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June 21, 2009



Happy Birthday!! All the best to you! Vanessa


Happy Birthday! Have a joy-filled day! Thank you for your bright & cheery blog ~ it's such a sweet gift to all of us!


Happy Birthday dear Kim!


Happy Birthday Kim! I hope you had a wonderful birthday. I love how your sister filled in for you. Please invite her back as a guest on your blog again. She has a wonderfully positive gift of acclamation. It was so contageous how much she praised and appreciates you, that it made me want to go out and build up the loved ones around me. What a blessing you two must be to one another. Happy Birthday again.


Happy Birthday!!! What a lovely tribute yoyr sister shared!!! I hope you have a wonderful day!!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful blog with all of is a real treasure!!!



Happy Birthday! Enjoy:)


Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday to you,
Happy birthday - Dear Kim,
Happy birthday to you.

Did you hear me singing all the way from Oregon? Well, I was. I send you wishes from my heart for a wonderful day and a great year ahead.


Awwww! Well Happy Birthday Kim! You totally are a giver and so sweet! I wish you the best birthday ever! :)

All the best,


Happy Birthday Kim! A toast to you :) What a wonderful tribut to you from your sweet sister. Here's wishing you have a fabulous day shared with loved ones.


Happy Birthday Dear KIM!!!!! hugs, cherry


What a lovely post

wishing you all the best

Happy Birthday



I love you Kim! you are a beautiful soul...I feel it in every email and with every post here, your sister wow what a tribute! You always take the time always! Happy Happy Birthday to you sweet girl! xo

Cindy Meguiar

What a wonderful tribute by your sister! Happy Birthday Kim!!!


HI,Happy Birthday, and may you bless with many more!!!


Happy Birthday and many more!
Hugs, Diane


What a dear and sweet post! Blessings to you on your Birthday Kim! :0) Sincerely, Katy


Dear Kim,
Fifty is nifty! Hope it was a great birthday!


Wishing you a super birthday, Kim! x


Have a very happy birthday, Kim! Thank you for bringing me happiness every time I visit your blog. And you have a very wonderful sister!


Oh I love this sisterly love,
whishing you a very Happy Birthday !

Betty @ Country Charm

Happy Birthday to you...and many, many more...what a tribute from a loving sister...cherish each moment you have together. all five of my siblings have had cancer, four having passed away, the fifth in is so uncertain....

Betty @ Country Charm


Happy Birthday, dear Kim. And, thank you to Jill for sharing your love for Kim here with each of us.

Kim, you are well-loved. And, well appreciated. We are grateful for your sunshine.

Alison Gibbs

Happy Birthday Kim - welcome to the 50's.


Happy birthday, Kim! That was a sweet reminder from Jill of why we keep coming back to your blog.


Happy Birthday Kim! And we of course will be nice to you today. No wise remarks about being old or bottles of prune juice to keep your creative juices flowing just a wish for many more years of happiness and love.
Wow...your sister is precious. The kind we all should have and be!


Happy birthday Kim!


Happy birthday, Kim!
Thank you for letting us into your life.
We are blessed by it
(What a cute photo!)


Happy Birthday, Kim! Sounds like you are very blessed to have a sister like Jill..what a wonderful tribute she wrote about you. I think it would be an honor to know you in person but, for now, we will know you in your blog. God's Blessings to you and a prayer to Him for putting you on this earth for 50 years, sharing part of you with us.

Becky G.

Happy Birthday, sweet Kim!!! Wishing you all the best life has to offer!

And aren't you so lucky to have a sister who loves you and speaks such kind words about you! I'm envious!

Blessings on this big day, Becky G.


Happy Birthday, Kim!
What a lovely tribute from your sister.
Kim has such a sweet spirit - she is one of a kind. Enjoy your day to the fullest.

You are so lucky to have such a sweet sister too!



Happy Birthday sweet Kim!!

Jill, your beautifully written words about our sweet friend are so true and very touching. I believe a lot of what was written about Kim could probably be said about you too. She is definitely a "giver" and you must be too. The photo of you two is adorably sweet.

