Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas!!!!

This will be my last post before Christmas. I'm going to take a few days off to spend with the fam.

I wanted to wish all of you, my bloggy family, a very Merry Christmas!

I hope you all enjoy your holiday and the time spent with family and friends.



Before I go, I want to share two final Christmas gifts with you.

This first on I made for our dear neighbors.



This last one I made for my cousin Jennie. We celebrate Christmas with my Mom's side of the family on Christmas Eve. The tradition is to put all the names of the young ones in a hat. I have 2 kiddos, so I choose 2 names.

Jennie is going to be 16 next month and has just re-done her room in browns and blues.



Once again... Merry Christmas with hugs and kisses from all of us at Eventually Cottage!!!

Catching Up!

So... I want to take a breather from the pre-Christmas chaos going on here at Eventually Cottage to catch you all up on what's been going on here.

This past Sunday, Princess Maddy was baptised. Prince Charming and I are her Godparents and couldn't be more thrilled!!!

The Princess' gown was custom made from her Mommy's wedding gown. It was soooo beautiful!!!!!!!

We love this little girl sooo much!



As I told you previously, we were all set to bring our puppy, Lexi Lu, home for the holidays. Unfortunately, about 3 weeks ago, she had a bad reaction to her vaccine and passed away.

Needless to say, we were heartbroken.

We gave it some thought and the idea of giving a needy dog a home for the holidays was overwhelming. I had fallen in love with a pup at my friends shop where she adopts out needy dogs. I couldn't get this pup out of my head.

So...Miss Daisy came home with us! She's a 9 month old Plot hunting dog. Unfortunately, she has spent her entire life in a crate, so we are having some issues with behavior. I know she'll get past it with some guidance.

Miss Daisy has made her self right at home here at Eventually Cottage. We just love her!



I also mentioned that we've decided to totally re-do our family room. I had just gotten tired of EVERYTHING in it!!!

So, we found and purchased new flooring for the room. It's beautiful Brazillian Cherry hardwood. I had always been against cherry because I knew that it probably came from the rain forests and thoguht it was terrible for the environment. However, it's just perfect for the room.... please don't hate me.

We also ordered a new sectional for the room. I'm now looking for the perfect chair to go with it.

We're hoping to start the project right after Christmas. I'll take plenty of pics and will be sure to keep you all updated!

I have yet to wrap a single gift... yes, you heard that right. Not a single gift! Lucky for me, I've bribed Josie and her BFF with cookies and hot cocoa and they will wrap for me this evening. SCORE!!!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Monogram Ornament Gifts

How are we all doing with our Christmas preparations?

I'm pretty much ready... I think. Hee hee!

I've been working on some last minute gifts for family and friends (isn't it funny how that list keeps growing? Not that I'm complaining, by the way)

I thought I'd share a last minute ornament gift that I've been working on.

Monogram Ornaments!



I started with a 3" x 5" piece of 1/4" mdf, some of my fav scrapbook paper, monograms cut out with my new Calligraphy Cricut cartridge in the Matrimony font.



I Mod Podged the scrapbook paper onto the mdf. Once that was thoroughly dry, I added the monogram and a few more coats of Mod Podge (allowing each coat to thoroughly dry before I added another coat)

Once everything was nice and dry, I used some sandpaper to file off the excess paper and make the edges nice and smooth.



I finished each ornament off with some bling (sorry you can't really see that in the pics), and a black ribbon for hanging.

As you can see, I've been real busy with these. Hee hee!


I'm linking up to Kimba's DIY Day... head over and check it out!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Santa Claus is coming to town!

Wow! Is it just me or did the holiday seem to just appear out of nowhere?

Things are crazy here at Eventually Cottage!

I hope you are all enjoying stringing your lights, hanging mistletoe, wrapping gifts, and baking cookies!

On top of the usual holiday craziness, we've welcomed a new adopted puppy into the house and have decided to completely re-do our family room. Stay tuned!

Happy Holidays with tons of hugs and kisses!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Tweet Tweet!

I've been very busy creating more holiday gifts! I'm having so much fun! The Prince is also having fun helping me.

This is another plaque that started as a sheet of 1/4" mdf. The Prince cut it into 6"x6" pieces for me.

I added some of my very favorite toile scrapbook paper with Mod Podge. I spray painted the little wooden bird with Rustoleum flat black.



I lightly sanded the edges of the plaque and the bird, then added some maple stain to the edges to add some antiqueing.

I used my Gorilla glue to add the bird to the plaque. I also added a pretty cream and black paper flower that I found at Hobby Lobby.



With some black ribbon for hanging, it's all ready for gift giving!!!



I'm linking up to DIY Day again at Kimba's!!! LOVE DIY Day, I get so much inspiration from the party go-ers!!!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Goodies!!!!

