RI Home Show Chalk Paint® Challenge!

Sea Rose Cottage is pleased to announce the DESIGNER SHOWCASE CHALK PAINT® CHALLENGE at the 67th Annual Rhode Island Home Show!

 

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The Chalk Paint® Challenge is Sponsored by Sea Rose Cottage and Unfolded and will showcase Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan.

 

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Participating designers will be using Chalk Paint® to colorfully transform surfaces and interiors in their 2017 Designer Showcase rooms! The theme for this year’s Showcase is “The Gracious Gardener’s Home.”

 

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We can’t wait to see how the designers work their magic interpreting the theme while bringing the rooms to life with Chalk Paint®!

 

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We hope you will join us at the RI Home, Garden & Flower Show at the RI Convention Center March 30 – April 2, 2017.  Follow our progress on Social Media for an opportunity to win free tickets to the show.

 

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The winning Designer will receive $250 in Annie Sloan products from Sea Rose Cottage.  There will be a corresponding prize for one lucky RIBA Home Show attendee.  Come see us at the Designer Showcase for an entry form and to join in the fun!

 

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Hope to see you there!

66th Annual RI Home Show Highlights

What great fun being a part of the 66th Annual Rhode Island Home Show!  In addition to being invited to participate in the Seminar Series, I also had fun collaborating with Ally Maloney Interiors on the 7 Room Designer Showcase Challenge.

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For the Challenge, the RI Home Show put together 7 of the best interior designers in Rhode Island and gave each an empty room to create something special in the theme “Coastal Living.”

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No surprise it was my favorite part of the show!  I was especially excited to see several designers showcased who also happen to be my customers (and also to see two of the rooms feature products from Sea Rose Cottage).  They did not disappoint.

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Designer Michelle Lee’s room theme was “Sanity’s Oasis” a place to escape from everyday life.  It featured bright blue walls and a stunning ocean mural.  The room had strong accents of orange and aqua that worked perfectly with the ocean theme.  She accented one wall with custom art pieces–mixed media paintings with pops of fuschia, blues and oranges that Michelle painted for the show.  For an official tour of her room visit her Instagram Feed at michelleleedesigns.  It is well worth the visit!

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Next up is “Charmed by the Sea” by Deborah DeCristofaro of DeCristo Design Interiors.  Deb created a charming seaside retreat by layering colorful woven floral prints and textures with deep blues and whites accentuated with fun punches of lime.

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I really like how she used lime accent trim on the tall draperies that flanked the feature window.   She cleverly created a headboard and two wall mounted bedside tables by repurposing several pairs of old shutters.  The headboard was painted in Napoleonic Blue Chalk Paint®.  A charming cottage-style chest of drawers was smartly updated by adding striped lime and white knobs.  Pops of blue around the room tied it all together.

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Interior Designer Ally Maloney’s room showcased “Palm Beach Chic.”   It was a wonderfully executed tropical theme with beautiful combinations of bright corals and greens and bold mixes of patterns, colors and textures.

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The furniture included some of my favorites—rattan, bamboo and Chippendale style furniture as well as a mirror from Sea Rose Cottage that I painted in bright Antibes Green Chalk Paint® for the occasion.

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The hi-gloss lacquered coral furniture was accented with square emerald jewel like knobs (from Sea Rose Cottage).  It also featured a beautiful wave-pattern pillow from Oliveira Textiles in Bristol.

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A fan favorite was the Rhode Island School of Design or ”RISD Room.” Interior Designer Ainsley Bonham was called upon to create a space  from the work of 9 RISD affiliates.  She was assisted by Elise Fargnoli who shared with us information about the featured artists which included Bristol–based Textile Designer Dawn Oliveira and Miles Endo of  Providence-based Studio Endo (HGTV Ellen’s Design Challenge Star.)

The room achieved a coolness factor with its cutting edge design, pallet floor and wall features by Guy Lemione and a stunning wall-mounted wood surfboard (clear acrylic mount) with a modern retro asthetic by Kevin Cunnigham of Spirare Surfboards (as beautiful as they are functional).

