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{Blogs I Love} Mockingbird Hill Cottage

Posted on November 8,2012 by Jennifer

Mockingbird Hill Cottage blogHello, hello dear friends! Once again it is time to take a cyber-field trip and today we are going to visit Claudia at Mockingbird Hill Cottage. Before I plunge into all the great projects I want to share a quick story. I’ve been a fan of Claudia’s blog for, oh, I don’t know a couple of years at least… She is a very good friend of Brenda’s from the Cozy Little House blog (another blog I lurked around on for a couple of years) and so I’ve had both of their blogs on my radar to feature (although I didn’t realize they were friends!). Well, a couple of weeks ago I got an email from Brenda who was confirming my blog addy because she wanted to add me to her blogroll. I was so excited! Then Brenda told me that not only did she want me on her blog roll but that she and her friend Claudia had gotten on the phone together and went back in my blog and oohed and aahed over my styling! My sister and I do just this type of thing all the time, so I couldn’t believe that someone had done that on my blog too! So cool!! Two bloggers whom I hugely respect hanging out on my blog – so fun!

buffet makeover on Mockingbird Hill Cottage blogOK, let’s jump right in to all the goodies over at Mockingbird Hill Cottage! Ever since becoming obsessed with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint I get really excited whenever I see furniture makeovers like this buffet turned kitchen island project! I especially love all the carved wood details – isn’t it beautiful? Oh, and Claudia added beadboard to the back – genius!

crocheted garland from Mockingbird Hill Cottage blogI {heart} all things aqua and I also love to knit so this DIY crochet garland immediately caught my eye. I’ve not done much crocheting but I so love this garland that I think I’m going to have to give this a try! I’ll keep you posted on my progress. Want one but don’t want to make it? Hop over to Claudia’s etsy shop! She’s got them in stock right now!

doily lampshade from Mockingbird Hill CottageCheck out this sweet and romantic Doily Swag Light. I have a “raw” lampshade very similar to this and I’ve been wondering what to do with it and I think I know now!

studio space at Mockingbird Hill CottageOne of my favorite things to study are fellow “creatives” studio spaces… so I love that Claudia gives us a tour her studio. (I anxiously await each new issue of Where Women Create!) I think because it’s a real glimpse into their style and I love to see our similarities. For example, I see lots of horse style ribbons in Claudia’s space – I too have a ‘thing’ for these types of ribbons and I love to see how she has decorated with them. Little details like that bond me to certain bloggers/designers. It’s fun to feel a connection to folks you admire, isn’t it?!

chalkboard sign from Mockingbird Hill CottageI’ve seen lots of chalkboard sign tutorials on the internet but none where the frame was made out of remnant decorative trim from a buffet (remember that kitchen island at the top? yeah, it’s from that!). How clever is this??

doll house from Mockingbird Hill CottageThis dollhouse makeover is… well… hmmm… you know? I’m not sure how to even express how COOL it is! I hadn’t really given dollhouses that much thought before seeing this one, I mean, sure- I had a Barbie dream house as a girl but it was nothing like this beauty! So now I’m always keeping an eye out for “the one” because I seriously never knew how cool a dollhouse makeover could be. She installed wood floors in this for goodness sakes! And since there’s only so much DIY/makeover I can do in my townhouse naturally a dollhouse is a piece of real estate I know I could take on!

MacNeal Princess Elizabeths Spy

As if all the makeovers, tutorials, eye candy and more weren’t enough, periodically Claudia also shares book reviews (seriously, could she get any cooler?!) I am an avid reader and love finding new books so I think this is such a great bonus feature on her blog. She recently review a book titled Princess Elizabeth’s Spy. I particularly like Historical Mysteries and this is a book I hadn’t heard of. Isn’t it fun to find a new author? Thanks, Claudia!!

I hope you will go visit Claudia at Mockingbird Hill Cottage and please say hello for me! Like her wonderful friend Brenda, Claudia really opens up her heart and her home to us on her blog and even shares lots of blogging tips too! She’s a very, very special woman and I’m betting you’ll love her as much as I do!

See you tomorrow and Happy Celebrating!

Jennifer Carroll. Celebrating Everyday Life blog

35 Responses to “{Blogs I Love} Mockingbird Hill Cottage”

  1. November 08, 2012 at 8:08 am, Claudia said:

    Hi Jennifer,

    Thank you so much for the wonderful post about my blog! You are so gracious to feature me. It’s neat to hear about your blog through someone else’s eyes and words – and I love that you clearly ‘get’ me.

    High praise from someone whose skills I admire – you have such a great eye and your style is something else!

