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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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30 July 2010

I just had to share this amazing work by California Artist Susan Rios....I could just fall into this setting.....

click on the pic to see all of it!

23 July 2010

An early peek in the cottage garden

As the low clouds parted this morning I snapped a few pics of my wildly over grown cottage garden! But I love it, and the cool crispness this morning made everything so wonderful....click on the pics for more detail....
I swear this hollyhock was white last year....
so I have no idea where this came from...



Welcome to the jungle of false queen annes lace...
this stuff reseeds freely...


18 July 2010

The vintage alphabet party for July


It's time to show our vintage! The party is on over at Etsy Cottage Style Blog and this month we are sharing our vintage L and M items. I am at a loss for the M, because it is Sunday night, rushing to get ready for the dreaded Monday morning junk, but thought I would share some vintage Linens.
I generally repurpose many cast off Linens in my textile art, but I do have a few that are just too nice to cut up.






Then I thought of a couple of Lingerie bags that I repurposed from vintage Linens!



Hope you enjoyed!

17 July 2010

Inspirational Place



I was invited by Cindy Adkins to join this wonderful blog party. Her timing could not have been more perfect. A part of my life has had sadness recently, and some days can be hard to get through. This is a very personal tragedy to someone close to me that I don't have the power to change, so I have put him in God's hands and pray for him everyday. The above bible verse was also my dad's, who passed 8 years ago. I carry this verse in my wallet as he did. I wrote it on a card and gave it to the person close to me in hopes he will read it often so he can find Christ again.

13 July 2010

Summer Roses Swap

oh, look at the wonderful treasures Char from Someplace in Thyme sent me for the Etsy Cottage Style Summer Roses Swap!

Chocolate Cake~but not to eat!, a gorgeous bird house tassel, vintage buttons, and a bag of very fragrant french lavender buds~on my, what lovely treasures!!

I am going to display the cake with my collection
of Vintage German porcelain!

The tassel is hung on my floor lamp at the
entrance to my studio~
the first thing you see when you enter


This was an awesome swap! Thanks Char for all the lovelies!

11 July 2010

a perfect weekend at the beach....

If you live in Oregon or Washington, you know that hitting it "just right" for a perfect summer day is hard unless you live at the coast. As valley dwellers, 65 miles from the ocean, so our trips to the coastline are limited to a few times a year. This jaunt was planned several months ago as securing a camp spot for our motorhome must be made well in advance. So you always hope for good weather...and we lucked out this time!

We camped at South Beach State park which is just south of Newport on the central Oregon coast. The funny thing is, we have camped here a couple times in the past, have hiked the dunes, walked the jetty, but never knew the history of this immediate area....pretty sad since I grew up in Oregon!

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The above pic is the start of our hike to the beach---a paved walkway thru dense conifers and deciduous trees, about a quarter mile with markers of where the old shore line was as early as 1830.

The start of the boardwalk to the beach and sand dunes

Arriving at the beach---a history of how the jetty's formed this area...


acres and acres of sand dunes--all under water only 35 years ago!

is this not just gorgeous? You can see the south Jetty in the distance
okay--we had to prove WE were there!
A nice guy stopped to take our pic as we were trying to set up for a self portrait:)

It doesn't get much better than this!

The Yaquina Bay Bridge in the distance~at the far left you can see the North jetty
then there was the hike thru the soft sand back to the campground
ahhh...what a wonderful summer weekend we will not soon forget!

05 July 2010

a peek inside my cottage garden

just a peek, more to come as the season unfolds......

"False Queen Anne's Lace

"Stargazer Lily"

"Chocolate Delphimium"

"pink coneflower"

"Mock Orange"

04 July 2010

Happy 4th of July


God Bless America
May her flag forever wave

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