Now, on to the seminar —I presented ”Change Your Space with Chalk Paint®” highlighting the myriad uses of Chalk Paint® and how it can transform spaces from the novice DIY-er to the seasoned Designer.

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Photo credit:  Rhode Island Home Show

Luckily my husband Rick and my friend & PR/Communications guru Elyse Major came along to help me out with the seminar. It was great to have their support!  While Rick wrangled the signage, Elyse commandeered a makeshift green room to help me organize all the materials before the presentation while simultaneously taking pictures, tweeting and keeping the mood light.  I barely had time to be nervous when I heard my name announced over the loud speaker.

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The presentation was well received.  Most of the audience members were new to Chalk Paint® and many were excited about the possibility of transforming their own interiors.

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All attendees received an Annie Sloan Color Card and tip sheet in addition to their new found knowledge of Chalk Paint®. L-annie-colour-card-1

One lucky winner went home with a special Sea Rose Cottage Giveaway—an Annie Sloan Project Pack and her Quick & Easy Paint Transformations book!

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After the Q&A we circled back to the showcase so we could spend more time seeing all of the 7 rooms and talking to the designers about their work.  Truly a fun and inspirational show and so happy I could be a small part of it!

 

 

 

Fifi O’Neill’s May 9th Book Signing Event

Sea Rose Cottage is thrilled to be teaming up with crafts author and home décor writer Elyse Major, to host stylist-author Fifi O’Neill’s New England event to celebrate her latest book Prairie-Style Weddings: Rustic and Romantic Farm, Woodland and Garden Celebrations!

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I was fortunate to meet Fifi along with her collaborating photographer Mark Lohman when they photographed my home last year.  I so admire Fifi’s work and learned about her upcoming publication Prairie Style Weddings during her visit last Fall.  The idea for the book signing in Bristol emerged and I am so happy the stars aligned to make this event come together!

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Fifi’s only New England Book signing Event will be held at the breathtaking Blithewold Mansion Gardens and Arboretum.  THE perfect setting to celebrate Woodland and Garden Celebrations and the release of Fifi O’Neills latest book! 

“Prairie-Style Weddings are the perfect blending of romance and pragmatism, of simplicity and embellishments. Handmade, sustainable, and accessible elements set a casual, welcoming, and celebratory tone that transform fantastic dreams into reality. Prairie-Style festivities embrace all sorts of humble materials in ways that elevate them from ordinary to fabulous.”

Whether you are planning a wedding, event, or are just an admirer of Fifi’s timeless style, we hope you will join us!

​When: Saturday, May 9, 2015 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Hosted by:  Nancy Chace of Sea Rose Cottage and Elyse Major of Tinkered Treasures
Where: Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum 101 Ferry Road, Bristol, RI 02809
Cost:  Free with Museum Admission or Museum Membership.  General admission tickets and museum memberships can be purchased online in advance at Blithewold.org or the day of your visit.
Books:
  Books can be purchased at the event or in advance below from Sea Rose Cottage.  For your convenience, your advance copy will be reserved for you and can be picked up at the book signing.

 
Price: $30.00 Coming Soon
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In addition to the main event, the book signing will feature delicious nibbles and sips prepared by the incredibly talented Max Hobbs and happily sponsored by Sea Rose Cottage.  Attendees will also have opportunity to tour the mansion and grounds.
We are fortunate to have contributing sponsors that will add to the fun!  Artist Nancy Rafi of Heart of assemblage will graciously be leading guests in hands-on make-and-take projects from Fifi O’neill‘s book.
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Carol Riley of Bristol-Cottage will be sewing up a surprise vignette inspired by Prairie Style Weddings–you will need to attend the event to see her creation in person!
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We also have a number of contributors to our event Swag Bags!  The first 15 attendees to buy a book and get it signed will be the recipients of a Swag Bag filled with inspired offerings.  Sponsors include Efex decorative appliques,  Sew Extra-Ordinary Sewist, Vintage Lizzie, Tinkered Treasures & more!

