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.

27 February 2009

Support our troops blog day

My good friend Mimi who I met thru Shabby Lane Shops is sponsoring a Support our Troops Event. Please check out her blog to find out more about it. God bless you Mimi!

24 February 2009


Its green Wednesday over at the Vintage Journal and as a contributor to this wonderful blog group, this is my offering for GREEN WEDNESDAY. I have no idea how old, who the mfr. is, but it is a piece I picked up at an estate sale many years ago. I can tell you that it is absolutely beautiful in the details. When I have displayed it with fresh fruit or flowers it has drawn many raves and inquiries to its origins. It is a a very thick glass--it weighs almost 4 pounds! I am offering this gorgeous bowl for sale now on my website to a new owner who will love and cherish it as much as I have too.

14 February 2009

I will miss Kona this year

Usually after Valentines Day I start to really get excited about our spring tropics vacation which we take almost every year sometime in April or May. But things just did not work out for 2009, so home bound we are and I am blue, not being able to look forward to spending time on my favorite Hawaiian island--Kona or more properly named The Big Island. This is one of my favorite pictures (I even have it on my as my computer wallpaper most of the time). It overlooks a small bay near Keauhou. That is a Sherton Resort in the distance. We rented a condo there one year and this was our breathtaking view from the lanai.

This is one of my favorite sunset pics--everything was so pink that evening

And this is my fave flower--the plumeria! In fact to make myself feel better, I ordered myself some Plumeria bodywash and lotion direct from Hawaii (and its made in Hawaii too)

So it's just dreaming of the warm humid climate of Hawaii this year for me! We are planning a Southern Carribean cruise with friends for 2010, so Kona will wait until 2011.

07 February 2009

Valentine Traditions

I thought this was an interesting take on Valentine traditions, so I am sharing it here with you!

Hundreds of years ago in England, many children dressed up as adults on Valentine's Day. They went singing from home to home. One verse they sang was:

Good morning to you, valentine;
Curl your locks as I do mine ---
Two before and three behind.
Good morning to you, valentine.

In Wales wooden love spoons were carved and given as gifts on February 14th. Hearts, keys and keyholes were favourite decorations on the spoons. The decoration meant, "You unlock my heart!"

In the Middle Ages, young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who their valentines would be. They would wear these names on their sleeves for one week. To wear your heart on your sleeve now means that it is easy for other people to know how you are feeling.

In some countries, a young woman may receive a gift of clothing from a young man. If she keeps the gift, it means she will marry him.

Some people used to believe that if a woman saw a robin flying overhead on Valentine's Day, it meant she would marry a sailor. If she saw a sparrow, she would marry a poor man and be very happy. If she saw a goldfinch, she would marry a millionaire.

A love seat is a wide chair. It was first made to seat one woman and her wide dress. Later, the love seat or courting seat had two sections, often in an S-shape. In this way, a couple could sit together -- but not too closely!

Think of five or six names of boys or girls you might marry, As you twist the stem of an apple, recite the names until the stem comes off. You will marry the person whose name you were saying when the stem fell off.

Pick a dandelion that has gone to seed. Take a deep breath and blow the seeds into the wind. Count the seeds that remain on the stem. That is the number of children you will have.

If you cut an apple in half and count how many seeds are inside, you will also know how many children you will have.

01 February 2009

I have been tagged by my friend Mimi!

Here are the things to do:
1. Go to the fourth folder in your picture file on your computer. 2. Post the fourth picture from that file (here's mine):

3. Explain the picture:
My love of Cottage gardening is reflected here! But it certainly doesnt look this in the dead of winter! This is my favorite vignette with a watering can appearing to pour into the birdbath. On the ground, is a plaque I won several years ago from a local newspaper for a porch garden theme I did.

4. Tag 4 more people, so this is who I tagged:

Wendy from Pink Slippers

Lynn from Her Creative Spirit

Sheila from Halo Hill

Kim from Shabby, pink and pretty

And dont forget to pop over to my website for your Valentine gifts! Everything is marked 20% off the regular price until Feb 11th!

~The Cottage Sweetheart Sale~

20% off entire inventory
until February 11th

This is a sale that I don't offer too often, so now is the time to take advantage! Best of all, the sale is ELEVEN DAYS and I will be adding new items often throughout the sale. Take a moment to pop over to my website Marionberry Cottage and find that perfect gift for your Valentine that just loves the cottage style!

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