( kot'ij ), n. 1. A small family dwelling ; a hut ; a cot . Cottage is now applied to any modest country or suburban dwelling . 2.A shed used for temporary shelter for man or beast. One of several detached houses forming a hotel , a city or country house of one story though sometimes with attic rooms. 3. A very peaceful ,relaxing , home or cabin filled with cozy, comfortable ,carefree, time worn, vintage furniture and accessories . 4. A place to rest and rejuvenate.

August 24, 2011


Morning Glories !

Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy ...meditate on these things 
Philippians 4:8

Well my dears ..I took a few moments while I'm cramming down a bite to eat ..I've been so very busy getting ready for my next show Port of Entry ..this Sunday ..Aug 28th...I wasn't planning on having so many of my items sell at the Canal Fest ...(I'm not complaining mind you ) but to try and get enough things together to sell at this big show in exactly one month ..well to say the least's been quite the challenge ...First ..I had to find the items ..from garage sales..flea markets....thrift stores..curbside courtesy ..and my new favorite the auction on Thursday evenings...Ive gotten some great items from them to sell at my next show ..I hope you like them as much as I do's going to be hard for me to even let go of some of the beauties I've found this time !! Then I had to clean sand and prep all the pieces ..then prime ..then paint..and some pieces got piece in particular was a pr of lamps ..they were in a 3 dollar box full of things from the auction..I wanted something else in the box ..and didn't really care about the lamps ..but I took a second look ..the lamps were a man on one and a woman on the other ..dressed in the French period clothing..made out of what looks like plaster ..very French and Shabby Chic ..but the man had a broken foot and the woman was cracked in half and I could see her head also had been glued back on ..they sat in the box for a few days ..and I picked them up to toss in the trash ....but I just couldn't do it ...I thought ..I will give them a shot they smiled back at me ..I took my wood putty and my awesome epoxy glue and went to work ..gluing and shaping ..then sanding and carving ..the faces and clothes paint came off a bit and some of it was chipped away ..and I couldn't repaint the faces and clothes (because I'm not that kind of artist so they both got a beautiful coat of glossy white paint...not too bad at all ! Now I need to find them the perfect lampshades ..and possibly put some fringe or white roses on them ..maybe some pearls or lace ..the possibilities are really endless !
But it always brings me back to remember ..I too was that broken lady and I felt like I was tossed out from this world ..but for Jesus and His amazing Love and tender care ..He took me in and gave me a brand new life full of love and joy and peace ..and so much creativity ..and everything I do all because of Him ...I love Him so ! Thank You Lord for your tender mercies and your grace ! Well it's time to get back to work ..Ive still got so much to do for this show ..and my next one in Sept ..I'll post that one later ...time to get painting ..see you Sunday I hope !
Blessings & Peace ,
Below are a few of the beauties that I will be selling at Port of Entry
                                  A beautiful crystal Lamp
 A breakfast in bed tray & crystal candle holders  
      Shabby Chic floral wall art


 A candy dish
              Music paper candles & Shabby Chic candle holders
                      Getting a nice fresh coat of paint...
                         a beautiful double table                                          
                     A Cottage style wooden box ..can hold many things ..
                           A vintage cabinet found at the curb ...transformed
                   into a cottage style cabinet so pretty !                                                      
                                 A cottage style slotted folding chair 
                          ( got this one at the auction )                                                         

                            A vintage suitcase ..and you wont believe it ...
       It was missing the keys ..but I found a key to fit the locks on it
       in a jar where I had a some old keys from long ago..amazing !
                                   I thought this was very French cottage...
              when I got it was splattered with paint and shadeless..
              ready for a new home now                                                      

      I framed a few of these patriotic prints remembrance of
      Sept 11,2001 ..10 yr anniversary ..I made a wooden flag too ..
      May God Bless all the victims of  9-11-2001 - 9-11-2011
                                             More Cottage style wall decor                                                             
               I created this vintage style bulletin board out of
                       an old frame (found in garbage) and an old bulletin
                board (yard sale) and covered it with material from a
                skirt from the 50's (yard sale)
                  Iron head board ..there is a foot board as well
                                 it's just not in the picture
                  A beautiful antique mirror painted cottage style
                              I got this from the auction ..because it matches my 
                                  French Man & Lady lamps ...
                     These are the lamps I reconstructed and painted white
                      aren't they so French cottage !

                          Below is a new spindle candle holder ...I just love this !
                    And how about these vintage window panes..

                    I think they are so cottagey and a rare find !
                    I may just keep these for the little cottage Paul is
                    going to build me in the backyard  hmmmm...
 I guess you will just have to come to the show to see if they will be there or not ?? 

And even this beautiful bucket full of hydrangeas will be there !

 And there is so much more I haven't even posted yet ..why don't you take the day and come and see me at the "Port of Entry" Flea Market -Antique Show .. Sunday August 28th from 9-4 ...maybe you will find something you like for your cottage or shabby chic room ?  Hope to see you there ...

Blessings & Peace ,