for the best day ever!
What a good idea. I love being able to check out new blogs and your donation is wonderful. I will be looking forward to more “Down The Rabbit Hole”.
Hi Karen and Welcome!!! So glad you enjoyed the blog…that makes me very happy and thank you for the kind words. Hope you enjoy this weeks Volume of Down The Rabbit Hole. Sending hugs and wishes for the best day ever!
Oh, good! I’m glad you brought back Down the Rabbit Hole. It’s awesome that you’re giving back, too. Stay warm my fellow Oasis lover!
Hey there Cyndi… What’s the Story Morning Glory! SO GREAT to see you!!! Happy you are happy that the Rabbit Hole is back!!! Sending hugs and wishes for the best day ever…”Oasis Forever!”
Amy Byman says
The perfect way to spend my Saturday morning…your “new” feature and a great cup of coffee.
Amy I am so happy that you are enjoying your coffee with Down The Rabbit Hole (the best way to enjoy by the way : ) Hope to see you on Saturday! Here’s wishing you and yours the best day EVER!!! Hugs…
Linda Letellier says
I love all your quirky ideas. I’m newish so this is my first look at “Down the Rabbit Hole” but I do love it. And I LOVE the whale butter-dish!
Hi there Linda…WELCOME…so glad you enjoyed Down The Rabbit Hole…if you love quirky…heads up…you have to look at the pink couch on Saturday Vol. 2! I think you will LOVE IT!!! Sending Hugs and wishes for a FAB day!
Ok first of all, I love the rabbit holes where I can see what each link is about. Makes it easier to decide which ones to go down! Looking forward to them each week. Secondly, I think it’s wonderful you are giving back to worthy causes. What a wonderful example. Lastly, that whale butter dish is so, so cute!
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Hi there Cecilia! How are you! So glad you like the little sneak peek down The Rabbit Hole : ) Thank you for the kinds words!!! Sending you hugs and wishes for a glorious day!
Katrinia Monroe says
I love the return of this segment Down the Rabbit Hole and commend your efforts to give back to some worthy charities. Your blog ideas are a great addition to my day and love the farmhouse decor style. The blue whale butter dish is adorable as well. Thank you for all your hard work!
Awwww…thank you so much Katrinia! You are too kind! I am so glad that you enjoy the blog and don’t worry…there are plenty more Farmhouse editions coming up! You made my day! Here’s wishing you and yours the best day ever…hugs…
Katherines Corner says
What a fun series my friend, so many lovely things too and please count me in for that cute as can be whale butter dish! Hugs
Hello sweet lady! How are you : ) So wonderful to see you! Sending you tons of hugs and wishes for all things fabulous!
Crystal Young says
Oh my gosh! I love the title and idea of “Down the Rabbit Hole”. I only wished I would have thought of this idea. It would make a great blog all by itself! I’ve contemplated starting a blog (because I love to read what other people are saying and doing) but I know I wouldn’t be able to create anything new. But this idea of finding good stuff on the web and sharing with others who might not run across it is fantastic. I write a small little piece on my district’s Prek/K newsletter and I think I’ll do something of this nature on there next year.
I do not wish to be entered into this week’s giveaway, I just wanted to comment to say that I love this idea and will look forward to it each week! I also want to say I think it’s nice to want to donate to charities and the little giveaways you will be doing. The whale is cute, but I do not have a need for it.
Keep up the good work!
Hi there Crystal! How are you. I am so happy that you like the whole idea behind Down The Rabbit Hole and you are so right…it could be a whole blog…don’t tempt me lol!!!! How much fun would that be! You should start a blog…I bet you would have tons of fun at it!!! I think that adding something like this on the Pre K Newsletter is brilliant…there are SOOOOOOOOO many amazing things happening in that age bracket of education…entertainment…toys…HOW FUN would that be! Go for it! Thank you so much for dropping by and hope to see you again and again! Sending hugs and wishes for a fabulous day!
Crystal Young says
Thanks for replying to my comment with such enthusiasm! I’ve pitched the idea for the newsletter to the Early Childhood Director and she loves it!
I do have a question for you. Do you do your own layouts for the blog with making the pictures a clickable link? What would be a good source for learning things like that?
