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Susan Borgen
Rowayton, on the Connecticut Coast
Designer, blogger, Etsy seller, collector, stylist, photographer, writer, tea enthusiast, wife and mother.
Interests: All things vintage!
Recent Activity
This fall, I have been helping a neighbor lighten her load. A collector with an appetite for many different things, she lives in a lovely little home that is running out of room. So she asked me to help her... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at The T-Cozy
Hello there! Sorry I haven’t posted in a while; it has been quite the busy month. To prepare for the holiday shopping season, I have been furiously listing all sorts of new items in my Etsy shop. A few are... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at The T-Cozy
There is something about a gray day that makes me want to hunker down and get creative. So on a cloudy Saturday morning, while John was out getting groceries, I began a crafty little project in my studio. I’ve been... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2016 at The T-Cozy
It’s the Autumnal Equinox, when day and night are of the same length everywhere in the world. I think there is something very special about that, don’t you? To celebrate the new season, I am offering 10% off in my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2016 at The T-Cozy
Here we are once again, at that time of year when weekday morning school buses stop at the corner and neighborhood children sleepily climb aboard. My, what a quick summer! Our kids are grown, so we don’t feel the back... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2016 at The T-Cozy
It has been a busy summer and it’s going by fast. Hard to believe that it is already mid-August. On summer days when I’m not off traveling and spending time with family and friends, you can find me here... A... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2016 at The T-Cozy
In the mood for a little vintage eye candy? If so, here's a look back at some of my favorite things from my Etsy shop that have found new homes over the years. Enjoy! As the total number of items... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at The T-Cozy
We had a glorious vacation on Martha's Vineyard this summer. For ten days, we rented a wonderful house in West Tisbury that was roomy enough for our whole family and then some. Now that we're back, I've spent this week... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2016 at The T-Cozy
Today is the summer solstice, when the sun is at its northernmost point above the equator. It’s the longest day of the year, lasting 15 hours and 13 minutes. How I love long summer days! To me, summer means alfresco... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at The T-Cozy
Don't you just love June? It’s one of my favorite months, particularly because of the time spent at the shore with my family. Recently, I tagged along on John’s business trip to the mountains of Vermont, a truly glorious place.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2016 at The T-Cozy
Last week, I took part in a little bit of studio beautification that was inspired by four unused packages of vintage Royledge shelf lining paper I discovered at the Brimfield Antique Show. In the corner of my work space is... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2016 at The T-Cozy
Lucky me! On Tuesday, my friend Karen invited me along to the opening day of the Brimfield Antique Show. What fun! The largest outdoor antique market in Massachusetts, Brimfield is massive and virtually impossible to see all in one day.... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2016 at The T-Cozy
This may very well be the shabbiest of all of the items I have ever had the pleasure of finding. Rust-laden and well loved, in its current striped-down state, this toy telephone becomes an art object. How could I resist?... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at The T-Cozy
Yay! I've had a run of good luck this month finding all sorts of yummy vintage things. So there is, and will be, lots of new stuff in my Etsy shop. Have a look... At an estate sale last weekend,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2016 at The T-Cozy
I created this array of festive pennant banners out of cheerful vintage textiles. Aren't they pretty? And so perfect for spring! Hang one of these lovelies wherever you want a spot of color and whimsy… at your next birthday party,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2016 at The T-Cozy
Among other things, I collect vintage picnic tins and tablecloths. And because I find them pretty to look at, I keep several on display in my studio (like the tins that live on a custom-made wall shelf, or the colorful... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2016 at The T-Cozy
Last week, the bright sunshine that flooded my studio motivated me to spend time working on a few fun projects. First, I got out my old Singer sewing machine and fashioned a festive pennant banner from a vintage tablecloth with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2016 at The T-Cozy
Can’t we all use a little eye candy on a rainy Monday? Thought I’d start off this gloomy day sharing cheerful things that make my heart go pitter-pat. Enjoy! I found these lovely old tea tins last week. Two sold... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2016 at The T-Cozy
Hi there! Since you are reading these words right now, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for being here, on this, my 9-year blogging anniversary. Nine years. Wow, that went by quickly. When I began writing The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2016 at The T-Cozy
As you may know, I'm a former tea room owner and just like a good cup of tea, my Etsy shop is infused with things that radiate warmth and a touch of sweetness. I stock a selection of vintage goodness... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2016 at The T-Cozy
When on the hunt for storage pieces for our cozy cottage, I seldom opt for new bins made from plastic and metal. Instead, I prefer using vintage items with character, like these fresh estate finds that came straight from a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2016 at The T-Cozy
My studio was featured in Issue #22 of Love Sewing, the UK’s number one sewing magazine. This popular publication offers free monthly patterns, easy-to-follow step-by-step guides and instructions in using the latest fabrics to create contemporary accessories for your home,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2016 at The T-Cozy
Presenting my latest crafty project . . . When I found this basket purse, its flat wooden top was unadorned. I decided to embellish it with vintage millinery elements: cherries, green leaves, red flowers, and a tiny black bird. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2016 at The T-Cozy
Even though I am a morning person through and through, there is something about the fading light in late afternoon that I just love. When dusk approaches, I turn on a few small lamps in my studio that make the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2016 at The T-Cozy
You may have noticed over the years that I adore vintage books, especially children’s primers from the 1930s to the 50s. The main attraction for me is that they are brimming with charming illustrations of kids from a time when... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2016 at The T-Cozy