Thursday, May 21, 2015

Make your own sunshine!

You know those days that are less than sunny, when everything is annoying at best and unbearable at worst? This is the product of a few of those days. I began soothing the "storm" by glittering everything I could find:) As I glittered I came across these chipboard and wooden scalloped circles in my stash. An idea was born! One canvas, chalk paint, ribbon, a cricut session, and a whole lot of glitter later this is my stormy day reminder to be my own sunshine. My craft room decor is colorful and whimsical which is perfect for this piece of gloomy day banishing art work!

I began with blue chalk paint on a 16x20 canvas. Next 3 different colors of blue ink were layered with my favorite flourish stamp.

Wooden & chipboard circles were covered with wash tape.

Wooden scalloped circles from a FabScraps kit were covered in sunshine colored glitter.

These fun orange circles were covered in orange ink, then topped with crystal lacquer giving them a wet look finish.

 The largest circle became the anchor for laying out the ribbon in "rays" around 3 sides of the circle.

If I was doing this again, I would use hot glue for instant dry time. It was hard to wait for the tacky glue to dry so the project could be completed!

A piece of copper cardstock became the center and base of the sun.

The most fun part of this project was creating the sun with the glitter, washi tape and lacquer circles:) I laid them out, took a picture, and then was able to put the sun back together fairly close to the preview, glueing each piece as it was placed. Again I would use a glue gun instead of tacky adhesive for an instant bond.

The ribbon was originally glued on the back, however it wasn't tight enough to the canvas so I peeled it off the back and stapled each piece...must better option!

Pinterest was searched for a sunshine quote that spoke to my heart...this was the winner! Thanks to my circuit design space I was able to cut all of these words at once. Lay the words out before adhering...always a good idea! The letters and words were run through my Xyron adhesive machine, adhered to the canvas and then covered with artist matte medium, which is better than mod-podge.

Monday, May 18, 2015

What you say on Facebook

It is always a bit nerve-wracking when you know people can publicly write their opinion of you, your business, and anything else they want to comment on! This social media world is not for sissies:)
I am happy to report that Nellie's Cottage has great reviews and comments. Ladies, you love this place! Thank you for your lovely comments and reviews....I can breathe now...:)

Take a sec and check out what the ladies say on Facebook about Nellie's Cottage...and while you are there like my page and maybe even write a review!

L to R: Cottage apartment (sleeping & project space for 2)
Nellie's Cottage (sleeping & project space for 8)
Kimberly's (behind cottage-project & event room)
Flossy's (sleeping cottage for 16)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The slumber party agenda

Annabelle who is 4 1/2 decided that she was going to have a slumber party with me at my house! When Annabelle decides anything we follow suit:) She showed up promptly at 5 pm, scrubbed clean in her jammies with her bag packed, a bowl of popcorn, and a smile as big as Texas. Her excitement was so powerful it filled my house! She had an agenda, a whole list of fun things that we were going to do!

Annabelle's list of fun thing to do at our slumber party:

1. Do a craft with glitter (glitter non-negotiable)

Soda bottle, double sided tape, glitter...easy!
2. Pillow fight... I must admit I was dreading this a bit, thinking it would last forever. It actually lasted less than 5 minutes. We had fun running around, hiding around corners, bracing for pillow hits. I have a renewed love of pillow fights:)

3. Watch Strawberry Shortcake and eat popcorn. Yes, I really did watch the movie:)

4. Paint fingernails 3 coats of pink because after the first 2 coats, she found a pink she liked better:-}

5. Play house with babies. "I packed 2 babies, 2 blankets, 2 bottles, and 2 burp cloths" We fed our babies, burped them, sang to them and them put them to bed.

