Cottage Violets

Monday, June 30, 2008

Red, White and True Blue Blog Contest

Hi All,
Cottage Violet's is having it's first blog contest. The deadline is 9PM EST on Thursday, July 3rd, 2008 and the winner will be posted by 9AM EST on the 4th of July. All you have to do is leave a comment telling why you love the good ol' USA, and that's it, you are entered. Please play nice and enter only once, lol. And the prize: A $50.00 (fifty) dollar gift certificate for merchandise of your choice at Cottage Violet's. This old gal's red blood runs true blue, so in recognition of the 4th of July, we are offering a reproduction paperdoll book called United We Stand. One-half the purchase price will be donated to the Disabled American Veterans. We have a limited number of 12 books at only $12.95 (shipping and handling included), so hurry on over and support our veterans. Here's a sneak peak at the paperdolls. (Sorry for the picture quality, they are really crisp and clear in real life).

Una, Ned, Ida, Tom, Eva, and Don are saluting you, and your patriotism. Won't you help Cottage Violets help support a Disabled American Veteran? We appreciate your kindness.

Whether or not you purchase this book, you are still eligible to enter the BLOG CONTEST. So leave your comment, and God Bless The USA. (Please note, international shipping is not included in the $50.00 gift certificate, but may be used as part of the purchase price for domestic shipping. There's always some fine print!!! All comments are subject to approval of the blog owner, and any rude or deleterious comments will be blocked.)
Have a Wonderful Independence Day, Theresa

Thursday, June 26, 2008

A Blast From The Past - Beach Party Tonight

Wow, it's Pink Friday! Get your surfboard waxed, yourself relaxed, and head out to a Beach Party Tonight. There will be gals and pals, boutiques and chics, and you're invited, so get EXCITED!! Today I have a special beach surprise from Inka at Inkling Designs. It's ketchy, it's kitschy, and oh so Beachy...... Guaranteed to be fun in the sun, so whip out your card, pard, and let's go Beach Combing with Inka.

Surf's Up, and the gang's all here. In between the frug, the pony, and the watusi, swim on over to Inkling Designs and dig the Flamingo Cards. Our pretty pink Flamingo Hotties are strutting their stuff on beachy notecards. In between takes, and sunbathing, drive-in to Inka's and pick a lovely pink Flamingo stepping stone to beach up your pad. It is sure to be a hit with your tiki torches and sandy paths. Click on any items photo to take you to Inkling Designs, surfing made easy...

Hey, this fun's not done. Pick up a basket filled with beach treasures to put that sparkle in your favorite wahini's eye. Or how about a Surfing Safari treasure hunt with this beachy basket full of treasure as the prize. Inka's lives in Florida, so she's in the know and up-to-date on your favorite beach treasures.

This Mermaid is a Beach Cottage Must Have........Don't be late Eric Von Zipper has a crush on this little cutie, and you need to hurry before his gang shows up. Isn't she just made for your seaside retreat, with the seashell trim and beach cottage colors? And for you dyed-in-the-wool Pink Loving Beach Babes, Inka has pretty pink baskets, filled with shells and covered in netting to set on your shabby chic coffee tables. What an accent for your cool, enchanting beach cottage furnishings. Don't miss out! Inkling Designs is just a click away for the best beach experience.

And as the evening winds down, after Annette's Beach Party, explore Inka's sight for vintage treasures and shabby chic pleasures. After all, Inkling Designs is much more than just a day at the beach.
P.S. These Beach Party photos are used purely for fun and nostalgia, so don't go saying Annette endorses this or that, okay????? And never, ever, blame it on the Bossa Nova.
Later dudettes, Theresa

Thursday, June 19, 2008

This Is How I Know Tea Time Will Go On

I picked the most beautiful. lilting song to turn into tea music. And then I picked the most beautiful tea boutique on the world wide web. You have got to see Karen's Sweet Necessi-Tea's boutique. If you are a tea lover, this is your bag, lol.

Every day on my screen I see tea, and cozies
That is how I know tea goes on.

Teapots from all countries,
And colors and sizes,
That is how I know tea goes on.

Near, far, wherever you are,
I believe a small boutique will have your tea,
Once more just open the door,
And it’s there on your screen,
And the tea just goes on and on.

Pink Friday comes once weekly,
On your screen and my screen
Welcome to a Fine English Tea

Sweet Necessi-Tea's offers cozies
And tea cups and saucers
Karen knows that tea must go on

Near, far, wherever you are,
Her boutique is just a click away
So once more just open the door,
And it’s there on your screen,
And the tea just goes on and on.

She’s here, tea lovers have no fear,
I know Sweet Necessi-Tea's will go on,
She’ll stay , so choose tea today
And I know she’ll go on and on.

Please have a beautiful Pink Friday - English Tea

P.S. I am setting sail soon on a new luxury ship. It is the best thing going here in 1912. It is called the Titanic, and I have heard it is unsinkable, from an American friend named Molly Brown. Would you like to tag along? Regards, Theresa

Monday, June 16, 2008

Be Our Guest, Be Our Guest, Be Our Guest

What a fine day. I have a question today. Can you guess who our famous Hammersley Grandmother's Rose Teapot resembles? The hint is in the title of the blog. She dances with candlesticks and sings with teacups.

