Monday, September 14, 2009

A walk around the Cottage...

Here are a few snapshots I wanted to share!

Tom kitten--He's really affectionate and "cries"/meows all the time :) He was following me through the tall grass, so I interrupted him rudely in mid-meow by taking his photo.

English Lavender

Wall inspiration...


SecondHand Treasures

We recently went to a thrift store, and found some great buys!

Basket: $0.25


Enamel bowls: $0.10 each

Hat/Coat stand: $2.00

I saw this beautiful wooden stand (it's over 6 ft. tall) and asked the employee the price. Because one wooden piece had split on top, he marked it as "broken" for $2. lol Do you think I could leave it sitting there? I lifted it up and went across the store with it! :) Actually because I have SO many hats now, it's practically loaded with them. I took off a few so the poor stand could look normal, and you'd be able to see it.


After tea, we went over the plans for the Picnic, and went through a variety of books and magazines for inspiration. We're also watching various movies that have picnic scenes.

My sister crocheted these, which I thought was very creative since she didn't use a pattern! One is a cover for a glass soda bottle, and another is a "treasure box". The box & bottom half of the bottle is outdoor twine, and the upper half is wool yarn. She finished both in about 3-4 hours.

Food really is an interesting subject!

There's garlic, rosemary and onions in the basket; Ok, I know you may dislike onions, but didn't you want to know what was on the counter? ;)

Can you believe Autumn is almost here? I've had to delay my dress I'm working on because it lost a "needle pin" or something like until we purchase the part, I'll be sewing by hand.


Sunset over Cotton blossoms...


Terry said...

Hi Mia

Beautiful Photo's.
I love all of your Second Hand
Treasures,I'm learning how to
crochet,andit's not going so well,
Your sister is very good and creative.

Have a Bless Day

Anonymous said...

Your blog is therapy for me.

Kathy said...

Enjoy my visits here, especially love the pastel bowls and the field of cotton blossoms, xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Jenna said...

I love the basket with flowers!! Aren't we blessed to live in the country?!

Joyfully His,

sarah in the woods said...

Beautiful. And yes, food is always interesting. :)

Anonymous said...

What lovely photos! I love thrift stores, as well. Now I want a hat stand for my room... :)

Kelsey Anne Hoppman said...

I am constantly amazed at the great deals and finds you have out there! What a blessing.
We get "Mary Janes" Magazine as well! :) Thank-you for sharing the pictures.

God Bless,

In Christ Alone,


Clara Van Nattan said...

Beautiful pictures! :) I have a 'strange' request... can you take a close picture of cotton blossoms and a plant with cotton on it for me to see? I have never seen either... :P

lily said...

Hello. :) I just couldn't resist the urge to tell you what a delightful and inspiring blog you have.I grew up in the country with interests and beliefs much like yours, and now, living in town and a little homesick, reading your blog brings back so many beautiful and happy memories. Thanks so much for sharing all the lovely pitures and inspiring words; they're really a blessing. I hope you don't mind that I've become a "follower" of your blog...

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

I'm always pleased to see a new post with your lovely photos! You have such great prices at your thrift store! Mine would have wanted $20 for that coat stand! I can't wait to see what you all come up with for the picnic!


Emily said...

It sounds like you have had a wonderful time as of late. I love your photos! Your thrift store find are wonderful, and I love the hat rack. I have been wanting to buy one for awhile, as I am starting to have a collection of hats of my own. :) Have a wonderful rest of the week!

Shelley said...

What wonderful finds....your sister is very creative to make such amazing things from crochet. I love visiting you and your familys little cottage...I always find your post so inspiring.


Mia said...

Thank you for the sweet comments!
Ms. Clara,
Yes, I'll post on cotton blossoms, just for you!! :)


lady m said...

Dear Mia,

How kind of you to share your lovely day! The thrift store is the most enjoyable place. The things you could find!

Please tell your sister that the crochet work is so pretty and it looks perfect right there by the window ;)

Thank you for sharing...

lady m

A.J. said...

Hello Mia ~
Lovely photos...I had to laugh out loud when I saw the one with your kitten meowing...very cute. Please tell your sister that she does a great job on her crocheting. I'm in the process of learning that now. Don't you just love those wonderful thrift store finds? :) I'm sure your dress will be beautiful...hand sewn or by machine. Here's wishing you and your family a wonderful time at the picnic. I'll be sending you clear skies and cool breezes from Texas. ;)
May God Bless You and Your Family.

Miss Jen said...

It sounds like you have been having a lovely time of late!!!
Your kitty is Oh, SO sweet!

Many Blessings~ Miss Jen

Mia said...

Lady M,
Thank you! She really does enjoy crocheting, and has been knitting lately as well :)
I'm glad to hear you laughed at the photo..Tom kitten looked like he was trying to smile :) Thank you, We're praying for good weather and a lovely time!
Thank so much, Jen!!


Mia said...

^^Sorry about the typo! I meant "Thank you so much, Jen!!"


Clara Van Nattan said...

Mia, thank you! Looking forward to seeing the cotton pics!!! :D

Kia said...

Mia, I love your photographs, and I also share your eye for thrifty things. I absolutely love thrift stores. I actually thought about you today when I saw an antique wash stand while I was in Rescued Treasures (we don't often have antiques in our thrift stores).OK, off my tangent, the cottage looks lovely.I would just love to come visit :-)

Sarah, lovely wife of... said...

hey mia. you are always getting the cutest, vintag-y-est, and cheapest stuff at the thrift store. what in the world kind of thrift store do you go to? i need to know because i need to go there too. i stay in GA, btw. i usually go to the goodwill in atl or morrow, last chance, and the family thrift store in morrow. and i usually find...nothing. if you know the best days or times to hit the thrift shops, let me know. thanks

Sarah, lovely wife of... said...

oh, poor dear terry. i learned to crochet, first with written instructions, then by watching videos on youtube. you should try youtube and just follow along. what i have been trying to do is sew. i have been trying for four years and...still...nothing. it is not going well at all. maybe you or mia can give me some tips.

Anonymous said...

Oh...there's your MaryJane goodness...and is that Autumn book Susan Branch? ~ love here stuff as well. There is actually a picture of me in the last MJ magazine ~ here is where I posted about it...

too much fun!