Sunday, December 26, 2010


Hey guys!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

We had such a fun couple of days with family!!!

Today, however, I am snuggled up in the cottage nursing my broken wrist and watching the blizzard outside my window!

We are expecting about 2 feet of snow by the end of tomorrow.  Ugh!

Oh...and you read that right...the bad luck here continues!  I broke my left wrist (and I'm left handed) in Monday morning!

I was taking Cody boy out for a walk with the leash naturally in my left hand.  As I opened the front door, Cody caught sight of a squirrel and took off like a shot!!!  Dragging me into the door jam in the process! make matters worse...Cody and Abby took off up the street...with me and my broken wrist chasing after them!

Could be worse, right?


Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

From all of us at Eventually Cottage to all of yours...we wish you a Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Custom Order Love!

Wanted to take a minute and show you guys one of the custom orders that I did as a result of the Holiday Craft Show I did last week.

The sweet young girl that ordered it said that her fiance had taken a picture of a sign with this saying on it when he was away from her once.

She wanted to give this sign to him for Christmas this year.


I'll be delivering this sign tomorrow... I know she will love it!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

So Stinkin' Cute!

I just had to show you guys this totally adorable bear that my friend, Beth, makes!

Beth is a real-life Army Wife!  Lol!

Her and her hubby, Jay, are childhood friends of my Prince Charming.  Shortly after the Prince and I were married, Jay enlisted in the Army.  He has done 2 tours in Iraq and 2 in Afghanistan.  They are now stateside... Yay!!!!

Beth makes these stinkin' cute bears out of genuine Army uniforms!  If you look at the right foot of the bear you will see that she also includes a pic!  How adorable!!!!

I'm trying to talk her into opening an Etsy shop... I'll keep you posted!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Mantle

Hey there!  I hope you are all enjoying the holiday season so far!

I have a confession to make...I just started my Christmas decorating today.  Yikes... I'm totally hiding my head in shame!  Hee hee!

However...I have finished my shopping!!!!  Woo hoo!

This year, I decided to keep my decorating very simple.  I chose to stick primarily with the colors that I naturally decorate in.

Nothing says simple more than this year's mantle shelf in our family room!

I kept the shelf to our regular decorating items and just added a little sparkle and leftover greens from our tree.

I love how sweet and simple everything looks with the sketch of my kiddos and our since passed Brady that my MIL gave us last year.

Maya is just exhausted from all of the decking of the halls!  Hee hee!

Loving checking our what ya'll are doing in your homes!


Monday, December 13, 2010

Craft Show Update

So, as I mentioned earlier I did a show last weekend.

What I didn't mention is that this wasn't just any show!  This was a show that I have gone to for years as a customer, but never as a vedor. 

I have wanted to do this show as a vendor for years, but it wasn't until this past year that I got up enough courage to apply.

So, about a month ago, I sent in my application and pics of some of my work and awaited the response.  I got the response about 2 weeks ago... they liked me, they really like me!  Hee hee!

Anyway, the Prince and I got there bright and early Saturday morning along with 70 other vendors.  I can't explain how excited and nervous I was!

At 10:00, people started pouring in and I mean literally pouring in!  Hundreds of them!  I really thought I was going to throw up!

It wasn't long before I started making sales.  The Prince and I were having a hard time keeping up, replacing items on the display.

I also got 2 custom orders, and I wasn't planning on taking custom orders!

Long story short, the items I thought would fly off the display didn't and the items that I wasn't sure about were the first to go!

Oddly enough, the holiday signs weren't very popular.  Wierd!  People loved my lovey dovey signs in all sizes!

And....I remembered my business cards this time!  Woo hoo!!!!!

Here are a couple of pics of my display...

Hubby made a display for me to hang some signs out of an old window that I had picked up and was saving for a rainy day!  It worked out perfectly!

The only thing I wished I had was a shelf or something to elevate some of my other items.  Next time I guess.

I hope you had a great weekend!


Sunday, December 12, 2010

Cottage Hill!

Run over to Cottage Hill and check out the beautiful stockings that Lindy is giving away!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Hope for Candace

Candace is the daughter of friends of our family.

She is a young mother of two, and is suffering with Stage IV Lymphoma.

As some of you may know, my dear brother passed away a little over 3 yrs ago from complications of Lymphoma.  There was nothing more painful than watching what that disease did to my wonderful brother.

