Sunday, February 5, 2017


This Summer the Granddaughters and I had fun dressing up in 
Laura Ashley dresses for a little  "Time Travel"!
And I thought that it would be fun to show you our
fun photos in honor of Laura Ingalls Wilder's 
150th BIRTHDAY!! 

Laura Ingalls Wilder
February 7 1867 - February 10 1957

Play Music!!

If enough people think of a thing 
and work hard enough at it , I guess
it's bound to happen, wind and 
weather permitting."
Laura Ingalls Wilder                 


The girls and I have so much FUN
 and we felt as though we
 were in a "Little House On The Prairie" story!!  



"Home is the nicest word there is!"
                                                    Laura Ingalls Wilder

"It is a good idea sometimes to think of
the importance and dignity of our 
every-day duties.
It keeps them from being so tiresome;
besides, others are apt to take us at
our own valuation."
                                               Laura Ingalls Wilder 

Lexie's "new" antique teapot! 


We had tea the day before!!

"Ma liked everything on her 
table to be pretty.
Laura Ingalls Wilder

Lexie loves her teapot from Omi (me)

"It is the common, everyday blessings 
of our common everyday lives for
which we should be grateful."
Laura Ingalls Wilder


"The real things haven't changed.
It is still best to be honest and truthful;
to make the most of what we have; to be 
happy with simple pleasures and have 
the courage when things go wrong." 
Laura Ingalls Wilder


"Things alone are very unsatisfying.
Happiness is not to be found in money
or in houses and lands, not even in modern
kitchens or a late motor car. Such things
add to our happiness only because of 
the pleasant times they bring us."

Laura Ingalls Wilder

"The true way to live is to 
enjoy every moment as it passes,
and surely it is in everyday things 
around us that the beauty of life lies."  
Laura Ingalls Wilder


"If we chose the way that "everybody does"
we are smirched with their dust and 
confusion and imitate their mistakes."
                                                                     Laura Ingalls Wilder

"As the years pass, I am coming more and more to
understand that it is the common everyday blessings 
 of our everyday lives for which we should be particularly
grateful. They are the things that fill our lives with
comfort and our hearts with gladness - just the pure
air to breathe and the strength to breath it;  just
warmth and shelter and home folks; just plain food
that gives us strength; the bright sunshine on a cold 
day; and a cool breeze when the day is warm." 

Laura Ingalls Wilder
(Writings to young women,  On Wisdom and virtue)

"Vices are only overlooked virtues."
Laura Ingalls Wilder


Beloved, I wish above all things
that thou mayest prosper
and be in health,
even as thy soul prospereth.
                                     3 John 1:2
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"This earthly life is a battle" said Ma.
"If  it isn't one thing to contend with,
it's another. It always has been so, and it
always will be. The sooner you make
your mind to that, the better off you are,
and more thankful for your pleasures."
Laura Ingalls Wilder

"I am beginning to learn that it is the sweet,  
simple things of life which are
 the real ones after all."
                                                          Laura Ingalls Wilder

"Remember well, and bear in mind,
a constant friend is hard to find"
Laura Ingalls Wilder

"The true way to enjoy every moment as
it passes, and surely it is in the everyday
things around us that the beauty of life lies."
   Laura Ingalls Wilder

"A good laugh overcomes more
 difficulties and dissipates more 
dark clouds than any one thing."
Laura Ingalls Wilder

"It is the simple things of life  that make 
living worthwhile;
Sweet fundamental things such as love."
Laura Ingalls Wilder

"Suffering passes, while love 
is eternal. That is a gift that you
have received from God.
Don't waste it."
Laura Ingalls Wilder

"But however fleeting and changeable
life may appear to be on the surface,
we know that the great underlying values
of life are always the same; no different
today than they were a thousand years ago."
Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Mousiekin family have always 
lived the "Pioneer life"

They have lived in many dwellings
similar to the Ingalls

But wherever they are 
they always make time for 

"Remember me with smiles
and laughter, for that is how 
I will remember you all. If  you
can only remember me with tears,
 then don't remember me at all."
Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder  a great American
children's author, poet and writer
 was born February 7 1867 in Wisconsin
Married  Almanzo Wilder  in 1885
had one daughter Rose who also became a writer.
Laura began her Little House series at the age of 65
 She died at the age of 90 in 1957
Her books are still loved and read world wide

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Hope you enjoyed!!
Many Blessings and Joy
Love Linnie and her Granddaughters! 


