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

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Patriotic Door Decor

Easy to make for your door or any other place that needs a little red, white, and blue.

Cut and fan fold scrapbook paper, glue center, add a little something in the middle, and something to hang it with. A cute idea that I copied from here, since I haven't had an original idea since 1986. If you click on the link there's a video on other great ideas for these easy patriotic decorations. Don't you just love the 4th of July?

Monday, June 28, 2010

Polka Dot Frame

It's summer. How can I tell? Besides the temperature hitting 95 degrees today, we've been drowning in salesmen at our door. Last week we said hello and goodbye to the Kirby vacuum guy, a bug spray guy, an all purpose cleaner guy, an alarm system guy, and the Avon lady. I simply had to do something. I set this nice polite sign out on the front porch and we didn't get one single uninvited visitor today.

Oh, did you notice the frame? (Lisa!) They're at Target but they're going fast.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Sunday Sayings

"There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured with what is right with America."
William J Clinton

Thursday, June 24, 2010


Have you ever been to Magpie Ethel's blog? She is very creative, has an adorable studio, and owns the most incredible collections you'll ever see. A few weeks ago she posted about a great way to support flowers in her garden. She finds colorful wooden mop and broom handles at yard sales and thrift stores, sticks them in the dirt and voila, flowery support.

This one isn't wood but I needed the red.
So now I'm on the hunt for handles. Yet another great idea from blogland too cute not to copy. Go say hi to Ethel, you won't be sorry.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Rhondi's Porch Party

I had so much fun at Rhondi's Porch Party last year that I thought I might as well join the party this year as well. So have a seat on one of the rocking chairs...
Or how about the porch swing?

I love that Boston fern in an old birdcage stand.

The goat cart that the mister gave me for my birthday/anniversary/Valentine's day/Christmas one year.

Geraniums and petunias in an old wooden ice cream maker.

An American Flag the mister and I framed in an old window last year.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you again soon.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sunday Sayings

"Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope."
Bill Cosby

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Beautiful Lake Tahoe

Last week the mister and I took a little break and visited Lake Tahoe with some friends. We've known these two couples since 1977 and lived in the same town for years. We raised our kids together, went camping together many times, our boys were in the same scout troop, our husbands on the same softball teams. They're more like family than friends.
We stayed in our friends timeshare. Our condo was on the top floor overlooking the beach.

The boys took the boat out every morning and went fishing.

They even caught a couple of Macinaw trout.The girls made some flip flops with water balloons and shoes from the dollar store.

We played lots of games.

We went shopping, out to dinner, cooked a little, and talked from morning to night.

Thanks guys! We had a great time.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sunday Sayings

"The flag of the United States has not been created by rhetorical sentences in declarations of independence and in bills of rights. It has been created by the experience of a great people, and nothing has been written upon it that has not been written by their life. It is the embodiment, not of a sentiment, but of a history."
Woodrow Wilson

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Wool Applique

A few months ago Joy taught a class in wool applique. I enjoyed it so much but didn't have too much spare time to work on any new projects until last week. Made my own little pattern. It was so fun.
I think it turned out pretty cute.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Dump, I Mean Landfill

When I was a little girl a trip to the dump was an exciting adventure. Where we lived, back in the 60's, they stilled burned trash so the whole place was stinky with toxic smoke. The seagulls usually were there by the hundreds looking for a little lunch. Great treasures were to be found if only you dug a little. So when the Mister asked if I'd like to come along to the dump I jumped at the chance.The dump is now called a Landfill. You bring in green waste and they turn it into compost and mulch.There's a huge recycling center and places for all kinds of scrap metal, wires, and old electronic equipment.You can also bring trash. It gets dumped on a huge cement slab. See the beautiful Wasatch Mountains in the background?

Then a big tractor comes along and pushes the trash over the side of the cement slab and into the dump, er, landfill. That guy in the picture was unloading his truck right next to ours.
Beautiful clouds at the landfill.

People were throwing away perfectly good stuff. I thought of all of you furniture redoers when I saw these kitchen cabinets waiting to get pushed over the side.

And what about this recliner? You girls could do something fabulous with it I'm sure.

I loved this. Don't you think this is a great idea?

This is what I brought home from the landfill. A little child size red metal patio chair. It's still quite an adventure.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Sunday Sayings

"There is no substitute under the heavens for productive labor. It is the process by which dreams become realities. It is the process by which idle visions become dynamic achievements." Gordon B Hinckley

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Mimi's Airline

We are now the proud owners of an airplane. The propeller turns when you pedal. Well, someone who can fit their behind in the seat can pedal. Found it at a yard sale a couple of weeks ago. It was a ton of fun when the grandboys were over on Memorial Day.