Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Vacation Memories: Share Your Vacation Photos. Link up now!

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How about an impromptu "Vacation Memories" linky party to wrap up the summer and kick off the fall? Since I shared some of my recent travel photos with you, I'd love to see some of the vacation or stay-cation photos you took this summer. If you still have photos on your camera or on your computer, get them in a post and link up! Let us enjoy your vacation or stay-cation with you!

P.S. If you are not seeing entries in the linky below, please try a different browser such as Firefox. Safari seems to be having some issues!

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Photos of My Kauai Adventure

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Yes, my adventure was on the island of Kauai. I saw many waterfalls, including the one featured in the opening scene of Fantasy Island (remember that show?). As for "jazzing the glass," it means I was surfing! For the first time ever! I must admit I am quite addicted to it now. I discovered my inner surfer chick! Can't wait for the next opportunity to jazz the glass!

This post features my favorite photos from the trip! Most are from Hanalei Bay and the Na Pali Coast. With that, I'll let the photos tell you how much I loved it...


Monday, August 29, 2011

A Project, An Adventure, A Name, and A Challenge!

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As promised, here is a second re-purpose for a vintage brass printer's tray. For instructions, check out the featured project post at The DIY Club. If you missed the first project, go here.

I told you in the last post that I'd been "jazzing the glass." If you need another hint of where my adventure took me, here's a photo that might give you a clue.

Does that waterfall look familiar? Think "fantasy" and "island." Any guesses yet? Well, my visit there informed the name for my garage sale find elephant

Some of you suggested names such as Ellie, Eva, Elga, Eleanor, and Evie. Well, based on my recent adventure, the elephant's official name is `Ele...pronounced ay-lay. It is short for `elepane...the word for elephant in the language of where my adventure took me.


Now, any guesses on the location of my adventure? Here are the clues again...
1. I jazzed the glass there.
2. There's a waterfall that is related to "fantasy" and "island."
3. In the language of that place, `elepane is the word for elephant.

Brownie points to the person identifies the correct location!
Double brownie points if you also indicate what "jazzing the glass" means.
Triple brownie points if you can name the waterfall, too.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Vintage Industrial with a Beach/Coastal Vibe: 1 Super Simple Project

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Here's a super simple project!

Take a vintage brass printer's tray.

Set it on a small easel/stand.

Line up some shells (or whatever you want to display) along the lip of the tray.

Set it wherever it makes you happy!

P.S. I have second project involving another printer's tray coming up.
P.P.S. Have you jazzed the glass lately? Can't wait to tell you all about my recent adventure!!
P.P.S. The elephant has a name. I'll reveal that soon, too! :)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Elephant Needs a Name

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Yesterday, I showed you the ceramic elephant I found at a garage sale last weekend. 

Some of you think the elephant is a girl, and some of you think it's a boy. Well, the elephant isn't talking, so it's up to us to figure it out. Will you help?

Please share what you think the elephant's name should be. It can be a boy's or girl's name, so the sky is the limit! Leave a comment with your suggestion(s)...

P.S. The winner of the UPrinting giveaway is gina3. Congrats, Gina!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Literal "Elephant in the Room"

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It's true. There's an elephant in the room at WhisperWood Cottage. It followed me home. I swear! 

Driving home last weekend, I noticed an open stall at one of those storage places. A sale, perhaps? Images of American Pickers and Storage Wars flashed before me. Better check it out! The truck went from 60 to 5 in about 3 seconds. Oops! Didn't want to miss the turn.

I didn't see anything much at first. When I saw the elephant table, something about it caught my eye. It wouldn't say it is my normal style, but our styles change as we change, right? Gotta keep it authentic! Expecting it to be super-expensive, I half-heartedly cast the question over my shoulder..."How much is the elephant?" The seller kind of hemmed and hawed for a few seconds. Nothing was marked, so she was making prices up on the spot. I guess I expected her to be dreaming up some astronomical number to cover her emotional attachment to the piece. Thankfully, she was not. "$25," she said.

Okay. $25? Either I am thinking this is more valuable than it is (after all, it could be some cheap piece from some kind of discount store), or she doesn't know what she has, or she really wants to get rid of it. I had to investigate more. I asked, "Do you know anything about it?" She said that she bought it about 10 years ago from some store for around $350. Interest piqued! Which store? Neither she nor her daughter could accurately recall. Still skeptical, I rambled about the other stuff they had out for a while. I debated and debated. Did she really pay that much for it? Is she recalling accurately? After a few minutes, I decided to go for it. As I was handing her the cash, she all of a sudden blurted out, "Ethen Allen!"

