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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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19 February 2015

French clocks Accent chair

This actually was my project for 2014 but only getting around to share it...
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.



I purchased 2 of these chairs from a local thrift store for $15 each.


Above is the primed chair--I forgot to take a pic of the original I was so excited to get started!



I used a chalk finish paint from the Lowe's recipe. Just love that it is so cheap to just buy one of the little 8 ounce jars in any color and mix up my own. This was a color called "Linen". 
After I did some random stenciling, I used a dark wax to get a nice aged look, let that dry, then lightly sanded randomly for distressing. Followed up with another light coat of clear wax and buffed.


I recovered the seat with heavy french script upholstery fabric--I only removed the piping of the old cover. Simply went over the top of the old fabric. Easy peasy.

The chair bid up to $125.00. Not bad for less than $25 investment!

Stay tuned for my 2015 chair--same design and a hint---this one is a very pale grey!

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15 February 2015

Vintage Alphabet Party

http://etsycottagestyle.blogspot.com/2015/02/the-vintage-alphabet-party-february.html

This month's  challenge letters were D, E, F
 I just chose one letter this month "E" and am running with it. I love to share vintage images, so here is a couple of favorites for Easter. Right click to save these copyright free images and use them in your own art, there is plenty of time before "E"aster arrives April 5th


I'm also sharing a post and tutorial from a couple years ago for the letter "E" for "Easter Eggs"
"E"asy to create too!

 Starting with a wire basket I found at a thrift shop...I loved the handle! 
 I used styrofoam eggs, and used pinking shears to cut lots of fabric strips.
I prefer to use Fabric-Tac glue, it seems to work the best.

 Starting at the top of egg glue 2 strips in a "X" fashion

Then work the next strips overlapping until egg is completely covered.
I also used snippets of lace and crochet on some of the eggs. 
Added some raffia to the basket and viola!

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. 
 

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