Wednesday, May 07, 2008


Not really, but if she had I'm absolutely certain she would have been having the time of her life giggling and drawing all the wonderful little critters that had made their home there in between the cozy quilts and pillows on the bench, and tucked in the corners of the cottage during the cold winter months.

This was my very first year having the interior of the cottage all dolled up, hence I had no idea what treasures would make it through the brutal New England winter and which treasures would not. I decided to take everything indoors except the rug, the china cupboard, the bench, some small pieces of summer furniture, a beautiful quilt which was on the bench, my favorite pink bunny, and the hammock. The hammock was used to cover up several pretty pillows, and a couple of magazines in an attempt to keep everything safe. Safe from what, I wasn't exactly sure. But I thought for sure, it would work!?!

I knew my first day of spring cleaning in the "cottage" would be an interesting one and maybe even scary to say the least. I expected millions of spiders for sure, and lots leaves which the wind would blow through the cracks and under the door.

Well, much to my surprise, Mr. Tiny Mouse decided to have himself a "happy, happy" time over winter. No fool was he. Wiggling himself through a crack (somewhere!) and then gently crawling up and underneath the hammock ~ which was lovingly covering my gorgeous quilt ~ he made himself a home. A cozy home at that.

In his attempt to stay REALLY, REALLY warm, he dug a hole in the beautiful quilt laying across the pink bench, pulled out just enough batting, then crawled in and kept himself quite warm and dry inside. Oh yes he did, and that's where he lived for the entire winter ~ all curled up in Cathy's quilt, under the hammock, on the bench, surrounded by beautifully ruffled pillows, reading Romantic Homes magazine. It's true! I'm not kidding. And you know what, he's looking for a new place to sleep tonight!

I guess if I were that cold, little mouse, I would have set up home in the "Pink Fairy Cottage" for the winter too. At least someone had fun out there all this time while I watched through the window as the cold wind blew for months and months and months. Oh for the love of New England! I'm ready for an iced tea party. How about you? Or maybe a trip to the English countryside, or the Lakes Region. How about the Cotswolds or Bath. I'm going to all of those places this summer (in my imagination). Join me, won't you?


Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Ahhhhh, I hope Mr. Mouse didn't do too much damage. Poor little creature! Not! What an affair he must have had burrowing himself into the cozy cottage and covering himself up with soft cotton from your beloved quilt. Now, I can only imagine him sitting there with his little candle in his hand, wired rim glasses tipping at the end of his pointy nose, and reading my favorite magazine. Oh, the little bugger! Did you find kibbles of cheese anywhere?

Cute story, Cathy! I won't ask about the droppings...ewww.


Dori said...

I can just see Mr. Mouse curled up sleeping cozily within your quilt! I'm sure he found it quite heavenly!

Alison Gibbs said...

Well I guess Mr Mouse had to snuggle up somewhere. You did provide such a luxurious home for him that he just couldn't resist your hospitality.

Sue said...

What a precious place for her to visit. I too love your play house.

Lu Lu's Fluffy Ruffles said...

I feel so bad for that little critter, but I do understand your need for getting rid of him.
We recently got one in the house over the winter and It broke my heart to have to trap him I certainly didnt want him in my house either.
At least he had a nice home for the winter.

Christine said...

I am cracking up because I can only imagine the sounds that came out of you when you saw the hole in that quilt. I am soooo glad I am not that mouse! I think maybe the Pink Fairy Cottage needs a cat. Maybe one of Francies!!


Barbara Jacksier said...

If I were a mouse, your cottage would be my choice for where I would want to live. Lucky Mr. mouse.

Amy at Bunny Rose Cottage said...

Oh Cathy! That is the luckiest little mouse in the world! I cant say I blame him, lol!

Love ya,

An Enchanted Cottage said...

Oh, Cathy, those pesky little mice!! LOL We have gone through the exact same thing, except inside the house... I even have photos of our two 'mousing' cats (and I use that term loosely!) on my blog! We finally caught "Fievel" in a trap and set him free! LOVE your place :)...Donna

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Hi Cathy, Like you and your sweet pink cottage I did major screen porch cleaning this past weekend. Bunches of little lizards scampering around and when I went to pull the pansies out of the pot next to the back door one jumped out right at me and scared me to death. LOL..Guess he was living there through the winter. ~ Pink Hugs, Lynn

Pink Icing on the Cake said...

Hi Cathy,
I just wanted to stop by and say thank you for your sweet comments on my blog. This blogging thing has become a very important part of my life, so so many wonderful creative women. Your garden area is just unbelievable, so beautiful. Thanks for coming by, stop by anytime.

LeAnn :)

Pink Icing on the Cake said...

Hi Cathy,
I absolutely would love to exchange blog links. My email address by the way is

LeAnn :)

jillian said...

Oooooh, that little stinker! Hope he didn't leave too much of a mess. I can't say that I blame him one bit for choosing your sweet little cottage though!

jillian said...

Oooooh, that little stinker! Hope he didn't leave too much of a mess. I can't say that I blame him one bit for choosing your sweet little cottage though!

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

LOL what a sweet story ! I think you should write some Pink Fairy Cottage books...Mr. Tiny Mouse knew a good thing when he found it.


Jorgelina said...

Pretty weekend

celestina marie said...

Hi Cathy, I bet the mouse was partial to pink and the shabby romantic treasures that grace your pink cottage. LOL!! I'm sure that mouse will not find better digs anywhere. LOL Sweet post, lovely cottage.
Best wishes for a very Happy Mother's Day!
Celestina, la rea rose

Michelle M. May said...

I really think it had to have been a Ms. Mouse and she thought to herself "I've hit the jackpot!" All you other mice go live in some stinky barn and rest your heads on the hay. I'm in the pink palace, with a soft, cozy quilt. Only the finest for a mouse princess such as myself. However, now that she has spent the winter reading Romantic Homes magazines, she has become a much sought after "mouse house" designer and will be busy all Spring and Summer decorating.

Now you really know I'm nuts. :)

Couture de Papier said...

Still hot tea for me by the sea!Thank you for lovely comments on Marie Doll!