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

Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Year Tag to Copy

I saw this adorable idea over at The Beehive Cottage and decided to make some for a few friends.  (You do know that I haven't had an original idea since 1986.)  Anyway, Maryjane has some wonderful projects and is so willing to share her creativity with her closest friends. 

Have a fun and safe New Years Eve!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Christmas Memories

I really hope that your Christmas was as fun as ours.  The house is too quiet now that all the sweetpeas have gone home.  But while they were here we had a wonderful time.

We filled a few of these...

                                                                 We wrapped a bunch of these...
 We baked some of these...
 We ate too many of these...
 We piled up lots of these...
 We ripped open some of these...
 We got to play with these...
 We threw some of these...
 We made one of these...   (meet Bob, the snowman)
 We bowled...
 We played...
 We even celebrated a 4th birthday...
I miss them all so much. 

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Sunday Sayings

"Anyone who believes men are the equal of  women has never seen a man trying to wrap a Christmas present."  Anonymous 

Thursday, December 23, 2010

The Trees of Mimi's Cottage

We decorated three trees this year.  The fiirst one's in the family room. 

It has ornaments we've collected over the years on our vacations and things that our friends,
children, and now grandchildren have made.  I love it, and it's priceless-to-me decorations.

 Our little tree that sits on the kitchen island. 

 This year we added a tree to the basement playroom.  Checked star topper from Hobby Lobby.
 The sweetpeas helped make the polka dot paper garland chain.  The large star ornaments are from the church Christmas dinner centerpieces that I took apart.  Can't just throw away a perfectly good glittered star.
A few weeks ago, a local television program called Studio 5  (Salt Lake City's KSL TV),  had a segment on how to make these large ornaments.  (the one's with the vintage images)

They're made from Dollar Store stove burner covers. (2 in a package one 6 inch and the other 8 inch)
 Spray painted to get rid of the oh-so- lovely images.
Then vintage pictures that I downloaded from somewhere on the internet, were modpodged onto the burner covers.  You could cover them with scrapbook paper, or decorate them any way that suits your fancy.  Such a great idea and I love how they look on the tree.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


 If you want true Joy in your life...
You must honor Jesus Christ first...
 Then Others...
 Then Yourself...

 If you do your life will be filled with Joy!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas 2010

 This year we'll have all four kids and their spouses and their children home for Christmas for the first time in 5 years.  We are so looking forward to it.

I have no doubt in my mind that it's going to be a very Merry Christmas.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Sunday Sayings

"And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus:  for he shall save his people from their sins."            Matthew 1:21

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Christmas Dishes

Around the first week in December when we take out all the Christmas decorations I find a few
boxes marked 'Christmas Dishes'.  My heart goes pitter patter.

All our every day dishes, glasses, mugs and platters come out of the cupboards and our Christmas dishes take their place.

I have quite a collection and I love them all.  One more thing that makes me happy at this happy time of year.