Friday, May 29, 2009

True Love

It's been a busy week here at the store. Furniture coming and going and coming and going, I'm really glad it's Friday. I don't really know why though, I work harder at home on my days "off"
than I do at the store!! I don't think I have mentioned on the blog, but for those of you that don't already know, I do most of the furniture painting myself and Prince Charming (aka-husband) does all of the repairing and rebuilding.

So a day off usually entails the usual laundry, clean the bathrooms, vacuum, dust (Yea , right!), pay bills, sand furniture, paint said furniture, sand said furniture again, stain or wax, and maybe sand said furniture get the idea!!

Well this hutch is the latest project to be completed.
She needed a little TLC and and some minor repairs, but now She is ready to go to a good home. She boasts a gorgeous beveled mirror on top, and beautiful carving on her drawers and cupboards below. She vows to take good care of your precious linens and tarnished silver. She will be especially kind to your grandmothers china and would love to hold your cherished flatware. She had led a long rough life until now, but she would be soooo happy to go to new loving home!

A person truly has to Love this business to be in this business....and I am truly grateful to be doing something that I truly Love....I hope you are all as lucky, and have found your True Love.

Saturday, May 23, 2009


Door to our store room...
I brought this door back from Texas and really had no idea what I was going to do with it. So it sat in storage for a time just patiently waiting for a purpose. One morning (about 2:00 a.m. as I recall ) I had an idea! When we moved to our new location I was going to have a store room (Yeah!) but the building came with a standard issue not so wonderful door. My DOOR would finally have a HOME!! So complete with a new chalkboard She is very happy in her new home.

Looking toward the front of the store and my beloved barn wood wall. I had no idea this wood was on the wall when I rented the building as it was covered in leopard print fabric. It was a very good day when I ripped down the fabric and discovered....barn wood!

Soy candles, lotions, bubble baths and more...

Great little writing desk....

One of our many Ladies modeling a darling apron.....

Vintage combs and brushes displayed in an urn....

Just in this week, vintage dresser with original crackle paint!!
Have a memorable weekend every one!!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

A Project

I've had this small cupboard door laying around for quite sometime. I stumbled across it the other day while looking in my "pile" for a quick project. I actually think it maybe one of the last things left from my Round Top trip a couple of years ago. This week it seems that anything I hang up, goes out the door, not that I'm complaining mind you, but it sometimes is a challenge keeping up with affordable, interesting wall art.

Sooooo.....with some rusty hooks, french postcard paper, and my trusty decoupage glue, away I went! I really enjoy creating things like this and I just don't have the time to do it as often as I would like. My gosh I don't think I've decoupaged anything since maybe, mmmm.. the eight grade? This was so much fun and quick. I maybe on a roll...more gluing to come I think!!!
Next time I will try and remember to take a before picture, I just got so excited I forgot!
So it's hung and ready to go home with someone.
(By the way, the postcard paper is available here at The Cottage as well )

Saturday, May 16, 2009


I always knew life at The Cottage was charmed, now I have proof!!

We just received a shipment of darling charms!

Some come with their own chains, some can be added to your own chain or we have chains in the store for sale.

These are Beveled Letter Charms made by Pan Johnson. She does an amazing job as these are made with beveled glass and hand soldered, she then prints the initials on vintage sheet music with fun sayings printed on the backside. Very popular!

Also just in ball charms. Because the glass is rounded, it gives the image inside a 3D effect. Fun!! These are on 36' chain.

These monogram charms are cast off of a vintage watch fob, and reproduced is sterling plate and come already engraved with your initial.

More Charms! These come with initials, fun images and the newest styles are large flowers . These all come two sided so you get two for the price of one. Gotta love that !

So as you can see The Cottage is charming!!
(ok, enough is enough, I couldn't resist)

Have a wonderful weekend, Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, May 7, 2009


I don't quite understand what the appeal is...

but there is just something about.....

one of natures smallest creatures.

Unassuming, timid by nature, awe inspiring,

though I could never imagine putting one in a cage......

Be free little birds, be free!!

Happy Friday, my feathered friends !