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

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween to all. Here's some of the highlights at Mimi's Cottage.
The sweetpeas as a Baker and her cupcake. (Their mommy made the costumes and they won first place at their school carnival.)

This little pirate was a little bewildered by all the festivities.

His mommy made his costume. Loved the puffy shirt and boot covers.

We gave away a lot of this.

One of my addictions.
Popcorn balls. I got the recipe from Joy.

Hope you all had a wonderful Halloween.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Wrapping Up Halloween

I just wanted to show you one little thing that I made last week. I can't remember where I saw this, it's something I copied, (you know I haven't had an original idea since 1986). It's one of those candle jars that they use in the Catholic church, I got mine at Walmart. I just decoupaged some halloween scrapbook paper to the candle, then decoupaged the vintage halloween image over the paper. So easy. I'm thinking they might be a great little Christmas gift if you'd use Christmas paper.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Lorraine's Laundry Room

Today Mimi is taking you to Lorraine's beautiful laundry room.
In real life her laundry room is not blurry!She found this sink in a field behind her son's house then had it refurbished. It's gorgeous.
Love that green beadboard. She has eleven antique phones and they all work.
Adorable details.

Even Mimi would love to do laundry in this wonderful room.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Two of Lorraine's Bedrooms

First, a peak at Lorraine's guest room. See those little crocheted dresses? They're in those pictures, on Lorraine when she was three.
Guest room fireplace...
Master bedroom...

Beautiful master bath...

Love the details.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Lorraine's Home Tour

Lorraine is my neighbor and friend. She lives in a beautiful home that she and her husband have restored. The old part of her house was built in 1855. They added a big family room, laundry room, master bedroom and bath. Her yard is gorgeous and it's been the location of several weddings and wedding receptions. She lives on about three quarters of an acre and has an old granary on the property. They've turned the granary into a place where the grandkids have slumber parties.
A lovely vegetable and rose garden on the south side of the granary...

She has people knock on her door and ask if they can take pictures of their families in her beautiful garden.

Her back door.

More of Lorraine's beautiful home tomorrow.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Sunday Sayings

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run; and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31

Friday, October 23, 2009

Taking a Little Break From Fall

The roses and delphiniums in Mimi's garden are loving this cool fall weather. So I brought a few in and made a lovely Spring bouquet. In October. Whatever.

I am so grateful for our garden and the wonderful flowers and produce we enjoy throughout the year.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Mimi's Fun Friends

I met Janis through her blog about a year ago. We try to get together at least once a month to do something fun with her friend (and now my friend) Sue. Tonight we took a fun tour of one of my neighbor's homes. I'll post about the tour later, but I just wanted to show you what these adorable, crafty girls brought me.

First, Janis made this scary spider from a thistle pod, googlie eyes, and pipe cleaners. It sat on a package that was wrapped in cheese cloth.See the mommy spider? She's peaking through the wrapping...
In the package there was this yummy zuchini crisp. It's gonna make Mimi a great breakfast tomorrow.

She has a Silhouette machine that she uses to cut images and letters out of vinyl Then she makes cute things with them. Vinyl witch on a thrift store plate. I know, it's adorable.

See how she fits in with my other witch plate? Love it.

Sue, who needs to have a blog of her own, brought me this cute package.

A lacey plate, which I adore and collect, and a cute tag she made...
This is a great idea. Scrapbook paper cut and wrapped around little candy bars. Wouldn't these be cute for just about any holiday? I'll definitely be making some of these.

An adorable leaf dish. I have leaf plates I use for Thanksgiving so this plate will be perfect and will fit right in.

So that's it. It's been so much fun getting to know these two ladies. I've been so blessed to be able to make new friends through blogging. Thank you again Janis and Sue. Blogging really makes the world a smaller, happier place. Don't you agree?

Can I say adorable or cute a few more times? Yikes, I can't help it!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Mimi Knows How to Party

What a weekend! First, on Friday night, Shelli had a frightfully delightful party in her gorgeous, over-the-top, Halloween home. Here's Shelli, she's not really blurry in real life.
The welcoming committee... There was just so much I didn't get anywhere near enough pictures. You can go to Shelli's blog for more.

Her entry way...

Even the pantry was decorated...

This scarey bride was literally hanging from the chandelier. I told you it was a fun party!

The powder room. Painted black and it was gorgeous.

The basement had a full kitchen and some rather thin diners...

If this was the main course, I wouldn't eat it either.

She had several fireplaces, all of them decked out.
Her gorgeous (I know I've said this a lot but there's just no other word for it) bedroom and bath.

Can you imagine this cute gal staring at you all night? Well, at least she's got good taste. She's reading Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic.

There was lots of yummy food...

Mimi made these brownies. I usually don't like my food looking back at me, but these were OK.

Some ladies need a cosmetologist, she needed an exterminator.
I had to throw this in. Her darling little girls princess room.

On Saturday it was time for the second annual Halloween Hoot at our adorable neighbor, Tiffanie's house.

Kids from all over the neighborhood and their mommies came for a fun afternoon.

There was cupcake decorating, a fish pond, face painting, mask making...

Apple bobbing and a pumpkin toss.

This guy had on a great costume. Oh wait, it's our mailman, Dan
I haven't had such a wild weekend in years;o)