Diane Anderson-Edwards says
I just found you via Karianne’s blog. Love your concept about giving back. I support any animal charity, and glad to see that it is one of your concerns, too. Glad I found you!
Hi there Diane and WELCOME!!! Any friend of Kari’s is a friend of mine : ) I am so happy that you enjoyed the concept and even happier to hear that you love to support animal charities…makes my heart happy! Here’s wishing you and yours the best day ever…hugs…
looking forward to going “down the rabbit hole”….thanks for the chance on the adorable whale butter dish!
Hope you enjoy your adventures Down The Rabbit Hole Jean!!! So happy to have you join us! Sending hugs and wishes for the best day ever!
Angela McAlister says
I found your blog through Thistlewood Farm’s Thistlekeeping post. I’ve subscribed for your Down the Rabbit Hole series. It looks like another fun item to fill a Saturday.
Hi there Angela and WELCOME!!! So great to see you. I am thrilled that you are adding Down The Rabbit Hole to Thistlekeeping on your Saturday…it is my honor! See you Saturday! Sending wishes for all things good…hugs…
I’m always into getting new ideas. We will be remodeling our kitchen and bathroom soon. The more ideas the better. Such a cute butter dish. Can you tell us where you got it? If I don’t win it I just might have to buy one.
Hi there Martha! How are you. Congrats on the remodeling…drop by often…there are always new and fun ideas popping up …especially for the kitchen! What style are you going with? Do tell! You are right…you can’t have enough good ideas. I actually found the butter dish on amazon…I use the smile.amazon…it’s really cool…you can register your own charity and a portion of the regular price is donated to that charity. COOL right…it’s the same as amazon only it is called smile. Here is a link to the butter dish in case you don’t win…. https://smile.amazon.com/Twos-Company-51197-Butter-Seafoam/dp/B01BNRSSVQ/ref=s9_simh_gw_g79_i4_r?_encoding=UTF8&fpl=fresh&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=desktop-1&pf_rd_r=809KSQXJRT0X0HC6ZP7E&pf_rd_r=809KSQXJRT0X0HC6ZP7E&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=a6aaf593-1ba4-4f4e-bdcc-0febe090b8ed&pf_rd_p=a6aaf593-1ba4-4f4e-bdcc-0febe090b8ed&pf_rd_i=desktop
Here’s wishing you the best day ever…hugs!
pam smith says
This is such a fun series! I’m so glad you are bringing it back! And the whale is [perfect for this Ca. girl. Have a wonderful day!
Hi there Pam! How are you!!! So glad you are happy to see Down The Rabbit Hole again : ) That sure makes me smile! This Jersey girl is pretty smitten with whales too! : ) Here’s wishing you and yours the best day ever…hugs…
Great way to give back! Thanks!
Hi there Rita! How are you! Thanks so much for dropping by! Thank you for your kind words. Here’s wishing you the most fabulous day ever…hugs…
Looking forward to jumping Down the Rabbit Hole……always something new to learn.
Hi there Sally! So great to see you…hope you continue to jump Down The Rabbit Hole with us…you are so right…there is always something new to see and learn! Sending you wishes for a fabulous and wonderful day! Hugs
Roberta S says
This is a wonderful old/new addition to your blog! I think you are setting an awesome example for your children and all your readers by being so aware and supportive of those in need, both human and animal. I was hoping to donate to the Hempstead Shelter to help start off your project, but I couldn’t find anywhere on their site to make donations. Can you help me? I think you and your family are totally wonderful for all your inspiration!
Roberta! Thank you so much for your kind and loving heart! I sent you the address to Hempstead…I am going to try to get them to put a donate button on their site. I have to talk to my own personal town shelter to do the same thing…I think they are missing out that way. I appreciate your kindness and I appreciate you! Sending hugs to you and yours!
This is a great series, Andrea, with a wonderful and whimsical name. Thank you for this and for turning into an opportunity to donate to worthy causes. That’s brilliant. Cheers, Ardith
Hi there Ardith! Welcome! So great to see you and so very happy that you love the series and that you are happy to donate…it’s so easy right : ) It’s all about the simple things in life…I learn it more and more with each passing day. Sending hugs and wishes for a beautiful day!
beverly e says
What a fun way to start a new year… Coming over from Thistlewood Farms to say “Hello” and subscribed to your email list.