    Thank you, my friend for featuring me and my little cottage.

    xo
    Claudia

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    • November 08, 2012 at 8:46 pm, Jennifer said:

      Oh Claudia! It is my sincere pleasure and honor!!! Thank you for inspiring and encouraging me through your posts as you always do. You are a constant blessing!!

      Hugs!!! Jennifer

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  2. November 08, 2012 at 8:53 am, Featured and the Furnace said:

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  3. November 08, 2012 at 11:19 am, Debby Messner said:

    Claudia is just a beautiful person…….so is her home. Love her style. Simple but cozy. Also love Brenda and her blog.

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    • November 08, 2012 at 9:23 pm, Jennifer said:

      Hi Debby! Thank you so much for visiting and taking a moment to comment – bless you!! :-) Yes, simple but cozy is the perfect description!! Love it!!
      Hugs, Jennifer

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  4. November 08, 2012 at 11:47 am, breida @ breidawithab.com said:

    Hi Jennifer!
    Did you know that Claudia and I are neighbors? We didn’t either! Our two properties touch one another up behind my house. She and I each wrote a post about how we met – it is a pretty funny story. . .
    good to see you – how have you been? – I love Claudia’s style, too.
    breida

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    • November 08, 2012 at 8:50 pm, Jennifer said:

      Howdy Ms. Breida! You are kidding?! That is the funniest and smallest of small world stories!!! I love things like that!!
      Have you heard if there will be a Haven 2013? I need to ask Rhoda or Marian or someone… I hope there will be! We’ve got to get our “gang” together again!
      I am well, thank you!! I hope you are too! Can you believe the holidays are rolling up on us so fast? Seriously, weren’t we in Atlanta like last month…??
      Hugs, Jennifer

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  5. November 08, 2012 at 12:32 pm, Kathleen said:

    I have been following Claudia’s blog for a few years now. I LOVE her style! I just ordered one of her scarves from her etsy shop, I’ve been admiring them for quite some time. She is one talented lady.

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    • November 08, 2012 at 8:52 pm, Jennifer said:

      Hi Kathleen! Thank you so much for visiting my blog!! Yes, I agree, Claudia is amazing! Congratulations on the scarf!! I love all of her creations :-)

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  6. November 08, 2012 at 12:55 pm, Pat said:

    Hi…just stopping in from Claudia’s blog…MHC!

    I love her blog. I can see why you do too.
    so nice to meet you. I’m going to have a long look around your blog, now. ~Pat

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    • November 08, 2012 at 8:53 pm, Jennifer said:

      Hello Pat!! Thank you so much for visiting me from MHC! Welcome!! I hope you have/had a lovely visit and will stop back by another day too!! :-)
      Hugs, Jennifer

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  7. November 08, 2012 at 1:08 pm, jane said:

    Claudia’s blog is wonderful and inspirational! I love how she uses aqua as a sweet pop of color in unexpected places. She is genuine, creative and her posts are always interesting and diverse. Thanks for the feature and letting your readers hear about Mockingbird Hill Cottage blog!

    XO,
    Jane

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    • November 08, 2012 at 8:54 pm, Jennifer said:

      Hi Jane! Yes, her pops of Aqua were one of the things that first drew me in. I love it too… Thank you so much for visiting my blog! What a blessing! I hope you enjoyed your visit!
      Hugs, Jennifer

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  8. November 08, 2012 at 1:28 pm, Donnamae said:

    I’ve been following Claudia’s blog for awhile now…she is terrific…so authentic. Think I’ll check out yours now too! ;)

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    • November 08, 2012 at 8:55 pm, Jennifer said:

      Welcome Donnamae! Authentic is the perfect word for her!! She is so real – you really feel like your sitting across the table chatting! She really inspires me!! Thank you so much for taking a moment to visit my blog and leave a comment! It is a bright spot in my day!
      Hugs, Jennifer

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  9. November 08, 2012 at 2:08 pm, Judy A- said:

    I too think Claudia is a Fab.Gal! I actually feel like she is a friend of mine. Her blog is my first click in the morning. -Judy-

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    • November 08, 2012 at 8:59 pm, Jennifer said:

      Hi Judy! I know, isn’t it funny – but awesome – how we build these virtual bonds with each other?! That’s why I was so excited but shocked that she knew my blog!
      Thank you so much for hopping over and visiting me and for leaving a comment! My blog is still fairly young (I’ve only been blogging “regularly” on it this year – before then it was very hit or miss – mostly miss….) so comments are little treasures to me!! Thank you, thank you!!
      Hugs, Jennifer

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  10. November 08, 2012 at 2:12 pm, Paula said:

    Thanks for featuring Claudia, one of my favorite bloggers! I love your blog as well, and I’m looking forward to reading all of your posts. I will be eagerly following you!

    Come by and visit me at Home In Douglas!

