Monday, December 29, 2008

Oh Good Golly Miss Molly!!!!
Here she is growing up. If you look at the pics below you can see adorable Miss Molly when we first got her. She only weighed about 2 lbs back then. Now Miss Molly is a whopping 8lb. 11oz. and she will not get too much bigger.
It has been extra cold here and she was not liking having to go outside. So we bought her this adorable ensemble of a black sweater with pink trim & a big pink heart with lots of sparkly bling bling on it.
Of course she just HAD to have matching boots. A girl can't get a new sweater and not have matching boots!!!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Making some new pretties for Christmas!!

These are my latest creations!!
I had some much fun making these great Christmas Stockings out of some wonderful vintage items.

I used vintage chenilles, brooches, pearly beads, a vintage hand crocheted doily and satin ribbon roses on the chenille one.

The other two were made from and antique hand embroidered linen table cloth. Ohhh soooo shabby cottage chic!!!

I love to create things with old linens that might otherwise not get used due to issues that come along with age. They make great Christmas stockings, lavender sachets or wonder shabby throw pillows !!!

I would love to make custom ordered ones with you sweet treasures that you have tucked away. For more information please feel free to email me at or leave a comment on my blog with you email information. Prices vary on these items depending upon what it is you would like done with your special treasures!
In the meantime these 3 stocking are available for sale on ebay!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

New Additions To My Wonderful Family: Grandbabies!!!!!

Well Well Well, Another precious addition to the family. This is my gorgeous little grand daughter Maddison!

Here are Andrew & Zacky her older brothers!!! IT will be nice to have older brothers when she gets older. I'm sure they will watch out for her!!!

Andrew just loves his little sissy!
He is always wanting to hold her!

Grandma can hardly wait til Maddie is old enough to play. I have already gotten her so many little pink frillies. I have also been decorating her nursery in...what else.....Shabby Cottage and white!!! Fun Fun Fun!!!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Changes to my Blog Postings Below!!! Please Take a Look!!!

Hey there!!! Hope all of my regular blog readers are doing wonderfully!!! I just wanted to let everyone know that I am no longer going to be selling Seriesse International Products, but I am going to be immersing myself in custom orders for very special pillows. I have made changes to previous blog posts, so please take a look below to see the details on these gorgeous pillows I custom created for a wonderful customer!!! I can custom make pillows for you and your loved ones too....all the information is below in my blog posts!!!! Love you all and thanks once again for visiting!!!! Hope you have a terrifically blessed day!!!

Monday, August 4, 2008

Gorgeous Custom Designed Shabby Cottage Style Pillows!!!

These are some very pretty special order pillows and lavender sachets that I did for a favorite customer!!!

She sent me some sweet prints and monogrammed hankies and asked me to make them into pillows and sachets for her beautiful baby girls nursery.

Each one was a joy to create. She specified the colors, I emailed her photos of different fabric combinations, she chose the ones she liked & I went from there!!!

I would love to do more of these very special and one of a kind treasures. If you have any kind of fabrics, prints, or family heirlooms like hankies that you would like made into a pillow or sachet...I would love to do that for you.
Price is based on how many items you want made, type of item, size of item and the materials I use in creating your special treasure.

Small sachets start at just $8.50 with shipping for one sachet $4.95 Priority Mail.

Larger Sachets will be slightly more depending on size.

Small Pillows will start at just $12.50 with $6.50 shipping by Priority Mail.

Larger pillows will vary depending upon the materials you send me to create your project and and materials I use to complete it...prices will vary from $18.50 to $28.50 plus $8.50 shipping for one pillow and based with shipping discounts for more than one item.

Please contact me at for more information if you would like me to turn your heirloom or print into a treasure for you!!! Makes a great personalized gift for the upcoming holidays!!!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

I just had to update you on the progress of our raised garden area in the backyard!!!
Earlier I shared with you my happy happy hubby tilling it up and amending the soil with all kinds of wonderful things!
We are already starting to harvest zucchini and it won't be long we will be eating a fresh mess of green beans and tomatoes too! The zucchini plants are bigger than I have ever seen them and the veggies seem to grow big over night.

