Monday, August 30, 2010

Reminder: Dog Days Sale this Saturday, Sept. 4th

We are having a great time planning for our upcoming Dog Days of Summer Sale. It is going to be our biggest clearance event ever! There will be more sale items then ever before, as well as more half-price items than ever before!

We have been continuing to receive entrants into our "Cutest Dog Contest". We would like you to meet:
Miss Reba
AND: Miss Abby
Enter your pup by Thursday, September 2nd, 5:00 pm. You could win a $100 Gift Certificate! Just email or bring in his/her picture with name.

Voting will take place during the Sale Saturday. There will also be door prizes, hidden prizes, and refreshments (have you ever had Chex Puppy Chow?).
We hope to see you there. While there, please sign up for our mailing list if you haven't already. Also, customers on our cottage email list even receive special offers occasionally; so let us know if you would like to be added to that as well. We do not and will not share your information with anyone else.
Until then,
Marci & Mandy

Saturday, August 28, 2010


Meet our first two entrants in the cutest dog contest:

This is Piper
This is Ozzie
Remember to enter your dog by bringing in or emailing his picture by the end of Thursday, September 2nd. You could win a $100 Gift Certificate.
Read the previous post for more details about our Dog Days of Summer Sale.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010


I hate to reveal my naivete', but until relocating to the Houston area from Montana, I really had no idea what "dog days of summer" was. Up there, we totally looked forward to the three weeks of summer we got! Sure, sometimes it hit 100 degrees, but those days were for celebration - floating the river or going to the lake.

This year, however, I finally get it! It has been SO hot for SO long that you just feel like you can't take it anymore. It is very much the same feeling I got up north when I was "house bound" for months due to snow and ice. I felt then, as I do now, that I had to do SOMETHING or plan SOMETHING to get me out of my doldrums! Thus, Mandy and I would like to announce:

The Old Oak Cottage's Dog Days of Summer Party (Sale), Saturday, September 4th. Sure it's a sale - we want to lure you to come see us. But actually, its a party to help us through these last days (I hope) of summer.

To kick of the festivities, we are having a "Cutest Dog Contest" and encourage you to bring in a picture of your pup, along with his name, to the cottage by September 2nd. You may also email us your entries. Customers will vote the day of the sale. Owner of the winning entry will receive a $100 Gift Certificate!!!

There will also be door prizes, hidden prizes, dog bone cookies and puppy chow. Let us know if you have any other great dog theme recipe ideas to share. To top it all off, we plan to have one "doggone" good sale. (Sorry, I couldn't help it). This is what we plan to have on SALE:

- 50% off all beach theme items

- 50% off all spring and summer florals

- 30% off select pieces of furniture and decor

- table of 50% off items

Please come see us during this special event, and help us say GOOD RIDDANCE to summer!

Till then,

Marci and Mandy

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Just Go With Your Gut

You know....sometimes there is just this feeling you get...maybe I should...hmmm??? Then you decide you are just having an OCD moment, you're out of control, being ridiculous over some "stuff"...then... it should have just gone with your gut!!!

It was time for the Cottage to have a little face lift...past due actually...we knew when we purchased the cottage that it needed a roof but, buying a beautiful armoire and some pretties to go with it was waaayyy more fun....

Since Marci organized the garage so beautifully while I was on vacation we had taken some pieces of furniture in there to work on... out of the heat, sun and occassional rain drops...

I took the contractor into the garage and asked, "Should I cover any of my furniture pieces with a tarp in case something falls from the rafters?"

He answered..."NOOOO, you should be fine."

I kept thinking...hmmm..maybe I should go up there and cover some things up...then I would think...oh stop it, you are just being silly.....





So enter...

The ole trusty garage vac...Troy thought I should just blow everything off with the compressor but I was a little nervous about creating a horrific dust storm which would cause me to have a doubly horrific allergy attack which would make for a triple horrific cranky cottage chick...I chose to vacuum it up...

Look at how pretty she looks with her new "do"!!!

The Old Oak Cottage is a little dear that was built in 1930 and she still sported her 1930's original wood shingles under the other 30 yr old shingles that were put on top...she feels so much lighter now...and she just looks soooo good!!! Love this house!!!

Come by for a cookie sometime and chit chat a while...I will stop vacuuming and looovvvee to come in and visit... :-)