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, September 30, 2012

Sunday Sayings

"The simpleness, the sweetness, and the constancy of the tender mercies of the Lord will do much to fortify and protect us in the troubled times in which we do now and will yet live."  David Bednar

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


A couple of months ago I was visiting Secret Haven, a cute
little shop in my area, when I happened to see these wallflowers
hanging on the wall behind the counter.

I thought they were adorable so I thought I should make some
for my very own.  

They are made by cutting fabric into circles, sewing the circles together,
stuffing the circles with fiberfill,  then hand sewing them closed.
Then you take six strands of embroidery thread and, starting in the 
middle of your flower, wrap the thread around and around the circle
(in a kind of pie slice shape)
making as many "petals" as you want. Finish it off with felt or a 
big button for the flower's center.

I had the perfect place for them.  Above the daybed in my craft room.

I even made a kind of collage with a leftover wallflower and an 
old canvas I had stashed away.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sunday Sayings

"The Promised Land always lies on the other side of a wilderness."  Havelock Ellis

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Sunday Sayings

"...the world is in need of your help.  There are feet to steady, hands to grasp, minds to encourage, hearts to inspire, and souls to save."   Thomas S Monson

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Headboard/Footboard Bench

I bought this headboard/footboard at a yard sale maybe four or five years ago
thinking it would make a great garden bench.
So it sat in the garage and got buried and then uncovered when we'd
clean out the garage and then buried again.
A couple of weeks ago the Mister decided he needed a fun little EASY
project to work on so we dug out the headboard and footboard.
He cut the footboard in half.
The footboard makes the arms of the bench.

The ones we saw on the internet or in cute little stores used L brackets,
but he thought pegs would work better and certainly look better.

He was right.
He used some wood we had in our stash for the seat.
I think it turned out pretty cute.
He thinks it needs to be painted.
I think it needs to stay chippy. 
He doesn't really understand about chippy paint.
We'll see what happens.
I still need to make it a foam cushion.  Probably I'll wait til next spring to do that.

What do you think?  Paint it or leave it?

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sunday Sayings

"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong.  Because someday in your life, you will have been all of these."    George Washington Carver

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Up, Up and Away

Last Sunday as I was getting ready for church I heard a funny sound.

Kind of like plastic garbage cans being dragged across asphalt.

What could it be?

I looked out my bedroom window and WOW!

That's something you don't see every day!

And another one!

Floating along so low to the ground.

And another!

Four hot air balloons floating over our neighborhood on their
way to the Antelope Island Stampede.

The noise I heard was the gas from the burner heating
up the air that makes the balloon rise.

Kind of a magical way to start the day.

Kind of late for church that day.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Sunday Sayings

"Some people can't get along with themselves.  They criticize and belittle themselves
all day long until they begin to hate themselves.  May I suggest that you reduce the rush and
take a little time to get to know yourself better.  Walk in nature, watch a sunrise, enjoy
God's creations.  Learn to see yourself as Heavenly Father sees you-as His precious
daughter or son with divine potential."   Dieter Uchtdorf