Hi All!

Welcome back!  I hope you are enjoying your Summer.    We are (still) staining the deck - well actually I am taking a little break.  So, today I am sharing the second leg of our trip to South Carolina.  I will be posting some more home projects soon.   After visiting Hilton Head Island (click to see more), we headed for the Charleston area. 

We arrived prior to check-in time, so we headed straght to the Wild Dunes, Isle of Palms Marina.  The plan was to meet my BIL and SIL and spend some time on the boat.  The first tropical storm of the season was hanging just outside of Charleston and I thought it might change our plans.  We had lunch upstairs at the Morgan Creek Grill overlooking the marina.   The first 10 minutes on the boat you needed a jacket - after that the wind and waters calmed - the sky cleared and it was clear sailing (no more jackets).   We spent some boating and chilling on an uninhabited island. 
There is so much to see and do here but I really want to share with you a wonderful place to stay.  We stayed at The Cottages on Charleston Harbor in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.   You may know The Cottages by their former name The Belvidere Resort .  
There are 10 cottages tucked in the lush foliage on historic  Patriots Point. 
The setting is perfect you have the feeling of  being in an isolated area despite plenty of  shopping and dining in Mount  Pleasant and of course Downtown Charleston is only 10 minutes away.    The walkway takes gentle turns as you make your way to your cottage. 
I had to stop and admire the flowers along the way.
Each of the cottages are named - here we have the Brightest Star - named appropriately as it postioned perfectly to receive the glory of the rising sun.  Don't let the picture fool you - this is actually a 1,300 square foot, 2 bedroom cottage with 3 full baths. 
Here is a shot of the living room - complete with gas fireplace.  The french doors lead out to the screened in porch.  I am providing some pictures that link back to The Cottages web site.  Some of mine were over exposed due to the amount of sunlight pouring in - and that's okay by me!  Let it shine!
Below is the fireplace mantel.  If anyone knows the name of the artist or the name of the painting in this picture - please let me know - my husband and I fell in love with it and have been searching ever since.  Sorry about the quality but I am hoping someone out there might know something about it. 
Just look at those heart pine floors - they are perfect for this setting!  This shot is taken from the living area with the foyer to the right and the kitchen to the left.  I love that cabinet too!  Ahhhh - sorry, I just noticed my reflection in this picture - do you see it?
Both bedrooms also have direct access to the screened in porch on the back of the cottage.  Here's the Master Bedroom. 
The master bath is very spacious and features his and her sinks, a whirlpool tub and a separate shower.
Stepping out onto the screened in porch - you have plenty of seating options and even a hammock.   There's my coffee - I was looking for that!
and at the other end - you are a couple feet away from the waves lapping upon the shore. 
This picture is from the small beach looking at the back of our cottage - you can also see Patriots Point in the background.  Look how close you are to the water's edge.
Don't feel like cooking or driving anywhere for breakfast?  Walk over to the clubhouse and lounge by the pool as you enjoy a continental breakfast. 
The Cottage's are perfect - I could have been perfectly content just staying here.  But there was shopping to be done and other fun adventures to be had...like boating with the dolphins - I am surprised I got this shot with four of them up.  I couldn't see a dang thing on my screen so I was just aiming and shooting - hoping to capture something.  
Geesh, this turned out to be a super long post.  Perhaps more another time - right now I need to start thinking about getting back to staining.

There is just so much to do in the Charleston area - I guess we need to go back again!!!  If you are planning on visiting the area, I guess it's no secret I would recommend The Cottages at Charleston Harbor.  

Once we get done with this staining project - I hope to get some of my more recent projects posted.  How about you - what have you been up to?

Have a great day!

Hi All!

The month of May zipped by - much as I had expected; but it was packed with fun and adventure.  During part of my absence from posting last month, we headed for the shores of South Carolina.   Fortunately, we were ahead of the storms and had a great time!

First stop - Hilton Head Island (HHI).  This post contains some pictures from our stay at HHI.  I don't know about you, but a trip to the ocean is to me what a can of spray paint is to a piece of tired furniture -  good for renewing and refreshing me. 

I love to travel this time of the year - you are a little bit ahead of the summer crowds - allowing you to really enjoy your surroundings. 
I got the impression I wasn't the only one that enjoyed relaxing without the hustle and bustle of the crowds.  There were times you had the place to yourself - well almost.  Check this guy out - just chillin' near the pool - he's huge!
I just couldn't resist capturing some of the vibrant colors of the flowers in full bloom. 
Just look at those colors!
As luck would have it, some friends were staying nearby.  We got to spend some time together and had a lot of fun!

Curved paths lined with flowers seem to be everywhere just begging you to explore. 
Where the flowers and the palms end there is always the beach to explore.   I found an awesome piece of driftwood on one of our walks.  I was so bummed
8-(  when I discovered I had forgotten to pick it up at one of our stops along the way.  Oh well, I guess we have to go back - so I can find it!
As evenings would close in, I would look forward to starting the next day with a cup of coffee,  watching the sunrise.    Most mornings, during our visit, started too hazy to capture the actual sunrise; however,  we were able to enjoy watching it slowly burn through the haze.   Not that I am complaining...isn't it beautiful!!! 
After sunrise and breakfast we would check out some of the local shops prior to spending the rest of the day at the beach.  I will share some of my great finds with you during later posts.

Stay tuned for a future post featuring our next stop, Charleston...

Putting together this post - reminds me of the wonderful time we had, how grateful I am that we are able to travel and hoping to go back in the future (after all, I gotta find that driftwood).  

This weekend I plan on working outdoors and hopefully will have time to work on putting some of those great finds to work.  How about you?  What have you been up to?