Hi, I'm Holly! Welcome to cutie pie cottage

Hi, I'm Holly!  Welcome to cutie pie cottage

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

It's Party Time!

Welcome to the It's All About Me party hosted by Natasha Burns! Thank you, Natasha for hosting this wonderful party! Remember girls, when we do something for ourselves, we're really doing something for others too because when we're happy, we can easily make others happy, as well!

Although I am a loner, I've had an injured husband home and off of work since early Summer and I home school, too! I knew that in the months to come, I would be craving alone time- BIG TIME! So, I decided to create a haven- a Sweet Retreat just for me where I could go and craft, read, watch DVDs and eat chocolates! ☺ So without further ado:

Here's just a quick glimpse of one corner of my space! (All pictures are click to enlarge.) But there was quite a long journey of make overs to wade through before we got here! Come with me and see.

Before moving all my crafting supplies and tables into this room, I had some real problems to deal with! I needed to remove the cave like feeling of this dark little space and pretty it up! But what do you do if you have 4 walls full of this???? ACK!
The money to paint over them isn't there and the strength to paint over them isn't there either! So what do you do??? You cover them up with EVERYTHING you can get your hands on-that's what!!
How about wrapping paper from the Dollar store? Will that work? And vintage chenille? Will that work? Yes indeedy! And guess what? The whole wall is not covered with the wrapping paper! It's just that old 70's paneling underneath the bed spread! Hee-hee! Does anyone remember my 39 cent paper lantern? I thought it needed red dots. ☺

How about using a pretty sheet to cover another wall? You can even put a nail under the sheet to hang a freshly painted heart wreath!

I just knotted the corners and hooked them over a nail! Easy and cute!

A lace table cloth Could work- Right?

Or a lace curtain with cutie pie things hung on top of it!?

My! These lace panels come in han-dee! I tried hanging the lace tight but it looked too forced. This "throw it up there" method worked better for me-even if you do see the paneling at the top...

Okay- so that takes care of the walls but what do you do if you also have an old dinosaur like this 70s dresser to deal with? (Note old ugly wall in the reflection!) Yes, I'd love to paint this too but I can't- so what do I do?
Why, I glue Pink pom poms on it of course! Why not? ☺

And add other pretties too! (Note new pretty walls in reflection!) You can put vintage hankies over ugly drawers and attach rose plates to the dresser, add a bunny and shabby votive holders...

Ooo! Here's my Chintz from M!

You can pile up layers of tulle and add star fishies from M, too! That at least helps- does it not? My "new dresser" isn't the dresser of my dreams but it does serve me well with it's drawers full of craft supplies and it is now much more bearable!

Another solution for this room was to bring in this light piece of wicker from another area of the house! I was amazed how it instantly lit up the room! Do you see where my "Wall paper" stops? My covered tables hide the stopping line on the rest of the wall. If you click to enlarge this picture, you may also be able to see that I didn't vacuum! Ha-ha! ☺
This little night stand is what I had for a bedside table before. Even it was a thorn in my side. I tried to pretty it up but it was still just 70's fake wood furniture! The best solution I could come up with was to move it to the corner and...
cover it up! Vintage linens to the rescue!

I needed more lighting in the room but honestly, I do not own one, single nice lamp! Well, this wash basin full of rose petals and vintage gloves help a bit?

All these changes have helped to transform a dark dreary cave into such a fun, cute and pretty place to escape to and create in! (Even if I do still have brown paneling and furniture.)
I had so much fun making cute little spaces filled with crafting supplies!

I'm really not a cherub/angel girl; especially cherubs with a broken wing and magic marker scribbles that was free at a garage sale... So, I gave her the Pink stamp of approval. It was a quick fix! Hee-hee! Poor thing!

Here's a close up of my cute block from my new friend, E!

Now we'll move on to a few more make overs:
Back when I bought this shelving from the the thrift store, I knew I would want it for craft supplies! But until I could work it into my space, I put it in my bathroom.
But just look what my kitty did to it! I think she was paying me back for grounding her to the bathroom for the night!

