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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 June 2011

Happy 4th of July~

Take a moment to give thanks for
this great country we live in.
...and have a wonderful weekend....

27 June 2011

Cottage colors Party~White

Joining on the party at Etsy Cottage Style blog

The color for June is WHITE


Sharing a couple vintage pieces handed down from grandma to mom to me...
This is a vintage 50's TV lamp with white birds. It was always my favorite. Even tho now it doesn't serve the same purpose as it did back then, I love to put fresh flowers in it during the summer.

An interesting single pineapple crochet doily


This lovely little frog vase is a fave for those tiny flowers from the garden

then I had to step outside to my garden this time of year and there is plenty of white!
I have been blogging a lot about my cottage garden this season. It is now in it's 6th year and becoming the glorious place I dreamed it would be.


Above is a gorgeous Hollyhock!

Glamis Castle English rose

 False Queen Annes Lace

 Chocolate Delphinium

Hope you enjoyed~Please join us with your favorite white treasures!
Etsy Cottage Style blog--the party is all week

22 June 2011

Walls of roses

So lucky in the fact that my day job takes me past Heirloom Rose Gardens, that I can make the 2 3/4 mile side trip off the main road to snap a few pics....Not quite a total explosion of blooms yet, the PNW is about 3 weeks behind due to the 2nd wettest coldest spring on record here. BUT, the climbing roses were in full bloom, so I decided today to focus on "the Walls of Roses






Eden Rose (above)

Mary rose (above)


Sorry, I didn't take the time to write down all the names--my main mission was to get a pic of the Eden rose since that is my newest edition to my garden. I also have the Mary rose which is my all time favorite. A big cabbage rose that is very fragrant. A bouquet will scent an entire room!

21 June 2011

Visiting nana's garden

We had to stop the garden tour when there was more dirt in the bird bath than water....


17 June 2011

OMG look at this hat!

This was just on Yahoo news! Now this is a lover of pink roses I would say...
I am copying and pasting the short article ...she certainly does need use her hand to hold it up. I wonder if her neck ached a little too.....


Model Anneka-Tanaka-Svenska poses for the media in a lavish costume and head piece on the first day of the Royal Ascot horse race meeting at Ascot, England, Tuesday, June, 14, 2011. Ascot is celebrating its 300 years of horse racing at the Royal Racecourse, that began when Britain's Queen Anne spotted an open heath suitable for racing, with the first race run in August 1711, and a prize of some 100 guineas. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

14 June 2011

What a difference in a week

Linking up today....

. A week ago I had almost no blooms due one of the wettest, coolest springs on record here in the Pac Northwest.So here are this weeks pics. The Foxgloves are just glorious along with the yellow columbine that has literally reseeded everywhere. But hey, that's okay, that is what a cottage garden is all about.



 Zephirine Drouhin climbing rose, just starting to show her beauty

I love this ground cover of little "Pinks", very fragrant, just wish it would bloom all summer!

The pic above is this week in my cottage Garden.  I am thinking I should take a pic from the same angle and do a slide show at the end of the summer on the transformation my cottage garden makes each week, that would be such a treat to view during the dreary winter months:)

11 June 2011

tickling my senses...



Now if this doesn't tickle your senses on a beautiful Saturday morning....hummmm I don't know what will.

Don't miss the Grand Floral Rose Parade today..coming to you live from Portland, Oregon

05 June 2011

Sunday Garden Stroll..

Okay, my garden needed extreme attention and it got it this weekend. I set aside my sewing and creating to take advantage of the first 80f weekend of the year here in western Oregon. I weeded, I planted and I mulched. As you will see, everything is at least 3 weeks late....my foxgloves are usually 1/3 taller and done blooming by now..and not a rose open in site! Lots of buds tho.

Here is today's visit to my cottage garden....throughout the season I will share as things progress and change...I am still chasing the cottage garden that is ALWAYS in bloom....





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