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 has been featured in, produced projects and written for many publications including Prairie Style, BOHO Style, Classic Home, and has been a presenter at the Country Living Fair, Rhinebeck, NY. She 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. 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.

Below is a list of places where my blog has been mentioned or featured:

My home in Fresh Cottage!
Good Housekeeping
Beautify Blinds

Country Living
Perk Up Blinds with Small Strips of Paper

Mod Podge Rocks
Decoupage Window Blinds

Beautify Your Blinds

Chic Mouldings
How to Wallpaper Blinds

Craftsy Nominee 2015
Nominee and voting information

Vice: I attended a Brady Bunch Convention in New Jersey
featured in article

Martha Stewart Handmade 2014
Nominee information

Meet the Presenters Who Will Be at Our Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck
Vintage and Victorian {Country Almanac No.144- 2012 / Fall 2011}
Photos of home featured in Touches of Flair section, pages 10,11:
Be Garden-Smart; Refinish a Find

Where Women Cook {Sept/Oct/Nov 2011}
A Cup of "Good Cheer"
Tinkered Treasures Etsy shop and blog address cited by author Koralee Teichroeb
- blog post at Bluebird Notes

Fabulous Feature: Memory Board
- January 31, 2013

Fresh Cottage {Summer 2011}
Thrifty Vintage
English countryside florals and seaside colors live happily ever after in a tiny Cape Cod
- blog post

Romantic Country {Summer 2011}
Sweet Shopping: Tinkered Treasures
- blog post
Romantic Homes {May 2010}
we love / site seeing: TinkeredTreasures.blogspot
Cheerful, sweet and bursting with cottage charm ...
- blog post

Romantic Prairie Style {Summer 2012}
"Hold Everything" Painted clothespins featured in the Made In America section

Your Smithfield Magazine {March 2011}
Tinkering and blogging about it connects Elyse Major to a world of possibilities

Creative Home {Summer 2008}
All About You: Girly Getaway
- blog post

Romantic Country