December 28, 2009


Don't forget to come to The Painted Cottage this week... EVERYTHING in the store is on sale!!!

We'll be open from 10AM until 5PM everyday this week (through Sunday!)

After that we will be taking our winter break.... We'll be closed starting Monday the 7th and won't re-open until mid-February!

However, as you know we won't be able to stay completely out of touch with you until then.... the blog will consistently be updated!!! So be sure to check back!

December 26, 2009

Holiday Surprises!!

So we promised that after Christmas we would have a wonderful surprise for all of you...

When we reopen Monday at 10AM, the ENTIRE store will be on sale!!!!!

It will only last thru Sun, January 3rd so make sure that you come see us next week!

Enjoy the rest of your Christmas weekend and we hope to see you ALL on Monday morning!!! (or Tuesday thru Sun!)

December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas from the girls at The Painted Cottage! We hope that Santa brought you everything you asked for! :)

December 24, 2009


We know that you all have been as busy as we have this holiday season making sure your Christmas will be absolutely spectacular!!

We just wanted to wish all of our wonderful customers and friends a very Merry Christmas!!!

Remember, The Painted Cottage will be open today (Christmas Eve) until 3p.m. So stop by for all of your last minute gifts, stocking stuffers, and party snacks! We will be closed Christmas Day AND the Saturday and Sunday after!

But then we have a WONDERFUL and EXCITING post-Christmas surprise fior all of you!! Stay tuned....

December 10, 2009

Yummmmmmmmy Treats!!!

Ok so we LOVE Christmas baking! We have a recipe for gingersnaps that our family has been baking up for almost 26 years! They are to die for!

3/4 C. shortening               1 C. sugar
1/4 C. molasses                 1 beaten egg
2 C. flour                          1/4 tsps. salt
2 tsps. soda                      1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground cloves          1 tsp. ground ginger

Cream shortening and shortening; add molasses and egg; beat well. Add dry ingredients, mix well. Roll into small balls and dip into sugar.

Bake at 375 for 9 to 12 minutes.


These delicious cookies would be the perfect hostess gift or gifts for your neighbors this holiday season! In fact, if you come into The Painted Cottage, we have the cutest Christmas platters and napkins to make these homemade goodies the PERFECT present for anyone on your list!

December 5, 2009

The wonderful world of Facebook!

The Painted Cottage has officially joined to social networking scene!

If you are on Facebook become our fan ... we plan to have to special deals for all of our 'fans'! Stay tuned...

December 3, 2009

Parties! Parties!

Has anyone ever been to a Holiday Ornament Exchange? We have and we think they are such a great idea! While everyone has fun at a 'white elephant' or 'chinese gift exchange'... whichever you may call it... Ornament Exchanges can be just as much fun and you always end up with a special memory to hang from your tree year after year!

This year why not come by The Painted Cottage for the best selection of ornaments around... Ok, again, we're biased, but we do have some really cute ones that are sure to have people happy they selected the ornament YOU brought! Afterward, you can even fill them in on your secret... the wonderful girls at The Painted Cottage!

Happy Shopping!

December 1, 2009

Giving some thanks...

To all of our wonderful customers who have also become our great friends! Because of all of your generosity, we were able to donate over 300lbs of food to 3 of our local churches! One church was able to feed 45 families for Thanksgiving!!!

We at The Painted Cottage were so proud to say that it was our loyal customers and friends who provided for these families!

We are hoping to be able to give the same amount (or perhaps more!) again right before Christmas! So please keep bringing in your non-perishables when you come by the store... And don't forget there is a special gift waiting for each time you do!

November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

We here at The Painted Cottage are thankful for so many things this year! Our list seems to just keep going and going... not that it's anything to complain about!

While we will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, we will re-open on Friday at 10AM and will be open through the weekend! Be sure to stop by and see us while your out on Black Friday (or Saturday and Sunday!) ... EVERYTHING (yes, EVERYTHING) will be 20% off! Sorry guys, but no other discounts apply this weekend!

