Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year!

Wishing all my sweet blogging friends a wonderful 
New Year!

May it be filled with blessings of love, joy, good health, peace and lots and lots of happy blogging hours.

Cheers Everyone!

Hugs and Kisses,

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

For there is born to you this day...
a Savior who is...
Christ the Lord.
Luke 2:11
Wishing you all the
 Merriest and most Blessed of Christmases

Hugs and Kisses,

Friday, December 20, 2013

Most Treasured Ornament 2013

Every year, since Hubby and I have been together, I have made a Christmas ornament to commemorate special events that have happen to us in that particular year...sort of like a mini time capsule.

This year has been a year of many special events, way too many to put in a tiny little sphere so we narrowed them down to three biggies:

Our daughter's graduation from high school.
(This is her "Senior Picture")
Her acceptance and starting of college.
(This is her college logo)
And last but not least, our 20th Wedding Anniversary.
Can you see the tiny little copy of our family portrait peeking from the side? It's the backside of the tag I made for the year...
This is the front-side of that tag. 
These pretty scrapbook paper ornaments were my inspiration, in case you were wondering. And in case you are wondering how I made it you can find the instructions here. Oh and if you would like to see other years Most Treasured Ornaments you can click here.

Thank you, my sweet blogging friends, for stopping by.
Wishing you all a wonderful December day!

Hugs and Kisses,

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Christmas Mantel and Fireplace

Oh my goodness, where has the time gone? I am running sooooo incredibly late it is not even funny. Can you believe I haven't even put up our Christmas tree yet? Certain events, both good and bad have just taken up so much of my time plus my health has been an issue too...Yikes! But God is good and helps me carry on. Anyway, I didn't want to end this year without sharing a least a few more posts.

Today I wanted to share with you this year's Christmas mantel and fireplace...
Keeping it nice and simple but still very festive.
My golden reindeer are a dollar store find from a couple of years ago...cute!
And this beautiful Christmas floral arrangement for my swan was a gift from my sweet Mom-in-law. 

My plans are to put up our tree this Friday once all of our daughter's final exams are out of the way...In the meantime I think I'll get started on our annual "Most Treasured Ornament". Can't wait to finish it and share.

Hope you all are having a very festive, healthy and merry holiday season.

Hugs and Kisses,

Friday, November 1, 2013

Measuring up to its new purpose.

Hi Everyone!
Today I wanted to share with you a little thrift store treasure I found. 
It's a vintage hem marker and it was only $1.65, yay! Isn't it cool? But my intentions were never to buy it and use it for its intended purpose. I had something else in mind...  
I think it makes a pretty cool easel of sorts...
I can display all sorts of things...
Hmmm...I wonder what else I can do with it? The wheels in my head are turning...Can you hear them? Hee, hee, hee.

Thank you my sweet blogging friends for stopping by for a visit.
Wishing you all a wonderful first day of November and a wonderful weekend.

Hugs and Kisses,

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween

Today my dear is Halloween
when ghost and witches can be seen.

Door to door they seek for treats
up and down most all the streets.

If one should come upon your door,
don't make them wait or they'll be sore.

Hurry, hurry and get there quick
or else they'll play a mean old trick.

Give them candy and they'll say "thanks"
And safe you'll be from their nasty pranks.

Happy Halloween
Happy Trick o' Treating

Hugs and Kisses

Monday, October 21, 2013

Family Portrait

Hi Everyone!

You may recall that in my last post I mentioned a surprise I was going to work on for my hubby and daughter. Well, in between all the wedding preparation fun I was able to work on it and now I am ready to share it with you all...

First a little back story...
This is our family portrait. Our one and only "professional studio" family portrait.  As you can see it is not a recent one. Our sweet little baby girl was only 4 years old. It has been almost 15 years! Wow, how time flies.  Anyway, I have been begging for a new, updated one but for one reason or another it just hasn't happened. Sooooo, I thought I would take matters into my own little hands..... 
VoilĂ ! With a blank canvas, some black and white paint and a shadowing technique I have only implemetned once before here
Our brand new and updated family portrait!
I love it...especially since with this technique many of the lovely signs of ageing are not as noticeable as in a photograph, hee,hee, hee. Need-less to say my family was pleasantly surprised and they loved it too. What do you think?

