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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 am not one who will settle for neutral colors as they bore me. I have been selling my creations online since 2002 beginning as a hobby and 10 years later my art is my full time passion.
Visit my website at http://MarionberryCottage.com
I am a regular contributor to http://ShabbyLaneShops.com magazines

18 May 2015

May walk thru the Cottage Garden

One of the joys of a cottage garden is that it is never the same year to year. Plants that reseed often end up in unexpected places. My foxgloves that were at the south end of the garden are now at the north end. They also are more like the wild species being quite a bit smaller.
One of the joys of growing Columbine is they tend to cross pollinate and what was one plant can be several dozen within 2 or 3 years. The colors surprise me each season. Last year I planted a purple one just to see what color I will get.
One mixed color hollyhock plant 4 years ago is now many plants at the rear of the garden and gives a spectacular July show.

Below are my first photos of the season. What is blooming now are just starting to show the full glory I will get this week.

As some of you who do follow my blog, you know that I blog more in the summer months because I love to show off my ever changing cottage garden and outdoor decorating. I have several trash to treasure garden and home decor projects waiting in the wings to be completed. Being from the Pacific Northwest, spring and summer is my favorite time of year--you could say 
"I am in my element"

17 May 2015

The May Alphabet Party

Wow, I had not realized it has been almost 2 months since I posted here. We went on what I would call a "jetsetter" vacation most of the month of April. First to Cancun Mexico with my daughter and family for her Beachbody company vacation. Then my hubby and I flew to Las Vegas for a couple of days. After that, we flew to Kona Hawaii (the big island) for another 11 days!

Needless to say, we probably won't do that much flying again in one trip! Eight plane changes in one trip was just too much. And a bit of Montezuma's revenge from Mexico spoiled the Las Vegas stay. But we recovered fine for Hawaii, which is our favorite tropical destination. So much our favorite, we reserved a lovely ocean front condo the entire month of April 2016!

So onto the Embracing Cottage Style Alphabet party. 

this months letters are L, M, N

"L" for the gorgeous Lupines in my garden!
they fit so well in my old fashioned vintage style cottage garden

"M" for Marionberries 
in this yummy vintage china
 (also the name of my website!)

"N" for this stunning vintage necklace 
that belonged to my grandmother
(the picture does not do it justice)

Join us over at party!

31 March 2015

Chairs for Charity 2015

I finally finished my chair restoration for Chairs for Charity auction 2015.

Each year I donate an up-cycled theme decorated chair to a great cause. Chairs for Charity to bring awareness to L.A.M. My friend Carrie suffers from this lung disease and is a champion for getting the word out and raising funds and awareness of this little know affliction. You can read more about it here.

Below is the primed chair--it was a walnut wood color with this rose pink seat

 After priming, I used a couple of different stencils to get my flourishes on the back panel. I then used a chalk finish paint called Americana Decor in the "Yesteryear" color.  I will put my 2 cents in about chalk paint. I know there are many die hard Annie Sloan paint fans out there. I have used her paint, I even took a sponsored ASP class, and I love her paint. But at $40 a quart, the alternatives on the market are just as good. And there are a lot of recipes on the internet to make your own and several are not the right proportions and you can get some bad results. I have found the best "make your own" recipe is on the Lowe's website. You can buy their little sample pots (they will mix you any color you want). But for this project I was able to get this paint on sale at Craft Warehouse for $6.99 and I really liked the color.

Next was the waxing. I started with an antique color wax. I hated it! With the brown cast on the grey it looked dirty. So I mixed a clear wax with some black acrylic paint and waxed again and got the results I was looking for.

 finding the perfect seat fabric was not easy!
Sometimes it pays to walk back to the clearance area of the fabric store! I found this amazing remnant for $9 a yard. The bird was the perfect shade of grey.

So now the hunt begins again for next years chair!

Feature Fridays
No Minimalist Here

15 March 2015

Vintage Alphabet party

This month the letters are
G and H for the Embracing Cottage Style Blog party!

For the letter "G", I am using the GIFT TAGS I have digitally created from vintage images, and are available for purchase on my website

For H, I chose Hankies and Handbags

These are a couple of my most popular styles--
fashioned from vintage hankies, crochet and lace.

Wanta play too?
Join us over at
EmbracingCottageStyle blog
the party runs all week!


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