Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Let's Try This Again...

A while back... Boy, I'm talking about 10 or 11 years ago...Wow, its been that long? Anyways, a while back I bought this beautiful piece at a discount store.

This was not its original color or finish. When I first got it, it was kinda bluish-green with a white wash. I guess their attempt was to make it look like some sort of stone...Sorry I don't have a picture of what it looked like originally to show you.

But I wanted it to look like old, chippy, painted cast iron. So I tried my hand, for the very first time, at faux finishing and this is how it turned out. Needless to say it didn't quite turned out as I had envisioned it. Soooo.... After 10 years I thought it was time to give it another try.

I started off with a black base. Then over this I added a white layer. Jeepers, I was as so excited about redoing this piece I forgot to take a picture of it with the white layer, anyhoo...

Before the white paint dried completely I wiped some of it off, revealing the black base underneath...As a final step I further antiqued it with a layer of dark antiquing medium.

Yay! Finally the look I wanted. What do you think?

This was the final piece I needed to complete my decorating on this wall...It's the wall where I have my new buffet....So you know what that means? That my buffet is all dressed up for fall. Do ya wanna see? Well you'll have to come back on Friday. I know, I know, I'm such a tease :-) See you then.

Have a fantabulous day.


Hugs and Kisses,

Monday, September 27, 2010

Awesome Idea!

As I was surfing the net the other day, I came across two awesome new blogs...well, they're new to me anyways :-) They are Debbie's, Confessions of a Plate Addict and Linda's, Nina's Nest. There I found a project they both shared that I just couldn't wait to give a try...

First you'll need a cheese dome like this one...A gift from my mother-in-law :-)

Second you'll need some sort of base...a candle stick like this one worked great. Found it at a thrift store for $1.50.

You may be asking yourself, "What can you possibly make out of these two seemingly non-related items?" Well with a little bit of creativity and a bit of heavy duty glue....

Voila! You can make a fancy little cloche/pastry dome stand. Yay! So simple, yet so pretty. And to think that the possibilities are endless...For example, Debbie and Linda painted their base and wooden dome dish to match... I think I'll leave mine just as it is...I like this look. What do you think? If you'd like to see what they did just click here to see Debbie's and here for Linda's...Thank you ladies for sharing your awesome project idea and your creativity.

Hope everyone is having a wonderful autumn day.

Thank you dear friends for stopping by.

Until next time.


Hugs and Kisses,

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Buffet, Check!


Finally, it's done!

Do you guys remember this beautiful, french style, buffet my sweet brother-in-law Julio gave me as a gift for sewing him a Jedi cloak for his "J" party? Click here to see post.
Well, I'm happy to say that I can finally check this one off my list of things to do... It took me this long to get to it because I just couldn't make up my mind what color to paint it. But then it came to here is what I did.

First I began with a coat of creamy white...

Then I gave it a green-wash using the dry brush technique...

And here it is...all done, yay! I decided to leave the top the original color...I think it gives it more of a frenchy feel...Don't you agree? Needless to say, I'm very, very happy with how it turned out! Can't wait to show it to my brother-in-law and his girlfriend Traci...They've been curious to see what I'd do with it. (Thank you Julio for my beautiful buffet. Love ya!)

Now all that's left to do is decorate, my favorite part! Just in time for fall decorating too.

Happy Autumn Everyone!

Oh, but before I go, I wanted to share with you what I saw out my window this morning at about 6am...

It's the full moon! Unfortunately the picture doesn't do it justice, but it was just breathtaking.

Have a beautiful autumn day everyone.

Thank you for visiting today.

Hugs and Kisses,

Monday, September 20, 2010

Sew Cute

They say necessity is the mother of invention...Well, I needed one so I invented made one. For a while now I've been wanting to make a needle keeper so that my needles, along with my little thread cutting scissors would be more organized and in one convenient place. So with a few scraps of fabric...

And my trusty sewing machine...Viola!

Now I can keep everything nice and organized in my vintage sewing basket. It was my mami's and she passed it down to me...

I love how it turned out. I think it's sew cute...:-) Now, let me show you the inside...

There's a place for everything, Yay!

A pocket for my scissors and...

felt pages for my needles.

All nice an neat in one convenient little case...Sew what do you think?

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

Wishing all my blogging buddies a wonderful new week.

Hugs and Kisses,

Friday, September 17, 2010

And The Lucky Ducky Is....

Happy Friday Everyone!

Today's the Day!

With the help of my daughter...

It's time to pick the winner....

How exciting!!!

And the winner is....

Drum roll please!






Yay Ivette! Congratulations!

Thank you all who participated.

And a very special thank you to all my sweet followers, especially those of you who are know who you are! Love you guys tons!

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.

Hugs and Kisses,

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Curbside Treasure

Hi Everyone!

I was dying to share with you what my super sweet hubby found for me...
I just couldn't wait to show you!

