Wednesday, May 16, 2018


"It's such a beautiful day in the neighborhood, 
I thought I would sit a spell in the Secret Garden,
 open a good book, 
and then before I knew it, 
I fell fast asleep. 

 My head and heart 
were filled with memories of old...
"Uncovering Dreams" of long ago, but not forgotten...

and that dream went something like this......

As far back as I can remember 
I loved to play
 with my dolls and play house.

  My dad built us
 a playhouse in the garden 
and my siblings and I 
made good use of it.

It had two rooms 
and we furnished it with 
cast off pieces of furniture,
 mismatched pieces of china 
and brightly colored curtains.

  We had so much fun 
and when we out grew it 
the neighbors took it over
 for a chicken coop
 and I moved on to 
decorating my bedroom with 
pictures on the walls 
and fresh flowers from my mother's garden.

  Since the Captain and I got married
we have lived in five houses 
and each one has been my play house
 and I have always dreamed of 
bigger and better ways
 to make each one
 prettier than the last.

I have always collected 
home decorating magazines
 like garbage collects flies!

 There was a time when 
the Captain said that our bed 
would collapse 
if the magazines were removed 
from underneath.  
I thought it was so sweet 
that he offered to do 
the grocery shopping,
 until I realized that
 he just wanted
 to keep me away from 
the magazine aisle.

To this day, 
each night before I fall asleep,
 the last thing I think about
 is a new decorating project 
that I'd like to start 
and my personal dream 
has always been 
to have our home 
featured in a magazine...

...and I'd like to announce 
that after all these years, 
my fairytale is coming true.

 So many of you
 have had the honor of
 being featured in a magazine, 
and I always get so excited 
when I see one of your beautiful homes,
 that I visit often, 
revealed in print.

 you will be able 
to see mine 
and I can't even tell you 
how over the moon I am.

 Our Cottage 
is one of the featured homes
 in the July 2018 issue of 
Country Sampler magazine,
  and the icing on the cake is
 that our screened porch 
(Our Summer Place)
 has been chosen
 to grace 
the cover.

It all started last summer 
when I got an e-mail from 
Anne Gridley 
She had seen my post about
 a red, white and blue summer theme
 and wanted to show it to 
Country Sampler magazine.

 I sent her my photos 
and waited to hear back from her.
  After awhile, 
she said the magazine 
liked the photos 
but couldn't use them at this time.

 I was so disappointed 
but still honored 
that we had even been considered.

About a month later 
she called me to say 
the magazine did want 
to feature the Cottage
 in their July issue. 
 it was all set in motion 
 in August of last year, 
Gridley and Graves
 arrived at the Cottage 
and she was so ready 
for her close up.

If you ever need a friend 
who can keep a secret 
- I'm your girl!
It has been 
the hardest thing I have ever done
 and when Kris from Junk Chic Cottage
and Des from Peeking Through the Sunflowers  both told that they, too, 
were being photographed by
 Gridley and Graves,
 I could hardly control myself.

 I persevered,
 and now I have just let out
a big breath 
that feels like it has been 
held in

If I was picked
 for a hundred magazines,
 I don't think I would ever 
get used to it.
I feel
 it is such an honor
 and when I think of all of you 
who will be reading about
 our little Cottage, 
I almost can't fathom it.

Fairytales do come true 
and as I have said, 
I think I'm dreaming,
 but please don't wake me up!

  I have been a subscriber 
to Country Sampler for years 
and have always admired 
the homes that are featured each month 
in their pages.

 our humble Cottage 
will be among them 
and my thanks to Rebecca Razo 
for the time and care 
she took to tell our story 
and also to Anne and Gary 
for their beautiful
 photography and styling 
and the fun time
 we had 
in their company.

The July issue
 of Country Sampler magazine
 will be on the newstands soon
 and I can hardly wait for you to see it.

 It is a beautiful issue,
 filled with bright colors,
 welcoming homes,
 and many classic country crafts 
and now,
 can you understand why,
even though I already put out
my weekly post,
 I just couldn't wait 
 for you to
read all about it.


Sharing with:

Tuesday, May 15, 2018


What seemed like 
a world stuck in a dark place
 for so long, 
the game of musical chairs 
is now being played out 
by the seasons 
and a seat has been taken 
in the twilight of 

Although it seemed 
like spring would never come, 
finally the days are beginning 
with sunlight streaming
 through the windows, 
capturing reflections of old lace, 
a fairly obvious breeze
 ringing the chimes 
and the garden is 
sprouting and greening up
 the landscape.

The mystery flowers 
are collecting by 
the front walk...

...the lilys of the valley
 are peeking out through 
their green foliage...

...and the endearing Cecil B 
is languishing over and around 
the arbor gate,
 unruly as ever
 but as pretty as always
 and the bright colors 
of a David Austin rose
 accompany it in 
the foreground.

California poppies
 and Valerian
 are mingling at the
 wire fence 
and beyond.

The lilacs 
have come and gone 
and the "purple rain" 
from two weeks ago
has fallen 
and carpeted the Secret Garden 
with all its
 former glory.

Hope you all had 
a wonderful Mother's Day.

  The kids sent me
 these beautiful flowers,
 in the most gorgeous vase.

 It actually is a pitcher
 and will be enjoyed 
many times over 
after the flowers have faded. 

 Thank you, 
Tim, Tami and Jake 
for your love and thoughtfulness 

The Captain's 
gift to me
 was a trip to the nursery 
and a very pretty make-over 
of the screened porch, 
which is still in progress 
and will be disclosed
 in a future post.

I can finally say 
that spring is truly here.

  We are enjoying 
the pretty mornings 
and being outside
 in the soft sunlight for now.

 as the music plays 
a little louder and a little faster, 
spring is poised and anxious 
to take her seat
 in the next chair.


Sharing today with: