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A sharing of my heart and my home from a Christian perspective

...with a wee bit of whimsy added.

Monday, 19 October 2009

Welcome to My Cottage


Note: Those of you who are regular visitors will notice that I no longer have my fairy dust. When I added my new background, it was causing some interference and made my blog very choppy, so I had to remove it for now. I miss it because I enjoyed the soft effect it gave my blog. Anyway, when my son comes home for Christmas, he will help me figure out a way to get the dust back on and keep everything else running smoothly.

Good morning friends~ Today, I am taking part in a Cottage Party at The House in the Roses and as most of you know, I love all things cottagey. White, toile, and anything shabby or aged; these are some of my favourite things. Tarnished silver and vintage dishes add charm and a sense of romance to your home. And who doesn't enjoy the embiance from the glow of candlelight?
I like to be surrounded by my favourite books and knick-knacks. Did I mention lace? Love it too and lots of it! Tea in my favourite teacup and flowers in a vase. I believe it's the little personal touches that make your cottage cozy; a place where you want to curl up with a good book and a hot cup of tea.
Please come in and I'll show you around. As you enter my cottage, one of the first things you will notice is my birdhouses. This little birdhouse which sits above the kitchen cabinets was handpainted by an artist friend of mine for my birthday one year. Notice the attention to detail! Curtains in the windows and birdhouses on the shelves; chairs on the front porch. I also love mirrors in my home. I love how they come in all sizes and shapes and how they reflect light.....I love glass knobs........especially on a birdhouse!and little white lights dancing behind a lace curtain........little white lamps which give off a soft glow. Tiny white pumpkins sprinkled with glitter.Dried hydrangeas tucked into every nook and cranny.....even in a vintage teacup adorned with a dried rose from the summer. Some find themselves nestled under glass too!A favourite teapot of mine. Would you care for some tea? I have any number of flavours. ....and some of my favourite dishes. I love how the pinks all go together. The lace runner is from Martha Stewart.The dinner plate and the saucer, both in my Rose Chintz pattern are vintage. I love how the flowers are sprinkled all over the china giving them a soft romantic touch. I never tire of them.Red transferware on a shelf...
My stereo stand below and coffee table were both painted and distressed for a more cottagey look. A homemade lace angel graces the front of this little aqua chest I found at Winners.
The toile bunny sits in his favourite chair. Yes, I know the winged back chair is in pink and I want to find a white slip cover for it, but I'm not having much success. This sweet little birdie soap dish has feet under it. I found it this past summer. This teacup wreath graces the front door. I haven't had the heart to take it down yet.
And this little birdie which used to be brown and yellow got a fresh coat of white paint. He sits on the window sill and bids you a farewell, hoping you will visit again soon. Thank you for stopping by today.
Please join Cielo and her guests for a Show Off Your Cottage Monday http://www.houseinroses.blogspot.com/ and have a beautiful day everyone!

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi

26 comments:

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Hi Sandi....Your home is darling and so warm and homey! I loved that little bird soapdish! Thanks for sharing!~Patti

Willow said...

Beautiful pictures. I am going to steal that idea about lights under the lace. Great idea.

Willow

Dragonfly Treasure said...

What a gorgeous cottage! Love birdhouses and birds too. Love the idea of fairy light under the lace valance...very cute!
Thank you so much for stopping by
*hugs*deb

Mary said...

Oh, Sandi! I so love your beautiful shabby chic, romantic, white, lacey home! The bird soapdish...I'm so jealous!...the teacup wreath is adorable...I'm going to make one! And the birdhouses, especially the one your friend painted and added curtains...just tooooo pretty! Everything is just my style...I'm inspired to do some decorating today!

God bless,
Mary

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Sandi. this is just as cute as can be! Love it! And I wondered where your fairy dust went!

XO,

Sheila :-)

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

Your home is so very, very lovely, so peaceful and serene and with so much beauty.

