Sunday, October 1, 2017

Welcome October

Hi Friends!
Welcome to October
but where did September go?
It came and went so fast, all while we were waiting for  cooler temps.
We are still waiting for a real fall but the air is changing 
and I think we are heading in the right direction soon.

In the meantime, 
I enjoyed decorating Rose Garden Cottage in seasonal accents.
It may still be like summer outside, but autumn has brought cozy inside.

Pumpkin designs and pillows bring in some fall charm.

 Gathering near the hearth in hopes of fall evenings by the fire.

Love you yesterday, Love you still, Always have, Always will~~

Rust, blue willow, pumpkins and acorns grace a vintage hutch,

Table settings ready for comfort food and fall dinners.

And, the pumpkin truck arrived~

Gotta love plaid for autumn!

1-2-3- it's pumpkins I see.
This is an easy project.
Chalk paint jars or bottles.
Stencil with numbers,
add jute around the tops,
leave as is, or place in a wire basket.
Little aqua pumpkins sit in front and you've got a quick farmhouse fall accent!

It's always time for tea.

Because I love the number 3

Grateful, Thankful, Blessed  is a sweet reminder on the mantel.

My White Pitcher collection has grown and also gets a few pumpkin accents.

All because,
"There's No Place Like Home"

Have a great month of October and Happy Fall.
Blessings always!

And as a reminder,
Everything is on sale in my etsy shop.

See you next time!
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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Rose Garden Market Fall Sale

With September flying by,
I'm asking, where is fall?

Just when it seems like we are close to cooler days,
we heat up once again with September days near 100 degrees.

I was determined to "fall it up" so decorated I did
and I hope to share a few pics from
Rose Garden Cottage in October.

Till then, I'd like to share my fall shop sale
over at 
now through the 21st of October!

Everything in my shop is 20 percent off and already figured out for you with each listing.
No coupon codes to remember at checkout with this one!!

The shelves are full with lots more arriving.
Shabby chic, cottage style, farmhouse, hand painted roses, pumpkins,Christmas
 and more on the way just for you!

while I have this opportunity,
I want to thank all my new followers on etsy.
Your shop visits and patronage are truly valued .
All your kind emails, comments and feedback are
a true uplifting encouragement to me as I create.

Hope you're off to a great start this season with Fall on the way this week.

Our prayers for Texas, Florida, the keys and the surrounding areas, continue! 

Happy Fall!!

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial

I'm back in the studio this week after a much needed break and getaway.
It was a wonderful few days away junkin in East, Texas!

I did find some great treasures and can't wait to repurpose them
bringing some new treasures to the shop.

Like most of you,
I'm ready for cooler weather and to begin fall decorating too!
It's always fun to transform my
Rose Garden Cottage into a fall haven!

Today I have a few pumpkins to share from my little pumpkin patch filling the shelves
in my shop, Rose Garden Market.

Many more styles and sizes are also available in pretty cotton fabrics as well.
I created a couple designed patterns for these pumpkins
but this one is fast and easy, so I thought I'd share it with you.

These little treasures are created from a variety of fabrics in velour, velvet, knit fabrics and sweaters
I've used real pumpkin stems and wood tree stems cut from short branches.

Here are the directions to create this little gem.

First I made two templates in cardboard from an 8 and 10 inch plate.

I like to use aquarium gravel for weight.
This can be found at any pet store. 
It's clean, dust free and small in size so it doesn't show through the fabrics.

Along with the gravel, I use poly-fill for the stuffing.

I like to use real pumpkin stems when I can 
along with wood tree stems cut from branches,
 cinnamon sticks, jute stems and wood dowels.
Even a vintage spoon can be centered for a stem.
The wood pieces below
 can be found at Hobby Lobby.
The real stems are sold on line from folks who farm and grow pumpkins.
I have found real stems on ebay and etsy.

Next I cut velour fabric or other materials in 8" and 10" rounds using the templates.

With a running stitch, sew  about a 1/4" of the way in along the edge of the fabric,.
I use coat thread or embroidery floss for a strong hold~
 when pulling together for stitching and closing.

After the running stitch is complete, I add the gravel in the bottom.
A few handfuls is enough to give the lightweight pumpkin some weight.

You just have to judge this step as you go along to how much of the gravel you will need!

On top of the gravel, I then add the poly-fill and pull the thread tight to close the opening
and stitch closed.
This step usually requires a back and forth stitch a few times to close for a tight
flat finish.

At this point the stem and trims are added.

For this one I added a wood branch stem and hot glued in place.

A brown sheer ribbon, with acorn button and little stem sign completes this pumpkin.

Here are a few more in brown using real pumpkin stems.

Another with knit fabric.

Blue velour~

Grey velour~

Sweater fabric~

Furry Fabric~

 and black velvet~

This pattern design is easy and quick
 and can be whatever size you like
 from the template  pattern you make using
a plate or other surface.

Hope you try it 
Have fun!!

See you next time.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Dear Son, Happy Birthday!

Dear Son, 
It is hard to believe the years have gone by so quickly, and today is your birthday. What a blessing you are to both your Dad and I. 

The day was a warm August 10th much like today when I heard your first cry and counted your little fingers and toes.
 I was already in love with you before birth and meeting you in person was the greatest joy of my life. 

From the time you were born, your wonderful ways taught us so much. 
Your constant staying power has lead you to great success in your life. 
You have brought us joys untold and shown through your spirit your big heart and kindness in all situations. 

I remember a time when you were a young teen. 
We went to lunch for a quick sandwich after school supply shopping. 
As we left the restaurant, you spotted a young mentally challenged boy trying to empty his tray.
 As we walked by you said, “hang on a minute mom” as I watched, you went over to the boy, helped him and then walked back over to me as we proceeded to leave.
 I knew then, you were very special and had a big heart, nearly the size of Texas. 

Through the years you have always shown love of family. Ready to help in any way.
 I am forever grateful for the help you always gave when Grandma was sick. She loved you and your care in her last days were more help then you will ever know. Along with her,
you were the pride and joy of your grandpa!!

You have always come to my rescue too, like the time the hot water tank burst and water was spraying all over, the time when the refrigerator broke down and the kitchen flooded with water from the ice maker, and when the long black snake was stretched out across the driveway and I feared it went in my studio. I could go on and on, but you know the times and for your love and support, I am deeply thankful. 

You always amaze us with your knowledge and wealth of information.
 Your patience is something I admire about you so much.
 Oh we’ve had our growing pains through the years as a teen and so on, but you always showed great respect for your dad and I and held back comments or rolling your eyes when we weren’t so cool. 
I always knew when you were being nice, and I love you for that.
 With each and every work related move through the years, you held your courage, even when I knew it was hard for you to leave your friends and start over in a new school. 
I don’t know if I could have been so strong. In fact, I know I could not. 

Now at this time and place, as you face another birthday, I pray that God continue to bless your journey and the life he has created for you to follow. 

Stay true to who you are, never forget where you came from and where you are going with God’s direction.

Talk to God often and remember to listen for direction.
 Care with your heart, it will keep you humble and remember to show compassion for your fellow man.
 Give all that you can to those that need your help and grateful for all your blessings.

 And as Grandpa always said, “never let your wants, be greater then your needs.” 

Enjoy your birthday to the fullest my son and know you are loved very much for the little boy you were, the wonderful grown son you are now and the blessing you will always be. 

Love you,
 Always your Mom 

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