This is an amazing old bench the we actually rescued from someones junk pile. This is just as we found it with it's wonderful patina and chippy old paint. When i saw it on the junk heap I told Jay I just HAVE to have that for our I just coated it with layers and layers of clear spray paint to prevent further damage and prevent deeper rusting. I cannot imagine throwing this awesome treasure in the dump!!!!

This is our beautiful and quite treasured foxglove. We have tried for 3 years to plant and grow this amazing flower!!! Finally this year we must have picked just the right spot for it because it did not take it long to shoot up this wonderful bloom!!!! I am so so excited to have this in my yard!!!!! I love it because in Oregon where we moved from 6 years ago, it grows wild along side the road and in the forests there on the way to the Oregon Coast!!!
It is a biennial..which I am not quite sure what that means...if any of you know what biennial means could you please send me a note to or just leave me a blog comment!!! Thanks so much!!! Hope you all have a very blessed day!!!!!

Sunday, June 1, 2008

Ohhhhhhh isn't she just precious!!! This is my new baby girl "Miss Molly"....or Good Golly Miss Molly & Molly Girl for short.
She is a new addition to our home and I could not be more excited!!!! She weighs all of 2 lbs and is just a couple days over 6 weeks old.
I have not had a puppy since I was a little girl and I am just so so madly in love with Little Miss Molly Girl.
She is 1/2 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and 1/2 Chihuahua. What we could not believe is that they people we got her from had already mainly had her potty trained....she whines when she needs to go potty and we take her outside into the grass....She is so smart!!! We got her this little HOT PINK sofa styled doggy bed and a little fat mouse stuffed toy.
You should see her when she gets ahold of it and shakes it around teeth like she is really killing something...then she will drag it around the house all puffed up like she is so so proud of her conquer!!! It is just precious and she will be a wonderful part of our family for years to come!!!!

Friday, May 9, 2008

Special Order Custom Designed Pillows!!!!

This is a custom ordered set of pillows that I graphically designed using a vintage altered art image and the names of my customers 2 sons.

Below are the ones I designed for her sweet little baby girls nursery. These are so much fun for me to do and I would just love to create one for you!!!

The price of these pillows that are fairly large pillows is $25.00 each with $8.50 S& H for one pillow, and the shipping will be $10.95 for 2 pillows.

To custom order pillows in your color choice ( I choose the actual fabrics unless you send me some you already have) just email me with a description of what you would like, whether it be a name of a loved one or some other saying like "home sweet home", your color choice, date you need it completed by....etc.

These precious one of a kind pillows are the perfect touch to any shabby cottage, Victorian or Romantic style decor... and they make a perfect personal gift for birthdays, holidays, anniversaries or any special occasion.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

A New Type of Special Order I am doing now!!!

Here is a new type of special orders I have been doing lately. I had a request from a very sweet lady to create pillows for her two beautiful baby girls. They have the prettiest names, and they are so so sweet and just precious!
I very much enjoyed designing the graphics and them making these special pillows. Their Mother liked them so much that she wanted me then to create two more pillows for her boys.
These were fairly large pillows and I would love to create more of them for anyone who would like to have a special personalized pillow for anyone special in their lives. The price for these custom graphics pillows made with gorgeous fabrics in your color choices, and of course beautiful vintage chenilles is $25 each with $8.50 Priority Mail Shipping.
To order your pillow simply email me at, or leave a blog comment for me.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Happy Happy Gardening!!!!!

