Author Archives: Marcia Ren

Sea Shell Cottage…A Garden Tour

  ”In search of my mother’s garden, I found my own.”~Alice Waker       Hello, sweet friend.  Today’s post is rather special because my friend MarSea who lives in Huntington Beach, California has graciously agreed to share her cottage garden with me. us 🧜‍♀️I’m doing the happy mermaid dance! 🧜‍♀️     MarSea’s garden is one of the 19 gardens chosen to be on the Mary Lou Heard Garden Tour on May 5, 2018 in Huntington Beach.🧜‍♀️ 🧜‍♀️Perhaps those of you nearby will be able to go🧜‍♀️      Before we begin the tour I wanted to say a little about MarSea🧜‍♀️ We met over 10 years ago when a mutual friend brought her to my home for a tea party I was hosting. At the time we both lived in larger homes (in California) and now years later we have downsized (big time) and moved into small cottages by the sea. Below is … Continue reading

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  ‘The most important thing is to express your true nature in the simplest, most adequate way, and to appreciate it in the smallest exisistence”~From Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, Shunryu Suzuki      Hello, sweet friend…💕     I’ve had a good week. How about you?     I actually went on a little get-away for part of the week…     A spontaneous escape…                     makes for the best adventures.     Upon returning home I settled back into the usual nesting thing.     Purchased a new set of sheets…     Lovely pillow cases     and a different mattress for the daybed     which sits in the loft.     A moment of time was spent freshening up a window box     Before I knew it the week had flown by. does this ever happen to … Continue reading

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Garden Dreams & A Return To Dragonfly Farm & Nursery

  ”Dare to live the life you have dreamed for yourself. Go forward and make your dreams come true.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Hello, sweet friend…💕  I hope your Spring has sprung off well.🤗 🌷 For me this season is the mark of new beginnings…that of hope and it’s reminder for taking the time to make room for nourishing ourselves and creating a beautiful life. For many years…and at the center of my own being has been the desire to create a life living simply here on the Oregon coast…this dream includes a small cottage garden. A garden of my dreams would include stepping stones leading to a place where I could sit breathing in or gazing in awe the surrounding beauty. I have come closer to attaining this dream…however there’s still work to do. This season my hope is that I’ll take the time to get out and plant those renewing … Continue reading

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A View From My Kitchen Window

”Let us not grow weary of doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up”- Galatians 💐 Hello…             Although small in size…     I enjoy the view from my kitchen window…     Overlooking a part of the garden.     This time of year the view feeds my soul with blossoming buds…     on the Weeping Willow.     Everyday these small buds open up…     transforming into green vibrant leaves.     I am reminded why I enjoy this season…     as I observe all the changes going on.     The importance of  change and growth and it’s result…new beginnings. This tree which begins to lose its leaves in late summer…allowing me to see things in the yard that need some work…weeds that have seemed innocent now have … Continue reading

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  “An interior is the natural projection of the soul.” ~Coco Chanel   Hello…             For me every home has a soul to be discovered.     We might feel a good experience as we walk into a home for the first time…     other times it takes a while to see what it needs we must listen carefully.      Since moving into this cottage on the Oregon coast in 2015 I have tried to be in tune to it’s needs…     and my wants.     Fortunately…and more often than not the two have come together-rather effortlessly.     Such was the case when recently vintage looking pavers were added to replace the gravel driveway.         A bit of charm added each year…it might be  something small which adds the most life and beauty into the soul of a … Continue reading

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