Our lighted twigs are amazing and work in all seasons. Some are plain branches, others boast flowering buds. In two different heights and – this is brand new – some have timers to turn themselves on and off automatically.

    We now offer real wax battery powered candles with self-timers too. Just set it and leave it, it will shut off and on automatically.  And the electric tea light candles that you can blow out are perfect for granting wishes.

    Beautify with new florals from Cornerstone Cottage. And think about items that will transition from spring to summer and into fall.

    Signs & Decor


    Spring is bursting out all over at Cornerstone Cottage so summer can’t be far behind.

    Select a few new blooms to freshen your displays. We have wall pockets in a variety of colors, and if you don’t see a color you like, we may be able to custom paint one for you. Changing the linens on side tables and dressers is another easy update. Pick something with rich lace, colorful embroidery, or vintage crochet. We have an exclusive collection of watercolor prints called “Zen Birds.” Each picture is accompanied by a haiku about the bird. Mother’s Day gifts beginning at less than $10. And as we move through May and into Summer, add in items from our Americana selection.

    Remember 1+1+1=1 when you mix and match to create something uniquely “you” at Cornerstone Cottage.


    We call it the “Kitchen Department” but that doesn’t really do justice to the things you’ll find there:

    Handmade Essentials: What is better than a hand-crocheted cotton dishcloth? or hand-crocheted nylon scrubbies?Or locally made kitchen table linens?

    Avis makes the best potholders. She calls them micro-mitts, and originally intended them for use when microwaving, but they are, frankly, the only potholders I use in my kitchen. They work like an oven-mitt, but without all the bulk.Avis also makes a microwave baked potato bag that is awesome. I use it for warming tortillas, too.

    Natural Cleaning Products: We sell naturally non-toxic cleaning products from two famous makers, and if we don’t stock your favorite from them, we’ll happily special order for you. Moso Bags contain activated bamboo charcoal to absorb odors in closets, basements, gym bags, and work boots. Amazing, and a few minutes in direct sunlight recharges them to use again. Twist makes woven bamboo and loofah scrubbies that are effective and biodegradable.

    Use it Again: Vapur water bottles are reuseable, can be frozen safely, and fold flat when not in use. They come in a variety of colors and patterns. Corksickles look like icicles, but fit inside your wine bottle to cool the wine without watering it down. Likewise, Tipsy Toes are tiny red high heels that you freeze and use instead of ice cubes to cool other beverages — great if you don’t like your drinks watered down.

    Food and Beverages: We stock Watkins vanilla, cinnamon, and black pepper. Other Watkins products available via special order. Pick a special mug and fill it with a selection of coffees, teas, ciders, and cocoas. We offer a variety of choices, including the full line of Stash Teas.Add our Simply Organic dip mixes to greek yogurt for healthy snacking, or select from Wildwood dip mixes and use mayonnaise or cream cheese. You definitely need a box of Cracker Smack on your pantry shelf. Just mix it with canola oil and a full box of saltines (or two bags of oyster crackers), and party food has never been easier. Everyone who buys Cracker Smack returns for more. Yes, it really is that good, and that easy.

    There’s dish towels, aprons, vintage china, decorative plates, cooking tools, and more. Our selection changes constantly, so stop in and check out our kitchen. You’ll be glad you did.


    If you love any of our candles, wax melts, or room sprays from Backwoods Gallery, you will love our bath salts too. Our friend in Eldora, Iowa makes them all, so find your favorite fragrance in either department, then light that candle and run that bath, turn off the overhead lights, lock the door, and relax. I feel better just thinking about it. You might have heard some troubling news reports about bath salts. We’ve heard them too. Click here to learn everything you need to know.

    Avon Naturals are bath products you can feel good about. We offer a wide selection of fragrances, so you’re sure to find one you’ll like. And Avon Foam Bath is a classic that soaks you (or the kids) clean. Both product lines can make the tub more fun. Mosquito season requires Avon Skin So Soft. Get yours here, and while you’re at it, I love Avon’s facial sunscreen (SPF 45) too.

    Watkins Products. Generations of us have trusted Watkins for pain relief, burn relief, congestion relief, and so forth. We offer the classic Watkins salves, and if you need one we don’t stock, we’ll happily special order it for you.

