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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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24 January 2014

Grow your blog party!

A fun party I am joining in on this weekend!

To those who are new to visiting my blog, WELCOME. My name is Debbi, I reside in western Oregon in the small rural town of Sublimity. We enjoy a quick commute in Salem, Oregon's capital city. We are within 90 minutes of the Pacific ocean beaches and 45 minutes from the Cascade mountain snow activities in winter as well as many beautiful lakes and rivers. My children are grown and I have two little granddaughters (pics at the bottom of my blog) Lynsie Jean and Lilian Grace. We are very lucky that they do live close by and see them often.

I am a textile and graphic artist as well as an avid cottage gardener with a passion for old fashioned and English roses, especially pink roses. Many of my art designs reflect my love of the colors of the garden.
A little over a year ago, I took the leap to quit the "day job" and follow my bliss. Some say I retired, but I say nope, I am self employed now and really loving what I do!

My hubby Jim is a retired police officer, and together we enjoy traveling to tropical destinations. The Big Island of Hawaii is our favorite, but Key West Florida comes in at a close second.

I have been blogging on this blog since 2006, some years more than others and I tend to blog a lot more during the warm months because I love to share my gardening and traveling adventures. In 2009 I split in 2 blogs, this remaining my personal blog and forming a blog solely for my textile art website business.

I hope you will follow my blog!! 
AND please head over to my other blog to see my art and throw your name in for the lovely  


Betty W said...

So good to learn more about you and having a great time with the party.

Melody said...

Hi Debbie, I just found your blog through Vicki's GYB party and I'm looking forward to following you as I'm a very keen gardener and I love vintage images too, hugs from Melody in Melbourne

liniecat said...

Utterly beautiful roses there! Im a Brit and youve achieved the cottage garden far better than i do lol
Im a GYB volunteer and enjoyed seeing your other blog too.
Such very pretty textile work : )

Becky said...

Morning, Debbi! I'm Becky from The Quilting Booklady. I've volunteered to help Victoria visit blogs for the Grow Your Blog Party. What a pleasure to discover your blog! I too love thrifting, repurposing items and am learning to garden. I live in a suburb of Atlanta, but will retire to northeast Georgia in April. Key West is on the top of my list of places that I want to visit once DH retires. Thanks so much for participating in the blog party! Take care!

Becky said...

Morning, Debbi! I'm Becky from The Quilting Booklady. I've volunteered to help Victoria visit blogs for the Grow Your Blog Party. What a pleasure to discover your blog! I too love thrifting, repurposing items and am learning to garden. I live in a suburb of Atlanta, but will retire to northeast Georgia in April. Key West is on the top of my list of places that I want to visit once DH retires. Thanks so much for participating in the blog party! Take care!

Daisy Jones said...

Hello and wow you have such a pretty blog...I too am an avid recycler from the uk! but my Mum lives in florida!

... popping by as part of the 'grow your blog day' Its such a lovely way to find super new blogs to read...I am joining along with you too.
bestest weekend wishes
Daisy j

aspiritofsimplicity said...

I am visiting from grow your blog. Lovely to learn a little bit about you.

EvalinaMaria said...

Hello from another 'grow your blog' participant. Are you enjoying this party as much as I do? I'm a new follower :)
Evalina, This and that...

Cache-Mire said...

So nice to meet a kindred spirit! You must stop by my blog and read about my search to follow my bliss :-) I look forward to following more of your adventures! Hugs, Terri

Jennifer aGlimpseOfOurLife said...

What gorgeous flowers and grand babies, too. We are blessed to live near my parents and that is such a sweet experience for my kids. Hawaii and Florida are places of my dreams, too.

Farm Gate Creations said...

I love the way upcycle, it's been great browsing your blog. Enjoy the party

Brooke Neal said...

The re-purpose post made me laugh. Last year my 9 year old had a unit in school called, Reduce, Reuse or Recycle--she took it very seriously and was constantly telling me how I could/should reuse something including practically all plastic trash. She may not have have memorized her times table last year, but recycling she's got an A in.

Nancy Claeys said...

Hi Debbie! What a gorgeous blog you have and I'm in love with your roses! Happy to be a new follower here via the GYB party. xo

Kathy said...

I am a fairly new follower so it was great learning about you! I enjoy reading your blog so much, and you know I'll be back.

Diane said...

I am your newest follower, I enjoyed your post and gorgeous Roses....I too an a HUGE gardener...come and visit me if you would like at nelliesnest.blospot.com I also like to refurbish what I can....I have been browsing thru your lovely blog!!

DebraKay Neiman said...

I am having fun finding new bloggers to follow...love sewing and quilting. Greetings from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Kathy said...

I have been following for quite a while and always love reading your blog. Thank you for sharing the blogger behind the blog!

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Hi Debbie!! You look like you will be a fun new blogger to follow!! Danny and I love to travel as well and I love your back yard garden!! I hang orchids and everything possible in my patio tree and love new ideas to decorate my back yard!!

Donna Heber said...