Hugs to you both!


Have the very happiest birthday!!! You are truly a special person and I'm so glad to have met you through your writings.

My love and very best wishes to you,



Happy Birthday Kim! I hope your day is filled joy and happiness!
Jill you are a sweet sister...I can see it runs in the family.

Kelly Ann

They say it's your birthday..dadadad...well it's my birthday toooo....not really I just love that song...Happy Birthday...


Kim, Have a wonderful Birthday!


Dear Kim...

Happy Birthday to you sweetie...what a wonderful tribute your Sweet Sister gave you...the bond between you is quite evident. What a blessing.

Wishing you a day full of love and fun!


Here's wishing you the happiest of Birthdays!


Happy Birthday! Enjoy it!

Thanks so much for sharing on your blog!

Southern Lady's Vintage

Happy 50th Birthday Kim! What a blessing it is to have the love of a sister! Jill's tribute to you as you celebrate your 50th birthday clearly shows how close you two are.

Lavender Dreams

Happy Birthday Kim! I hope you day is extra special! And as far as turning 50...this has been my BEST decade so far! So you have SO much to look forward to....and by the way you look MAHHVELOUS!!! HAVE FUN! ANd thanks Jill for writing and sharing your beautiful thoughts! You are a wonderful loving sister!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio & The Comforts of Home

Happy Birthday Kim! I hope your have a fabulous day!


Happy Birthday, Kim! Hope you day is full of things you love most. Have a good one! Hugs, Elaine


Happy Birthday Dear Kim,
I feel so old. It seems everyone around me is younger than I am. Enjoy your day. I found 50 to not be so bad. We just get better and wiser.
Elizabeth and Miss Candi


Guilt runs through me...I was away for your birthday! I hope it was as beauttiful a day as you are a person...
ps wish I had a sister who loved me as much as yours does you...


Happy Birthday, Kim! Many, many more!

What a lovely tribute from your sister. Well done Jill!


Oh, Kim!! Happy happy birthday to you!!! I hope you're so blessed you can't stand it! ((hug))


And what a wonderful sister you have!! You are so, so blessed already!


Sweet Kim,

Your sister put in to words so perfectly what we all feel about you. You are so special and so very loved. Happy Birthday to you! May your day be filled with sushine and colors and love :)


Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss

Kim, I would like to join everyone else in extending my wishes to you for a wonderful birthday. You are such a precious jewel...and so loved and respected throughout Blogland. Although most of us have never met you personally, we all can just tell what a beautiful person you are, inside and out! Happy Birthday!


Big {HUGS} and puppy kisses to the birthday girl! You are very dear and I absolutely love your blog! You are my inspiration!
Hope you have a wonderful birthday!
Thanks to Jill for this beautiful tribute too!
Blessings, Kathi, Dylan and Nugget


Happy Birthday sweet Kim!

YOU are a gift to all of us. You make everyday brighter, happier and all that much sweeter. Thank you for being my friend and thank you for being YOU.

love you very much,

PS Thank you Jill for this wonderful post :)


Delurking to wish you the Happiest of Birthdays!

debi @ life in my studio

Happy Birthday Kim!! Wishing you a wonderful day filled with the things you love!


happy birthday!!


Happy Birthday, Kim! Enjoy your day!


Happy Birthday to a very sweet friend who I don't know personally, but who brings a smile to my face and joy to my heart after I've visited her beautiful blog! May today be filled with laughter and memories made on your special day.



Happy Happy Happy Birthday Kim!
What a pleasure to be included in your life a little and to wish someone with your love of life to have a wonderful Birthday!
50! Just a number! But really...a grand number! It's made of silver and gold, topped off with rubies and diamonds. What else could a girl want? ;)
Have a FABULOUS day!

