Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Shabby Chic Cottage

If you haven't met Gina yet, then you are really missing out!

I kept running into Gina through a few of the same blog parties, and I was so impressed with her creative posts. I really enjoyed reading about the ways she and her family dressed their home up. So did her readers, who finally convinced Gina to open her own Etsy shop in October of 2009.

The Shabby Chic Cottage, Gina's well-stocked shop, features everything from table runners to decorative signs to embellished French magnets. I was hooked on Gina's style from the moment I clicked over, and I think you will be too!

I love the tagline, "Treasures to transform your cottage, castle, or casa" because it rings so true. One of my favorite things about The Shabby Chic Cottage is that she has many of her wares categorized by style. So whether you're into a Coastal Cottage look, the Paris Apartment flair, or you like the Urban Farmhouse vibe, you'll find it on Gina's site.

You could even say that The Shabby Chic Cottage is a family business. Mr. SCC and the SCC girls get in on the action by helping with construction, sanding, painting, and paperwork. But if you've taken a peek at Gina's blog before, you can tell she's the creative genius behind the Etsy shop.

Gina describes her style best: "Unique home decor. Vintage and handmade goods, perfect for any home, shabby, chic, cottage, or otherwise." The neat part is that the pieces are made to compliment each other. You can choose different items from various categories in the shop and they'll work together.

Best sellers at The Shabby Chic Cottage include Gina's whimsical bluebird tea towels, French script clothes pins (one of my faves!), and her adorable yet utilitarian chalkboard tags.

Here are some of my personal favorites:

Beadboard Bird Ornaments

Urban Farmhouse Pillow Cover

Blue Star Birdhouse

Ruffle Bottom Towels

French Variety Pack Magnets

If you see anything special you like, be sure to check and see if it's included in Gina's fabulous Spring Sale. Those French script clothes pins are calling my name!

I asked Gina what she likes best about blogging and owning an Etsy shop. Her reply?
I love sharing my adventures of transforming our shabby little cottage by the creek. The part I love most? Showing that I can take a cheap as chips mobile home and make it beautiful for pennies on the dollar. We scour flea markets, Restores, bargain basements, and salvage stores to find things and make them ours. If we can gut and redo a kitchen, floor to ceiling, for $1500, you can, too. Don't know a skill (like cabinet building)? There are tons of blogs, books & even YouTube can help. It's all about learning more to save more. And I hope to teach some of the skills so that other folks know they can do it, too!

I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at The Shabby Chic Cottage with me today. If you make a purchase from Gina, please be sure to tell her I sent you!

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Special note: The May Dishing It! Party will be open for new links until tonight at 8 pm (ET). I'd love for you to stop by and share your thoughts on this month's topic!
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  1. Beautiful stuff! I just love her style!

  2. I love her blog!!! She makes amazing stuff! I'm not sure how I missed the ruffle bottom towel. That is adorable!!!

  3. All of her items are fantastic. I love the way she did her burlap pillows. Beautiful!

  4. Of course I know Gina!! We are having lunch today!! So I KNOW she has great stuff and a great blog! Thanks for the post and interview Amanda I enjoyed it!

  5. Amanda, this is a great post. I've been a fan of Gina's for awhile--just love her--but I've never really checked out her Etsy shop. Now I'm going to!

    I'm betting your advertisers are thrilled with their relationships with you. You're doing a great job--you haven't allowed your blog to be "taken over" by advertising; it's more like you're just passing along to your readers the really cool things you've found. To be honest, yours are some of the only posts about sponsors that I read, because instead of just saying "Oh, isn't this marvelous; go buy stuff" you actually tell us what you like, what you think would be worth the money to buy, etc. You have a really good feel for writing something that we'll actually WANT to read, and I admire you for that.

  6. Love, Love the Shabby Chic Cottage! I never knew her Etsy shop was so great...really beautiful creations she's got there! Thanks for sharing Amanda.


  7. I love her, she's so inspiring :) And I love the beadboard birds - even though it's hard to say!


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