A very happy Monday to everyone.
May this new week be filled with love, joy and lots of creativity!

Hugs and Kisses,

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Love is in the air.

Hi Everyone!

Love is certainly in the air around here...

In the next few months we will be celebrating not one but two weddings. Yay! It is truly a very exciting time, both for the beautiful couples and for moi. Why for moi? Well because I get to help...Yay, again.

First wedding is in November and the beautiful couple is my very handsome brother-in-law, Julio and his beautiful bride-to-be, Traci...
Second wedding is in January and this super adorable couple is my very beautiful niece, Diane and her super handsome Superman, Joe.
I have been bestowed the honor of helping both couples out with some wedding preparations. As a matter-of-fact last week I spent working on something for Julio and Traci. But I have been sworn to secrecy until the weddings so I can't show you yet! Ooh, I cant't wait to be able to show you though.

In the mean time I am hoping to also be able to work on a surprise I have for my hubby and daughter. That, I can show you as soon as I am done. Until then, if not sooner :-)

Wishing everyone a wonderful day.

Hugs and Kisses,


Thursday, September 12, 2013

How Time Flies

Hello Everyone!
Boy, how time has flown by.  I'can't believe summer as come and gone. 
Don't know if you've noticed, but I've been away from Blog Land for a while. I took a little break from blogging because I wanted to spent as much time this summer with our daughter, who is our only child, before she started college. I know that things will be different now that she is a college and working girl... different schedule, heavier work load, longer hours away from home. I just wanted to hold on to my little girl, (Who, did I mention already, was our only child?) just a bit longer...I've been such a wimp about all this starting college, starting a new job and growing up way too fast situation......AND SHE ISN'T EVEN LEAVING HOME FOR COLLEGE. She decided to stay local...THANK GOD!  I know there comes a time in a parent's life when we just have to let go...But it's soooo hard especially with an only child :-)
First day of work...She's all grown up...My baby girl is all grown up.
It's going to take some time to get use to this new routine...But I'm so excited for her and for all her new endeavors and I'm excited to start blogging again too...I've missed you all bunches. Hope you are doing well, my sweet blogging friends.

Wishing you a beautiful Autumn day!

Hugs and Kisses,

Friday, May 31, 2013

Cinderella Shoes

Like many women I know, I have an obsession with shoes...
 and like many women I know, I have always wanted a pair of my very own Cinderella Shoes.
Well it only took me 40 some years to get them...but now I have my very own. Well, my version of them anyway. It's never too late, right? :-) Do you have or ever had your own Cinderella Shoes? I'd love to hear about it.

Wishing you all a fairy tale weekend and may all your dreams come true, big or small.

Hugs and Kisses,

Friday, May 24, 2013

Live, Love and Laugh

Hi Everyone!
I know I haven't posted any new projects lately but it has just been a busy past few months here at A Petite Cottage. Well, with getting ready for my daughter's Prom, High School Graduation College!...(I know) and a 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration for my parents well, I have been one nonstop, busy, little bee. 

But no matter how busy life may get I have always believed that it is very important to remember to stop and enjoy the roses coffee filter peonies...Hee, hee, hee!  And to always...

Live in awe,
Love with all your heart
Laugh until your mascara runs :-)
Will share soon some sewing projects I've been working on for my daughter, hubby and I to wear for my parents wedding celebration. (They're renewing their vows, cute, right?)
Hope you are all having a wonderful day.
Happy Friday Everyone!
Hugs and Kisses,

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

20 Wonderful Years

Today is our
20th Wedding Anniversary!
I can't believe how time has flown. It feels like only yesterday. The only difference is my love is greater and stronger for my wonderful hubby. I am blessed beyond words.

Happy Anniversary Babe!
Hugs and Kisses,

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Awareness Day

Hi Everyone!
Today is
National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day.

