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Monday, December 21, 2009

Wishing all of our friends who love the cottage style a warm and wonderful Holiday!

Look for lots of new changes to our blog after the first of the year too!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Christmas cookie party!

In the world of blogging we can't actually exchange real cookies, but we can exchange recipes!
So lets have some fun sharing our favorite recipes!
The rules are easy!
1. Copy our banner above and place on your blog with a link back to this blog*
2. add your blog link to Mr. Linky below*
3. Post your fave recipe on your blog!

*links added that are not participating will be removed..thanks:)

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Christmas images to share

We at Etsy Cottage Style ning love to share! Here are some Vintage Holiday images for all our blogging friends out there. Make a few gift tags, create some beautiful art and enjoy!

Click on then pics for full size then save them to you PC

Friday, November 6, 2009

NCCS Charity Event

****Starts November 15th*****

Still time to get involved! Purchase this banner for only $5 to show you are involved! Just click on the banner above to not only purchase, but to find out about this wonderfulf Charity event that starts November 15th! If you would also like to donate an item to be auctioned off, contact ECS member Jewel thru the link above also

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

A helping hand...

The "Love and Hope" Altered Book to benefit the National Children Cancer Society will be auctioned off on Ebay, from the 15th to the 22nd of November .

Each page of this Pass Around Book was lovingly created by some of our talented members and this event it's been organized by Jewel at Shabbyboutique.com.
If you are interested on this opportunity to help little ones affected by Cancer, you can read all the details by visiting Jewel's page.
If you would like to promote this event, by displaying a banner on your own page, you can purchase one for only $5.00 HERE. (All the proceeds go to the NCCS)

When the world says, "Give up,"
Hope whispers, "Try it one more time."
~Author Unknown~

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Scary talent...

When witches go riding,

and black cats are seen,

the moon laughs and whispers,

‘tis near Halloween.
~Author Unknown

What medium are you using to capture the spirit of the Season?...
It's scary how much talent there is out there!


"Color Merge" by Bernie Wagnitz
"Black Cat" by Bewitched Magic
"Harvest Moon" by Linda Donnelly
"Boo Paper Garland" by Lulu

Share, Inspire and Be Inspired!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Missing in action....

I've written before about how life gets crazy sometimes so I'm not even going there!

But I would really like to thank everyone that wrote me about my absence and tell you guys that everything is OK, just a little busier than normal.

I got an email this morning about a new swap at the Etsy Cottage Style Ning Group...a Christmas swap!...Don't miss it!!

Also, one of our Members, Jewel from Shabby Boutique is trying to raise funds for the National Children Cancer Society and because of her love for art and books, she is organizing a Pass Around Altered Book Project.
The theme, inspired on Jewel's and her Son Cody's touching story, is "Love and Hope for our little angels".

Her vision is one of 2 beautiful books. Each one with pages made by our talented members and artists. Once finished, the books will be offered for auction and all the proceeds donated to NCCS.
If you would like to donate your time and talent to this noble cause, please contact Jewel at
Shabby Boutique.

I can't promise when my next post will be, but I can promise that I'll do my best to be back very, very soon!

Until then, stay healthy and inspired!

"Just living is not enough. One must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower"
~Hans Christian Anderson~

Monday, September 14, 2009

Late "Show off Monday"...

I'm sorry I'm late today!
We had a very late night... we attended our Nephew's wedding and when we came back home I couldn't even think about blogging...

As I took some photographs before the ceremony started, I realized I had 2 art pieces that I really wanted to "brag" about....

I've been "working" on them for a long time..
...18 years to be more precise...

...but I haven't done it alone. My Husband has worked as much as I did!....

and I can't forget all the rest of the family...they have certainly made an impression on them!...

These are my two art pieces...
My two kids: Mathias and Camila
and I don't only love them because they are mine, I also like them because they are fun, caring, smart, responsible, talented people.

To see them last night so grown up, in that gorgeous wedding setting, made me think that I'm not melancholic for the years gone...I'm excited for the future and all good things to come!

If you would like to "brag" about something today to help you start the week with a "great accomplishment" feeling, just leave me a comment so I can add your link!

Our Wonderful braggers today are:

Rita from Mammabellarte
Chris from Curby's Closet

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A picture is worth...

you know the rest...

Blogging has made me fall in love with photography...

The colors...

...the details....

...the textures...

...the memories they evoke...

...and the sweetness in some of them...

inspire me and make me wish I had a better camera and a better eye.

If you love photography as much as I do, there is a weekly meme you don't want to miss:
"Shadow Shot Sunday". Tracey, the hostess, has some VERY talented photographers participating... (some professionals, some amateurs, but all wonderful)
They are from all over the world so every Sunday I get to enjoy beautiful shots and take a trip...another one of my passions!

