About Me

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Sublimity, OR, United States
I am artist of texture and color. I enjoy working with textiles, mixed media and the graphic arts. I am an avid cottage gardener with a love for pass along plants and big fluffy pink peonies and pink roses. Many of my tangible creations reflect my love of the garden and all its wonderful colors. I have been selling my creations online since 2002 beginning as a hobby. After 10 years I quit the day job to pursue my art as a full time passion.

28 September 2008

One door closes and another opens

I have renamed my ebay shop!

As many of you know, I have sold for 7 years on Ebay as Cottage*Garden*Treasures. I have been very successful in that venue for many years and have many faithful and loyal customers. At the beginning of 2008, I reached a crossroads, deciding to "spread my wings" to Etsy and blogging. It has been an incredible journey the last 8 months. I have decided to bring my ebay ID inline with my etsy ID.
While my focus is now mainly on etsy, I will still have listings on ebay from time to time.

When I went to name my shop so I chose MARIONBERRY COTTAGE since that is my most fave hands down blackberry. What I soon found out is that many outside the Pacific Northwest had no clue what a marionberry was! I was asked if I named my shop after the Washington DC guy, or do I know someone named "Marion". Well now I am on a mission to educate everyone just what a MARIONBERRY is...I did a feature on it last summer and you can find it in my archives. So bear with me as I get everything changed over--it has been a bit more of an untaking than I planned!

Here is the "official" description of the Marionberry--direct from the Oregon Berry Commssion

Fresh season is typically July 10 - August 10.

  • A native Oregonian. A cross between Chehalem blackberry and Olallieberry blackberry.
  • Medium-sized (5.0g) dark red to black berry with a medium seed and central receptacle.
  • Known as the “Cabernet of Blackberries” for its complex, rich earthy flavor.
  • Bred at Oregon State University and raised primarily in Oregon.
  • Named after Marion County, Oregon
  • Oregon produces 28-33 million pounds annually.

16 September 2008

Aren't they precious!

I just got these photos and had to share! This is my daughter Alissa and my granddaughter Lynsie, 10 1/2 months old. Lynsie was a bit of a pill for this photo shoot so I hear! There were probably 100+ proofs and it was hard to decide. Here is one and the rest are full size down at the very bottom of the page.

14 September 2008

A gorgeous morning glory

Click on the pic to see just how many colors these flowers have! INCREDIBLE

Now normally I am not a fan of Morning glories as they can be a pest, twirling and tangling up the other flowers nearby, reseeding everywhere. I have not planted them in several years, but I ran across an envelope of several small packets of hand gathered seeds that an ebay buyer I made friends with sent me 2 years ago...I completely forgot about them. I thought --what the heck--and threw them in a skinny flower bed next to the house.

To my amazement, this is the beauty I got (even tho they still tangled in the other flowers). Another she sent me--that I never heard of here in Oregon--was "Kiss me over the garden gate". they are just now starting to bloom and I will take some pics soon of those. From what I read, these reseed freely too! I guess I won't have to worry about this little skinny flower bed anymore, huh???

08 September 2008

NO--I don't mow the lawn, but this image reminds me of my fave time of the year---

Well we are eeking out the last days of summer here in Oregon with gorgeous sunny warm weather. My roses are still blooming beautifully and and my cottage garden is chock full of a second round of delphiniums and sweet williams, the hollyhocks are almost done, but the snapdragons, babys breath and cosmos are still in all their glory. I love summer and I hate to see it end.

01 September 2008

Going to try Ebay just a little bit

Hello Friends

Just a quick note that I am back on ebay listing on a limited basis again in October. This last week was a bust! To be very frank, ebay is no longer fun as a selling venue. I won't be negative about ebay, but~BUT ETSY IS MORE FUN~so I will be focusing my efforts in my shops at Etsy. Since last February I have sold on Etsy and have made so many new friends, both buyers and sellers. Even tho there is no auction format for those who like that venue, at Etsy I am able to offer some special sales in the way of free shipping, hot buys, and percent off discounts. If you are not already on my mailing list, email me thru this blog and I will put you on it, as some of my specials only go out to those on my mailing list!
So make sure to visit not only my ebay listings, but also my etsy shops..all the links are on the left hand side of this page!

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Where we reside

Where we reside

The Oregon Coastline

The Oregon Coastline