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

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Sunday Sayings

"Grandmother-grandchild relationships are simple. Grandmas are short on criticism and long on love." Anonymous

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Sweetpeas

These little sweetpeas are on their way to see Mimi. Oh, and Grandpa too.They're going to be here until July 5th! Mimi is so excited!Their mommy and daddy are coming along too. So Mimi will be playing with the grandbabies for awhile. We're going to have so much fun. See you soon.

Monday, June 22, 2009


Someone emailed this to me the other day. Is it just me or does anyone else feel like this sometimes?

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Sunday Sayings

My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, "You're tearing up the grass." "We're not raising grass," Dad would reply. "We're raising boys."
Harmon Kellebrew
Happy Father's Day

Friday, June 19, 2009

Busy Week

It's been a busy week here at Mimi's Cottage. Along with maintaining our life, (laundry, cooking, cleaning, weeding, watering, etc.), we've been working on our shed, and getting ready for company. The sweetpeas and their parents will be coming for a visit next week. A friend from California is here now. But look what the mister got done....
It's not finished, but it's getting there!

The fence installers finally finished up yesterday. They (and we) have been held up because of the crazy rainy weather we've been having. It's been like living in the Pacific Northwest. Rain almost everyday for the past two weeks.

But we've been making some progress. Every little bit helps.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Easy Holiday Flag

I'm still working on the shelf. It's all ready to hang, but it's so heavy and I need to move some furniture. The mister's been out working on the shed so maybe tomorrow. I just wanted to show you this really easy project I finished over the weekend. I had one of those little flag hangers that you stick in the ground and hang cute little flags from. I wanted something 4th of Julyish so I got out my fabric stash and found this fabric. I cut a triangular shape with my pinking rotary cutter blade, then added some interfacing so that it had a little stiffness. Stitched a seam across the top to hang it from and added some ric rac, er, rick rack.
Hung it on the wire flag holder and stuck it in the ground. VERY simple and fun to make.

You could make one for other holidays or a baby or bridal shower. How about a birthday flag? My kind of project. Fast and easy.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sunday Sayings

You're a grand old flag,
You're a high flying flag.
And forever in peace may you wave.
George M Cohan
Happy Flag Day

Friday, June 12, 2009

Window Framed Flag

I'm still working on that shelf to hang my new cute banner. We've got the shed building going on so I have a hard time getting my laundry done let alone visit blogs or work on cute things. I did want to show you what we made a while back but just got hung this morning. We have a glass/window shop in our little town (Sander's Glass) that sells old windows. They put in the new, fancy, good for the environment windows and take out the old cute ones. They sell the windows for $10.00 each. No matter what size. Love it. So I bought a window about flag size and wrapped it around a piece of beadboard.Then I held it in place with little finishing nails. This tool is from Harbor Freight (years ago). It pushes the nails into the wood. I don't know what it's called but it sure works great.

And there you have it.

Hanging on my porch.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Look what came in the mail a few days ago...
My nest banner from ML at the House of Whimsy. Can you see the cute tissue paper it was wrapped in? I love it. Isn't the banner cute?

I'm working on a shelf that will hang in my room and will be the new home for the nest banner. I'll show it to you when I'm finished.
Until then, thank you so much ML. I LOVE it! The colors in the paper cone are perfect for my room. It couldn't have been better if I'd picked it out myself.

I also need to tell you that when I was fooling around with my blog a couple of weeks ago I accidently deleted my blog list. I'm so computer savvy it scares me. I hadn't backed it up anywhere so I've had to try to figure out who was on the list. So if you were on there and aren't now, please don't get your feelings hurt. I'm working on getting it put back like it was. Mimi

Monday, June 8, 2009

Betsy and Rudy Doing Their Part

Kellee, from the Katillac Shack, did a post last week that really made me stop and think. Because of the economy there are many families that can't keep their pets due to having to move or just not being able to feed and care for them. So she decided to help out. Kellee will send you a scarf to embellish and then you take a picture and email it to her. She has a donor that will give $10.00 per decorated scarf to help with our little furry friends. Go on over to her blog where she explains it way better than I did.

So this came in the mail on Saturday... I really should've asked for two since I have two dogs. Duh! They get jealous if I do for one and not the other, so I decided to cut the scarf in half.Our little Betsy, yes I know she needs to go to the orthodontist. Not to mention the groomer. Big rick rack and a pearl heart. I think she likes it.

Rudy wanted something a little more masuline. He was going for the Zorro look.
It's really more like a poncho on him. He only weighs 6 lbs.

He does like to dress up. He's looking at me like he thinks I've lost my mind. Both of our little doggies were rescues. They are such a big part of our family and we love them so much. So we hope that the money that is being raised will help care for pets that need a little help. Now run on over to Kelee's blog, get a scarf and do your part!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Sunday Sayings

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase."
Martin Luther King

Thursday, June 4, 2009


We've been making progress on Mimi's Cottage this week. The fence guys came over and put up some fence posts...
The grass is long enough to mow...

The mister and our son got started on the shed...

I've been gathering up little bits and pieces for it for awhile. An old window...

A french door... We got it for free but it's too big so the mister took out the glass part and is remaking it.

I also have a weathervane and a cupola. Yippee! We're making progress.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Parties and House of Whimsy

First of all, I'd like to say how much fun I had at the porch parties. There is so much decorating, gardening, thrifting, and cooking, inspiration out there! Loved it all. Plus I got to meet lots of new people and see lots of gorgeous blogs. How can you have more fun than that? Thank you Rhondi for hosting such a fun party.

Today I want to tell you about a darling girl that has been such an inspiration to me in so many ways. ML has a wonderful blog called House of Whimsy. She has an adorable Mom, cute children and grandchildren, a gorgeous home, and now she has an Etsy shop. Which was full of cute stuff but things seem to be flying out of there at an alarming rate. So you'd better hurry on over and take a look. She's also having a giveaway and she's giving away three awesome things she's made. (Separately so you have three chances to win).

This was in her shop but I just bought it. Sorry.