Well, all is not lost! Vintage linens with polka dots cover a multitude of kitty sins!

I so admire the abundant shelving that so many girls have but I only have this one above! But... my hubby has plenty of these crates that I could sneak out of his shop! Shhhhh! But what to do? It's so ugly and shoppish!
Camouflage, camouflage, camouflage! Not bad huh? I sure do love my linens and gingham papers! There's all sorts of stuff stored inside the crate now and on the top as well!

This gold, garage sale shelf wasn't safe from a make over either!
It got a fresh coat of white and now hosts friends that came from Queenie and Lisa!

You long time readers will recognize this frame that I swiped from the living room. The plates that I originally had hanging inside kept falling down! ~ Cry ~ But the best thing about this vintage picture frame now is that everything adorning it came from Internet/blogging friends! Hmmm... Let's see, Linda, Rebecca, M, Noelle, Lindsey and Juli! Please forgive my lack of linking!

Isn't he a cutie pie? I LOVE children's vintage chenille!

Here's a close up of one another one of my easy peasy make over projects. I took this red plastic frame and placed all my Christmas cards from the 50's inside! I love the way it turned out!

I live in a dark little house because of my deep porches but even my kitty loves the way the sunshine pours through here in the afternoon and evening! There is a whole lot of "stuff" under the skirt of this table! It's sort of a crafting closet.

Here you can see that I have 2 tables set up with the office chair in between. This way I can have several different projects going on at the same time on each table or I can spin around and watch a DVD and eat chocolate! Hmmm...What's playing?
It's Macleod's Daughters! My latest Netflix indulgence!

Hmmm... What's over here on this table? Looks like some new projects! Yes, it's new projects that I made for today's party give away!

It's a 1 for you and 2 for me give away!

I made 3 new projects for myself in my new sweet Retreat but since I tend to create better for others, I decided that I would give one of these away and keep 2 for myself! So, if you want to enter, you *must choose just one* from these three items and you must tell me *which one* in order to be entered. *I will not choose for you*! ☺
Prize # 1 Small Lavender Rag Wreath

Prize #2 Picket Fence/Nursery Friends Pic. See the Forget Me Nots, Rebecca?

Prize # 3 Pink and Chocolate YUM Cupcake Pic!

Included with your win will be these 2 sweet store bought treats! Remember, you must tell me which one you would like in order to be entered. I plan to draw the winning name on Friday morning!

Thanks for coming by today, girls! You are all so precious to me! Old friends- and new!
If you get a chance, please go by Natasha's to check out what the other girls did for the party!
♥ ♥ ♥


Lori said...

Holly, it's amazing what you can do with a little determination and a lot of ingenuity...your room makeover is as cute as a button...i love your goodies from "m"...i have a few too...i like prize #2 the best, that little fence is adorable

~~Carol~~ said...

I. Am. Speechless!! You are the queen of the make-do attitude! I can't believe what you've done with little or no money. It looks fantastic, and it's SO YOU! It looks like a great place for you to be creative. Who wouldn't be inspired in there?!
Please, please enter me in your sweet giveaway! I would be over the moon to win Prize #2, Picket Fence/Nursery Friends Pic. I need it! And that polka dot candle is adorable too.
Congrats on your sweet retreat, girly!

MiniMadWoman said...

Holly, what a wonderful makeover! Who needs paint! You've made a cozy and creative nook for yourself and I can see you spending hours in there! Well done!

Oh, decisions, decisions . . . I'd have to say the cupcake . . . who can resist a cupcake?! Not me!

Thank you so much for sharing and have a happy day!


Natasha Burns said...

Oh my gosh Holly, I'm oohing and aahing over your wonderful room makeover! It's simply amazing!!! You must have been working on this from the day I announced the swap/party! just love all your wonderful tips and ideas for storage and for making the walls pretty. I'm so glad you joined in!

Cola's Cottage said...

You are so darn clever!! Wow, we would have a lot of fun together : ) I love to make something beautiful from little means! Very beautiful and charming. If I could win I would love prize #2!

