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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
I am a regular contributor to http://ShabbyLaneShops.com magazines

18 December 2011

Cottage colors Party ...red and green!


For this month's party, I thought I would share a favorite holiday recipe of mine, which is served up in beautiful vintage crystal bowl that I hold dear to my heart.

This recipe also was published in the holiday issue of Shabby Lane Shops magazine

Holiday Berry Trifle

A lovely holiday dessert and good for you too!


2 10oz, packages frozen Strawberries, thawed and strained.
(Save the juice)
1 12oz package frozen raspberries thawed and strained.
(Save the juice)
1 12oz package frozen blueberries or blackberries, thawed and drained

1 ¼ cups powdered sugar
1 ½ teaspoons cornstarch
¾ cup heavy whipping cream
¼ teaspoon Almond extract (optional)
48 oz non fat or low fat Vanilla Greek yogurt (no substitutions)
(Such as Chobani or Fage)
36-40 ladyfingers

In a saucepan over medium heat, whisk together raspberry and strawberry juice with ¾ cup powdered sugar and cornstarch. Boil until thickened. Pour into a bowl and refrigerate until cool.
In a medium bowl, whip the cream to stiff. In a large bowl, combine yogurt, almond extract, and remaining sugar. Fold I whipped cream.

Place a double layer of ladyfingers at the bottom of a pretty clear glass bowl, next layer 1/3 of the yogurt mixture. Then spoon half of the berries, with a drizzle of the berry sauce.
Layer another 1/3 of the yogurt mixture, followed by a double layer of ladyfingers, remaining yogurt, and the rest of the berries. Drizzle 3-4 tablespoons of the berry sauce to finish.

Refrigerate 2 hrs before serving.
Serves 10

Variations include frozen mixed berries, vanilla instead of almond extract.
Angel food cake slices or Vanilla wafers instead of the ladyfingers.


Join us for the party! More details at the 
Etsy Cottage Style BLOG

16 December 2011

baking with nana with new aprons


I have to admit, even tho I spend most of my time at my sewing machine creating for my business, I had someone custom make aprons for my granddaughters....I was poking around etsy one evening and stumbled on this listing for the cutest old fashioned ruffled aprons I had ever seen. Mind you this is not a seller who specializes exclusively in aprons, she made one and it was so cute thought she would offer them up for sale. So I really felt a lot of person heart went into these. And I was not disappointed! The attention to detail was incredible--as one who sews too, I do notice the little extras.
So we all got our aprons on today and baked cookies. The aprons are a little big this year, but I know they will last a few years and will have lots of good memories for all of us.


I had a hard time getting anyone to pose for pics....Lilian would not put this toothbrush down....


Then I get these silly faces....I think the younger one is in charge today..


Then the nut grinder became more important..go I gave up..

Below is a pic of Lynsie and Lilian with their mommy and daddy
my daughter Alissa and husband John

 at the very bottom of this blog are some updated pics of the girls, I did not realize that I had not updated them for over a year!

11 December 2011

Christmas at ArborOak Cottage

Some may be surprised that even tho I am all about pink and roses, my home decorating as a whole does not reflect that. I made a compromise with my hubby sometime back. He simply cannot live with too many flowers on the walls or windows, let alone pink!! But he does love vintage and retro, so we have our bedroom in French Victorian toile decor and the great room is mission style. My studio and guest room are totally shabby cottage!! Our Christmas decor is decidely very Victorian traditional. Mind you I do have some pink ornies snuck in here and there on the tree.If you remember last years post I had a HUGE tree. This year I was good, I kept it at 8 feet instead of 14 feet....
This year I decided to take my photos with a night time setting just at sunset. I also poked the camera in the tree to share some sparkle. 






I tried a new grouping on my mantel this year by using varied levels


04 December 2011

My first show....

Many of you may know that I have sold online for many years, but may not know that I have never participated in a show. Since I have a day job and use my off time to create, doing weekend shows did not leave me much time to create...
This year I had an opportunity to share a booth at a Craft Bazaar at the local middle school. I have to say I was a bit stressed going into this venture, but also a little relieved that the person I was sharing a booth with (Beki) knew her stuff. It was a long day, and I did sell more than I expected....but I also went in with the thought that I might not sell anything!
What I did learn was what will sell in this small town next year and I took notes while it was fresh in my mind....a big hug and thanks to Beki for giving me this chance!
Here are a few photos of our set up..mind you we were in a school gym, so the backdrops are not real pretty...


my side of booth

Beki's side of the booth

until next year....I think I might be up to one show a year....I like these small town events!

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