Friday, February 26, 2010

Snow Hurricane????

Here in NY we are dealing with a 2 day Nor'Easter storm. The media is calling it a Snow Hurricane.

A what???

I have never heard of a snow hurricane before!

This storm is very wierd, though! Last night it was pouring rain here. Literally pouring!!! I ventured out to the next town over to get some milk and they had several inches of snow!!!

So... I thought we might escape the brunt of the snow. I woke up at 1:30 a.m. to take the puppy out (yup a new puppy, I'll post about that later), and it was like a winter wonderland out there!!!! There was a ton of snow!

We are expecting another 6-12 inches during the day today and the storm should clear out of here sometime tomorrow.

I took a pic of Abby and Daisy playing the snow this morning with my Blackberry, but it won't upload. They are loving it! The puppy, not so much!!!

I'm wondering how my other NY buddies are doing. Hope you are all fairing well!!!

Stay warm out there. Remember Spring is right around the corner! I actually saw some crocusses trying to poke through the ground the other day!!!! Yay!!!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Cute Gift Tie-Ons!

My sweet cousin, Jamie, will be having her bridal shower this coming weekend. Aww!

I made these cute little plaques to tie onto her package.



They started out life as little 4" inch square wood pieces that I bought at Michaels.

I spray painted them Heirloom White, sanded the edges, applied some walnut stain to the sanded edges, and then slopped some Ralph Lauren Smoke glaze on it and wiped it off.



I printed out the Mrs. using my Calligraphy cartridge for my Cricut in black vinyl. The Mr. was cut using the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge.

Jamie is using pale blue as the color for her bridesmaids (Josie will be one!), so I added some off white and blue roses.



To finish them off, I added some sheer black ribbon and tie them in a pretty bow. As soon as Jamie sees these on her gift, she will know that one's from me!


I'm linking up to Strut Your Stuff Thursday at Somewhat Simple, and...

Make Your Monday at The Twice Remembered Cottage, and...

Make it for Monday at Cottage Instincts, and...

DIY Day at A Soft Place To Land

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Dollar Tree Frame Re-Do

Ya'll know how much I looove the Dollar Tree! I stopped in there last night for some wrapping paper, just some wrapping paper and we all know that we always walk out of there with more than what we went in there for, right?

I saw these cute picture frames.


I thoought they were cute, but knew that I could make the REALLY cute! The frame had a cute white bow to hang the frame from.

I applied some maple stain to the raised edges with a sponge brush because I wanted those areas to stand out more.

Then I slopped on some Ralph Lauren glaze in Smoke, and wiped it off.


Tool of the trade:


I added a photo of Auntie Dawn's favorite subject, Madeline Grace!

Here you can see the effect of the stain and the glaze pretty well.


Lastly, I hot glued some pretty brown ribbon on the back of the frame and tied it in a bow to hang.


I think it turned out pretty cute and must head back to Dollar Tree for more of these frames!

I'm linking up to Trash to Treasure at Reinvented and DIY Day at A Soft Place to Land.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

New Etsy Item!

I added a new item to my Etsy store this morning!

Below is the Personalized Wedding Sign!



Painted a beautiful kakhi color called Fossil, it would make the perfect accent to any decor!

Pretty black and white flowers with black gems in the center are added to two corners for a little sparkle!



Sign is 24" x 6" and come sready to hang with a beautiful sheer black ribbon.

Notice the beautifully unique layered effect that is done with the names!

Lettering is done in vinyl for a crisp look!



This sign would be the perfect gift for:
Wedding
Bridal Shower
Anniversary

If interesteed, head over to my Etsy shop!

My Heartfelt Thank You!



I want to take a moment to thank you with all my heart for your kind comments regarding the loss of my Father-in-law. It has meant the world to me!

It hasn't been easy, but life here at Eventually Cottage is starting to return to normal.

Hugs,
Dawn

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

More Loss.

This past Saturday morning, 10 minutes into my shift as a 911 operator, I recived a call that no one wants to get. I picked up the line, and to my shock, the address that popped up on the screen was my mother-in-law's, and the voice on the other end of the line was indeed Prince Charming's mother.