Check out Hey Harriet! this coming Sunday...I promise you will love it!

Photo credits:

"Mini Notebooks" by Brandi
"Bouquet" by Tami
"A Babe" by A vintage bride
"Studio" by Kimberly Baxter Packwwod
"Tag Rose Petals" by Anne
"Dans Tes Reves" by Sam

"Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art"
~Ambrose Bierce~

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Show Off Monday...

I'm not very good at "sticking".

I usually start something, enjoy it for a while and then move on.

That's exactly what I did with my Etsy shop...Opened, sold a couple of things...got bored...didn't sell enough...didn't list again.
But for some reason I'm learning to be patient...did I hear age?...NEVER!!!!

Anyway, going back:

I decided this time to stick with it so I went back to the work table...(no studio here, just a little table, in the family room, next to the TV because I need the noise)
and had fun with some pieces.
Took pictures, (aren't the Etsy pictures just the best?)
Change the look of the store,
and sold some pieces!...(not a lot, but many more that I had imagined)

Today I'm not "bragging" about selling, I'm just "bragging" about being able (for the first time in a long, long time) to go back to something I abandoned before and giving it another chance.

Could this this be a sign of maturity??? No, not age...maturity I said!!!

If you have time this Labor Day and would like to "brag" about something or someone in your life or you would like to "show off" and share what you been up to...don't forget to leave me a message with your link and add you...(Mr. Linky is acting u today!)


Karen Canno at: Jackson Square
Deb at Dragonfly Treasure
Melody at Brown Gingham Creations
Rita at Mamabellarte

Thursday, September 3, 2009


and forever Marie!

Oui, Oui!...
Marie continues to be an inspiration force to our Members...

Check these beauties out!

Pearls, pinks, lace...

Crowns, bling....

and tons of shoes...
Marie has it all!...
But most of all, she has a decant style, good enough to eat!!

If you would like to read some facts about the life of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, you can find some here.

Vive Marie!!

Photography Credits:
"Marie Inspiration" by Christine Rose
"Marie Inspired Cuff" by Becky Swartzlander
"Marie shrine" by Gail Schmidt
"PorLaDauphine" by Sonia
"Marie Antoinette Faux Cake" by Lulu Kellogg

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

I can't take the mystery...!!!!

I'm just wondering...
Who are the "Secret Admirers" in Etsy???
You know, people that admire your Etsy store or one of your items but they show up as "Secret Admirer"....

I just can't take the mystery...

Don't get me wrong, I'm flattered by any kind of "Admirer", but I just want to know: why are they secret???

I just would like to know my "Secret Admirers" so I can admire them back...that's all...pure admiration!!

Photograph: Google Images

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Show Off Monday #2

I was having trouble finding something to brag about today, until Saturday came along....

Right there, on the soccer field, on what it felt like 350 degrees...I saw my Husband of 19 years coaching his soccer team, just like I've seen him do it every week end for the last 12 years...

To say that soccer is his passion, is an understatement...

When I see him with the team, before or after a game, I can see him glow.

I know that the kids and Parents love him not only because they always have winning seasons....they love him because he believes in positive coaching and team spirit...they admire him because
he knows how to bring out the best in each one of those teenage girls!

and that's why I'm "bragging" about my husband the Coach today...because after a stressful week at his "real" job, he has the power of letting everything go and show his team that positive attitude and team work always pays off...

Yes, I did it!! I picked a great guy to share my life with and I'm proudly bragging about it!
I love him and I'm so proud and thankful for all he does for our family!
He is the kind of guy I wish my son will grow up to be, and the kind of man my daughter will hopefully bring home some day.

If you have been inspired to "brag" about something in your life...accomplishments, new creations, a new souffle recipe that never fails or finally finishing a project...
include your link in the Mr. Linky gadget below, we would love to give you an extra pat on the back!


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Mom...you are weird!!!

That's what my kids always say about me. Why?
Well, because....

I don't text...
If we are close enough for you to have my phone #, we are close enough to talk to each other on the phone.

I don't like shopping, unless is for shoes....
No need to undress, they always fit and I don't have to worry if it makes my butt big!

I like vintage furniture...
Too many reasons to list why...

I don't like spas...
Just doesn't sound appealing to me...Give me some glitter, some paper and vintage findings and I'm a happy, relaxed clam!!

When I really think about the things that make me weird on my teenagers' eyes, I feel pretty good...It could be sooo much worse!! Don't you think?

My Parents didn't know about spas, or shopping at the mall, they liked new furniture and texting...well, let's not even go there!!!...and somehow for a long time I also thought they were weird!!!

"There was no respect for youth when I was young, and now that I am old, there is no respect for age! I missed it coming and going"
~J.B. Priestly~

PS: Please feel free to use the images on this post on your own artwork.