Thank you for your interest in Cottage by Design. My products are made by me, by hand, one at a time with attention to detail. Being a "cottage" business, I am able to give you exactly what you need. It's a new way of shopping... a customized experience that precisely provides what you are looking for. Get the right item, in the right fabric, with the right specifications. I take great pride in what I do. My goal is to meet or exceed your expectations. I welcome custom orders. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. I look forward to us building a rapport...

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New this week...Linen pillow with monogram, Linen pillow with embroidery

I wanted to share with you a few new designs that I made this week for pillows. 

16 by 24 tuxedo pillow with vintage buttons

16 by 24 ruched pillow with embroidered crown and bee

20 by 20 picture frame pillow with ruffles and monogram

They are done in linen, pre-washed prior to cutting, and personalized with embroidery or vintage buttons. The cases have a zipper and are proudly wearing an authentic Cottage by Design label. They are shown with a down and feather insert. 

Now if you are new to Cottage by Design, let me give you a little filler information...I have the ability and resources (embroidery fonts, etc.) to create anything you can imagine from scratch. I carry about 30 shades of linen (currently in stock) with access to a rainbow of hues if you so desire. The majority of my work is custom ordered and made after I have a chance to consult with you personally. The typical rundown of questions I ask...

1.   Where is it going (bedroom, living room, nursery, outdoors)?
2.   Who is it for (couple, child, gift, male or female)?
3.   What is your design aesthetic (modern, feminine, clean lines, frilly, sophisticated)?
4.   How will it be used (seen but not touched, kids and a dog)?
5.   Anything else I should know (moving soon, hate/love a certain color, need it yesterday)?

From there, I can get a feel for who you are and what you are going for...So, need a room spruced up? Not sure how to pull it all together? Give me a call! Let me know how I can help.

Pale Pink Linen

My good friend Jeni asked me this morning if I wanted to go into LA to do a delivery. "Maybe we'll have time to hit the fabric district...wanna come?" Sure. Why not? I could always use more fabric. Those of you who have visited my Cottage are probably thinking to yourselves..."How in the world can she pack any more into that little studio?!?"

Well, there's always room for more breathtakingly gorgeous textiles. So off we went.

My dear readers, you may want to sit down while I tell you this... 22 yards of the most perfect shade of pink was brought home to live with me today. Not only is the color spot-on perfect, in my opinion, but it's [gasp] 100% pure linen and super heavy weight (at least 13oz.). And you know what else? I almost passed it by! It was Jeni who pointed it out to me as we were rushing out the door. Sometimes, our friends know us better than we know ourselves...

Lesson # 453
Be open to the possibilities in life. You never know when or where blessings will reveal. Whether it be true friendship, or, heavenly pink linen!

Rainy Days

Perfect weather to sit inside with slippers on and coffee in hand. It's been raining here in southern CA. Barely ever happens... I didn't want to make the long commute (really only 50 feet) to the cottage to sew, so, I've been cozy at the computer.

I've been dabbling in Microsoft Frontpage, trying to figure out how to build a website, for a few years now. My attempts have been in vain, never making it very far before I throw up my hands in frustration and walk away in a huff.

Cue angels singing and clouds parting.

Let the rejoicing begin! Armed (again) with google, I found a website that is teaching me how to use Frontpage! Simple, to the point, LUV IT! I had NO idea how off I was. Stay tuned you guys. Will let you know when I have something updated for the website.

I love the internet :)

French Market Tote

We all have to shop for groceries, right? And we should all reduce our carbon footprint. So why not do it in style with these adorable tote bags?

They are roomy, cute, and durable. Do your part and "go green" with these reusable French Market Totes.

Only $40

Pushing through the "next phase"

So, for the longest time if been thinking about taking the leap into technology. You know...all things etsy, twittering, facebook and being more committed to blogging. I was talking about it with a close friend who suggested that I hire someone to help me get it going. So I'm dusting off the laptop and my digital camera. Gonna prove that I'm not too old, too set in my ways, or too easily distracted.

So what if I make mistakes!

This is me being committed to putting in the time!!

Wish me luck.