6. Read books. I have a "Grammie's library" which is really just a shelf in an upstairs guest bedroom.
Annabelle officially checks out books, and I officially write her name in these books which belonged to my children:)
This was a night to remember. We so often think our children and grandchildren will take up all of our time. Each activity I did with Annabelle only took a few minutes. This 2 hours was the highlight of my week, I fulfilled a precious little girl's slumber party wish, what more should I be doing with my time? The cute quote of the night..."Grammie, I have been thinking about adventures and I think that this sleep over is an adventure!"
Time is what they want....5 minutes of glitter crafting, 5 minutes of pillow fight, 5 minutes to paint nails, 45 minutes to cuddle and watch a movie, 5 minutes to play house, 15 minutes to read books, 30 minutes to sing my angel to sleep....time well spent.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Just add legs...a scrapbook furniture re-do

In keeping with my rule to never turn down free furniture...I also rarely get rid of any furniture and only after I am sure there is nothing I can do to remake and re-purpose said furniture. This is one of those pieces. Built by my favorite uncle and given to me as a wedding gift in 1982, this chest was originally stained 80's colonial brown. It has held everything from blankets to paint ball guns! My daughter in law Janene painted it black with distressed edges in 2011 which was a major update! 

True to my ever decorating form... I saw a new vision for this piece when I began pulling together my scrapbook space which is in my bedroom. First, I wanted the chest raised for easier access. Rummaging around in my scrap wood pile yielded these spindles taken out of a previous house entry way...remember the 70's half wall/spindle thing? Michael cut them in half for the perfect height, for me that is:)

Metallic antique gold paint was the perfect color for my decor. I wanted the piece to blend in rather than be a focal point. It took 3 coats to cover the black. I should have sanded between the coats, but being impatient to be done I declined. Caution: this leads to less than a smooth surface!

Feeling a bit fancy I added pearl flourishes on the corners, straight from the scrapbook isle at Hobby Lobby! A coat of modpodge went over them after they fell off a few times.

I am pleased with the result. It blends into the curtain backdrop perfectly. The "new" piece houses scrapbook kits and albums in the making. It also serves as a cricut station.

These french doors are never used which adds another "wall' for my scrapbook space.
I am in love with neutral metallics of any description, my bedrooom/scrapbook space is chocolate brown, grey metallic, gold metallic, cream & taupe....a fabulous combination, calm and classy!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Washi craft cart

I am always on the lookout for new and better storage for my ever growing scrapbooking stash! This Martha Stewart craft cart was perfect for my latest organizational idea.


I needed shallow drawers for multiple seasonal and current projects. For example...right now 1 drawer has my birthday album project including all supplies, 1 drawer has everything for my spring album, 1 drawer has my latest creative conquest-glitter vinyl:) The top drawer has special things like my crystal and peal buttons, printed tickets, and cute striped paper bags

My father-in-law Doug from England was here visiting when the cart arrived. He volunteered to put it together...I accepted:) The jury is still out on the "helpfulness of Scarlett!

The cart came in white, however being an embellishment addict, my mind began to spin with ideas to decorate the top. Washi tape was the perfect option. I choose colors to compliment my scrapbook space (my bedroom) and simply ran the tape in a random pattern across the top. After completing the washi rows I then trimmed the edges with small scissors.

Tim Holtz printed tissue paper was perfect for tearing and layering on top of the wash tape. I ran the torn pieces through my 5" xyron.

I then added some left over punched borders, a circuit cut flourish, "film" by Tim Holtz, and velum sayings by Anna Griffin. The final touch was pearl flourishes on 2 edges. The whole top was then sealed with a coat of mod-podge.

The final creation!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Working on the food line

I have had many, many jobs none of which included working at a restaurant until this week. I am not sure that working without a paycheck qualifies as job:) Our oldest son Keith became a restauranteur in Utah this week. The decor is modern with a Luchador theme... a cool and quirky new franchise.

I love the stamped cement counter tops, turquoise trim on the booth seats, wood walls, and silly hats...sorry son they are silly!

Michael, me, and son Aaron
This is one of those occasions when I shake my head at the funny twists and turns of life. Who could have predicted this? Although Keith did occasionally make pancakes in the senior parking lot at high school with best friend Brian:)
Sweeto Burrito is basically gourmet goodness wrapped in a tortilla, not Tex Mex!
Check out his menu...
When the doors opened on a Monday morning the lines never stopped for 11 1/2 hours. We only worked a few of the hours each day killing steak, cleaning tables, organizing the kitchen, re-stocking straws and plastic forks, getting orders together...hard work! I have a new respect for restaurant workers

Dad and brother Aaron ordering a meal from the owner Keith, son and brother.
History in the making:)

If you are ever in Orem,Utah head on over the the restaurant, be sure and
tell Keith that the momma and Nellie's Cottage sent you by:)

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