I've added a bunch of items to my Etsy shop just in time for your Holiday shopping!

All items are priced to sell and are ready to ship in time for Holiday gift giving!

The 2 items pictured below are just a hint of the great gifts waiting for you over at my Etsy store!




Visit me at www.eventuallycottage.etsy.com!

A special thanks to Jennifer of Hope Studios who gave me some great tips on Etsy photography!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Toile LOVE




As you may or may not be able to tell, I am sooo in love with this cream and black toile scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby!

Hee hee!!!!

Any-hoo... here's another project that started with 1/4" mdf. I added the scrapbook paper that I L*O*V*E with some Mod Podge, then added the letters in a 2 1/2" size using my Cricut and black cardstock. A few more coats of Mod Podge and I was ready to add some bling.

I found these paper flowers and rhinestones at Hobby Lobby (my new favorite place). I think it adds the perfect touch!

With some black ribbon for hanging, it's ready for gift giving!!!

Thank you all for the great comments on my JOY plaque in may last post! My friend, Christina, asked if I would be making some to sell. I will indeed be adding several pieces to my Etsy store this week... and good news... I now accept PAYPAL!!! Head over this week and check it out!

I'm linking up to DIY Day at Kimba's.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

JOY!

I've been gettin' busy making Christmas gifts for everyone.

I like this one a lot. It's for the person that isn't into traditional Christmas colors.




I started with a piece of 1/4" mdf (of course) cut to a 11" x 4" size.

I then added some of the toile scrapbook paper (that I LOVE), found at Hobby Lobby with some Mod Podge.

Then I cut out the letters in a 2 1/2" size with my Cricut.

After a few more coats of Mod Podge to seal everything, I sanded the edges to make them nice and smooth and to add a little rustic-ness to the edges.

To finish it off, I added some bling to each of the letters and some black ribbon to hang it.

I LUURRVE IT!!!!

I'm linking up to Funky Junks Saturday Nite Specials, Met Monday over at Between Naps on the Porch, and Make it for Monday at Cottage Instincts... head over and check out the awesome projects!!!!





Friday, November 27, 2009

Rustoleum Party!!!!


The gals over at Shanty 2 Chic are hosting a Rustoleum Party on December 6th!!!!

Y'all know how much I LOVE me some Rustoleum spray paint, so you know I'll be getting in on this one!!!!

If you haven't yet checked out these Oh-So-Creative Gals, head over there and do so NOW!!!!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!



Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from all of us at Eventually Cottage!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Crowning Glory Tutorial!!!!


I've been busy getting my craft on lately!

I recently made this little crown plaque that I'm calling "Crowning Glory."




I've received a lot of great feedback on it, so I thought I'd do my first tutorial for you.

I'm also linking up to Kimba's DIY Day... head over there and check things out!

I started with a piece of 1/4" mdf that the Prince cut for me into a 5" x 4" size, some fabulous black and cream harlequin scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby, and a small crown that I found at Michaels a while back.



I used Mod Podge and a sponge brush to apply the paper to the mdf. I know that everyone has their own tried and true methods with Mod Podge, but I find that what works best for me is to apply it in a very thin layer, put down the paper, flatten it out, and then just leave it alone to dry.

I spray painted the crown with Heirloom White, of course.



Once the crown was dry, I wanted to add a little antiqueing. I whipped out my Maple Stain and added some to the edges of the crown.

I added it a little heavy though (see pic below).



I wasn't happy with the amount of antiqueing, so I lightly sprayed more Heirloom White on the crown. This time I used a small paintbrush to added a little stain to the sanded edges of the crown, and quickly wiped it off. Much better now. I also added some stain to the edges of the plaque and wiped it off with a damp cloth to get the effect I wanted.



Tools of the trade- the maple stain that I found at Walmart, and of course Gorilla Glue to add the crown to the plaque.



The Prince drilled a couple of holes at the top, and I added some black ribbon to hang the plaque and TA DA!!!!



I hope you enjoyed my first tutorial and that you have a ton of fun trying it! Share this idea with your friends and if you do try it, let me know cuz I'd love to see the finished product!!!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Gettin' My Craft On

I got busy today with that awesome scrapbook paper that I got at Hobby Lobby (LOVE).



I took some small wooden pieces that I found at Michaels. The circles are 5" and the squares are 4".

Spray painted them flat black and sanded the edges.

Then, I used my Cricut to cut that awesome paper to fit the wooden pieces.

Then I again used my Cricut and the Home Decor cartridge to cut a fleur des lis and a chandelier for the round pieces.

For the square pieces I used little metal peices with sayings that I found in the scapbook section of Michaels.

I think I am going to add some ribbon to hang them with.