This is my happy happy hubby Jay with his bright shiny new garden spreader and brand spanking new rototiller!!! He is obviously in his element prepping our raised garden area that we put in a couple of years ago just for our garden every year.
As I mentioned in my previous blog, last year I did a salsa garden and canned lots of homemade salsa.. my own special recipe!!! Mmmmmmm YUMMY!!! This year we decided on lots of neat yummy veggies to freeze and can and of course eat as much of it fresh as we can. We are planting corn, big and cherry tomatoes, green beans, turnips, carrots, acron and zucchini squashes, sweet banana & green bell peppers, cabbage and broccoli. I can hardly wait to try all the fresh cooked delights I will create in the kitchen with these wonderful home grown yummies!!!
This is definitely a real treat for me because the most I had ever grown myself as an adult is tomatoes. My hubby has taught me so much about gardening, and it is the biggest joy to watch him at can see by the pics he has fun with it all!!!
He gets this gleam in his eyes and a child like enthusiasm ... it is a real kick to watch him!!! This is the first home he has ever owned, so he is so happy to have his own ground to plant whatever he wants in, and an old house that we are slowly fixing up to be just the way we want it....we both just love old vintage things, and this old house was built in the 1940's so we are having a ball with redoing it and still keeping the integrity of the era it was built in.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Thank Goodness Spring Is Here!!! HURRAY!!!!!

This is an amazing site we get to see while standing at our kitchen sink.... just across the road at our neighbors place. Last year I could not resist but to go get pictures of this lovely wisteria. It always has me in awe each and every year....the beauty of it and each intricate little flower on each draping group just overwhelms my senses. The color is so wonderfully beautiful fading from dark purples into lighter is just breathtaking.
This particular plant seems that it has been growing here for at least 30 years..It is a massive plant....God's beautiful creations never cease to amaze me...can you imagine the beauty awaiting us in heaven???
My sweet hubby and I love this wisteria so much that we just had to have some. So last year we bought a gorgeous antique arbor that has a wonderful patina to the old painted iron with rusty red bleeding thru the antique chippy white paint. We placed it just at the entrance of our raised garden spot where we grow our veggies every year.
I was told it may take a few years before the wisteria would bloom...but God has blessed us this year with 5 or 6 blooms coming out on it....I will get a picture of it when it has bloomed and share it with my blog friends.

Monday, March 31, 2008

A Few Examples of J. Rae's Shabby Cottage Designs Special Order Pillows

This is just a small sampling of the many special orders I have done for pillows over the last year. I have a lot of prints available from fantastic Victorian era artists such as Maud Humphrey, Harrison Fisher, Bessie Pease Gutmann, and Kewpie artist 'O'Neill.
I will be adding more prints to the right side to choose from. I even have prints available if you are decorating a little boys room and want more masculine style prints. The pillows range in price from $18.50 to $28.50 depending on the embellishments you would like added to them. I will add a few more of the choices to the right bottom of this page soon!!!

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

My Latest Creation: Shabby Cottage Hanging Heart Sachet Pillow

This is my latest creation. I made a long heart shaped pillow from Rachel Ashwell's Simply Shabby Chic line, and added a battenberg lace heart shaped doily to the center. I used adorable little colorized vintage prints of 2 little girls and framed then in varying pink satin ribbon roses and sparkling pink rhinestones.

I used a vintage rhinestone brooch in pinks and clear sparkling stones at the top center of this gorgeous sachet.

This sweet fragrant Shabby Cottage treasure is one of a kind and available on ebaY. I have many more treasures there as well. Simply go to ebaY & in advanced search go to "specific sellers" click on that and type in jaysgirl1964 and it will bring up all the items I have up for auction,
or click on the link to the right that says my ebaY items

I also used lots of rhinestones, pearly glass beads and buttons to embellish this Lavender Vanilla scented sachet pillow. I trimmed it in an awesome antique hand crocheted lace that is nearly 100 years old. I found this amazing lace in an antique store in Kennett Missouri.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Just HAVE To Share This With You From All Bliss Be Thine

I found this stunning creation when I was looking at some other blogs. I could not resist sharing it with you!!! This is one of the most gorgeous works of art I have ever seen. Isn't she just amazing?

The blog is called All Bliss Be Thine, and I have included a link to this blog at the right. Beautiful things there! Go and Enjoy!!! If you click on the images you can get a larger view!!!

New Stacking Sachet Sets With 3 Mini Pillowettes

I just love love love these stacking sachet sets. They turn out so pretty every time. They are fun to make too! This is what they look like all stacked up and tied with a ribbon.
They are filled with high quality polyester filling and REAL French lavender buds that I further enhance with 100% PURE essential oils. This set had lavender and vanilla essentials added to it for a wonderful fragrance.