My mother-in-law informed me that my father-in-law was unresponsive. I stayed on the line with her while my partner dispatched an ambulance and medic to her house.

I told her that I would contact the Prince, and we would be right there.

Prince Charming and I pulled up to her home and there was a flood of people scurrying around, red lights everywhere. I was relieved for an instant to see my brother had made it to the scene, knowing that he was very well trained as an EMT and was very good at his job. Unfortunately, the next sight that I saw was my father-in-law being wheeled out of the house on a stretcher with equipment helping him to breathe.

Later in the day, he was transferred to the nearest trauma center. It turns out, he had an aortic dissection, which caused a massive heart attack and stroke. Later tests showed that he no longer had any brain activity.

Yesterday, the decision was made to take "Pop" off of life support. Early this afternoon, he passed away.

The Prince is an only child and is feeling the pressure to take care of everything on his own. I wish more than anything that I could take the pain away for him. I love my Prince Charming with every ounce of my being!

RIP "Pop"!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Loss of a great friend!

The Eventually Cottage family suffered a huge loss last evening.

Our buddy and the greatest dog that ever lived passed away.



Brady was a huge part of our family for 7 years, ever since Prince Charming brought him home from the local animal shelter. The Prince went to the shelter that day just to walk some of the dogs, and a great big yellow lab walked right up to him with a Giants football leash in his mouth. That sealed the deal for the Prince, there was no way that this gental giant named Brady by the people at the shelter was NOT coming home with him on that day!

This big yellow guy fit right in with the family and soon became a friend to everyone that met him.

For the last few weeks, the big guy has been having a lot of trouble getting around. A couple of days ago, we noticed that his belly seemed to be distended and he had lost his appetite. The Prince and I took him to see the vet yesterday afternoon. The news was grim. The vet felt that Brady most likely had cancer, and that he was losing blood, probably a tumor that had ruptured in his belly, filling his belly with blood. At the age of 14, the vet did not feel that our big guy would be able to survive the emergency surgery that would have to be done. It was with a very heavy heart that the Prince and I decided that it wouldn't be fair to put our buddy through anything more and would have to say goodbye.

Goodbye, Brady... you were the best buddy ever... always the happiest one to see me come home from work... always by my side helping me in the garden... always at my feet as I cook in the kitchen. You will forever be missed, buddy!!!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Valentine Coasters

I am having soooo much fun making these coasters! They are sooo easy-peasy!!!!





Dixie Girl had left me a comment the other day asking how to make these. I had intended to take pics as I was making these, but got caught up and forgot. So, I'm going to include some step-by-step instructions on making MY version of these coasters.

1. I started with 4"x4" stone tiles that I purchased at Home Depot.

2. I picked out a background pattern of scrapbook paper and cut that with my Cricut using the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge into 3 3/4" squares.

3. I chose a solid color cardstock for the letters. In this case I chose white and used the Cricut to cut X's and O's in 2" in the Roly Poly style on the Plantin Schoolbook cartridge.

4. I applied a thin layer of Mod Podge with a sponge brush on the entire front of the tile.

5. I applied the background paper and smoothed it down completely, then turned it upside down and left it on the table to dry (I turned it upside down so that the weight of the tile itself would ensure that the paper dried completely flat).

6. Once the tiles were completely dry, I applied another thin coat of Mod Podge over the entire front of the tile and place the X's and O's in the center of the tile, and then left them to dry completely.

7. Once everything was completely dry, I applied 2 more coats of Mod Podge to seal the tiles (make sure that you extend beyond the background paper and coat the entire tile with these 2 final coats!!!).

8. As a final step, I placed small round felt circles in the corners of the underside of each tile so that they won't scratch your tables (I found the felt cirlces at the Dollar Tree and Walmart).

That's it, I told you they were easy-peasy!!! These coasters are a gift for my sister-in-law, who LOVES Valentine's Day!!!

I'm linking up to Look What I Made Day at Creations by Kara.