Author Archives: Marcia Ren

My Week…and…How To Make Biscotti!

Let all that you do be done in Love 1 Corinthians 16:18 How was your week? In last week’s post… http://www.marciascottagebythesea.com/a-cottage-spring-renewal/ I shared about freshening up the cottage kitchen… and even now a week later I am still refreshing areas for a bit of change…do you ever feel like a change? adding small pops of color…here & there replanting a shrub… and most recently attempting to sort out the very small loft area. For some unknown reason I just can’t seem to quite get things organized the way Id like to. do you have areas like that? In the process of sorting through things I came across a birthday card from 4 months ago… ( I can’t even believe that December was FOUR months ago!) a dear friend had offered me a baking day in her kitchen as a gift. (I love my friend!) I couldn’t believe my luck…so I … Continue reading

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A Cottage Spring Renewal

This little house of mine…I’m gonna make it shine…🌸 💕Marcia💕 Since this is the season for renewal… this past week while Joe was on a guy’s vacay…I decided to do a spring refresh on the original 1946 cabinetry in our very quaint kitchen…💕 A fresh coat of white paint makes a huge difference when you want to make a room bright and happy.  Here’s my sweet little kitchen all cleaned up…charmingly awaiting Joe’s arrival home…enjoy! As you can see…there is no need to get fancy when doing a refresh…just grab your paint brush…and begin… Cheers to a fabulous weekend!💋

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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 Baker Hello, sweet friends! Today I am re-posting one of my most popular posts. Spring is a perfect time to re-fresh & re-edit our closets…and life.🌺🐝🌷🌻 Click on the link below to see what I have been re-freshing this week…I look forward to sharing the end result with you… 🌷🦋🐝🌸 ⤵️ F4D834AF-6F8F-4BF5-9C32-8430F8B21AC3 👚👗👛👜👓🕶🥿👡👢 A Spring Capsule Wardrobe by Marcia Ren   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. … Continue reading

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Postcards From Paris…The Return Home💋

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow” -Anita Desai Preparing to return home… where we left off… http://www.marciascottagebythesea.com/postcards-from-paris-hotel-avalon/ Travel…often brings… mixed feelings… I’m ready to return and yet… there is a part of me that wants to stay… just a bit longer… So anyway…here we are back at Hotel Avonmore in London… our last day before heading back to the states… We enjoy fish and chips at Marquis Cornwallis… a wonderful pub down the street from where we are staying… After dinner as we stroll the streets back to the hotel… I begin thinking about all the wonderful experiences of our 15th wedding anniversary trip… All the particular spots we visited… The Cottswolds I hold them close to my heart… I don’t take anything for granted…and always consider each trip the opportunity of a lifetime…treasuring every moment… I’ve been blessed to experience… what it is to live under … Continue reading

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The Making of a Garden

Your mind is a garden. Your thoughts are the seeds. You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds. – anonymous Recently I decided that 2019 would be the Year of the Garden for this sweet cottage… That being said as soon as the rain breaks and frost stops…you will find me outside wandering around the cottage pondering this and that about what to plant and create.🌞 A quick glimpse of my week I hope you enjoyed the video…(if you want to view it larger just click on the upper left double arrows of the video)😘 This past week as I looked around the inside of the cottage I realized that things have come together nicely… I feel satisfied (content) with how this sweet cottage continues to evolve… It’s now time to envision the outdoor spaces of the cottage…garden Not exotic garden spaces…just small areas where a beautiful tree…shrubs…. flowering plants can grow…change…living happily together. I think happiness is a state of mind…everything here gives me satisfaction. My home…family…garden…animals…and the abundance of nature. A garden … Continue reading

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