WHAT are you going to do???? Part III

I haven’t set the date yet, but sometime in August I am going to have a special sale at the store of my PERSONAL collection of primitives.

The primitive/Americana stuff that I have collected for YEARS just never did ‘look right’ in this living room. Six years ago when I moved here with Michael I just put it all out and figured I’d figure out how to ‘make it work’ later. THEN, we opened the store and that was the end of that. No TIME to put any energy into our home decor.

So now that I am ‘going to have time’ to do stuff in my own home (once the store closes) I’ve decided to re-decorate the living room too. Not sure HOW (what color/style) I am going to do that just yet, but I do know that I have a LOT of primitive goodies that I need to get rid of first; and tagging that onto  the closing sale at the store seemed like the perfect time.

Depending on how the sale at the store goes, I may leave leftovers from the sale in the store; OR (and IF I have time to) I may list some of them for sale here in the blog.

Most of my primitive treasures were acquired via ‘internet bulletin board swaps’, so most of it is NOT my own creations. Lots of wonderful primitive dolls, stitcheries, pillows.

Here’s a sneak peek:



That red wicker love seat plus two matching chairs and a side table are going to be sold too!)


Yes, that is a FULL size rocking chair that this raggedy is sitting in!








I’m KEEPING my bears.





I thinking the sale will probably be about MID-August, on a Saturday. I’ve got a lot of pricing and packing to do!

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Happy Independence Day!

This is a picture of the store, bedecked with the stars and stripes.  We WILL be open on Saturday, July 5th, our regular hours, 9am – 4pm.  Stop on by!

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Here’s what’s new in Sophie’s Cottage June 14, 2008

A whole bunch of old windows!  Four pane, six pane, with glass, without glass . . . .

Some little old barn red grubby picket fence sections:

Colorful garden flags:

One of a kind hand-painted folk art original ‘sun’ picture frame.  Perfect for framing your favorite summer memory picture:


Beach theme bathroom accessories:

Beautiful silver shell shaped drawer/cabinet pulls:

Shell napkin rings:

Granite look candle plates:

Nests under glass:

Bath and body gift baskets:

Yummy lemon scented votives and little jar candles make a perfect hostess gift for a summer dinner party:

Pretty vases, new and vintage:

Pretty pink flowers in a tin tile cone


Pink piggy bank:

LOTS of new scrapbook embellishments!

To see more of what’s recently been added to the store in the past few weeks, go to the left hand column directory and click on the “Here’s what new in Sophie’s Cottage” category. 

OUR WEBSITE:  www.cscrafts.com/aj.html




Happy Thanksgiving!

When we think about what we are thankful for, I’d imagine our freedom living in America is at the top of the list for most of us. 

Michael likes those ‘car window flags’ that flap in the wind as you drive along.  It doesn’t take long for them to get quite ripped up.  And of course I CAN’T let him just toss them out when he buys a new one.  But what to do with them?!?!? 

Well, first I ‘stained’ it with my secret recipe stain.  Had to spray it with the stain several times before it was ‘grubbied to my satisfaction’.  These flags are made of synthetic fabric, so the stain doesn’t take as well as it does on natural fibers.

I had five or six flags.  Put the first one in an 8×10 frame (which I had distressed) with a grubby tag added.

But I could only get ONE use per flag this way, and I had some scraps left from this one and wanted a way to use those.  So, I found some smaller frames. 7×7 frames with a 4×6 mat included.  I tea stained the mats, printed up some Americana sayings (using my computer) on tea stained paper, then started cutting, tearing and gluing!

Some of the ‘flags’ I pieced together by just gluing (Alene’s tacky glue, which is what I almost always use!) a square of the star fabric onto a strip of the stripes fabric.  Glued the flag to the back of the mat; then glued the torn saying to the front of the mat.

Here’s a close up of some of the smaller ones.