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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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18 January 2015

Starting off the year with a fun party over at Embracing Cottage Style blog

 I am going to share some of my favorite graphics that fit the theme for this months party. These are all vintage copyright free, so you are welcome to save for your art projects.

"A" for Apple blossom

 "B" for Birthday 

 "C" for chair

Join us over at Embracing Cottage Style blog to share your vintage or art creations with one, two or all three of this months alphabet letters--it's a great challenge and soooo much fun!

22 December 2014

Holidays at Arboroak

Finally a dry day to photograph! I have been wanting to share my porch and home holiday decor for over 2 weeks. We have had so many dark rainy days here in western Oregon it downright depressing! But today, the sun popped out for the afternoon, so I busily tidied up the porch and grabbed my camera.

 I used our red wagon again, along with an old shutter, and built a festive display around those elements.

 Old cookie tins wrapped with ribbons are great for "weatherproof" gifts!

I strung lights through the wagon greenery. Below is a night time pic

On the other side of the porch is my teak bench draped in pinecones and greens with a vintage watering cans and an old enamel coffee pot filled with fir cones and branches.

  Walking inside the front door you see our large craftman's style mantel and fireplace. Pretty by day and even more stunning by night, but almost impossible to photograph at low light due to the golden colors of the walls.

Sharing some of my favorite timeless pieces I have collected thru the years.

May your heart be lifted in praise this Christmas
for the wonderful gift of Jesus
and the joy He brings to our lives.
Have a wonderful Christmas
and a Blessed 2015. 

13 October 2014

Fall on the porch

As most have figured out, I like to decorate my large porch! Fall decorating comes a bit later for me. It is really hard to let go of my summer flower pots as they tend to linger well into October since we usually do not have the killing frosts until late November here in western Oregon.
With a big change in the weather coming this week, I decided it was time to make the transition even tho it was 75f and nice warm breeze!

 I have to admit, the wagon was not my idea, it was inspiration from Pinterest and I just happened to have a red wagon to pull it off.

 I picked up the black enamel camp pot at an estate sale this summer. Usually you don't see many this color or the wider stockier shape. Kinda cool to add to a fall display too!

 And of course, my trusty wood carrier, always transitions to any seasons display!

 Normally not a big fan of mums, but I couldn't resist these yellow ones, they were like big fluffy cushions!

 Love this metal sunflower sculpture I picked up several years ago.

  A couple of "go to" pieces that seem to always fit. Vintage metal watering can and the wood picket fence wall hanger. Some of the pumpkins are "real" and some are not! Quite a conversation piece for our visitors to try figure out!

I hope you enjoyed the mini tour!

05 September 2014

What to with Sunburst Squash. Make bread.

 I had a bounty of sunburst squash from only one plant. Finding this little unique plant at a nursery last spring, I thought I would try it.  I really did not like it cooked, there wasn't much flavor. But it was good cut in chunks and eaten raw with other veggies, but I had way too many for just that. These are supposed to be picked when they are 3" an under. I had so many that grew double that size and I was faced with a huge bounty that I had no clue what to do with them. I had to find some recipes to deal with it.

I found several recipes that were really good, but this one was an instant hit. My hubby did not even realize this was "squash bread" until he saw me making a second batch. My little granddaughters actually get excited to have a piece of it for an afternoon treat. I have yet to have a loaf make it to the freezer which what my plan was to begin with. I was able to freeze five 3 cup bags of shredded squash, so this will be yummy for holiday bread too. 

Sunburst Pina Colada Bread

I had a bounty of sunburst squash from only one plant, so I adapted this from a recipe in an old cookbook, Makes a yummy moist tropical treat. My granddaughters love it! Zucchini can be substituted. 
Debbi Oeltjen Sublimity, Oregon

4 cups all-purpose flour
3 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 ½ teaspoons salt
4 eggs
½ cup olive oil
¾ cup plain greek yogurt (or 6 oz. Cup)
1 teaspoon coconut extract
1 teaspoon rum extract
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 cups shredded sunburst squash  (heaping or packed tightly)
1 cup ( 8 oz can) crushed pineapple with juice
½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Line the bottoms of three greased and floured 8”x4” loaf pans with waxed paper and grease the paper. (don't skip the wax paper—I did the first time and the loaves were almost impossible to remove from the pans)
In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking power, baking soda and salt.
In another bowl, combine eggs, oil, yogurt, and extracts. Stir in dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in shredded squash, pineapple, and nuts.

Transfer to prepared pans. Bake at 350f for 50-55 minutes or until toothpick come clean in the middle of the loaf. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans. Gently remove waxed paper.
Can be frozen, wrap tightly in wax paper then seal with foil or freezer paper.


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