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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!
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A concrete birdbath seemed like a good idea when I acquired it over a decade ago. For years, it resided in our garden under a shady tree. In all that time however, I never once saw a bird bathing in... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at The T-Cozy
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Look what I found . . . a 1960s Singer sewing machine in a pretty shade of blue! This classic machine had been very well kept, so a little oil and a quick dusting was all it needed to ready... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The T-Cozy
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A funny thing happened to me. Recently I was told that my collections are not large enough. Apparently I don't have enough 1950s picnic tins . . . Or enough hand-tinted antique photographs . . . Or enough colorful 1940s... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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Don't you just love a good "Before and After"? Me, too! So have a look at what our vintage cottage looked like when we put in a bid to purchase it last fall. And here is what it looks like... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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Have you seen the movie Chef? In a nutshell, it's about an uber-talented chef who loses his restaurant job. In an effort to regain his cooking mojo, he restores a broken-down food truck, which also restores his confidence and family... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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Over the past two weeks, I've been hitting up local estate sales and the Elephant's Trunk Flea Market to search for fun items brimming with vintage appeal. I've even rooted though my personal collections to assure that by September, my... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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When we first moved into our cozy cottage last October, our living room did triple-duty. During the home's four-month-long renovation, it served as our family room, kitchen/dining room and studio. Then, once the construction was complete, the living room went... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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Yikes! Where is the time going this summer? I have so much to share with you, but it has been crazy busy. So please bear with me. I promise to bring you up to date on what's new here very... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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One last detail was added to the exterior of our cozy cottage last week. A Rowayton Historical Society plaque was installed. We are officially living in the Harold and May Wilson House! The RHS plaque program calls attention to the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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There is finally light at the end of the renovation tunnel! This week, we've embarked on our last major project: transforming barren and neglected flowers beds into a lush cottage garden. This very skilled landscaping crew put in over 80... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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My vintage toy sewing machines are featured in the July 2014 issue of Homespun, an Australian publication filled with beautiful handmade textile projects, clever craft ideas and articles on all things crafty. Homespun magazine is a place of inspiration created... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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My dear friends Leslie, Kiki and Annalisa and I enjoyed beautiful weather for our very first Out of the Yardinary sale on Saturday. In fact, it was picture perfect, just like this wonderful photo of my pennant banners shot by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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Tomorrow (Saturday, June 28), I will be hosting a yard sale and open studio. Not your typical tag sale, this "out of the yardinary" event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at my new cozy cottage. If you... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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Did you know there are no chain stores or malls on Martha's Vineyard? So when I shop this lovely island, I get to enjoy browsing distinctive wares collected, crafted and carefully curated by merchants with talent and vision — the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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Last week, we spent our days exploring the island's many natural wonders. One of the most spectacular is the Aquinnah Cliffs which we admired from the observation deck near Gay Head Light. For an even better view, we headed over... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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I am so pleased that business was brisk in my Etsy shop while I was away on Martha's Vineyard. Here are some of the things that are traveling to new homes across the U.S. — and also to Japan! I'm... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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To my sweet husband John, and to all of the other caring, patient and devoted dads out there — Happy Father's Day! Susan Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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Another wonderful vacation on MV! I've been coming to this glorious island annually for almost 30 years and have fallen in love with it a little more with each visit. More posts about our time away to come very soon.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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Off we go! Time to relax with my family and enjoy sun, sand and surf. We look forward to our time on Martha's Vineyard all year long. So excited it's finally time to return to our most favorite place! Before... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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Our annual trip to Martha's Vineyard is approaching. No where on earth we'd rather be! Enjoy the weekend, Susan Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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Today is my birthday! I am now 56 years years old, teetering at the top of the 50s hill about to roll down the other side. As I begin my descent, I must admit that the first half of my... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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A couple of mornings ago, John and I headed off to the Elephant's Trunk Flea Market. The weather was sublime and we enjoyed waking the aisles in the Sunday sunshine. I wanted to find some home decor items for our... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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This past week, it felt great getting back to sewing. I haven't done any projects since before we moved last fall, so this was a good test to see how well my studio's sewing area is set up. My red... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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What a busy Monday! Now that my new sewing area is all set up, this week I'm making pennant banners for my Etsy shop out of vintage floral fabrics. Aren't they pretty? Look what I found! It's a 1920s child's... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2014 at The T-Cozy
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How I miss my mom. She was the best, even if she made me wear a bathing cap! Susan Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at The T-Cozy