Wednesday, December 31, 2014

New Year Greetings

Happy New Year to all.
During 2015 may we all keep kindness
in our hearts for others and for ourselves. 

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Greetings

Wishing each of you a very
Merry Christmas
Happy New Year.

Thank you for following along this
year with tales from
My Pinecone Cottage.


Friday, December 19, 2014

Christmas Winner!!!

Tis the season, and I was very jolly when
I learned I had won the Christmas Giveaway
It arrived in this great box.  Being a lover of
red, I almost didn't need to open it, I was happy

When I opened it, it was full of goodness! 

Inside was a precious candy cane towel and
recipe book.  A box of chocolates, vintage choir boy and tree, sweet hankie, gift tags, and
two wrapped items. 

Dear Deb had made the sweet little ornament
with the choir and that precious Putz house. 

And look at the variety of gift tags!! 

Thank you, Deb, for this wonderful
cheer at Christmas.  I am a real winner to
have received this giveaway! 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

I still drag things home.

I have not been blogging because as soon as
my foot was well enough I was helping
a dear friend prepare to move from her home to
one room in a Foster Home.  Every once in a while I had a chance to junk.  I often don't buy anything anymore because I have worked so hard at getting rid of things.  But the odds of never dragging something home are slim and NONE.
So here are a few finds.

This is our sun room and on top of
the shelves in my collection of
violin bottles. 


I had stopped adding to this collection, but
when you find them for a few dollars it
is impossible  difficult to resist.

Yes, three more!  I love finding them with the
hanger attached.  I remember my mom having
two green ones on our patio full of ivy. 

I cannot resist the wood bottom little tray, baskets.  The white pot will go in my
potting shed. (Sorry about the blur.)   Little
package of fun millinery, a wood egg cup,
and a small blue jar.

This is a twin chenille  spread but it looks
sweet on the queen bed, (over the other one).
Tinker has photo bombed! 

Love this red planter.  Perfect for Christmas
décor, or for my house, anytime décor! 

And books.  I decided to pick up red and green
books for décor.  One blue one snuck in because it was cheap.  I don't care what they are about, I just go for the color.
So a few new things that came home with me.
It has become kind of fun to be very selective
since I'm not selling anything anymore! 

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Just a Rainbow of Buttons

I took these pictures a few weeks ago.  I have been out of commission due to foot surgery (nothing serious, just long recovery) and figured I better post something  :>)

I thought they were pretty all put in a row.
They were all washed and sorted.  I picked out my favorites and put them away.  Sorry I did
not make other photos. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Nest/Guest Room DONE

It's DONE.  Well, until I find
something else I want to change.  Here are the
photos,  hopefully you will notice a
few less things around.

The only things on the bed are pillows!!
I will try to keep it that way. 

I moved the blue cabinet and added a
chair so guests would have a place to relax. 

The area behind the desk now
has a lower profile.  I still needed
the storage since I got rid of the
big desk with drawers.

Beside the cabinet are my suitcases.
They are now full of things that were
stored elsewhere. 

My desk is ready for whatever I
need.  My hope is to start
making jewelry....we'll see. 

From the desk looking out of the room.
I am enjoying the less cluttered look.  I
would like to say uncluttered but can't
quite pull that phrase off just yet.

 Besides working in the yard this summer,
my two main projects are now complete.
The potting shed and the nest/guestroom.
It feels good.  The next room to do is our
office.  That will take some major work
and if when we get started I will take you
along for the ride.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Current Project: The Nest/Guest Room

My current project has been to
rearrange my Nest....the guest room.
We don't have many guests, so I have
made this room into my Nest, where I
do my "fun" things.

These are "before" pictures. 

There really wasn't much room for
guests.  I am trying to lighten things. 

This great old library table was my
parents, and will become my desk. 

I would love to reach a point where
this bed does not always have STUFF
on top. 

Things have been moved out. 
Some will get painted and some will
go away, some will come back. 