Hi there Beverly! Welcome! So great to see you! Hope to see you each Saturday…great to have you on board…wishing you and yours the best day ever…hugs…
This is one of the cutest most unique kitchenware i have ever seen! I love it!
Sooooo happy you love the little Whale Jennifer…wishing you tons of luck! Sending hugs and wishes for a fabulous day!
Ronnda Stapleton says
Such a cute butter dish or should I say “blubber” dish! 😉
Hi there Ronnda! I love it…”Blubber” dish : ) he is a cutie! Wishing you tons of luck! Sending you wishes for a fabulous day! Hugs…
Cathy McKenna says
This is a great idea and I LOVE the name!!
Adorable prize!! Thank you for a chance to win one!
Hi there Cathy! So happy that you love the name and the prize! Here’s wishing you tons of luck! Have a great day…hugs…
Karen U says
I just found my way over here from Thistlewood Farm. I love your weekend roundup! And what a wonderful thing, to donate to such a great cause for comments! What lucky little critters to have you on their side!
I’m going to check out the rest of your blog now!
Hi there Karen! How are you! WELCOME…any friend of Kari’s is a friend of mine! So glad you enjoyed the post and I sure hope you enjoy the rest of the blog. Thank you so much for the kind words and I think we all have the love of animals in common!!! Sending hugs and wishes for a picture perfect day!
I really like the butter dish and Down The Rabbit Hole article I love the OPT TO ADOPT message We have 4 dogs (2 which are Pitbulls), 4 cats, 7 chickens and 1 duck all rescues. This is the only way we will aqcuire pets There are so many that need adopting and especially Pittbulls the most misunderstood breed
Hi there Marlene! So ice to meet you and your whole rescue tribe! HOW wonderful is that! I hear you on the Pitbull problem…I advocate for them where and whenever I can…they are such an amazing breed…so kind…so loving…I blame 110 percent on people…people that are simply cruel. I hope that one day they can shake that rep and be honored…loved and respected for the loving hearts that they are! Hugs to you and yours…wishing you a wonderful day. Oh…you might find this interesting…on the puppy bowl this week…there is a therapy chicken! cool right!
I just joined this group and sso impressed already. Looooooved the ceilings!
Hi Sherry! So glad to have you on board! Hope you enjoy our weekly Down The Rabbit Hole Adventures! Sending hugs and wishes for a fabulous day! Hugs…
Marie from The Interior Frugalista says
I’m in Canada so probably can’t enter the giveaway but that’s okay! Andrea, I just wanted to tell you how sweet I think this is and commend you on your warm and caring heart and generosity. You and your family are going to impact a lot of lives in 2017! Kudos to you on focusing on what really matters in life. Sending hugs from Canada ♥
Hi there Marie! How are you. No worries on Canada…we will ship to whomever wins : ) Thank you for your kind words sweetie…I greatly appreciate them. We are really trying to focus on what is important…sometimes it is totally amazing what we don’t need : ) Sending hugs and wishes for a fabulous day!
Really appreciate your helping the animal shelter! I don’t need the whale dish, but I did want to comment anyway.
Hi there Linda! I am so happy that you enjoy the fact that we are giving back to the Animal Shelter…every little bit helps! Sending you tons of hugs and wishes for a fabulous day!
What a great thing you are doing! The more we give away the bigger our return. Love it!
Hi there Pam! ow are you! Thank you so much for your kind words. Sending hugs and wishes for a wonderful day!
debbie musick says
Love the whale butter dish–so whimsical and happy! Love your blog and Down The Rabbit Hole is a great idea for sharing!
Hi there Debbie and WELCOME!!! So glad you enjoyed everything…hope you join us each Saturday! Sending hugs and wishes for a fabulous day!
Jo Ann says
What an amazing idea to have a weekly collection of different links.
And the donations to charity are just a heart warming action. Thank you for allowing us to be a aprt of this.
The butter dish is adorable – also just wanted to comment.
