ABOUT OUR WILDWOOD WONDER COTTAGECORE LIFE
ABOUT OUR WILDWOOD WONDER COTTAGECORE LIFE
It's taken me years to create my little cottagecore homestead and, honestly, just as long to realize that's what my style of homesteading, gardening, and home decor were. If you want to learn how to make your place the cottagecore dream you've always wanted, follow along, and I will share and teach you all the things I've learned along the way.
A Cottagecore homestead:
Our place doesn't fit in with what most people imagine homestead life to look like. We don't live on a picturesque small "farm" with a red barn and pasture land surrounded by white fences. We live in the middle of the woods, our house nestled on a hillside overlooking a little meadow. We have acres of hardwood, rain-filled streams, and hillsides full of ferns and mushrooms. The perfect surrounding for a cottagecore homestead in the woods.
Our little cottagecore animals:
We have ducks, egg-laying chickens, and quail, each producing eggs that are great for making the perfect cottagecore baked goods. We do one to two runs of meat birds a year, and we will be adding a barn for milk goats this January. Each one has its own special place incorporated into the landscape. Making their connection to our homestead as natural as possible.
Khaki Campbell ducks waddle around the fruit orchard searching for slugs and snails. The chickens roam the grounds for bugs while waiting on their treat of kitchen scraps to arrive. The quail fill our afternoons with loud but beautiful whistles as they poke around the porch side atrium. Buzzing sound of honey bees fill the gardens as they work hard to bring pollen back to hives.
The bees have plenty of spaces to choose from among our many cottogecore gardens. When you walk out my front door, you see a patio raise-bed garden with a plant chandler and handmade reading couches.
Those raised beds produce salad and greens for everyday picking. Step off my deck and a hobbit-style garden mixed with flowers and vegetables is ready to explore. Butterflies, honey bees, and hummingbirds float between veggie plants and flowers, helping the garden grow.
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Cottagecore Herb Garden:
Turn the corner, and you'll find an ever-growing herb garden. I'm adding to this ongoing project each year to help me build an herbalist storehouse of medicinal healing. Learning, growing, and using each of those plants & herbs helps me to become closer to my creator and his creation. I believe we can learn much about God by connecting with nature. I want to use that knowledge to help my family, and I build and live better lives. Adding a deep respect for nature and sprinkling that with prayer is magical! This herb garden is right outside the kitchen door.
My kitchen doesn't look like a "country" kitchen. I tried to do that once and didn't like it. But my cottage core-style kitchen is still filled with jars full of preserved food, six months' worth of kitchen staples locked tight in gamma vault containers, herbs hanging from drying racks, and a little mushroom decor, which you will find sprinkled throughout my house.
My almost on-the-verge-of-serious prepper need to have food for my family is blended with handmade wooden spoons, homemade bread, and a ceiling full of stretching vines soaking up rays from my oversized kitchen window.
Baskets of fresh eggs sit on the counter and in return our birds that are rewarded with cooking and food scraps. The extra scraps are put in a bucket and taken to the chickens, compost piles, or worm bins. Who wants something other than fantastic compost for their gardens and houseplants?
Did I say houseplants? Yes, I have a slight addiction to collecting plants, evident throughout my house. It is not a cottagecore home without plants everywhere!
House plants surround my sitting nook that is given a cozy feel in the wintertime with a wood-burning stove. The perfect place to read through mushroom hunting guides and drink a warm cup of tea or coffee. We have a sprout, seedling, and propagation area that is in production from Spring through Fall. Intertwined throughout my home and plants are collections of seashells, bird feathers, and animal skulls. Nature-inspired art hangs on the wall, some creations of my own.
It's taken me years to create my little cottagecore homestead and, honestly, just as long to realize that's what my style of homesteading, gardening, and home decor were. We are constantly working on, adding, and improving our little place of self-sufficiency in the woods.
If you want to learn how to make your place the cottagecore dream you've always wanted, follow along, and I will share and teach you all the things I've learned along the way.
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