Sunday, November 28, 2010

~ BEAUTIFUL HOLIDAY GIVE-AWAY ~

Hello sweet friends! I hope you all enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving! Mine was very special with my Mom being here and having her share the day with her Grandchildren made it even more special too. I truly miss my Dad, but I know he was with us in spirit and happy for my Mom too. I hope your day was filled with many blessings! I have lots of shopping and decorating to get on with, but before I do that, I wanted to host this beautiful give-away to all my readers and followers as a special Thank you!

The holiday give-away....

As a celebration of the season, Lidy at the French Garden House has been so sweet to have me host this give-away and I am honored to do so! Her website has always been a favorite of mine and all of her items are scrumptiously gorgeous! This give-away is extra special, because it's a $100.00 gift certificate to her beautiful online shop! And would make a wonderful Gift to give that special someone or to give to yourself!

Her online shop is filled with beautiful home decor elements and her items have been featured in Romantic Homes magazine and Country Living too! I figured with Cyber Monday approaching and all the shopping we need to do, this would be perfect timing. Lidy is honestly one of the sweetest people I know too, when your package arrives, it's just so beautifully done and each item is such a joy to receive! All the photos here are courtesy of Lidy and I'll let you scroll down through just a handful of her items before I give you the simple rules....

Enjoy!

Love these!!

I think this is a perfect holiday runner!

These are just beautiful...

Soooo Pretty!!

*Gasp*!!
Ruffled cushion covers!...oh my!

I adore these baskets...

Such beautiful items!

Awwwww, I want him! That face and the plaid pjs? Omg, so sweet!

When I saw this item below I fell over :) I do that a lot, lol....now you can see why her site is a favorite for sure! :)

And these towels are pure bliss!

I just showed you a tiny fraction of what items she has, but I am sure you can find treasures you love with your own gift certificate or give the gift certificate to someone very special and they can shop in bliss :)

The rules for this give-away are simple:

For one entry just leave me a comment. For 2 entries, leave me a comment and include this give-away in a blog post of your own and link it back to here at Cynthia's Cottage Design. Make sure to tell me you are going to post about it in your comment , so I can be sure to count you twice!
That's it , simple and sweet :)

I will announce the winner a week from today, December 5th at 9pm ( eastern time ). That way, you all have time to pick out your beautiful items or give the certificate as a gift!

Thank you so much for stopping in and Good Luck to all my sweet friends!!

With love,

Cynthia xo

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

~ Blessings to you ~

Hello sweet friends! I'm popping for a quick hello to wish you all a wonderful ThanksGiving! It's been a busy week here getting menu's planned, shopping, baking, table setting ideas squared away etc. I'm doing Thanksgiving at home here as I have in the past. And that's just the way I like it :) My Mom is joining us this year for the first time in many years as she is finally a New Yorker again, so it should be extra special for me! You can click on the photo above and see my Menu plan for Thursday. It's also my little Thanksgiving card to all of you :) Happy ThanksGiving!

Wishing you all a wonderful day with lots of yummys and love!

Hugs,

Cynthia xo

Sunday, November 14, 2010

~ A weekend with Magic ~

I hope you are all enjoying a nice relaxing weekend... I know I am and did, so I thought I'd share a bit of mine. The picture above is of a new canister set I made, simple and vintage style and pretty for my dollhouse...

My weekend started with a pre-holiday gathering of girlfriends Friday night. So as I waited for their arrival, I snapped a pic with my Iphone ( excuse the quality ) from the chair I sat in... It was a cozy , simple, nice time with friends...

Then Saturday I worked on the dollhouse a bit. I took a handmade vintage lace hankie I had from my Mom and used the delicate flow and intricate lace work to add a soft flowing look to the bed...

They hang from the ceiling to surround the bed magically and add a touch of romance..

Then I pottered around some more in the dollhouse and made a pot rack for my miniature copper pots...and made a little Bakery sign to add above the Aga stove...

Then I made another sign for the other side of the Pantry area in the miniature kitchen... I adored the pattern and wanted to use it somewhere, so here it went :) It was a quiet Saturday and so nice to do things in a slow fashion, no rushing ...

Then Sunday I woke up and read for a bit and watched the sun slowly warm up the house...
I love getting up before every one else...it's another little piece of magic I cherish...

Then when Melanie my sweet girl woke up, we watched Practical Magic together. How fitting....I love love love this movie....And you all know how incredible that kitchen is, no words are needed except... Gorgeous...



Pure Magic...

I get lost in all the scenes, and as much as the story is intriguing and fun , I watch the Set as much as the characters :)
Well that was my quiet , nice weekend, filled with just enough magic :) ..... I have a feeling the week ahead will be just as magical, that's how life is feeling for now...

