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Happy 2014!

Hi Friends,

After a very relaxing break with my family, I am back!  I spent a lot of time catching up on my sleep, spending time with my family, catching up on movies I wanted to see, etc.  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year!  I had a whirlwind Christmas season on my ETSY site, I doubled my volume from last year Thank you, Thank you!  I put in long hours, but not nearly as much as the first year.  I had time to plan and prepare in advance this year. I also was able to hire an assistant this year, and she made all the difference! I have big and exciting plans for 2014, so stay tuned!

I am working on plans right now to remodel my kitchen. I have wanted to do this since we moved into this home 9 years ago, and have been saving up for this remodel.

Step one is cleaning our garage so we will have a place to stage the flooring,  I am wanting to replace the sautillo knock off tile with wood plank ceramic tile, something like this:

Every update in this home prior to our owning it, has been a DIY, hodge podge, job.  They tiled around things like the island (which we are removing for a better work triangle), toilet in the powder bath (we will also be remodeling the powder bath at the same time).  They also went right over at least one layer of tile and linoleum that we know of so far.  We will know more when we do the demo.

Besides the flooring, lighting will be one of the first things we do.  Then, we will hide our popcorn ceiling with wood planks, leaving cutouts for the puck lighting.

Then comes the new cabinetry, concrete color quartz counters and built in appliances we are ordering from IKEA and will be assembling ourselves (all but the counters which will be professionally).  Also why the much needed garage cleaning is so important.  I have done research on installing an IKEA kitchen and the amount of boxes and parts are overwhelming.

Next will be the subway tile with dark grout going completely up the walls.

Finally, we will trim all of the cabinetry with crown molding.

We will be having our first ever garage sale, to raise money for some of the materials and clean our work space.  Any tips for a successful sale?

I will be doing many posts and before and after photos during the process.  Keep checking back for more posts!

Happy New Year and Thank you for your loyal readership!




First Half of the Day

Hi Friends,

I am in full production mode over at my ETSY store, filling orders.  This is just the first wave today:



My mailman loves me this time of year, lol!  But I treat him right and there is always a little something at the end of the year with his name on it.  I’m lucky, our mailman rocks!

While I’m busy in my studio, my faithful assistant is hard at work as well:



Rough life.

My son has a bug so he stayed home from school today, but was inspired by the Christmas spirit and cold and rainy day to bake.  This is rare footage, so I had to take a picture to record it for history:



He gets an “A” for presentation:




Now on to the second half of the day!  Stay cozy!



The Elves Have Been Busy!

Hi Friends,

The Elves (me) are still busy cranking out new designs for my ETSY shop.  Here is the most recent:



This works great with the “Merry Christmas” pillow cover





More pom pom’s:



Natural tree skirt with red pom pom_0

white tree skirt with red pom pom's_0


Keep checking back, there will be more!!!


Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Happy Thanksgiving The Burlap Cottage_2


Show Me The Green!!!

I’ve been “sprucing” up my ETSY shop and believe it or not, I am still creating new designs.  Here is a look at my Natural Evergreen collection:

Natural Green Collection_0


And my Apple Green Collection:

Apple Green Collection_0


What are you doing to spruce up your  home this Holiday Season?


Magazine Cover!!!

Hi Friends,

No one was more surprised than me when I was approached by a San Diego Magazine to feature my Autumn front porch on the cover of “Front Porch Magazine”.

And here it is:



When you put your creations out there, you never know how it will be received.  You hope to inspire the creative process for others.



Hi Friends,

I wanted to share what I have been up to lately.  I have been busy designing and creating my products for my ETSY store.  My friend Jennifer is a very talented professional photographer and does amazing work.  She shot some product photo’s for me.  Here’s some of the photo shoot:


































That’s only part of them.  Amazing aren’t they?  She made my house look so pretty!


2 Rusty Nails

Hi Friends,

I wanted to share an ETSY site that I think is terrific:  2rustynails

I purchased this “W” (whenever I find a W, I am tempted to purchase!) from the young men at 2 Rust Nails, Justin and Erich.  Be sure and read their profile and learn how they formed their ETSY shop to earn money for college.  Not only are these boys fellow Texans, but they are such talented, responsible, Christian role models.  So hard to find a great role model for our kids these days.

I received this amazing “W” from them:

2 rust nails


It was terrific on it’s own, however, I can’t leave well enough alone, so I decided to embellish.  On a trip to Blanco, I found these wonderful Rusty metal roses.  I hot glued it to the letter and added some berries to it.  What do you think?






Check out their shop at:  2rustynails

Have a great day!




Closet Makeover

Hi Friends,

I have been working on some projects around the house.  We have very little closet space, every inch counts.  So I decided to work on re-organizing my closet.

I started by removing everything and sorting, donating, organizing everything by season.

That got me to thinking.  While I have everything removed, it’s a good time to repaint, so I painted the walls with my new favorite color “Slate” from Restoration Hardware.  It made the closet look so much better, but it really made the old carpeting look shabby.  So, while I was at it, I ripped out the carpet and installed a wood floor with the scraps left over from our kids bathroom remodel and voila!

closet makeover


Then I purchased a chest of drawers from Pier 1 in an antiqued mirror finish.  I also had the husband hang a mirror I purchased at IKEA but it didn’t work in the space I bought it for, but I’m glad I hung onto it, it is great to check my accessories before I leave for the day!  I also put a little bud vase with some orchids and some photos I already had on hand:


Closet Makeover

Then I purchased these pretty gray paisley fabric containers to hold some out of season items as well as some totes and handbags.

closet makeover

closet makeover

I found some taupe hangers at The Container Store and organized my clothing by color.  I also had some shoe organizer’s I picked up at IKEA.  I plan on making some tags to put on them so I know what each one contains.

closet makeover

I also plan on putting in a chandelier.  I will share pics.


The Dedicated House



Joyeux Noel Pillow Featured


Hi Friends,

My Joyeux Noel pillow was featured in this lovely ETSY treasury Burlap Winter Wedding.  I am now taking order’s for Christmas, it’s not too early to be thinking about the holidays.  Last year I sold out early and had to cap my orders.

Joyeux Noel,