Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Here is the schedule of events for Viva this summer!
Barn sale... Sat May 25th 10 to 5
This great sale will be held in my barn. I have invited three very special vendors to collaborate with me on a more intimate sale and setting. We will have large and small vintage and industrial treasures, the most gorgeous vintage inspired one of a kind jewelry treasures and other glorious hand made items to wear and decorate your home... so be sure you have your trailer or SUV handy!
I'm also excited to have signature drinks, cupcakes and french macaroons to nibble on
Along with my wedding styling partner, Katie Starr, we are also going to give you a sneak peak at our wedding decor. We will have two luscious yet very different areas set up so you can also see what we do!
Viva's Vintage Market... Sat. July 20th 10 to 5
Our fabulous market that we have every year, just in a new location! The Baileys Harbor Town Hall lawn! With the gorgeous stone building as a back drop, sweet green grass and water view, this will surely be a delightful setting! I have vendors lined up and we are excited to share our treasures with you! I know for a fact that our vendors are more excited than ever and have been garnering treats and treasures for you since last year! After you've shopped our market, you can stroll the quaint streets and explore this charming waterside village. There are some new surprises coming as well...
And of course Bayside Bakery will be selling her delicious things to have breakfast, lunch or a sweet snack.
Festival of Trees... Friday Nov 29th 10 to 5
This is different! Debbie Frank, former owner of the Magic Jacket and I are plotting and planning!
There will be wonderfully and creatively decorated trees donated by locals businesses and artists for you to bid on, with those proceeds going to a local charity... yet to be decided.
Not only that, we are transposing the barn into our winter wonderland where we will pull out all the stops to get your holiday decorating off to a great start!
There will be very special activities as well... stay tuned!
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Both boys moved back in about seven months ago. We went from being empty nesters, to a full house again... and with one who hasn't live with us in seven years!
Do I even need to explain?
That being said, it was for the best reasons, we love them so much and better yet? They are moving out!
(There is a big story in this that I will share later)
I appreciate my house, but I have never loved it. This comes with owning a shop and becoming slightly burned out doing everything twice... AND being the only female in the family, I kind of gave up a lot of what I loved personally... mainly to keep the peace.
So TODAY I started my own room. My place to work, create, dream and feel like what I spent so much of my life doing at the shop.
Funny, we remodeled the down stairs when we moved in. While it's lovely and we always wanted to re-vamp the upstairs, I'm kind of glad we left it.
Where to start?
Finally went to the barn to light a spark... cause I haven't had one!
Oh yeah, the brackets that hold those great marble shelves that I decided to keep... could look nice.
I've always loved this door. We had shelves on it holding greeting cards. Always, in the back of my mind I thought chalkboard paint would be fun on the windows... we'll see!
One of my favorite items from the store, a little table that I bought from Jeanine at Chippy Shabby
I put a rather large price tag on it secretly hoping it wouldn't sell.
And then there are these great columns that are only about five feet tall.
Up close look of very fine and perfectly chippy.
I have a neat work station that I will line up next to this wall... which is hard to decorate because of the slanted roof line. Just put some of my favorite things there. Tomorrow I will line the drawer-shelf with a red and white striped french linen.
Quick on hand to see how things will look on the shelves... testing out some silver and my favorite necklace from Tara.
Yes, that is a thermal shirt pulled over the back of the chair. If you've been in the shop, you saw it... and I kept it!
Just added a flower pin to tie back the sleeves.
It's a start, and I think I'm going to like it. A room of my own. Not since before I was married, have I had a room of my own!
The other three quarters of the room look a bit something like this...
I'll get there.
Hope you're happy and well,
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
I love this blog.
It takes a long time to post.
I will continue this blog, but am only going to post when I feel the need to share a story from my heart with something sweet, exciting, touching... just like always.
Since closing the shop, it has allowed me to get out and about in Door County. The events and adventures are flowing and next summer we are presenting you with some of the best opportunities for fun!!!!!!
What I love about Face Book is that it's quick.
On a whim and a minute I can load a picture or album, can share some Door County fun, tell you what's happening, ask you a question, answer your question... all in a flash.
We are listed under Viva la Cottage, or copy and paste in your browser:
and hit the big "Like" button at the top of the page.
Here you will see things like this:
Not only will you keep up with the Viva la Cottage Events, I will be your Door County Concierge!
Join me, and I will keep you posted on all things Door County.
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Today we met my friend Sharon at her place to "pick" for my barn sale in May.
Seven degrees and lots of snow was not going to stop us!
We met sweet and happy Jackson for the first time.
Had to dig out a bit to get in.
Hello there. We actually used this truck in a wedding we styled a while back.
Going up the stairs, I found my first treasure.
There are so many goodies, just piled up. This sale is going to be something!
I really don't need to write anything.
Total eye candy.
These are just a few of the goodies we scored.
Industrial and BIG. May take several trips to get it all home.
Another beautiful day in Door County at Sharon's beautiful home.
Barn Sale Sat. May 25th, 10 to 5.
More details to come.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
While there are a few more event ideas brewing, I can give you these for sure!
I knew closing the shop would give me an opportunity to go all out with new ventures.
Barn Sale Sat, May 25th 10 to 5:
This will be a very special sale at my home, in my 100 plus year old barn.
Shopping and creating are already going full force to bring you this special sale.
An inspiring mix of vintage trinkets, furniture, home and garden decor.
Our favorite jewelry from Tara, hand made items... and the tea bar, back in force
So while you are shopping, we will have signature drinks and eats for sale!
Viva's Vintage Market Sat, July 20th 10 to 5:
Oh yeah, favorite time of year, all my favorite vendors and some new ones bringing our annual market to you in a new location! Baileys Harbor Town Hall Lawn.
We were thrilled to learn that Flea Market Style Magazine's Wedding issue (now on shelves) picked us as one of the best vintage markets to source vintage wedding props and decor!!!
It took me a while to find a location that felt special, and would let our vendors shine... and had to have decent parking. I'm just going to say that the Village of Baileys Harbor is thrilled to have us!
Festival of Trees Nov. 29th:
Hold onto your hats... Debbie Frank, owner of Magic Jacket and I are bringing you something really different.
Local artists and businesses will be donating creative and over the top, decorated trees that will be bid on, with all proceeds going to a not-yet-decided on charity organization.
Not only that, while you feast your eyes on these incredible trees, you can take a hay ride, sip glogg, hot chocolate and cider, and shop for holiday decor for your own home or as gifts.
Bringing you a Farm Style version of our Annual Winter Wonderland, in a new, bigger and more creative way!
Debbie and I are going to make sure that the Black Friday is so much more than that, you are in for a treat!
There are other events in the works... Paper Dress Fair, a Fall Barn Sale, Womens Creative Workshops and more.
Please check back as more info and details will emerge.