We hope that you all have an absolutely WONDERFUL Turkey Day! See you soon!

November 19, 2009

Our stockings are all hung!

While we may not have a chimney to hang them from, we do have the cutest stockings, ornaments, throws, pillows, Holiday cards, and kitchen accessories around! Ok so maybe we're biased, but we have transformed The Painted Cottage into 'The Holiday Cottage' and we couldn't be happier with the results! We have gotten in some of the most adorable and festive holiday merchandise... Everything from kitchen towels and mixing bowls to doormats and boxwood wreaths! There is certainly something for everyone in The Holiday Cottage... a one-stop shop to start and finish your holiday shopping!

And let's not forget about our 'Gifts for Giving' campaign! We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received from all of you! We have been able to take 3 huge boxes of food to several local churches in plenty of time to provide families with food for Thanksgiving! We are hoping to be able to do this at least two more times before Christmas so please bring in non-perishable foods the next time you come to The Painted Cottage(oops...we meant The Holiday Cottage!) And don't forget... For your generosity, you will receive a gift from us!

November 12, 2009

Yummy Goodies!

We're not sure about you... But we here at The Painted Cottage absolutely LOVE the Salem Bakery goodies! So there was never a question whether or not we were going to order some of these delicious treats for this holiday season! Now the only question is when we'll have to order more because we can't stop snacking on them!

If you're as in love with the Salem Bakery treats, be sure to stop by and pick up some for you, your family, and your friends!

November 10, 2009

Holiday Spirit!

What a great turnout we had for our 1st Annual Holiday Open House! Thank you to everyone who came by to share in our holiday festivities! We had such a great time that we have plans to do a little something special every weekend from now until Christmas Eve! We do hope that you'll continue showing your support!!

Speaking of showing support... We are truly so blessed to have so many kind and generous customers! As many of you know, this holiday season The Painted Cottage wanted to give back to our local community so we decided to host a food drive.... Our 'Gifts for Giving' campaign started this past weekend with our Holiday Open House. We were so pleased with how many of you were so willing to raid your pantries in order to donate food that will benefit people in our community.

Remember the 'Gifts for Giving' drive will continue through November and December! Every time you bring in nonperishable foods, you will receive a gift from The Painted Cottage! Thanks again everyone!

November 7, 2009


Since this holiday season will be our first, we decided to do something EXTRA special! We took 10 of our very favorite items this season and created a 'Top Ten List'! We hope that these will soon become your top ten as well...

Dash & Albert bags
We love these great bags! They can be used for a extra large purse, a beach bag, a shopping tote or even an overnight bag! And best of all... they can be monogrammed!

Happy Everything collection
Who has room to store a serving platter for every occasion?! With our Happy Everything collection there's no need! This great platter has interchangeable attachments for every occasion! Did we mention there's an adorable cookie jar and a HUGE variety of other super cute things to match?

Pompom throws
These throws are great! There are too many cute colors to choose from and at such an affordable price... you can choose more than one! These super cute throws can also be monogrammed for you or for that special person who gets one in their stocking!

Waxing Poetic jewelry
Sterling silver chains with initial tags?! Couldn't be a bigger hit this holiday season! These great necklaces and bracelets come in a variety of styles and lengths... they are sure to knock the socks of any lucky recipient! Heck, we all have them on our wish lists!

Kenian bamboo trays
These versatile trays come in lots of colors and several sizes... Use them to server appetizers at your holiday party or in your guest room to display magazines and books. Either way they are too cute!

Sweetgrass Farms
We all know that the holiday season can be one of hustle and bustle and that a nice relaxing bath is sometimes just what the doctor ordered! Sweetgrass Farms is a collection of all natural lotions, candles, and muscle rubs that is sure to help your over-shopped body!

Blackwater Folkart
We've mentioned these awesome reclaimed tin signs before and it's simply because we love them so! For the holiday season, we've had them create some signs specifically for those of you who have homes at either Ocean Isle or Sunset! We just can't get enough of the super cute Christmas signs they've created either!