 

Stay up to date with all the event details at our Facebook Event Page. Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The British are Coming!

The British are coming— thankfully this time for the British Motor Car Festival! British Motor Car Fest logo

Please save the date for the fun & fabulous British Motor Car Festival is to be held in Bristol, Rhode Island June 12th to 14th, 2015 at Colt State Park! The Motorcar Festival is patterned after the much celebrated British Invasion Car Show held in Stowe, VT for the past 25 years.  What a special treat to have the festivities come to Rhode Island!

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This first Bristol spring Motorcar Festival will bring in 300 or more classic British motorcars cars in addition to several thousand attendees. The Festival will kick-off on Friday at Colt State Park featuring a Rally and a Registrant’s Reception.

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On Friday night there will be a street party in downtown Bristol along Independence Park with a live band and reserved parking for British Motorcars.  Saturday will start with the arrival of the “QUEEN” in her Royal Carriage to a Bristol Train of Artillery canon salute.

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Saturday will feature the Concours d’Elegance (Judged Competition); the British Classic Motorcar Show (People’s Choice); a British Car Corral; New British Motorcar Display, The British Marketplace; British Music, Food & Beverages; a British Attire Competition for Car Show Registrants, Guests, and the General Public; and of course the Ladies Hat Competition; and more. Sunday will offer a morning drive and more activities.

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No doubt Bristolians and visitors alike will be rolling out the red carpet for this Bristish Invasion!  We are already planning out some fun projects to mark this special occasion.  Perhaps another British Flag furniture project?  You will have to stay tuned…..

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To learn more as the plans for the fun festivities unfold, click here.  As always, we invite you to Explore Bristol!

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Creative Rx: Matthew Mead Workshop

Fresh off the publication of one of my favorite projects in Cottages & Bungalows magazine, I was looking for a creative escape as a way to rejuvenate or “fill the funnel” as my friend Margo likes to say.

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She always uses that term to describe the sales process– to seek out new prospects never knowing what will come to fruition.  I think that advice applies to the creative process as well.  We all need different sources of inspiration to keep the creative juices flowing and to allow for possibilities to unfold and develop in their own time—without expectations.

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One thing I know for certain is that when I am in a creative funk, the best medicine is often a hands-on activity or workshop where I can be fully present.  However convenient, losing myself in an ever-cascading rabbit hole of social media will not do the trick.

 

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Enter my friend Elyse Major, who is always up for a new adventure.  After a brief discussion we decided that only one antidote was in order—-

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…a road trip to New Hampshire to visit THE Matthew Mead in his studio for one of his winter workshops!

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As many of you know, Matthew Mead is an accomplished stylist, writer, author, photographer and lifestyle editor.

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Source: Cover by Matthew Mead, Better Homes & Gardens, Dec 2014

He was also the style editor for Country Home magazine, one of my all-time favorites.
(Remember the design home they assembled in Grand Central Station? Just epic!)

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We quickly registered for the Workshop and before you know it we were in Matthew’s studio working on a fun and creative project, enjoying all the camaraderie while so graciously being hosted by Matthew and his wife Jenny.

The setting, the food, engaging conversation, creative play and just plain ‘ole good cheer made the day so wonderful and memorable.

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During the workshop, I had the opportunity to create a decoupage plate, something I have wanted to do for eons after seeing a feature on John Derian’s work in a home decor magazine.  We were able to select from several styles of plates and beautiful papers in a variety of motifs.

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I love how they all came out!

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While everyone has their own way of re-igniting the creative spark, in my case the Valentine’s Workshop at Matthew Mead studio was just what the Doctor ordered…

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A feast for the creative soul!

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Many thanks to Matthew and Jenny Mead, to fun & adventurous Elyse and her indispensible (but sometimes annoying) GPS phone app, and to our fellow workshop attendees.

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Looking forward to more inspiration from Matthew Mead! I’m especially excited for his next publication, Upcycled Style Magazine featuring my friend Danielle Driscoll from the Finding Silver Pennies Blog.

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  Coming soon to a newsstand near you!

Anchors Aweigh Workshop!

