Monday, December 10, 2012

Christmas Mantle

Hey guys!

I wanted to show you my almost no cost Christmas mantle today. I created this holiday vignette using things that I already had around the house! For realsies!

I started with my set of rusty stars that had to be relocated to make room for the Christmas tree. I just leaned them against my painting, and added some greenery trimmed from the tree.

I tied some burlap ribbon around a candle that I already had, and added a silver bell. I also made a burlap bow and put it on my vine wreath. I added a silver bell to that too.

Complete with some more sliver bells and some battery operated white lights and I'm callin' it done!

Whatcha think?

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

DIY "Tree Skirt"

Deck the halls with....wooden crates!


Yup! That's what we did here at Eventually Cottage this year!

I love the look of beautiful Christmas trees with beautiful tree skirts. I've tried those beautiful tree skirts...many times. With 4 dogs, and 2 cats it.just.never.worked.out! All those beautiful tree skirts ever did was frustrate me!

So when I was searching Pinterest (shocking, I know) I found this pic and a lightbulb went off in my little head!

I dragged the hubs to Michaels with me. We picked up two unfinished wood crates like these...

The tree stand obviously didn't fit in just one so we took a side off of each crate. The hubs then stained the crates.

We picked up Betsy (the tree), and slid the crates under her stand.

I didn't like the way you could see the handles, so I made this sign to attach to the front. It covers them up nicely!

So whatcha think?

I'm also offering the sign for sale in case you want one like mine! It's 4"x18", painted a pretty off white, sanded, and stained for a rustic look. It'll be $18 plus $6 shipping. Email me at if you want one!

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Saturday, December 1, 2012


Hey guys!

I'm trying to clear out some inventory to make room for some new items.  I figured some of you might be interested in getting some good deals in time for the holidays!

If you see something that interests you, email me at

So here we go!

Isn't She Lovely....12" square pine sign...handpainted...$25 shipped

Make A Wish....12" square pine sign...$25 shipped

Female Hero Firefighter set....$15 shipped

Hero Firefighter set....$15 shipped 

All items are ready to ship!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Cookies For Santa

Everybody loves cookies!  Especially Santa Claus!
My personalized Cookies For Santa plates makes awesome gifts!
They are 10", made of sturdy plastic, and can be done in a nice cranberry red or pine green.  Personalization is done with white high quality vinyl.
Check it out here!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012


Hey there!  You guys might remember a couple of weeks ago when I posted about the Christmas ornament that I was selling with the hopes of donating 50% of the cost of each one to revitalize the Jersey shore after it was devastated by Hurricane Sandy.  If you don't remember, you can read about it here.
I had gotten a request to do 20 of them that would be added to gift baskets being auctioned off to benefit those who had lost everything!  It made my heart soar that I was going to be able to help so many people.
As I was working on finalizing the details of this deal, I got this message from Etsy...
Listing Deactivation Notice for Infringement

Dear Eventuallycottage,

We have deactivated some item listings in your shop per Etsy's
Copyright and Intellectual Property Policy.

We kindly request that you read the following information
carefully. Do not reactivate these item listings or relist these
items until the issue has been resolved.

This is a confidential matter, and we request that you not
discuss this issue in the Etsy Forums or otherwise violate the
confidential nature of this email.


The following item listings have been deactivated:

114252400 - Jersey Strong Ornament


Why Were My Items Deactivated?

1) Etsy received a notice from Kenneth Flore representation for Stephen P. Roma of WOW! Work Out World. The notice said that Mr. Roma owns the trademark JERSEY STRONG and JERSEY STRONG WORK OUT WORLD (Reg. Nos. 3,709,168; 3,705,853). According to the notice, certain material on Etsy is not authorized.

2) The notice drew attention to 1 listing(s) in your Etsy shop
including: 114252400.

3) The letter stated that these listing(s) incorporate designs,
symbols, language, images, or photographs that infringe upon
the concerned party's copyright or other intellectual property

4) Etsy removed the listing(s) based on Etsy's Copyright and
Intellectual Property Policy:

If you have questions about this claim or if you believe there
has been a mistake, please refer to the information below. You
may also want to directly contact the party who submitted the
notice or infringement using the contact information above.

Thank you,

WHAT????  This guy is trying to tell me that he OWNS the trademark to the term Jersey Strong???  Are you freaking kidding me????  If you do a search on Etsy for Hurricane Sandy there are hundreds of items with the term Jersey Strong.  Why the heck is my item being singled out???  It's not worth my energy to get upset about this or to fight it.  However, I really am angry, no hurt.  This is what you get when you try to help others, when you are passionate about a cause?  I'm very soured on this experience!  
Thanks for letting me vent!  I feel better now!

Christmas Cuties!

Hey there!  Sorry I've been a no show at my own party lately!  Things have gotten ca-razy around here!  More on that later!

I'm so unprepared for Christmas this year!  I just can't get focused!  I'm sure it has to do with the other craziness going on here...again more on this later this week!

I got my butt going and added 3 new Christmas signs to the shop today.  Finally!

I chose to use lime green and red as the color combo of the year for me!

This 6"x6" sign would be perfect sitting on your mantle or shelf.
$12 plus $4 shipping

This 6"x6" sign is also designed to sit on a mantle or shelf.
$12 plus $4 shipping

This 4"x12" sign can be hung on a wall or set on a mantle or shelf.
$15 plus $4 shipping

Check them out in my Etsy shop!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Small Business Saturday

Today is Small Business Saturday!
Instead of braving the crazy crowds at the mall today, check out the fabulous handmade shops of Etsy, Storenvy, Big Cartel.  

