Happy New Year!!!

Friday, December 31, 2010

It is hard to believe that another year has rolled around.  My family and I agree that this has been the best holiday season ever.  It wasn't about the gifts we received, but rather the special memories we have made together.  I truly believe that this is only the beginning of good things to come.  To all of you who read my blog, from the bottom of my heart, thank you.  Thank you for visiting, leaving comments, and staying in touch.  You all are the best.  Also, thank you to my November and December sponsors!  I really appreciate you.

Happy New Year!

image:  Martha Stewart

Ghost Chair Lovers Take Note

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Living near the High Point Furniture market has its perks.  I found these chairs all listed on craigs, hardly used, and for a deal.  If you are in the area, you might want to check into them.


Happy shopping!

Top Five in 2010 - A Year in Review

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

As the end of the year quickly approaches, it is nice to look back with a sense of accomplishment.  Many days go by and I feel like nothing has been done, paper piles are everywhere, stacks of laundry and ironing are waiting to be tended to.  So yes, it is nice to reflect on what has been finished, but really, is it ever finished?  Here are some of the highlights from a year that has flown by...

1.  Kitchen Reveal  
Made a few changes to the kitchen and of course more updates followed here and here.

2.  Family Room Transformation 
Here is where I shared a no budget approach to transforming our family room.

3.  Fringed Table Runner 
 Ya'll were sweet to say so many nice things about my little piece of burlap.  (yes, the utensils are on the wrong side.  hate me)

As my friend Emily said, "Queen Anne: She's still cool".

5. Staycation
It's kind of nice to see this little haven that we enjoy so in the summer.  It is currently sitting under several inches of snow and not a flower in sight.

So there you have it.  I have several ideas brewing that I can't wait to get started on in the New Year.  Rest assured that as soon as the last ornament hits the attic, I will get back to it.  One of them involves drop cloth slip covers.  Speaking of drop cloth, it's not too late to link your drop cloth projects here.

I am joining Rhoda and Kim for a best of 2010 re-cap.

Steal This Idea

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

I'm loving this idea in the January issue of Southern Living.  Heather Chadduck, style director of Coastal Living, recently gave her bedroom a little makeover.  This desk is made from an old door covered in felt then wrapped in leftover fabric.  Decorative trim was added around the sides and nail heads are the finishing touch.  Find a pair of old saw horses and that's it.  Brilliant!

To read more about this little bedroom makeover go here.

Now I don't know if I would use fabric on a desk unless it was covered in glass, but the idea of trimming the edges with something pretty is totally down my alley.  I am loving a few of the choices from M & J 

I'm picturing a cream or gray door or desk trimmed out with Greek key trim.
I really love the rich look of velvet.

Or what about grosgrain in a fun color?

Top it all off with nail head trim...

A great supplier is D.A.D.S.


Do you have a drop cloth project to share?
  The link will remain open until Friday. 
I have already gotten some new ideas.

Drop Cloth Project Wrap-up and Linky Invitation

Monday, December 27, 2010

Have you made anything using a drop cloth?  I have actually used it to make curtains that you can read about here and here.  Impressive projects continue to pop up and I found a few you might enjoy if you haven't already seen them. 

chevron table runner:  A Thoughtful Place
Courtney actually made this while her kids were napping.  Talk about a woman on a mission ;)

coffee table slip cover:  Faith's Place
The addition of the trim gave this slip cover the perfect finishing touch.

pom-pom fringe curtains:  Savvy Southern Style
I love that Kim added pom-pom fringe to these curtains.  Kim, can you come to my house?
sofa slip cover:  Design Garden
The frilly skirt adds a nice feminine touch to this sofa.

 reupholstered chair:  Restoration House 
This chair looks like a million dollars, and it has my wheels turning for a little project of my own.

Have you used painter's canvas in a recent project?
  Feel free to link it below.
Don't worry if it is an old project, just link it.
The link will remain open until Friday.

It Snowed

Sunday, December 26, 2010

For the first time in over 60 years,
we had a white Christmas here in Greensboro. 

It's a pretty big deal.  

