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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.

29 October 2010

Halloween Chuckle

I saw this today at the produce barn
where I was buying apples....
My kid's used this phrase often growing up!
I couldn't resist taking a quick pic

 Happy Halloween everyone!

24 October 2010

A visit to the Historic Shelburne Bed and Breakfast

A weekend away finally....not that I should be taking off during one of my crunch times for getting my website ready for the holidays, but I have wanted to visit this Bed and Breakfast for ages....I first saw it in Martha Stewart's magazine I believe. I thought, geez this place is less than 3.5 hours drive on the beautiful Washington coastline. So I talked some good traveling friends into meeting my hubby and I for a getaway. We reserved several months in advance to get the perfect rooms.

We didn't visit the right time of the year to see this cottage garden in all her glory, I bet it was beautiful. But the herb garden was pretty and there were still many of the container flowers blooming. the upside to this visit-all the summer crowds were gone.We pretty much had the place to ourselves!

me in the gardens

my friend Georgienne on one of the many outdoor decks

I snapped a few pics inside....
there were many stained glass windows here!

great use of all the space!

below you can enlarge these pics by clicking on them to read the history of this Inn

Hope you enjoyed! I did.
I should add that the breakfast was quite yummy...I would certainly return!

18 October 2010

Vintage Alphabet Party October

I am sliding in a bit late....but it is time for the Etsy Cottage Style blog Vintage Alphabet party!

This month the letters are S, T and U. Lets start with these Silverplated Spoons that I picked up a garage sale last summer. They were all nice and polished, but I neglected them so now they are Tarnished (lol I got a T in there too)

Next would be a cherished vintage Sugar bowl. Leuchtenburg  mfg, Germany about 1910. I have been collecting this particular pattern for about 10 years. The creamer to match this sugar bowl has been extremely hard to find.

Another estate sale find for just 25 cents, this lovely little Royal  Albert Crown China Tea cup has amazing detail both outside and inside.It is marked Silver birch.

And last, for the letter U, I thought I would share one of my favorite vintage greeting cards that has this beautiful Umbrella of flowers....

Want to show off your vintage too?? 

Hop over and join the party!

Free images for Halloween

Life has been crazy busy at my house. My brother in law that was staying with us the last 2 months has left to go back to Australia. I have finally been able to get back into the guest room to continue redecorating it. It is also time to clean up the cottage gardens and tuck them away for the long rainy Oregon winter. Many of you may remember back last spring we cut down our huge Douglas Fir trees whose roots turned our wood fence into a pretzel. My hubby got the fence repaired and stained. We have been working every weekend on the landscape trying to get it done before the rain hits.We planted 3 lovely Jacquemonti birch trees. October 15th is a key date in Oregon. The last day to get a lawn seeded. Good news, we hit that mark. So that is done, and I will post pics of this new area in the spring! We are having Indian summer weather this week with sunny low 70's temps, so I plan on getting the front porch decorated for fall too.
Busy getting lots of Christmas stockings stitched for my website, again I am almost 3 weeks behind this year..note to self...plan ahead when you know you are having a long term guest!

I thought today I would share a few of the less common vintage Halloween postcard images I have in my graphic library.
Feel free to click on the pic for full size, then right click to save to your PC. These make great gift tags for your halloween treats!

13 October 2010

something new that caught my creative muse

Friends, check out this new magazine I just discovered....I just ordered a copy...a bit on the expensive side, but had to check it out. Those shoes on the cover are to die for...

06 October 2010

Pumpkin decorating

You know, pumpkin decorating is really not my thing, but I sure like to see some of the creativity that comes out when a group is challenged. When I was a teenager, it was an annual tradition at the bank my mom worked at to decorated a pumpkin and submit it for the customers to judge. She spent hours planning and detailing those pumpkins. I think she did win one year. Anyway, I wanted to share with you another pumpkin decorating contest going on right now~pop over and vote for your favorite! Click on the phrase below.

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where we reside
The ArborOak cottage