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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Cottage inspiration.

Chippy paint, soft blues, warm yellows and romantic pinks...

Rich patina, rusty metals, old furniture that proudly shows its age...

and fresh cut flowers... All the necessary ingredients for a welcoming cottage room....

You might be surprised to know that the style that we love so much has been dated back to the 18th century. Back then, the less privileged used paint to add cheer to their dark and dull cottages.

They painted their furniture to disguise inexpensive woods and give their old, tired pieces a new life...sounds familiar?...some things never change!
Accomplished Europeans gardeners used their cottage gardens as color inspiration, and just like we do today, they brought the outdoors, in!

As you can see, during hard times, creativity kicks in. Family treasures become even more important and handmade gifts that we make or receive, priceless. So, my Dear, no excuses allowed!. This week end visit your garage, your barn or your studio and create something pretty. Re-use, recycle or re-paint something that you already have, something that will bring a smile to your face or someone else's... if you dare to give it away, that is!

This post was inspired on Suzanne MacCrone's beautiful photographs. You might know her as Suzanne, Italian girl in Georgia. She is a member of our group, a talented artist that can also be visited at her inspiring blog or at her Etsy shop: http://italianGirlinGeorgia.etsy.com.

Stop by and say Hello, Suzanne's work will fill you up!...I promise.

All photographs belong to Suzanne Crone and they have been used with Suzanne's permission.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

My BEST-EVER Giveaway

I am having an extroidinary giveaway for one of my custom baby quilts on my blog ~ http://www.quiltsgaloreandmore.blogspot.com/. Come on over and enter for your chance to win this amazing baby quilt! Also, please visit my Gallery of Baby Quilts where quilts are just ready for you to purchase!

Hope to see you there!

Friday, February 6, 2009

Super Offer At The Digital Rose!

From today onto February 12, to join the celebration of Etsy Cottage Style 1st Birthday, The Digital Rose is making a special offer! Anyone who makes a purchase, member of ECS or not, will receive a gift certificate equal to the amount of your purchase!!!!!
Terms of the sale:
- When you make a purchase, you can add on the "message to seller" section which item/s you want for free - example: if you spend 10$, you have a 10$ gift certificate, that you can redeem in as many sheets as you choose.
- Gifts are redeemable until February 15, in case you don't want to spend your certificate immediately.
- DO NOT PURCHASE THE FREE ITEMS PLEASE! Just send the note on the message to seller section or convo me with your choices and I will send you the download links, just as happens with your regular purchase.

Here is an example of one of our latest listings: