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Thursday, December 30, 2010

One World One Heart

World Wide

One World One Heart is a worldwide event for bloggers only. It gives all those who blog a chance to meet and mingle and form connections with those they may not have otherwise met from all over the world. In the past 4 years this event has grown to over 1,000 participants with lasting friendships (and even one love connection) formed along the way. Think of it as a GIGANTIC open house allowing you to travel without ever leaving your home........going from blog to blog(in various countries) seeing the wonder each one has created and meeting all the fabulous people behind those blogs. As a bonus each blogger participant will offer up a "door prize or prizes"....just for dropping by, saying hello and seeing their world. It's really that easy.

IT WILL BEGIN ON SUNDAY JANUARY 3OTH WITH THE FINAL DAY BEING FEBRUARY 17TH.(the day winners are announced) 2011. The new logo is above.......please take it - copy and paste it to a blog post letting your readers know what's coming and link back to THIS post. We need to spread the word!!! http://awhimsicalbohemian.typepad.com/a_whimsical_bohemian/2010/12/annoucning-the-fifth-and-final-one-world-one-heart-event-.html

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

"Copper & Colors" Artisan Beaded Necklace

OOAK (One of a Kind) Necklace in the fashionable Copper,
THE thing for this season ...
there really is only ONE, so don't delay if you like it.
ONLY $39 - a real bargain.

Made just for YOU?
More jewelry coming SOON!
Thanks for looking,
Mary P

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

The Last Beach Pics of Summer

Enjoy these last pictures of summer at the Outer Banks, NC.
These shots were taken on August 31, 2010
as hurricane Earl loomed on the near-horizon.
We are among the thousands trying to make the
wisest decision about if and when to leave.
Give us wisdom, Lord!
(Please read my closing at the end of the pictures.)


We do NOT own this house! Isn't it pretty... & HUGE!


Hope your summer was a happy and fun-filled one!
Be on the look-out for a contest & give-away on
my website, here on my Blog, & on my FB page.
 A big 'Reveal' will be made at the same time.
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
I am SO ready for Fall.
Are you?
(Please feel free to share a thought in your comment)
Blessings on you & yours!
Mary Patterson

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Creativity of Small Hands

I have always loved to see the creativity of children.
Whether it is building a sand castle at the beach,
using playdough to make snowmen, building a tower
 or bridge with blocks, or using clay to make beads,
 it is so interesting to see how each one differs.
Last week my eleven year-old granddaughter shared
with me the most amazing creations I have seen
 from such small hands. She used the new thin,
 colorful 'sticky sticks' for kids and made a set
 of miniature food from a fast food type
 restaurant which was SO very realistic
 I could hardly believe it was NOT real. 
Look at the pictures below and see what you think!
The last picture is a flat clay 'Nativity' her older
sister made last year for me when she was eleven.
 The entire nativity measures only 2" x 2.75".
I don't know about you,
 but I LOVE the creativity of small hands!

Ice cream sundae, Drink, French fries, Burger w/lettuce & tomato 

Size in relation to a penny!

Ice Cream Sundae

Yummy Fries

Tiny Nativity

Have a blessed week and enjoy the creativity of
the 'small hands' around you.
Thank you, Lord, for our children and granddchildren, 
and for the creativity you give their small hands!

Monday, July 12, 2010

"Fun in the Sun"

I love summer! Don't you?
One of my favorite things about summer is that
our family spends an entire week together at the beach.
Below you will just a few pics of our fun in the sun.
Grandkids are the best subject for pictures anytime,
but especially at the beach. 
The first picture is a bracelet I made with a 'fish/beach' theme.


Fun in a tidal pool about 18" deep.

Boogie boards behind the kayak.

Resting in the kayak.

Two extra kids in Kayak - met them on the beach.

More fun in the tidal pool.

Our youngest 'grand' - a pure delight!
Hope your summer includes some "Fun in the Sun."
Blessings, Mary P

Sunday, July 4, 2010


Duck, NC is a quaint beach town on the 'Outer Banks'
of North Carolina. We spend a few days several times
a year in Corolla, NC just ten miles north of Duck.
When we were there in May, I noticed several of the
little shops in Duck had perfect beach store fronts 
and signage. With trusty camera in hand I began
 to snap some pictures and thought I would share
 them with you here. Included are some other sights
from this very special place. I will share some 
actual beach pictures soon in another post.
 Enjoy your quick 'unnarrated' tour!

