Sunday, February 23, 2014

Giveaway Sweetness

We were in the city of Rome for Valentines Day. Yes, I have been off line all week because we are on a wonderful trip.  It has been a whirlwind, but so great.  Since it is our 40th anniversary this year, we wanted to celebrate in style.  Hubby found a great deal on groupon and booked it.  We did try to get in in the spring but it worked out perfect to go now.


 Our first city was Venice. It is a city in northeastern Italy sited on a group of 118 small islands separated by canals and linked by bridges. Hubby treated us to an evening Gondola ride. The canals were beautiful.
I felt the beauty of the city and the wonder of Venice.  The city is situated on the Adriactic Sea.
 Along the way we saw beautiful buildings and windows
 I loved this boutique



A beautiful cafe to glass of wine and a dessert



I am in love with all the cities we visited and hope I don't bore you with all the pictures.

Announcing my "grow your blog" winner: Amanda from Ireland!!






please know that I am so thankful for all my new followers

 will be sending this to Amanda at Honey Pot Bears as soon as I hear from her!  Congrats and blessings to all. Di





Joining:I am linking to
Home at Rose Chintz Cottage 
Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House 
Everyday Vintage at Helen's Legacy
Be Inspired Friday at Common Ground  
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 
Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Fridays
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style 
Your Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe with an E 
Vintage Inspiration Party at Knick of Time Tuesday 
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
 Centerpiece Wednesdays at Style Sisters
Twigg Studios: Sunday Show Off
Craftberry Bush
The Charm of Home : Home Sweet Home
Common Ground
Petite Michelle Louise : Grey Day Thursday
Katherine's Corner: Thursday Favorite Things
52 Mantels: Thursdays are your days
Ivy and Elephants: What it is Wednesday
Lambert's Lately: Create It Thursday
Jennifer Rizzo Fabulous Fridays






Boogieboard Cottage
Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Grey Day Joy

I do love my soft gray days, everything is calm and peaceful
This week has been a cold grey.  We had snow and ice and don't you know, I have been freezing!!
But I had a great homecoming with a preValentine's Day present

Puppies


Not one but two...hubby couldn't let the little one stay behind, so we took home both of them.  Little grandson, so dapper in his grey outfit by the way, has PUPPY LOVE!
I have had the best Grey Day Ever.
Joining one sweet Lady: Petite Michelle Louise for Grey Day Thursday and a Giveaway.
BTW:  I have a giveaway too:  go here to my grow your blog post

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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Grow your Blog and a Giveaway

Hi, I'm Di from Cottage Wishes
Welcome to my blog and the wonderful party of Grown your blog that Vicki at 2 Bags Full has invited us to.


 My life is a Ferris wheel since I moved to North Carolina!  It is always going around and around with so many new adventures
 We moved to be near our 2 daughters and their hubbies and my brother and sister in law (I call her my sister).  I am in love with the benefits of all of them, my 2 neices and 3 grandboys!  My other grandboy lives in Florida (he is the son of my son in law's sister) but he calls me Granon, like the rest!  
 

 I was born in Florida.  And found my style from things I love.  I started with a mismatch style and evolved into an eclectic style.  Rachel Ashwell inspire my love of white and shabby.    I love to Collect unique finds and do love shabby, chic junk!







Come on in and craft with us

My creating style is all over the place.  I can get a creative itch and create all weekend and would call into work but couldn't do it!

 This is my creative space, it is rarely this clean!
This is my favorite inspirational corner of the room and this is how it looked at Christmas.  I am leaving it like that while it is cold outside!




Now to the Giveaway:  I found some great vintage tin pieces and decided to do a hanging tile with a twist.  I will pick one out to send to our winner. 
Please become a follower and leave a comment.  If you are already a follower, let me know because I treasure everyone of you!  I will announce a winner February 19th.





