Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Ikea placemats made even more beautiful!

I recently purchased these pretty pink placemats from Ikea.  I loved that they were well made and the color was perfect for our morning room.  However, I felt they were plain and I wanted to add something to them to make them special.  

I decided to stencil them using my crown stencil.  I used fabric paint and my Martha Stewart stencil brushes.  

I did six of them for our table but I am currently only using four of them.  They turned out perfectly and I love how they look on our table. 

So pretty...

Our morning room

You can see my tea bar in the background.

This is an idea you can use for any fabric placemat.  It is a great way to personalize your placemats and make them match your decor.  

Just have fun,

Tea Cottage Pretties

Pretty Chair Seat Covers
from French Aprons

It has been some time since I have posted on my blog.  While I was out shopping today with my daughter, she mentioned that she loved my blog.  It reminded me of why I started my blog in the first place.  I wanted to create a space for me to share all the things that I love.  So tonight I found myself here at the computer working on a new post.  Hope you enjoy...

While we were in Korea I found these really cute pink aprons with French script on them.  When I found them I imagined that they would make beautiful covers for my dining room chairs.  I purchase as many of them as I could find.  The best part is that they were only 3000 won, which was about $2.70 each.  I ended up with 6 of them so I had 4 for my chairs and 2 extra. 

I first had to remove the pockets from them and then open up the hems to make the fabric wide enough for the chairs.  Much to my delight, they were just the right size to cover the chairs.  

I think they are precious and I was so pleased that it worked just the way I had envisioned it. 

Here are all four chairs in our formal dining room.

I have been enjoying decorating our new home.  It is a work in progress and I hope to be sharing some of my recent and future projects.  

Have a beautiful day, 

Tea Cottage Pretties

Saturday, April 7, 2018

My Newest Find

My Newest Find

ON one of my recent outings I found this lovely Lanshire mantel clock.  I believe it is from the 1950's or 60's.  It is made of fine porcelain and is either kaolin porcelain or fine bone china.  It feels and looks more like kaolin porcelain that you find in French Limoges porcelain.  

 It has beautiful detailing on it to include these cute cupids, roses, gold trim, and pretty handpainted details as well.  

 The face of the clock is beautiful and the clock itself works perfectly.  

 Markings on the back and the electrical cord. 

I feel very fortunate to have found this lovely piece and to give it a new home here at Tea Cottage Pretties.  I simply adore old beautiful things.  

Here is my clock in its new home. 

Off to see what other lovely things I can find in our new home. 

What lovely things have you found lately? 

Be sure to come back to see my new post from time to time featuring my crafts, decor, and my finds. 

Tea Cottage Pretties

Monday, March 26, 2018

Umbrella Stand Umbrella

Umbrella Stand Umbrella

Painted white

Add flowers

Now it is a beautiful floor vase

Found this umbrella stand at one of my favorite new spots.  I loved it immediately and I was delighted that is was clearance at half price and then it was an additional 15 percent off.  

I brought it home and painted it white, added some flowers and it makes a beautiful floor vase. 

What a fun and quick project. 

Hugs, Beverly

Tea Cottage Pretties

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Saturday, March 17, 2018

Shadow Boxes

Shadow Boxes

I recently found these shadow boxes at one of my favorite stores.  They had a pretty background with the word LOVE on it.  I didn't know what I was going to do with them but I loved them. I knew I had a collection of vintage postcards and that they would look pretty inside the boxes.  

 I looked around the house for ideas and I had these cute metal bird embellishments,  Looking through my buttons I found that I had crown buttons that fit on the bird's little heads.  

Then I looked at my Royal Albert items and realized that my spoons had tiny holes in them and they were perfect for my shadow boxes. 

I added a few other buttons and ribbons and my shadow boxes were complete. 

I am delighted with them and they are lovely hanging in our dining area.  

They make me smile when I see them. 

Surround yourself with things that make you smile,


Tea Cottage Pretties

Monday, March 5, 2018



I purchased an inexpensive dreamcatcher and I redesigned it.  It was beige and lacked color.  I removed everything from it and added strips of fabric, vintage seam binding ribbon, and lace. 

Then I made two matching flowers and added a metal bird embellishment along with a rhinestone crown button.  I topped it off with a matching bow and now it fits nicely into our decor.  