Hugs ~ Nichole

The Rose Room said...

Holly, you will be snoozing away right now as I visit you! WOW!!!! What an incredible makeover without going to huge physical effort and expense with heaps of painting. It looks so inviting and so creative! Love that you are watching McLeods Daughters as well! Hope you have a great day when you wake up - I will be snoozing!!! Rachaelxo

Bunny Rose Cottage said...

HOLLY!!! I love your new *Sweet Retreat*!!! You did an amazing job, the transformation is just unbelievable! I love the way you used all different mediums for the walls! And the way you touched up the dresser, everything is just perfect and fun! It really fits your upbeat, bubbly personality! I have no doubt that you will be creating some amazing things in this wonderful new space! And I love that you have a tv and dvd player in there so you can relax as well! Great job Holly!

Your giveaway is just perfect too! I definitely would pick #2 but I am sure you already knew that!!

I had so much fun visiting your party!!
Love ya,

Jacqueline said...

Ah...I'm the first one to comment...yipppeeee...I would like to enter for #2...the picket fence. That is right up my alley, up my steps and into my backdoor...tee hee...wishin I might just win. I'll give it a whirl.
I was so awe struck and your creativity with your cave into a little piece of heaven. You did an amazing job and it turned out so pretty, so functional and so fun. Toast my hot cocoa to you tonight before beddy bye time. JP Patches needs to come to your house. Please send your address..pretty please!

Maureen said...

Good gracious - I am exhausted from all the work that YOU did! But is fun to have your own little cave! Very sweet and oh so girly!

P.S. I must get the info for your embroidery friend.

She'sSewPretty said...

What a transformation! I had a house with that paneling years ago and I painted it by hand. One board at a time. I think it took me weeks. I should have thought to cover it with fabric!
I'd love to enter your giveaway because that cupcake print is so cute!

Valeree said...

Hi Holly,
I LOVE your sweet retreat makeover! You came up with such clever ideas to "girly-up" that room. Absolutely adorable! And I also love each of your 3 give-away gifts, but I gotta say, I'm loving that lavender wreath. Great job!

Beach Vintage said...

I really love that little cane side table Holly, it's really cute!

Reflections from the Stone Nest said...

It is totally amazing what you did with your fabrics and accessories! It's a total transformation. Such ingenuity! Please enter me in your giveeaway. I woudl love Prize #2. Have a wonderful rest of the week,

Celestina Marie said...

Good Morning Holly,
WOW!! what an incredible makeover. You have pulled out all the creative stops. I love that you used things like wrapping paper to make such wonderful changes to the wall. Your pretty linens give such a fresh look all around. That's what's it's all about. Using what you have. This room is so cozy and inviting. I could spend many hours in that space creating.
Love the frame with the cards inside. Great idea!! Everything is so perfect. I love all your decorative storage ideas. Your talents really took you in the right direction.

I love all three giveaway gifts, but #3 will be my pick of the cupcake.
Enjoy your new "sweet retreat" and thank you for sharing it.

Love to you, Celestina Marie

Sandi said...

Hi Holly,
You did an amazing job with no money. I would say you are definitely making the best of what you have. Have a wonderful day !!

Sheila said...

OMG!! all the time it takes to do all that, take a photo, nope don't like that one, move things around, snap another photo... ect.. Light not right, take it again.. lol.. I know, i am no photogropher and my photos suck.. YOU Rock.. all that hard work is most satisfiying to you , it has to be. because your space is soooooooooooooooo great now. Jumps up and gives you a HIGH FIVE

Queenie said...

Good Morning Holly!
What an amazing transformation, and such a fun post! Congratulations for doing something for "you"....everything looks so pretty, sweet, and cozy too! That Wallpaper is adorable and I love the way it looks with that aqua frame! You are good girl...and I mean really good! the linens are so sweet everywhere I know you had such fun with this make-over! I know you will be enjoying your special space that you've filled with all of your girly favorite things! I wish I had a space all my own to create in!
Those are precious goodies that you made for your giveaway....I can't pick a fave, but If I had to, it would be that little lavender wreath, Oh how I love the framed picket fence and cupcake too though! You are so creative and crafty...very original!
Well, I hope you have a beautiful day!
Big Hugs,

KarenHarveyCox said...