I also want to tell you all, my friends, of a really stupid thing I did yesterday. I got up at 5:30 a.m. got ready for a 12 hour shift at work, went in to work, worked 8 hours, and then the supervisor realized I wasn't scheduled to work. Yup, you read that right, I worked 8 hours on a day that I was never scheduled to work!!!! And, the kicker is... I won't even get paid for it!!!! Oh well.

Signs of Obsession and Creative Home Expressions

My good friend, Christina is being featured as the blog of the week over at Creative Home Expressions!!!

I am lucky enough to own a set of 4 signs that Christina painted, and LUURRVE them!!!

To celebrate being selected as blog of the week, Christina and Kathy have come together and are offering one of Christina's custom signs as a giveaway.

Head over and visit both ladies ASAP... and check out the giveaway at Kathy's blog!!!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Hobby Lobby L*O*V*E

OMG!!!! OMG!!!! OMG!!!!

Ladies, I had my very first trip to Hobby Lobby recently! Yes, very first! Until last month, Hobby Lobby didn't exist in my area here in NY.

There is only one word that will describe my feelings for this store... LOVE!!!!

Seriously, I felt like a little kid in a candy store or on Christmas morning!!!

I had heard that it was like Michaels on steroids, but I had no idea!!!!

I don't think the smile left my face the entire time I was in there, and I don't think there is one inch of that store that I didn't visit.

I tried to use a little restraint and not buy everything that I saw. Hee hee! Below is a pic of the things that I did buy.



This scrapbook paper is like none that I've seen before... beautiful! I've been searching for black and white toile scrapbook paper for months and found it!!!

Can't wait to get started on some projects with this paper!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ladies, if you have a Hobby Lobby in your area... don't walk, RUN there NOW!!!!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veteran's Day!



Be sure to take time today to remember our Veterans today. Without their sacrifice, we would not be the Land of the Free!

Thank you to my Dad, who 40 years later, lives with the after effects of Viet Nam every single day! I love you, Dad!!!!

Thank you to all that serve and those that support them from home!!!!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

DIY Day and I Can Make That!


Kimba is hosting DIY Day over at her new home. Head on over there and check out the great things that are going on!!!



I'm also linking up (so what if it's a day late) to Just a Girl's I Can Make That Party

I want to again share a few easy-peasy gifts that I created with simple mdf.

This first one was a series of 3 plaques that I created for a few of my bloggy friends as part of a craft swap. I loved them so much, I made another set for myself.



This is one that I made for my cousin when she moved into her new home. (I may have to make another for me... hee hee)



Again, this is a little something that I created for my SIL's Birthday.



Lastly is the plaque that I created for Princess Kaitlyn.



Each of these projects were created with simple mdf that the Prince cut for me. A little paint, some scrapbook paper or rubber stamps, the Cricut, Mod Podge and wella!!!!

Monday, November 9, 2009

A Little Gift

My niece Maddy is now 3 months old!!! Can you believe it?

She is the light of my life!!!!



Maddy's Mamma is having a birthday today. Happy Birthday Becky!!!!

I took the above picture on Saturday night when I was babysitting so that Mamma and Daddy could go to a friend's wedding.

I printed the picture out in black and white and put it in a pretty frame for Becky.

I also made this little pretty for her.



I added a few little rhinestones that I hope you can see here. Becky loves anything with sparkle.

Rescue Pets

You guys know that we try to adopt and help rescue animals whenever possible.

I also have good friends that do the same.

My friend Lori works with Little Orphan Animals and foster cats and kittens until they can be adopted. On Halloween we were fortunate enough to adopt one of her little kittens.



This is little Maya, she's 10 weeks old and the sweetest little thing! We just love her!!!

Another friend of mine, Lisa, owns a shop nearby called Urban Tails. She takes rescue dogs and cats from all over the country and adopts them out.

My little Josie volunteers at the shop several afternoons a week.



This little sweetheart is a rescue that was just born last Friday. Once she is old enough, she will come home and join our family.

Lexi Lu should be home with us by Christmas!

Last, but certainly not least, in September we adopted this sweet little guy (the little Sheltie next to Abby)from Urban Tails.

Unfortunately, a few weeks ago, he passed away from a blocked intestine. It was heartbreaking and happened so quickly.



RIP Jack!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Princess Kaitlyn

So... while I was away, we welcomed another baby girl into our family. My dear cousin, Jamie welcomed her first baby, Kaitlyn on October 15th.



She's so precious!

You all know that I am all about making something beautiful out of next to nothing. I am also obsessed with creating inexpensive gifts for family and friends.

I created this sign for Kaitlyn's nursery.



It started out as a 24" x 6" piece of mdf. I spray painted it Sweet Pea pink. Used my handy dandy Cricut, some cute black scrapbook paper with sweet white polka dots, cut out the words and the cute little crown. I Mod Podged these pieces on where I wanted them. With a few more coats of Mod Podge, some rhinestones to finish off the crown and some black ribbon it was complete!