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, February 27, 2011

Sunday Sayings

"No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow."    Proverb

Friday, February 25, 2011

Little Red Chair

Look what I found at Hobby Lobby last week!  If you don't have a Hobby Lobby near you
I'm so sorry!  Love that store.  Anyway, they had a couple of different kinds of little chairs
embroidered on tea towels.  I had to buy the one with the red chair.

 Because I have a real little red chair.  It was my great grandmothers.  She was less than 5 ft tall and kept it in her kitchen and used it to stand on to reach things in upper cabinets.  I love this little chair.  And I love the towel.  And you already know I love Hobby Lobby. 
(Yes I know the baseboard is missing.  It's #267 on our to do list.)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Cushy for Our Tushy

I've been wanting some soft, cushy chairs for our dining area ever since we moved into
this house more than 3 years ago.  Last week I finally got some. 
We like to sit here in the morning with our bowls of cheerios and read the paper
and now we can do it in comfort.  Plus we can move them around if
we need extra seating in the family room. 

They're from IKEA.  Only $49.00.

 I bought the slipcovers from a catalog a while back and can't remember the name of the company.
They were a great deal too.  I couldn't have made them for what I paid for them.  I'll try to remember where I got them.  (It'll come to me in the middle of the night I'm sure!)
Because the back legs are curved I couldn't pull the slipcover down over them so I was going to hem them
but my neighbor came over and said she liked them shimmied up like this.  So I might just leave them alone.
I'm so happy to have them.  I love checks almost as much as I love polka dots.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Sunday Sayings

"Standing your ground is progress when you're battling a hurricane."    David Weinbaum

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Polka Dot Cookies

You do know I'm very fond of polka dots.  I love them on just about anything. 
So I thought why not make some polka dot cookies Mimi Sue?  OK, why not?

First you make your favorite sugar cookie recipe.

 Then you get some of these little bottles and fill them with royal icing that you tint with food coloring.  I make royal icing with meringue powder, (you can get it at Michaels or Hobby Lobby) and not raw egg whites so no one gets sick.
 Then you outline your cookie with the icing,  add a few squiggles inside the outline, then fill it in with a knife.
 Then you take some plain white icing and make the polka dots.

Then you take some of these adorable cookies to your neighbors and friends.  I'm sure they'll love you if you do.                                                       

This post is dedicated to Lisa, the polka dot queen.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sunday Sayings

"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you:  not as the world giveth, give I unto you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."   King James Bible  John 14:27

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


Every Monday morning a group of ladies meet at our church to quilt.
This group of ladies has been meeting every Monday morning since about 1912.
Well, not the exact group of  ladies, the ladies have changed over time,
but most of this group have been meeting for over 30 years!

There have been marriages, divorces, and deaths. Births of first their children,
and now grandchildren and great grandchildren.

The things that must have been discussed over those quilt frames!
One can only imagine.

A couple of Monday's ago I went over to take a look at a quilt that was just
being finished.  This quilt was begun in 1976.  The artist that made this quilt
sent away for the pattern that she found in the newspaper.  It was a bicentennial quilt depicting
all 50 state birds and flowers which she embroidered by hand.
Every time she started another block, she went to the library and looked up the
colors of the birds and flowers.  She wanted the quilt to be accurate as well as beautiful.
She would embroider a few blocks then put it away for a year or two. 
She did this over and over until all 50 states were completed.
Last fall she stitched them all together and brought it to the Monday quilt ladies.
And just look what they did!

Beautiful, Janet!

 Really, beautiful isn't the correct word.  It's so much more than beautiful.

 Hey Rhode Island,  is your state bird a chicken??  Just wondering.

 The following week the quilt ladies put this quilt on the frame.  Something totally different but beautiful in it's own way.  Kind of like the Monday quilt ladies.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Sunday Sayings

"The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread."  Mother Teresa

Thursday, February 3, 2011


I heart the heart shape any time of the year but especially in February.
I decided to make a few and tie them to a ribbon similar to the one I saw on
Elizabeth's blog,  Bluebird Papercrafts.

I think it turned out pretty cute.  Another thing I've found on someone's blog to copy!  I'll show you where I hung it soon.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


 It's been freakishly cold here in Northern Utah this week.  Wind chills in the below zeros,  NOT my favorite weather.  Today I miss the Central Coast of California where I grew up and lived until the mister retired. 

OK, I feel better now that I've had a little pity party.  Thank you! 

And speaking of the mister...look what he did!  After living in our little cottage for three years and two months he put the trim on the last window!

 Did I tell you that man lives to make me happy?  Well, he does. 

 One more item checked off our to-do list.
Thank you honey!