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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Summer Getaway

What a wonderful weekend! I was blessed to spend time at the beach with family. We had a special time dipping our toesies in the cold Pacific, searching for seashells, and just relaxing to the sounds of the surf.

I love visits to Neskowin, Oregon. It is a tiny village filled with nautical charm, petite cottages and brightly colored gardens. It is the perfect setting for peaceful strolls and lots of picture taking.

I love Hydrangeas....and, on the coast they bloom in so many colors.
They thrive in the sandy soil along the Oregon Coast.

What would summer be without a bit of Red, White and Blue?

It won't be long and the blackberries will be ready!
Blackberry Pies, Cobbler, Scones....

Walks along the waters edge...Paradise!

So many huge blooms....and, oh....the pinks!

I hope you'll join me for my next post...
My sister and I were able to tour two of the cutest beach cottages.
I was graciously allowed to take pictures to share with all of you.
Stay tuned for my next post...

Carolynn  xoxo

"As high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those who fear Him..."
Psalm 103:11 

I hope you will stop by Amanda's lovely blog. She is hosting a beautiful giveaway.

Today is "Share Your Cup"  on Jann's beautiful blog.
"Have A Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson"
I hope you will stop by to visit her at

Monday, July 23, 2012


It's Summertime at Chenille Cottage!

Make yourself at home....I hope you'll stay for a while.
My sister, Patti, made this lovely red, white and blue quilt for my birthday.
I just love it!

A Cuppa Spiced Tea...
One for You
And, One for Me!
Be a Lamb...and Stay For a While!
My Blue and Yellow Canisters were given to me as a gift in 1970.
I have always loved blueware of any kind.
Red, White and Blue
Stars and Stripes
Bouquets of Daisies
Mouthwatering Watermelon

My sweet husband brought this Gzhel Sugar Bowl back from a trip he took to Russia. He has a tradition of bringing something blue home to me when he travels overseas. I love this darling sugar bowl with it's lovely shape and rich blue hues.
The sweet little Dutch Girl was passed on to me by my Mother. It was given to her in the 1920s when she was a little girl. I have fond memories from my childhood of admiring it, but, never touching. It is a precious keepsake!
Milkglass from my friend & distant cousin, Laura
I love Chickens...
Any way, shape or form! 
"This Little Piggy went to Market..."
I have had these little salt and pepper shakers for over 30 years.
Aren't they cute?!! 

"Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt,
 so that you will know how you should respond to each person."
  Colossians 4:6  NASB

Sometimes I fall so short of this challenging passage of scripture!

"Blue sounds like the mighty Pacific.
Blue smells like a blueberry on a bush.
Blue tastes like a blueberry on my tongue.
Blue feels like a turquoise puffer fish in the ocean.
Blue looks like a shimmering sea.
Blue feels like a shard of beach glass.
Blue sounds like a whale singing."
J. Bowers

Sweet cream comes from Contented Cows!
My kitchen isn't complete without a few happy bovines!

Thank you for stopping by for a visit, my dear friends!
I hope you'll come back again, soon!

Blessings and Friendship,
Carolynn  xoxo

"Kind words can be short
and easy to speak,
but their echoes
are truly endless."

Mother Teresa

Happy Rednesday!  I added this post to Sue's lovely blog. I hope you will pop in and spend some time!

It's "SHARE YOUR CUP THURSDAY" at Jann's blog. I hope you'll stop in and visit her lovely blog!

I posted at "VERY MERRY VINTAGE STYLE"...I hope you'll pop in and visit this darling cottagey blog!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Sweet Stitches

Hello Ladies........
During the summer months I like squirreling myself away in the air conditioning to beat the heat. I've been busily stitching away.  Hand Embroidery is such a "Sweet Retreat"!          

"Somewhere Over the Rainbow"

"Sewing Seeds of Love, Joy, Peace, Patience..."

"Cotton Candy Pinks"

"A Hare Raising Tale"

"Spinach, Turnip greens, Brocolli, Brussel Sprouts"

"A Happy Harvest of Bunny's Favorites...
Crunchy Carrotts and Bright Red Beets"
"Blue Skies smilin' at me
Nothin' but blue skies do I see
Bluebirds singin' a song
Nothin' but blue skies from now on..."
Plant Seeds of Kindness

Somebunny Loves You!

Every project I stitch has to have a tiny touch of my favorite color!

I'm so glad you popped in for a visit, my sweet friends!
Carolynn  xoxo

"But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control."                     Galatians 5:22-23

I posted on Jann's blog I hope you will take a minute and pop in to visit her delightful blog!  

I posted on Sue's Blog on REDNESDAY
Be sure to stop by and visit her delightful blog!

Many, many thanks to  Sherry at "The Charm of Home"! It has been a blessing to be able to post some of my photos on her lovely blog    

Monday, July 9, 2012


I have been busy in my sewing room making more aprons! On hot days it's so nice to squirrel myself away in the air conditioning and stitch away!

I love making aprons as gifts. They are a passion for me with their old fashioned charm. I have always felt that the gifts I give should be the gifts I would love to receive.

Just right for Mommy's little helper!

I had the fun of making this little apron for my great niece, Ainsley. She's our family's miracle baby!  She was born two years ago prematurely at 27 weeks. Baby Ainsley weighed 2 lbs. 11 oz.  Last week, she went to the doctor and weighed in at 29 incredibly wonderful pounds. She's healthy, happy and such a sweet little girl!
She celebrated her second birthday this past weekend. Happy Birthday, Ainsley Marie!
To God be the glory! We thank Him for touching our little angel girl!

It was a pleasure stitching up this summery apron for my friend, Sharon. I hope she will wear it in comfort and good health. It is a colorful version of my original flapper style apron that I shared in one of my previous posts.

I enjoy personalizing each apron I make with my "Chenille Cottage" labels.
I machine embroidery my labels on twill tape.


Thanks, so much, for popping sweet friends!
I hope you have a wonderful week!

Carolynn xoxo

"Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say rejoice!"
Philippians 4:4

Tuesday, July 3, 2012


Come sit with me on my dear blogging friends!
Make yourself comfortable while I step inside and pour you an ice cold glass of lemonade
I'll be right back.....

Summertime and the Livin is Easy...

Hat's off to the good old USA!

Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue!!

Sit a Spell....Take your shoes off!

Patriotic Little Perches...

A special place for my feathered friends...

May God continue to Bless the Land that I Love!

I'm so glad you were able to spend a little time with me on this beautiful summer day!

Do come back, my sweet friends!

Carolynn  xoxo

"If my people who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land."   II Chronicles 7:14  (NIV)

I absolutely love red, white and blue!
Thank you, Debra, for hosting a "Vintage Patriotic Party"!