Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Wedding Bells Are In The Air

Hi Everyone!

Sorry I haven't been over to visit recently...It's because I've been busy with wedding stuff. My brother-in-law, Ivan and his fiancée, Rebecca are finally tying the knot, yay!

And I have volunteered to help...

They're having a small celebration and it's all happening at the end of August. So, as you can see there is not much time. Sadly, this means I'll have to postpone my giveaway a few weeks...There is so much I have planned that I just need some time...I do hope you guys don't mind. I promise that as soon as I can I will be over to visit, post again and have my giveaway to celebrate my blog's 300 followers. Oh, and by the way, a very special thank you goes out to Kim from Spindle Cottage who was my 300th Sweet Follower...Yay! Thank you Kim. And thank you to all of you who have been sweet and kind enough to follow as well. I'm thankful for all the wonderful friends I have made through my blog and I will forever treasure your friendships.


Thank you all for stopping by today.

I'll be back real soon, so please don't forget about me.


Hugs and Kisses,

Friday, July 23, 2010

"A" Is For.....

Ana...That's me, your blogging friend.
A is for...

Apple...Gala is my favorite type.

A is for....

Aquamarine....My birthstone.

and A is for....

All the wonderful blogging friends that follow A Petite Cottage....

I'm almost at 300...Yay!

I feel so honor that each and everyone of you have chosen to follow my humble little blog.

Thank you all so much.

I think this is cause for celebration, don't you?

Perhaps with a giveaway?

Stay tuned.

Hugs and Kisses,

Monday, July 19, 2010

Stationery Basket

Do you remember this little stationery basket? It's a thrift store find from a while back that I said I would makeover.

Originally I was going to embellish it a bit and use it for what it was intended, but I really didn't need another stationery organizer so I decided to repurpose it instead.

Here it is all gussied up.

I just added this pretty little embellishment...not sure what it is or what it was a part of but I thought it would look perfect on the basket. It was a little gift from my cousin Irma...She knows I love these kinds of things.

Well, after a long time of trying to figure out how to repurpose it, this is what I came up with.

It's a paper plate and napkin holder.

Sometimes I just don't feel like washing dishes so the paper plates are a necessity...I know, I know, I'm bad :-) So now I have a tres chic place to put them in and keep them handy. What do you think, good idea or bad?

Thank you all for stopping by today.

Wishing everyone a wonderful new week.


Hugs and Kisses,

Thursday, July 15, 2010

A Petite Cloche

It's a Cloche Party!


And it's all happening over at my dear friend Marty's blog A Stroll Thru Life.

Please click on the button above to take you over to the party and check out what Marty and other participants are sharing today, but before you go, won't you stay a while and see what I have to share?

This little vignette can be found on top of the bookcase I worked on a couple of months ago. (see here)

My little cloche was a thrift store find and I have decided to display a simple ball of twine inside of it...I just thought it looked very pretty. Oh, and the 2 hanging from the top of it is one of the old numbers from our petite cottage address which were replaced a few years back ...I tell you, I save everything...I knew that eventually I'd repurpose or reuse them somehow.

By the way, these pictures were taken by my daughter...It's such a dark space I just couldn't get the right pictures. But I knew that my very talented daughter would make them look gorgeous.

Here's another shot of my petite cloche.

For those of you who are gracious enough to follow me on a regular bases, this is where I decided to place the bookcase I worked on a few months back. So what do you think?

Thank you all so much for stopping by for a visit today.

And thank you Marty for always being such a wonderful hostess.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.


Hugs and Kisses,

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I Just Couldn't Pass It Up.

Honest, I have been trying really, really hard to be good and not spend any money, but.....

I just couldn't pass up this adorable, little, white tea set that I found at the thrift store.

Just look at it...Isn't it the sweetest?

And the detail...look at the detail.

I promise this will be the last thing ;-)

*By the way, today I'm linking up with the very sweet Kathleen over at Faded Charm for White Wednesday #56. Check out what other participants are sharing. (Click button below)* Happy White Wednesday!

