Monday, April 15, 2024

Cozy Cottagecore Bathroom Inspiration | on the creek blog //

 Hey Besties! 🌟

As the new beginnings of spring creep in, I'm catching that familiar itch to revamp and renew—this time, setting my sights on a fresh home remodeling adventure! πŸ› ️✨

I've decided to kick things off with our oh-so-cozy second bathroom. It's quaint, yes, but it's also the perfect starter project before diving into the bigger challenges. Just like starting with a sketch before a full-blown painting, right?

Cozy Cottagecore Bathroom Inspiration | on the creek blog //

Reflecting on the journey so far, it's almost surreal to think that my late husband, James, and I had transformed our entire home from a foreclosure find into our personal haven back in 2015. Here we are, nearly a decade later, and I'm buzzing to sprinkle a little more of 'me' into these walls. πŸ‘πŸ’•

Cozy Cottagecore Bathroom Inspiration | on the creek blog //

Now, about my decor style—oh, how it's blossomed! From a pristine canvas of whites to rich wood tones paired with whites, and now? Well, now I'm all about blending what I fondly call 'cottagecore chic' with vintage, cozy, grandma vibes. Imagine a potpourri of styles that somehow dance together in perfect harmony. That's what I'm envisioning!

Cozy Cottagecore Bathroom Inspiration | on the creek blog //

For our petite bathroom, efficiency is key. My game plan? Introducing a pegboard for hanging towels—functional yet stylish. Above this, I'm thinking of some charming wallpaper to inject a burst of personality into the space. πŸŒΌπŸ–Ό️

Cozy Cottagecore Bathroom Inspiration | on the creek blog //

I've been trawling through Pinterest, gathering a collage of inspiration that sings to my soul. (You'll spot some of these mood-setters scattered right here in this post!) They capture the essence of what I'm dreaming up: a space that's not just a bathroom but a little nook of nostalgia and warmth, a true reflection of me.

Cozy Cottagecore Bathroom Inspiration | on the creek blog //

So, stay tuned as I take you along on this remodel journey. From thrifty finds to creative twists, we're about to turn this tiny bathroom into a testament of time, love, and a sprinkle of Tiff magic!

Let's roll up our sleeves and breathe new life into old spaces, transforming the ordinary into something extraordinary. After all, isn't life our biggest DIY project? Let's make every corner of our homes reflect our hearts and stories.

Cozy Cottagecore Bathroom Inspiration | on the creek blog //

Catch you on the flip side, and let's make some magic happen! πŸ”¨πŸŒŸ

Until next time, keep crafting your personal fairy tale because every nook and cranny of our homes can be as unique and vibrant as we are!

Wednesday, April 03, 2024

cottagecore inspired brand kits | on the creek blog //

 Hey there, Besties! 🌟✨

Today, I'm diving deep into a topic that's not just close to my heart but practically a piece of it - graphic design. Oh, how this journey began! Picture a seventh grader, wide-eyed and filled with dreams, dabbling in website design. That was me, and let's just say the passion hasn't dimmed even a little. It's been a whirlwind of colors, fonts, and layouts ever since, and guess what? I'm absolutely living for it. πŸŽ¨πŸ’»

Now, after years of mixing, matching, and sometimes mismatching (we've all been there, right?), I feel like I've hit the sweet spot with my blog's colors and fonts. It's like finding the perfect recipe that makes your soul sing. And because sharing is caring, I'm beyond thrilled to pull back the curtain on my brand kits. πŸ’Œ✨

But hold on, let's chat for a sec. What's a brand kit, you ask? Imagine it as your design fairy godmother. It's a magical toolbox that holds all your brand's visual elements - colors, fonts, logos, and more. It's what keeps your style consistent, recognizable, and oh-so-you. Whether you're sprucing up your blog or sending out emails, your brand kit ensures everything screams 'you' at first glance. 🧚‍♀️πŸ› ️

So, without further ado, let's wander through the whimsical world of cottagecore-inspired brand kits I've lovingly crafted in Canva. If you're all about that rustic charm, soft pastels, and a touch of nostalgia that feels like a warm hug, you're in for a treat!

cottagecore inspired brand kits | on the creek blog //

The Dreamy Meadow Kit

Imagine your brand frolicking in a meadow at dawn, the first light kissing the dew. It's a palette of tranquil creams, sage greens, and soft earth tones, paired with fonts that sing songs of the earth – think Chloe and Moontime, each letter crafted with a touch of whimsy.

cottagecore inspired brand kits | on the creek blog //

The Rustic Homestead Kit

Next, we step into the warmth of an old-time kitchen, with hues that tell tales of sunsets on the farm and rich soil between fingers. Fonts like Abril Fatface and Montserrat stand like timeless wood beams, solid and welcoming, a foundation for stories yet to unfold.