Thank you for dropping by!  Have a wonderful day.....Di
I am linking to
Home at Rose Chintz Cottage 
Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House 
Everyday Vintage at Helen's Legacy
Be Inspired Friday at Common Ground  
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 
Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Fridays
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style 
Your Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe with an E 
Vintage Inspiration Party at Knick of Time Tuesday 
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
 Centerpiece Wednesdays at Style Sisters
Twigg Studios: Sunday Show Off
Craftberry Bush
The Charm of Home : Home Sweet Home
Common Ground
Petite Michelle Louise : Grey Day Thursday
Katherine's Corner: Thursday Favorite Things
52 Mantels: Thursdays are your days
Ivy and Elephants: What it is Wednesday
Lambert's Lately: Create It Thursday
Jennifer Rizzo Fabulous Fridays



Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Valentine Mantel



heart  noun \ˈhärt\

: the organ in your chest that pumps blood through your veins and arteries
: the front part of your chest
: the heart thought of as the place where emotions are felt


 :  the emotional or moral as distinguished from the intellectual nature: as

a :  generous disposition :  compassion <a leader with heart>
b :  loveaffection <won her heart>
c :  courageardor <never lost heart>

 a :  a playing card marked with a stylized figure of a red heart

b plural :  the suit comprising cards marked with hearts
c plural but sing or plural in constr :  a game in which the object is to avoid taking tricks containing hearts

 a :  the central or innermost part :  center

b :  the essential or most vital part of something
c :  the younger central compact part of a leafy rosette (as a head of lettuce)

  at heart
:  in essence :  Basically, Essentially
— by heart
:  by rote or from memory
— to heart
:  with deep concern
 As I was putting together my Valentine Mantel and putting away my Christmas Decoration, the thoughts of what Valentines Day meant kept playing in my mind.  All the items in this setting provoke memories of lovely times.  The definition of HEART means so much to me.  My HEART is certainly full of emotions.
 The French Mantel Clock is one my mom collected.  Little did I know those many years ago it would be in my house.  Her love of clocks came from her father who was a clock repair man, a clockmaker!  My mom learned the trade.
 The heart banner I made with my grandson, Ro, last year.  The bowl of hearts with my other Atti!  I love a pop of red in my deco.  The wicker chairs came from my Aunt Ann, she was one of my fathers seventeen siblings.  Yes, I had a great family growing up, they are all up in heaven now.  So my heart is full of love for my childhood of family gatherings.
 You can see the room evolution here.  I painted the walls with Benjamin Moore Linen White.  The fireplace with Anne Sloane White and the table with Olde White and Louis Blue.  The Angel Candles and Corbels were painted with Paris Grey.
 One fun game my parents thought me was HEARTS.  We would play for hours.  My hubby and I had so much fun playing and talking with my parents.  As a matter of fact we played for hours the night I went into labor with my first baby girl.  I made the sillest moves that night and my dad said I was distracted.  Who knew!!
 I am a compassionate leader, always have been.  I feel if you treat people like you would like to be treated, you will always error to the right.  You truly never know what other people are going thru.


Come sit a spell with me and lets have a cup of tea.  Tell me what HEART means to you!  Many heartfelt wishes to you, Di


I am linking to
Home at Rose Chintz Cottage 
Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House 
Everyday Vintage at Helen's Legacy
Be Inspired Friday at Common Ground  
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Homemaking Linkup at Hope In Every Season 
Rooted in Thyme Simple and Sweet Fridays
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style 
Your Gonna Love It Tuesday at Kathe with an E 
Vintage Inspiration Party at Knick of Time Tuesday 
The Scoop at Confessions of a Plate Addict
 Centerpiece Wednesdays at Style Sisters
Twigg Studios: Sunday Show Off
Craftberry Bush
The Charm of Home : Home Sweet Home
Common Ground
Petite Michelle Louise : Grey Day Thursday
Katherine's Corner: Thursday Favorite Things
52 Mantels: Thursdays are your days
Ivy and Elephants: What it is Wednesday
Lambert's Lately: Create It Thursday
Jennifer Rizzo Fabulous Fridays