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, October 31, 2010

Sunday Sayings

"A grandmother pretends she doesn't  know who you are on Halloween."      Erma Bombeck

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Holiday Crackers

When I was in California last month I found this adorable idea at a little shop in Temecula.  The English call these small favor boxes crackers. They're little decorated tubes with treats inside, usually given as  gifts at
Christmas.  Although sometimes for other holidays too. 

So I decided to make a couple.  Toilet paper rolls cardboard tubes are covered with crepe paper, then some scrapbook paper of your choice, a cute image from somewhere on the internet, a little glitter, a little tinsel, tie up the ends so nothing falls out and voila!

This is the one I bought for a pattern. And so I wouldn't forget that I wanted to make some.
They were so fun to make, quick and easy.  I filled them with some homemade caramels to give to a few friends.  I think I might have to make some for Christmas too.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Giant Frame

I've been looking for a big, carved frame for quite a while.  We have a bare wall in our bedroom that was NEEDING a big, carved, empty frame and I finally found one at the Habitat for Humanity thrift store in Salt Lake City.  That place is amazing!  All kinds of neat junk at reasonable prices and the proceeds go to a great cause.
 Anyway, it's big, 3' X 5'.   It's ornate carving is beautiful.  It was already painted black.
 Pretty?  Why, yes it is.  It's also plastic. Gold plastic painted black.  Have you ever seen one this big?  I find them all the time at  thrift stores but they're 5X7 inches, not feet.
You should've seen Janis and Sue and I trying to fit this thing in Janis' car.  Hilarious!  Except for the part when we scraped some of the window tint off her back window:(

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Sunday Sayings

"Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."   Matthew 5:16

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Sunday Sayings

"Experience is what causes a person to make new mistakes instead of old ones."     Anonymous

Friday, October 15, 2010

The Internet

Due to a glitch with our lovely provider, we have been Internet free for eight days!  Eight days people!  I am really surprised how much I use the Internet and how much I missed it.  I couldn't check my email, of course, or blog.  No checking my bank balances, or paying bills, no finding phone numbers, or googling important information  (like who was John Wayne's co star in Fort Apache).  I had to actually try to find a recipe in a cookbook instead of online!  It was a rough eight days but somehow I made it through.  Thank you to daughter #2 for posting my Sunday Saying last Sunday.  And thank you to the nice man at Qwest who finally figured out what the problem was and fixed it. It's so good to have it back.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sunday Sayings from Daughter #2

True success in this life comes in consecrating our lives—that is, our time and choices—to God’s purposes (see John 17:1, 4; D&C 19:19). In so doing, we permit Him to raise us to our highest destiny.”

D. Todd Christofferson

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Our Pretty Pickets

The Summer 2010 Project is now called The Summer 2010-2011 Project. We were hoping to get the backyard fences up, the sprinkler system in, and the lawn planted. I'm blaming the cold, wet spring, the heat of July and August, and the fact that Mimi and the Mister are not as young as we once were for our failure.
It wasn't a complete failure. We got 2 fences installed (one more to go) and I think they turned out pretty cute.
Nothing is complete, yet here I am decorating the gate! It's a sickness.

This is how it started...
The meticulous Mister and his precise placing of the pickets.
We had a little helper. He wasn't a union worker, thank goodness. He worked for pancakes.

So we'll have another winter of doggy muddy footprints tracked through the house. Hopefully we'll be able to finish this project next year!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Wool Felt Appliqued Pumpkins

I can't seem to stop making things with wool felt. So fun, so easy, so cute. My latest project...

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sunday Sayings

"When we recall the past, we usually find that it is the simplest things -not the great occasions- that in retrospect give off the greatest glow of happiness." Bob Hope