Greetings from Maureen at Cottage Panache Antiques

So glad you stopped by my blog!
Cottage Panache is currently going through some changes.
Soon, I will be offering items for purchase online. Special event sales will be held occasionally and will be posted here, on facebook and on my website:

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Friday, October 23, 2009

Furture projects/future vignettes ~ Just Let It Go and Get Over It!!!

Unseen Treasures abound and no time like the present to sell - sell - sell! I'll be dragging out inventory that is contained in two rooms ~ some of which you might see in these pictures. If not they will be in the store and still be on sale! Gotta get some green or give it up all together ~ and if you know me I will not give up without a fight! These are some pics of the goodies available + + +!!! Saturday 10/24 10am - 5pm and Sunday 10/25 12noon - 4pm. Unless I fall prey to an unforseen illness, accident or whatever ~ I will be here with bells on. Oh!! where did it put those dern bells!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

"Happy Birthday HD"

What would you like as your Birthday Dinner Honey? Okay, you think about it and I'll check back with you in a bit. What do you want to do on your Birthday Dear? This is not what I would wish for on my birthday ~ My hubby dearest, Mark disappeared from inside the house and to my surprise here is where I found him today ~ on his Birthday ~ washing my car!!! Perhaps this is his therapy, coping with turning another year older. Or maybe he just can't stop working. He was laid off week before last and has hit the pavement and the airways in search of the new dream job ~ hope it exists! If not ~ will settle for less. He is an Architect and has been with the M Associates for 12 years +. Was let go due to a lack of projects and because he was probably the highest paid at the firm. His cutback would be a quick replenishment of funds, I guess! So, as I'm sure you can guess that with the lack of funds ~ there will be no bearing of gifts this year! This past week we found out the what the cap amount of unemployment will bear and it is under $375.00 per week. Let's see there are 5 in our household, so that will afford eating and some utilities, I hope! Maybe one vehicle between 3 drivers. Can we keep the phone? I think cable is probably out of the question. What does a family do when they have to go from a three figure income per year to a cap of $10,000.00 per year. Can anyone really live on that in the city limits where you can't farm and grow your own food. My son lives in an apartment with 2 friends and probably makes about that much and still struggles to pay rent, utilities, cell phone, car payment and insurance! He barely has enough left over to feed himself. He does his laundry at our house. Hope we can keep the house, electric and water so he can continue his weekly visit! We're all up a creek if the washer goes out. No literally, you will find me at the creek~doing the laundry!!! Do I sound cynical? I'm sorry! I know we are not alone as there are many enduring the same fate. Look to God and keep up your spirits ~ The Lord knows I am trying and have been talking to him more and more everyday! It could be worse, after all we still have our lives, our eyes, our hands, our legs to walk. Our hearts are full of hope and in fairly good health (with medication), God willing!
Happy Birthday Honey!
Hamburgers it is! Would you like fries with that?

Marriage ~ A Happy Medium

This marriage of two pieces makes for a Happy Medium.
I purchased the two pieces at two different times.
You know how they say "opposites attract!"
And how, 'without darkness there can be no light.'
I like mixing a dark piece in it's original state with a cream creamy white painted piece, creating a nice contrast.
I love how these pieces look together, they are as attractive as you make it after adding
your treasures to display in and on it!
I painted the top piece except for the drawers. First had it hung on the wall and was trying to decide if I should paint the drawers as well!
Then I added it to the top of this buffet that I had removed the doors from, allowing for additional display surface! Now I am glad that I didn't paint the drawers as I think they bring it all together ~ complimenting one another!
Marriage is good when the pair is compatible, each one unique in itself, each one a compliment to the other both in life and when decorating!
Thanks for visiting!