Most Creative, Helpful, Wonderful, Favorite Blog of 2008

So here I am voting again, a committee of one. This time it’s for the most creative, HELPFUL, wonderful blog of 2008. Did you notice I put helpful in caps?

I found Angela at Cottage Magpie through blogging almost two years ago. I fell in love with her blog! It was one of those blogs that you check everyday, just waiting for a new post! It was at the time when we were just moving into our new house and I was buying furniture right and left trying to make my house a home. Of course those were the days of the good economy. Remember those?

I was determined not to have all white furniture and so I purchased some darker pieces (online believe it or not) to fill in. Well, when the dark dresser arrived I thought Ross (my DH) would have me committed! It was so dark it was almost black. We tried it in every room I could think of, including the dining room!

Out of desperation and to save my marriage, it finally ended up in the “pink” room and I told him not to worry I could work around it. The dresser weighs a TON and by this time he was so sick of moving it I was afraid it would end up on the front porch! So it found a home in the middle of a wall, and I tried to work around it…

So, now I’m getting to the Angela part…almost…

I brought in darker pictures and added them to the wall, I tired vintage china, bird houses, anything I could think of but I just couldn’t get an arrangement to balance with the dresser. And then I thought of Angela! If you send her a photo of a room you just can’t pull together, this talented, creative, lady will help for FREE! And so my relationship with Angela began…I emailed her with a photo asking for her help.

First she told me to gather anything I could think of both dark and light and arrange them as best I could. She needed to know the types of pieces she had to work with. So off I went to grab a hammer and a nail.

After trying and trying this was the best I could do, not bad but I still wasn’t happy. It looked out of balance. So Angela took over in Photoshop…

She played around with the picture and moved things here and there…Keep in mind this is all done in Photoshop, but it was like she was in the room with me!

She gave me several suggestions, like maybe add a mirror on the wall above the chair…

and finally…

… here is the end result, with one exception. We added crystal knobs to the dresser to “lighten” it up! The room is in perfect balance and I just love it. It’s our guest room so if you come to visit, this is where you’ll stay!

And the two little hearts you see in the first picture? Well those are now hanging from their new crystal knobs on the dresser. I’m too lazy to go down and take a new picture so you’ll have to “make do”.

And now you see why I love Cottage Magpie so much! She can help you too! Just check out her blog and you’ll see some rooms she has helped people with. Thank you Angela!

Happy New Year everyone! I wish you all the best of everything in 2009. I can’t thank you enough for reading my blog. You are all so appreciated! I’m taking the weekend to work on my unfinished projects that need to get done, but I’ll be back on January 5th. Hope you have a fun sewing weekend too!



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  • PamKittyMorning - Can I sleep over?

    Happy New Year Anne! Thanks for the year of friendship and inspiration! xopReplyCancel

  • The Christmas Shoppe - Anne – With everything you do, I can’t believe you have time to decorate too! I’m lucky if I can vacuum up the dog and cat hair…but I did just strip off wallpaper and paint the bathroom. What a job..but it definitely looks more modern. Have a great New Years Eve…xoxo Mary JaneReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - Oooo so pretty. I want a pink room!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie P. - Your room is beautiful and how great to have help like that. So cool.ReplyCancel

  • Life At Camellia Cottage - Thanks for feeding my addiction for great blogs, lol! The Cottage Magpie is now in my list of favorite blogs!

    Loads of great wishes for a wonderful 2009 from Becky in GA!!!ReplyCancel

  • Auntie Pami - Thanks Anne, you have inspired me to visit yet another Blog. My husband thinks I’m crazy enough already. My pattern order just arrived (late due to the foot of snow and a very icy road). I really like Sunshine Garden, I found little colored clothespins in with the cake decorating items. I think I will have to make a sample tonight! Have a great & Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - Happy New Year Anne! I hope that 2009 is a healthy and creative endevour for you and your family.

    Thank you for being such an inspiration.


  • Miss Jean - Happy New Year Anne. The bedroom looks wonderful. After a quiet night alone, Sweety is watching football and I’m hoping to get to my sewing room which hasn’t been touched since before Christmas.

    See you soon!!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - Wow. your own interior designer. Lucky you. The room looks great.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie - Your room looks terrific! What a wonderful way to start the New Year!! Happy New Year to you! Looking forward to another wonderful year of inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • nataliejo - Happy new year !! Keep up with your lovely blog :-)ReplyCancel

  • rachel griffith - oh how sweet.
    she does have a great blog.
    and your room looks amazing!!!ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous - Try putting a lace runner on top of the chest; it will lighten it up.

  • Sweet Cottage Dreams - Gorgeous! How sweet of her to help you arrange your room. It looks so pretty!

    Happy New Year, Anne!


  • Sheri Howard - I love your blog, I love your patterns! Whenever I am at quilt market I love to see your booth because it is so peaceful and beautiful. Thank you for all the years of sharing your talents. Happy New Year!!ReplyCancel

  • yimi - So pretty, I want to have a room like thatReplyCancel