Saturday, January 30, 2010

Paper Roses!

Hello Friends, these are just some of the beautiful paper rose clips I have been making this week. I had them stored in a plastic tub and thought I would take a picture. I thought they looked so pretty! I will be listing over a dozen of my paper rose clips tonight or tommorrow in my eBay Store. I hope you will check them out. Sincerely, Rhonda.

Friday, January 29, 2010


This is a chalkware statue. Isn't it pretty? I purchased it on eBay. It has been repaired. It was broken in half and the person who sold it repaired it. Aren't you glad she didn't throw it away? She painted the veil a glossy black which was just too dark for me, I thought that this pink fabric looked so pretty on it. The top head piece is one that my daughter Katie made. The open roses on the head piece are made out of paper and we dyed stamens for the centers. I thought That Mary looked so pretty in this. The roses around the statue are my own handmade paper roses. They are german-glass-glittered and in real life they sparkle so much. I left this display on my mantle because it is so frosty and snowy looking. I think I will leave it up until Easter. You can find more of my paper roses in my eBay Store Rhonda's Rose Cottage Designs and also on my website.

I was married young,I remember tough times.We were short on money.Even though  we think these are hard times , the market place now is so different than 20 years ago.I can say though even if there would have been e Bay  and  online selling we could have never been able to purchase a PC.Where I live summers are sweet ,winters are hard for many.I remember my prayer,''' God give me oppertunity."" I was open,I was willing. I almost instantly got a call it was an order for alot of baskets decorated with my clay roses.The money from the 25 baskets helped. I always  have remembered that simple prayer and how God gave me  work. It started me on my venture of making & selling.In these tough times I've had a few years of  good sales and NO sales but oppertunity is there and best of all God is there. It would be easy to say forget it .I force myself most days to get a small quota of items finished each day. If you are creative fly now & even if you store it for now store it. I encourage you to keep creating! The day will come. Oh ,I do have stories folks! Do not give up.Do not forget to pray! Keep working ,keep praying & keep thanking God for  his blessings!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Welcome to my BLOG

Dear Friends,
 Welcome to my rose cottage blog. My name is Rhonda. I'm 45 years old. I am married to my best friend and have the wonderful oppertunity of a lifetime spent with my favorite people and friends of all-time. (my family sweet family). !           I love my life! I am thankful to God for each day I have! A perfect life is one lived and enjoyed for the moments in it. The joy given or received by others or ones self. A good life is finding the beauty in it and taking the time to celebrate it. My rose cottage blog will be about me, my roses and our home sweet home. This blog will be filled with pictures of what I consider lovely. I hope it to be a peaceful place to visit. If you were at my home, I'd seat you in a comfy chair, fill you with baked goods, and coffee, so much you could stay for hours and hours as I gabbed and gabbed about my God, my Family, my Roses and my WORK! I'd show you all I've been working on and I'd sneak in the kids' work, my favorite old pieces and all their stories. So ... Welcome to the wonderful world of Rhonda! I hope you enjoy my little world and my long stories! :-). I hope this blog will make you smile, inspire you to take joy in what you have and show you the deepest part of my heart which is not just roses and cottage finery but my innermost joys. The joy of the Lord ,he is the source of all to me.He has blessed me so ! You may enter this blog as a stranger but may you leave as a friend.I hope to meet many kindred friends.Thanks for stopping by and I hope you will check out my blog frequently. Most Sincerely,Rhonda