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

Friday, March 30, 2012

Built In Bookcases

Do you see that empty space to the left of the fireplace?

Do you see the fireplace in all of it's unfinished glory?

Well, look at the project the Mister decided to tackle.

That's right!!  He's working on the built in bookcases and the fireplace surround!

Someday we'll have something similar to this...

Country Living

I'm so excited!  But don't hold your breath!

It takes us a lonnnng time finishing these projects!

But I'll be patient because when it's done it's always done right.

Want to see a cute grandgirl?

It's Margaret Anne.
Isn't she getting big?

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Decoupaged Easter Eggs

I decided to try decoupaging a plastic Easter egg last week.

Everyone seems to be doing it so I had to see if I could do it too.

I am really good at copying someone else's great idea.

That's my one talent.  


It was fun to do.  I'd really like to try to make some with larger eggs.

I'd also like to make some eggs that are made by wrapping embroidery floss that's
been dipped in glue around an inflated balloon.  Have you seen them?
They're everywhere too.  What else can I copy?

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sunday Sayings

"Mile by mile, life's a trial.  Yard by yard, life is hard.  Inch by inch, life's a cinch."   Anonymous

Thursday, March 22, 2012


I just wanted to thank everyone for their kind comments and emails regarding
our little Betsy. It has been so appreciated.  You guys are the best!

We miss her so much but
we are grateful that we had so many happy years with her.

But life must go on...

I finally got my redwork embroidery finished, framed and hung.
I bought this cute kit when we were in California in January.

It came with the hand painted button.

I think it turned out pretty cute.

Thank you again.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


Last Friday we lost our little Betsy.  She lived with us for sixteen years and the vet
said she was about a year old when we rescued her.  So she had a long and 
happy life but it doesn't make it any easier.  Her passing has left a great big
hole in our lives and in our hearts.  We miss you and love you our sweet
little Betsy.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Sunday Sayings

"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."  Dr. Seuss

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The New and Improved Entry

We've had a couple of very busy weeks here at Mimi's Cottage.

I thought when we retired things would slow down a little.

Boy, was I ever wrong.

We did, however, check another project off our long, long list.

The entry is finally finished.

Remember how the Mister decided to install the beadboard the week
before Christmas?  yikes

Well, last week we got er done.

It only took two months!!


 This is the paintable, textured wallpaper that I got at Lowes.com.

It's painted yellow and it lives above the wide beadboard paneling.

I couldn't find a trim that I liked so we made our own.  

The scallop is from Michael's the three other pieces are from Home Depot.

Some of my favorite things are in the entry.

Like my kids silhouettes that we had done while we visited
Disneyland in the 70's and 80's.

Love them.  (love my kids too)

Love this Christy Repassy hollyhock painting.

Love this calligraphy piece that my mom made for my grandma when
she took an art class in college way back in the early 40's.

Love this drawing of our house that was a birthday card from an adorable friend.
Her artist husband drew this for me for my 58th birthday.  

Love little birdies.

After three plus years in this house we can cross another project off our list!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sunday Sayings

"If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?"  John Wooden

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Remember the little wooden bird I bought at Michaels?

He got a little scrapbook paper decoupaged on him.

And then he turned into part of a centerpiece for a luncheon I had last week.

I love little birdies.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Sunday Sayings

"Me thinks it is a token of healthy and gentle characteristics when women of high thought love to sew...especially as they are never more at home with their hearts while so occupied."
Nathaniel Hawthorne