Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Old Viintage Cottage owner's story

Sue Doyle, owner of Old Vintage Cottage, tells the story of how she launched her dream in her own words:

"I've always wanted a small store like I have today in a village type setting. I was lucky to be a stay at home mother. After our children were off on their own, I got a job with a wholesaler working in his showroom. I put every paycheck into a savings not knowing in a few years, the idea would hit me that I could open my own shop. One of the ladies that shopped the showroom, was closing her shop in Seal Beach, We started talking. I went to her shop, loved the location and went to the landlord and rented that day. I papered the windows and opened a month later on March 1st. 1999.The store has a vintage flair, new and old, with white cottage furniture throughout. I am fortunate to have a husband that does all of my furniture.Not expecting to he here this long but I am still having fun. I really enjoy talking to all of my customers who continue to support me.Anyone who has a dream, just go for it anytime in your life. If you are in the area, please stop in and say "Hi" or check out our web site at

The window at Old Vintage Cottage on a beautiful day

This is the sweetest little shop in Seal Beach
Oilcloth Alley looks pretty in red and pink.

If you think the window looks cute wait until you step inside!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Day at the Beach

I can picture myself on those lounges at Cottage Furnishings
and looking at the great ocean view on the corner of PCH...

I spent a fun and productive day in Laguna Beach and San Clemente. I visited some of my favorite stores, Cottage Furnishings and Cottage Bliss.

I love the way they display my lines and had to take some pictures. This is Cottage Bliss in San Clemente. I always love visiting with Debby Marano, owner.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011



Martha Stewart would die for this set of jadeite bowls!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Oilcloth Alley at Cranberry Quiltworks

Look at Oilcloth Alley at Cranberry Quiltworks. The gloves are adorable and the carryall luggage looks very chic.

A&P Collectibles' beautiful table setting

If you are ever in Old Towne Orange stop by A&P Collectibles. Look at this sweet picture owners Lisa & Bonnie Ackerman took using my Mosser Glass cake plates. If you're looking for actual antiques take a look at their new online store:

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Launch Your Creativity event at Paris in a Cup

A good time was had by all at our Launch Your Creativity event on Saturday. Paris in a Cup pulled out all the stops and gave us a delicious tea. The speakers were inspiring and we were all energized afterwards. Jenelle Van de Mortel was one of the speakers. Here she is with a few of her students. Some beautiful attendees.
The doors open and the attendees look eager.
Sharon Hughes and Jenelle doing last minute tasks.
The glamorous Cynthia Wadell from Heavenly Hostess
Our fearless leader, Sharon.
The room right before opening.
Cheryl Turner, the beautiful owner of Paris in a Cup
Check out the lovely table settings.
Jenelle with Desiree of Romantic Homes