Obrien Schridde frames
These just had to be on the top ten! They are so awesome! Made of reclaimed wood these frames are the perfect amount of shabby and elegant! With the variety of sizes and colors, you can fill a wall with a great collage or just use one in a room... either way we think that everyone will agree they are great!

Crabpot Christmas trees
We have just recently discovered these awesome Christmas trees! They are made of crabpots and can be used either indoors or outdoors! The smallest tree is 1' and the largest is 6'1/2"! They would look great in your yard or on your dock!

Homesource bath towels
These towels were rated Real Simple's #1 cotton bath towel and we couldn't agree more! They come in great colors! And look great monogrammed as well!

We are so excited about our 'Top Ten List'!!! Be sure to come by the store to see all the great things in person!

October 24, 2009

Gift Giving!

As many of you know, The Painted Cottage will be hosting our first annual Holiday Open House Novemeber 5th through the 7th. While we have been preparing for our open house, we have also been thinking about ways that we can give back to our community. After much thought and discussion, it seems we have finally come to a decision...

We hope that throughout the months of November and December that we will be able to truly make a difference in our community by being able to give generous donations to local food banks. We are hoping to enlist the help of our friends and customers for this cause.... For each bag of nonperishable food that you bring to The Painted Cottage, you will receive a special gift from us!

The food drive will kickoff the same weekend as our Holiday Open House!

October 20, 2009

Busy! Busy! Busy!

So many things going on this week...

The furniture market is in High Point this week; we are so excited to head that way and pick up some great new lines that are sure to fit in well at The Painted Cottage! We can't wait to see what you think!

Last weekend, Leigh found some great new artists that will have some things in the shop before Christmas. And yes, they're all still regional artists! For those of you who love to cook, we will be featuring some local and regional cookbooks just in time for the Holiday season!

Speaking of holidays....

We have been steadily getting the cutest Christmas decorations, gifts and much more in at the shop! Our back room is filling up quickly! We cannot wait to decorate The Painted Cottage and throw our doors open for the Holiday Open house! Don't forget.. it's November 5th through 7th! Here's a sneak peek of one of our favorite new things...

Who doesn't love a Christmas pillow?!?

Is anyone interested in 'Lunch at the Cottage'?? During the holiday season, we will be featuring weekly lunch programs at The Painted Cottage. There will be food, fun, and friends all while learning neat tricks to transform your house into a holiday house! So bring yourself or a group of ladies, we're excited to have lunch with you! For more details, call the shop... 910-579-5995.

As you can see, we are so busy at The Painted Cottage and enjoying every minute of it! We hope to see you soon!

October 14, 2009

Holiday Cheer (yes, in October!)

The 29th Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival will be held this coming weekend on Ocean Isle Beach! We have been so excited to hear from many of you who will be coming down for the weekend! Although The Painted Cottage will not have a booth set up at this year's festival, we will be open all weekend and hope to see all of you who are coming down! The weather is supposed to be beautiful.... perfect Fall weather to get us in the mood for all of the exciting upcoming holidays!

Speaking of holidays... We are so pleased to announce our most exciting holiday event to date... The Painted Cottage's 1st Annual Christmas Open House! The entire store will be transformed into a 'holiday house' ... everything from decorations for the whole house, to gifts for everyone, to yummy baked goods, and much much more!

Be sure to stop by The Painted Cottage Thursday, November 5th thru Saturday, November 7th to see all of the great things we have in store for this holiday season!

October 8, 2009

Happy Fall!

WHEW. Summer FLEW by! We still can't believe that we have already entered the fall season. We must admit.. we are excited about the cooler weather though!

We are also so excited to start decorating for fall! We have recently gotten in some pieces from Blackwater Folkart! They are these incredibly cute, hand-painted signs made of reclaimed tin!

We just got them in several days ago and they are already selling like crazy! Come in and check them out before they are all gone!

