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Sunday, August 21, 2016

A new shop on Etsy, sweetsurpriseparty

Summer of 2016 turned out to be so busy. Besides the fun of kitchen renovation, I teamed up with a party devoted friend and opened a new shop on Etsy, sweetsurpriseparty. This shop is all about party decorations and supplies. We have similar minds with this matter but different creative approach so it looks that collaboration is good for us. Tanya (yes, her name is Tanya, too :) what a coincidence!) loves color and large decorations for girly parties. I have tendency for minimalist decor, neutral and soft colors. Together, we created some great garlands and flower decorations and we had so much fun during our meetings.


So we'll see where it leads us. I hope the shop will thrive for many years ahead.

We are accepting custom orders (on some items, starting October 1st) so please visit our shop to see what's available and let me know if you'd like something made just for you. Have fun browsing!


Saturday, June 18, 2016

3 giveaways this weekend!

There are 3 great giveaways are going on right now on the Russian Artists Team's blog. 2 of them are offered by Nataliya (nataliyamalik)and the 3rd one is mine (socksandmittens). So if you are interested please click on the photos below to get to the one you want or participate in all three. 

Knit cup cozy giveaway

These giveaways are held for the annual Etsy Craft Party and will end tomorrow, on June 19th. The winner will be announced on Monday.

Good luck, everyone!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Thoughts on kitchen remodeling and some party decor ideas

Surprisingly, last week was a very busy one. Besides regular work routine, I started to think about remodeling our kitchen. Remodeling is never easy and especially when you try  to do it on a budget. There is also the question, what style to choose.

What would you do with your kitchen if you decided to remodel it?

Thinking of stylish ideas for the kitchen (and for the parties, of course) I made some more of those cute drink stirrers. 
I have them almost for every holiday or occasion now! 4th of July, Halloween, Christmas, baby shower, you name it! 
Some of the designs are pretty universals like the stars or the chevrons so they can be used again and again at almost any type of event. 
I have them listed at agardencottage so please take a look.

Have a wonderful mid June, everyone!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

A start of summer and agardencottage news

Last week was marked by the official start of summer here in Arizona. With 118'F yesterday it looks like we are not going to have much break from heat for the next 3 Month.

Happy summer and be strong, Phoenicians!
I already started to think about the Fall and even announced the Halloween party date at our place this year. So I am excited and getting ready for some fun in October. I am hoping to make lots of decorations myself (I will share the ideas!) but of course, I will use store-bought items also.

Here is what was new and relisted at agardencottage this week:

This wonderful French set of 4 Cristal d'Arquescordial/port/liquor glasses. They sound wonderful when you gently tap them with another object. They are perfect for the dinner party or maybe, a nice evening of playing cards with friends.
This gorgeous (and collectible) cobalt blue bottle was made by James Beam (Jim Beam). It has the original labels and tax seal and is from 1971. I just sold one like this in periwinkle blue, these are so pretty! It will go nice with a blue themed dinner party and will look gorgeous as a photo prop.
Here is a lovely polar bear miniature figurine from the Endangered North American Animals series:
I have sold so many little Wade figurines and I still have so much more to list. If you are a collector of these please stop by to see what I have. Maybe, you will find a missing piece?

See you next week!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

New at agardencottage

I skipped my post last week because of our great vacation to San Diego, California. It was my first visit and I love everything about this city. We took our 2 little dogs with us and it was fun to see these 2 little pups on the beach.

We even had a family dinner at the dog friendly restaurant in Del Mar! So it was a fun experience for everyone.

I was so relaxed after we got back that I did not list too many new items at agardencottage. But the ones I did are lovely!

Here it is, a classic sterling silver bracelet and large vintage brass skeleton key.   

Both are great and can be a perfect gift !

Stop by and see more vintage and handmade items at my shop on Etsy!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Look what's new at agardencottage

Here is some new items I listed this week at my shop (agardencottage):

2 beautiful vintage snake skin strap belts with stunning interlocking buckles:





A very sweet Snoopy rubber floating soap dish from 1950s. He can float in your bathtub or keep him on a shelf to display.

... and a very nice vintage cast iron owl wall bracket, perfect for a small space. Great gift idea for an owl lover!

Both of my shops will be closed for vacation next week (gone fishing!) but I will reopen on  May 23rd. Please convo me on Etsy if you are interested in something particular from my shops.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Free cross stitch pattern, spring flowers & birds by LaMariaCha

When I first saw this birds and flowers cross stitch design by LaMariaCha, I loved it. The colors are so bright and it has that nice folk feel. So I stitched it on tan Aida fabric and thinking of finishing it as a summer tote.
With Maria's permission I am posting the link to her chart on my blog today. This is not a quick project but definitely a nice one. You can download it here.