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READY TO DROP ANCHOR ON JOY WITH A JELLYBEAN RUG?

October 8, 2017 .

Last time we started our search for more joy in our lives. We started our exploration of color to make our home feel the way we want to. We worked up a little passion and now where should we go to relax?

Take a deep breath and feel the serene calmness of the beach blues and greens. The lighter brighter blues are hopeful, calm and stable. They signal no storms on the horizon. Also, remember that appetite suppressant? Thin of a bright light blue for diet by color, oh yeah!!!!

Coastal greens reduce anxiety and give the feeling of success. The yellow hue in green can relax your tired computer strained eyes. Green is the color of prosperity and wealth a very positive feeling. An added benefit for some is the fact that green encourages people to be together. Coastal decor green colors are the best color for family gatherings.

Side note; Pssst!! Hey single guys these are the perfect choices to wear on your dates. These coastal beach decor colors will work their magic on your date helping them see you as stable, calming and successful.

Back to your rooms. The most. Important thing to consider with blues and greens is the natural light in your room. These are colors that can wash out very easily, too much light changes the hue and the effect.

This color family is the reason beach and coastal decor is one of the most popular decorating choices. Which is perfect for walls, furniture and accessories. My seahorse pillows in blue green make me feel joy and were the inspiration for this blog. We are drawn to the warm relaxing feelings that make us feel successful and prosperous. The open brightness of a summer home or cottage. This is a place to reward yourself, relax and spend time with family and friends.

I can hear the waves lapping against the shore and smell the warm summer beach breeze.

So, do we have some great decorating ideas? No? You want to explore those yellows and neutrals? Next time!

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Painting Mailboxes Brings Me Joy; What About You?

Welcome to Cottage and Cabana's new weekly blog! While in the past we have written FYI and DIY articles about hand painted items, mainly hand painted mailboxes, we've found that blogging is not only enjoyable, but can be helpful and enlightening to you, as well as us. With my background in Nursing, Small Business, Teaching, and Arts, there's a great variety of fun and interesting topics here. I would like to focus our blogs on the helpful and fun aspects of art and hand painting, home decor, health and well being, and small business ownership. Why? Because joy can be found here. Yes, joy, even in small business ownership. Read our blogs and along the way, you will see it all unfold before you. And, I hope you will join us by leaving comments, and as well, please follow us!
What is joy?

Joy (joi) a state of happiness or felicity. This is the definition according to Merriam-Webster. I see joy as small bites of happiness. Little building blocks of happy that connect to make a big, more permanent feeling, joy. This is a life style and a choice. Happiness ebbs and flows, but joy, once discovered, becomes a part of you. I want to find these little happiness pieces and make them a part of my everyday. Wouldn't you like to do the same? My aim is to find what gives me joy and learn to focus on that, and not the parts of my life and the world around me that try to destroy joy. We want to invite you, the reader, on this journey and hopefully find your own joy.

Joy can be found in the little things; some examples are; colors, trinkets, pillows, comfy furniture, flowers, foods, health and maybe even the sounds of typing on an old typewriter. The secret of joy is less is more. The best selling book "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" by Marie Kondo, tells us joy can be found by getting rid of things. She teaches that we should look at the things around us and say goodbye to all the things that do not bring joy. Some of the things we keep around can make us feel guilty or sad. We keep them because we feel we have to. We don't! Be selective, clutter is the killer of joy. Invest in yourself, give yourself the best you can of what you discover brings you joy.

Most people think they know what makes them happy and most find themselves dissatisfied when they have it. Knowing what brings you joy is something people do not spend a lot of time on, but I have said before, I believe this is how you build happiness. This blog is going to explore the simple and small joys in life and how to identify them. I am very excited to begin the search for joy, and I am so excited to share it with you!