Mary Lou

Happy Birthday, Kim! I'm so glad I stopped by and saw what a wonderful sister you have to let us all know, and say such good things about you. I sure hope you have a great celebration. Thanks, too, for all you do here. It really does brighten the day - each and every time I stop by.
Mary Lou

Fay Marie

Hi KIm,
You have reached "The top of the hill", as I call it, and that's a wonderful place to be.
You have given so much to others during this time and I know that you will continue to do so because it is just part of your caring spirit. I would like to wish you a healthy, happy Birthday, spent with friends and family.
Jill, thanks for taking the time to share with us all that you know Kim to be. Who can know one better than a sister. Even though we all felt these things in our hearts, it was touching to hear them from you.

God bless both of you and keep you always as close to each other as you are now.

Kim, Have a wonderful 50th.
Blessings always
Fay Marie

Debbie Vierkant

Happy 50th Birthday to you Kim! What a wonderful tribute to you by you sister Jill, thank you for sharing that with us! Hugs!


Happy Birthday, Kim! Thank you for brightening our days with your beautiful and creative blog. Hope you have a wonderful day!

Kathy from Clearwater


The Happiest of Birthdays to you Kim! I hope your day is filled with family and friends and fun. Thanks for your blog and the seed it planted to start my own blog!


Kim, Happy Birthday!! You, and your blog, are so special. Enjoy your day!

P.S. The Giving Tree is one of my faves too!

Rose - The Center of My Self

Jill - You know Kim much, much better than any of us do. Your tribute to her, though, captures the essence of what we know about her, too. That attention to the smallest of things, to the unnoticed, to living in the moment right here and right now. As lovely as her photos are, it's her spirit that always draws me here. That photo of the two sisters is just precious! (As I'm sure you know, she always sings your praises here, too.)

And Dear Kim - Happy Birthday! 50 is such a wonderfully amazing marker post on a life's journey. Wishing you abundance in all the important things in life and much love and happiness always!



Happy birthday dear Kim. Your sister wrote a lovely tribute to you and it's all true. We all love you. You bring so much joy and love to the blogging world. I really appreciate you and all you do for all of us!
Sending lots of birthday ((hugs)) your way. Rhondi xo


WOW! The writing gene must run in the family. That was a brilliant piece!
Jill, bless you for expressing so beautifully your sister's essence.
Kim, Happy 50th! I hope you are having a garden tea party, a dream shopping excursion, a romantic summer day and evening with those you love best, and some peaceful time to write, read, and imagine your next decade. I celebrate you!
Love your work and much appreciation for your inspiring life!
I will blow some birthday bubble wishes off my deck here in Minnesota especially for you!


Happy Birthday, Kim
That was really thoughtful of your sister to give you a very loving tribute on your 50th birthday. May you do as many great things in the next 50!! Best Wishe!!

Kimberly C.

Happy Birthday Kim! Your name could be joy for all that you spread.



Happy, happy birthday!


HaPpY bIrThDaY, kIm! ☺

What a beautiful tribute from your sister. You are so lucky to have each other.

I hope you have a wonderful day - you deserve it for all the loveliness you bring into people's lives through your blog. ♥


What a sweet post from your sister!!

Happy Birthday!!!


Happy Birthday, Kim! I wish you a fun-filled day surrounded by those you love and many blessings the coming year.

Jill, thank you for the lovely post. I LOVE the picture of you two when you were little. Thanks for sharing.

Love and best wishes,

The Beautiful Life

Happy Birthday, sweet Kim!! :)


Happy Birthday Kim...50...the Best is yet to come! Best Wishes, Cyndi


Happy Birthday Kim. You are truly a special person!

Esther Sunday

Very touching tribute, Jill, to your dear sister! Well said! I don't have a sister, and feel that you and Jill are so extremely foruntate to have each other! Dearest Kim - you are sooooo loved! I love you, Kim! Your friend, Esther

Mrs. H.

Happy birthday Kim! :-) I hope you have a great day!


Happy Birthday!

50 is a wonderful birthday.

Kelee Katillac

Hi Kim!!!!

Have you heard 50 is the new 30! Only better...the wisdom of 50 but the energy of 30....! I know your dreams are only beginning....may every dream and wish and love be true and fulfilling!

We love you! Happy Birthday Darling Lady!!!

Kelee & Oliver


Happy Birthday, Kim. You are indeed a special person. You are also a lucky girl to have a sister who loves you so much.

