Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Pretty Bird

O n this beautiful sunny day, as I hear the birds singing outside my window, I thought it would be the perfect time to share with you my bird collection. I love and collect all kinds. These two cuties sit on my nightstand. (Above)

There is another one behind them in a beautiful white cage. I picked up the cage at a thrift store and added the bird and nest later.
Here's a closer look.
This is a pair of vintage silver plated salt and peppershakers I purchased on ebay. They sit on a beautiful branch with a couple of flowers.
And here's a closer look.
This little one can be found nesting in my dinning room.

A couple more cuties.
This one is a candleholder...I added the glass votive holder that once belonged to a wall sconce.

Well there you have it, my pretty little birds. They can be found through out my petite cottage. They are a sweet reminder of how wonderful and great God is and how blessed we are to be able to enjoy such beauty on a daily basis.

Thank you so much for dropping by and visiting.

I hope you enjoyed your stay.

Come back soon.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Mini Sewing Makeover Project

Y esterday my daughter and I did a run to one of our local thrift stores, the only one with air conditioning, to escape this heat a bit. I found a couple of things, I guess that goes without saying. I don't think I've ever come back home empty handed from a thrift store trip. Anyway, one of my finds was this cute hanging basket. When I first saw it I knew exactly what I would use it for. So as soon as the sun went down and it cooled off a bit, I began my mini sewing makeover.

I dug through my scrap fabric and found the perfect piece. It's a beautiful red rose and white hydrangea fabric I had used to make some throw pillows for my sofas.

I pulled out my sewing machine and embroidering machine and was ready to go.

Here's a little clue...well big clue, of what the basket is going to be used for.

Voilá! It's a MAIL BASKET. I love it. Now to find the perfect place for it.

The front door might be a logical place for it, but it might get in the way. Hum. Well, I'll keep looking.

Thank you so much for stopping by.

I hope you enjoyed your visit.

Have a awesome day.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Playing With Dolls

Ever since I can remember, I have always loved playing with dolls. I like all kinds, from paper dolls to porcelain dolls. However, my favorite type of doll, the one that has a special place in my heart, is the cloth or rag doll. I remember a long, long time ago, my Grandmother sitting with me for a lesson in sewing. With a few scraps of fabric and some strands of her beautiful and long, thick, jet black hair for embroidery floss (used for creating the doll's facial features), she created the most beautiful doll I had ever seen in what seemed like a matter of minutes. I wish I had a picture of her to show you, but somehow she got lost. Looking back, that breaks my heart. For those who have seen Toy Story 2, the montage where Jesse explains how she was forgotten by her owner brings tears to my eyes every time. The innocence of childhood makes it impossible to realize the emotional importance that items like these will have in your adult life.
I guess that was my earliest memory of falling in love with the art of sewing and cloth dolls. It amazed me how a few pieces of fabric could become such a beautiful creation. For a while now I have dreamt of recreating the doll, but the fear that she won't turn out exactly as I remember her, has always stopped me. However, I have created several of my own dolls. It brings me such joy to do so, but none will ever replace the doll my Grandmother made for me.

These are my Dollies.

She's my favorite. Except for her hair and shoes, she's completely made out of muslin.
This is a close up of her cute simple little face.
This one is a cutie too!
The doll below I made for my nieces when they were younger. Each one got this doll in their very own favorite color. Of course I had to make one for me too.
I Love Pink!

Thank you so much for visiting and walking down Memory Lane with me.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Transformation Thursday

H i everyone, today I'll be joining Gina from The Shabby Chic Cottage for her weekly Transformation Thursday. On this lovely Thursday I would like to share with you my $20.00 garage sale find.

I must apologize for the quality of the picture above. This was taken a while back with an older camera. Or maybe it was just the photographer...that would be me :) But trust me it was in dire need of a transformation.

Look at in now. I completely stripped it of paint and fabric. I then repainted it with an antique white, destressed it a little, reupholster the bottom part of the seat and arms, sewed red toile cushions and viola! What do you think? This was an older projected I tackled, but I thought it would be fun to share it with you. Hope you enjoy!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Introducing Shabby Chic Cookie

I recently realized that in my profile I mention my family...my wonderful husband and my talented daughter, however, I forgot to mention one more member of our family....Cookie.