Check back soon for more updates on the really exciting holiday events going on at The Painted Cottage!

October 6, 2009


First, I think we need to start by offering a BIG apology... We fell down on our job! We promised to keep you all updated with the goings on at The Painted Cottage and it has obviously been a while!

However, we do have a fairly good excuse... Leigh's oldest daughter Lauren was married on September 26th! People kept asking when we would get stressed and although it seems that we never did... although, we did get EXTREMELY busy!

Lauren had (in our opinion) an absolutely perfect wedding day! She had a very traditional 'theme' with a touch of shabby chic... And of course she enlisted The Painted Cottage for some ideas!

We have recently started carrying a new line of frames that are perfect with all decor from shabby chic to modern to very traditional. At first sight, Lauren knew that these Obrien and Shridde frames would be exactly what would display her bridal portraits.

Speaking of weddings... We want to congratulate Cindy Hoskins on her recent marriage to Aaron Black! We absolutely love being able to celebrate with our bridal registrants! Best wishes to you both!
That's all for the excitement for now! We promise to keep updating regularly! (Really!)

September 8, 2009

Great new things!

We hope that everyone had as great of a Labor Day weekend as we did! We were so happy to see all of you who came to visit and hope to see you again soon!

As for some updates...

We have recently gotten 2 new lines in and are in LOVE with both!

Beatriz Ball is our new line of handmade aluminum ware. Each piece is unique and we think they are all fabulous! The greatest thing about them... they are functional serving pieces that are pretty enough to be used as decorative pieces around your home! Who doesn't love a piece that is both functional and pretty?!

Serena and Lily is our fabulous new line of bedding! While it caters mostly to children's rooms, we do have some bedding for the adults in our lives too! From sheets, quilts, and duvets, the Serena and Lily line will certainly be the perfect update to any bedroom in your house! We also have some super cute 'market slings' made of organic cotton so that you (or another Mom in your life) can be stylish while toting the little one around!

We have some other new lines coming soon so be sure to check back!

September 3, 2009

Happy Labor Day!!!

We are so excited for the long weekend! Hopefully it will give us a chance to see some of you who can't get down as often as you (and we!) would like and of course all of our favorite locals!

We have gotten some great new things in ... including our AWESOME new line of cottage chic slipcovered furniture! It is incredible! All of the slipcovers can be removed, thrown in the washer and dryer and come out looking brand new everytime! These pieces are sure to be a favorite of yours, as they have quickly become one of ours!

As many of you may know, all of artists are from North and South Carolina; this is something that we are so proud of at The Painted Cottage! It feels wonderful to help support our community! We have recently found several new artists who have brought in some new and FABULOUS pieces!

We have recently created a few new rooms to showcase some of our new favorite things (besides the incredible slipcovered furniture!) Our two current favorites are the new 'bedrooms'... One is a tranquil room perfect for relaxing and reflecting and the other is a hip, brightly colored (mostly pink of course) room perfect for girls of any age!

August 23, 2009

New additions!

Since we have recently created a baby registry, we felt it only appropriate to also create a room dedicated to babies!

And we just could not wait to share the newest room with all of our wonderful customers!

Here are a couple pictures, hopefully you will enjoy our newest 'addition' as much as we do!

August 20, 2009

Staying busy!

As summer is coming to an end, we here at The Painted Cottage are finally getting to catch our breaths. So what do we do? Decide to update all of you who may not be able to come see us as frequently through this new blog!

We are still getting lots of new things almost daily and hope to put lots of pictures on our blog!

We are also working on our website so that you will be able to see ALL of our products and will be able to stay up-to-date with everything going on at The Painted Cottage!

As for what's new at The Painted Cottage now? We have created both a bridal and baby registry! So for those of you who have recently gotten engaged or have just found out you have a little one on the way, come in and register at The Painted Cottage so that your friends and family can shower you with unique pieces to fill your home!

Well, that seems to be all for now; we do hope to update our blog often so that everyone knows what exciting new things we have going on at The Painted Cottage!
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