Fibromyalgia (FM or FMS) is defined as: 
A chronic disorder/syndrome characterized by widespread pain, tenderness, and stiffness of muscles and associated connective tissue structures that is typically accompanied by fatigue, headache, sleep disturbances and an array of other symptoms.

A little over a year ago I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Although I still don't fully understand or have fully accepted it I do battle with it each and every day. I thought long and hard about writing this post, believe me, I know all about the stigma of having this condition.  But it was very important for my own personal acceptance process to share.

Although many Fibromyalgia sufferers share many of the same distinctive symptoms, no two cases are exactly the same. Below is how I dbefine my FMS:

F atigue
I rritability
B rain Fog
R estless leg syndrome
O verlapping symptoms
M uscle and joint pain
Y ou never feel well
A nxiety
L oss of a good night and rested sleep
G rief and worry to the power of 10
I n pain all the time (Although some days there is less than others)
A llodynia (Overly sensitive to touch)

There is no cure for this condition but I do have hope that one day there will be. Awareness is the first step.

For more information please visit  the National Fibromyalgia Association website here.

Much Love,

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Guest Post

Hello dear Bloggers, my name is Jose, or better know on this blog as Ana's hubby. She's been after me for quite some time to do a guest post, so I decided to finally oblige as she has been working on a project that I am very excited about.

Every once in a while, I will challenge my better half to do something that stretches her creative abilities, knowing full well that when everything is said and done, she will always exceed every one of my expectation. As I'm sure many of you are familiar with the "creative process", you'll understand when I say that it is sometimes a very unpleasant experience to watch, especially when that person is as much a perfectionist as my wife is. But the product of Ana's creativity never cease to amaze me.

 I have always loved science fiction. I remember growing up being glued to the television monitor while watching shows like The Time Tunnel, Land of the Giants, and Lost in Space. You might even call Sci Fi an obsession of mine. Being referred to as a "nerd" or "geek" has never bothered me. I wear those badges with honor.

About a year ago, Ana and I had just finished watching the TV series called Serenity and we were looking for a new show to watch. Someone recommended Doctor Who, the story of a Time Lord who uses a blue police box to travel through time. Needless to say, we've been hooked ever since. We enjoy the show so much, that when the opportunity presented itself, I quickly suggested Doctor Who as inspiration for one of her cloth doll designs. And just to make sure that she would bite the lure, I added that it would probably be much too difficult to make such a doll. Well, the rest is history. Without further ado, I am proud to unveil the project that has consumed my wife's time for the last couple of months. Hope you like it as much as I do.
Meet the 10th Doctor, our favorite. And for you Whovians out there, yes, this is the wrong TARDIS background, but as River Song would say, "spoilers" ;-)
And here's The Doctor styling his ever handy Sonic Screwdriver.
And here is a close up of his adorable face.

Hope you've enjoyed it. Until next time...Allons-y
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Just checking in...

Hi Everyone.

I just wanted to check in and let you all know that I am feeling better now. I hadn't gotten sick like that in a long, long, long while...it really knocked me out. But with lots and lots of rest and some pampering from hubby and daughter I feel a bit more like myself again.

Thank you all so much for your sweet "get well" wishes...my heart sings with all your lovin'. Thank you my dear friends.

Now off to do some catching up...starting with my house work...eek! But before I go I want to share with you what I did as I started to feel a little better. (I just cannot sit still with idle hands for too long. Hee, hee, hee.)

 I crocheted my new/old doll, Jesse Sue a sweater. Cute huh? 
Hope you are all doing well.
Wishing you all a beautiful day.

Hugs and Kisses,

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I'm still here...

Hi Everyone!
In case you've been wondering...I'm still here.
 I took a little break to spend with my hubby and daugther who had the week off of school and work for Easter break...And now I think I'll be needing another little break because... 
I have not been feeling well :-( 
I can't wait to feel like myself again because there is a fun and cute little project I've been working on, which I've had to put on hold for the moment. But I promise as soon as I feel better and I finish it I will share.  Thank you for stopping by today. I will be missing you all tons.
Hugs and Kisses,

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter Everyone!