Thank you for sharing the photographs of each detail of this splendid makeover. I love how cute and cozy you have made this room. Now you won't ever want to leave.


Hi Holly,
You sure did great with what you have! It's alway nice to have one's own spot to craft and eat chocolates in.
Deb :)

I pick the wreath as it would go in my lavendar bathroom. Thank you

tales from an oc cottage said...

You have been hard at work!!!!! I love it!!! You thought of so many ingenious ways to work with what you already had! That blue frame is the coolest! Fabulous job!!!!!! Wooohooo!

m ^..^

kimmcl said...

Holly, I think you are sweet as pie, and I'm tickled "pink" to have found your beautiful blog. I have two daughters and I love anything and everything girly. Love your new space. Blessings, Kim
p.s. I'm the girl that says "Hot Diggity"!

Connie said...

Every single thing you've done is absolutely adorable, sugar! But why can't you paint that dresser. Around here nothing is sacred enough to escape my brush—or spray paint can! I think I'd love living in that space also. Just darling, honey.

Gerry said...

Holly, you've undertaken a major, major creation. Your creative space is now a transformed wonder room! ! !
You've got it covered ! ! ! In fact, you've covered everything.
You're my kinka girl.
Aren't we happy we joined Natasha's creative party?
While I do love your cupcake if I were so lucky as to win your generous giveaway I'd be thrilled to hang your lavender wreath in my dream room.

Beth said...

Hi Holly! Thanks for the nice homeschooling comment on my blog!
Yes, I would like to enter your drawing!
#1 choice...cupcake picture1
#2 wreath (Although they are both cute...it doesn't really matter!)

I can't believe how much work you have done for your little "corner" of the house! I just bought a vcr/tv combo from a garage sale and am watching Pride and Prejudice, Emma, and Sense and Sensibility when I get the chance. However, I crawl into bed to get warm and comfy and fall asleep!! It is taking me forever to get them watched! (hmmm...but I AM well rested!!! hehe!!)

Dolly said...

Holly I am impressed and inspired! Girl you are amazing!
I love the wrapping paper idea....oh my so sweet! And the chenille blanket is way to cute...I could go on and on!
I'd love to come and create with you in your little sanctuary...and help you eat those choclates! ;-)


P.S. that sweet picket fence would be perfect in my princess suite!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Holly, I have so enjoyed spending the morning in your sweet retreat. Thanks for inviting me! I love what you've done with the walls. You are so creative and inventive. I loved all the pictures you showed. Looking at them just made me happy so I know how you must feel when you are able to spend time in there. I am so happy for you and glad you have this Sweet Retreat! I would choose prize #2 Picket Fence Nursery Friend picture. It's adorable! Thank you for sharing your wonderful makeover. Enjoy your day! Twyla

Anonymous said...

Oh what lovely things you created.I cant believe it my mouth is still open,LOL.Its so amazing how some of you just seem to put things together so beautifully.Well Im learning from all of you guys.It really is fun to do.Count me in on your giveaway,I love the little rag wreath.Have a lovely day enjoying your creations.~Becky

Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

Holly, you did a fabulous job revamping your Sweet Retreat! As you know I love to reuse and repurpose and girl you reused and repurposed to the hilt!

Your special place is beautiful and I love all the materials and elements you used...super job and it is truly a feast for the eyes!

Count me in on the giveaway, I love them all but if I had to choose one...I'd pick the wreath!

Hugs and love to you sweet friend!

Elyse said...

hooray holly!

your room is so sweet and cozy! it's like you're own little candy store. you can feel all of the love and time that you put into your room. so happy that you did this -- just for yourself!

i like prize #1


did you know that home depot sells "oops" paint? it's paint that has been colored but was never picked up by the customer. it's usually SUPER cheap (maybe $5 a gallon). they keep it at the paint counter and it changes daily. a "decorating cents" tip.