Cookie is our cute 63 year old...(in dog years) Chihuahua. She has been a part of our family since she was 8 weeks old. As you can imagine she is one spoiled little girl. Here she is below, very shabby chic in her black toile dress with pear green ruffles. Isn't she the cutest?

Please do not attempt to adjust your screen...Yes, Cookie is the world's biggest Chihuahua. When we first got her we were told that she would never get heavier than 6 lbs. According to the previous owner, she is a "Tea Cup Chihuahua." For those who are not familiar with this title, it is a name for a very small type of Chihuahua...

I guess it all started when Cookie began getting seizures and was put on medication to control them. After several months of taking the medication my husband and I decided to take her off of it. The medication was turning our Cookie into a totally different dog. Aside from her not acting like her sweet little self, she started to gain a lot of weight because of it. I mean a lot of weight. At her heaviest she was 14 lbs. That was over double her normal weight! She was so heavy she couldn't even walk up the stairs anymore.

So my husband and I decided that the risk of her having a heart attack, breaking a tiny leg or any other health problems because of the weight was too much. She's been off the medication for a while now and I would like to say she doesn't get seizures anymore, but she does. The good news is that she seems happier. She acts like her own cute, playful self again and has lost most of the weight. Plus she is the world's most spoiled little girl....Did I say that already? We love our Cookie.

This is Cookie and me in the back yard working on a special summer project that I'll post about later. Please stay tune. I would also love to give credit to my beautiful and talented daughter for Cookie's pictures. She calls Cookie her Diva Model.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Romantic Homes Magazine-July 2009

T his month's issue was all about summer, "The Sweet Side of Summer." And like always, it was filled with pictures of beautiful homes, creative ideas and much more. What caught my attention in this month's issue was a craft project that I thought was very cute, creative and fairly easy to make. The title was "Decorative Wooden Clips... For the well- dressed document" By Lisa Tutman-Oglesby. They're decoupage clothespins.

I thought this was a very clever way to dress up something that gets quite of bit of use in our cottage. (I like using clothespins for my chip bags). The article gave several other suggestions for uses. Aside from the chip bag clip idea, I also liked the idea of a fridge magnet. Just add a magnet to one side of the clip and presto. Another great suggestion was to drill a small hole in the top of the clip and then screw several of them onto a bulletin board, making organization a snap. They can also be used instead of paperclips, keeping papers tidy in a more elegantly chic way.

The list of things you'll need is small. The list consists of wood clothespins, patterned scrapbook paper, fluid adhesive, such as decoupage glue or Mod Podge, and a craft file or emery board (optional) used to give the pins a more destress and vintage look. The directions given were easy to follow. I can't wait to get started on my own set of decoupage clothespins.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Happy 4th of July

I n the spirit of the 4th of July I would like to share with you some of my favorite red, white and blue things.

Some of my favorites red things are : Red walls, red cars, red doors and my absolute favorite red shoes and purses.

Red is the color of passion and love. Put some red in your life when you want:
*increased enthusiasm and interest .
*more energy.
*action and confidence to go after your dreams.
*protection from fears and anxiety.

Some of my favorite white things are: White painted furniture, white slipcovers, crisp white shirts and white ceramic pitchers.
White is the color of purity. Put some white in your life when you want:
*to clear clutter and obstacles away.
*to start a fresh beginning.
*to bring about mental clarity.
*purification of thoughts or actions.

And last, but certainly not least here are some of my favorite blues: The aquamarie because it just happens to be my birth stone, my favoirte, comfortable pair of jeans and the last one is a particular hue of blue...Robin's egg blue.

Blue/Aqua is the color of high ideals.Put some blue in your life when you want:
*calm and relaxation to counteract chaos or agitation.
*to open the flow of communication.
*to broaden your perspective in learning new information.
*solitude and peace.

Thank you for visiting and I wish you all a very happy and safe