I'm off to go put a Peach Pie in the oven.... My Mom is bringing over her homemade Lentil Soup at 4 and she and I and Melanie will eat it in front of maybe yet another good movie....ahhhh, the calm before the holidays should be relished.... :)

I hope you all enjoyed a beautiful weekend, quiet or not :)

Much Love,

Cynthia

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

~ Bakery Style and Following your bliss ~

Hi girls! With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I'm thinking "Baking" :) But the only thing that gets in the way of writing out my menu and idea planning is my brain is on over load with ideas for making miniatures instead. Every time I see a beautiful table setting or a delicious treat to make, I think: " Hmmm, now how would I do that in miniature?". I think that means I'm letting my bliss take over ;) But that's ok , because this Thanksgiving is the first one I've had with my Mom in so many years, and also the first one that I cannot see or talk to my dear Father and laugh with him and share that day since he passed away. So I'm allowing myself some time to really enjoy this new passion. I'll be taking a few days away from the miniatures to completely immerse myself in the planning of Thanksgiving though, after all, I have reason to feel blessed to have my Mom so close. Plus my Mom is loving the miniatures too and she can rearrange the dollhouse while I cook, instead of re-designing my table setting filled with her Royal Albert china "the way she did it" :)

I think when you follow your bliss, things that you love , just keep popping up, is that the Law of attraction? I think so. I am always searching out ideas for my projects and when I Googled "Bakery style kitchens" , that picture above came up. It's the kitchen from the movie "It's Complicated" with Alec Baldwin and Meryl Streep. I loved that movie, and the set was to die for pretty. I've always loved my kitchen, but like most people, I want a few more details that truly would make it my style. Which I think more and more is becoming something I want to call " Bakery Style". I love farmhouse style, cottage style , shabby chic style, etc. But when I mush them all together, I like the word Bakery Style best.... I need to infuse my kitchen with a bit more of it, soon :) If I had to add tags to what Bakery Style would be to me, I'd say that the kitchen above is a good start. But for me, I'd add sweet pastel colors and be done. Then to my own kitchen, I'd collect an entire hutch of Cake stands, add Marble counter tops, some white subway tile, and ice cream parlor iron stools somewhere with ruffled cushions, and be done :)

So here's the start of an idea, a little tour of what says Bakery Style to me in my big girl kitchen and some miniature making too...

A sweet as sugar Cake Stand... Don't you love the dripping lace? This can be found at Fancy Flours.com. I love the site for ideas on miniatures, but fell in love with this for me :)

Then last night when I was "playing" with my miniature hutches, I put together this vignette with some items from my shop. I think I need soft pastel prints in back of my own big hutches, because I'm liking this. I have to say, I admire rustic bakery style too, but then I'd have to have 2 homes and that's not happening. :)



Years ago I bought my first item that I would call " Bakery Style" for my own kitchen, and thinking back, that's probably where the obsession with pastels and sweets really began for my kitchen. It was Jenny from Every day is a Holiday and her beautiful shop that sparked my first interest in it. This sign below is a classic to me, simple and vintage and sweet of course.

My girlfriends know how much I love this look and cupcakes too :) Below was a Birthday gift from one of my best girlfriends Amy, she so knows what I love , Thank you Amy! And it fits perfect in this nook and right at home above my blackboard!

These sweet cupcakes were also a gift from Amy last year, adding to my collection is something she does extremely well! She has such a way with "sweet things", but that's because her soul is just like that, she's honestly sweet as sugar , with enough spice to make her a best girlfriend too :)
Amy has the sweetest items in her own kitchen , including one heck of an awesome vintage sink and vintage styled cabinetry too. She doesn't have a blog, but omg, she should! Every time I go to her house and sit by the fireplace in her kitchen, I smack myself for forgetting my camera, but I promise I will share it soon. You have to see it , I have permission to share it's cottage look and will definitely do it in an upcoming post soon!

I ordered these ornaments below , again from Jenny's shop, and they stay out year round because I love them so. A vintage sifter and a cupcake...

More from Every day is a Holiday...

And again below , from Amy :) A yummy Birthday gift and a perfect way to add pink to my Thanksgiving desert table...

Ok this one below isn't about Cupcakes lol, but I adore Milk too, so Amy added this to go with the cupcake gift, perfect!

Bakery Style wouldn't be complete without the Aprons...my talented friend Jennifer made this apron for me awhile back and It's always been a favorite of mine ever since!

Well that's about as far as my Bakery style kitchen has come, but I can always do exactly what I want in miniature and it doesn't involve busting down walls yet, so for now, I'll stick with the mini's :) They've taken over my big girl kitchen anyway :) Here are just a few of the new items I've made for my Etsy...




I'm off to finish filling some hutches I've been working on for my shop. But I'll leave you with my new blog button, I hope you like it , the link is on the right hand side of my page up top if you'd like to exchange it for my old one. It fits the new look of my page a bit better and hopefully exudes a bit of Bliss and Bakery style too :)

Have a wonderful week ahead everyone! and Thank you as always for stopping in and being such sweet friends! I love you all!

Hugs and Blessings!

~ Cynthia ~