Happy Little Cottages By The Sea

Cottage Charm, Coastal Calm

January 2012

Mermaid Sighting: Sweet Handmade Mermaids

There’s nothing sweeter than a new baby. Of course, we mean any baby around here…puppies, sea turtles, but this particular time, we mean human babies! Doesn’t everyone has a soft spot for infant photography? Of course, and new parents are always looking for unique ways to capture those fleeting moments. Well, when we came across this sighting from Etsy.com, and we just melted!

The beautiful work of Alisha Martin...how adorable!

Isn’t that gorgeous!? And handmade at that! This is the work of the super talented Alisha Martin, and you can find this beautiful work and more in her Etsy shop, Alisha May Creations. Not only does she crochet these beautiful pieces by hand herself, her shop is full of photography props and accessories just perfect for new parents looking for that special touch for their photo shoot.

Handmade perfection from Alisha May Creations on Etsy!

This newborn mermaid outfit is hand made of soft acrylic yarn, and Alisha also makes them custom, to your color and size! How wonderful is that? Make sure you head over to Alisha May Creations and browse through all the magical goodies. They are all amazing, but of course, our absolute favorite is this darling mermaid! Five stars, Alisha! Beautiful work!

Alisha has also been so kind as to offer anyone reading this post a coupon code for 15% off the total purchase! Just enter the code “favorite” when you check out! Thanks Alisha!

Have you seen a mermaid? We’d love to hear about it! Please send your mermaid sightings and stories to diane@mermaidcottages.com and keep your eyes peeled…you sighting could be the next one featured right here on our blog!

Mermaid Tale: Made in the Shade Cottage

Welcome to Made in the Shade Cottage!
Welcome to 1012 Jones Ave Tybee Island, GA, home to Made in the Shade Cottage! This cottage is a great value, with lots of space inside and out. From a couples retreat to a girls’ getaway, Made in the Shade is the place to be! This cottage has been in the same family for years now and recently enjoyed a complete renovation! New furniture, fresh paint… a whole new cottage experience!

Our Beach Bum Biscuits are ready and waiting for your special pooch!

Your cottage isn’t just perfect for any group, it’s also pet friendly! Don’t leave those furry kids behind! Bring them and let them enjoy the fenced in yard, hammock, and swing right along with you.  Made in the Shade is also ground level, which makes this a very easy home for our older guests to get around.  This home has something for everyone!

Relax and enjoy the patio and screened-in porch all day, or take the easy four block walk to the beach! It’s up to you; this is your corner of paradise! And don’t forget the huge oak tree that makes its home in front of the cottage, creating a natural tree cover to keep the home cool. This beautiful cottage definitely lives up to its name! Made in the Shade isn’t far from everything Tybee has to offer, either. It only takes a few minutes to make it to the beaches, the wonderful sights, sounds, and smells of Downtown, and even the beautiful Tybee Island Lighthouse Station. Even Historic Savannah is only twenty minutes away! If staying in is more your speed, you’ll enjoy the complimentary WiFi and high speed internet, cable television, and fully equipped kitchen.  Made in the Shade Cottage has it all!

We even have open dates as soon as February, so you don’t have to wait! Plan a trip today. The sooner you get to Tybee Island, the sooner you can relax and unwind! Give us a call at (912) 313-0784, book this cottage online, or email us at diane@mermaidcottages.com. We’ll make sure to help you plan your perfect getaway. Why Tybee? Come find out for yourself!

The Beautiful Photography of Belinda Hall

We are already excited about our Paws4Vets fundraiser this coming Saturday, but now we have more to be excited about! The amazingly talented Belinda Hall, of Belinda Hall Photographyhas contributed some wonderful items to our Silent Auction!

Come out to our Silent Auction This Saturday and bid on this amazing package!

Make sure you come out to Seaside Sisters to win this wonderful package! Portrait photographer Belinda Hall will capture portraits of your beloved furry friend and present you with images you will cherish for a lifetime. Your choice of on-location portrait session to include your entire family (humans welcome!) or you may save the session just for your furry friend. The session includes one hour with your professional photographer, 30-50 edited images presented in a password protected online gallery for download & sharing. You’ll be able to download web friendly images & print friendly versions of your pictures. The printing release included as well!