When I heard that there was a group of wonderful people trying to raise money to help Candace, I knew that I had to do something as well.

I designed this sign just for Candace.  $10 from the purchase of this handpainted sign will go directly to help Candace with her medical expenses.

Please stop by my Etsy shop and help me help Candace.


Tuesday, November 30, 2010

I'm Back!

We are getting back in the swing of things here at Eventually Cottage!  Yay!

My son is still in quite a bit of pain.  He certainly didn't injure his vocal chords, cuz he's doing more than his share of whining!  Hee hee!!!

Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers!

I've been busy getting back to work on my Etsy Shop.  I'm aslo doing a big Craft Fair this weekend.  Stay tuned for updates on that!

Here's a sample of one of the handpainted signs that I listed tonight.

Who doesn't feel like their house is Grand Central Station sometimes?  I personally think this sign would be perfect in our family room!  Hee hee!

Stop over at the shop to see the brand spankin' new handpainted signs!  There is one that would be perfect for anyone on your Holiday list!


Friday, November 26, 2010

Happy Belated Thanksgiving!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Sorry my wishes are late, but we have had an interesting couple of days!

Tuesday night, the four of us went out and had a very nice dinner.  After dinner,  my son decided he wanted to go for a bike ride with some friends.

So I decided to head out to the workshop and try to finish up some orders.  Prince Charming comes out and says he needs to go and check on George because he fell and hurt his ankle.  George is a typical 16 yr old boy, and gets bumps and bruises all the time.  So I didn't think much of it.

Until about 10 minutes later, when one of George's friends came racing to the house with his bike.  He was screaming, "Mamma Rinaldi, Mamma Rinaldi!!!!"  That's what all of George's buddies call me.  Lol!

I run out of the workshop and he tells me that George hurt his ankle really bad and that "Big Man" (that's what they call the Prince) needs me to come over there!

So, I run over to where George is, just about about a half a block from our house.  I turned the corner and was not prepared to see all the red lights that awaited me!

As I got closer, George was laying on the ground with a group of kids surrounding him.  The ambulance had just pulled up.  I looked down at my boy's foot and it was literally just dangling there.  Something ugly was trying to protrude from his skin.  I almost got sick!

So...long story short... George was trying to do a trick on his bike that went terribly wrong.  He was taken by ambulance to our county's Trauma Center.  He was transferred to The Maria Ferreri Children's Hospital, which is one of the best hospitals in the country. 

X-rays showed a broken tibula and fibula and a dislocated ankle.  He had surgery very late Wednesday night to use plates and screws to put his bones back together.

Thankfully, he was able to get up, use crutches, and come home with us yesterday afternoon!

Woo hoo!

He's still in quite a bit of pain, and has taken over our family room so that he can be close to the bathroom.  But I'm so glad to have him home, I wouldn't have it any other way!


Monday, November 22, 2010

Thrifty Decor Chick Rocks!!!

Well, if you know Sarah and her fantabulous blog you already know that she ROCKS!

But check out the giveaway she's doing right now!

Sarah, the Thrifty Decor Chick, is giving away a Silhouette craft cutter with all the trimmings!  Hee hee!

I loves me some Silhouette!

Run, don't walk over and say hello to Sarah!

Friday, November 19, 2010

COUP of Loveliness!!!

Oh how I would lurrrve to have a chicken coup!

Seriously...I'm sooo not kidding!

Prince Charming's cousin had one years ago and the thought of it made me soooo happy!

The Prince shot down the idea reeaal fast!  **sad face**

Any- hoo... I found this beautiful blog today...Buckets of Burlap... and Becky's hubby built her the most adorable chicken coup!


Maybe someday. Mom is recovering very quickly from her knee replacement surgery!  So quickly that she is coming home tomorrow... 4 days ahead of schedule!!!!  Woo hoo!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


I've been messing around with my blog this morning, trying to make it prettier.

I can't do what I want to do with Bloggers new templates!

Can anyone help me?


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Goings on

Things have been crazy here at the cottage!

The Prince and I have been working on re-doing our bedroom for the past couple of weeks.  I can't believe I didn't mention that to you earlier!

Our Master bedroom is more like a loft space.  It had this crazy wall up between the bedroom and the stairs.  It never made sense to me, and I've wanted to open that wall up since before you bought the house!