Books to enjoy:

Renee Graef
Beautifully illustrates many Little House stories now!!
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The Adventures of Laura & Jack (Laura #1) Pioneer Sisters (Little House Chapter Book) Animal Adventures (Little House Chapter Books) School Days (Little House Chapter Book)

Garth Williams
April 16 1912 May 8 1996
 Best known illustrator

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Helen Swell June 27 1896 - February 24 1957
is a Japanese American
illustrator  who is an early 
Little House series illustrator
between 1932 - 1943

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  1. Oh Linnie (Omie),
    So great to see this blog post. All the pictures turned out wounderful! That was a fun day. Now I wish I had dressed up too. Oh well. All of you did that time period justice. Glad we could participate. Love ya

    1. We can still dress up any time!! ( I still have your dress waiting)!!! You took some marvelous photos!! Love you honey xx oo

  2. Dear Linnie, this is a beautiful tribute to Laura Ingalls Wilder! Your beautiful grands look so lovely all dressed in their period clothing. What wonderful memories you have made for them and you! I adore the beautiful tea you all enjoyed. Your red and white transfer ware is gorgeous. As always you share the most amazing of times along with the Mousiekins! I love the quotes and especially---
    "The real things haven't changed.
    It is still best to be honest and truthful;
    to make the most of what we have; to be
    happy with simple pleasures and have
    the courage when things go wrong."
    Laura Ingalls Wilder
    Love and hugs to you, my friend. xoxo ♥

  3. Thank you my dearest Martha Ellen!!
    I'm so glad that you enjoyed especially because it went away soon after I posted it a first time leaving nothing but a few photos!!(never had that happen before)! I had to reconstruct the entire blog a rewrite all those lost quotes!!! (I should have them memorised now!! which would be a good thing right? Hee)
    Thank you for your visit sweet dear friend!!! XX OO

    1. Oh Linnie that must have been heartbreaking to lose all of your work! Thank you for recreating it so beautifully. xoxo ♥

  4. This was a wonderful post and I totally enjoyed!

    1. Thank you Bernideen, I'm so glad you enjoyed! And thank you for
      visiting my other posts too :-)
      We had such fun playing prairie girls!!
      Many Blessings!

  5. What a wonderful, wonderful post! I am a long-time admirer of Laura and have read all of her books numerous times. You and your beautiful granddaughters have honored her on her birthday in the most lovely way. Great job, Linnie!

    1. Hello Miss Chip! :-)
      I'm so glad that you enjoyed!! Thank you for your visit :-)
      I have really been enjoying re-reading Pioneer Girl, and Laura
      sure is an American treasure! :-) xx oo

  6. Dear, dear Linnie and family, you are BEAUTIFUL! There isn't a single corner left undone in your home. It is a seamless wonderland of yesterday's every days, from every tea cup, kettle, apron, butter churn, etc....modern times are not seen for there is a tight knit tapestry of nostalgia woven into every smile and stance. EVEN THE MOUSEKINS have everything in place!

    It's always a delight to time travel with you dearest one. PEACE!

    1. Good Morning Dearest Anita!!
      So glad you could enter in to yesterday along with us!! Isn't it fun to play?
      Laura Ingalls Wilder is such a great influence for joy and gratefulness! Imagine she published her first book at age 76!!
      Sending love and warmth your way!! xx oo

  7. Oh, yes, Linnie, I did enjoy it greatly! What a delightful tribute to Laura Ingalls Wilder indeed. Your granddaughters all look so fine in their pioneer dresses and aprons, but my! doesn't the young lady in the green print apron look so very like her grandmother? I imagine you looked a lot like she does?
    ~~~Waving from Across the Pond~~~Deb in Wales xoxo

    1. Good Morning Dearest!
      It was such fun frolicing with the Grandies!! Laura Ingalls Wilder sure has left wonderful stories behind! I am so thankful for them having spent more time with her books then most :-)
      Sending Love and warmth xx oo

  8. Linnie,

    This is such a beautiful post! I truly enjoyed all of the quotes from Laura Ingalls Wilder. She has been one of my favorite authors since my childhood. Your granddaughters are lovely! It looked like you were all enjoying a wonderful time together, such sweet memories!


    1. Hi Dearest Sarah!! Our posts match!! :-D
      So glad you came to visit and joined us! :-) It was such fun!!
      Blessings and warmth xx oo

  9. Linnie, it is easy for you to pretend time travel because you have such wonderful props--your home! You are Tasha Tudor without a doubt to your grandchildren. Thank you, too, for the video about illustrating the books. This was very helpful in my quest to illustrate my book.

