Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Vintage family picture table project!


One of my very favorite "family history" projects of all time is this vintage picture table! Pictures, especially vintage pictures that evoke tender feelings of family long gone are meant to be displayed! When my sister found a 1970's round table at a garage sale for just $35...I knew just what to do! Nellie's oldest daughter, my Aunt Helen, an avid supporter of the cottage renovation, had a treasure trove of old family pictures beginning back in the late 1930's when Nellie's & Albert bought the family property. I scanned in the original photos and printed these just as they were...no editing the colors! My son Aaron & wife Janene had the creative job of arranging the photos with Nellie & Albert being in the center. After mom (aka me) approved and tweaked a few, the photos were then adhered to the table with regular photo adhesive. 
I had a round glass top cut (fairly expensive at $85) to finish the project. To make the chairs more "cottage-y" these skirts were constructed and added to the chairs with a staple gun. 



This poor table has been moved back and forth through that doorway more times than I can count...and trust me, it is not an easy feat, especially with that glass top! 

Oh the treats that have graced this table top from showers, parties, and retreats! Round tables are the bomb...I highly recommend one:)






This table has never ceased to delight me with fond memories of those I love. Just tonight our 2 year old granddaughter Madeline asked over and over "whose that?" What a sweet moment to answer her questions. 


Of course Madeline doesn't yet understand who these people are, but someday I hope to help her understand the wonderful heritage she has beginning with Nellie & Albert...my grandparents who inspired a retreat venue created from their home...Nellie's Cottage!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

My Valentine door

I love front doors, the way you wonder what is inside, the message they unknowingly give about the people inside, and the pomp and circumstance of a holiday theme. I am having a dinner party for Valentines...
which calls for a "spruce up" of my front door surround. Honestly if I didn't have events occasionally I wonder if these "not necessary but fun decorative" projects would ever get done! In keeping with my mission of cleaning out and consolidating my craft & decorative hoard...I found a new use for a forgotten wreath from the 90's languishing in the attic:) A few styrofoam hearts wrapped with ribbon, and some glittery heart picks added just enough love to qualify for a Valentine's wreath. 






In addition to a wreath, adding silk ferns to my tall pedestal planters adds a touch of homeyness to my very long front porch. Silk plants help to keep mosquitos, and other un-welcome creatures away from the front door. They also survive without watering, and never leave dirt residue from plant watering by the door...total win for a front porch. Large thick plant foam was cut to "fit" and then I added pea gravel on top to hopefully hold the plant in windy weather. Bugs don't like rock:)





A few bright petunias went in the landscaping just around the front stairs for color. I am ready for my dinner party!



Come on in and let the dinner party begin!
https://nelliescottageretreat.blogspot.com/2016/02/valentine-dinner-party.html


You may like my blue door & shutters post:)
http://nelliescottageretreat.blogspot.com/2012/10/a-little-bit-of-new-orleans.html

How do I Love Thee?

How do I love thee?
What a thought provoking phrase from a famous poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
In our often frantic daily life do we ever answer this question for those we love? I determined to do just that for Michael on Valentines Day in 2012. Simple and thoughtful gifts from the heart can manifest tender feelings just as well or even better than any expensive gift!

I created this framed scrapbook art as the beginning of my simple Valentine plan this year (this was more for my Valentine display than something hubby would like...haha)

Bazzill pink cardstock, red numbers overlay, layered frames- Storybook cartridge,
fancy corners- Cindy Loo cartridge,
off kilter words to mimic handwriting- printed and cut out by hand,
stamped & embossed hearts



Valentine plan for the hubby...
1. Place this framed art on his dressing table.
2. Write answers to this question on heart shaped post it notes.
3. Put the notes all over the mirror in the shape of a big heart.



4. Wear my favorite ruby red red lipstick.



5. Place chocolate covered strawberries and truffles by the frame. (I bought them from kids going to church camp!)
6. Meet for dinner at a local family owned Italian restaurant for our favorite tortellini al forno.
7. Buy a DVD of Nottinghill...a favorite romantic movie 
    (he actually wanted to watch this the other night!)
8. Wear a red dress.. because that is what I wore on our first date!
9. Really believe he loves me with all his heart.
10. Love him with all of my heart everyday....forever and ever

Happy Valentines to all.....
Let your special someone know HOW you love them!


A young lady has a lovely rendition of this poem on youtube...enjoy!
http://youtu.be/B8xByF8RTZE

Enjoy this Valentine post about "Just us" 
Valentine's Day is for anyone!
https://nelliescottageretreat.blogspot.com/2011/02/just-us.html