Jo Ann…so happy you are a part of our weekly event and even happier that you want to be a part of it! Thank you so much! Here’s wishing you and yours the most fabulous day ever! Hugs…
I enjoy random link posts, with a cup of tea, to discover new items and people. It truly is a down the rabbit hole experience. I found your site through such a post from Thistlewood Farms. I look forward to reading more of your posts.
Hi there Kristie, how are you and i am so glad that you are going to be enjoying your tea with us while we jump down the rabbit hole! Welcome…any friend of Kari’s and a friend of mine! Here’s wishing you and yours the best day ever!
I just found The Cottage Market and I am in love with your style! Following along now! <3
Hi there Jessica…you are so sweet! So glad you like my style LOL!!! Great to have you aboard! Hope you continue to enjoy! Sending hugs and wishes for a fabulous day!
Love this type and format of post! And that whale butter dish.
Hi there Pam! So happy you enjoy the format! Great to have you join us! Sending hugs and wishes for a fabulous day!
Coming over from Thistlewood Farms! Enjoying your Rabbit Hole, the cute whale ‘prize’, and most of all, your “Opt to Adopt” and pledge… A little over a year ago, my little cutie-pie, Mattie Panda, a formerly hoarded and fearful fur-baby, came home with me. She’s come a long way and truly lights up my life! Thanks for taking care of the animals in your neck of the woods!
MDN…Welcome…any friend of Kari’s is a friend of mine! So happy you are enjoying Down The Rabbit hole…but what I am thankful for is that you saved your precious little furbaby…Bless you and my whole family is sending Mattie Panda a HUGE HUG. Thank you for saving her! Sending tons of hugs and love to you all!
OPT TO ADOPT RULES : ) HUGS!!!
SONJA HANSEN says
Thanks for the Rabbit Hole. And the whale butter dish is just fun in a special way.
Hi there Sonja! How are you! So great to see you and hope to see you each week! Here’s wishing you and yours the best day ever! Hugs…
Love the butter dish & your blog. Been reading it for years, Thanks!!
Hi there Penny! Thank you so much for the kind words! Wonderful to have you for years and years to come! Sending you tons of hugs and wishes for the best weekend ever!
Oh that whale dish is SO cute! and in one of my favorite colors!!! Thank you for your generosity and the chance to participate, I look forward to more Saturdays of Rabbit Hole links!
Hi Sara! So happy that you enjoyed the Down The Rabbit Hole…hope to see you each week! Here’s wishing you and yours the best weekend ever…hugs…
Loved Down The Rabbit Hole and look forward to future posts. Also love the idea of donating, especially to sites involved in animal rescue.
Hi there Lynda! How are you. So happy you enjoyed this Down The Rabbit Hold and sure hope you enjoy all the ones in the future. Going to keep it going as long as people enjoy it…hope to do a ton of donating : ) Here’s wishing you and yours the best weekend ever…hugs…
How adorable is that whale?!? SO cute!!
Hi Tina and welcome! So glad you like the little whale…I think he is adorable! : ) Sending hugs and wishes for a fabulous weekend to you and yours!
The what is a cutie!!! Hope you enjoyed your trip Down The Rabbit Hole and the ones in the future! Sending hugs and wishes for a wonderful evening!
Out here in Pa we stop in the local animal shelter with our boys to walk the dogs and sit in the cat room to cuddle or pet the cats.
Does the Wantagh shelter allow help like this? My sister lives out there and we will stop in on our next visit with her also. We love it and though I thought I was always just a dog person, now have a wonderful cat Bilbo (so sweet with large paws and actually acts like a lap dog), saved enroute to a shelter. Thank you for donating.
Hi there Gloria! So nice to meet you and a bit thank you to you and your family for sharing the love with such needy little fur babies! I do know Hempsted has many volunteers. I think it would be a good idea to give them a call and tell them what you can do! : ) I wish you…your loving family and of course Bilbo the best weekend ever…sending hugs…
I have a dear friend who goes whale watching when they migrate from Mexico to Alaska….she would love that butter dish…so cute!!!!
Hi Nancy! How are you! Oh Whale Watching is amazing! Thank you so much for dropping by! We love having you. Here’s wishing you and yours a magical weekend! Hugs…
I love whimsical things, oh that butter dish! I needed something uplifting to read over a nice cup of tea.
Love this! Butter dish is awesome!