My life is to make everything around me beautiful.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Show Off Your Cottage Monday 11/2/09

Join Cielo and the participants for "Show Off Your Cottage Monday" by visiting here.

My desk in my kitchen/dining area where I take messages for Love Bunny or write out my grocery list and sometimes just chat on the phone. The table is my old sewing table, which is actually a vintage school desk from the 30s and a folding chair for which I've made a lovely chair covering for it. The tablecloth is a vintage Wilendur one that I'll never, ever part with because I had 2 of them and cut one up for pillows and sold. It is my favorite one of the old tablecloths. Looks perfect in my rose strewn home.

I made this folding chair cover about 7 or 8 years ago out of a barkcloth and really fancy lace curtain. I love it and will never part with it either. It covers an $8.00 blue steel folding chair bought at WM. See how you can jazz up things to look glamorous, shabby chic with minimum effort and cost?

What's a house without more birdhouses?! Hmmmm?
A new birdhouse cottage I made just the other day with beaded lace, ribbon roses and clay roses I make, pearls, a little chick, a rhinestone button and mostly polka dot fabric with a black and pink roses roof. I'm calling this one "Polka Dot Rose Cottage."


Random Thought:

Do you realize that most people under thirty don't use the phone book much and the "20somethings" and teens of today will probably make it obsolete because they are so used to computers and typing in—oooh, say "doctor San Francisco" and getting a list of doctors and phone numbers that they are going to make the Yellow Pages obsolete? Think about it.

I'm also joining in with the 30 days of blessings over at this blog. Each time I post I'll state that for which I am thankful.

The first thing for which I am most thankful is my savior, Jesus Christ. I depend on him to get me through hard times and He does. With 2 tragedies in our family this past year I don't know how I would have done it without the strength He gives me. This might sound trite to some of you, but I can assure you without any equivocation that it's true!


  1. Hi Connie!
    Happy Monday sweetie. I love your post today. Your message area is just wonderful and I so love what you did with your Wal Mart chair. How cute is that! Love it.

    I am going to have to start sharing the "What I Am Thankful For" countdown. I love that idea. Your post was beautiful. Thank you for sharing sweetie.

    I so love your little birdhouses. They are just precious. Right down to the little chickie.

    Have a wonderful 2nd day of Novemeber.

    Country hugs and love sweetie, Sherry

  2. Connie, you go, girl! Nothing on this earth that you can say about our wonderful Savior would ever sound trite to this little chickadee! I love him, too, and depend on him to even be able to get out of bed in the morning. So I join you in that thankfulness. Without him, I am nothing. With him, I am a child of the Most High God and inheritor of the Kingdom of Heaven. YES! So I join you in giving thanks.

    Now, onto more earthly fare, though heavenly... love your chair. Such cuteness! And I love your birdhouse. I have lost count of the ones I have. Some of them have gone beyond shabby for facing the elements outside. I have met few birdhouses I didn't like, and I like them as much inside as out. Love yours to pieces, you crafty girl you!


    Sheila :-)

  3. We chick just love that birdhouse cottage. So feminine and dainty. I am working on a cover for my desk chair. I will show it when finished.
    I am doing a thanksgiving challenge on another site too and it is my birthday month. I am doing a shout out to two my followers each day this month. I am doing it according to when they started to follow. Enjoyed visiting with you.

  4. Oh, your chair is just beautiful. No one in the whole world would have know it was a metal folding chair.
    I also love your spot in the kitchen. Yep, even I am guilty of not using the phone book nearly as much as I did. So easy to google any more. :) Just a sign of the times, I suppose.
    xo bj

  5. Just stopping by...and taking a peek at your COTTAGE...and all the other pretties! Love 'em!!


  6. Good morning my sweet friend! Just wanted to pop over and wish you an awesome week :)

  7. Hi, what a wonderful place to work- love your desk.
    Thanks for sharing all your sweetness =)
    Have a wonderful day

  8. Hi Connie,

    Thanks for the post on my blog. The birdhouse is so cute and I love that chair cover. I have a chair like that too that I sit in when I sew. I need to make me a cover.


  9. Hello Connie
    You are so dear to come over to visit me..I love to visit you, and your beautiful blog.
    I feel so inspired by you and your creations... that at the top of my Christmas wish list is a sewing machine!
    I used to sew and loved it!

    The chair is so pretty,I can only hope I make some thing so lovely!

    Its not trite at all,not for me anyway...I too know how true this is.
    Hugs to you

  10. Hi Connie,

    You would never know that was a folding chair. Your work amazes me.

    Love that birdhouse.

    We have so much to be thankful for and without Christ, I would have given up years ago.


  11. Hi Connieness! Oh, I love seeing your romantic rosy home! What a nice place to sit and do whatever. I love your chair cover you've made - it's just perfect!
    Be a sweetie,

  12. So what do mean, what can't I do girl...just look at you! I love it when you show your lovely nest! I'm thankful for the very same thing you are this day.

  13. Oh, Connie! I love the tablecloth, your studio & the chair ... all those darling little birdhouses & feathered friends. Your home is beautifully & vibrantly decorated ... love it! TY for letting us visit.

    Pop over for our giveaway. TTFN ~Marydon

  14. Oh, Connie! I love the tablecloth, your studio & the chair ... all those darling little birdhouses & feathered friends. Your home is beautifully & vibrantly decorated ... love it! TY for letting us visit.

    Pop over for our giveaway. TTFN ~Marydon

  15. Hello Connie, your comments always leave me smiling. Thank you.

    Love the chair and I am still trying to see a metal chair under all that prettiness. You are a very clever gal. The bird house just reinforces my statement. Cute as a polka dot.

    Have a wonderful evening.

    Hugs xoxo, Jeanne

  16. I am obsessed with that little pink bird!

  17. What a special little office nook! Love the table cover and chair cover! The birdhouses are just darling!


  18. Connie,Hi Love your little office area you created for you an Jack.The chair covers are great idea.I may have to buy them soon if my boys don't stop rocking the wood ones and breaking them.When doing homework they balance them on 2 legs,very annoying.To break teens of not using the phonebook just give them the bill for 411 calls.They don't like it!LOL Hugs,Jen

  19. I love your table! Your chair is so cute~~I wish I could sew, the cover is perfect.

  20. Hi, Connie,
    What can I say? I love everything you have shown! The vintage tablecloth, rosy chair cover, and darling bird house, love everything about them! I, too, am thankful for Jesus. He has always been my best friend and constant companion. Sweet cottage blessings to you! Vicki

  21. Beautiful my dearest.... May God grant you always... a sunbeam to warm you and a moonbeam to charm you...



  22. Hi Connie! Your birdhouses are so pretty! And I love your little phone corner. The tablecloth is so beautiful. I think you win the transformation prize with the cover for the folding chair! First of all, I love the fabrics - anything barkcloth makes me smile! But most of all, I love that you transformed such a basic chair into something charming!


  23. I must find a pink bird for the Pond...

  24. Connie, I have always admired what you do with a plain wooden birdhouse. The cute little pink one is just like one I have in the closet and have never gotten the inspiration to do it. Even my friend asked when I was going to work on them. I have one that is a round birdhouse and I can invision it full of different lace, ribbons, and glitz. Thanks for sharing.
    I would join in the Thankful countdown, but every day I just thank Jesus for helping me up in the morning and for all the blessings He bestows on me, so my message would be the same every day. Love and hugs, Pat


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