Wednesday, June 29, 2011


A petite iron chair
inspired me this morning...

Covered in chippy old paint
swirls and curls & loads of shabby details

It is one of my favorites
and it makes for a perfect spot for a little vase of flowers
picked fresh from the garden

I love pretty pink hydrangeas & gorgeous cottage roses.
Together they create a charming Summer bouquet
and are such a perfect pairing with vintage milk glass.

Love them with the shabby chair....
so simple and beautiful.

It's a bit chilly and rainy here this morning
so I am tinkering with my new camera and starting on a new project inside. :)

I also wanted tell you about a fantastic sweepstakes going on on Facebook
Remember the backyard makeover I did with Kmart?
Well there's a sweepstakes involving 3 weeks of $250 giveaways and
a grand prize of a $4000 backyard makeover
Yes, that's THOUSANDS- for 1 lucky winner.
Included in that Grand Prize is outdoor living makeover
design advice from me to help the winner do their makeover on their yard.
OMGosh... So excited!!
All courtesy of- you guessed it

Giveaway closed.

Happy Tuesday Everyone!

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Sunday, June 26, 2011


Ruffles and ruffles and ruffles and MORE ruffles..

I started out feeling energetic
and excited to get this one crossed off my to-do list.

I grabbed a cup of green tea and put on my Ipod outside...
(there's nothing like a little Puccini to (attempt) to sing along to
while working away on a project.)

I was good and in a 'whistle while you work' zone
while working on finishing up my ruffled burlap tablecloth
to share with you.

I love the look of burlap.
The nubby texture...
the rustic and natural feeling...

But not so much loving working with it.
My fingers are in dire need of a manicure at this point.
and oh how my sinuses and itching eyes are aggravated
with me and my crazy crazy project...
this table is 9' long...
 that's a lot of burlap!

Is it okay to just say that I am not too unhappy that
I ran out of burlap to finish the last few bottom ruffles at this point?
That means I can take a little break!

This is a bit of a project-
especially for someone who is not talented at sewing.
But I have to say...

Even with all the sniffling and sneezing and itching
and fuzzies I am covered in...


The burlap is so rustic and charming and the ruffles add
just the right amount of shabby sweetness and give it a bit of an elegant feel.

Loving  all it's ruffly glory!
and already thinking of making another...
but this time out of soft, non-itchy drop cloth canvas.

Happy Weekend Everyone!

Whoo whoo!!

My tablecloth was featured in the January 2012 issue of Romantic Homes Magazine
It is so honored

For those of you who have asked- the bistro chairs are from Kmart
They were part of the outdoor living makeover I did with them :)
 The links are on my sidebar

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!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


I can almost hear the waves crashing against the shore
taste the the salty sea air
and feel the warm sand between my toes.

I love the ocean.
The sand, the sea,
pretty shells & starfish,
the fresh air and warm sun...
Love it.

I put together a quick
Sea Cottage table after being inspired by charming
fishing net I found at Dollar Tree

I draped the table in burlap & added the fishing net.
I used 2 pieces of it to cover the 9' long table.

When I first found it,
I envisioned it atop a table covered in seashells and starfish
but you can use it in so many places.

Love these beach inspired dishes
(JC Penney)

& these charming little green glass bottles

that just might have had a
note tucked safely inside when they washed ashore long ago.

A little seaside cottage charm for a Summer table.

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Painted French chairs
with little pale slipcovers ...


These carved French chairs are not old...
but they have the look I wanted
for my dining space.

I love their chippy finish and neutral colors.

White distressed painted wood,
carved floral details on their backs, apron and legs, petite scale
& upholstered in nubby linen fabric.
They came looking like they were already
wonderful shabby antiques.

They are perfect for a french cottage inspired dining room.

But they didn't come with those flirty little slips we all love
so I decided to try and make some myself.

Let me just start by saying ... I am not a seamstress.
I have made simple pleated slip covers for straight lined seats before and
laid one of those atop this chair for a few previous pictures

But these slips were a bit of a challenge to make.
A semi-fitted seat... ruffles...
I decided on a simple flirty skirt rather than ruffly ~ruffly~ ruffly.
I laid the drop cloth over the seats and
cut it following the seat edges.

I then cut about 6 inches of drop cloth in a long strip and pinned it to the seat piece~
creating a bit of a gather here and there as I went.
I sewed them together and finished the edges of the fabric.
After adding a couple of ties and a little ruffle for the back
I called it good.

Though not perfect
they came out darling and are so sweet on these chairs.
I am loving them.

Now just need to finish the rest of them

Sunday, June 19, 2011


I have been a bit absent this past week from blogland.
I haven't forgotten all of my blogging friends

I have been breathing in the fresh sea air
relaxing in the warm California sun
digging my toes in the sand
'finding myself'
at the ocean.

We snuck in a refreshing little vacation at one of my favorite beach
spots here in Northern California
We are lucky to live close enough to visit
Santa Cruz often.

It is so absolutely beautiful.
I love the beach against the gorgeous mountain backdrop.

Our family, and my sister Taylor all packed up and
headed to the beach for a bit of R&R

We stayed at our favorite hotel in the area~
An old historical resort on acres and acres of Santa Cruz mountain property.
They have hiking trails weaving through the old growth redwoods and eucalyptus trees
and wonderfully sized rooms with private patios.

Love this old abandoned house.
The first time I came to the resort and saw it, I wanted to buy it,
fix it up and move right on in!

It sits among the wilderness and trails that meander through the property.
Going for walks on the trails and breathing in the fresh ocean air
is fantastic.

There is something so refreshing about the misty mornings by the sea.

Ryan with Bella outside Starbucks

We also went down to Monterey one morning.

Cool and a bit fogged in, but so beautiful as always.

The beach is one of my absolute favorite places to go
Sitting at the edge of the ocean
looking out at the water,
listening to the waves
and breathing the fresh air
is absolutely incredible.

Can't wait to head back again soon!


The Block party is starting!!
Whoo whoo!!
A week long blog party at 12 different blogs!!
Every time you join the party and link up
no matter who's blog the party is at where you join~
your link shows up at the other parties.
It's like a traveling blog party so to speak-
The code is placed on each of our parties so every link will be shared
at everyones party!
Debbie and Vanessa get the party started tonight
Summer paint projects at Debbies and Summer activities for kids at Vanessa's
My party will be up on Thursday as usual but is themed for
Shabby Cottage Summer
See you there!!