Category Archives: Coastal Living

Tis The Season!

“Do small things with great love” -Mother Teresa Hello, sweet friend… No doubt about it I’m a city girl… yet since moving from California into small town living…I’m discovering I am also… A country girl! The Holiday bazaar season is like a Norman Rockwell painting…come to life… Their signs are everywhere…I recently attended 3 Christmas bazaars… #1 We all know what to expect: You walk into a church hall festooned with decorations… that transform a humble space into a holiday theme park. The tables are filled with homemade baked goods, and seasonal treats; the crafters have created one-of-a-kind gifts and ornaments; knitted, crocheted and hand-sewn scarves, mittens and pet toys are offered at hard-to-beat prices… #2 Holiday bazaars do more than just put shoppers in the spirit of the season… They bring people together. Visitors run into neighbors and out-of-towners they may not have seen since last year. It’s like … Continue reading

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Vacationing…Part Three…A Vintage Christmas Open House🎄

Christmas is too sparkly…said no one ever. 🎄Hello, sweet friend…🎄 I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving… http://www.marciascottagebythesea.com/vacationing-part-one-the-historic-mission-inn-hotel-riverside-california/I’ve been so excited to share this part of my California vacation with you… I’ve put together highlights from a Christmas Open House I attended while I was vacationing in California. The shop is called Vintique Alley and located in Riverside, California. Now just in case you need a bit of tree inspiration… Here are a few more photos from another Open House I was lucky to visit during my vacation…Mozarts Home Decor located in Redlands, California. One more thing…here are a few ideas for appetizers if you are hosting a gathering… Next week…a peek inside my sweet Christmas cottage🎄 🎄Happy December!🎄

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November

“Life is only as good as the people you get to share it with” -Darren Criss Hello, sweet friend…🍂 🍂 It’s the little things that make me happy… the order I put into my corner of the universe… HOME this is where I experience the most joy. That being said…much of this month has been spent away from home… visiting family and friends in California and Central Oregon. 🍁 It took a bit of planning… a conscious decision & willingness to take the time for others… traveling to visit those very important people in my life… It’s often so easy for me to get caught up in my own life… that I often forget the importance of going the extra mile (literally) Now with Thanksgiving… just around the corner… I’m experiencing a deeper gratitude in my heart… 🍁 for all November has brought me… and now I feel much more … Continue reading

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Vacationing…Part One…The Historic Mission Inn Hotel Riverside, California

Keep Calm and Carry On… Hello, sweet friends… I want to thank my husband Joe for encouraging me to take this trip to California. Solo 🍁 (A trip I don’t usually make this time of year) As it turned out…everything has been fabulous and fun! so far…(thanks Joe!) I thought I would share the trip in three parts… beginning with my stay at the Historic Mission Inn Hotel located in Riverside, California. Today’s post will show photos of the hotel and surrounding area. I hope you enjoy them! The Historic Mission Inn occupies an entire city block in the heart of downtown Riverside. To it’s guests and to the people of Riverside, the Mission Inn has always meant more than simply bed, bath and board. It is a creative collection of arcades… gardens… flying buttresses…spiraling staircases… catacombs and towers. It is also fine art and Spanish cannons, stained-glass and ceramic … Continue reading

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Falling Into The End Of Summer

“August is like the Sunday of summer”   August 25, 2019 Hello, sweet friend… My dear friend Geri…as we enjoy a visit to the Blackberry Festival in Coos Bay, Oregon 🌻   The following Post has been re-edited from August 2017   This past month as I took a walk outside, and the dry leaves rustled pleasantly beneath my feet… I paused and reflected how quickly the time has gone. Has it really been t.h.r.e.e. summers  living here on the Oregon coast? (a look of surprise) yes, dear readers it has🏡First summer With that said and having lived through many warm summers in California summer coastal weather at times still feels quite unfamiliar. foreign There are times that I have actually forgotten that it was even summer. However one of the sure signs that summer has occurred and is coming into an ending…  is the weeping willow tree in our backyard. the name is apropos Her leaves … Continue reading

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