I never thought about checking the markings to confirm her assertion. It wasn't until I got home and flipped over the elephant to find...

Italian ceramic? Awesome. Ethan Allen? Verified. Not too shabby! I did a little web search to see what I could find for prices. I did not find anything similar that is currently offered at Ethan Allen, but I did find this image of a ceramic elephant side table at Apartment Therapy...

Stacy Rukeyser via Apartment Therapy

I found them for sale for as much as $580...

Picture of White Ceramic Elephant Side Table
The Well Appointed House little as $49.95...

Click here to view larger image
Z Gallerie

I think I made a good investment, and I think he/she likes his/her new home. Nothing like a white ceramic elephant side table add a little interest to a room! Did you know that elephants with their trunks up stand for good luck? Placed near the front door, he'll/she'll be there to welcome guests and bring luck to all who pass by.

So, what the verdict? Girl or boy elephant?

Monday, August 15, 2011

Anniversary Giveaway: Let's Go Clubbing!

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Well, what do you know? We've got a little ol' giveaway here at WWC today. I just realized that WhisperWood Cottage celebrated it's third anniversary a few days ago. So, how about a virtual party? Maybe a nightclub party? Better yet, how about 250 Nightclub Flyers/Flyers from UPrinting? Can you hear the thump, thump, thump of the club music? Aw, yeah!

Don't let the "nightclub" term scare you. I'm pretty sure there are not many WhisperWood Cottage readers who are out clubbing it up or opening their own nightclubs any time soon. Around here, "nightclub" happens around 9 pm when we fall asleep on the couch before the news even comes on. Holla!

So, how would you like 250 flyers to do with whatever you please? How about birth announcements, wedding invites, birthday party flyers, thank you cards, or personalized postcards? Oh, yeah! That's how we roll here!!

Okay, here's the prize for 1 lucky winner:
  • 250 Nightclub Flyers / Flyers
  • 4.25" x 5.5", 4" x 6" 14pt
  • Cardstock Gloss
  • Front Only Printing
  • Nightclub flyer templates and business flyer templates also available for download
  • 3 Business Days Turnaround

Here's the low-down on the giveaway:

TO ENTER: Comment on this post using one of the following words: Holla!, nightclub, or flyer
BONUS QUESTION: How would you use the flyers?
GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Wednesday, August 17, 4 pm CST
WINNER: 1 winner, randomly selected using, will be announced Wed. evening. If the person drawn has won a UPrinting giveaway in the past 6 months, a new winner will be drawn.
SHIPPING: Free shipping limited to U.S. residents 18 years old and above only.

This giveaway is sponsored by UPrinting. No monetary compensation was given, and I will receive night club flyers for hosting. For more information about flyers, please visit



Sunday, August 14, 2011

Authentic Style Series: August 2011 Features

Pin It Thank you, thank you, thank you! Thanks to all of you who linked up to the August edition of the Authentic Style Series linky party last week. I looooved visiting every single post, and I appreciate you including the party button in your post or sidebar! Big hugs for the linky love!

Going through each party link, I visited some long-term blog friends, and I discovered some great new blog crushes to which I now subscribe. There are so many unique and incredible styles out there! I attempted to feature only three bloggers, but I just couldn't do it! There were so many inspirational posts and projects!

Here are three bloggers who show and discuss their authentic styles. Each post is thoughtful and inspiring. I hope you visit each of them...

Diane at Home Sweet Homemade
Elizabeth at Blue Clear Sky
Laura at White Spray Paint

This next set of bloggers created projects that I can see myself incorporating into my own style here at WhisperWood Cottage. Stencils, drop cloth fabric, vintage details, them all! 

Stenciled carpet at Pudel-design
Drop cloth curtains at Prudently Painted Vintage

Sitting room and dressing room at Hammers & High Heels

Driftwood art at Home Sweet Homemade

I really want a sitting and dressing room like Carla at Hammers & High Heels. Based on the other inspirational projects above, I could have a stenciled carpet on the floor, drop cloth curtains on the window, and driftwood art on the wall. Or I could have a driftwood bench with drop cloth pillows on a stenciled floor. Or a driftwood framed mirror hanging on a stenciled wall with a drop cloth covered chair. 

See how this inspiration thing works? You can mix and match various sources of inspiration to create your own style. You can recreate  an inspiration piece verbatim or you can interpret the style components in new ways. That's how you develop your own authentic style!

Thanks for the inspiration, girls! Looking forward to the next Authentic Style party. How about September 10? Does that work for all of you? I hope so! I'll see you then.

If you were featured today, please grab an Authentic Style feature button for your blog. If you need help putting a button in your post or sidebar, send me an email! :)

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