LIFE IS GOOD, isn't it?!
Have a happy & safe Summer. I plan
to be posting weekly, so check back often.
Blessings, Mary P

Monday, June 28, 2010

New/Old Linens

What is a new/old linen item?
It is a beautiful piece of handworked linen history 
which has been given a second chance. By a 'second
 chance' I mean it, in a sense, has been recycled.
Someone other than the original creator/owner
 now owns the piece and will either find another
 use for it, or use it as originally intended or,
 in the case of Linen Collectors, handle it with
love and care as they add it to their ever-growing
 collection of similar linen items.

Those who find another use for the piece often
 incorporate it into another item they are creating,
 such as using a section of an old embroidered
 dresser scarf in making a pillow.
Or maybe you have seen a new purse decorated
with vintage doilies or cut outs from a vintage
 tablecloth used as appliques on a new handtowel. 
This is, perhaps, the truest form of new/old linens.

Unfortunately, in our busy world today, new
handworked linens are not being made as frequently
 as they used to be. Nor are the various forms
 of needle working being taught. In generations past,
 young females were taught as early as
they could manage a needle and thread how to do
 various forms of needlework. Sewing, embroidery,
 cross stitch, crochet, knitting, crewel work, smocking,
 quilting, needlepoint, tatting, needle punch,
 needle felting, tassel making, needle lace, tapestry,
 and applique are just some of the many various
 types of needle work.

Are you a lover of new/old linens? How many of the
above types of needlework do YOU know how to do? 
I only can do or have done the first six methods. 
How about you? 

Have a great week!
 Blessings on your & yours,
Mary Patterson

Sunday, June 13, 2010


Two weeks ago we had a terrible thunderstorm followed by
 a gorgeous bright sky as if the clouds were simply pushed aside.
Everything was so fresh and clean, bathed in clear sunlight.
After a few moments of enjoying the 'clean' green foliage
 of the bushes outside my kitchen windows,
I jumped from the chair and quickly opened the front door.
 And there it was, right over my neighbor's roof top -
a beautiful rainbow, my favorite creation of my Heavenly Father.
The next morning our local newspaper had a picture
of the entire rainbow, end to end, on the front page.
I only saw a small portion of it, but was still thrilled!
Do you love rainbows, too?
God's love for us is awesome and Rainbow's are a sign of the love.
He promised never to destroy the earth with a flood.
He loves us so much He sent His only Son to die for our sins.
John 3:16
Have a blessed week and look for rainbows after a storm!
Mary Patterson

Sunday, June 6, 2010


My hubbie and I took a little trip recently
for a few days of R&R.
I decided last minute to bring some jewelry supplies
and here is what I made one afternoon.
They will be listed in my shop very soon..
You may email me before then
if you are interested in a particular one.

Have a great week!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Twenty 'New' Vintage Linen Items in Shop

Hello Friends,

I have recently added over twenty 'new' vintage linen pieces to my shop, Mary's Cottage Treasures. In addition there are several new jewelry items which I have made, as well as a number of 'new' vintage collectables. Below is a collage of close-ups of nine of the linen pieces ... there are pillowcases, towels, runners or dresser scarves, etc. I hope you will stop by and visit soon! Mention you saw this offer on my Blog when you order and receive 15% off your total purchase!
Mary Patterson
Shop: http://www.MarysCottageTreasures.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Marys-Cottage-Treasures/122624991083387?ref=ts
Blog: http://maryscottagetreasures.blogspot.com/
Also: http://www.makeminepink.com//

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Grandkids Faces

I love my grandkids - all six of them!
I know that you love yours, too, if you have any.
Don't you just love the funny faces they make?
I captured a few of these on my
two youngest 'grands' recently and thought
 you'd get a charge out of their faces.
Have you ever seen a 'hot dog' tongue?
I had not either until my youngest made one.
Guess what - I cannot do it no matter how hard I try.
Can you?!?!
Now, a fish face I CAN do and
I taught my grandson how - almost!
Hope you got a chuckle!
We need to laugh every now and then.
Don't we!!
Let me know if YOU can do a hot dog tongue.

Have a blessed week and SMILE a lot!
Mary P.

Monday, April 5, 2010

'ROCK CANDY' Jewelry

Two weeks ago I posted a picture of some
pretty new beads I had just purchased.
Most of you actually thought it looked like rock candy!
Well, since I love to make jewelry, that is what I did.
I think I have had more compliments on these pieces
than any other jewelry I have ever made!
The colors seem to be THE colors of the season, too!
I will be listing them & other similar pieces in my shop soon.
If you are interested in either the necklace or bracelet or perhaps
both pieces, please email me: BeadMerryDesigns@aol.com