We Did iT…♡


“Have faith in your journey. Everything had to happen exactly as it did to get you where you’re going next.”

-Mandy Hale

Photo taken on the Oregon Coast July 11, 2019

Hi, sweet friend…this weekend marks 4 years since moving to the Oregon Coast. Below is a re-post from that exciting trip.


A Re-post from July 2015

We Did It!

By Marcia Ren

Hello, Welcome to Marcia’s Cottage. I’m so happy to see you today my friend. Shall we have a little tea.

Hope you had a great week. Anything fun planned for the weekend? Personally, after this week. ..I’m ready for a l.o.n.g vacation! (grin)


It’s pretty amazing to think that it was only one week ago that my husband and I were saying our good-byes to our life in southern California. ..

so we could fulfill our dream of living a simpler, less hectic lifestyle, and moving into our

small cottage on the Oregon coast.  And what’s even more amazing is…we did it!

The above photo was taken in October 2014. At the time, everyone was so excited about the move. 

This is Darjeeling. She is the sweetest thing.  However, she did have a few reservations 

about this move.


Especially when she found out about her accommodations.

No doubt she planned on running away,  but changed her mind. F.o.r.t.u.n.a.t.e.l.y.

I have a hunch that Earl might have considered escaping also…


Because face it, change can be scary, and up until recently life has been pretty predictable, and comfy for all of us

But, then e.v e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. changed

When we finally hit the road

On this exciting adventure…

heading out on this 900 mile road trip.


Of course some of us were more excited than others…

Happy weekend. …♡

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Fourth of July 2019

Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.”
Albert Camus


I’ve just finished a walk and thought I’d share a few highlights from yesterday’s Fourth of July celebration.

It’s an exceptionally quiet morning today…and perfectly timed for reflection of a glorious day. America the Beautiful…

Potato salad in the making…


Quick What I Wear…


Living close to old town has many benefits.🌻




Such a cute vintage car💕


My dear friend Geri (Aka…Momma G) who is on the City Council…yelled out to me “hey Marcia want to get on!”

A fabulous horse!

Getting a ride back to the cottage🐝




An aerial view…

While the others were inside playing cards I took Cami outside for a quick walk. There was a band playing music by the marina. I noticed tourists were beginning to line up for the firework show…

Hope you had a fabulous day!

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ALl iS ClEaR….

Re-post from June 2015


Hello, Welcome to Marcia’s Cottage. I’m so happy to see you today my friend. Shall we have a little tea.

Of course I’m hoping your week was filled with lots of JoY….yes, that’s what I am hoping for you. Mine was busy, fun, and continues to feel a little bittersweet….

Busy part:  I continued packing. Fun part:  I finally bought a new purse. Well, okay I actually bought two. (grin) 


Bittersweet:  a keen awareness that I am really getting ready to say good-bye to this sweet little cottage, friends & family… in my long time state of  sunny California.

And, depending on what day you are reading this post…depends on where I am.

Very likely I’m either on my way to our new/old home, or perhaps already there.

I plan on returning one last time to southern California to finalize a few things…say more good-byes, and crymyeyesout.

For the most part everything is clearned out in that sweet little once upon my story book cottage, and I’m ready to live along the coast of the beautiful Pacific Northwest. I am looking forward  to sharing my new adventurous journey.

I am also excited to experience this next chapter of life. It’s been a decision that’s taken me many years to make. But, I’m very clear about it. I can see where I have been on my own six-decade journey, and feel blessed beyond belief that I am now at a stage when I’m free to choose the things that  I’ve been preparing for. I hope you will continue stopping by for a visit. I would of course miss you if you forget me, since you have been the inspiration behind my inspiration. So thank you. There will be a different way to visit. I’m hoping to go live with my new blog on July 1st.

It’s got a new name Marcia’s Cottage by the Sea. The new website is still currently under construction, however it should be up and running by then.

So..…until we meet again stay safe my sweet friend.



I’m thinking I sort of went “What I wear” vlog crazy this past week….(grin)


Here’s a perennial favorite with all ages. Here’s a basic recipe. You could also try chunky chocolate chip cookies instead of plain chocolate, or use one or more different ice creams. whatever takes your fancy.