Sunday, November 30th from 1pm-4pm

Please join us for a fun ‘make & take’ workshop featuring our rustic reclaimed wood anchors!  Perfect wall art for the beach house, pool house or for coastal décor in any room!

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Add color and interest with our selection of paints, waxes and natural oil wood finishes (available for purchase at the workshop or bring-your-own quick drying low-VOC  products).

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Personalize the wall art as a gift! Accessorize with our selection of hardware including jewelry and towel hooks or our nautical and decorative knobs as featured in Romantic Homes MagazineHardware can be purchased during the workshop at a 10% discount.

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Class fee of $85 includes anchor ($60) and studio time ($25) that includes access to our stencil library.

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Bring your own paint and supplies, or purchase them at Sea Rose Cottage during the workshop.

The anchors measure 31 ½” length x 21 ¼” width.  We also have a selection of other motifs (mermaid, sea horse, whale etc.) ranging from $50-$70 each that can be substituted (subject to availability) with a price adjustment made the day of the workshop.

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Class size: Limited to 6 participants with spaces filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  To register for the class, click the “Add to Cart” button below.  If the “Coming Soon” message is shown then the workshop is sold out.

Price: $85.00 Coming Soon

 

Location:
Sea Rose Cottage, 21 Constitution Street, Bristol, RI 02809

Cancellation Policy: In the event that a participant cancels, the $25 studio fee is forfeited and the fee for the anchor can be refunded, or an unfinished wood anchor can be picked up as Sea Rose Cottage (subject to availability).

Please call or email if you should have any questions: Tel 401-254-1166 or to nan@searosecottage.com.

We are also happy to host a private workshop for friends  if our class schedules conflict with yours – or there’s something specific you want to learn.  Just ask!

Holiday Color Mixing Contest & Open House!

Please join us at Sea Rose Cottage at Simply Vintage of Cape Cod in Centerville, MA on Friday November 21st for a HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE from 5-8pm and Saturday, November 22 from 10am-6pm!  There will delicious food and beautiful gifts and décor for the Holidays.

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In addition, Sea Rose Cottage is featuring a special color mixing contest at our Cape Cod location in concert with fellow Annie Sloan Stockists throughout the world who are opening late this Friday night (#anniesloanlate).

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Mix your own custom color at our expanded paint bar for a chance to win $150 in Annie Sloan Products!

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Contest Rules:  Up to 3 entries per person, entries can be made in-person during Holiday Open House at Simply Vintage of Cape Cod, Friday (5-8pm) + Saturday November 21 & 22, 2014 (10am-6pm).  The winner of the “Best Color Mix” will receive $150 in free Annie Sloan Products from Sea Rose Cottage at Simply Vintage of Cape Cod.

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The best color mix will be selected Saturday after store closing and the winner will be notified shortly thereafter.

Join in the fun and share your pictures and color mixes on social media using #anniesloanlate!

Good Luck and happy mixing!

 

 

 

 

 

Holiday Preview 2014 – Save the Date!

Please save the date for the 13th Annual Bristol Holiday PreviewBristol’s night to shine!!! Follow the luminaries as you stroll, shop & dine joyously through Downtown Bristol from 5 to 9 PM. This year the Holiday Preview will be held Friday & Saturday, November 21st & 22nd, 2014.

We are so excited to be celebrating our 4th year participating in this great Bristol tradition and are thrilled to be hosting two very Special Guests at Sea Rose Cottage (21 Constitution Street, Bristol, RI).

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The talented Artist & Muralist M-C Lamarre will join us for Opening Night on Friday.   Her works will be available for viewing and also for purchase.  Craft author and tinkerer extraordinaire Elyse Major will join us Saturday for a book signing and an evening of crafting.  Read on for all the details….

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Friday, November 21st,  Featuring MC-Lamarre, Artist & Muralist, 5pm-9pm

M-C Lamarre M-C Lamarre is an artist & muralist, self-taught as a painter and trained as a potter.  A Providence College graduate, M-C is happiest when exercising her creativity and transforming the dull and drab into something creative and timeless.  She is true to her motto “HAVE BRUSHES.  WILL TRAVEL.”  Over the past 10 years she has transformed both commercial and residential spaces across North America.

