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

Friday, February 27, 2009

Flying South for the Winter

Last week I took a little break from the cold and snow and flew south for a little warm and sunshine. I also got to see these cute girls. It just so happened, while I was in warm and sunny California, that this was the weekend for La Maison Rustique. A fun and beautiful barn sale in Temecula.
They had a large outdoor area with all things garden....

Fun handmade and vintage items...

Linens and fabric in the upstairs of the barn...

Beautiful embellished bottles...
Shabby Chic, pink tulle, painted furniture, chandeliers, and last but not least, Christy Repassy paintings.

Here she is, holding the two that I was fortunate enough to purchase. Isn't she cute? And the very nicest person ever. I love those two little paintings so much! If I wasn't already married, I'd marry them.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Little Bouquets

I'd rather have several little bouquets than one large one. In the winter, when I have no flowers in the garden, I like to buy a few stems of a single type of flower. Carnations last a long time and have a spicy scent so they're one of my favorites. I bought these at the grocery store for $3.00. Then I spread them around. A couple in a little vase by my kitchen sink... A few in another vase by my bathroom sink...
And a few more in the entry.

It makes me so happy.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Sunday Sayings

Three grand essentials to happiness in this life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for. Joseph Addison

Friday, February 20, 2009

The Greatest Snow on Earth

We have had a lot of snow this year. We live in Utah where it says right on our license plates "Utah, the greatest snow on earth". Whatever. It's not that great when you have to shovel it to get your car out of the garage.

This week, on some of your blogs, I've seen daffodils blooming in California, Florida, and some of the other southern states. These are the Utah daffodils. Oh, and the greatest snow on earth.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Thrifted Treasures

I spent a little time at our local thrift store last week. I found a few treasures.

Got the birdcage painted. I have a cute idea for the plaque. It involves decoupage.
I can't resist plates.

Or something to hang them with.
I loved this little baskety thing. Is this made out of aluminum?

Someone had dropped off boxes of gardening, decorating and crafting books. I took a few home with me.

A pretty good day at the thrift store.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Fun With Gram and Sue

My new friends Gram and Sue decided we needed a little retail therapy in between snow storms, so today we went to lunch and then headed over to a cute shop in Roy called Re Creations. (for you local girls it's on Main St.) The owner was there and was as nice as could be. I wish I'd gotten her name. She wouldn't let me take her picture because she had no make up on and was getting her eyebrows and hair done today. But we took a few pictures of her fabulous creations. Yes, those are two chairs hanging from the ceiling with faux greenery and a clock. She had lots of linens...
She takes old oak furniture and paints and antiques them, then puts them in her shop and they are flying out the door. That's Gram and me and Sue in the mirror.

She had a ton of these benches. They are made from a bed's headboard and footboard. The footboard is cut in half and makes the arms of the benchs. She then makes a cushion and attaches it to the bench.

This was a combination of an old door, a footboard, and various hooks and hardware. How do I turn this picture?? Where's my 5 year old neighbor when I need him?

The prices were reasonable and in the back she has a few booths she rents out. Fun, fun place. We'll be going back soon.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Sunday Sayings

"Across the years I'll walk with you in deep green forests and dunes of sand. And when our time on earth is through, in heaven too, you'll have my hand." Anonymous

Friday, February 13, 2009

Happy Valentines Day and Thank You

I just wanted to wish you all a very happy Valentine's Day and thank you for visiting my humble little blog. Thank you for the encouraging words and great advice. Thank you for sharing your talents, recipes, and creative ideas. You all are such an inspiration. Thanks to my new blog friends and my new real life friends. Love you all, you always make my day.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Love Is All You Need?

This week it's been doing this outside...I've been doing this inside...

Get the cookie recipe here.
I made a few Valentine cards. I got the idea here.
I fluffed up the house with a few Valentines decorations.

I made a LOVE banner. Font from here. Bling it ideas from here.

Who said "Love is all you need"?

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I Heart My New Heart

I love the heart shape and I love scallops and when I saw what Cherry was making I knew I had to have one. Look! A package! Thank you Mrs. Cherrylicious. Of course she sent me some extra goodness. She's like that. Generous and very nice.
She even finished the back of the scalloped heart.

A little millinery flower, so sweet.

Thank you again Cherry, this heart is almost as cute as you are.