    You’ll find a selection of aromatherapy products in our Bath Department:

    Natural Patches of Vermont – Wear these self-adhesive patches for days of relief from pain, congestion, stress, and more.
    Aura Cacia essential oils – We stock the basics, and will special order if you need something special. 
    Hydra Shower Bursts – Put one of these little bombs on a shelf in your shower. The indirect steam will release the essential oils, and the burst will slowly melt away over about 10 showers. My favorite is “energy” — it’s a great way to start my day.
    Goat’s Milk Soap – We offer artisan soaps from multiple suppliers, pick the one specially blended for your specific need.


    Click on “Accessories” to access the sub-departments.

    Phone Accessories

    What’s soft and washable and perfect for your cell phone, tablet or computer? The eSOCK microfiber knit pouch of course. We’ve only been stocking these for a couple of months, and they’ve become our fasting selling phone accessory.

    The pouch stretches to fit most cell phones  (actual size: 3” x 5”), and when you slide the phone in or out, you’ve got the perfect cleaning cloth already in your hand. Use that pouch feature over your hand and the eSOCK becomes a lens cloth for your tablet, computer screen, camera lens and more. I own 4 of these, because I always have one or two in the laundry. I just toss them in any load that I’m not using bleach or fabric softener with.

    We handed out eSOCK  FREE Shipping coupons at the #140confDM – did you get yours?





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    In addition to our retail products, Cornerstone Cottage offers a variety of services:

    Dry Cleaning Drop Off: Varsity Cleaners picks up and delivers drycleaning twice weekly. They offer a shirt laundry service too! Watch for monthly specials. Leather, vintage clothing service, hat cleaning, wedding dress preservation, area rug, and other specialty cleaning services are also available. Just ask!

    Payday Loan Service: We are a local agent for BNT delayed deposit loans. We service residents who live and bank in Franklin County. Loan term is two weeks. Call for more details: 641-456-3339.

    Gift Registry / Wish Lists: Did you know that Cornerstone Cottage offers Wish Lists and Gift Registry services for special occasions of every kind? Does your young person want one of everything in the toy department? Allowing him or her to complete a wish list is a positive way to manage the request without giving in on the spur of the moment. Plus it will make your life easier when birthdays roll around.

    Stop in and fill out a wishlist, we’ll e-mail those “special someones” who shop for you, and let them know they can find a gift you’re sure to love at Cornerstone Cottage.

    Recently one young customer completed his wish list — even though Mom thought it was sort of a waste of time. Who knew he would end up in the hospital to have his tonsils removed? You’ve already guessed it — Mom was in asking for his wish list, and found a couple of items on it to keep him occupied while he’s confined to bed.

    Cornerstone Cottage offers a great variety of home decor items that make great gifts for showers and weddings. Couples just starting out enjoy having special items that turn a new house or apartment into their home. It’s great to shop with confidence because they took the time to complete a bridal registry.

    Grandma’s Private Shopping Service: Let us know your grandkids’ birthdays and if your prefer books or age-appropriate toys. We’ll notify you with gift selections so you never have to miss a special day again. We keep your purchase history so duplicates are never a problem.We can even gift wrap and ship your gift. We make it easy for you to be a hero.

    Decorating Consultation: Stumped for how to freshen up your decor? If the ideas we share in store, just aren’t enough, we offer in-home consultation too.

    Classes, Parties, and More: Paint on canvas, paint pottery, make jewelry, host a private shopping event to benefit your favorite non-profit. Many options available, stop by and we’ll design a custom event just for you.

    Special Order Service: We order Melaleuca, Avon, essential oils, any book in print, and many of our decor items. If you need something that you don’t see in stock, be sure to ask, we may be able to special order it for you.

    Decorating & Design Consultation: Stumped for how to freshen up your decor? Interested in the psychology of color? If the ideas we share in store just aren’t enough, we offer in-home consultation too. Need custom invitations for a wedding or other special event? Want to start a website, and need a little help? Keri Rojas Designs can help you. When calling Keri, be sure to tell her “Cornerstone Cottage sent me.” Thanks.