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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Easter Tutorial

The good weather this morning has me totally energized, so I'm starting the week with a tutorial!
Easter is almost here and this year more than ever, many of us are looking for inexpensive ways to decorate our nests. I think that these cute place cards are just the perfect way to add a little color to our Easter table without breaking the bank...

This is what I used for each place card:
. 1 egg
. 1 unfinished wood napkin ring (Michael's $0.69
. Letter sticker
. glue
. acrylic paint
. needle

I started by painting my egg and my napkin ring using the acrylic paint. I then, left them to dry.

Once dried, I made a hole on the top of the egg using the needle. Carefully, enlarge the hole approx. to the size of a dime...

Empty the egg yolk and the whites on a bowl. I'm sure there is plenty to do with them...
I'm not a baker, but if you have an easy recipe to send me, I'll try it and I'll post it for everyone to do the same!!

Carefully rinse the egg and let it dry again, bottom up this time.
Once done, I applied a sticker with the initial of one of my guests...this one is C, for my sister Clara...(You can also paint it). Apply a coat of Modge Podge all over the egg and let it dry again. (the decoupage medium will harden the egg and make it less fragile)

Apply a generous amount of white glue to the edge of your painted napkin ring and carefully place your egg on it...From this point on, make sure you handle your place card from the napkin ring to prevent it from breaking...

A little bit of water and a few small flowers and my place cards are ready!

Just a little happy spring on my Easter table for less than $1.00 each...thrifty decorating: my kind of decorating!

Before I go, I also want to share this picture posted by Lynne at the Etsy Cottage Style Group. I love it, it's sooo simple, sooo creative and sooo chic!!!

Too-cute-for-words centerpiece. Congratulations Lynne!!

Hope you enjoy this post and remember that if you have a good recipe using the eggs insides that you'd like to share, you can send it to migambeta@yahoo.com.
Have a good, creative, healthy Monday!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Marie, mon cheri....

Marie Antoinette has become a real inspiration to designers, mixed media artists and shoppers in general...She also inspired Sofia Coppola to make in 2006, this full of eye candy movie:

I don't know if is the pink, or the glitter, or the glam, or the oh la la! dresses that attracts us to her, but one thing is for sure: these days Marie smiles at us from gift tags and jewelry, from tea towels and sweet altered pieces...

Gift Tags by Priscilla at Flea Market Queen

Shadow Box by Dee Akers

"Marie" Doll by Christine Rose

"Altered Marie Doll" by Gina of Lilly*s of London*ish

Intrigued by everything Marie, I decided to do some research. Here are some interesting facts I learned about our "Muse":

She was born in 1755 in Austria.
She was child #15!! (and favorite) of Marie Therese, Queen of Austria.
She was married at age 15 to whom later became King Louis XVI of France.
Antoinette and Louis were unable to have sex and their marriage went unconsummated for seven years.
Marie Antoinette was not only bored with her husband, but her position and its duties.
Marie set fashion trends through France and Europe.
The Queen spent lavishly on her dress and adornments, exceeding annually her clothing allowance, this habit gave her the "Madame Deficit" or "Queen of Debt" nicknames.
She had 4 children (Husband got his little problem fixed) and she became a very dedicated Mother.
She died on October of 1793. She was executed by guillotine..(Not everything in life is tres chic!)

She has been attributed (but never confirmed) the phrase "Let them eat cake..." translation of the French phrase "qu'ils mangent de la brioche." Although it should be noted that brioche is actually a type of highly enriched bread, rather than any type of dessert or confection...

Like any other political figure, Marie has admirers and detractors. We certainly enjoy all the girly stuff we get from her. If you haven't seen the movie, go ahead and rent it. You'll love the costumes, the jewelry and the furniture!! You will also say "Vive Marie!" and "Vive la France!"

Au revoir, mon amies!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Award ceremony...clap, clap, clap!!!

Oh my!!! We received an award!! Darlene Pringle from "A Dancing Mango" has honored the Etsy Cottage Style blog with the Kreativ Blogger Award...Yeah!!!

Now we have to list 7 things that we like...
(even though I write this blog, it's only possible thanks to the creativity of all our members, so I'll try to speak for everyone on this one...)

.We love everything and anything cottage style from fresh kitchens to enchanted gardens.
.We love recycling and giving new life to old furniture, china, linens...
.We treasure a couple of hours a day to create
.We like to try new things...recipes, techniques, mediums, ...the sky's the limit!
.We enjoy "meeting" new people online, proving that you can always find something in common with someone else.
.We are big on Family!
.We adore pink!!!!!...

The second part of this post is a little harder, because I'm supposed to pass this award to 7 blogs I consider creative. Not an easy task, we are surrounded by creativity in Blog Land! I'll do my best...here they are:

http://www.kariandkijsa.blogspot.com ...Two sisters with impeccable taste!
http://thechateauofremnants.blogspot.com ...Lots of beautiful pictures and inspiration here!
http://goinggreenboutique.blogspot.com she is a very active Etsy member, visit her blog for lots of creative tips!!!
http://couturedepapier.blogspot.com ...Inspiring and beautiful artwork!
http://catnipstudio.blogspot.com...Kathy makes fantastic jewelry and her blog is delightfully designed
http://www.forheartandhome.blogspot.com...If you like pink, sweet and roses, this is the blog for you!
http://foofooelm.blogspot.com...Debi is a brand new member of our group and her jewelry is worth a trip to her blog.