I will miss the large school teacher
desk.  It has served me well and
gives me much room to use.  But,
it also takes up much room!!

Next I will show the completed room! 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Buttons for Kathy

My friend Kathy  is an avid collector of
buttons.  If you love buttons you must
check out her blog.  I told her I was washing some buttons and she asked me to do a post
about them.  So here is one on the red ones.

I don't really "collect" buttons.  I love red
anything so have acquired many red buttons.
These are the ordinary ones. 

These are all shiny round buttons. 

Brass is the middle, ducks, and round cloth
covered buttons. 

Octagons and square buttons. 

Pretty buttons. 

Red with something added or just
a little extra added in. 

My favorites.  Love the details
on these. 

They are all kept in a jar.  If you knew
how many jars of things I have, well, it's
an obsession.

Kathy could tell you which buttons are
what kind.  I just sorted them by similarity
because that is the extent of my
button knowledge.  As I said before, if you
really like buttons, check out Kathy's blog. 

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Potting Shed Favorites

Now for my favorites in the shed.  If you have
followed along this far you know that
the shed is full of fun things.  These, that
follow, are things that really pull at my

This tray I have had for a long time.  It
now sits inside the cupboard.

The colors and the graphics are just great!! 

The frame I have also had for a long time.
I finally found something to put in it so
I could hang it up.   The daffodil shelf is
a favorite for two reasons.  I love daffys and
the shelf is folk art. 

Another piece of folk art that is just funny!!
When I see it, it makes me smile   :>) 

This scrapbook is a favorite for a couple
of reasons.  The blue on the cover is one
of my favorite blues.  So bright!  And,
again, the graphics and colors are right
up my alley. 

By now you might guess what I like about this
wall pocket.  Yes, that blue again.  Plus he
has the cutest if he is saying
"what will you put in my pocket?"
He was made in Germany. 

Even I am starting to see a trend here.
The parrot, love him for the colors and
he is folk art and he is a bird.  And the
pot in the wagon--------yes, the color! 

And then the final group.  These all just
make me happy.  I love the stand that
the little book is on.  And how can I resist
such a precious little book?  The gnome pot
is unusual and definitely belongs in a
"potting" shed.  For years I have loved
these little hand painted vases.  I don't have
a collection of them but this one is sweet with its
curvy shape.

So, there you have it.  There are other
favorites in the shed, but it is difficult
for me to show them all.  It would take all
day!  Thanks for going on this journey with
me.  It has been fun and has made me
realize that with all that I have, I could part
with much of it and still have a full heart.


Friday, August 1, 2014

The Potting Shed Vignettes

I said I would show some of the
vignettes of the shed up close.
Here goes:

I really like this little metal carrier.  It has
a flat handle you can see on the top.  Here
I store  my metal baskets, funky, old tools,
and my jar of twine. 

This little shelf is a new addition.
I put little and/or light things on it.  I
got a set of 7 dwarfs at an estate sale and
put the ones related to the garden here. 

This "new to me" cabinet had the perfect
colors for the blue and yellow pots.  And
the blue Ball jars.  A dear friend sent me
the Future Farmer sign.

This is part of my small bottle collection.
I liked how it looks in the little wagon.  The
rickshaw is folk art, which I enjoy. 

I've had this shelf for years.  When I redid
the shed, it stayed in the same place. It is
just a happy little corner with things on it,
hanging on it, and around it. 

The little green  table/stool is not
new to me, but the bookcase is.  More
of my pots are displayed as well as  a
few of my many jars of "whatever". On
the bottom shelf is a sweet little basket
that I like and a green plastic glasses carrier
the I adore. Underneath are the seed pots. 

This is above the large cabinet.  I have
two of those precious little floral lamps.
The die are set to my age.  I like all the
white together with the green.  And the
little gnome.

The next post will be some of my  my
favorites in the shed.  It is always a work in
progress.  Kind of like life.