Friday, June 24, 2011


There's no Feathered Nest Friday this week...
instead- it is my party for the blogger block party week
It's a Shabby Cottage Summer over here!

Ruffles have me right now...
I am just loving them.

So perfect with pretty pinks, & chipping whites...
french bistro chairs and outdoor parties...
They are shabby, cottage, charming and sweet.

Shabby Cottage Summer is my theme for the party~
so I went in search of sweet pinks for my flowers.
These darling Dianthus are so sweet-
and the perfect soft shade of shabby pink.

I also wanted a fabulous little tablecloth for the perfect backdrop
for the outdoor table.
I had a thoughts of burlap with
after ruffle
after ruffle
on the sides.
A bit shabby, a bit rustic, a bit chic
oh- so charming!

I took my sewing machine out to the back patio & sewed
in the warm sunshine and fresh air.
Good thing I did, because wow does burlap make a mess
but I am absolutely loving the look!

Not 100% finished yet
I have the raw edgings to finish and the other side to ruffle up a bit
so I will share more of this shabby cottage table setting
in another post in the next day or two
when I am done pulling
all the burlap threads and fur off of me and my patio!

For now~
let's get this part of the
Block party going! Whoo!! Whoo!!

Link up your Shabby Cottage Summer post(s) below and your links will appear on all twelve blogs that are hosting the party as their posts go public! That means your posts will appear simultaneously on all of our blogs once you have linked them up here and will be there throughout the party!
You are welcome to share as many posts as you like related to shabby cottage summer below.

Plenty of time to join all the themed parties up above!

Today you can also join

We have GIVEAWAYS too!!
In order to be entered in the giveaways-
Your post MUST relate to one of the party themes.
and MUST be linked back to the party you joined

French Country Cottage' theme is Shabby Cottage Summer~
So link up any shabby or cottage summery inspired post here~
and grab the button with code for your link back.
Thanks so much Heather and Vanessa for organizing all the details!

Here's a little giveaway too~

A brand new copy of one of my absolute FAVORITE magazines out there
Country French
(more like a fantastic book-
if you haven't read it and you love that style you will love this!!)
and also a Modern Country design book that I thought you might like.

Here are the rules:

Link up below any post, past or present, related to Shabby Cottage Summer
Be sure to link back to your original post and not just your url (main blog address)
Please post the Blogger Block Party button (code located above and in sidebar) in your post so others can join in in the fun! (Mandatory).
We love it when you party with our other guests! Please take a moment and visit some of the other posts and leave some comment love! This is what makes a party so much fun!
We'd love it if you'd share the Blogger Block Party on your Facebook Pages and Twitter (use #BloggerBlockParty in your tweet) (Not mandatory but we'd appreciate it!)
That's get to linking up and partying with us at the Blogger Block Party!!
Go all the way to the bottom of the post to link up.
Here's my button!


  1. Beautiful, Courtney! I look forward to seeing more of the tablecloth. It looks fabulous with all those ruffles!

  2. Love the ruffles, Courtney! I have always loved ruffles. Sorry, I linked up twice and I didn't mean to. Feel free to delete the last one # 829. Thanks and enjoy your weekend.


  3. Courtney,
    The ruffles on the burlap are awesome! You did a great job on that. Sewing it outside was a really smart idea too!LOL
    Thanks for having us over!

  4. Hi Courtney,

    LOVE the ruffles, very shabby...
    Thanks for hosting!

    All the Best,

  5. Hi Courtney...

    Ohhh my goodness...I just swooned as soon as I seen your fabulous french ruffled burlap table cloth, sweet friend! I can only imagine all the work that went into sewing that! And...I can also imagine the burlap strings, etc. all over your beautiful porch! Hehe! "No gain" so they say! Hehe!

    Well dear friend, your beautiful table is ceratinly shabby it's very best! I just adore it! Ohhh...and all of your pretty pink flowers are perfect! I love all the pretty containers that you have them in! Thank you so much for sharing your new ruffled burlap table cloth with us today! And...thank you so much for co-hosting this sweet party for us! I'm so glad that I could join in with the fun! I'm also looking forward to a chance at that beautiful magazine gift giveaway! Thank you, dear friend!!!

    Warmest summery wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  6. Courtney, Gorgeous! I love all the ruffles.

