Saturday, December 31, 2011


Looking back at a year nearly gone...
I am the kind of person that lives in the moment. Often I do not stop to photograph it as it happens, but simply enjoy it, savor it , if you will. This little habit makes for a pretty boring blog at times.
In the coming year I plan to make more of an effort, to show off my home, to take more photos, and to share more projects. In the meantime, please enjoy the few photos we did take. 

In The Pink!

Hotel Bed Tray

From Pop Corn Tin To Dog Food Bin

Blooming Where I Am Planted

Vintage Items From My Shop
Off The Rack Slip Cover

Strawberries and Nutela

Lavender Lust

Noritake Cake Plates

Cobalt Silver Salts

 Merci'   Gracias  Grazie  Dan ku   Tack   Ta   And...Thank You!!!
Please visit the following amazingly wonderful fantasically fresh and excitingly, cool and magnificent, superbly divine blogs:
Faded Charm
Common Ground  
Funky Junk Interirors
A Stroll Thru LIfe 

Friday, December 23, 2011

Ideas To Make Your Life Easier

 Disclaimer: These are not my ideas, although over the years I've done a few, as have some of my friends. A family member (Thanks Michelle) sent this to me, and I thought I'd share it with you all. Enjoy, tami

Why didn’t I think of that?!  We guarantee you’ll
be uttering those words more than once at these
ingenious little tips, tricks and ideas that solve
everyday problems.

ull strawberries easily using a straw.

Rubbing a walnut over scratches in your furniture
will disguise dings and scrapes. 

Stop cut apples browning in your child’s lunch box
by securing with a rubber band.

Overhaul your linen cupboard, store bed linen sets
inside one of their own pillowcases and there will
be no more hunting through piles for a match.

Pump up the volume by placing your iPhone & iPod
in a bowl.  The concave shape amplifies the music.

Re-use a wet-wipes container to store plastic bags.

Add this item to your beach bag.  Baby powder
gets sand off your skin easily, who knew?!

Attach a Velcro strip to the wall to store soft toys.

Use wire to make a space to store gift wrap rolls
against the ceiling, rather than cluttering up the

Find tiny lost items like earrings by putting a
stocking over the vacuum hose.

Make an instant cupcake carrier by cutting
crosses into a box lid.

For those who can’t stand the scrunching and
bunching: how to perfectly fold a fitted sheet.

Forever losing your bathroom essentials?  Use
magnetic strips to store bobby pins, tweezers
and clippers, behind a vanity door

Store shoes inside shower caps to stop dirty
soles rubbing on your clothes.  And you can
find them in just about every hotel.

A muffin pan becomes a craft caddy.  Magnets
hold the plastic cups down to make them

Bread tags make the perfect cord labels.

Bake cupcakes directly in ice-cream cones, so
much more fun and easier for kids to eat.

Microwave your own popcorn in a plain brown paper
bag.  Much healthier and cheaper than the packet

Install a tension rod to hang your spray bottles.

Turn your muffin pan upside down, bake cookie-dough
over the top and voila, you have cookie bowls for fruit
or ice-cream.

Freeze Aloe Vera in ice-cube trays for soothing
sunburn relief.

Create a window-box veggie patch using guttering.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Winners :)

Thanks to everyone who entered my giveaway, and a special thank you to those of you who've followed me all along! 
As we went along I entered each person into a basket (with extra entries for each extra link you made etc.) and this morning drew the names, and they are as follows:
The winner of the pretty Burlap Table Runner is:
Linda at Ala Carte
Congrats Linda, I know you'll find good use of such a pretty runner!
Winner of the adorable Burlap Wine Bag is:
Joy of Savvy City Farmer
Congrats Joy! I'm thinking you'll find something clever to write on your chalk board wine bag!
And finally the winner of the pretty Flora Doora is:
Pamela of Mercantile Muse 
Congrats to you, Pam, I know that pretty Flora Doora will look lovely filled with flowers in your home!
Ladies, please email me with your contact info and I'll send your prizes out to you.

Thank you again to everyone who entered, and for such a nice year of blogging due to all of you who've followed my blog, and inspired me along the way. There are many times I don't have a chance to comment due to my busy schedule, but I do visit your blogs, and love the pretty homes you have shared with us all, and am so inspired by your decorating, and clever ideas. 
See you all very soon, xoxo tami

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Giveaway!!! Burlap, Chalk, and Toile!

The last giveaway of the year is finally here!
I want to thank all of you who've been so kind as to have followed this little blog. I hope to share some fun things in the up and coming year, but before I do I wanted to give back a little something to you!
I'll be choosing three winners so there's lots of chances for those of you who enter.
Here are the prizes:
Winner Number 1 will receive this pretty Burlap Table Runner

Winner Number 2 will receive this fun wine bottle bag that you can personalize any way you want with it's cute chalk board label. 

And Winner Number 3 will receive this pretty Flora Doora made by one of my favorite bloggers,Jane

I'll also be throwing in a little lavender sachet made of Cabbages and Roses Fabric from Uncommon Linens
just a little bonus. 
I'm sorry it's not a lot, but I decided instead of one big prize to one person I would rather have three smaller gifts and give more lovely followers a chance to win, hope that's ok, -:)
Here's how to enter

1) Simply be or become a follower of my blog
2) Comment on this post
3) For extra chances to win, add my giveaway to your side bar or post about it, you can also facebook or tweet.
For each thing you do, please make a separate comment as those will be counted as your extra chances. Hope that makes sense?
1 comment = 1 chance
1 comment+ post  = 2 chances to win. 
1 comment + post, + sidebar, = 3 chances to win.
1 comment + post + sidebar + tweet = 4 chances to win.
1 comment + post + sidebar + tweet + facebook = 5 chances to win.
(make sure to leave one comment for each thing you do:)
So all in all you can have up to five chances to win, depending on what you do!  
If you're a follower of my blog, please, please enter!!! I'd love nothing more than to pull your entry out of the winner basket!
Winners will be announced on December 19th 
Have Fun!
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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Table Six Complete

Just a quick teaser...remember this six dollar table?

