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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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31 March 2014

Mind Wide Open Challenge

Exciting news!
 Gail is back with the Mind Wide Open challenge!  This was always one of my favorites as it challenges you to explore your creativity no matter what art form your choose. This time her format is a little different, she allows you to chose from a variety of images and the best part is that you can jump in and play anytime! A new linky goes up every week.
(I will post the link below for you to check out too)



So, for my first challenge, I decided to go with a digital creation. I used 2 images from Gail's collection. "Take me to the Garden of Love" sheet music was my inspiration piece. The Thyme in the Garden was actually a clock face that I designed for an upcycled clock a while back and I had been hoping to find a graphic design I could use it in, so this was perfect.
This graphic can be purchased without the watermarks over at my etsy shop


Make sure to visit Gails blog if you want to join in on the fun, or just stop by and see all the wonderful creativity others are sharing.



23 March 2014

Spring, a time for renewal and remebrance.

 I knew it had been a while since I posted. Two months. I don't think I have ever gone that long between posts. But the last 6 weeks have been life changing for me. My older brother passed away after a brief illness. He was only 62 and had so much more life to live. He left a lot unsaid, and unfinished business behind. We are slowly healing. He and my sis in law Cindy lived just 10 miles down the highway, so we are close to help her out thankfully.

I wanted to take this opportunity to share some of my favorite pictures of him and I and he and his wife Cindy.

about 1956


 a trip to Kona, Hawaii in 1990

 we had lots of family boating and camping trips together as our kids were growing up




Below is one of my favorite hymns, it seemed so appropriate


Lord of all hopefulness, Lord of all joy,
Whose trust, ever child-like, no cares could destroy,
Be there at our waking, and give us, we pray,
Your bliss in our hearts, Lord, at the break of the day.

Lord of all eagerness, Lord of all faith,
Whose strong hands were skilled at the plane and the lathe,
Be there at our labours, and give us, we pray,
Your strength in our hearts, Lord, at the noon of the day.

Lord of all kindliness, Lord of all grace,
Your hands swift to welcome, your arms to embrace,
Be there at our homing, and give us, we pray,
Your love in our hearts, Lord, at the eve of the day.

Lord of all gentleness, Lord of all calm,
Whose voice is contentment, whose presence is balm,
Be there at our sleeping, and give us, we pray,
Your peace in our hearts, Lord, at the end of the day.


R.I.P. Randy
until we meet again


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