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Her mural work has been featured on several TV Shows and news segments as well as in both national and international publications.  While known for her meticulous rendering of the likeness of Fenway Park’s iconic left field wall, the Green Monster, she has been commissioned to participate in two reality TV series: Spike TV’s Bar Rescue and Gordon Ramasy’s Hotel Hell on Fox.
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Please join us at Sea Rose Cottage as we celebrate M-C and her artistry.  Visitors will have a special opportunity to purchase her work on Friday evening.

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Saturday, November 22nd,  Featuring Elyse Major, Author & Blogger,  5pm-9pm
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Elyse Major is an accomplished home décor & craft author and blogger whose artful “tinkering” gives new life and charm to everyday objects.  She loves creating and writing and shares her passion with the world in two of her recent publications Tinkered Treasures and Seaside Tinkered Treasures as well as on her popular blog of the same name.

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When she is not tinkering she works as a communications consultant and also contributes articles to magazines such as Romantic Country and Romantic Homes, and to the online resource for parents Kidoinfo.

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Elyse will be sharing her special magic with us—selling and signing copies of her books Tinkered Treasures and Seaside Tinkered Treasures

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We invite you to join us at Sea Rose Cottage for a creative and crafty kick-off of Bristol’s 13th Annual HOLIDAY PREVIEW!  Both evenings will feature nibbles and sips, great company and good cheer!

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Free Waxing Clinics – August 2014

Free Waxing Clinics & Q&A Session

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Sea Rose Cottage is offering three free 45 minute waxing clinics during the month of August, 2014.  Space is limited so registration is required.

You will learn the ins & outs of working with Annie Sloan’s Soft wax.  We will cover application methods, do’s & don’ts and tips & tricks for getting the best results when waxing painted and wood surfaces.  The clinic will cover application and use of clear, dark, tinted and gilding waxes.

DATES:

 Thursday  August 14th, 3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. – CAPE COD

 Thursday, August 14th, 4p.m. – 4:45p.m. – CAPE COD

 Saturday, August 16th, 5p.m. – 5:45pm – BRISTOL

We will also be hosting a Question & Answer Session on Thursday, August 14th at our Cape Cod location from 5p.m. – 6p.m.  No registration is required for the free Q&A Session.

To register for the free wax clinic, follow this link to our Workshops Page.   If you want to be notified of future events please follow/subscribe to the Sea Rose Cottage Blog or Follow Sea Rose Cottage on Facebook.  That way you will be notified as soon as future workshops are posted.

Please call or email if you should have any questions: Tel 401-254-1166 or to nan@searosecottage.com

Thank you!

Sea Side Book Party

Sea Rose Cottage is thrilled to be hosting a book signing party for our friend and Rhode Island author Elyse Major celebrating her newest book–Seaside Tinkered Treasures!

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The party will be held Saturday at Sea Rose Cottage on June 14th, 2014 from 1 p.m – 4 p.m.

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The first 10 people to buy a book and get it signed will receive a swag bag filled with goodies from near and far!  Check here for all the swag details.

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The party will include nautical-inspired nibbles & sips, a craft buffet where guests can tinker & try their hand at some of the charming creations from Elyse’s book.

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We will be chatting and crafting up a storm!

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Sea Rose Cottage will also have a special pop-up sale on Dash & Albert Rugs and Throws—all 10% off during this special event.

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A heartfelt thanks to all the Seaside Book Party Sponsors & Contributors!

Alayne White Spa
Beckett Media
Cottage Industry
Finding Silver Pennies
The Greenery
Harbor Bath & Body
 The Knotty Dog
Pat & Toot
Piper Brown Photography
Revival & Tea at the Belvedere
The Speckled Egg
Sugar Pink Boutique
Tinkered Treasures
Two Orange Cats Jewelry

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We hope you will join us for a fun and festive afternoon at Sea Rose Cottage!

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