Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours
Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving. I am so grateful to all of The Burlap Cottage® followers. May today and this year be full of blessing.
I have been planning something special for my ETSY customers this Holiday Season. As a way to say thank you, I had a beautiful custom laser cut snowflake Christmas Ornament made as a free gift to my ETSY Customers. Natural Maple cut in the shape of a Christmas Ornament, one side has a snowflake etched into it. The other side has my logo and website address.
There are six different snowflake patterns, all very beautiful. I just love the simplicity of it, and I tie it with baker’s twine to the product. I think these ornaments would look great on any style of tree, woodland, natural, farmhouse, to traditional.
The same ETSY shop that makes my product tags, produced these for me: All This Wood. They are very talented and easy to work with. I receive no compensation, I just love their work.
As a little thank you, I will be giving these custom ornaments to the first 100 orders on my ETSY shop beginning now thru the Holiday Season while supply lasts. One ornament per customer please. Happy Holidays!
It is that time of year again for the photo shoot of my Christmas Line 2015. My friend and professional photographer Jennifer at portraitsbyjenniferdenton came to my house where I have many of my new products staged and photographed them for my ETSY shop. Here are the highlights:
Didn’t she do a lovely job? Hop on over to her site to see her work at http://www.portraitsbyjenniferdenton.com
For more products from The Burlap Cottage® check out my ETSY site.
Here is a quick look at my Fall Kitchen. As we approach Thanksgiving week, my ETSY shop is in full swing. I am about to begin the busiest week of my entire year selling my Christmas items. I thought, before I share what my home looks like this Christmas, I should post what my kitchen looks like this Fall.
All I can say is plaid flannel has made a big appearance this year. As most of you know, I have been very busy designing, listing and stocking up my ETSY shop for the holidays. I knew my instincts were correct when I began to see my favorite stores such as Target, Pottery Barn, Pier 1, World Market loaded with plaid flannel! In fact when I received the coveted Pottery Barn Catalogue Christmas Edition (cue angels singing), I felt as if I was looking at my own home, since I have had my house staged for a very long time for Christmas taking my product shots. You can see my excitement when I saw this:
I just love the cozy, sitting by the fire, cuddled up with a pillow and sipping my favorite coffee drink images and feelings these textiles evoke. That is why I have incorporated them heavily into my Christmas/Holiday Collections for 2015. Of course I had to put my unique spin on these textiles to come up with something that can’t be found in stores or made in mass markets. Let’s face it, you can find burlap anywhere,holiday items everywhere, and even plaid all over the place. That’s not what I’m going for. I strive to make each item literally artistry…lovingly made in my studio by my own hands. Items that can be personalized, show your own design style, and bring out your own personality in your decor. Products that can work with any design aesthetic.
I am loving the red, white and black plaids this year. Whether it’s buffalo check plaid, tartan plaid, houndstooth check, plain check, whatever it is called, I am loving it! The combinations and possibilities are endless. This is only part of that collection.
I even created a new spin on my Burlap Christmas Tree Skirt and Poinsettia pillows. Here is the Christmas Tree Skirt and Poinsettia Pillow for this collection:
I even had fun making some Christmas ornaments for staging purposes. What do you think, should I list these in my shop? Note the antique ski’s I bought from Pottery Barn last year.
I have made all of my designs to mix and match. Even my designs from prior years work with this collection. Here is my Red Burlap Tree Skirt with White Pom Pom trim:
I have included the classic Tartan Plaid onto my Christmas Tree Skirts and Poinsettia Pillows.
Of course I still carry my classics:
This is just a small sample of what I am offering this Season.
Here is my front porch all dressed up for fall. I tried to use natural elements. Corn husks, antique barn wood sign, sunflowers, apples and fall foliage work together to keep the look organic and natural.
Fall foliage and a lamp make this a very warm and inviting sight when I approach my porch.
I made these arrangements from cornhusks, dinner plate dahlia’s, fall foliage and gourds. I tied them in the middle with burlap ribbon and silk ribbon in a turquoise for an unexpected pop of color.
Green, yellow and red apples repeat the pops of color in a natural way. I love to dress up my rockers with pillows and flowers. More dinner plate dahlia’s, sunflowers and autumn foliage elements are repeated to look intentional.
I put one of these arrangements on each side of my front door.
Thank you for touring my Fall Front Porch!
It’s here! After seeing her work on social media, I ordered a custom sign from Simply Inspired ETSY shop. I asked her if she could create a “Give Thanks” sign for my porch. She can also do the other side in anything you want. I love her “We Believe” signs, so she painted that on the back. [Read more…]
Christmas! That’s crazy, Right?! For most people it is, but it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…at The Burlap Cottage®. My ETSY shop is already very busy taking orders for this Christmas. In the on-line world, people are already shopping for the Holidays, so if you have an on-line shop and want to have a successful Holiday Season, you really need to have everything made, photographed and listed in your shop EARLY!
My son and I had a project that we bonded over…teen boys room renovation. While his room before was intentionally not too juvenile, it was done during his Star Wars phase. We compromised and found a gallon of “oops” paint in what we call “Yoda” green. We also created a grid wall with accent colors. [Read more…]
It’s been a very busy summer! I always close my ETSY shop this time of year to enjoy time with my family, and this summer is no exception. Even though my shop has been closed, I have been busy making some bridal bouquets for a friend’s daughter’s wedding.
Her colors are lavender and lemon yellow. Let’s begin with the bridesmaid’s bouquets. The bride requested all yellow for the bridesmaids bouquets. I used two colors, lemon yellow and a yellow sorbet to create these flowers for the bouquets.
A closer look:
I love how bright and cheery the yellow came out.
The bride requested white flowers for her bouquet with lavender accents. Here is her bouquet:
Here are some of the details. I put 3 lavender gemstones in each bloom. It is very subtle and only if the lighting hits it just right will they sparkle. A little detail the bride will know is there.
At the base of the bouquet, I added lavender blooms and greens for the natural elements.
Below that I added lavender burlap and natural burlap to add a slightly natural rugged look. I always like the tension between the rustic and the refined.
For a finishing detail, I added some lavender glass beads to the base every so often, so when the light catches it just right, there is a subtle shimmer amongst the natural and rugged elements, also playing on the tension between the rustic and the refined.
And finally, I wrapped the handle of her bouquet with white satin ribbon in such a way that it reminds be of how a ballerina ties her ribbons on her toe shoes. Imperfect, but lovely.
The bouquet will work well with the bride’s dress. She is excited and happy, so that makes me excited and happy to have a part in her big day!