cottagecore inspired brand kits | on the creek blog //

The Vintage Garden Kit

Delicate and with the grace of bygone eras, this kit evokes the spirit of a Victorian garden in full bloom. The colors: blush pinks, mossy greens, and a whisper of aged parchment. And the fonts? Poppins and Glacial Indifference, each a nod to the juxtaposition of modern clarity and historical allure.

cottagecore inspired brand kits | on the creek blog //

The Enchanted Cottage Kit

Lastly, for the souls who see magic in the stars and hear whispers in the wind, this kit is for you. It's an elixir of dusky mochas, creamy ivories, and the richest of terra-cotta, all coming together like a spell. The fonts, Black Mango and Quicksand, are the final enchantment, casting your brand's story in the most captivating of lights.

Creating these brand kits has been a journey of love, inspiration, and a little bit of magic. And the best part? Canva has made it delightfully easy to bring these visions to life. Whether you're a seasoned designer or just starting to explore the vast universe of graphic design, remember that your brand is your story. And with the right tools, you can tell it in the most beautiful way possible.

Until next time, keep creating, dreaming, and being the amazing you. And remember, in the vast canvas of life, you're the artist. Paint your story bright and bold. 🌈✨

Tuesday, March 12, 2024


Understanding Plant Hardiness Zones | on the creek blog //
Hey Besties! 🌟 

Today, we're diving deep into the world of gardening, but not just any old gardening tip – we're talking about plant hardiness zones. Now, you might be thinking, "Tiff, what's all the fuss about a bunch of numbers and letters?" Well, let me tell you, these little digits are like the secret code to unlocking the full potential of your garden! 🌿✨

Ever wandered through a nursery, fallen head over heels for a plant, and brought it home, only to watch it struggle no matter what you do? Been there, done that, got the t-shirt. But here's the plot twist: it's not you, it's your zone! 🌍

What's a Plant Hardiness Zone Anyway?

Imagine Mother Nature has drawn up a map, not of countries or states, but of temperatures – specifically, the coldest ones. The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map divides North America into 13 zones based on the average annual minimum winter temperature. Each zone is a guide for what plants will thrive there. It's like having a cheat sheet for your garden! πŸ“š

For my fellow green thumbs in the Northeast Ohio area, we're chilling (quite literally) in Zone 6a. That means our winters can dip down to -10 to -5°F. Brrr, right? But also, yay, because knowing this helps us pick plants that will say, "Thank you, ma'am, may I have another?" to our winter wonderland. 🌨️❄️

You can see what zone you're in right here!

Understanding Plant Hardiness Zones | on the creek blog //

Why Zone Knowledge is Power

Knowing your zone means you're gardening with wisdom. It's the difference between a "hope and pray" garden and a "look at her thrive" garden. Want perennials that come back year after year? Zone knowledge. Dreaming of a fruit tree that actually bears fruit? Zone knowledge. It's all about putting the right plant in the right place.

How to Use Your Zone

  1. Read Those Labels: Next time you're plant shopping, check the label for the zone info. If it fits your zone, you're good to go!
  2. Research: Found a plant online that's stolen your heart? Do a quick zone check before you commit.
  3. Experiment: Gardening is all about learning. If you're really in love with a plant that's a bit out of your zone, give it a try in a protected spot or container. Who knows? You might just find a way to make it work.

Zone-Crossing Tips

  • Microclimates: Your garden might have spots that are warmer or cooler than the rest. Use these to your advantage!
  • Protection: Sometimes, a little extra mulch or a protective cover on those coldest nights can make all the difference.

Understanding Plant Hardiness Zones | on the creek blog //

Wrapping It Up

So, there you have it, besties – the down-low on plant hardiness zones. It's not just a bunch of boring numbers; it's the roadmap to a garden that's as thriving as it is beautiful. Dive into your zone, get to know it, and soon you'll be gardening with confidence and grace. πŸ’šπŸŒΈ

And remember, every garden is a story of growth, resilience, and a touch of magic. Let's make ours a bestseller.

Sending all the love and green vibes your way,

Tiff πŸŒΌπŸ’š

P.S. Want more green thumb tips? Stick around, and let's grow together!

Wednesday, February 21, 2024


"Don't be afraid to start again. You’re not starting from scratch this time; you’re starting from experience."


Hey there, Besties! 🌟

Guess what? I just celebrated another trip around the sun a couple weekends ago! πŸŽ‰ And oh boy, do I have some tales to tell. You know, sometimes I think my spirit guides must've been a bit too generous with the "experience" buffet, cramming a lifetime's worth of lessons into these last few years. It's been a wild ride, filled with ups, downs, and everything in between. But here's the kicker: despite the rollercoaster, I'm still here, still standing, and still grateful for every single moment.