I hope you Ladies will grab a cup of coffee, relax and visit each one of these creative women and their fantastic blogs. Introduce yourself, leave a comment, let them know how you've been inspired by their work, I know they will love that! Thank you Darlene once again!!

"Let us be grateful to people who make us happy,
they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom"
~Marcel Proust~

Have a glittery weekend full of endless inspiration!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Tickled Pink

What girl doesn't like pink??...
Born from the purity of white and the passion of red, Pink is associated with all things cute, pure, soft and romantic. It makes us think of nurseries full of hope and anticipation, of babies with that oh so yummy smell!, of little girls dresses...

...of blooming gardens... of wedding bouquets...

...of the beautiful china at Grandma's house during Easter.

Because of all these wonderful things and moments is that Pink inspires us....and we keep loving it no matter how "vintage" we are...

Necklace by Tiedupmemories

"Abundance" by Julia Rose

Hand Painted Make Up Case by Teresa Houghton

We even bring it home when Husband is not looking....


So, if you needed an excuse to add pink to your life, remember that color experts claim that pink shades stimulate energy and can increase the blood pressure, respiration, heartbeat, and pulse rate. They also encourage action and confidence. The color Pink is the color of happiness and is sometimes seen as lighthearted. (http://www.squidoo.com/colorexpert)

One more interesting fact:
Pink has been used even in prison holding cells to effectively reduce erratic behavior.

What else do you need? Bring pink into your life...You are guaranteed to be tickled pink!

PS: The sweet baby in the picture is Lynsie, and she is not for sale, sorry! She is Debi's granddaughter.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day

"Never iron a four-leaf clover, because you don't want to press your luck"
~Author Unknown~

Monday, March 16, 2009

Spring inspiration...

While looking for some Spring Decorating ideas I came across this pretty floral arrangement from Molly of Fleur de Bee's

Isn't it beautiful? I love the simplicity of it and the the little brooch on the front for a touch of bling! I read the instructions and let me tell you, she makes it sooo simple to follow that even I can do it!
Now I just need some flowers and get to work!...If you need a little help coming up with a simple but very elegant arrangement, just check out her blog for the tutorial.

Continuing with the floral theme...(it must be the sunny weather and the little gardening I was able to accomplish this week end...) I'm posting some images for you to use in your Spring creations...

Have fun with them...and don't forget to let Molly know how much we enjoyed her tutorial!

"I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck"
~Emma Goldman~

Thursday, March 12, 2009

"Cute as a button" Tutorial

This week, our Friday Challenge at the Ning Cottage was to make something related to sewing, so with that in mind, I decided to alter a pickle jar that will help me (hopefully) keep my buttons, pins and needles in place with charming cottage style...

I started with the following supplies:

. Pickles, mayonnaise, peanut butter, or any other kind of jar you might come across.
. A pin cushion I purchased at Michael's for $.99
. Leftover fabric. The size should be about 2 1/2" bigger than your pin cushion... stay away from the very thick ones, as they will be harder to work with.
. Glue gun
. Ribbon

Using your glue gun, attach the pin cushion to the jar lid...don't be afraid to use lots of glue and make sure it is very secure.

Cover the cushion with your fabric, placing it on the center and keeping it in place and very tight with a few pins on the top:

Glue your fabric in about 4 or 5 places to the lid's edge (and only to the lid, not the jar!) and make little pleads keeping the fabric tightly glued. Remember that once finished, you should be able to open the jar...

Cut the excess fabric all around the jar, leaving a little ruffle....

Glue a matching ribbon around the neck of the jar, about 4 or 5 dots of glue should be enough to keep it in place. Tie it on the front...

To finish it off, I used a couple of vintage daisies and a stamped grudged Manila tag. This step is totally up to your imagination. You can also use a big button or some vintage jewelry for a touch of Bling!

Now my pins and needles will be always at hand and my buttons, inside my altered jar, in a safe place...

I think the tag says it all...don't you?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

A "sign" of Spring....

As I visited our Etsy Cottage Style place today, I noticed many blogs about the freezing temperatures that most of our Members are experiencing. I also noticed that from the cold Jersey Shore to a not very sunny California, it seems like we are all ready to add some pastel colors to our decor, do some gardening and enjoy the warmth of the Spring Season. And what better way to achieve a "I'm ready for Spring" look that with the ultimate cottage accessory: a cute, inviting sign.
No matter the style or the size, signs make a powerful statement for a very little money since pretty much any piece of wood can be turned into one. A leftover piece of fence or an old cupboard door are just some of the surfaces we can use to let people know how we feel about our nest...

The letters can be stamped, stenciled, decoupaged and even free handed (don't worry if your writing is not perfect, that will only add to the charm!)...

Now, if you would like to have the cutest sign on the block, you have to visit Tami at Pink Butter Creme...the name says it all!... here's a little tease:

She uses the best palette of the Season and the sweetest hand painted flowers....

Is someone you love moving away or starting a new adventure? This pretty thing could be a great gift!

A little glitter makes this one my favorite!

So even if your backyard is covered with snow and your nights are still spent around the fireplace, go ahead and visit Tami's Etsy, I bet you will love it! You can also pay her a blog visit at Pink Butter Creme, her photographs and sweet creations will put you, and your loved ones in a Warm Spring Mood... while you are there, don't miss the tea party she organized for Olivia's Third B-Day...too cute!!!