I promised a make over on it, so here's a teaser,

the complete table will be revealed in my Bedroom post, coming up in 2012.
I still have a beautiful crystal lamp to finish, and a few other things. This is a pretty busy time of year at work for me so I have to steal a few moments here and there when I'm not utterly exhausted. 
I've had lots of nice comments regarding my antiques and collectables booth, I want to thank you for your interest, and also let you know I'm waiting for my sign before I take photos, so as soon as I get that up, I'll take some pics:)

I'll be posting a giveaway this week, so please check back there are lots of chances to win! 

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Preview 2012

What's coming up at the High Street Cottage for the year end 2011 and the new year 2012?
There will be a Bedroom reveal! Yep, I'll let you inside my most private room...where it all happens!

Hehe, they always say that on t.v. when they have home tours of the stars;)
I'll also be painting, yes, painting my kitchen tile! Ohhh we're brave! We may or may not do it ourselves, our friend put us in touch with a company that does it for less, and guarantees their work, I mean can you really go wrong with white to begin with?

 Incidentally, the oven you see in this photo was my all time best thrifted find at just $65.00, originally $2000 it works perfectly and we've had it now a year and a half!

Then before any of that happens we'll be having a year end giveaway, so please stay tuned as there will be 3 winners! Yep 3! 
Please stop back by soon to see what the prizes are. Just to say thanks again for a fun filled year here at the High Street Cottage!
Oh by the way, my booth is doing fairly well, many of you have emailed me with congrats and kind words, and that is very much appreciated! In the coming year also I plan on linking up two or three blogs I fancy in my posts, I really feel the need to give back to all you wonderful ladies who do so much to inspire us all to make our spaces the best that they can be! See you soon, tami
Please visit the following outstanding blogs:
My Uncommon Slice Of Suburbia
Coastal Charm 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

You had me at hello...

Or otherwise known as how I discovered the blog world.
I've always, always been a "decorator". My Barbie house was amazing when I was a child, mod, wonderfully decorated made from a cardboard box a castle ;)  Flash forward to the 2009,  a simple search on my laptop for white slip covered sofa and I stumbled upon this photo.
 Which led me to This Blog
And that led me to a slew of other blogs, and the discovery that there are lots and lots of ladies with the same interests I have. And the same love of all things Vintage, Chippy, Old, Thrifty and Shabby. 
So here are a few of my all time very favorite blogs, the ones I visit most often, and the ones that inspire me over and over again:
Canadian Cottage 
 I fell in love with Janice's simple clean Farmhouse style, everything she does turns out perfectly. I've never exchanged emails, or spoke to her at all, but am a huge fan of her pretty blog.
And then there is Sandy

 I think this photo nearly says it really have to see the inside of this amazingly tiny cottage! Sandy is soooo inspiring with her talents, and those Red Wellies you see...are not just for show, she wears them to cross the pretty stream that leads to her tiny cottage studio.
Carol Spinski

Quite simply the way I would photograph if I knew how to photograph:)
These are but a few, that have led me to you:) 
Who inspires you?

Monday, November 21, 2011

Downtown Brown

What's not to love about Brown Transfer ware? 

It's Earthy, yet soft, feminine, antique-ish. (yes I know that's not a word, I've had the flu, twice in two weeks, so I'm entitled to make up a word;)
Between coughing my lungs up, I managed to get to a few yard sales yesterday and picked up a sweet little bundle of Brown antique transfer ware.
The pattern can be seen in the largest plate in my table setting.

For Sunday dinner I cooked up something tasty. I miss Sunday Family Dinners. Realizing, we are (just the two of us) a family, I am carrying on the tradition. After all the first family was made up of only two people ;)

We will be inviting guests over from time to time though. We love company.
 As you can see, our flowers, one week old today, still hangin' in there with a little tlc from Moi'
A vintage jello mold (i won here) holds course salt and lime to add flavor to dinner.

 A Dollar store floor cloth (looking suspiciously like expensive antique grain sack) stands in as a place mat. (don't worry, it's never been on the floor;)

Here's a little secret about myself...I cannot take photos of table scapes. It's very hard!

I can't seem to get the right angle. If anyone has any tips and would like to share them with me, I'm open. 
Oh you want to know the cost of my little dishes? Just $4 for a set of: 4 dinner plates, two bowls, one cup and matching saucer, and two cake plates. Not bad, considering it's hard to find, and very pricey in the shops.

I have one little tip for all of you, have you tried this product?

It's amaaaaazing! I made chicken fajitas tonight and used this seasoning, it smelled and tasted like restaurant sizzling skillets of deliciousness! I highly recommend it. I picked it up at World Market. 
For my recipe: I simply baked chicken breast in the oven, seasoned them with salt, pepper, and cumin.
Then sliced thinly and added to my skillet of onions, and red and green bell peppers I sauteed in olive oil. Then in the last five minutes of cooking, add the seasoning, and cook for a few more minutes. It's that simple.
We served it with rice and beans, and garnished with avocado, cilantro, and lime. 
Have a great week, tami

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