This is what they look like separately when you untie the ribbon. I give each little mini pillowette it's own personality.
They measure 3", 4", & 5" in size.
They look lovely displayed together in the stack and tied with a ribbon, or separate them and put them in a pretty bowl or basket. They are small enough that you can put them just about anywhere for just the perfect shabby cottage touch!

A Few New Items In My ebaY Store and Etsy Shop

This Sweet Pillow and Sachet set features a gorgeous print by Victorian era artist Maud Humphrey. It has a pretty little baby and lots of lovely pink roses.
I used a Barefoot Roses fabric with soft green background and big pink roses. Trimmed it in Victorian inspired white Venice lace and white cotton eyelet fabric.
I added lots of pretty satin ribbon roses and other frilly embellishments, and scented the hanging sachet pillowette with REAL French lavender buds & 100% PURE lavender and vanilla
essential oils.

Did you know that if you click on any of my pictures in my blog you can view it larger??? So you can see the details in each of my Shabby Cottage creations

This pillow and sachet set is much like the one above, but since most of my pillows are one of a kind (unless someone requests 2 alike) I changed it slightly by using the soft Pink background Barefoot Roses fabric and used slightly different laces and embellishments. Plus making the sachet longer and narrower. This set is available on ebaY right now. There is a link to the right. It is such a pretty set. Pictures never do them justice.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Jay-n-Julie on Their Wedding Day

You'll have to excuse this photo, it was taken from a scrapbook page from our wedding album. This is me and my gorgeous hubby on November 9th, 2002 when we got married.
We had an "old hippie" wedding...which I just loved!!! I put on our invitations for everyone to come wearing blue jeans! It was a great!!!
We have both since cut our long hair and changed our Hippie ways...LOL. Jay is still stuck in the 70's as far as modern technology is concerned. He hates cell phones, and the only thing he can do on the computer is play his hunting game.
His hair was so long it fell down past the middle of his waist, and it was just gorgeous with blond ringlets cascading down... I could only dream of having hair that pretty. He cut it the first summer after we moved to Arkansas because the heat and humidity with that long hair was pretty unbearable. His hair was so pretty that I literally cried the day he cut it. We were friends for 18 years before we ever even dated. My uncles were his older brothers best friends from when they were kids 'til now. So our families have been friends since the 60's. Now we have a love & friendship that will last forever!!!

My Hubby Jay & Bobby-Bobtail

This is my sweet and sometimes ornery husband Jay, with our precious little bob-tailed kitten "BOB". Jay works at a big factory that makes railcars and this kitten, 7 other babies and the mother cat were living there. He rescued the mama and her 8 babies the day after the kittens were born.
So now we have all these adorable kittens running around....and little Bobby Bob-Tail is one of our favorites. He's a keeper!!!
Each kitten has a distinct personality and we love them all!!! Bob loved playing in the snow..he ran and jumped and pushed the snow around with his paws....It was the cutest thing ever!!! He is a tree climber too. He goes up so high in the trees that we fear he won't be able to get back down, but he always does!!! Out of the 8 kittens, 2 of them had bobbed tails, 2 had little crimped tails with "J's" on the end and 4 had perfectly normal tails. I had never seen such a large litter of kittens or with such a unique mix of tails. Our kitties are outdoor pets they have a heated pen outside for when it is cold and DO NOT come into contact with any of the materials I use for creating my pretties.

Friday, March 7, 2008

!!!~ I'm Having a Sale In My ETSY Shop ~!!!

I am having a sale in my Etsy Shop, JRaesShabbyCottage!!!
These lovely shabby cottage style items and more treasures have been discounted for a short time only!!!! Please get in on these special deals while they are still available!!!
Plus any special order pillow, sachet or chenille cake from this blog will be discounted $5 !!!! Lotions are not included in this special sale!
Come and check out my awesome deals now at my Etsy shop. There is a convenient link to the right !