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    • November 08, 2012 at 9:02 pm, Jennifer said:

      Hi Paula! Thank you so much for visiting me! Welcome, welcome!! I’m so excited that you are now following me :-) That’s so kind!! I just jumped over to your blog and love that you are in Alaska! I am looking forward to taking a little time to meander through your posts. I’ve never been to Alaska but I hope to make it one day! It looks like an AMAZINGLY beautiful place!!
      Hugs, Jennifer

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  11. November 08, 2012 at 2:28 pm, Kathy said:

    I love claudia’s blog. Her home is so charming!

    Kathy

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    • November 08, 2012 at 9:04 pm, Jennifer said:

      I agree Kathy! Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting me today!!
      Hugs, Jennifer

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  12. November 08, 2012 at 2:36 pm, Meredith said:

    Claudia is my sister and you are right she really can’t be any cooler, she is an amazing crocheter, and creates so many beautiful things out of very little. Not to mention she is the best sister you could ever have. Thanks for posting about her amazing blog.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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    • November 08, 2012 at 9:06 pm, Jennifer said:

      Oh hello Meredith!! You lucky lady!! Indeed you do have a wonderful sister!! I’m also blessed with a super talented and amazingly awesome sister so I can relate!! Aren’t we fortunate?! :-)

      Thank you so much for taking the time to visit me and leave a comment!! What a blessing!
      Hugs, Jennifer

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  13. November 08, 2012 at 4:10 pm, Dewena Callis said:

    Yes, visiting Claudia’s blog means I just relax and sit back and enjoy. So glad you featured her. Her friend Brenda at Cozy House has an amazing spirit for helping bloggers, always willing to share what she has learned. If they love your blog that must be high praise indeed.

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    • November 08, 2012 at 9:10 pm, Jennifer said:

      Hi Dewena! I agree – visiting both of their blogs is like hanging out with your best friend! Relaxed and cozy – perfect!!! Yes, I was/am thrilled to the very tips of my toes that they “knew who I was” and admired my work. The praise doesn’t get much higher than that in my book!! :-)
      Thank you so much for popping in to my blog today and for leaving a comment! It is very special to me that you took the time!! I’m looking forward to spending some time on your blog too!!
      Hugs, Jennifer

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  14. November 08, 2012 at 7:30 pm, Jill Flory said:

    Looks like a great blog – gonna have to check it out!

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    • November 08, 2012 at 9:12 pm, Jennifer said:

      Thank you for the note Jill! I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!!
      By the way, I’m still meaning to get those measurements over to you for the ruffled leggings for my little one – my to-do list has gotten a bit overwhelming but I’ll get to it soon, promise!!
      Hugs, Jennifer

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  15. November 08, 2012 at 8:06 pm, Diane | An Extraordinary Day said:

    Thanks for sharing this fascinating lady with us!! I really enjoyed my stroll through her blog. :D

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    • November 08, 2012 at 9:13 pm, Jennifer said:

      Hooray Diane!! I’m so glad you had a happy stroll! She is a very dear woman!!
      Hugs, Jennifer

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  16. November 08, 2012 at 8:32 pm, Laura said:

    Caudia (and Brenda) are two of my favorite bloggers. So happy to see her featured here. :)

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    • November 08, 2012 at 9:14 pm, Jennifer said:

      Thanks Laura!!! They are the best, aren’t they?!! As one commenter said: “authentic”. It’s so true and I love that about both of them!!
      Hugs, Jennifer

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  17. November 10, 2012 at 9:19 pm, Sandy said:

    You did a great job featuring Claudia from Mockingbird Hill Cottage. She is one on my regular stops on my favorite bloggers list. I’m in love with her buffet turned kitchen island and pretty much everything around her cottage. Glad I popped on over her to discover your blog too.

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    • November 12, 2012 at 9:23 pm, Jennifer said:

      Thank you so much for visiting and commenting Sandy! I’m so pleased that you enjoyed the post – I just love Claudia and really can’t say enough good things about her!!!

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  18. December 04, 2012 at 1:42 pm, Haworth said:

    Your blog is just so lovely, Jennifer, so full of creativity and beauty. And I was so very happy that you featured Claudia’s wonderful blog! I never fail to be inspired by her makeovers (that island is one of my favorites), her crochet-work (her obsession scarves are so beautiful) and her thoughtful stories about her home, travels, memories and loved ones. She always has a kind word ready to share with her readers and is truly a lovely person. I’m so glad you recognized that, too! And I’m also glad that it led me to your blog.

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    • December 06, 2012 at 11:08 pm, Jennifer said:

      Oh! Thanks so much for visiting and sharing such a sweet comment! Claudia is definitely a kindred spirit!!

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