Wishing you all a very happy and blessed day!

Hugs and Kisses,

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Tomorrow is Easter!

Yay! I'm so hoppy, tomorrow is Easter!
I am all set and ready for the big day but, there is one more thing I'd like to share with you. One more reason why Easter is my most favoritest day of the year...And it's probably one of the most funnest of reasons too...
I get to hide the Easter eggs for our yearly Easter Egg Hunt Egg-travaganza! So much fun.
Thank you for hopping along with me this week.
Hope you enjoyed my countdown.
Wishing everybunny a Hoppy Easter!
Bunny Hugs and Kisses,
Lilly Bunny

Friday, March 29, 2013

Good Friday

Today is Good Friday...
A day to reflect...
A day to pray...
A day to be still and know that He is God.
 We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us
1 John 3:16
Lilly Bunny's Countdown continues tomorrow.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Easter Countdown...3

Look everybunny...

I have a new Easter basket and it's filled with my favorite Easter chocolate. I love, love, love it! It was a gift from my friend Ana. She made it just for me and just my size. It's made out of a recycled paper bag...Isn't she just so clever?
I guess you can add that to the list of reasons why Easter is my most favoritest day of the year...Sweet little Easter gifts.
Oh, but I was not the only one who got an Easter gift, so did she. She receive this beautiful vanilla fragrance diffuser in the mail...A gift from her very sweet friend Teresa from I Got The Sun In the Morning...She is so sweet and thoughtful...Ms. Teresa, my friend Ana says thank you and sends you a great big hug.
Only 3 more days until Easter...Woo Hoo!

Thank you for hopping by today.

Bunny Hugs and Kisses,
Lilly Bunny

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Easter Countdown...4

Well it wouldn't be Easter without a brand new hat to wear on Easter Sunday.
Hi Everybunny!
I guess you can call me a fashionista, always on top of the hottest trends and this year it's definitely straw hats.  Shopping for a new hat to wear on Sunday is another reason why Easter is my favoritest day of the year.
One should always wear their Sunday best especially on Easter Sundsay, don't you agree? So what do you think of my new hat? Do you buy a new hat to wear on Easter too?
Only 4 more days everybunny!
Hope you join me again tomorrow.
Hugs and Kisses,
Lilly Bunny

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Easter Countdown...5

Hi Everybunny...Lilly Bunny here again...
There are only 5 more days until my most favoritest day of the year! Yay!

And here's another reason why it's my fave...
Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate. In particular the Cadbury Carmel Eggs...Yummo, my absolute
And this is the only time of the year I can find them so I enjoy as many as I can...without giving myself a tummy ache of course...Hee, hee, hee. Do you have a favorite Easter treat?

Hope you join me again tomorrow.
See you then.
Wishing you all a Hoppy Spring day.

Bunny Hugs and Kisses,
Lilly Bunny

Monday, March 25, 2013

Easter Countdown...6

Hi Everybunny!
Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.
Today we are continueing my Easter Countdown.
Another reason why Easter/Spring is my most favoritest time of the years is...
All the beautiful flowers in bloom. They make everything look so pretty. Don't you agree?
6 more days until Easter!
Hope you will join me again tomorrow.
See you then.
Wishing you all a beautiful day!
Bunny Hugs and Kisses,
Lilly Bunny

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Easter Countdown...Begins.

Hi again Everybunny!
I'm so glad you are back today to join me for my Easter Countdown.

As promised, every day of this countdown I will be sharing with you some of the reasons why Easter/Spring is my favoritest time of the year...Here we go.

The beautiful and colorful Easter eggs.

I love making them for our yearly Easter Egg Hunt Egg-travaganza. Ooh, so much fun. Do you like making Easter eggs too?

7 Days Until Easter!
Won't you join me tomorrow again...countdown continues then.
Wishing you a beautiful Sunday.
Bunny Hugs and Kisses,
Lilly Bunny