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:

Click here to visit the online shoppe!

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Link to online blog shop

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A Summer's End

It's been quite a while since I posted on here. I've been hanging out in my backyard mostly.
They say that Summer is over...but here in Texas, there is no evidence of the seasons' change. I haven't finished all of the things that I wanted to accomplish this Summer, and yet do we ever get everything done that our hearts desire?! Those seemingly never ending projects roll into one another and before you know it time is running away from you!
At least I will be able to continue work outside well into October before I will need to 
sport that sweatshirt and will get er done!
Happy Fall Ya'll!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

It's a God Thing!

I know it's been a long time since I posted on here. I have been very busy closing my store location! 
And sometimes you just don't have anything to say. So I will start here and now! 
I'm thinking and believe that everything that happens for a reason. That being said, today I am without my wheels because yesterday while on my way to pick up my son Ian, from the middle school...all of the sudden I heard ding, ding, ding, ding, shortly after I turned on the air conditioner! I looked at the indicators on the dash and it read WARNING! ENGINE COOLANT HOT!!!  and the temperature was nearly at the highest mark on that gauge and the little diagram light that looks like the outline of the engine was lit! I must confess that it has been coming on every once in a while for a few weeks! Gah! I'm so bad! But I was trying to get moved...right!?
 So after scooping up Ian from school I drove straight to my mechanic (Steve's Auto Repair) I knew he closed early sometimes on Fridays so I was taking a chance that he would be there! Yeah, he was!  He raised the hood and the coolant reservoir was completely dry and after he poured four gallons of water in it started coming out underneath the engine.... he said oh, that's not good! His guy put it up on the lift and after saying a quick prayer while we waited, his employee came in and said that it was just the water pump and not a cracked block! Better hundreds of dollars spent to fix rather than thousands! They closed at 5:00 and it was 4:30! We would have been stranded waiting for a ride, but it turns out my husband was nearby at a salvage yard looking for a Nissan Altima engine for my son's car which had thrown a rod a month or so ago!  His office is in Downtown Dallas which would have been at least an hour drive! 
In my book... it's a God thing. Funny, whenever I use my smart phone it auto corrects the word good with God! (I was trying to post this with my smart phone) This is one time my phone was correct. I was actually trying to quote Martha, (you know.....It's a good thing!) I like to think it's because he is reminding us that he is always there, looking out and helping us out, even when we don't realize it!  When my son's Nissan threw that engine rod ... rendering it now dead as a doornail, It forced him to take the plunge and buy his first new car...and in his name! Again...It's a good/God thing!
P.S. Since I closed my new favorite thing to do...Being I don't even miss it today! Have a great weekend everyone!

                                        Hydrangeas that I will soon be planting in my back yard!