Here is an excerpt from her famous song:

It's a guest! It's a guest!

Sakes alive, well I'll be blessed!

Wine's been poured and thank the Lord

I've had the napkins freshly pressed

With dessert, she'll want tea

And my dear that's fine with me

While the cups do their soft-shoein'

I'll be bubbling, I'll be brewing

I'll get warm, piping hot

Heaven's sakes! Is that a spot?

Clean it up! We want the company impressed.

This Friday at MMP Pink Friday your place has been reserved for the best seat in the house. Welcome to a little bit of English Tea Friday. The event starts on Friday morning. So you can dress up, dress down, wear your jammies, the host will never tell. We are having such a wonderful time presenting these themed events. You can choose among the boutiques, mix and match your finds, and there is always something for everyone.

Well, have you guessed? Oooh here's another hint the role went to Angela Lansbury a great English (turned American) actress. What fun, I love Show and Tell Monday

Thanks for stopping by, Theresa

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Father's Favorites - Going Back in Time

Make Mine Pink is sponsoring a weekly event, Pink Friday's, and you have an exclusive invitation. This week the theme is Father's Favorites. Well, you take a bunch of Pink Addicts and wave a blue flag in front of them. What do you get? Some of the best father's day merchandise available anywhere. It takes all kinds to make a world, and my picks are aimed at the Renaissance Man. The man who likes tea in fine china, the vintage inkwell sported on his desk, and hammered aluminum serving pieces. Plus, I found two Sister pinkies who are offering comfort and food, ie Soft and Silky Pillows and Manly Fudge. Okay, you've got china, you've got pillows, you've got aluminum, you've got fudge. What does that spell? Happy Hubby, Blissful Boyfriend, Pleased Papa, Felicitous Fiance. So click on the links and find your Father's Favorites at the Boutiques at Make Mine Pink. Here are some pictures to get you started:

Come on over to Cottage Violet's and check out the china and aluminum

These stunning needlepoint and silk pillows are available at C'est Chouette

Manly Fudge Doubles at Clutter Bug Studio

Don't miss the vintage inkwell at Cottage Violet's, or the Hammered Aluminum tray.

Happy Shopping for Father's Favorites,


Sunday, June 1, 2008

Button, Button, Who's Got the Button, Woohoo I've Got the BUTTON(s)

Forgive me Cindy. I couldn't wait. I don't even have anything made yet. But I couldn't wait, I just couldn't. I have seen all the roses Cindy of Angel Heart Designs is making for all my Pink Friends for their beautiful projects. Well, I have this thing for buttons ever since I worked in a Yarn/Craft shop back in the 80's. So I threw caution to the wind and asked Cindy if she would make a couple of buttons for me. This lady is soooooooo nice, she must have flown to her wheel or whatever ceramic artists fly to, and produced the cutest buttons imaginable. I am going to request them in the two sizes and six colors. Oh my, I might just horde them like Scrooge McDuck diving into his pile of gold coins in the vault (sorry, for that mind picture). Anyhoo, here is a picture of the prototypes. Can't you imagine dolls and tags and journals and jewelry and cards and quilts and wall hangings. Mine, mine, mine, all mine, lol. I must also say Cindy is the most accommodating person. She listens, really listens. I like that in someone I am interested in buying something from. Cindy of Angel Heart Designs you are appreciated, and Make Mine Pink, where I found you, is privileged to have found you, too......

Speaking of Make Mine Pink (the art of the segue, lol). Pink Friday is just four days away, and you have an exclusive invitation to enjoy one day of theme coordinated shopping. You don't have to worry about finding something for your Father's Favorites, just come to Make Mine Pink on Friday and click on the Pink Friday boutiques. It's all about Father's and we have all searched high and low for the best father's day gifts imaginable. We put our imaginations to work and the merchandise will amaze you.... Here are a couple of pictures with a little introduction to Pink Friday's Father's Favorites

Imagine the Vicarage at Harrington Woods (if you haven't read Gabby Tails at Cottage Violets, you might want to stop, and go read them, lol). The old Vicar is sitting in the library by the fire. Gabby brings in his morning tray and sets it on the old desk. She moves the blotter and inkwell to make room for the shining tray. The Vicar looks over with a smile on his face. He will never forget how the cheerful Blue Cornflower pattern on the china has been a staple in his life all these years at Harrington Woods. Gabby smiles as she exits the room. Real men may not eat quiche, but they can enjoy fine china.........................................

Don't miss the wonderful surprises that are waiting for you on Friday

P.S. Don't let the look of the Muffin Dish fool you. I know it looks like a butter dish at first. Think of a flat soup bowl with a domed lid. Large enough to hold plenty of breakfast goodies. It's also called a Covered Pancake Dish. It depends on the "authority" you are speaking to, lol.

Regards, Gabby (oops Theresa)