In honor of Small Business Saturday, I'm offering 20% off your order from my Etsy shop today only.  Use coupon code SMALLBIZ!

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Jersey Strong

As I mentioned in my Hurricane Sandy post the other day, the Jersey shore holds a very special place in the hearts of our family.  The devastation of our favorite vacation spot is heart breaking.

I have been trying to come up with a way to help in the restoration/recovery of the shore.  My friend, Paige from Artsy Anthrology contacted me last night and asked me if I'd like to participate in her efforts for the cause.  My response what "of course"!

I quickly got to work on my laptop and designed a Christmas ornament/sign and will donate $5 or from the cost of each ornament to directly aid in the recovery via the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund set up by the First Lady of NY!  Each ornament/sign will sell for $10 ($2 shipping)...that's a donation of 50% from the sale of each ornament! 

Won't you help me help the beautiful Jersey Shore???

You can purchase this ornament in my Etsy shop here.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Oh Sandy!

As you all know, my beloved East Coast sustained a direct hit from Hurricane/ Super Storm/ Frankenstorm Sandy this past Monday and Tuesday.

While my family was personally lucky that we didn't suffer any damage from the storm, so many in our area were not so lucky.  The tragedy that continues to unfold from this Super Storm is absolutely heart-breaking.

Life is beginning to regain normalcy around here slowly but surely.  Power is coming back on a little bit at a time.  Our schools finally opened up today for the first time in a week.

I took some pics before the storm...

This is my favorite walking spot on the Hudson River the morning before Sandy hit.

This is Croton Point Park before Sandy.

I also took some pics from after the storm...

Here's my favorite walking spot again, with a boat in the middle of it!

See this boat on the train tracks?

And this guy definitely doesn't belong next to the bath house!

But check this one out!  This huge boat is more than a mile north of the yacht club it was moored at!  It's hanging with the freight trains for now!

If you've hung out here with my for a while, you know that our family takes an annual vacation to Lavallette on the Jersey Shore.  Well, our beloved vacation spot suffered enormous devastation from Sandy.  The beautiful beach that we have enjoyed for 15 years looks like a war zone.  Many of the gorgeous little beach cottages were washed clear to the other side of the island!  

My daughter was watching news footage and freeze framed it until she found the cottage that we stay in every year.  It is still standing, but it makes me sick to my stomach to think of what it looks like in person. 

Please keep New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut in your thoughts and prayers as they attempt to recover from this tragic storm.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

I Am Thankful For...

All of you!

Did you know that ceramic tiles can be used as inexpensive dry erase boards?  Well they can!  Add some cuteness and you have a really great gift too!

Over the weekend I made these two tiles, they are designed to sit on a tabletop or shelf with a photo easel (you can find them just about anywhere, Michaels, Walmart, etc).  I did the tiles in classic fall colors.  Use a dry erase marker to write what you are thankful for, wrap it up and you have yourself a great hostess gift for Thanksgiving!

If you want one, email me at  They are $11 shipped just for you guys!  You can choose brown writing or orange writing.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Another Wedding Sign

This wedding sign is special, though!  It's for my cousin (the Marine) and his new bride!

My cousin, Nick is a new Marine and is stationed in the California desert.  Back in the spring he met Jessica and they quickly fell in love.  Over the summer they got engaged and said they were planning a 2014 wedding.  I kinda had suspicions that the distance might be tough on this new couple and that 2014 date might fly out the window.  Wouldn't ya know I was right?  Lol!

Nick and Jessica eloped on August 26th!

Best wishes guys!  xoxo

If You Can't Fly With The Big Girls...

A good friend of mine and one of my best customers tagged me in this photo on FB last week and practically begged me to make it for her!
Well you know me, always up for a challenge!  Lol!
I promised her a "version" of it, and here's what I came up with...

It's painted heirloom white, and sanded.  I also applied some black ink to the edges for a more antiqued appearance.

What do you think?

Friday, October 19, 2012

DIY "Entertainment Center"

Last week, I posted about my new faux mantle here. The mantle project was born from this project...

A few years ago, the hubs brought home a monstrous entertainment center.  I wasn't a fan of it from the get go! This past year, it seemed to start deteriorating. Broken drawers, etc. I searched and searched for something to take it's place on Craigslist. I saw plenty of pieces that I liked at different stores, but I refused to pay the outrageous prices!

So, I was sitting in the livingroom a few weeks ago and had a "lightbulb moment". I dragged the hubs to Home Depot and picked up all of the supplies to make my vision come true...sounds romantic huh?

We picked up a chunky piece of wood, that the awesome guy at the store cut in 3 pieces for us, some black brackets, some Polyshades espresso satin stain (stain with poly in it). Hubs beat up the wood purdy good with a hammer and stuff, sanded it, and stained it (2 coats).

Wella...our entertainment center alternative was done! Oh...and LOVE it!!!  Oh, and yes you can see all of the ugly cords because I still haven't found a solution for them!  But ya know what?  I'm ok with it...for now!  Lol!

I added this cute galvanized bucket that I handpainted the fleur-de-lis onto for remote controls.

I made this little block to go along with my late brother's photo.  He will always be in my heart!

I'm loving this great lantern and burlap crates that I found at Home Goods!!!

Stay tuned later this week for a cute storage solution!

So what do ya think?