Monthly Archives: March 2017

Sitting Pretty

The birds have been tweeting and I’ve been busy tweaking… Designing a room that is both functional and pretty involves time and some serious thought processes to make sure that everything works together. Today I’d like to share with you a room in the cottage that I now call the sitting room. I refer to it as the sitting room because this room’s purpose seems to be a place to entertain guests playing piano enjoying that early cup of coffee and another place to dine. I’ve learned that each room no matter how large or small needs to have a purpose. Naming a room helps me design it.  (you might be interested in reading these older posts read more, or here, or even here) not surprisingly this room continues to evolve. Choosing lamps, tables, chairs, rugs, & then discovering that they don’t all come together in the way as you expected. Accepting that a rug or chair … Continue reading

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Building A Spring Capsule Wardrobe

“The first step in crafting the life you want is to get rid of everything you don’t” ~Joshua Becker Spring has arrived. It’s time to shed that heavy winter coat and get ready for traveling a little lighter.   This past week I jumped into my Spring-cleaning beginning with the closets. This is where I carry my baggage. literally  It’s here where unwanted worn items seem to accumulate. fast & furiously Ones that take up unnecessary space and time. you know what I mean Going through and getting rid of those items which hinder living simply and more fully. I have accepted that this closet de-cluttering/editing will most likely be an annual exercise for me. I seem to accumulate things stuff  it’s a part of who I was for many years. The important thing however is that I’m now the best I’ve ever been and have learned how to edit things stuff before they get out of hand. For me it’s … Continue reading

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Spring Awakenings

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant” ~Anne Bradstreet One week of daylight savings has passed and I think I’ve adjusted to it no doubt it helped that my husband turned the clocks forward the day before  (yes…no doubt) This has been an exceptionally wet winter. I loved the rain, and I’m very grateful for the beauty that surrounds me.  Spring is just around the corner and I’ve been anticipating it’s arrival. Just thinking about the glorious sunshine and pretty colors that are popping up is quite exciting. I notice the birds feathering their nests and get inspired to do the same here. Today I”d like to  share with you some of the new featherings in the cottage living room. After this very rainy season and spending more time inside than out I realized it was important for me to have more color I also wanted to make this room feel a little … Continue reading

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The VeRy L-o-v-e of Spring…♡

Hello, Welcome to Marcia’s Cottage by the Sea.  I’m so happy to see you today my friend. ♡ Shall we have a cup of tea. …♡  I love tulips.  This adorable tulip teacup came from a tearoom in Redmond, Oregon. That particular visit, had marked  my 37th Tearoom.  Amazing! And what is even more amazing….that afternoon was nearly 25 years ago.♡ There have been many “Springtimes” since then. Many happy new BeGiNnInGs and a few bittersweet EnDiNgS. I do love the Springtime. It reminds me that we can always BeGiN again. And when we begin again… there’s “HoPe”. In the garden, it’s exciting to watch, and see things coming up again. Plants that you’ve had for many years. It’s like seeing an old friend.♡ These are my poinsettias from December.  They are still flowering….♡ Isn’t that extra-ordinary! In the summer I plant Hollyhocks, Foxgloves, and then Delphinium. ♡ We have … Continue reading

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Foggy With A Chance Of Clearing

 Hello… I hope that you had a nice week. Anything out of the ordinary going on?  Mine has been a little interesting. foggy I just returned from a walk to the bluff. The rain has stopped and the fog is lifting. I’m on the mend from a recent head cold. perhaps a little brain fog going on My computer phablet crashed this week ( I do most of the work for my blog on this) and consequently ended up losing some of my data and many of my contacts. (most)        fog is lifting…  after lots of research etc…  I felt informed enough and purchased my next phone/computer/camera/ I’m now a student again learning how to operate it. exciting, fun, stressful, frustrating, joyful! learning anything new takes time   walking through the fog  sometimes you don’t know what you are doing or where you are going. . but I’m going for it anyway (new … Continue reading

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