Vicki said...

Hello, Holly,
I love your amazing crafting room makeover! I especially love how you used vintage linens to brighten everything! I know this was a true labor of love, and I enjoyed seeing everything you did to make your room so inspiring! I would love to be entered in your giveaway, too. Thank you for your generosity. I would pick Prize #2 Picket Fence/Nursery Friends Pic. Have a beautiful day, dear friend! Vicki

karen said...

Oh Holly, what a great room! I can see you there now. It really is girly and cozy looking. Your lucky to have that space just for you. Your always so inspiring!
Oh and thank you for the chance to win one of your prizes. I would love to win #1 the lavender wreath. I love my valentine one and hated to put it way but this one I could leave out all year!

Persuaded said...

Wow, Holly! You did an amazing job on your little retreat! I had so many "favorites".. I kept thinking: I'll have to mention *this* in my comment, but then there were so many I can't remember them all, lol. The Christmas cards in the frame stand out, and so did your camouflaged crate. Enjoy your special girlie space♥

Oh, and my favorite for the give away is the little wreath☺

marble rose said...

Wow - you put me to shame - what a difference you have made - it looks amazing, so thoughtful and cute!!!! I love the fawn hanging - sweet! Great ideas! Please enter me for your great giveaway!(if you do over seas?) I love Prize 2 - xtra factor cuteness!!!

Come and enter my giveaway!!!


Marina Capano said...

wow! is amazing!

great job! congrats!

so, for christmas I´ll finish my daughter room! thanks for the date!,)


Cami @ Creating Myself said...

YOur studio is soo cute! How clever of you to cover the walls w/ all those materials!

I like the picket fence w/ teh sweet deer the best also.

Pansy Cottage Girl said...

Wow you are so resourceful! Well all those prizes look fabulous but I think I would pick the picket fence nursery friends. Have fun in your new girly room.

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

Oh WOW!!!
So many goodies and sooo many completed projects!!!
And a giveaway too!!!!!
Please count me in....Of course with my blog name ....The cupcAke is just calling wanting to live with me:)
But that polka dot candle is pretty cute too!!!! lol!

Priscila said...

oh my gosh Holly!!! Girl...you have been really REALLY really busy! Thats a lot of work you did in that room!!! The transformation is amazing! !!LOve every party of it!!! This is going to be the perfect place for you to get away and just block out all the craziness and create!Im really happy for you what blessing!!!

Your giveaways are so cute!! It would be a hard thing to giveaway either of them or to choose one. I love the lavendar ribbon wreath and the colors. Its really PRETTY!!! I also love your cupcake and I happily have yours you made me :) so I would pick number 2. Plus I think it has my name on it. Yes, go take a look Holly. No not there....yes there...see...it has my name on it P-R-I-S-C-I-L-A. Do you see it? :) so it must be my treat!

Speaking of treats a package will be coming to you shortly~ Enjoy it

Pearl said...

Awwww... your retreat is so cute! You can tell that you put alot of love into creating your special space... I'm very happy for you! Such adorable goodies to pick from for your give~away... if I'm blessed with winning, I'd like to have that YUM Cuppie Cake! FUN!
Hope you're enjoying the
swap as much as I am!
~ blessings ~
Thanks for stopping by for
a visit, and entering to
win one of my give~aways!

LiLi M. said...

Hello there, nice to meet you! We all know that it's easy to do a make over with a big wallet, but what you did is just amazing! I cannot believe my eyes! I love inventions like the polka dot balloon lamp, well I love everything. You did a fab job and you thought of every detail, chapeau!

*Noelle* said...

hi sweetie! i missed ya:) wow, what a fun party to come back too!! you did an AMAZING job girly-ing up that room of yours!! Love it ♥ Great giveaways too; of course you know that #3 wins my heart; pink, brown and a cupcake= 2 cute!!!!

what a great post!!!

love ya,
noelle ♥

Lisa said...

