Mimi Sue's Cottage

A home is much more than a house built of lumber, brick, or stone. A home is made of love, sacrifice, and respect. We are responsible for the homes we build. We must build wisely, for eternity is not a short voyage. There will be calm and wind, sunlight and shadows, joy and sorrow. But if we really try, our home can be a bit of heaven here on earth. Thomas S Monson

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Welcome 2010

I Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2010.
Thanks for being a part of my 2009. Mimi

Monday, December 28, 2009

A New Pantry Floor

Or how to make Mimi crazy.
We've been living with a subfloor in the pantry since we moved in two years ago. We've had the floor tile for the pantry sitting in our garage for a long time but other things needed to be completed that were more important. So Mimi tries to be patient and waits.
Last week, that's the week before Christmas, the Mister decides that the pantry floor should be installed. Today. Ummm. OK. I saw a picture of this floor in a Country Sampler Decorating Ideas magazine in 1999. I've been saving it for ten years! I hoped someday I'd have a place to install this floor.

It's red, pink, and white twelve inch linoleum tile. Not self stick, you have to use adhesive to glue it down.
Please notice the pantry door still needs to be trimmed.
But I do LOVE how it turned out. It really brightens up the pantry don't you think?

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Sunday Sayings

"I am more and more convinced that our happiness depends far more on the way we meet the events of life than on the nature of those events themselves."
Fredrich Humboldt

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Christmas at Mimi's Cottage

It's been a busy month at Mimi's Cottage. Busy in a good, deck the halls, get together with friends, shopping, wrapping, baking, cleaning kind of way. This is what the house looked like at the beginning of the month.See all the lists? Mimi's at the age where she needs lots of lists.Then Mimi had a little get together at her house so she had to get it together.

It's been cold and dark and cloudy this month. I'm blaming the blurry pictures on the weather. It couldn't be the photographer.

I love the Shiny Brite boxes as much as the ornaments.
I found these old tape dispensers at a yard sale a couple of summers ago. Remember them? Made of metal. I adore them.

Our tree is decorated with things our kids made when they were young. When we go on vacation we buy ornaments for souvenirs instead of T shirts. I love to unpack them and remember the fun time we had.

I try to get almost everything done by the 20th of December. Then I can relax, enjoy, be still, and remember what Christmas is all about.
Hope you're able to do that too.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Sunday Sayings

"The Christmases we remember best usually have little to do with worldly goods but a lot to do with the spirit of caring, the spirit of love, and the spirit of compassion." Thomas S. Monson

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Handmade Holidays

I know I'm a day or two late for Kathy's Handmade Holidays, but you know what they say, better late than never.

One of the little Sweetpea's birthday is on Saturday and she is getting this dolly from Mimi and Grandpa, along with a few other things. So I made a little doll blanket to go with her.
Since I was at my sewing machine, I decided to whip up a couple of twirly skirts for two little girls I know who love to twirl.

One thing led to another and pretty soon there were some fancy tights, a turtleneck and a pin that could also be used as a hair doodle.

We learned how to make this fun pin (or hair doodle) at an Enrichment Night at our church last month. It's a great way to use up fabric scraps. First you cut some strips of fabric (about 15 inches long) and some rounds of felt. The felt can be whatever size you want the pin to be. These are kind of small because they're for kind of small people.

Then you fold the fabric and sew or glue it.

Next take your glue gun and put a dot of glue on the felt in the very middle of the circle. Starting in the middle, fold, scrunch and glue around and around until all the felt is covered. Then you put bactine on all your glue gun burns.

You can embellish the middle with anything you want. Buttons, rhinestones, Christmas doodads. Whatever. I've been wearing this one on my jean jacket. I get compliments wherever I go.

Or you could attach it to a bag or pin it to a headband and wear it in your hair.

They're fun and easy and practically free to make. Thanks for hosting Handmade Holidays, Kathy.