Monday, August 9, 2010

Showing off our Cottage

Hello everyone,

I just remembered that it is Show off your Cottage Monday at Cielo's lovely House in the Roses so I wanted to join in the fun.

As some of you know this is our little garden cottage.

Leading up to the door.

But first, the little enclosed garden of the French doors at the south end of the cottage.This was taken earlier in the season.

This is what it looks like now. I love how the clematis has grown.

Sorry wrong order here-we are back in June again.

While we are here let's peek inside -the doors are open but there is a big screen on to keep out unwanted visitors.

This year I went with a white theme -seeing so many lovely white cottages on other pretty blogs.

Had to have some toile touches though. The chair slipcover came from a thrift shop. All the furnishings and linens ,china etc. came from yard sales,thrift shops or was given to me.

The cottage is so romantic at night with fairy lights and candles.

This was last years slightly different look.

This little cottage has hosted some little tea parties.

Tea parties for garden fairies.

Tea parties for three of our grandchildren-all born the same year and great little playmates.

A spring tea.

At Christmas time I decorated the cottage for a Christmas house tour as a little bonus.

You might notice the mantle has had a makeover since then.

And back to the little ones tea party. Some of you have seen some of these photos before but I thought you might enjoy seeing them all in one post for Show off your Cottage monday- thank you Cielo for hosting. Check out the other "Show Offs" if you haven't alreay!

Thank you for visiting our little garden cottage,

Take care,



Lavender Cottage said...

Hello Carolyn
My granddaughters (even the 13 yr old twins) would just love to be in your little cottage for tea.
You enquired about Ammi/Laceflower from my post - an annual that reseeds nicely and is more delicate looking than QA lace.
My initial seeds came from William Dam here in Ontario but I don't mind saving you some if you want. I know how beautiful Ammi would look in your gardens.

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

What a beautiful setting. I think everything you touch turns into loveliness. I think the fairy tea pictures just might be my favorites. So adorable.

Marie said...

Hi Carolyn - Your cottage and garden is really breathtaking! It's in my top 5 best gardens. Stopping by from SOYCM.

Madelief said...

Hi Carolyn,

My last comment and your new post must have crosses. I always enjoy looking at the photos of your garden house very much. I like your 'all white' theme! It's the perfect setting for a tea! It must be a joy to sleep there too, with the doors wide open and the birdsong early in the morning!

Lieve groet, Madelief

Maddy said...

CArolyn, io sono rimasta quasi senza parole, te lo giuro...
...è tutto fiabesco, persino i bimbi sono così belli che sembrano di porcellana !!!!

Buon pomeriggio, cara! ♥

♥ Maddy

Princesa Nadie said...

Dear Carolyn
I love visiting you in this" Show off your Cottage Monday"
All what you show us is always lovely...all your photographs bring to me a beautiful world around you and I love it!
will have a tea tomorrow?I will be enchanted meeting you again

Susan said...

Loved the tour of the cottage, Carolyn. It looks absolutely beautiful. I love the white look! Thanks for sharing. Susan

Mariette said...

Dearest Carolyn,

That is like a REAL fairytale, not just a tea for fairies! What a lovely, dreamy and very romantic cottage you got. Is it in your garden and does it have some running water and electricity too?

Sunny greetings from Georgia


Lady Pamela said...

I don't know how you do it. You definitely have a gift to turn things into beauty. Absolutely lovely.

CIELO said...

Oh dear dear Carolyn... this is so dreamy.. and those lovely little fairies my goodness! What a blessing to see, and imagine I'm there to celebrate all this joy... may you and yours be blessed, and thanks again for participating in our "Show Off Your Cottage Monday", and bringing us here to this enchanted place of yours!

Hugs a plenty!


the VG huis said...

Hi Carolyn, Your cottage is soo dreamy. I especially love the picture with the Christmas Tree, how special is that!?? You have some very lucky guests : ) Stacey

Carolyn said...

Hi Mariette,
The cottage has eclectricity but no running water.

Hi Judith,
Thank you for your kind offer on the seeds.
Thank you for your lovely comments everyone.

Shelia said...

Hi Carolyn! What a romantic dreamy little cottage you have! what a treat to have this special place!! Do you ever sleep out here over night?
Enjoy your beautiful space.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

A Hopeful Heart said...

Beautiful!! Enchanting!! Magical!! Stunning!! And a whole host of other lovely adjectives as well.

Thank you for opening your home and garden to us.


awal.ny said...

Wow, that is beautiful. I thought your gardens were amazing, just look at what you have done with the cottage. I have new aspirations for my shed that thinks it's a cottage. I need more white paint!