Every hiccup and hurdle are not just random mishaps; they're part of this intricate blueprint designed to help us evolve, adapt, and, ultimately, shine. | on the creek blog //

Turning a year older always brings its share of contemplation, doesn't it? This year, more than ever, I found myself wrestling with the idea of aging, not because I fear getting older, but because life, in all its unpredictable glory, has been tossing me a few extra curveballs lately. It's in these moments, amidst the whirlwind of challenges, that I find myself whispering, "This too shall pass."

But here's the heart of what I want to share with you today: Don't be afraid to start again. You see, when life beckons us to begin anew, it's not a sign of failure or regression. Far from it. It's an invitation to lean into the wisdom we've accumulated, the battles we've braved, and the strength we've sculpted from our struggles. We're not starting from scratch, my friends. We're embarking from a place rich with experience, insights, and a resilience that only comes from having weathered a few storms.

So, as I blew out the candles this year, amidst the mixed emotions and reflections, I made a promise to myself—a promise to embrace every fresh start, to view each day as a new opportunity to frame my story through a lens of growth and gratitude. Because, let's face it, life's kinda like our biggest DIY project ever, right? Every hiccup and hurdle are not just random mishaps; they're part of this intricate blueprint designed to help us evolve, adapt, and, ultimately, shine.

Every hiccup and hurdle are not just random mishaps; they're part of this intricate blueprint designed to help us evolve, adapt, and, ultimately, shine. | on the creek blog //

Remember, Besties, we're all in this grand 'Earth School' workshop together. And just like my cozy crafting corner, where every project starts with a vision and a bit of faith, our lives are canvases awaiting our creative touch. So, here's to starting over, to painting our days with bold strokes of hope, and to remembering that every moment is a chance to craft something truly beautiful.

Until next time, keep shining, keep loving, and most importantly, keep crafting your masterpiece. πŸ› ️🌱✨

Monday, February 19, 2024



Hey there, Besties! 🌟

I'm super excited to share my latest obsessions - seven color palettes that are rocking my world right now! 🎨✨ From the depths of earthy greens to the warmth of sunset hues, these palettes are giving me all the feels, and I just know you're going to adore them as much as I do.

The Enchanted Forest color palette | on the creek blog //

The Enchanted Forest 🌲

Imagine wandering through a mystical forest, with the sun peeking through the canopy. This palette is a dreamy mix of deep emeralds and sage tones, grounded by a rich, dark moss. It's nature's own cozy nook that whispers of secret stories and old-world charm.

Sunset on the Savannah color palette | on the creek blog //

Sunset on the Savannah πŸŒ…

This palette is a safari of color, where dusty terracottas meet the golden hour. It's as if the sun is setting over a sprawling savannah, casting a glow that warms the soul. These hues are perfect for anyone looking to add a touch of adventure to their space or design.

Ocean's Depths color palette | on the creek blog //

Ocean's Depths 🌊

Dive into the tranquility of the ocean with this palette. From a teal that embodies the essence of the sea to a mysterious midnight blue, it's a color story that's both serene and profound. It's like the ocean's depth in your very own home, evoking a sense of peace and introspection.

Autumn in New England color palette | on the creek blog //
Autumn in New England πŸ‚

Get ready for a cozy autumn vibe with this palette. With colors reminiscent of fall leaves and pumpkin spice, it's a little bit of that magical New England autumn, no matter where you are. These warm, inviting tones are like a hug for your walls or digital design!

Moroccan Bazaar color palette | on the creek blog //

Moroccan Bazaar 🏺

Step into the vibrant energy of a Moroccan market with this palette. With bold, spicy hues that tell tales of exotic places and distant lands, it's an invitation to infuse your life with color and energy. Let's bring the buzz of a bustling bazaar into our homes!

Desert Dusk color palette | on the creek blog //

Desert Dusk 🌡

This palette captures the stillness of the desert at dusk. It's a blend of soft pinks and deep, earthy tones that echo the quiet beauty of the wilderness. It's about those moments of solitude and beauty we find in the most unexpected places.

Pastel Daydreams color palette | on the creek blog //

Pastel Daydreams ☁️

Last but not least, float away with these whimsical pastels. This palette is a breath of fresh air, a gentle reminder of soft cotton candy skies and the sweet serenity of daydreams. It's perfect for crafting a space or design that's a soft place to land on the busiest of days.

Remember, Besties, these are more than just colors. They're stories, they're emotions, they're the backdrop to our lives. So whether you're painting a room, choosing a throw pillow, or upcycling that thrift store find, let these palettes inspire you to create something beautiful.