Atelier de Charo said...

Oh!!! Everything looks so nice. How many treasures. Love your birdhouses and the little bunny.
Hugs
Chaor

Lee Laurie said...

Sandi,
Oh I just love your home and all of your things that you have shown today. Your dishes and birdhouses are so pretty.

Hugs,
Lee Laurie

SmilingSally said...

Sandi, my computer hates that fairy dust - or snow. It takes longer to open a post because of it.

You live in such a charming place. I especially like that heart shaped mirror.

jeanne said...

Hello Sandi, your cottage is so charming with your bird houses, white painted accents and your rose dishes. Every thing just speaks cottage in your sweet home. I too love birds and bird houses. The white bird soap dish is really the perfect cottage accessory as well.

Cielo had a great idea. The cottage look is so charming. I actually love your pink chair. I think it speaks cottage too.

have a wonderful day.

Hugs, Jeanne

Millie said...

Lovely tour of your house today! Very romantic..as you said.

Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

Hi Sandi,
Thank you so much for visiting me at "Home is Where the Heart is". Its wonderful to meet you!.
Your blog is delightful and I have enjoyed reading many of your posts.
We have the same likes, I love your tea for one and all your lovely dishes and all your white, your home is so pretty, truly it is!. I have become a follower so I can keep in touch.
Enjoy your day,
Elizabeth

CIELO said...

Ahhh, a little house, a house of my own, out of the wind's and rain's way... yes, we're so fortunate to have a safe place to call "home"... thank you for participating in "Show Off Your Cottage Monday".... hope to see you again next Monday!

Hugs and blessings

Cielo

Lisa said...

Love your sweet cottage! Sorry about your fairy dust! Love the blog look! I especially love the glitter pumpkins!!
Hugs, Lisa

Ana said...

Hi Sandi,
I love your sweet little cottage. How simply warm and inviting. Thank you so much for inviting us in. Have a wonderful evening.

Blessings and Smiles,
♥Ana

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

A delightful post! I enjoyed seeing your pretty romantic things!

Thanks for sharing!

Katherine

Pink and Pretty Designs said...

Hi Sandi!
Your home is BEAUTIFUL, I enjoyed all of the pictures very much : )
I especially love the lights & your pretty toile plates.

Sheryn xox

Donna said...

Beautiful, Sandi!! So romantic and cottagey! I love so many of the same things... white painted furniture, glass knobs, birdies, birdhouses, mirrors... You have a beautiful collection of cottage lovelies!... Donna

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Hi Sandi! Everything is just so pretty! It's very soothing and relaxing!

the wild raspberry said...

such pretty whites...
love your glittery punkin.

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

Sandi.. I really like your home.. so cozy.. and the chinaware stunning! I LOVE LOVE LOVE them.. and your white vignette just lovely!.. so shabby chic & romantic too!

Dolly said...

Hi Sandi, you home is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!
I love the glittery pumpkinettes!
Where oh where did you get the iron plant stand?
I have been searching for two to use as window boxes under my front windows on the porch, hubby won't let me screw into the vinyl siding to hang boxes!

Hugz,
Dolly

Lisa @ Another Day Today said...

It's lovely!

I especially like the glittered white pumpkin. :)

Lisa

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Hi Sandi! All YOUR fav things are also MY fav things!!! We would get along just fine together!! Love all your pretty pics!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

GWENDOLYN said...

Each picture is a lovely feast for the eyes!
Gwen

Rita said...

Dearest Sandi,
I'm glad I've stopped by your Rose Chintz Cottage today. Can't help "writing" out loud how GREAT your blog is - I'm already a follower to keep posted on what you'll be up to. Love all the whites on you WW post and scrolling down your blog pages I'm impressd by all your china with floral decor. I love roses and love china, so I gurss we are kind of kindred spirit in this sense.
Come and see me at http://ritashabbychicrose.blogspot.com/
Happy Blogging
Rita

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