I’ve been keeping my heart busy with projects.  They are all rocking some fringe.

So in the words of the Junk Gypsies  – “If loving fringe is wrong, I don’t want to be right.”

Yes, I’ve been a crafty sewing freak.

This spring I scored a bit of vintage fabric at thrift shops and yard sales.  Oh and all kinds of fringe too.

Boxes of it.

Oh Yeah!

I made a pair of curtains for the pool side bathroom door.


Mr. Cottage says I got the ’60’s thing going on here.

Several months ago, I bought a plain little stool at a local thrift shop.


Painted it one coat of Parisian Grey chalk paint, then a coat of  Grotto with a somewhat dry brush, so that the grey could still show.


Cut some foam to size.


Played with fabric choices.


Too plain, not the right color.


Nope. Right color, pattern didn’t feel right.


Ding Ding Ding! We have a winner.

More vintage fabric.


A pop of ball fringe and the completed project is ready to travel to Coral Cottage South.

I leave you with a few photos from last night.  Mr. Cottage and I were mesmerized by the full moon and feeling grateful to live amidst the beauty of the rolling hills of Virginia.

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Barely there wispy clouds.

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On the other side of the driveway the sun slips behind the trees in a blazing ball of awesomeness.

carysbrook sunset

What projects have you been working on?  Do tell.

See you later, Bye!


up-cycled projects, raised beds dumped cakes skirts in the bag

I like it when my friends send me special little notes with ideas or projects they have been working on.  Here are a few things they shared with me recently that brought a smile to my face.

This first project isn’t an up-cycled project, but it is awfully cute.

Crab cupcake from my friend Karen – she said she thought of me when she came across this.


My gosh these are adorable.  Recipe and instructions here.

 A great recycling project.

  I have been wanting to put in some raised flower beds for a while now.  When my friend shared this project  that she and her husband have been working on, I was smitten.


Caroline and Phil went to a local Habit store and purchased these shutters for next to nothing.  Phil braced the shutters with wood  and metal brackets for strength and durability.  Awesome recycling idea.

Not recycled,  but do you like easy fast baking?  My friend, Peace girl, sent this recipe to me, after my disaster in the kitchen making a cherry crisp for my dad for father’s day.  We won’t go into that.

I rarely cook with processed/packaged foods – not my style.  However, this is so easy peasy even I could do it.

Dump Cake

Pour 1 can cherry pie filling and 1 can crushed pineapple in a 9×13 pan (no need to grease) Mix well. Next-sprinkle a box of yellow cake mix over the top. (Yes dry cake mix) Next-melt a stick and a half of butter and pour over the top. Bake 350 ’til browned 35-45 mins.

Yep, I’m going to give it a try – every now and again, I like to walk on the wild side.

Here is an up-cycled project I recently completed.  Not sure what I was thinking but I didn’t take any photos of the process.

I made this tote bag from an old skirt that I purchased at a Goodwill store.

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The white fabric is a vintage table cloth I have had for twenty years.  It was torn and horribly stained, so I just cut around that and used the salvageable parts.  The pom-pom fringe is vintage as is the blue yarn daisy and the blue ribbon.  The center green and blue fabric I cut from new fabric that I am using to make curtains for my living room.

My new go everywhere tote.

Hope y’all are working on some fun projects.

See you later, Bye!