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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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Whether they are collectible McCoys, Shawnee minis, or unmarked relics found at the local thrift store, humble grocery store bouquets and simple flowers from the summer garden always look extra special when placed in vintage pottery vases. Don’t you agree?... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2019 at The T-Cozy
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If you’re like me and can’t seem to part with special things from your past, this project is for you . . . In my college days, my favorite garment was a pair of Lee bib overalls. Beautifully embroidered by... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2019 at The T-Cozy
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I am happy to announce the launch of my redesigned website. I’ve been working on it for the past two months. It has a new layout, lots of studio pics, a little about me, my Etsy shop, and more. For... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2019 at The T-Cozy
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I found this rusty old wire basket last weekend. Any idea what it might be? It’s the rack that holds glass baby bottles inside a sterilizer pot. Although the pot had seen better days, when I looked inside and saw... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2019 at The T-Cozy
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Behold my cottage garden shadow box series! Incorporating vintage Martha’s Vineyard postcards, tiny plastic flowers, beautiful handmade papers and more, each cigar box has been transformed into a miniature, magical, smile-inducing world. Here’s a closer look. Aren’t they fun? Hard... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2019 at The T-Cozy
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Today, this is where you’ll find me — at the work table in my studio. Filled with all of my favorite things, this happy room never fails to inspire me. Time to get back to making more shadow boxes. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2019 at The T-Cozy
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It all started with an assortment of vintage plastic flowers discovered at a local thrift shop. Loads of tiny faux blossoms in a rainbow of colors — and only $2.00. How could I resist? Driving home from the shop, I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2019 at The T-Cozy
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I hope you had a wonderful year and holiday season. For us, the highlight of 2018 was our daughter’s wedding day. Here’s a quick peek. Let’s start with the dress . . . Isn’t it dreamy? It was the very... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2019 at The T-Cozy
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Over the past few weeks, I’m sure many of you have been on the hunt for just the right gift for a family member or friend. As the holiday shopping season comes to a close, I would like to share... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2018 at The T-Cozy
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Save 20% on all handmade items in my Etsy shop through Monday, November 26. Happy shopping... and Happy Thanksgiving, too! Susan Connect with me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. I’d love to hear from you! Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2018 at The T-Cozy
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Introducing my latest, and perhaps cutest, find... A dear friend (who knows of my affection for both Hoosier cabinets and child-sized vintage furniture) guided me to her friend who is moving. Lucky for me, she wanted to part with this... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2018 at The T-Cozy
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For the past month, I’ve had a consulting gig in Darien, Connecticut, right around the corner from what was once my sweet little tea room. As I pass the place where the business was located, I wax nostalgic for the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2018 at The T-Cozy
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Welcome to where you’ll find me most days . . . my studio. Filled with all of my favorite things, this special room never fails to make me smile. Come on in! Alongside my worktable and cottage gallery wall, a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2018 at The T-Cozy
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I am finally getting around to sharing the inside of our Martha’s Vineyard vacation house with you. (Sorry it has taken so long; been crazy busy here.) During the early spring of 2017, we furnished the home from scratch on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at The T-Cozy
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It has been a while since my last post. Sorry, April was a bit of a blur. I spent most of my free time planning and preparing for my daughter’s bridal shower. I worked on lots of fun projects for... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at The T-Cozy
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Over the last 11 years of blogging, I’ve shared our various fun-filled family trips to Martha’s Vineyard with you. As you may know, for over three decades, we rented an array of lovely summer homes there. But we always longed... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at The T-Cozy
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As you may know, John and I finally fulfilled our long held dream of owning a home on our beloved Martha’s Vineyard. It has been a year since we purchased it and I hoped to share it with you sooner.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2018 at The T-Cozy
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In February of 1998, our then 4-year-old son Jacob headed off to a friend’s birthday party. When I picked him up at the end of the afternoon, I was surprised to find an unusual item in his party favor bag... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2018 at The T-Cozy
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I like to spend my days finding, making and sharing items with you in my Etsy shop. My latest acquisitions are shown below. Once these treasures are in hand, I begin to create their Etsy listings. That’s when I truly... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2018 at The T-Cozy
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We have had quite an abominable winter so far with super cold temperatures and lots of snow. And it’s only early January! Just last week, normal activity ground to a halt when a massive East Coast storm blew in. If... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2018 at The T-Cozy
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In these final days of 2017, wishing you and yours a healthy, peaceful and oh so happy new year! Susan Connect with me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. I’d love to hear from you! Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2017 at The T-Cozy
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Did you know that West Elm graciously offers artists the opportunity to sell handmade wares at their home decor stores? How great is that?! My local Westport, CT store is hosting pop up shops throughout the holiday season and I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at The T-Cozy
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Happy Thanksgiving! Susan Connect with me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. I’d love to hear from you! Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2017 at The T-Cozy
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I adore vintage pottery mixing bowls. Why? Because of their many admirable qualities — they are solid, dependable, and oh so useful. Perfect for stirring up cake or pancake batter, or as a serving bowl for tossed salad. I always... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at The T-Cozy
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When I’m feeling crafty, I like to use the ancient art of decoupage as a way to inject new life into vintage objects that have seen better days. At a local thrift shop, I discovered a green metal serving tray... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2017 at The T-Cozy