Cottage Style Party & A Summer Mantle

I felt the need to update my mantle.

I still loved my spring mantle of birds and nests but thought I should change it up for summer.

Especially now that summer is half over!

I was inspired by this creamy white cornucopia vase I found at the Goodwill this weekend.

It looks so fresh with fern fronds and phlox!

I also found these mercury glass candle holders at a discount store this weekend.

I think they will stay on my mantle for a long time!

This antique mirror and silver-plate oil lamp are also always on my mantle.

The mirror was a find from a flea market in California and the antique oil lamp was a gift from my Dad.

This mantle is the only place the kitties can't get up on, er, mostly can't.

Here'e my finished mantle.

I didn't feel the need to fill the mantle and went with simple summer style.

I picked up this print at the Goodwill last winter and saved it for summer.

I love how it turned out!

It feels like summer without all the clutter.

And I get to use the vase until it sells on Etsy.

Shhhh…don't tell anyone!

Hello Friends!

Welcome to this weeks

Cottage Style Party


How is everyone?

Has anyone else been watching Fixer Upper on HGTV this summer?
I can't stop watching it…even the repeat episodes!
If you are not watching it (and why not its soooo good!) tune in on Thursday nights.
This cute couple takes a complete dump and transforms it into a charming cottage!
I just love Joanna's decorating style: creamy whites and rustic woods with a touch of color.
You can read her blog here and the current post is a Q&A about the show.

Let's just jump right in and get started..

I just love the Mad Hatter theme of this whimsical tea party! And the Lady Baltimore cake is yummy looking.

Sarah used an abundance of vintage linens and charming touches on her tea. Stop by her blog Hope in Every Season to see all the details and have a cup of tea!

I love Jody's French Country kitchen island. So 
The dark brown shelves really make it pop.

It is equal parts practical storage and display space which is just perfect! Visit Jody's blog Southern Seazons to see more details of her kitchen island make over and her gorgeous kitchen.

Can you smell the sweet peas and lavender in this bouquet?

This sweet bunch of flowers is from Chel's garden. Stop by her blog Sweetbriar Dreams to see more of her fragrant blooms and more bouquets!

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Flowers in my Garden This Week - Mid-July

Here's a few of the flowers blooming in my garden in mid-July….

Pink Coneflowers

Close up of just opened coneflower

Yellow rose with a tinge of pink

Pink rose just opening

Lambs ear and impatiens

Pink zinnia 

Ruffled daylily

Dollar store glad…not bad!

A cluster of red spider lilies

A sunflower blooms near the veggie garden


Cottage Style Party & Dollar Store Crafts

It's been awhile since I did dollar store craft project.

I was open to suggestions, so I perused Pinterest for ideas.

Then I swung by my Dollar Tree Store on Saturday to see what they had.

I decided to make a 2 tier cupcake holder.

I started with 2 glass plates of different sizes and 2 of the same glass candleholders.

I glued the candleholders to the plates using E6000 glue which dries clear.

I flipped everything over then glued the smaller plate/candleholder to the larger plate/candleholder.

How it looked right before I spray painted it.
(Yep, its another spray painted item!)

I painted it chrome and this is how it looked right before a storm hit and I had to drag this set up under the porch overhang.

After the rain, I dragged it back out into the yard and added fine silver glitter and several coats of spray sealer.

Then I loaded it with cupcakes for its debut!

You can see the glitter better in the close up.

Everything is better with glitter!

Hello Friends!

Welcome to this weeks

Cottage Style Party


How's summer going?

Anyone take a vacation yet?

I think I timed my stay-cation to the only true week of summer we have had. The polar vortex has been making summer visits too.

My tomatoes and flowers are so confused: is it summer? or is it fall?

Clearly summer is still on in these gardens….

I just love a secret garden…so much fun waiting to be discovered: birds nest, lovely flowers, secret resting places, hidden gems, wandering pathways, birdbaths…the list goes on!

Cecila's garden is full of those wonders! Stop by her blog My Thrift Store Addiction to see the details of her secret garden!

Debbie has a bright and colorful garden to share.
I love her green and white outdoor furniture and covet those white wicker chairs with green pillows!

Her cottage garden is in bloom and ready for you to have a look around. Visit Debbie's blog Debbie-Dabble to see what she dabbled around her garden!

How pretty are these red roses in front of this garden chair?
This lovely garden has wonderful pockets of cottage charm!

Stop by Cielo's blog to see her cottage garden and lovely flowers. Don't miss her fabulous repurposed, repainted blue shutters at her blog The Little White Cottage in the Woods!
So charming!

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