Taken at The Enlisted Men's Mess Hall, photography by Belinda Hall

Belinda is incredibly talented, and we are proud to say she has taken some of the amazing pictures of our cottages you see around our website. Her portfolio is gorgeous, and a definite must-see! In addition to pet portraits, Belinda can help you with just about any photography need you may have.  She says it best herself:

The talented Belinda Hall, photographer extraordinaire!

“The beautiful chaos and passion that life holds drives me as an artist. My specialties include Weddings, Portraiture, Fine Art, Architectural,and Commercial Photography. I am grateful for the opportunity to capture your moments in life, they are not only special to you but dear to my heart because I am given another chance to express the poetry of life through my love, photography.” — Belinda Ann Hall

Beautiful beach photography by Belinda Hall

If you want to see even more beautiful work by Belinda, make sure to stop by her website, PhotosByBelle.com. You can even follow her on Facebook! We couldn’t be happier about her generous contribution to our auction this weekend and would like to say a great big Thank You to Belinda. Your talent never ceases to amaze us!

The wonders of January on Tybee Island

I honestly can’t believe this weather.  I actually do believe in Global Warming and really don’t like the weather to be this warm in January, but I have to say, it’s pretty gosh darn glorious!  I’ve started to take walks over at  Ft Pulaski National Monument    The water, the birds, the trees, the huge big sky- all makes for an incredible 30 minute walk.  I’ve seen all these birds I’ve never seen before- loons were diving in the water today, the Ibis birds were over at Ft Pulaski as well- didn’t see any dolphins today, but I know they are out there enjoying the water!

We have lots of Snowbird guests this winter and I know they are loving this winter!  I also know our February guests are eagerly watching the weather to see if their month will be equally as spectacular!

Live Like a Local: Mermaids Make a Difference with Paws4Vets

Come out with Mermaid Cottages this Saturday, January 28th, 2012 and help us as we expand our Mermaids Make a Difference campaign! This coming Saturday, from 1 PM-3 PM, Mermaid Cottages and Paws4Vets will host a fund raiser at Seaside Sisters and kick off this newest addition to the Mermaids Make A Difference community service programs. Also featured at this special event will be Paws4Vets founders Kyria Henry and her veteran father, Terry Henry, other service dogs from Paws4People, and soldiers from Ft Stewart and the surrounding area with service dogs.

Through the Paws4Vets Assistance Dog Placement Program our Veterans and Active-Duty Service Members or their dependents with physical, neurological, psychiatric or emotional disabilities can receive Psychiatric Service Dogs, Mobility Service Dogs and Rehabilitative Assistance Dogs, free of charge. All Paws4Vets Assistance Dogs are trained by federal inmates within one of five federal prisons and/or the Paws4Vets Wounded Warrior PTSD Intervention and Assistance Dog Training Program.

“Mermaid Cottages has always sponsored puppies to be trained as Guide Dogs and Service Dogs for persons with disabilities and we are now expanding the programs to include dogs specifically trained to serve veterans. Proceeds from the sales of our Beach Bum Biscuits and our Tee Shirts will also go towards sponsoring dogs for our veterans. We are honored to be partnering with Kyria Henry, Terry Henry, and the Paws4Vets program. We invite everyone to come out and support our veterans and their families!” ~Head Mermaid, Diane Kaufman

So come on out to Seaside Sisters Saturday and meet Jimmy, an 8-week old Golden Retriever puppy (named after our beloved Jimmy Kelleher of Seaside Sweets). This fundraiser is being held to sponsor little Jimmy’s training as a service dog for Paws4People. Funds from the sale of Beach Bum Biscuits dog treats and t-shirts go towards the sponsorship of this new furry hero, so we encourage you to shop ’til you drop for a great cause!  This little puppy will be placed as an assistance dog with a veteran or his family in the Savannah area. How exciting is that! Come be a part of something grand, stock up on some yummy dog treats for your special pooch, and honor those that fight for our country, too. See you Saturday!