Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Fun, No Sew, Rag Purse

I just have to share with you the most talked about and complimented item in my rag purse.  Everywhere I go people ask me about how I made this purse.  It gets a lot of attention!!

Let me share some photos and then I will share how I did it..........

I followed the tutorial at I did change a few things though.

I used a loose weave basket type purse, I added the rag strips all over the purse not just on one side, and I made a cut fabric flower that I hot glued on one side.  I found the basket weave purse at goodwill and just used fabric scraps that I had on hand.  It cost me less than $5!!!

Very easy and so fun!!


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Cottage- Exterior

I have been blessed in my life to have 2 of my lifelong dreams come true.  The first was to own a bed and breakfast, which we had and loved for 8 years until I got burned out!!  The second was to have our own cottage in Northern Michigan.  The cottage we purchased 3 years ago and we have been adding our own touches.

The cottage is all new inside and was renovated by the builder we bought it from.  It does sit on a 1940's foundation and still has many original interior features.  It is just 3 blocks from an inland lake and 1 mile from Lake Michigan!!

It is about 1400 sq. feet with 3 bedrooms, 1 bath, a large kitchen, and a sunporch.  It sits on about an acre of land.  Just the perfect size for a cottage for 2, and of coarse 2 yorkie girls!!

The front

Another front view!

The view from the deck.  A small stream runs thru the property!

The front porch

Garage entry door.  Note wooden charger now a chalkboard house number sign!

Iris by the front porch!

This little place had been so much fun and we escape there whenever possible!! Stay tuned for more photos of inside as we work on each room!!


Monday, June 20, 2011

Burlap House Number Pillow

Burlap is such an "in" fabric.  I really don't like working with it is so messy but yet I do love it!!Anyway, I found a yard of this gold colored burlap at one of my local thrift stores.  It just sat in my fabric box for a while.

When putting my front porch together this spring I decided I needed some new pillows for my porch swing.  I thought of the burlap sitting in my fabric box.  So I got out my Cricut and made a stencil of my house number and stenciled it on to the piece of burlap.  I then just made a quick sham back pillow and voila.....A new pillow for my porch swing!!!!!


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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Pink Trumeau Mirror

Earlier this Spring I was out doing my thrifting rounds and came across a very tired looking trumeau mirror.  The mirror itself was loose and about ready to fall out of the frame.  I really loved it though and brought it home.  My hubby took it all apart and said it would be easy to repair the mirror.  When we took it apart we found a manufacture date of August 1946......So cool!!!

I set out to painting it.  Here is what it looked like apart with some primer on it.

I decided to use it in our cottage.  The color scheme for the living room is pink and green.  I used Sherwin Williams "rosalie" which is a very pale pink.  I then added some distress ink( my new favorite way to distress anything- not just paper) with a stencil brush. My hubby then put it all back together for me and tightened up the mirror itself.  And here it is hanging in our cottage all 25 lbs of it....... It really is heavy!!!!

Sorry about the hands and camera shot......I just wanted to show the detail at the top of the mirror!!

I just LOVE it!!!


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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

I am still here............

First let me say I really don't like blog posts without pictures, but this one will not have any pictures.  Nor will it have a decorating idea or a craft project.  I know, totally unlike me but let me explain.

The last 3 1/2 weeks have been a whirlwind, and a nightmare.  After having some health problems for several months and lots of doctors appts, I was diagnosed with cancer on May 19. I have always been a very healthy person.  I watched what I ate and actually lost 40 pounds over 5 years ago and kept it off.  This was a shocker.

So 8 days after diagnosis I had a total hysterectomy via Davinci surgery.  I was in the hospital just overnight and back home in my own bed in 24 hours.  My dear hubby has taken excellent care of me.  12 days post surgery I am feeling good but tire easily.  I will be off work at least 2 more weeks.

I got the news today that my cancer is stage 1, no lymph node involvement.  I will know more about follow up in a couple of weeks BUT it is looking good.  It was caught early!!

So, now you know why there have been no posts.  My heart just was not in it.  But slowly I am returning to normal and I have some wonderful posts planned including a tour of our redone cottage and a redo of a beautiful stay tuned!!!!!!!


PS.  Please pray for my friend Jordan.  She is 19 years old and just underwent her third surgery for thyroid cancer.