  7. Courtney, I love the burlap ruffles! Oh wow, it's wonderful. Your table is stunning :) What a great idea :) Thanks for hosting the Summer Cottage Party! I'm joining
    Becky C

  8. Wonderful job Courtney! I love all the ruffles. I know that was a lot of hard messy work. With great results. Linking up my mantel. It's a bit shabby but mostly summery! Hope that is okay :)

  9. Great idea...this is so much fun!!

    ciao from Newport Beach

  10. ...ruffles out of anything is lovely!! ~ the fuzzies were worth the outcome! fabulous table:)
    xo, Rosemary

  11. Love those ruffles! I must be dyslexic because I mixed up the name of your party ~ but I'm still having a great time. Thanks for hosting!!

    Susan and Bentley

  12. Great looking ruffles, Courtney. Isn't burlap just a mess to work with...and the sad thing is that it make my hands itch like CRAZY! UGH! xo Diana

  13. Lovin' those sassy ruffles, girl...
    This is one humongus 800 links. Amazing.

  14. I am so seriously having ruffled burlap envy right now! That is the most gorgeous tablecloth ever! Okay so maybe I do need to learn to sew. lol Thank you so much Courtney for helping us host the Summer Block Party! You're the best and we love ya!


  15. Hi Courtney! I LUV LUV LUV that tablecloth! What a sweet idea! It would be pretty made out of a dropcloth, too! :) (I only say that because I just made a little curtain for underneath a cabinet with some of that seam heat tape stuff...since I'm not a sewer by any means!). ♥ Have a great weekend, sweetie!

    xoox laurie

  16. That ruffled burlap table cloth is absolutely to die for. You always do such a great job. Your right, burlap is a mess to work with. But the reward makes it so worth it. If you check out my 'room with a view' post you will see why I love following you!

  17. I'm loving your patio ruffles! What fun! Thanks for another great party! ~ osc

  18. Ruffles on burlap and you can sew outside without melting! Fabulous.
    Love the tablecloth and setting.

  19. Courtney, That seaside table...AMAZING!!! AND, I love your, love!! Christie at Three Pixie Lane

  20. Your new table is the perfect place for EVERYTHING!! This table is so, so pretty! Love your ruffles! I went looking for your chairs with no luck. I've seen them for much higher of course. I'm so tempted. I'm going to try to do shabby tomorrow to link up. It's been fun, no?

  21. I have to say that is the prettiest ruffled burlap tablecloth I have seen. Gorgeous! I can't believe you just whipped that up. I would love to have that kind of talent.

  22. Morning from england Courtney-
    I addddore your ruffly tablecloth...
    in fact I've just put my ironing on hold to see if I have enough fabric stashed to make one for the weekend!!

    I'm a little late to the party due to the time difference & sick kiddos at home- but I made excited to see the oodles of inspiration above!!

    Melissa -Miss Sew & So xx

  23. Wowee, missus!! You have a million, billion links!! Well done you!!! Your blog has just completely taken off! I'm so proud to know you. ;-)


  24. Wow-this is the biggest party I've ever seen!!!!! It will take me weeks to get thru all the posts-but what fun will that be! Have a great weekend and thanks for hosting!

  25. Courtney--I love everything about this table setting--the ruffled tablecloth (oh so perfectly rustic) and the bistro chair and the flowers/candles (the gorgeous luxe) so it truly epitomizes my favorite design dichotomy: Rustic Luxe@@@!!!
    Truly wonderful as always--you are an inspiration@!!!

  26. Hi Courtney, Love, love your burlap ruffled tablecloth. It looks perfect! And, I love Country French magazine, but have not found where to purchase it locally or how to order online. Would love to win these. Could you email me and let me know how I can subscribe. Thanks so much.
    And, thanks for hosting the block party!
    ~ Julie

  27. So gorgeous the burlap ruffles:-)
    Thanks for hosting a great Block Party. Have a wonderful day, hugs Biljana

  28. Courtney that is just beautiful!!! What another great setting to have lunch or dinner around. That must have felt so good to sew outside in the sun. I love doing indoor things like that outside. :)
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  29. Crazy about that tablecloth! I love the combination of the ruffles and the earthy color.

  30. Good job with the burlap ruffles Courtney!
    I'm in love with it, it's so pretty!
    Have a great weekend!
    hugs, Cheryl

  31. Love, Love, Love the tablecloth! You have inspired me to start sewing again. Now if I could only find the time. :)