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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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When I began this blog 14 years ago, I was in the midst of a dream come true endeavor, running my own tea room and antique shop. I shared its day-to-day adventures — from what we whipped up in our... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2021 at The T-Cozy
In my never ending search for vintage goodness, lately I’ve had the good fortune of finding things in multiples. I love discovering instant collections for my Etsy shop. Here are some recent finds... Lots of vintage bib aprons in unused,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2021 at The T-Cozy
Morning is my favorite time of day. That’s when my studio glows with sunshine and invites me in. I love spending time here and can’t imagine not having a space devoted to creative endeavors. For more photos of my happy... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2021 at The T-Cozy
Yes, it is a lovely teapot! However, not terribly valuable.
Toggle Commented Jan 14, 2021 on My Hall China Teapots at The T-Cozy
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Now in my Etsy shop, an array of handmade items that feature original 1920s flower and vegetable seed labels! Found in unused condition, the labels are new old stock from a seed merchant in Burgundy, France. Great for sketching, journaling,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2020 at The T-Cozy
It’s hard to believe that we’ve been in our cozy cottage for seven years. You may remember, we spent the first four months in 2013 bringing this neglected vintage home back to life. The largest and most rewarding project was... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2020 at The T-Cozy
I love it when I come across something so unique that no matter how much research I do, I still can’t figure out what it was made for. My newest find is just that... This mysterious lady found on Martha’s... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2020 at The T-Cozy
My latest creation is inspired by a clothes pin bag I’ve had for ages. Using it as a pattern, I sewed up a bunch of new ones for my Etsy shop. I made my ditty bags out of a fruity... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2020 at The T-Cozy
Hi! I hope all is well with you and yours. Thankfully, we’re all fine here, and in these crazy times, that means a lot. I am doing my best to stay busy, happily spending my days in the studio in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2020 at The T-Cozy
Not sure where the time went and I apologize for not posting sooner. Weren’t the past two months crazy? Have you enjoyed spending more time at home? Since I normally work out of my studio, it hasn’t been that different... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2020 at The T-Cozy
If you’re like me, you ❤️ the quirky details and charming traits that vintage items possess — like these retro toy telephones that have sold in my Etsy shop over the years... 😍 Aren’t they wonderful? For daily pics of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2020 at The T-Cozy
More from Rosemary’s amazing stash of vintage textiles! I’ve listed her tablecloths and bark cloth and have now moved on to handkerchiefs. Thirty-two in all, they are making their way into my Etsy shop this week. So pretty! A few... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2020 at The T-Cozy
I’ve hit the mother lode of vintage tablecloths! Rosemary, an avid collector with an amazing eye, has kindly asked for my help in selling over 20 from her impressive stash, each more lovely than the next. (Lots of pretty hankies... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2020 at The T-Cozy
My latest sewing project: fabric covers that dress up classic composition books in vintage style. Using a 1940s floral from my personal collection, this textile came from the estate of an avid sewer who lived in a stately Victorian in... Continue reading
Posted Dec 25, 2019 at The T-Cozy
✨Enjoy 25% off colorful vintage tablecloths in my Etsy shop through 12/24/19 with coupon code TPARTYTABLECLOTHS Happy Holidays! Susan Connect with me on Instagram and Facebook. I’d love to hear from you! Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2019 at The T-Cozy
Been busy over the past month stocking my Etsy shop with colorful items brimming with vintage appeal. For your viewing (or shopping) pleasure, here’s a peek at some of my favorites . . . 😍 These cheery items, and many... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2019 at The T-Cozy
Last November, John and I had the pleasure of visiting Seattle for the first time. Just beyond the iconic Pike Place Market, we discovered a newsstand with an impressive selection of publications from around the world. While there, a new... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2019 at The T-Cozy
Pretty designs, pretty fabrics, pretty trims. Vintage aprons are so appealing. These wonderful retro textiles are available for purchase in my Etsy shop. And best of all, they are on sale through the end of October! Aren’t they fun? These... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2019 at The T-Cozy
I am honored and thrilled to be included in Vintage Life, one of the books in UPPERCASE Magazine’s Encyclopedia of Inspiration series. Published, edited and designed by the ever talented Janine Vangool, the people and businesses featured in her latest... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2019 at The T-Cozy
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
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
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
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
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
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