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

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Vintage Chandelier Makeover

I've been looking for a vintage chandelier for our #2 daughter's dining room for several years.
I've found a few but they're either too expensive or in really bad shape. 
Last weekend I finally found one that looked promising.
I was pretty sure we could clean it up and
get it working. We've had a couple of rainy, muddy days so we couldn't do
much of anything in the yard.  Perfect weather for a little inside-the-house project.

I hope that in a few days it will look like the one hanging in our entry.

I'll show you when it's done.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Sunday Sayings

"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died.  Rather we should thank God that such men lived."  George S Patton

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A Time To Plant

After this long, cold winter it's been so nice to be able to get out in the garden and play in the dirt.
We don't plant here in northern Utah until the middle of May,
just in case there's a hard freeze that wipes out all your hard work.

Even though we shouldn't plant, there's a lot of plants in bloom.
Like this beautiful Clematis.

It looks like we'll be harvesting strawberries soon.
At least the ones the birds don't eat.

The lilacs are planted by our front porch.
Their fragrance is amazing every time we walk by.

 A few years ago we planted this pretty blue iris.
One of our neighbors gave us a start.

The ajuga was a brilliant blue this year.  Another gift from our cute neighbor.

This week we've been out in the vegetable garden.
We're adding compost, rototilling, pulling weeds,
 buying little starts
and planting little seeds.

 Our garden is the place I love to be in the middle of May.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Sunday Sayings

"It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings."    Ann Landers

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Sunday Sayings

"Making the decision to have a child is momentous.  It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body."
                                                                                           Elizabeth Stone

Happy Mother's Day!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Polka Dot Cups

I found these polka dot cups at Homegoods the other day.
I love Homegoods.
I really love polka dots.  Especially red and white polka dots.
They're big.  Perfect for holding soup or hot chocolate on a cold winter morning.
Plenty of room for lots of whipped cream or a giant marshmallow.
But most importantly they look so good in my kitchen cupboard.

Don't they just make you happy?

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Sunday Sayings

"We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons."
                                                                   Alfred Newman

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Pretty Pallets

Last week we visited our local garden center and
saw this adorable idea.
Painted pallets and big metal flowers.
Just perfect for the first day of May.

Kind of cute.
I'm trying to figure out where I could put one.
J and J Garden Center
Layton, Utah