Can you believe this was just thrown out? One man's junk...Am I right?

My hubby was coming home from work yesterday when he saw this on the side of the curb and thought..."Hmm, maybe my baby will like it. She is just so clever and creative and to top it all off beautiful, smart and..." Well maybe this last sentence was a little made up :-) Anyway he thought maybe I could do something with it. So he took me back to check it out and I just squealed with delight when I saw it.

Tres shabby chic, don't you think?...Just a little cleaning, maybe some paint...

This will definitely have to be changed completely...Yucky, yuck, yuck! But, that's alright because it was free!!! What can be better than that?...

Oh! Maybe two chairs, yay!

I can't wait to get started. As soon as I'm done I'll be sharing the after pics...

Stay tuned...

Hugs and Kisses,

Monday, September 13, 2010

Repurposed Yogurt Container

I'm always trying to find new and cute ways to reuse/repurpose stuff like this yogurt container. I usually reuse them as storage containers like for left-overs, but there are so many other ways these little non-recyclable treasures can be reused...

Here is what I did...

First, I had to find a way to get rid of the expiration date...I knew I would be covering the rest of the container with contact paper, but this little lip would be exposed.

Well, believe it or not the first thing I tried worked! And it worked so well it cleaned the whole container leaving me with this blank canvas. But why clean the whole thing if I'm going to cover it? Well, the contact paper I wanted to use was a bit see through so, needless to say I was very happy it all came off...By the way I used Comet cleaning agent and a scouring pad, plus a little bit of elbow grease. The whole container took about 3 to 4 minutes to clean...Not bad.

After it was all cleaned and dried I covered it with this beautiful black and white toile contact paper I found at the Dollar Store.

Then I punch a little hole on the lid and added a metal eyelet to make...

This very chic crochet thread holder. I've been crocheting a lot lately and was getting a little frustrated when I'd pull my thread and it would roll all over the place...Not anymore! I'm delighted with how it turned out. What do you think? Do you have any other ideas for reusing/repurposing these yogurt containers?

Thank you for stopping by today.

I wish you all a wonderfully creative new week.


**Reminder: This Wednesday is the last day to enter my giveaway...All you have to do is leave a comment on the previous post...(HERE)**

Hugs and Kisses,

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Giveaway Time!

It's time!...

Time to celebrate my blog reaching 300+ followers...Yay!
And what better way to celebrate than with a giveaway...

It fills my heart with joy to see that there are so many of you out there that have enjoyed my humble, little blog enough to follow it. A warm thank you to each and everyone. And a special thank you to all who have blessed my heart with your love, friendship and sweet, sweet comments. I never imagine, when I first started A Petite Cottage, what a sweet blessing it would turn out to be. Thank you everyone!...And now for the giveaway...

Lots of crochet goodies for one lucky winner...All handmade with love by me :-)

A sweet rose lapel pin,

a heart-shaped pin cushion,

a cute little dress pot holder...Which is just too cute to use so I keep mine displayed on the fridge,

and last, but not least, a rose cuff bracelet.

All you have to do is leave a comment on this posting and your name will be entered in my giveaway drawing. Oh, and let me know if you're a follower...that will add your name a second time for double the chances. Deadline to enter is Wednesday, September 15, 2010 by mid-night (pacific time) and winner will be announced Friday, September 17, 2010. Good luck everyone!
* Note: Please remember to leave me an email address if you do not have a blog in case you're the winner so I may be able to contact you.

Have a fantabulous day everyone.

Hugs and Kisses,

Friday, September 3, 2010

Wedding Day

They loved it....

The bride and groom loved everything we did.

They really weren't expecting much since they had decided to get married on a Tuesday and just have a small get together at my in-laws after the wedding ceremony. We wanted to surprise them with a little bit more however.... Here are some of pictures of the happy couple's special day and some of the stuff we did for them...

It was a beautiful, perfect, sunny day.

And they shared their special day with lots of friends, family and loved ones.

All the tables were adorned with beautiful floral arrangements made by my very talented mother-in-law. This particular one was for the bride and groom's table.

These are the champagne glasses I etched with their initials and embellished with silk flowers and a sweet heart charm.

The tables also had some votives and chocolate bars I made as wedding favors along with some sweet little round mint boxes my mother-in-law made as well.


The food was delicious!

And the cake was too!

I also made the lovebird cake topper for them.

And this is The Blessing Tree.

Guests were asked to take an envelope and piece of paper and write down a prayer, wish or even place money in the envelope and hang it on a branch for the bride and groom...

And this is Rebecca's new family....Brothers and In-Laws...Ooo, plus the groom :-)...

And here is the Bride with her new sisters.

Thankfully everything went smoothly and it seemed like the bride and groom had a wonderful time and hopefully an unforgettable one as well.

Congratulations to the happy couple.

Hugs and Kisses,