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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 February 2011

Cottage colors Party~PURPLE

I am joining in on this months Cottage Colors Party over at Etsy Cottage Style blog

This months color is 

I dug way back in my pic files and found a few creations in did in the purple family. It is not a color I work with often~not sure why, because I do love the color. I think it must be that it is hard to find really pretty fabrics in shades of purple.

If you have something in the purple color family to share, why not join us this week!
Head over to Etsy Cottage Style blog

25 February 2011

on my porch at sunrise

Baby it's cold outside! 13F to be exact. Not only cold for late February in western Oregon, but the snow is unsual too. But snow here is rare anyway. But it sure is pretty! So I took some pics at sunrise this morning to share...and that little speck in the top left of the first picture is the moon:)

23 February 2011

Stepping outside my color box

Recently I stepped outside the box...color wise that is. Normally, I create with shabby soft and pastel colors. But a trip to the fabric store last fall I saw this amazing collection of musical fabric. I had to buy some since I have a dear friend whom her life passion is devoted to music. She is a cello player and has a lovely music room. This fabric had her name written all over it!.
I was not sure what I would create for her, but I bought 4 fat quarters and presented them to Georgienne asking her what she might want made. First it was a chair cushion, then she decided a scarf for her piano would be nice.
That was in December. Here a couple months later I finally got the time create something awesome for her piano....I love to add something vintage to all my creations and with this piece I had some aged 100+ yr old lace that was a perfect match.....and she loved it!

Georgienne emailed me this pic today of the scarf in use!

15 February 2011

What's In my Cottage Cupboard?

I am joining on the What's In Your Cottage Cupboard? Party over at 

I really don't have a cupboard, I have a sideboard hutch that I display my collection of vintage German Porcelain along with a few other pieces of depression glass that I inherited from my grandmother.
I rally couldn't get good pics with low lighting, so the pics below are some I took a while back.

as  you can probably tell, I am in love with any vintage pieces with pink roses!

14 February 2011

Serious Chocolate indeed

We just completed a fun fine chocolate swap over at  
We had to send our partner fine quality chocolate, preferably something locally made.

My partner was Anita from Somers, Montana. 
She sent me local 4 handmade chocolate Truffles and chocolate heart. Some creamy Lindor truffles too. I have to tell you that I snapped these pics quick, because as I am writing this post I have already eaten two of them~and I must say they were EXQUISITE.

want to know what I sent to Anita???
I was so excited to be able to share something 
made in Oregon

Moonstruck Chocolates~
If any of you remember Oprah named these as one of her favorites too

what a fun swap!

Love stays

Hours Fly
Flowers die
New days
New ways
Pass by
Love stays....

Happy Valentines Day to all my bloggie friends!

09 February 2011

4th generation

4th generation. That's what the gift tag said.  For the last few years, every birthday my mom gives me a piece from her vintage collection of glassware and porcelain. This time it was extra special, as it is a piece that I have admired for many years. It belonged to my great grandmother. Not an expensive piece by any means. It has lots of flea bites and some imperfections. Simply the beauty lies in the shape of the bowl and the tiny intricate forget me not hand painted flowers inside and outside the bowl. And the fact that it belonged to a great grandmother that I never got to meet. A true family heirloom that I will treasure as much as the 3 generations before me.

03 February 2011

My Day Job Versus My Passion

How would you answer the question
"My Day Job Versus My Passion"? Pretty easy for me. My day job would gone, nada, history, good riddons of bad rubbish. But the funny thing is that I do like the work I do in the day job, just not the company I work for. I would like not to have to get up each morning and get ready for work. Rather just sit in my jammies and create until noon. Or on a warm bright sunny summer morning, toss on a pair of shorts and head out to the garden to pick a bouquet of pink roses and baby breath. Linger over a cup of coffee on the porch, a glass of wine with a friend at an outdoor cafe....I would immerse myself in my art, spend countless hours tending to my cottage garden, vacationing in the tropics... ahhhhh

But for the meantime, I have to enjoy those passions in little snippets. the day job has to stay for right now since it affords the health insurance for myself and my retired husband~well he is officially a retired Police officer, but still works temp jobs here and there to pick up a little "mad cash" as we call it. 

 the dream is still there.....just waiting for the right time for it to happen....have a wonderful day my friends:)

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The ArborOak cottage