Before I sign off, remember to swing by the blog later for an update on my previous color palette post, now with a little twist of my new style. Spoiler alert: It's going to be fab! 🌈✨

Until then, keep shining and DIY-ing!

Friday, February 16, 2024

Embracing the Mishandling: A Lesson in Self-Worth and Understanding | on the creek blog //

 Hey there, Besties! 🌟

In this grand, unpredictable journey we lovingly call life, we're bound to encounter a myriad of lessons, some tougher than others. Today, I want to chat about a universal truth that's as undeniable as it is challenging: You will be mishandled.

It's a peculiar facet of human interaction, isn't it? People, in their complex simplicity, will mishandle us. Sometimes, it's because they haven't walked a mile in our shoes or even glanced at the path we've tread. They see us through a lens clouded by their perceptions, unaware of the stories etched in our hearts.

Embracing the Mishandling: A Lesson in Self-Worth and Understanding | on the creek blog //

But here's where it gets even more intriguing. Some will know our stories, perhaps even better than their own, yet they choose to mishandle us. It's a paradox that can leave us bewildered, nursing our bruises in the quiet of our souls.

Before we jump to conclusions or let this dishearten us, let's take a moment to reflect. As personal as it may feel, this mishandling speaks volumes more about the person on the other end than it does about us. It's a reflection of their journey, their struggles, and the lessons they have yet to learn.

Why does this matter?

Understanding this helps us navigate these interactions with a bit more grace and a lot less hurt. It's not about excusing their behavior but rather about protecting our peace and recognizing that their actions are not a measure of our worth.

This understanding is crucial in our 'Earth School,' where every experience is a lesson in disguise. It teaches us empathy, resilience, and the importance of setting boundaries. It reminds us that while we can't control how others treat us, we have the power to choose how we respond and who we allow to impact our journey.

Embracing the Mishandling: A Lesson in Self-Worth and Understanding | on the creek blog //

Here's the takeaway, Besties:

Life's going to throw its curveballs, and people are going to mishandle us. But remember, we're in the cozy crafting corner of life, where every tool and material, no matter how odd it may seem, has a purpose. Let's use these experiences to grow, refine our ability to love and be loved, and shine even brighter.

As we continue to renovate our lives, let's remember to be kind to ourselves and others. After all, we're all works in progress; art pieces still needing to be finished. And in this beautiful mess, we find our strength and our light.

Until next time, keep shining, keep loving, and keep crafting your masterpiece. 🌍✨

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Flourishing garden symbolizing growth and hope amidst grief. | on the creek blog //

 Hey there, Besties! 🌟

Today, I'm diving deep into an incredibly personal and universally human topic: the intricate dance between love and grief. As I scrolled through the archives of our journey together on "On the Creek," I noticed something that tugged at my heartstrings. A post from a significant moment in my life – my first Valentine's Day without James – stood out as one of your favorites.

Flourishing garden symbolizing growth and hope amidst grief. | on the creek blog //

Isn't it a peculiar thought? The idea that grief, in all its shadowy depths, is something that each of us will encounter, yet in such different ways. It's a bitter truth that the essence of grief is as universal as love itself. And it's this very universality that binds us, isn't it?

On my journey through widowhood, I've come to realize that grief and love are two sides of the same coin. To love deeply is a risk that invites profound grief when that love is lost. But would we ever choose to forego love to spare ourselves the pain of grief? For someone like me, who loves with all her heart, avoiding love is not an option, even when the price is a deep, aching loss.

But here's the thing, my dearest friends: it's okay to love, it's okay to grieve, and it's perfectly okay to let them coexist. Grieving doesn't mean we're stuck in the past, just as loving doesn't mean we're oblivious to pain. It's about embracing the full spectrum of human emotion and allowing ourselves to feel deeply, in all its shades and nuances.

Flourishing garden symbolizing growth and hope amidst grief. | on the creek blog //

I'm learning, day by day, that life is the grandest of all DIY projects. It's messy and unpredictable, and sometimes, the instructions seem like they're written in another language. But it's also beautiful, rich with lessons and opportunities to grow, learn, and love again.

So, as I navigate this path of widowhood, crafting a life that's full of both memories and dreams, I'm holding on to the belief that it's okay to be optimistic about the future, even with a heart that's familiar with loss. Because, at the end of the day, life isn't black and white – it's a kaleidoscope of colors, each shade representing a part of our story, a lesson learned, or a love cherished.

Remember, Besties, we're all students in this grand, messy workshop called 'Earth School.' Every experience, every tear, and every smile is a chapter in our book, a stroke of paint on our canvas. And it's up to us to embrace it all, the grief and the love, as we craft our masterpieces.

Until next time, keep shining, keep loving, and keep crafting your beautiful, unique story. 🌍✨πŸ› ️🌱

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