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Thursday, January 3, 2008

Angela with Cottage Magpie

Boy it's been hard to get back in the swing of things. I don't think it's fair to have a holiday and then have my two hardest days for my first days back to work. Then to top it off, I just HAD to go grocery shopping after teaching all flippin day. Not because we needed food, but because I was so excited for the "buy one get one free" Sale that Albertsons was having. I was actually looking forward to it.............I'm a sick woman. Couldn't I have waited til tomorrow when I only teach one class? I even used a $10 off coupon from Safeway.........Heaven I tell ya......I was in Heaven.

OK, back to something Creative...........like Cottage Magpie!
I love that name. Do you know what a Magpie is? Well I do because they were one of my favorite birds growing up in Central Oregon. Most people are not that enamored with them, but I thought they were pretty. Angela talks about being a magpie with her cottage decorating and how she would just pick up anything she was attracted to. What a cute analogy.

By doing that, she has found her groove...........her style groove. She did such an amazing job in staging her home that they were selling. Which by the way wasn't too far from me.......maybe about 25 miles. She now lives further down the Valley, but I still think that we should get together. She even did up the garden........love the chairs.
Her new home is darling..........so much potential and boy does she have plans! I can't wait to see what she does with the garden this summer.

Lots of before and afters..........have I told you lately how I love before and afters? I love them.

I love those cabinets below..........at first I thought they were painted a creamy color, which I think would look so cool........you know me......I paint everything. And that cute little pie cabinet. SWEET!

Speaking of before and afters, here is a bed she painted. Wow! It turned out so good.Another reason I think we should get together.........she is thrifty! We would have so much fun. She found this hutch on Craigslist for FREE! Isn't it yummy?She is also very crafty. She does nice things with fabric..........another person who sews......grrr, I really need to learn.What I love the most, is that her site is so organized. If you click on Archives, she has a nice list of all kinds of interesting stuff to us crafty folk. Like these Roasted Hazelnuts! She tells us how to do it! Basically a tutorial............I need to start thinking that recipes are really tutorials. Maybe I would cook more.And homemade bread...........geez. These multi-crafters do get on my nerves sometimes....only for a minute or so. OH.MY.GOSH! I want some of that.And soup.............perfect season for soup. I'm always looking for a good soup recipe.

Angela's site is full of great design ideas and directions. And she is so so humble about it all. Such a sweetheart. Go give her some love. I have a feeling she's the type that a few pats on the back will only result with more crafty goodness for us to see.

Just wait til you see her post for today! Amazing talent that girl!

21 comments:

Janet said...

Angela is very deserving of the honor. Not only is she ultra talented she is also very, very nice and kind and generous.
Good choice, Kim.
Janet

Lisa said...

What a great choice. I love Angela's blog. It's always so colorful and her pictures are just beautiful. Always something great to see on her site.

She's definitely one of my daily visits.

Cottage Magpie said...

What can I say? I am in shock. SHOCK! I'm so thrilled and honored and touched to be included with the stunningly talented that you feature here. I'm speechelss. Which, let's face it, doesn't happen that often. THANK YOU. If I had a way to type that in 72pt font I would. Thank you SO much.
~Angela :-)

The Nester said...

Love the name too! I had no idea what a magpie was. I thought it was a delish desert.

What a pretty kitchen and before and afters are great!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Great choice, Kim! Thank you for always ferreting out the best blogs, and featuring them here.

Happy new year, wishing you a year filled with laughter, joy and love, and lots more blogs to share.
xo Lidy

Sue@CountryPleasures said...

WOW, what a neat find here! I'm so glad I stumbled onto your blog, it's wonderful! I can't wait to check out Cottage Magpie, thanks for all you do! I think I will add your blinkie to my blog, thanks again!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

I think Angela is terrific too! I've been checking in on her for awhile now and we are getting to know each other better. She has some great projects that she has done & I just realized I missed that kitchen post! Gotta go back & check it out.

Angela, you deserve it, dear!

Rhoda

Trina said...

I love this blog - i just found you, but have been a frequent visitor ever since...

Gina said...

Thanks for sharing another great spt to visit and as a Central Oregonian I love those magpies too!

Really appreciate all the treasures you've shared that I've been able to take inspiration from!

Tiff said...

I'm going to have to visit her site! I love the bed she painted! WOW!

Amy said...

Thank you so much for featuring her site. The pictures were so well done. I also love befores and afters. I just re-did my kitchen too, so it was great to see how someone else re-decorated hers. Love the white cabinets. The brownie looks totally delicious. Yum! Amy

Saucy said...

I'm new to your site! What a good idea, I just love fining new creative blogs of quality to visit!

Tara said...

I try and read her often--she's great!

Lisa said...

Hey There Kim,

Thanks for picking out my girlfriend for Todays Creative Blog-
I visit the magpie everytime I log in to blog, she really does have an eye for collecting, how about that toile loveseat she scored for $45???!! wha what?? yes! $45. SO JEALOUS!! To me, also, she is a friend- even though I probably couldnt pick her out in a crowd, she always has a kind word to say. Which is important in our world today. I also love that shes a fellow NWstr, and can dig my area and all its got to offer.
Good job!!
Lisa
coastal nest

Julie Fink said...

She is really amazing! And you are kind. A good combination.

dabrah said...

I've just discovered your blog and I love it. I'll be dropping in to see what you've discovered on a regular basis.

restyled home said...

Ye, Angela's one of THE best!! Her site is so friendly and pretty and inspiring, and, well...one of the first ones I check each day!! And yes, she really is that nice...in fact, she just sent me the most beautiful felted pillow...just because she knows how much I like crows!! We magpies and crows are kindred spirits, after all!!!

Great pick!!
Linda

ellencrimitrent said...

Hi Kim,

Great that you found Angela! She is extremely nice and helpful, and in this blogging world that means allot! I am loving your new banner and side art! Seems like you have been busy.

Happy New Year!

Ellen

flowergardengirl said...

I am a grateful friend of Angela's. We just cyber met recently but I would welcome her right into my home. She is a special treat in such a hurried world. I wish she lived right next door. She has inspired me in so many ways---and made me spend money on some quilting cloth--lol. Good friends get you in good trouble. She's one of them.

flowergardengirl said...

I am a grateful friend of Angela's. We just cyber met recently but I would welcome her right into my home. She is a special treat in such a hurried world. I wish she lived right next door. She has inspired me in so many ways---and made me spend money on some quilting cloth--lol. Good friends get you in good trouble. She's one of them.

flowergardengirl said...

I am a grateful friend of Angela's. We just cyber met recently but I would welcome her right into my home. She is a special treat in such a hurried world. I wish she lived right next door. She has inspired me in so many ways---and made me spend money on some quilting cloth--lol. Good friends get you in good trouble. She's one of them.