2 pints vanilla ice cream, slightly softened

16 large (about 3 1/2 inches in diameter) chocolate cookies

1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

1. Spread 1/2 cup of the ice cream over the bottom of one cookie and top with another cookie, right side up. Place on a small baking sheet in the freezer and repeat with the remaining cookies and ice cream.

2. Spread the chocolate chips on a plate. Roll each ice cream sandwich in the chips to coat the sides. Wrap the sandwiches individually in plastic wrap and freeze for 2 hours, or until firm, before serving. Serves 8


oops…here’s one more! I bought a new outfit, and TWO new purses!

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ChRiStMaS in JuLy . …♡

“Summertime is always the best of what might be.”

-Charles Bowden


Wanted to drop in and share a re~post. I’ve been thinking about all my tea loving girlfriends in California. I have the best memories of hosting so many fun tea parties with them over the years. Here’s one of my faves. Hope you enjoy it!


Christmas in July
By Marcia Ren
Re~post July 2014

The weather outside is frightful….Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!  Wouldn’t it be delightful to have a little snow in the middle of summer? Well, I am not able to make it snow, however, I would love to invite you inside a sweet little cottage to enjoy a Christmas in July Tea. I’ll even give you a few ideas. Perhaps, you will be so inspired that you might want to host one yourself….there’s still time! Get your cocoa, get comfy, and join me for a Christmas in July Tea!


I realize that it’s convenient to send out evites. However,  I do enjoy “receiving” invitations in the mail.


So, I send out cute invitations to my guests. (of course)

This is my Christmas closet. There is lots of sparkling magical joy inside.  Can you see it?




Do you see anything that you’d like to use to decorate with?



Go ahead and take it.  There’s plenty of magic for everyone!

I’m loving banners,  so I use them a lot for my tea parties.  I had this one made by a crafter.  Isn’t it adorable!

I also use lots of pinks…

and greens for decor colors.

And… since it is Christmas… Santa
has special gifts for the guests.


When it comes to the holidays, I never forget the Cottage garden when decorating.

Even when the weather outside is frightful,  I enjoy having a joyful welcome for my guests.



I love using the garden to help set the mood,  and celebrate the occasion.

The menu is up to you. I usually prepare a variety of tea sandwiches, cranberry/Orange
Scones, and a vegetarian quiche.


You are the hostess…and no matter what…your guests will be having a wonderful Christmas time in July.


What to wear…

PhotoGrid_1404876010465-1 (1) (1)If you are in a creative mood….find a dress you like (but don’t wear that often) and,  re-purpose it into a blouse, and table napkins. (Grin)  Just make sure to allow time for everything.  You don’t want to be stressed. After all it’s Christmas. (wink)

Thank you for stopping by. I hope I’ve inspired you to host your own Christmas in July Tea. It’s easier than you think.  Just grab a few friends. ..
and your halfway there!


Wishing you a July that sparkles!

For more Christmas in July inspiration,  you might enjoy checking here: “Marcia’s Cottage” Christmas in July board.

    Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space. It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe. It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished. 
~Michael Strassfeld

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A Cottage Garden Tour (Summer)

“Loveliest of lovely things are they on earth that soonest pass away. The rose that lives it’s little hour is prized beyond the sculptured flower.”
-William Cullen Bryant

Hello, sweet friend…


Summering up the garden with Rosemary & Thyme 🐝

Living on the Oregon coast in the summer for me…means romancing the outdoors.


That being said…I thought the first day of summer would be perfect for taking you around the garden.


Gerbera & lace

Come let’s stroll in a small cottage garden together…


I will create a decorative bouquet just for you…🐝





These exuberant old fashioned pink roses in full bloom celebrate the joy of summer. I’ve often wondered if the first owner…perhaps someone who worked at the old lumber mill…& handmade this cottage…planted these lovely roses…

would have ever imagined that this cottage garden would one day be…painted pink

cared for to it’s fullest🐝






Through the looking glass🐝

Summer unfolds it’s splendor…




My cherished white wicker for outdoor seating🐝






An unsolicited photo of me playing with Darjeeling🌻

A summer bouquet from my cutting garden💐

Happy Summer!


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