Cola's Cottage

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Friday, September 4, 2009

A look back...

Hi there ~ it is hard to believe that summer is coming to an end! I love the change of seasons and the crispness in the air. The suns rays are less harsh and it casts lovely light and shadows. I always get nostolgic and reminiscent this time of year. The garden season is coming to an end and it is time to put the gardens to rest for the winter. I always have this intense desire to clean house and get ready for a long winter. It must be that nesting instinct LOL!

Well it was a full summer and I had a lot of wonderful shows, beginning with my June sale in my studio. Below are some pictures of it.

These colors are so much fun. I love greens and blues with white furniture. I change the studio for every sale and for the last two I haven't been able to repaint these walls. I love the green. I think I may keep it for a while : )

I love this picture! I love the old bike and the shadows that are cast. My daisies were in full bloom.
My latest sales have been at a wonderful flea market in Detroit Lakes. It is called Shady Hollow and we were lucky enough to rent a building for the month of August. It has been exciting and fun. My friend Tracy and I have been selling our treasures together for years and having a building at this wonderful venue has been a gift.
Below are some pictures of our shop. It changes every weekend as we sell and move things around to create a new atmosphere every time.

Our building is a wonderfully old wood structure with a neat front porch. The window boxes are fun to set up displays on. Our items for sale are shabby chic, repurposed and painted furniture, vintage clothing and antiques. I have been creating new and fun altered art. I have found a new passion for old jars, paper, ribbon, buttons, and jewelry. I have had so much fun it should be a sin! I can get lost for hours with these unique finds and creating with them. Even the tinies thing such as a gift tag or little embellished jar can be a beautiful peice of art.

Our shabby, romantic decor looks great against the dark wood walls.

I wish I could share all of the pictures with you, and better yet I wish you could come and visit in person! We have one last weekend which is Labor day and I am excited for it. It will be a three day event and the weather looks great for it.

Soon this weekend will come and go and the kids will be back in school. I am looking forward to my new ventures in creating and cannot wait to share them and add them to my online shop!! Just this week I have a new desire to create pendants with my art and I am fired up about it. I have to learn something new which is a little scary, but it is also part of the fun. I love the challenge when I have the resources to accomplish it. I just get impatient and want to do it now!! It must be the impulsive artist in me : )
I look forward to sharing more and I hope you have a wonderful Labor day weekend!
Blessings ~ Nichole


  1. Ho,everything is so inviting. Wish I could come and absorb the atmosphere. Good luck with the sale. I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  2. Hi Nichole!! I am so excited to see this new post! Everything is so beautiful!! I love your pieces. That door is to die for!!! I also love the cabinet door sign that says vintage flea market, that is beautiful!!! I too love altered art and paper crafts. I cant paint, so that is what I do. It is so much fun, isnt it? I cant wait to see your new pendants!

  3. Nicole, I love all of the old things that you have in your shop and studio. They are just what I love too. My husband is building me a studio and I can't wait to fix it up. I will remember these pictures when I do. I too love to venture onto new things and I am becoming interested in altered art have been making some tags. I have you on my blog list, I hope you will add my blog to yours. Thanks so much. Your artist buddy.

  4. Hi Nicole! So glad to see your back. I just love to see all of your studio pictures. Wish I lived close by as I would love to visit your place in person. Hope you have a great time in your sale.

    Irma :)