Well... we finally did it!

We didn't take the whole wall down, cuz that would just be dangerous!  We did open it up though.  I'll get you some pics probably Monday.

We picked a really pretty bluish grey tone for the wall called, Shiloh.  I can't wait to see it go up on the walls!

I've also been crazy busy doing custom orders for Eventually Cottage.  I'll only be taking custom orders until 12/10 so that I have plenty of time to get them all done and shipped before Christmas.

And... to top it all off, my Mom had knee replacement surgery on Thursday!  She's doing well now and was already up and walking around the halls a little yesterday with the help of a Physical Therapist!

Mom won't be very mobile in time for Thanksgiving so I will be preparing dinner with all the trimmings and bringing it to her home so that she won't have to travel.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Pre-Holiday Sale!

Eventually Cottage Signs and Gifts is offering buy 2 signs, get a 3rd at half price!!!!

For the month of November only!

The Holidays are quickly creeping up on us... personalized signs make great gifts!!!

I'm working on lots of new ideas, so check the shop often!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

NYC Marathon

My sister-in-law's best friend is running in the NYC Marathon today! 

She is running to raise money for the American Liver Foundation.

My sister-in-law and my Josie will be right there cheering her on!

Good luck, Noel!  We are very proud of you!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Frugalicious Friday Giveaway!!!!

I totally teased you guys yesterday (hee hee Robin), but here it is!

I'm offering the sign below as a giveaway at Finding Fabulous' Frugalicious Friday!

Say that three times fast... I dare ya!  Hee hee!

This sign is 100% handpainted and rivals anything you will see in the most popular home decor magazines and catalogs!  It is sanded, stained, and "aged to perfection"!

This particular sign is done in the year 1993, because that's the year that Prince Charming and I were married.  However, it can be done in any year that you choose!

Head over and see the total fabulousness going on at Finding Fabulous!!!!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Sneaky Peeky!

I'm giving you guys a sneak peek of the giveaway I will be doing at Finding Fabulous tomorrow!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Ooh La La!!!

Check out the really adorable "french" inspired votive holders that One Crafty B*tch made using dollar store votives!
So cute, and tres chic!!!  

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Are You Ready?

For Halloween, that is?

Well, Ellen Degeneres sure is!

How hilarious is that?????????

I don't know if any of you have caught "Jersey Shore" on MTV.  Living on the East Coast and vacationing on the Jersey Shore every summer, I will admit that this show did become a "guilty pleasure" of mine!

Yikes, I don't know if I should be admitting that or not... but oh well!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, October 29, 2010

A Table With A Story

You have got to head over to Funky Junk Interiors and check out the table that Donna created!

A friend of hers challenged her to create a table top with a "story".  Wait until you read the story behind this totally adorable table!

Donna is even sweet enough to show all of us how she did it!

And...if you are lucky enough to live in her area, she's even giving classes on how to create items like this!!!!

I'm so drooling over this table!!!

Awesome Blogs!

So, I recently decided to get serious about my Etsy shop.  I love love love creating beautiful things... so why not make some extra cash for the fam, right?

I've started working with two awesomely fabulous bloggers recently!

I'm proud to announce that Eventually Cottage Signs and Gifts is advertising with Kara from Creations by Kara and Jane from Finding Fabulous!

I'll be offering a really great Giveaway at Finding Fabulous on Friday, 11/5!  Be sure to check it out!

Stop by and show these gals some love!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Coat rack thingy...Lol!

So Imentioned the other day that I was working on this hook coat rack type thingy.  What exactly would you call it?

I needed to create something we could hang purses, leashes, and backpacks on when we enter the house.

I started with these totally cute hooks that I found at Hobby Lobby for 50% off!!!  Woo hoo!

I knew that I wanted a very neutral type of look to go along with the look of the family room.

I painted a 24"x6" piece of 1/2" mdf in Rustoleum Ivory Silk.

I added these little wooden architectural thingys to either end of the mdf, also painted Ivory Silk.

Once it was dry, I sanded the edges of the mdf, and aged them using some Tim Holz Distress Ink in Maple Stain (my favorite!). 

I added a little more of the ink on the rest of the piece to give it a more aged look.

Lastly, I added the hooks and WELLA!!!!

What do ya think?

I'm linking up to Frugalicious Friday over at Finding Fabulous!