Thank you my everyone for stopping by today.

Hope to see you soon again!


Hugs and Kisses,

Monday, July 12, 2010

Stool-tastic Makeover!

Hey everyone, I finished another project. Yay!!

I've had this plain old stool for a while now, it was a hand-me-down from my mother-in-law. Unfortunately it was just a little too tall for my kitchen counter so I asked my honey if he could saw off a bit of the legs so that I could get to working on it. By the way, this was one of those projects I had him work on last weekend...

Some sanding, a few coats of paint and some antique glaze later se fini.

I created the design on my photoshop program. Love that program!

I think it turned out simply stool-tastic! Hope you think so too.

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and wishing you all a wonderfully creative new week.


Hugs and Kisses,

Friday, July 9, 2010

A Petite Cottage Etsy Shop

Hey Everyone...

For those of you who didn't know already, I have an Etsy Shop, and I'm having a sale. I invite you all to come over and check it out...Let me know what you think. Just click on the button above.

One of the featured items that is on sale is an adorable cloth doll couple that has been in my personal collection for over 5 years now. It has been difficult letting go of many of my cloth dolls, but I know that the time has come for me to allow them to bring others the same joy they have brought me since first creating them.

If it's ok with you, I'd like to reminisce a little about the creation process that went into these two sweethearts.

(Each of my dolls is hand signed and dated.)
When I create cloth dolls, I always have an idea in mind, but they always seem to take on a life of their own. For this adorable couple, I knew that I wanted dolls with a vintage feel, hence the use of fabrics with soft and weathered colors.
There is an incredible amount of detail that goes into each one of my dolls. At first glance, they seem very simple, but a closer look reveals my love for dollmaking.
Here is a closeup of the bodice. I added some lace to embellish and add more dimension to an otherwise simple dress.

Here's a close up of the shoes and socks worn by the boy doll. These were also hand-made. The laces on the shoes are actually embroidery floss. It was just the right thickness to give them the finish look I was striving for.
And last, but certainly not least, below are close-ups of their adorable little faces.

Thank you for letting me walk down memory lane. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed making these cloth dolls.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Hugs and Kisses,

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Staircase, Check!

Hello dear blogging friends!

I do hope you all had a wonderful weekend. I'm blessed to say that mine's was full of family, fun, good food and a bit of productivity... Productivity, you ask? Well you see, since this was a three day weekend for my hubby I thought I would beg ask if he would work on some pending house projects. I'm excited to say that now I'll be able to check a few more items off that infamous list of things to do, yay!!! Here is one of the projects we worked on....

Do you remember my stairs? Below is a before picture...

And do you remember I wanted to stencil something on the risers and finish the sides with trim?

Well, here they are! What do you think? Oh, and did you see? I repainted the walls too but, I did that a while back. I just needed the trim done by my hubby to consider this project completed!

I did the numbers a while back too. Didn't end up stenciling them though. I used my cool Cricut machine to cut out some vinyl numbers instead. I think they look awesome.

I'm still finishing off the other projects...Hubby nails, cuts, hammers, saws and builds, but the painting, finishing touches and decorating are my job...So as soon as the other projects are done I will share with you. Be sure to check back to see them. Until then my friends.

Thank you for stopping by today for a visit.


Hugs and Kisses,

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Stars and Stripes

Wishing everyone a fun, safe and awesome 4th of July weekend!

Happy 4th of July!

A special blessing goes out to all the brave men and women who serve this wonderful country of ours.

Hugs and Kisses,

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Hello Mr. Sun

Finally! There you are Mr. Sun.

Ever since I was little school girl I've considered the last day of school to be the beginning of summer...The beginning of sunny, fun-fill, hot days....What happened this year? The last day of school was almost two weeks ago and you've been a no-show...

(Me at age 3)

Well, it doesn't matter...What's important is that you're finally here...

Hugs and Kisses,