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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
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20 April 2014

The Resurrection

Luke 24:1-12

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, bringing the spices which they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. And it happened that while they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling apparel; and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, "Why do you seek the living One among the dead? "He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again." And they remembered His words, and returned from the tomb and reported all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. Now they were Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James; also the other women with them were telling these things to the apostles. And these words appeared to them as nonsense, and they would not believe them. But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen wrappings only; and he went away to his home, marveling at that which had happened.


14 April 2014

Bunny inspiration

 Interesting how finding an inspiration piece can be the start of something creative.

I never have been particularly a person who does an Easter display. If we were hosting a dinner or festivities on this holiday, I would put together a spring centerpiece and that was about it.
I saw this bunny at a garage sale last summer. I just thought he was so cute and at 50 cents, he was going to go home with me. Maybe next Easter I would actually do a display with this lone bunny. In my travels the last few months I did find 3 more cuties, thinking at least I would have some bunnies and eggs to set out for my granddaughters to enjoy.
Then came a wonderful gift from an Easter swap I was part of this spring. Shelly sent me the most precious handmade house and a basket full of goodies. With much excitement, I created this beautiful corner vignette.

And my granddaughters could not keep their hands off the house, especially with the little surprise inside, it was so fun to peek thru the windows! And each egg has a little surprise inside. (not all candy!)

as you can see, Shelly sent me a lot more treasures in the box!
An English tea cup and tea, roses hand lotion, sweet pea seeds and chocolates....

Happy Easter to all my blogger land friends. 
Let us not forget the true meaning of Easter. Christ died on the cross for us that we may be saved from our sins. We are truly saved by his grace

31 March 2014

Mind Wide Open Challenge

Exciting news!
 Gail is back with the Mind Wide Open challenge!  This was always one of my favorites as it challenges you to explore your creativity no matter what art form your choose. This time her format is a little different, she allows you to chose from a variety of images and the best part is that you can jump in and play anytime! A new linky goes up every week.
(I will post the link below for you to check out too)

So, for my first challenge, I decided to go with a digital creation. I used 2 images from Gail's collection. "Take me to the Garden of Love" sheet music was my inspiration piece. The Thyme in the Garden was actually a clock face that I designed for an upcycled clock a while back and I had been hoping to find a graphic design I could use it in, so this was perfect.
This graphic can be purchased without the watermarks over at my etsy shop

Make sure to visit Gails blog if you want to join in on the fun, or just stop by and see all the wonderful creativity others are sharing.

23 March 2014

Spring, a time for renewal and remebrance.

 I knew it had been a while since I posted. Two months. I don't think I have ever gone that long between posts. But the last 6 weeks have been life changing for me. My older brother passed away after a brief illness. He was only 62 and had so much more life to live. He left a lot unsaid, and unfinished business behind. We are slowly healing. He and my sis in law Cindy lived just 10 miles down the highway, so we are close to help her out thankfully.

I wanted to take this opportunity to share some of my favorite pictures of him and I and he and his wife Cindy.

about 1956

 a trip to Kona, Hawaii in 1990

 we had lots of family boating and camping trips together as our kids were growing up

Below is one of my favorite hymns, it seemed so appropriate

Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,
Whose trust, ever child-like, no cares could destroy,
Be there at our waking, and give us, we pray,
Your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day.

Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith,
Whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe,
Be there at our labours, and give us, we pray,
Your strength in our hearts, Lord, at the noon of the day.

Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace,
Your hands swift to welcome, your arms to embrace,
Be there at our homing, and give us, we pray,
Your love in our hearts, Lord, at the eve of the day.

Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm,
Whose voice is contentment, whose presence is balm,
Be there at our sleeping, and give us, we pray,
Your peace in our hearts, Lord, at the end of the day.

R.I.P. Randy
until we meet again


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