Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Nostalgia’s Cottage–Opening Soon–and you’re invited!!


Hello from sunny Mansfield, Ohio!!  It’s not quite spring…it really, really wants to be, but it’s just not quite made it – and boy are we ready!!!  Daffodils are looking nervous…

And now for some BIG news…

Susan, Terri and I have been busy girls…our dream of a permanent location for “occasional markets” has come true, and we have taken up residence on the square in downtown Mansfield (yes, we’re doing the happy dance!!!). 


We’ve been painting, redecorating, painting (oh, I said that…), and stockpiling lots of furniture, smalls, our redesigned jewelry and picture frames, signs…and SO MUCH MORE!!!  We’ve even got room in the basement to play, I mean paint, build, and store our treasures for our upcoming markets and shows this year!!  Here’s our storefront…



Magnolia…taking center stage in the front window – she’s anticipating a line at the front door on April 4th (so are we!!!)…  She’s modeling one of Terri’s newest necklaces…fabulous “dahling”!!!


Terri’s crosses…


A couple of my new necklaces…


A sampling of a couple of Susan’s frames…



Here are the details:


Nostalgia’s Cottage

Mansfield’s first “Occasional” Vintage Market


(Downtown on the square)

Friday, April 4th – 11:00 am – 8:00 pm

Saturday, April 5th – 10:00 am -3:00 pm


Vintage and Antique Treasures:

· Furniture – Jewelry -· Home & Garden –· Gifts


I painted/stenciled this to top off one of our display cabinets…


Before (at the back of the store)


After – perfect and ready for some of Susan’s fabulous redesigned picture frames, etc. (and you can see that the furniture is piling up)


Our new “signature” color on the wall – love it!!


Check out the “check out” area…


We had to divide the space, so we hinged some old doors together – added some chalkboard paint to one, chicken wire to the next, and voila – a very fun-ctional wall!!


That’s all I can share for now (we’ve got soooo much to do)…stay tuned and make plans to occasionally shop at our “market”!!

AND…To keep up to date on what we’re doing…daily…


Happy spring and happy junking

from the girls at Nostalgia’s Cottage

Kathy, Susan and Terri

P.S.  (of course)  We are planning occasional markets for April, June, August, and November (a Christmas show)…so be sure to check back and I’ll give you exact dates and times.

Also, we are still planning on doing the Springfield Vintage Marketplace (Extravaganza (May 16-18 & September  19-21), as well as The Summer Market on July 25-26 – and ya never know where else…

Bye bye…


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Getting in the holiday spirit…

Hello out there!  (I know you’re there…I see the counter and it’s clicking away as people visit my blog – so, thanks for stopping by!!)

It’s time for another show, and of course we’ve been bizzy as bees, or in light of the season…bizzy as little elves (and my basement is command central for me!).  There is a constant trail of glitter that follows me!

Of course I’m going to share some pictures (it’s what I do, as anyone who knows me will agree…), maybe even provide a little inspiration to get you going on your holiday projects too.  Here are the details for the show…

The 37th Annual Community Craft Show 

Saturday, December 7th - 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

at the Richland Co. Fairgrounds in Mansfield, Ohio   

Next on my list is digging through boxes and boxes (and I do mean boxes and boxes) of decorations – mostly vintage and some treasured little keepsakes from my daughter’s childhood – to help to brighten up our home with some holiday cheer!  I’ll be having my third annual (so, that makes it a tradition, right??) girls’ day out with about 15 of my girlfriends, so I know they will be expecting a “little” bit of tinsel and such...

Anyways, back to my creations for the show…here’s the preview…

The “wreath” department…old wheels, stars, and stamped spoon ornaments…



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Raggedy, lacy stars!

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Trees and more trees…

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I love these!!! 

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Joyful candelabras!

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Vintage pastry blenders…looking pretty happy!

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The Snow Queen…

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A little skier under glass!


An old child’s chair with a page from a vintage nursery rhyme book – now, how sweet will that be hanging on a wall???


Susan and Terri have been busy in their workshops as well…so, you’ll be sure to see lots more holiday loveliness coming from them too!

A bit of what Susan is bringing (the reclaimed wood frames are from another show, but wanted to share – she’s got “new” ones for this show!).  And, isn’t that tree the cutest darned thing ever??


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Terri has been creating some new members of her “snow” community…here are a few!

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  It is the season…


Stay tuned to see what’s in store for the girls of Nostalgia’s Cottage for 2014(“store” being the key word)  – well, I’ve already spilled the beans on some of it via facebook, of course…soooooooo…  We are moving into a space in downtown Mansfield where we’ll have storage, a work (play) area, and a beautiful old storefront to have sales…occasionally!!  We feel so blessed to be given this opportunity, and are looking forward to where the road may lead… I’ll be sharing our 2014 show schedule soon as well – hope to see ya in the new year!!


Wishing you all a blessed Christmas season and Happy New Year!  

Hugs from Ohio,