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, February 27, 2014

Home is Where Your Hearth Is

We've lived with unfinished projects in this house since 2007.  After awhile you don't even see the things that need to be done.
  Most are small, hidden jobs like a few baseboards here and there, or trim in the kitchen that doesn't show.  We're good at ignoring these things.
Until you have an event, like for instance, a baby shower, at your house and then all of a sudden all of the unfinished projects need to be finished yesterday!
The fireplace in our family room was one of these projects.

When we built this house I wanted the fireplace high enough on the wall so that we could see it from the kitchen and the eating area.  It's so nice to be working in the kitchen and be able to enjoy the cozy fire.
It's also nice to have a hearth double as extra seating when there's a lot of people here for a family get together or a party.
For years we tried to come up with some kind of surround.  We couldn't agree on tile, brick, or stone.  We looked at antique mantels. We looked at custom mantels. Nothing was quite right.
So we've lived with wonky drywall and OSB for almost seven years.

Until a couple of weeks ago.
The mister repaired the drywall around the edge of the fireplace.
He painted and installed baseboard.
Then he made a removable, padded, upholstered hearth.

I like it a lot.  It was an inexpensive fix. 
We may do something else with it someday.
But for now we checked another thing off our to do list.
And the ladies at the baby shower thought it was a pretty comfy place to sit.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Sunday Sayings

"The difference in school and life?  In school you're taught a lesson and then given a test.  In life you're given a test that teaches you a lesson."  Tom Bodett

Friday, February 21, 2014

Valentine Birds

So it's a week past Valentine's Day but I thought I'd show you a little Valentine  project
that I saw on line somewhere.
They're made out of Dollar Store Christmas doves, some red and cream shred,
scraps of scrapbook paper, scraps of ribbon, craft store nests, and a glass candle holder or a glass punch cup.
Oh, and a couple of puffy, glittered hearts.
Make a little cone for a hat, embellish it with a junk bow.

Just glue everything together with hot glue.
Oh, nice, I just noticed my vacuum photo bombing my picture.

I made two in less than an hour.
And that included gathering up the supplies.

Maybe I should make some St Patrick's Day birds too.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sunday Sayings

"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power."  Abraham Lincoln

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Everyday Treasures II

Everyday Treasures is a vintage, previously loved, handmade, and or altered, antique mall.  It has about twenty vendors and it's located in Roy, Utah.
It has something for everyone.
Banners, aprons, quilts...

Painted furniture...

Dishes, teacups, kitchenware...
Cute things...

Things for St Patrick's Day...

And Mother's Day...

Need a little table or lamp?

Or a birthday present?

How about a house for the birds?

Or a bird?

Barbie doll clothes or little hand made dresses?

Or a gift for one of your friends?

I'm sure you can find what you need at Everyday Treasures.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Sunday Sayings

"Service is the very definition of pure religion."  M Russell Ballard

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Everyday Treasures

I wanted to show you my booth at a cute little vintage/antique
mall in Roy, Utah called Everyday Treasures.
It's been in business for about six months now.
And it's doing very well.

I've gathered up a few things.

One of my daughters sewed a few things.

One of my son in laws painted a few things.
And I painted a few things too.

The merchandise is always changing. 
Most things move through pretty quickly.

Come in and take a look.
You might find something that you can't live without.
If not in my booth, then there's about 25 others.
I'll show you some more next week.
Everyday Treasures
5526 S 1900 S
Roy, Utah 84067

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Sunday Sayings

"Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it."  Lou Holtz