Thursday, February 19, 2015

Danielle's winter bridal shower, a One Event/One Design album

My baby girl Danielle was married February 15, 2013...and yes, I am just now getting to the albums!
Nellie's Cottage and our clinic have been in renovating mode for ages preventing me from much scrapping time, but
things have slowed down a bit and my first priority is to get her wedding albums done! One down, the bridal shower ...bridals, engagement, wedding, reception, and after wedding photo shoot still to go!

My One Event/ One Design album style serves me well with these mega events. I chose a soft grey embossed Bazzill cardstock for the background, cut the intricate snowflake border with the Fiskars border system. These snowflakes were cut and embossed in one step with my Fiskars Fuse machine. They adorned our living room on the windows of our 8 french door for the wedding reception, and are now being added to the wedding albums! Grey pearls added a final feminine touch to this beautiful winter creation.













Danielle chose such beautiful colors for a perfect winter wedding! On to the rest of the wedding albums...

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Valentine winner!

I asked ladies on my Facebook page to tell me what they love about Nellie's Cottage to win a free night for a future retreat.
It is always fun to hear positive feedback! 

Our mission at the cottage is to be charming, cozy and dripping with southern charm...the best of what home should be! 
A place to retreat.relax.renew

Our winner Jen, penned a heartfelt paragraph:

"When I am at the cottage I feel like I am home. The owners and her family make me feel welcome and are always cheerful and gracious.
The atmosphere is calming and peaceful. I love the "welcome home" feeling of the quilts and retro decorations. My grandmother lived in Vidor so I feel as if I am close to her which brings back childhood memories of spending time with her - Granny Crockett  - miss you!
The homemade food is like soul food making me feel warm inside which further contributes to a weekend of relaxation and fun. My time at the cottage is always too short but I always leave feeling happy and fulfilled.
Thank you for all you do in making your guests feel welcome and opening up your cottages for friends to meet and have fun!"
                                                                                                             Jennifer Underwood


Another couple of sweet comments from the contest...

"My favorite thing is the details. You are a warm and cozy decorator. Nellie's is like comfort food...and fuzzy socks and old friends."                               
                                                                                                            Susan Guidry

"Nellie's Cottage makes me smile with joyful memories-from showers and the times we filled the cottage with love, laughter, and such fun at our girl's retreats!"
                                                                                                                     
                                                                                                            Susan Beard


*See more of our guest comments...
http://nelliescottageretreat.blogspot.com/p/guest-comments.html


*Read our Facebook reviews!
https://www.facebook.com/NelliesCottage/reviews

*Like Nellie's Cottage on Facebook! 
We do a scrapbook giveaway every weekend!
https://www.facebook.com/NelliesCottage

*I am now doing a scrapbook giveaway on Instagram every weekend too!
http://instagram.com/nelliescottageretreat/

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Celebrating love stories for Valentines!

I wanted to share and celebrate some of the great love stories in my family this week beginning with Nellie & Albert. 



Some love stories spanned 66 years, some are brand new "in progress", and some have learned a few things but still have room for improvement in matrimonial bliss:) 
I fall in the last category!

I chose Instagram for my story telling....visit, be inspired, and celebrate love! Look for the pictures of couples:)

www.instagram.com/nelliescottageretreat

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Celebrating 5 years...the Wonderland event!

The snowflakes were hung...


the cookies were baked...
Michael made snickerdoodles, & chocolate chip cookies


the hot chocolate was extra chocolatey...
Mari is my fabulous go-to girl! I told her to double the chocolate!

the chairs had covers and bows...

the beds were all made...
(featuring 2 of the rooms at Flossy's)

The Savannah Charlotte

The Brittany Danielle

 Nellie's upstairs loft...


Some of Nellie's things were on display...


AND.... after a whirlwind week of flower boxes, landscaping, and baking we were ready to open the doors for our Wonderland of Memories! 

Family and friends came through the doors with big smiles and congratulations.












My Mom and Stepdad Earl were the most important guests:)
Mom (Martha) is Nellie's & Albert's 4th child and youngest daughter.



We had door prizes...4 aprons, 4 cookbooks, 2 cookie mixes, 2 massage certificates from Farah, and 2 $20 certificates to Comtex wireless from Misty.




My grand prize was donated by my friend and cousin, Cathy, who owns Cathy Cook jewelry. It was a pandora charm reminiscent of the cottage:) Hazel Hall (on the right-pic below) won the charm. She was part of the very first retreat group at Nellie's Cottage in 2010! 




I was bit emotional all day thinking about the journey to become Nellie's Cottage.
Just a glance at the picture of the house as it was sent my heart racing and I could feel the ache of those long hours of physical labor in my bones:)

This is where we began....2009, I bought the property 20 years after my grandparents were gone. The house was in sad shape...but I could see it as it could be and so the demolition began...which is a whole other story!



And...after 9 long months here was the first look at a newly renovated Nellie's Cottage!





Last year, 2014 we completed my new room Kimberly's and the renovation of  the cottage next door, Flossy's (Nellie's sister's home)

Flossy's cottage sleeps 16

Kimberly's is our new large project room

Whew...I am tired just looking at these pictures! It has been a privilege bringing Nellie's home back to life. One of the things I said on my blog in the beginning was that I am a lucky girl..and so I am!