Do you ever buy things and redesign them to fit into your decor?  I many times find that I know what I want things to look like and I see them for what they could be.  Dreamcatchers are really in style right now and you can find them everywhere.  If you can't find one to match your decor buy an inexpensive one and redesign it.  

Just have fun,

Tea Cottage Pretties

Beautiful Finds For Our Home

Beautiful New Finds for Our Home

Here at Tea Cottage Pretties, we are working on decorating our new home. This is an exciting time for me and I love finding new, vintage. and antique items.  Recently my daughter and I found an antique mall and we were fortunate to find some pieces for our home.  I found a lovely vintage floor lamp.  It was dirty and needed some love. I brought it home and cleaned it up, painted it a lovely white, rewired it, and added a pink Shabby Chic lamp shade.  

Details on the lamp

We also found this beautiful needlepoint.  I bought it because it was hanging on the wall and it looked like a painting,  The colors are simply beautiful.  The frame was actually a gold color and I painted it white to freshen it up.  

Off to find more beautiful items for our home. 

Tea Cottage Pretties


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Home Again

Home Again

We have been on a long journey over the past 2 years.  However, we are finally getting settled in our new home and I felt it was time for me to share.  We have moved many places during our life's journey together and we now live in my home State of Virginia.  I have come full circle because I was born here and my soul lives in this state.  I am a very happy girl. 

After living in Texas for so long it is nice to be in a place that has four full seasons.  I love the architecture, plant life, and the seasons here in Virginia.  I feel so alive here and I haven't felt this way for many years.  

We had our first Christmas in our new home and our first snowfall here in Virginia. 

Now that the holidays are over I can start to decorate our home the way I want it.  I will be sharing some of my decor with everyone over the next few months.  I hope you will come back to visit.

Have a great day, 
Tea Cottage Pretties

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Target Pink Reindeer Ornaments

Target Pink Reindeer

I am so excited to let everyone know that Target is once again carrying the vintage styled pink reindeer ornaments. 

If you missed out on them last year this is your chance to get them.  The ones this year are styled a bit different than the ones in the photo above.
 So get out there and get your charming little pink reindeer or follow this link to see them online. 

Pink Reindeer

Be sure to check out the Shabby Chic Christmas Collection including a pink Santa! 

Shabby Chic Christmas

Happy Holidays,
Tea Cottage Pretties

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Sweet Little Antique Nancy Ann Dolls

Sweet Little Antique Nancy Ann Dolls

I wanted to share some photos of my Antique Nancy Ann Dolls.   I have a few in my collection and l I have been cleaning them up and displaying them.  I love their cute little faces.  

Snow Queen

Cute little girl in pink dress.

Here she is with a cute male doll in a tux.  He is actually the Groom doll.  

Little Red Ridinghood.  

Most of these dolls came out long before Disney reimagined such classic stories as Beauty and the Beast.  Therefore, they do not have a Disney look to them. 

Beauty and the Beast

I am particularly fond of the bisque Nancy Ann Dolls and most of my dolls are bisque. 

Cinderella Goes to the Ball

Alice - through the looking glass

A group of pretty girls all cleaned up! 

I  got these cuties in a large group of dolls for just a few dollars.  Below you will see dolls such as December (7" tall and dressed in red).  She looks kind of like a big sister doll.  Also, August is pictured below wearing the polka dot dress.  

Cute little redhead

Although I love the themed dolls, I also love to clean and dress up these cuties myself.  I haver miscellaneous Nancy Ann doll clothes and accessories, so I often just dress them the way I like them. 

The last one I want to share is a real cutie but she also needed the most work.  I had to re-paint her little shoes and clean her up.  I also cleaned her clothes and I had to dye her hat and jacket.  They were a very dingy and dirty lighter blue.  I dyed them navy blue, which was a process.  I then gave her new ribbons, as I did most of my cuties (vintage seam binding works best).  I then dressed her and I think she looks like the cutest school girl ever.  

I hope you have enjoyed my little Nancy Ann dolls.  I am not a true collector of these dolls.  I simply find them here and there and I love cleaning them up and displaying them.  They are very photogenic.  They are perfect for decorating and vignettes. 

Well, I am off to play with my dolls.

Tea Cottage Pretties


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