Photo credit: Marisa Bettencourt

Welcome to my blog where I enjoy keeping track of tinkering and writing endeavors, sharing favorite things and places, and using made-up words.

When I began my blog "cottage" (fall ‘08), I sort of envisioned it to be an instant venue for my DIY adventures: funny stories about stripping wallpaper and sweating over applying crackle medium. Somehow along the way I rediscovered my love of creating and writing. I credit much of my artistic reawakening to the sparkling inspiration, warm support and generous encouragement of my cherished friends in the blogging community.

I live in beautiful Rhode Island, U.S.A. with my patient husband and two amazing boys.

Thank you for visiting and happy blogging!


Official bio:
Author Elyse (Press) Major has been creative since childhood. She is Editor in Chief at Providence Media, the publisher of Rhode Island's premier lifestyle magazines, including Providence Monthly, The Bay Magazine, SO Rhode Island, and Hey Rhody. Additionally Elyse contributes writing and develops projects for national publications including Country Sampler's Farmhouse Style. 

Elyse released her first two books Tinkered Treasures and Seaside Tinkered Treasures back-to-back in 2013 and 2014 (CICO Books), and is the co-author of a third book of DIY home furnishings released in the U.S. as I Modify IKEA (Ulysses Press), Australia as 50 Flatpack Hacks (Murdoch Books), France as Je customise Ikea (L'InĂ©dite, 2017), and South Korean as Make Your Own IKEA (RIDIBOOKS, 2017). Additionally Elyse's branding efforts are featured in the book How to Show and Sell Your Crafts (St. Martin's Griffin); Craft Show & Sell (Search Press, Ltd.). 

Elyse has written the blog tinkeredtreasures.com since 2008 where she shares about her work, offers simple projects, and shines a spotlight on favorite things and places. She has been a presenter at the Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck, NY, and lead workshops at libraries and venues like Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arborteum. Throughout her work Elyse hopes to inspire others to enjoy making things without worries of perfection. She lives in Rhode Island with her husband and two sons. Find Elyse online at tinkeredtreasures.com and on social media at Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.