Hi Debbi,

I'm visiting from the Grow Your Blog party. It is so nice to meet you. Your blog is so pretty! I plan to look around a bit more and then be on my way to visit the others. I do hope you will stop by for a visit and enter my giveaway. Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs – Donna

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

I've just left a comment on Marionberry Cottage and entered your lovely Giveaway - thankyou!

I'm visiting as part of our dear Vicki's wonderful party.

I love my cottagy garden too and spend time there everyday!

I'm inviting you to pop over and meet me and enter my Vintage Lace Collage Giveaway!

Denise said...

Friends Connect says I've already been following You? Well,I'm not sure if it knows what it's talking about so I feel I'm a new follower. Please jump right over and lets get to know eachother all over again ; ) Denise of Coffeeberry Coffee

Art and Sand said...

It sounds like you have a pretty ideal life with the mountains, ocean and city all within a quick reach.

I look forward to reading more.

Neesie said...

Hello Debbi...I'm having fun hopping around the GYB party even though I'm a little late...but nothing new there. I've very often late because I'm busy cramming so much into my day!
It sounds like we like similar things and may have a lot in common ;D
Your location sounds wonderful too and I look forward to seeing your other website.
Waving from Scotland :D

Jo said...

Just wanted to stop by and say hi from Hillsboro, OR. had a great time looking around your blog.I can't wait till I am self employed like you are!

Peg said...

Hi thank you for dropping by I hope you enjoyed your visit as much as I have enjoyed reading through your lovely blog. I'm now a follower so will be able to keep up with your posts.

Peg x

CatieAn said...

Hi from Spokane! I am still trying to get through all the blogs in the party. Yours is so pretty and inviting. I too LOVE roses and pink. I have enjoyed visiting a lot of your posts and your recycyled objects. Hope you are staying warm.

Kath said...

Beautiful pics :-)

Tante Mali said...

Hello Debbi, thank you for the nice invitation to follow your blog. For sure I will ‘cause I’m also a gardener and always grateful for inspiration. Therefore I signed up quickly. If you want to visit me – coffee is ready but, don’t forget your winter clothes we do have snow in Austria.
Best wishes

macmillanmarie said...

Oh what lovely work you do - it was a pleasure to look around your blog. I have subscribed to the RSS feed for your site. I make jewellery and have already been inspired to create some items that I can use for display from your posts. Thanks so much for sharing. Happy hopping!

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Greetings from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada. Very nice to meet you. Thanks for sharing your work.

Dawn Castrova said...

Reviewing being a newbie blogger I missed some minor details like making comments... But Vicki's Grow Your Blog Party entries are 600 bloggers. My reading was a little tasking. I wanted to read and get to know the girls so I did read everyone's bio 24 hours left to go now I just review at much as I can. If you like come visit My site http://overboardcreations.blogspot.com/and contact info is http://ovr_brd@yahoo.com I believe inspiration comes from all facets of life even knowing the great people out there with wisdom and knowledge the do's and don'ts and even the wonders of life from a personal point of view. I liked you following you on goggle connect and Bloglovin you. hope to see you in the cyber neighborhood I am new to blogging so I don't have a lot posted because I got side tract with GYB party. Kind of felt it was important to have some one read my silly chatter. I can't remember a time I didn't dabble in something creative. I tried a little of everything. But, my new love these days is Card making I just love it.

Shabby Chic said...

what a beautiful blog.. what beautiful pictures you share here...

Visiting and following from GYB party... Have a great weekend!!

BeachGypsy said...

Hello, I am getting back into blogging and stopped to by to say hello and see how you are doing. Hopefully all is well!

creations.1 said...

Hi Debbie - I am on the blog hop with the GYBParty - you have a lovely blog and I have enjoyed looking through your posts - so much so I am now a follower!!

deborah lyn said...

Morning Debbi, I'm your new follower. I am pleased to meet you and see your wonderful blog on the GYB circuit! I look forward to watching your posts. Please visit my Blog and become my follower as well. I'm at: http://deborahstanleyinspirations.blogspot.com/ thanks - take care, deborah

racheld said...

First time reader---brand new follower.

When we built our first house back in the seventies, I did the whole "earth-colors" thing: beiges and browns, TWO SETS of den furniture in that huge room---about eight big clunky pieces in BLACK naugahyde. I was decorating and allowing for a whole flock of teenagers who made us their go-to place for food and fun and fellowship.

The bright of the thing was the kitchen counters---a bright Brady Bunch kitchen filled with orange.

And now, with the teenagers all grown and out, the house left behind in the South, and our little house here done in pastels and greens and florals and sheer curtains with Battenburg, I feel the sense of MINE in my surroundings.

And I delight in blogs like yours, which scatter the muted colors, the big lush blossoms, the home warmth and welcome of such lovely decor. I do not share your love for beaches or tropical climes, and prefer Maine coasts and the highlands of Scotland, but I know we're Sisters of the Palette.

Looking forward to delving into more of your lovely archives,



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