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, April 28, 2011

Quilt Stories

Last week a few of the ladies of our church took a little field trip to the
Church History Museum in Salt Lake City to see a quilt exhibit.
It was awesome! 

There were contemporary quilts...

This one had a mixed media feel to it.

There were historic quilts...

There were antique samplers...

Three dimensional work.  Can you see that tiny stitching?  It's all hand quilted.
 The dress belonged to the woman who made the quilt that's hanging in the background.  She lived in the 1800's.
 Every quilt had a story, or told a story.
 There were some interactive displays too.

If you're anywhere near Salt Lake City it's worth the time to go have a look.
I think you'll be happy you did.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

What the Hail?

On the 37th day of spring...

April has been a wetter than normal month here in northern Utah.  We've been trying
to start our 2011 project, (putting in our backyard) but every time it dries out enough to
step foot on our dirt, we get more rain.  Or snow.  Or hail.  I'm
sure by the 4th of July we'll be able to get something done!  We can only hope.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sunday Sayings

"Let the resurrection joy lift us from loneliness and weakness and despair to strength and beauty and happiness."   Floyd W Tompkins

Friday, April 22, 2011

Hoppin Down the Bunny Trail

This year I just haven't had the time or energy to decorate for Easter
but I did manage to stick a few things here and there.

Like last years mega-hit, Bunny on a Stick.
Oh, and a duck with an umbrella.  Seems kind of
appropriate for this wetter than normal April.

We NEED to have our Easter tree displayed, of course.

 The little chickie is something I bought this year.  Like I need one more decoration for any holiday! 
But she was too cute to pass up.

My adorable crocheting friend Janis made me these cute little egg warmers. She has mad crochet skills go check out this post on her blog.

 Last summer I found an orange wool sweater that someone had felted by mistake at a yard sale.  So of course when I saw that sweater I thought  Easter Carrots!  Wouldn't you have thought the same thing?
 I cut off the sleeves and made a couple.  Now I have an orange vest that might fit a four year old.

 My chunky chick that I've had for a loooong time.

I guess I can't stop making giant carrots because I made another one.  Does anybody think that's weird?

Anyway, hope your Easter is filled with family, friends, food, and fun!  And at least a few minutes to reflect on the Savior and His atoning sacrifice for each of  us. 
Happy Easter!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Let the Memories Begin

The mister and I went on a little outing last week.

Can you guess by this picture where we went?

Isn't this bed of zinnias gorgeous?

Now can you guess?

 That's right!  We went to the Magic Kingdom!  (We've been to Disneyland dozens of times but it was the first time we've ever been to Disney California Adventure Park) 
 With these two little sweetpeas.  And their mommy.
 We got to spend five days with them and we had so much fun.  On Saturday we watched three soccer games.  In 90 degree heat.  But I'm not complaining.
We really had a wonderful time making a few fun memories with our adorable grandgirls.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sunday Sayings

"The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise man grows it under his feet."  James Openheim

Monday, April 11, 2011

A Bunch of Carrots

I decided to jump on the Easter carrot bandwagon and make a few for my front door.  I think they turned out pretty cute.  Fabric and "stems" from Hobby Lobby.  

 I found the tutorial on my friend Nicole's blog here.
 I made a couple of extra to share.
 This was Mimi's Cottage front yard today.  Sunny and bright!  Hallelujah!
 And this is what it looked like yesterday.
Ahhhh, it must be spring in northern Utah!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Sunday Sayings

"I can assure you that the greatest responsibility and the greatest joys in life are centered in the family, honorable marriage, and rearing a righteous posterity."  Ezra Taft Benson

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tole Trays

Sometime last year my darling friend Diane from California came to visit.
She noticed that I had a little collection of black metal trays.

Diane said she thought she had one in storage and she'd try to find it for me.
Well, I guess she found it cause
 look what came in the mail last week!

 It looks like it's hand painted.
Don't you love the colors?

It's such a unique pattern.

I love it!!

I have a few others.

Some are wood and kind of new.

Some are metal and old.

 Some are stamped and some are hand painted.
 This one's made out of paper mache?  Or some kind of cardboardish material.

 I've found them on Ebay, picked some up at garage sales and thrift stores, and bought a couple at cute little shops.  But it was so much fun finding one in my mailbox last week.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Sunday Sayings

"You need never be discouraged or afraid.  The way through difficulties has always been prepared for you, and you will find it if you exercise faith."  Henry B Eyring