January 31, 2011

chair redo & {newbie} linky party

I had BIG plans to head down to OIB today ... A day filled with shopping & catching up with mama! Well the Mr. caught whatever bug I had last week ... 

I'm pretty sure he thinks he should be on life support at the moment ... Stayed home from work today and is {REALLY} NEEDY of some attention from this Cottage Gal! 

So I'm at home ... Playing nurse to one VERY sick hubs. 

Oh and FINALLY getting to that chair I showed y'all last week! 

Also linking up to DebbieDoo's Newbie Linky Party! It's for new bloggers or bloggers with less than 100 followers! So if you fit in there ... LINK UP! Come on! It'll be fun! :) 

January 30, 2011

blog hoppin'

The Things We Find Inside

Y'all I'm joining this FUN blog hop! Seems like such a great way to meet new friends! 

Hosted by Marie of The Things We Find Inside ... Only a few simple rules to join ... 

1. Follow the host (Maria) and the guest hosts (Michaela Noelle & Melanie) on GFC. For this week, we are the number 1, 2 and 3 spots on the linky. (They will follow back.) Leave a comment to let us know.

2. Follow as many people as you can and be sure to let them know that you are from the 'I love my Online Friends Monday Hop'. 

3. You are not required to, but it will be great if you could grab our button and make a post about this hop. (At the bottom of the hop, you can get the code so that the same linky list will appear on your blog).

4. Every week Marie will pick one person to 'Guest Host' the hop with me. If you would like to be considered for the guest host position, all you need to do is grab our button, write a post about the hop and follow her on GFC. Leave a comment under this post to let her know if you are interested in guest hosting.

So don't you want to join the fun?! :) 

great weekend!

Y'all I need to send a BIG APOLOGY your way ... The blog has been AWFULLY quiet this weekend! 

I've been so busy with the BIG sale at Artisans! We had SUCH  great response to The PC which meant lots of sales and LOTS of driving back & forth to restock! Definitely a good problem to have! 

Mama & I will be out & about tomorrow getting new things for the stores and of course trying to pick up the latest ideas for Spring

The weather here is GORGEOUS and has definitely sparked us to start setting up Spring vignettes! 

See y'all in a couple of days! Hopefully with FAB NEW FINDS! 

January 28, 2011


So most of you know that I've been pretty under the weather this week ... Well my spirits were lifted yesterday afternoon at the mailbox ... Now before you start thinking I'm a total WEIRDO ... Let me explain! 

Several weeks ago, Cottage & Vine hosted a giveaway ... And one LUCKY winner was to receive this fabulous pillow! 

Well y'all guess who that LUCKY winner was?! You got it! ME! 

Now I don't typically win ... As in, I've never won anything in my entire life! So not only did I win but I won this FABULOUS pillow from a FABULOUS fellow blogger!

I tested it out yesterday in several spots in my house ... 

I think I like it on the loveseat the best ... What do you think? 

If you haven't been over to Cottage & Vine, you really should! Rene always has great posts! 


So thanks Rene for hosting the giveaway and thanks Fabulous but Frugal for the BEAUTIFUL pillow! :) 

Happy Friday Y'all! 

January 27, 2011

{sick cottage girl} and some inspiration!

Y'all when I woke up yesterday morning, I knew that I wasn't feeling well ... I tried to blame the weather. Turns out this gal is SICK! {ugh! ugh! ugh!}

So although I had EVERY intention of working on lots of projects yesterday ... I only got as far as the couch, my laptop, and LOTS of online browsing. 

But in doing so ... I found some GREAT inspirations for all things SPRING! (is anyone else as ready for it as we are?!) 

loving the thoughts of going back to using CLOTH table linens! 

vintage suitcases

vintage keys

Beatriz Ball for EVERY occasion

pretty daffodils

vintage dough bowls

bright & cheery enamelware

vintage chianti bottles

vintage Pepsi crates as planters

architectural salvage gates 

bright tulips

vintage Ball jars (especially BLUE!)

mix & match white dishes

So what do y'all think? Likey? Have any inspirations of your own? Do share them! :) 

Don't forget about the BIG Artisans sale this weekend! 20% off these beauties! 

January 26, 2011

chair makeover {and a sale!}

I don't know what the weather is where y'all are but here in NC ... it's RAINY & YUCKY!

But it's the perfect day for chair makeovers and sewing! :)

Remember all the new fabric I showed y'all a couple weeks ago? I'm getting started with some pillows out of some of those ... Now the hard part is going to be choosing which to use first!

I also found this CUTE little side chair the other day and have BIG things in store for it ... 

Can't wait for y'all to see!

So I'm sure y'all are wondering what SALE I'm talking about ... Artisans is having their annual WINTER SALE this Saturday & Sunday! EVERYTHING in the store will be 10% off ... Including everything in The PC ... And those AWESOME farmhouse and Obrien & Shridde frames will be an additional 10% off! These are the perfect Valentine's Day present to get your love (or self!) started with these awesome collections!

So if you've been thinking that a road-trip is in store ... This MIGHT just be the perfect weekend to head to Greenville! :) (hey, worth a shot!)

Happy Wednesday y'all! xo!

January 25, 2011

{folkart} hand-painted tin signs

So I did a BRIEF post on these yesterday ... mixed in with the Valentine's Day decor

But I just didn't think that it showed these incredible signs justice! 

Each of these tin signs is hand-painted with the cutest sayings ... And even cooler than that? All of the tin comes from buildings that were destroyed during hurricanes in Florida. What a great way to use materials that most would consider 'waste'! The family that started this company plans to 'keep it small' in fact in their words: 

There's only a few of us behind the scenes here at Blackwater - we don't have aspirations at being a mega-business, only to make our mark as a "made in the USA", homegrown kind of company like the kind of small business that used to thrive in our country!

What cool people?! 

There are so many different sayings that it's hard to decide which ones to order! 

how cute? 


folkart mixed with farmhouse frames

So what do you think? Do you love them as much as we do? :) 

January 24, 2011

Valentine's Day decor

We <3 Hearts Day! 

And I've been searching all over blogland for some great inspiration! And y'all have had some GREAT ideas! 

Here are some of my favs ... 

Loving this mantle at 

And this one from 

The simplicity of this mantel is amazing!

How stinkin' cute are these from 

Did anyone make gum wrapper chains as a kid? How cute is this wreath from 

Everyone's loving burlap right now! And we're LOVING this burlap wreath from 

What a great 'fantle' from 

And finally a TPC feature ... 
We're loving these tin folkart signs ... 
And at around $20 they're the perfect Vday decor! 

So what about you ... Have you seen any Valentine's decor you're L-O-V-I-N-G!?!

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