    1. Hello Dearest Cathy,
      I sure did enjoy Renee Graef video too :-) I thought that the thumbnails is a great way to go! And I have noticed that your art is coming along wonderfully!! Thank you for your visit and your sweet compliments!!
      Much warmth and many blessings :-)

  10. Dearest Linnie,

    What a sweet blog post, full of some of my favorite quotes by Mrs. Wilder! My daughters would love so much to have a tea party with your granddaughters. Wouldn't that be fun? Thank you for bringing so much sunshine into the lives of others, by living an authentic life.



    1. Oh Marqueta!! Wouldn't that be so much fun to all get together and have a Little House ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder Celebration!! It would truly be great fun :-D
      Sending love my Dear Kindred friend!! xx oo

  11. What a beautiful and lady-like tribute. Thank-you.

    I "felt" more like an American after reading Laura Ingalls Wilder for the first time (as an adult reading aloud to my children). I agree with the kernels of wisdom in her country-woman's proverbs.

    How blessed you are to be surrounded by sweet granddaughters.

    1. Dearest Karen
      I too found it to be great to read her series again as an adult! It gave me a whole new fresh appreciation for the making of our country and good morels and look at gratefulness in life!! :-)
      Thank you for your visit and sweet words! xx oo

  12. This is a wonderful post! You and the girls are so so pretty in those dresses. You make me want to pull out the long dresses and pantaloons again. There's a lot I missed but I will be back to look again. Thank you for sharing this with us.

    1. Thank you for your sweet visit Penny! It really is fun to get the long dresses out!! I hope you will ;-)
      Sending warmth and blessings!

  13. Loved this, Linnie! I have the Little House Cook Book-I highly recommend it. You all look so beautiful....

    1. I have that too :-D and I agree it is highly recommendable!! I am planning to cook something from it today ;-)
      Thank you for you visit today my sweet friend :-)
      XXX OOO

  14. It's so wonderful that you have all these lovely ladies of the prairie to share your world, talents and love of history with.Do you know how to use the walking wheel? I have one, and have never spun on it. My mother gave me a boxed set of Little House books as a teenager and I've always loved the stories. I see that you and the girls will carry on the traditions of Little House, they are lucky young ladies to have you as gramma.

  15. I do indeed spin on the Walking Wheel :-) It took some tweaking to get it balanced but it spins quite nice now. I was fortunate enough get this wheel with all the parts, and I actually learned to spin from YouTube videos!! But the best part is how pretty it looks in the parlor!! ;-)
    xxx ooo

  16. What a fun, fun post!!! Thank you for sharing these happy memories with us! I think we have all the Little House resources you shared also! :)

    Thank you for sharing with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays at Strangers & Pilgrims on Earth! :)

    1. Hello dearest Jes, Thank you for your visit! So glad that you enjoyed!!
      We had such fun and how blessed we are to have the legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Pioneer stories :-)
      Sending blessings and warmth!

  17. what a beautiful post. thanks for sharing. i am a big fan of laura ingalls wilder.
    have a nice rest week,

  18. Oh Linnie...this post was just delightful :0) your granddaughters have your smile dear friend... thank you for sharing :D mari

    1. Hello dearest Mari,
      So glad that you could come and join us :-)
      sending love and blessings xx oo

  19. My new friend,
    what a stunning blog you have, and this last post of yours, well, it has really won my heart !
    I'm so in love with ancient times and a Laura's fan since always, let me follow you, I'm doing it with so much joy, my heart is filled to overflowing !

    Wishing you a lovely end of your week

    XOXO Daniela at ~ My little old world ~ (Dany)

    1. Hello Daniela :-)
      Thank you for your visit and sweet comments! Hope you too have a wonderful week!!
      Sending warmth, Linnie

  20. My dear a lovely story. I never knew for some reason that Laura was a actual person.. and she wrote the Little house on the prairie. So wonderful for your granddaughters to dress up with you. I loved all the photos and videos and music. This was a wonderfl post thank you with love Janice

  21. Dear Linnie ... First of all, I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for following COTTAGE SWEET COTTAGE. I absolutely love your posting. You are a precious gramma as are your granddaughters. I wish that I had been right there with you all. Such a lovely time together making so many sweet memories. I look forward to browsing your past postings as you have such a warm and cosy space here. Warmest Blessings ♥ Teri

  22. Hi Linnie. It's been so long since you posted anything. I hope all is well! ❤️