Oh Holly! Your room is amazing! WELL DONE!! Thank you for sharing and I hope you enjoy your time in your space!
Hugs, Lisa

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Oooh what a great giveaway Holly! I would have to say my favorite would be #2!! It would match my other picrure perfectly! I love my picture so much!!!!!!!
What a great retreat! Everybody needs a space and how cool that you got creative with the walls!


sweetscarlett said...

Wow, Holly, where was all that stuff before??? You needed the new retreat to store and show off all of your treasures. I hate wood 'cave' panelling! You have done a great job covering it up.
I love your kitties and your chennile and your embroidered cloths. So very vintage and lovely.

Katie said...

Wow Holly, is this your longest post ever! It sure seemed like you have been super duper busy and had a lot to share! I love how resourceful you were and that you came up with great solutions to your design issues. Even better, that they look so fabulous! I love your little me space, it beautiful!

And I wouldn't say no if that purple rag wreath were to find it's way up to MI☺ I've always been jealous of the lucky ladies you send those off too! But all your projects are really pretty and dainty! I've just had my eye on those for awhile!


Shabby Kim said...

OMGosh Holly!! What a sweet and girly space you've created for yourself and to know you did all that transformation on a shoestring budget makes the final results even more amazing. The room looks so inviting and cheerful and I could spend hours and hours in there looking at all of your cute things.

I'd love to be entered in your drawing so put me down for the #2 Picket Fence/Nursery Friends picture.

debi said...

Well, aren't you the clever one Holly! Love your use of what you had to complete a pretty, sweet makeover. Your creating space looks like a fun place to get inspired.
The projects you've made look pretty sweet too. Especially love the little lavender rag wreath.
Happy creating!
Hugs, Debi

Dogwood said...

Darling, darling, darling. You did a perfect job with that room. Thanks for the before and after photos. Love the creativity of what you did and those colors are so sweet. Enjoy!

Jeanne said...

Your art space/escape turned out so cheery and fun. I imagine that you'd like to be in there 24/7. You really did a lot of work - wherever did you find the time?

Marie Antionette said...

You did a fantastic job.Its amazing what you redid,by using what you had.Very good indeed.I love it.And I love my old 70's furniture.I wouldn't for nothing.XXOO Marie Antionette

The White Bench said...

Hello Holly!
I love vintage linens to the rescue ;))
Yours is absolutely a GREAT room makeover with what you had! Your room is soooo girly and cozy!
Have a wonderful day,

The French Bear said...

Such beautiful make overs, very creative!!!!
I love how you made it all work!!!
Margaret B

Jorgelina said...

what a wonderful makeover!
Your giveaway is just perfect.

Queen of Dreamsz said...


You've proven that the *make-do* philosophy does work!! I'm all for using what you have..it really looks girlie!!!! :0) Just so cute...I know you will enjoy your ALONE time in there. :0)

Please drop by to see me if you haven't already!


Lori said...

Oh Holly you are really something! The wrapping paper is a fabulous idea!! And looks so colorful and girly, great idea and job! I think a special pink space is so wonderful, a special yummy food for the heart, soul and mind! Wonderful post! Enjoy your space and if you get a chance, email me, pinkfadedroses@sbcglobal.net Lori

Peggy said...

Every girl needs a special place of her own. I know this sounds awful but I'm already decorating my daughters room in my head...she's getting her own apt with roommates in May after the spring semester is over. she'll still have a bed so I'm not a total witch...am I?


Coralie Cederna Johnson said...

What a gorgeous post!!! You have so many lovely items to display and you have arranged them all beautifully!

(You asked about my greeting card boxes and how I display them...I have a few photos on my blog on older posts and will be sharing even more soon. Thanks for asking and have a fabulous day!)

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

You have transformed this into a cute place with lots of light! Enjoy every moment you get for yourself!

daylily777 said...

Wow, you are very creative, Great job!Please enter me in your give away if I am not too late.
~Myrna Lee