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, April 29, 2012

Sunday Sayings

"One of the great discoveries of parenthood is that we learn far more 
about what really matters from our children than we ever did
from our parents."  Boyd K Packer

Thursday, April 26, 2012


We've been making a little progress here at Mimi's Cottage this past few weeks.

On cold or rainy days the Mister's been slowly working on our bookcases.

On warm and sunny days we've been working on our Summer 2011/2012 project.

Planting a few trees and shrubs, leveling the lawn area, and moving the 
vegetable garden to a new location.

Good thing we found some cheap labor.

This guy works for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

So we're moving along, slow but sure.  

We've entered our ten birthdays in twenty days time of the year.

So we have to take some time to buy presents, wrap presents, bake birthday
cakes, eat pizza, bumper bowl, eat cake and ice cream, go out to dinner, and enjoy 
some time together as a family.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Sunday Sayings

"There is a great need for the introduction of new values in our society, where bigger is not necessarily better, where slower can be faster, and where less can be more."  Gaylord Nelson

Happy Earth Day!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Spring Treats

I know this is waaaay past Easter so we're gonna call this post "spring" treats.

I found this cute and easy idea on Pinterest.  (where else)

I made these for a few neighbors and friends.

You'll need orange and green cardstock.  And some double sided tape.

Looks kinda Halloweenish on that placemat.

Fold the orange paper into a cone shape, tape, and cut off the excess on top.

Fill it with a nice little treat.

Fold the top down.

Tape it and cut a slit for the carrot top.

Add two or three of the green strips and insert in slit.

And there it is.  Cute used as place markers with names printed on the carrots
for Easter dinner.  Might be fun for a Beatrix Potter or garden themed party.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Sunday Sayings

"People carry around an enormous amount of grief because they missed the little things."  Jon Kabat-Zinn

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Summer Project 2012 Begins

The weather has been so nice that we decided to start on Mimi's Cottage Summer Project of 2010, 2011, 2012.  The mister has been working on the sprinkler system and preparing the soil for hydroseeding our new lawn.  Last Saturday, (it was 70 degrees!!) the curbing guy came over and 
installed some curbing to separate the lawn (when it gets planted) from some planting beds.

Today it's been raining cats and dogs and temperatures in the 30's and 40's.

There won't be any work done outside today. Or tomorrow.  Lots of mud and muck out there.

See, I told you it was raining cats and dogs!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Sunday Sayings

"Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won't stay there."  Clarence Hall

Happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Inexpensive Table Decorations

A few weeks ago we had our annual soup and salad dinner at our church.

I volunteered to make the twelve table centerpieces.

They said great!  But don't spend much money!

So here's what I came up with.

First I found some scrapbook paper bird ideas on the internet.

Then I modified these birds to kind of make them my own.

Instead of paperclip legs I used some craft wire.

I used leftover scrapbook paper from other projects.

I recycled these containers from last year's dinner with a little bronze spray paint that I had in my stash.

I bought twelve blocks of floral foam from the Dollar Store for the bases.

Then I found this idea on the internet for the big green flowers.

Everyone thought they looked like the Truffala trees from The Lorax.

They're made from one package of $1.99 napkins from IKEA.

The shred at the birdies feet was from my gift wrapping stash.

Total cost for twelve large centerpieces?


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Sunday Sayings

"Refuse to accept the many reasons why it can't be done and ask if there are any reasons that it can be done."
Hanoch  McCarty