Anonymous said...

Hi carolyn, I would love to live in your cottage forever...Kathy

Elly-My Everyday Things said...

I'm a silent reader of your blog for a while, but now on Show off Your Cottage Monday I thought it was time to leave a comment!
I really love your garden and the beautiful white cottage. I've lots of white in our house too, and never get tired of it. I enjoyed all your beautiful pictures!
Have a lovely week!

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

Hello Carolyn, your Garden Cottage is simply enchanting! All your photos are simply beautiful, and your grandchildren look so adorable having their little tea parties :) Loved seeing the pictures you took at Christmas time. Once again I have totally enjoyed my visit here :)

Hope you have a lovely week :)

Warmest hugs, Brenda

Sharon said...

So enchanting. What wonderful memories you are creating for your grandchildren.

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Carolyn....Your garden cottage is so enchanting! I love the holiday candlelit pics!~Hugs, Patti

Cindy said...

Such a sweet little cottage, Carolyn, and darling little fairies having tea parties! The little enclosed garden is so lovely, it is just so beautiful.
Hugs, Cindy S

Peter Gaunitz Landskapsdesign said...

Wonderful pics! But so many nice beds make me sleepy.

Heaven's Walk - said...

Hey Carolyn.....can I live there?

It is SO dreamy! I'm swooning!!!!

xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

Melanie@The Old White Cottage said...

What can I say ... Wow!

Erin @ I Heart New England said...

I have never seen anything more beautiful than your little cottage... and those pictures during Christmas time? WOW

A Garden of Threads said...

You have a wonderful garden cottage. A perfect place to escape and read a book or have a tea, just like the grandchildren do.

Bernideen said...

What a treat to see your special cottage in the garden. ALWAYS look forward to what youhave in store!

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi Carolyn: Your home is amazing. I had to wipe the drool. Everything is stunning. Wow! Thank you for sharing, Wow! Blessings, Martha

Angela said...

Um WOW! How are you NOT in the pages of Romantic Home or Victoria? I love your little cottage it's so gorgeous.
What a special treat it is for your grandbabies to spend time in there.
Thanks for sharing all of your pretty pics!

maría cecilia said...

Hola Carolyn, everything is sooo beautiful, you have a great talent and taste... but most pretty of all are your darling pretty grands... how lovely they are playing tea in your awesome cottage!!!!
maria cecilia

Sanna said...

Hi Carolyn,

I love your cute cottage. It´s like a dollhouse for grown-ups ;)

Have a nice day,

essemia said...

So beautiful...!
Love Elzie

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Hello, I just came across your blog and have to say that your cottage is just beautiful. I'm off ot see more. Have a great day, Theresa

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Carolyn, I never get tired of peeking in your little cottage! I adore the doll house! Love all the linens and laces too. What a charming spot for little fairies to enjoy their tea parties! I'm going to have a little fairie in December; a Christmas granddaughter and I'm soo happy! Have a lovely week.


Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Carolyn,
Oh my goodness how lovely and a delight for my eyes... Your cottage is so dreamy..I adore it!
(I want a dreamy cottage for my back yard too)I will have to speak to the hubs about this..... any tips!.
I always enjoy my visits...have a sweet day~hugs, Elizabeth~

Kelsie and David Country Home... said...

Hi Carolyn,
I was delighted to see your cottage entry. I can't wait to show hubby how adorable and enchanted it is.

Thank you for you lovely comments you left on my blog, they truly mean so much to me.

Rug Cottage and Iowa Barntiques Antique Mall said...

Dear Carolyn,

Your Pictures are like my dreams.... You are amazing. Do you really live like this? I dream of it, I guess I'm a hopeless romantic.

Do you heat or cool your little cootage? It is incredible. The candle lite pictures are breath taking.

Thanks so much for sharing your gifts.

Lacy said...

So cute! I just love it!

Pamela said...

Now this is how I imagine my little studio to look. Unfortunately the studio is right on the road way and security is a big issue. I can still dream!

This cottage deserves a spread in Victoria magazine!! Gorgerous.

Georgianna said...

A beautiful dream from which any visitor would not want to awake! It's so welcoming and charming, Carolyn! Now I REALLY want one on our property

cathleen said...

Dreamy and just lovely. You have exquisite taste in decorating, gardening, and coziness.

suzeeez said...

Simply beautiful !

Katy Noelle said...

Okay! MELT!!!!!

Anonymous said...

It is such fun to look at all these lovely photos.

:) Hope