Thursday, June 30, 2011


I know, I've said that before! But SERIOUSLY! This is HUGE, MONSTROUS, EXCITING, CRAZY BIG NEWS!  And, you'll have to wait a week to find out what it is!  I'm sorry!  I just need a couple days to get the quarts ducks in a row...  I gave you a hint!  No, I practically gave the HUGE, MONSTROUS, EXCITING, CRAZY BIG NEWS away!
Check back!  I promise! You won't be disappointed!
Happy 4th ya'll!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A few of my favorite things.....this week!

Hello old friend!  I knew my latest adventure would take me away from you, but I didn't realize how long I would be gone~  Things are going well and I'm excited to say we have sold at least one thing everyday...actually more, but I don't want to toot my own horn:)

The shop seems to change daily!  Some days it's like Christmas morning with new treasures all around while other days it's like settling into your comfy ol chair...oh the memories some of the things from the shop bring flooding back, like a welcome summer breeze!

Since I haven't had time to post much, I thought I would share a few of my favorite things that are in the shop right now!

First up is this awesome little toy kitchen set!  I just love, LOVE, LOVE it!  And the fridg has actual food and even an egg tray! So cool!  I'm thinking it dates to around the 1950's.  The fridg is a little newer, but so cute too!

I know what you're thinking...a beer box?  YES! But not just any beer box!  An Anheuser Bush Centennial box from 1976!  See, I grew up in southern Illinois, where everyone is a Cards fan, the tea is sweet & accents are sweeter. Summer starts in April, front porches are wide, & words are long.  Y'all is a proper noun and Jesus comes first. Macaroni & cheese is a vegetable, & pecan pie is a staple. Chicken is fried, biscuits come with gravy, everything is darlin, and someone is always getting their heart blessed, and the beer is Bud. 

Ah...memory lane is such a nice place to visit!

Next up are the spice tins...yes you remember those!  When they were empty, grandma would clean them out and you could play with them like building blocks.  Then your brother would stomp on them and make ya cry...not such a great memory

I love this. I love this. I love this. I LOVE THIS!  I don't know what it is about architectural & industrial elements, but I am so drawn to them.  It's almost magnetic lol~  I think this is going to find a new home in my living room...unless someone beats me to it!  PLEASE! SOMEONE BEAT ME TO IT! I'M GOING BROKE WITH ALL THESE GREAT TREASURES! LOL~

Now for the unexpected...FUDGE!  A close family friend, Steve, makes Kahlua Fudge!  It's like a little bite of serendipity every time we have samples!  Steve E's Fudge comes in several different flavors like chipolte, Pink Salted, Toasted Pecan, and several others!  If you are a fudge lover, you've gottta try this!

And one final favorite thing...that just entered the shop!  This is from Laura over at Whimsical Perspective
I love how she has taken an old favorite and made it her own!  The flowers are made from millions (not really, but in my world...MILLIONS!) of fabric circles.  She does a few tricks to them and then creates these super cute flowers.  Laura also makes hair clips & pins with these cuties available now!  Oh, and she's not just a one trick chick...seriously, check out her blog or stop by the shop for great pieces of furniture and other great items!

Alright, I could add 100's of photos here...but then you wouldn't read it...and I will be posting many more treasures in future posts! I can't wait to post them, and I hope you can't wait to read them. If you don't want to wait for the post you'll just have to stop by and see these treasures for yourself!  We will be happy to see you. <3

Until next time~

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Today's the day!  If you're in DeKalb, Illinois stop by and check us out!  209 E. Lincoln Hwy. We'll be open from10-5 today!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sexy in Paris!

Could this title get any corny-ier?  Probably not, but I must say this dresser is by far the most sexy piece of furniture I've done yet!I just LOVE Paris Gray!  These curves are accentuated by the contrasting white detailing.  It's sitting in the front window of the shop!  We open tomorrow and it's coming together so quickly!  I promise to post pictures of the opening...though we have a "Grand Opening" scheduled in a few weeks.  Enjoy~
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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Carter's Cottage the Store

I guess when I finally get to sit at my laptop WITH my camera, great things happen! :)  Things have been a whirl-wind of activity around here with just 3 days till we open!  Oh MY!  3 DAYS!?  Wow!  Alright.. here are a few preview pics of the shop.  Fair warning...these are un-edited and the girls booths are in the early stages of set up.  I'm sure you will get a great idea of what they have though!  Some really cute things!
Can you guess who this is? lol~

This is Lisa's booth.  I just love what she's done with these doors!
This is Pam's booth.  She's a retro & glass kinda gal and SO much fun to work with!

 This is Cyndee's booth.  She's been one busy gal with her markets and festivals!  Can't wait to see what she brings in today!
Ok, this little piece is getting SO much attention from the dealers, I'm sure it won't last long once we open!  Sherri is a prim gal with such great creativity & craft-woman's ship! :) 

 Jennifer's collection is a great mix of prim, antique, garden art or as she calls it yard art and retro!  I just LOVE the little candelabra on her buffet!

This sweet pink and white booth is Candy's Corner.  Candy's specialty is vintage hats, gloves, & purses. As you can see, I'm still in the process of replacing some light bulbs :)

These last few shots are just random pics as I was walking out last night. I hope you have enjoyed the "preview".  I'm sure just since last night the shop has transformed a little more:)   Everyone is a buzz with excitement and activity!  We are getting more and more window peak-ers and even a few shoppers already walking in! 

Finally some Pictures!

Are you ready for the on slaut of random pictures?  Here it goes!

Hello again!

I know it's been a very long time since I've actually had time to post.  It truly amazes me how much time I have put into opening the shop and there is still so much to do.  If anyone has a cloning machine, I'd so pay to use it!

In between painting, cleaning, moving, organizing, and prepping I have been working on several pieces to add to my space at the shop. I am so excited about Paris Grey right now!  There just isn't enough ASCP to last me these days. Can't wait till I get my shipment in!...I digress.  With having such a large shop, I have several new pieces going in...and all of them seem to be a varying stages of not quite being finished...Hum...could it be the ADD or just the excitement of it all?! lol~

To add to all the excitement and work, last week was Kane Co. Flea market and this week it's also town wide garage sales!  I have been so blessed to meet some of the nicest people at both sales!  And even a couple from my run ins over the last week or so have taken a spot at the shop! I can't wait to snap up some pics of their spaces!  The gals that are joining me are so talented and fun!  Can't wait to get the doors open as I know their stuff will blow right out the door like these good ol Chicago winds!

Speaking of I said, everything seems to be at one stage or another with nothing quite finished.  I must admit, my fav piece right now is this beauty!  It's from an old antique piano from the early 1900's.  I used ASCP Louis Blue and Old White. As much as I want need to sell this, I'm having a hard time convincing myself of that!

Here are some random pics of my studio at home.  Will be at the shop a lot over the next few days with everyone moving in!  Will post more pics soon!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Oh How I MISS U!

Oh my blogging family, how I miss you so!  Things are moving along quite nicely at the shop!  Everything has been painted, swept, and people are starting to move in!  I am so excited with the progress, and I must admit, nervous too:)  I know I promised pictures, and I will get some soon...this is truly the only one I have.  Mr. Cottage was goofing around while I was painting and snapped this.  So this is what I look like when I work.  I do clean up well, but you'll just have to take my word for it!

Can't wait to share more...but will have to wait a bit longer.  I promise!  It'll be worth it!

Found a few more!
The periwinkle is gone and the nice neutral taupe is finished.  I did keep the dark blue...kinda liked it and it was in good shape, so why take the time to cut in all round the ceiling? June 15th is just around the corner!  Tick Tock!