For a variety of custom hand painted mailboxes, please visit our store: Cottage and Cabana
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This pretty one just found a new home in New York. For more hand painted mailboxes, take a look at: http://cottageandcabana.com
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Decorative Hand Painted Mailboxes - Sunflowers, by Cottage and Cabana
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How to Keep Hand Painted Mailboxes Looking Beautiful
May 3, 2017

Keeping hand painted mailboxes looking beautiful is much easier than you think. And if you’ve watched the movie, Karate Kid, you already have one leg up on everyone else. (Karate Kid – one leg up! get it?!) Okay, don’t groan, that’s enough with the lame jokes. If you think I’m about to tell you that caring for your mailbox is a ton of work, just as Martial Arts can be, you’d be wrong. As I said, it’s actually very easy. So now you might be wondering what the connection to the movie and caring for your mailbox is. While there won’t be a Mr. Miyagi coaxing me along, if you listened very carefully while I cared for my own mailbox, you might hear me quietly chanting, “Wax on, wax off….” For any Daniel-san want-to-be or anyone wanting to keep a beautiful mailbox, I have outlined here in this article, the most important thing you can do to keep your hand painted mailbox looking great.

Forget those outdated instructions telling you to re-seal your mailbox each year, and disregard what you’ve heard about the need for constant and frequent washings of your mailbox. These things are simply not necessary. Provided your mailbox has been finished (sealed) with a quality sealer, such at Rustoleum, (which is what Cottage and Cabana uses) you’ll find that keeping your mailbox beautiful will be a snap. The formations of clear coat sealers has improved greatly over time and now have long lasting and durable finishes.

First, an important step to remember in taking care of hand painted mailboxes is to not do anything to your mailbox for about 3 weeks and let your mailbox do all the work. Yes, during the first three weeks, your mailbox needs to do a work-out of its own. You might be wondering just what kind of working out does a hand painted mailbox do? Naturally, it will need to do an aerobic work-out. Well, not THAT kind of aerobic work out; its an aerobic curing to be precise. An aerobic cure is more technically referred to as an out-gassing. The solvents in the sealer need to out-gas (evaporate).

Once your painted mailbox has out-gassed, you can then wipe it down with a soft, damp cloth to make sure its dirt free. (Its important that there is nothing that will be abrasive on your mailbox.) Then gently apply a liquid car or boat wax and with a soft cloth, very gently buff it. The car or boat wax (any brand) will provide an additional layer of protection for your mailbox. Waxing your mailbox twice a year is sufficient, but for those of you who live in extreme climates, waxing your mailbox once each season is optimal.
As I mentioned, its important that you wait 3 weeks to allow your mailbox to out-gas before you wax it however. Waxing before the mailbox has out-gassed can cause the sealer to permanently cloud up. An additional measure to keep your mailbox looking new is to use galvanized screws to mount your mailbox. This will help insure that no rust from the mounting screws will stain your mailbox.
As you can see, it’s easier than ever to keep your mailbox art looking great. Waxing your painted mailbox will significantly prolong the life of your mailbox. It is an extremely easy and cost effective method of getting additional years to enjoy your beautiful hand painted mailbox.

Visit www.cottageandcabana.com and take a look at our hand painted mailboxes
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This pretty one just found a new home in Virginia. For more hand painted mailboxes, visit us at http://cottageandcabana.com
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  While I do not recommend re-sealing a painted mailbox each year, as was once thought to be a good practice. (I recommend car or boat wax. (Please see my FYI Article, “How to Care for Hand Painted Mailboxes” for instructions.) However, there are a few…
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A ruff and tough hand painted mailbox, purrfect for animal lovers.   Available at  Cottage and Cabana      
Ruff, Tough, & Purrfect Pets Paws Painted Mailbox
Ruff, Tough, &  Purrfect  Pets Paws Painted Mailbox
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This Adorable Geraniums, painted mailbox, just found a new home in Ohio. www.cottageandcabana.com
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Painted Mailboxes - This one found a new home in Ohio. 

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