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, November 28, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Thanksgiving Cornucopia

We're having Thanksgiving at our house this year.
So I thought I'd share with you what I made for our dinner table.
A waffle cone cornucopia!
I found the idea last year on the House of Whimsy blog.

Put the cone in a steamer pan for about 30 seconds.
When it gets soft and flattens, quickly pick it up with tongs
and mold it in the shape you want with your fingers.

Hold it for a few seconds and it hardens up again pretty quickly
leaving a cornucopia shape.  If you squint.

I had to go to three stores looking for waffle cones.  Apparently it
is a seasonal item here in northern Utah.

These cones are from Keebler and there were a few broken ones in the box that we couldn't use.  And I broke a couple when I was
trying to shape them.

But we have enough since there will only be nine of us for dinner.

I'm pretty sure the grandkids will love them.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sunday Sayings

"Gratefulness is the key to a happy life that we hold in our hands, because if we are not grateful, then no matter how much we have we will not be happy...because we will always want to have something else or something more."  David Steindl-Rast

Thursday, November 21, 2013


Have you planted your Christmas Paperwhites?
It's one of my favorite things to do in the fall.

You just need a little gravel and the bulbs.
I got mine in bulk from a garden center.

I like to use glass jars so you can see the roots as they grow.
The tall sides help hold up the spindly stems.

Hopefully they'll be blooming by Christmas.
There's a few containers in my booth at
Everyday Treasures in Roy, Utah.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sunday Sayings

"When God sees you doing your part, developing what He has given you, then He will do His part and open doors that no man can shut."  Joel Osteen

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

A New Work of (He)art

A couple of weeks ago I found a yard sale that was at the home of an elderly woman.  Her neighbor and friend was in charge of the sale and told me that the homeowner was a widow and was soon to move into an assisted living facility.
Many of her lifelong treasures were sitting out on her
driveway waiting for a new home.
I was so happy to take this beautiful oil painting home with me.
I love the colors,
 the subject, and the best thing about it is
the artist who painted this painting in 1965 is
the elderly widow who won't be able to take
most of her possessions with her to the next chapter in her life.

It made me stop and think.

About treasures sitting out on a driveway.  About talent.  About what we can take with us to our next chapter.
And what's really important and what's not.

Like enjoying this work of art for the next fifty years or so.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sunday Sayings

"Heroism is endurance for one moment more."  George F Kennan
Happy Veterans Day!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Fall Wood Letter Blocks

Some of you know that I haven't had an original idea since 1986.
The year my 4th and last child was born.
I'm really good at copying other people's original ideas
though.  My house is full of other people's wonderful ideas that are so plentiful on the internet.   So thank you Pinterest and all of you clever bloggers out there. 
Here is a fun idea from this cute blog.
Thank you Thistlewood Farms!
She used leftover molding and I used leftover flooring.
I bought chipboard letters at Hobby Lobby.

              I dry brushed the wood and letters with acrylic craft paint.
You could use any color you'd like, and use any words you'd like, and use any size blocks you'd like. 

                    Then I glued on the letters with hot glue.

 And that was pretty much it.  A quick and easy project.
I think they turned out pretty cute. 

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Sunday Sayings

"Start by doing what is necessary;  then do what's possible; 
and suddenly you're doing the impossible." 
St Francis of Assisi