Merry Christmas to You

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas everyone!

Wishing you a holiday season filled with joy and peace.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.
I really appreciate you.

Fun & Festive

Thursday, December 23, 2010

It's Christmas Eve, Eve.  
Take a deep breath. 
You're almost there.
Are you tired of looking at Christmas decor yet?

Joining Layla.

Last Minute Freebies

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The "Christmas Tour" is still going strong.  Thanks to everyone who has participated.  I have truly enjoyed reading each of your posts and have definitely found some new ideas for next year.  Is it too early to think about that?  The link will remain open until midnight Thursday, so if you want to jump in, it's not too late.

Now for the free stuff.  Anything "free" this time of year is always welcome.  In case you want to give your gifts a special touch this year, several nice bloggers have offered links to download labels, etc.

I discovered these beautiful tags on Courtney's blog. To read about how she used them, go here.

The tags are actually from the talented Jones Design Company.  Aren't they fun?  I love that many of them aren't holiday specific and can be used for many occasions.  To download labels, go here.  I have already downloaded mine and love them.

Mrs. Limestone is offering some very special nostalgic gift cards over at The Sweetest Occasion

I am loving this idea from my "twin" Rene.  She photographed birch bark and has used it to literally add natural beauty to everything from candles to gift wrap.  To download your own, go here.

If you know of any more free goodies, please share a link in a comment.  Thanks!

Yesterday my kitchen was one big cloud of flour.  I baked all day and still have a little more to do.  Are your ready for the weekend?  I'm almost ready...

2010 Christmas Tour of Homes

Monday, December 20, 2010

Welcome to the 2010 Christmas Tour of Homes! I'm so glad you stopped by.  I don't know about you, but I am ready to kick back and enjoy the days to come.  Whether or not things are checked off my to-do list, there comes a time when you just have to say, "no more".  Say it with me, no more.  El fine.  No mas.  There, I feel better already.

I have just a few pictures to share, because I'm pretty sure you have had your fill of cottage and vine pictures, and besides, this is your time.  

To Participate:

1. Make sure you post a permalink of your post and not just a link to your main blog page.
2. Your post should contain Christmas & holiday decor.
3. Please add my button to your post or a simple link on your post to my blog will do.
4.  If you don't have a blog, but have photos you would like to share, feel free to do so on facebook.  I would love for everyone to have the chance to participate.

Cottage and Vine 
5. Not required, but please be kind and visit some of the other links.

Let's party!

Prettifying My Winter Entry

Sunday, December 19, 2010

A recent cold snap left my urns on the front porch looking like this - not exactly the warm welcome I was looking for.  I really wanted something a little nicer looking both for the holidays and the days following, but didn't want to invest in plants at the moment. Here is a solution that has worked in the past and will work for you if you have an assortment of plant materials in your yard.

The soil was literally frozen the day that I did this so I used a dowel to make holes for the greenery.

Visually, three textures mixed together make a nice arrangement.   So I started with Leland Cypress branches.  I cut them in lengths of about 15" and used around 5 per pot.  A trick, odd numbers work better in arrangements.

The next layer consists of branches from our Christmas tree.  I tucked them in around the bottom of the cypress.  Now all of the ugly stuff in the pot is covered.

Next, I used Nandina sprigs to give the arrangement a smooth, waxy texture.

Finally for a splash of color, I used Nandina berries and a sprig from another Nandina that happens to have red foilage.  The birds beat me to the berries or I would have used 3 clusters per pot instead of one. 
I'm so happy with they way the reds all work together.

Just a little reminder about the 2010 Christmas Tour of Homes that begins tomorrow.
Cottage and Vine


Friday, December 17, 2010

The last stocking was made and hung yesterday.  I'm pretty sure that I reinvented the wheel when I made them, but am very pleased with how they turned out.  By the forth stocking, I had it all figured out and went on to make a few for the Etsy shop (now that we are looking beyond the season and are ready to place our orders for the spring vegetable garden). 

Stop by Monday for the Holiday Tour of Homes if you get a chance.

Cottage and Vine

Have a great weekend!