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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 April 2012

Spring 2012 Art Challenge

I finally was able to get this challenge finished over the weekend! 






Even tho I primed this TWICE and 2 coats of paint, the old stain wanted to bleed thru, so I just matched the lining paper to color coming thru


here is the before pic of this box I gave new life to...



There still is a month to join in this art challenge which is open to any art medium as long as you use this image! Click on the image below to see all the fun details!



29 April 2012

For the Cottage "what not" party on Etsy Cottage Style blog, I am sharing my latest re-purpose project.

I picked up this pie table for $10 at a local thrift store. With the help of  The Graphic Fairy for the French graphic and Carol of the Polka Dot Closet with her waterslide decal and a few sheets of old sheet music (paint too of course). I was able to bring this little table back to life. It is already down at the Vintage Emporium shop in Stayton, Oregon where I am selling a few of my items on consignment.


the "before" pic


Also sharing an upcylced piece of a framed art print. I found this at an Estate sale in an ugly brass frame, but I loved the Victorian lady in the pretty lawn dress and parasol. She was just begging me to take her home and frame her properly. I added some vintage crochet for texture too. Unfortunately I had a bit of glare in the photo that takes away from the beauty of this piece:(


Join us for the fun~


23 April 2012

Cottage Craftroom Party APRIL

Joining in on the craft party today, I always have a ton of projects going on, but this week I seem to be in the middle of all of them. But....as a textile artist, I am sooo excited about the relaunch of one of my favorite fabrics, Barefoot Roses ~ now renamed Barefoot Roses Legacy I thought I would share some of my past creations with it. Of course I did load right back up once this yummy print from Tanya Whalen became available last week....At the moment it is available online thru www.fatquartershop.com and www.shabbyfabrics.com. I am sure it will probably be available in stores soon too!

It's back!!


A few of my past creations with this gorgeous fabric~





hope you enjoyed--join us for the party too with your latest endeavor!


09 April 2012

What's cookin in the cottage kitchen April



I have to apologize, I have really neglected my blog recently. With a day job and juggling my website business that has been really busy the last 3 months, I had to prioritize...so the blog was one of those low on the list. And I miss these fun parties....so when this party happened by I thought I would share a dessert recipe I did for Easter. I had to borrow Martha Stewart's picture since I didn't take one of my own. I used a pink bucket with pink and purple tulips and a kids shovel. My granddaughters thought nana was crazy serving "dirt" for dessert, but soon found out it was really yummy. My recipe is a lower fat version, the original uses regular oreo cookies.

Dirt

Ingredients

  • 1 package Chocolate graham cracker
  • 8 ounces lite cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 packages  vanilla instant pudding
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 1/2 cups cups milk
  • 12-ounce carton frozen Lite whipped topping, thawed
  • Candy, for decorating

Directions

  1. If using a flowerpot with a drainage hole, reserve 1 cracker to place over hole to prevent leaking. Place remaining crackers in the bowl of a food processor. Process until mixture resembles dirt. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese and butter, and stir until creamy. Set aside.
  3. In another large bowl, whisk together instant-pudding mixes and milk; stir until well blended. Using a rubber spatula, fold pudding mixture into cream-cheese mixture. Fold in whipped cream.
  4. In a flowerpot or bucket alternate layers of cookie "dirt" and pudding mixture, starting and ending with cookie "dirt." Chill at least 4 hours or overnight before serving. Garnish with gummy worms and silk flowers

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