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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
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 7 days ago 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
About a month ago, I received an email from a gentleman named Bill who lives in Des Moines. He had come across my blog post from August 2011 called Trash Day Treasure about a fabulous display case with a slanted... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2016 at The T-Cozy
To celebrate my one-year anniversary on Instagram, I’m having a giveaway! For an opportunity to win this fun vintage soap powder holder… 1. Follow me and like this photo on my Instagram feed. 2. For a second chance to win,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 13, 2016 at The T-Cozy
I hope you had a wonderful holiday season. Ours was chock full of fun with family and friends. And I am happy to report that I accomplished one of my New Year’s resolutions this week: cleaning out the Hoosier cabinet... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2016 at The T-Cozy
I'm sorry to report that our former house is no longer. Its newest owners decided to tear it down to make way for what I'm sure will be quite the McMansion. Before it was demolished, my dear husband was determined... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2016 at The T-Cozy
Wishing you a joyous, healthy and peaceful 2016. Susan Connect with me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. I'd love to hear from you! Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2015 at The T-Cozy
Vintage Christmas ornaments never stay around for long in my Etsy shop. It's easy to see why. These classic ornaments are extra pretty. I even love the original boxes they come in. And so I'm pleased that they will be... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at The T-Cozy
A new Museum is opening in my town this weekend! Part of the Norwalk Historical Society, it celebrates Norwalk's history and diversity and is sure to be an asset to the city. Located in a stately brick building behind City... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2015 at The T-Cozy
On a cold fall day, there is nothing better for lunch or dinner than a steaming bowl of homemade soup. Today, John whipped up one of our favorites that I'd like to share with you: Lemony Lentil and Rice Soup.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2015 at The T-Cozy
Nothing cheers up a table (or me) like a beautiful vintage textile. Sporting bold, lively fruit and flower patterns, these relics always make me smile. Here is a little tablecloth eye candy to brighten up your day. These tablecloths are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2015 at The T-Cozy
I found this vintage teapot at the thrift store. Sporting intricate hand painting and an extra-tall body, it is really quite stunning. Sadly, it has no lid, but that didn't deter me from bringing it home where I repurposed it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2015 at The T-Cozy