Cola's Cottage

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

And the winner is.....

Hello my dear friends!  Thank you to all who visited and left such heart warming compliments.  This has truly been a wonderful gift to me and I am grateful to Natasha for hosting this party.  So without further ado I will announce the winner!  And the winner is.... Julie Marie of Idyllhours!  Congratulations and I hope you enjoy your little package of holiday goodies!!

I am excited to give you a little peak into my world in my studio.  It is usually really messy with projects going all over the place but I tidied it up a bit to snap some pictures.  I am in the process of setting up for my annual Enchanted Christmas sale event!!  It is by far the best and most favorite sale I have for the year.  I wish you could all visit me personally and share my it with you.  I live in a very rural community on the edge of a town with the population of 2200.  My mailing list spreads over many miles and people come from all over.  Our little town bursts with tourists who come to see all of the holiday boutiques in our local area.  We have wonderful, talented artisans and it is a treat for some happy shoppers.

So here is a sneak peak....

The picture above is my work space of my studio.  My sweet loving hubby built it for me out of new and salvaged materials.  I regreted not having more windows in this back space so I bought this mirror mantel at a yard sale for $3 and it opens up the space and reflects light wonderfully.  It just needed some paint and I think it turned out beautiful!  One day I dream of having more windows and some skylights.  All of the furniture in here is vintage, even the metal stools.

Below is the backside of the front of my studio where I showcase my creations.  Every sale that I have has a new theme.  I paint walls and move things around.  This beautiful old cornice was in here before and made a room within the studio with it.  I have a table now where it used to be so Justin (my hubby) moved it back for me.  I love how it looks with the chandelier in front and the beautiful leaded glass window behind it.  It feels so magical and warm to me.  Chippy and well loved is what I have a passion for in my decorating.

Above in this corner I am going with a silver and blue theme.  In front of this (not pictured) is an old tressel table that I painted PINK!!  I don't think I will be able to sell it.  Not only because it is pretty but because it is very functional.  I can use it for when I have workshops.

Thank you once again for stopping in.  I look forward to sharing more as I get closer to the date.  The sale will be on November 14th with a preview sale for friends and family the night before.  I hope to make it magical with lots of twinkling Christmas lights!

Hugs and blessings ~ Nichole


  1. Congratulations Julie!! I told you you were on a roll this week!!!!

    Nichole. your studio is looking gorgeous! So festive and beautiful!! Great job :):) I am working on some things for my Etsy Shoppe today :) Trying to have some fun!!

  2. Oooh Nichole! I can't believe I won your giveaway! I am sooo excited, as Amy would say... SCREAM!!! Everything in your giveaway is so beautiful and I can't wait to receive it all! You are so talented... I LOVE your studio! I would just spend all day in there...I love all the little twinkling lights and your gorgeous really does look so magical in there... your theme for this year of silver and blue is so pretty too... I wish I lived close to come to your sale, I know it will be wonderful... thank you again so very much Nichole... I love your blog and am so happy I found you through sweet Amy as well... love to you... Bisous... Julie Marie

  3. Hello, Nichole,
    Your studio is as charming and romantic as your artistic creations. Just know that if I was anywhere near to where you live I would be at your art show. Congratulations to lucky Julie Marie! I know she will enjoy all her pretties. Thank you for your generosity in having this give away. Hope your week is going well, sweet friend. Vicki

  4. Hi Nicole,
    Your studio is sooo sweet and romantic !! LoVe all the vintage pieces you have used !! I LoVe that worn, chippy look !! Ooohh how I wish..I wish I could be at your holiday boutique !! Can't EvEn imagine all the treasures to be found !! Thanks for sharing a bit of yours !!
    hugs ~tea~xo

  5. just found your blog...anyone could be inspired in such a beautiful studio--Wow!

  6. Hi Nicole ... Yes, I'm still interested in the box too .. just email me again when you have a minute .. ..we can work something out ... I can tell how busy you've been !!! I still have Nooo voice !!! booohoooo ...
    hugs ~tea~xo