Karen W

Kim, Blessings on your birthday ! Thanks for sharing with all of us!


Happy Birthday Sweet Kim! Such a lovely post from your sister! ~Mandy


Happy Birthday. You are just the nicest person I have never met. Hope you have a great day!!!!!


Happy Birthday Kim! I'm thankful for your blog and all the wonderful inspiration you give!


Happy Birthday Kim!
How lucky you are to have such a wonderful sister-friend.
Have a great birthday. I just celebrated my 47th on the 17th.


Happy Birthday dear lady. Your blog is like a ray of sunshine :-)


Dearest Kim,

I hope you have the most wonderful of wonderful birthdays. And, I hope you have 50 more!



Happy Day!


Happy Birthday Kim!
I hope you have a lovely day.


HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! I hope you enjoy your special day with your sister. Thanks for giving us your beautiful blog! Your photos are beautiful. Happy Birthday to you again! Nancy from OHIO

Jean Eakin

Happy, Happy Birthday sweet Kim, You are a very special lady who deserves a very special birthday. I also do beleive you have a very special sister who loves you very much.
Many birthday blessings to you,
Jean in Virginia


How beautifel! And really, in this corner of the world, this spot on the www, she is a ray of sunshine. Happy birthday Miss Daisy :)


Dear Kim,

Happy Birthday - and what a wonderful present from your sister. How thoughtful of her to share those sentiments with all of us admirers.

You are a beautiful inside-and-out gal, and I pray your next fifty years+ are as blessed as these so far.

The picture of the two of you is priceless.

I turn 50 in October, so I know it is a bittersweet blessing.

Take care, and thank you so much for how much wonder and awe you share with us,


Toni from NC

Happy birthday, Creative Lady!


Happy Birthday, Kim! Hope it was an absolutely beautiful one. You are so fortunate to have a sister who loves you so much.

Jill, thank you for this lovely writing about Kim. It just couldn't be nicer.

One of you please give Maggie a kiss for me on that sweet little nose.

Kathy Charniak

Happy Birthday Kim, You are the nicest person to share your wonderful puppy dogs and beautiful home with us. Hope you are out having a great time. Love fr. ILLinois Kathy


Happy,Happy Birthday!
May this day be as beautiful as your blog.



Happy Birthday. Your sister said it all. Thanks once again for giving me such a warm reply and advice on starting my blog.

Tina in Duluth

Happy Birthday, Kim!

How wonderful to have a loving sister!


Happy 50th Kim welcome to a very unique club lolol. Thanks Jill for sharing your sissy with us.

Hugs, Lucy

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  • Kim I just wanted to thank you again for allowing us into your sweet home! I absolutely loved being there and looking around with you. Your hospitality and sweet spirit make the home even more beautiful! Thanks for reminding me that one day I too will have my "dream come true!" ~ Ida - MOPS Member

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  • "Kim, I love your blog. I so appreciate you sharing every day. I miss you when you're gone. Losing my dear sweet baby boy in Iraq has made me treasure life and those so dear to me. Reading your blog is such therapy for me. You have made me treasure the finer things in life that I use to overlook. Birds singing, flowers blooming, my home and all of the treasures within it. I'm not sure that I ever looked at a teacup or saucer and saw such detail and beauty in it." ~ Dena

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  • "I would like to let you know what a joy it is to wake up each morning and read your delightful blog. I always feel as if you are speaking directly to me. Since I was diagnosed with an immune disease a year ago I wanted only to read positive and very inspiring blogs and your blog was the first I found. I think maybe the good Lord meant for me to find your blog and since then it has been nothing but smiles all around. I have tried very hard to stay positive about this disease and very up beat. I know that there is no cure and I have accepted this, but reading things with a positive message and filled with so much love helps. This is where you come in and I just wanted to say thank you from the bottom of my heart and to let you know how very much you and Miss Maggie are loved." ~ Grace

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  • "Oh my! I have just stepped into heaven. A nostalgic, magic, getaway place where folk love one another and life is sweet. Kim, you will probably never know just how many hearts you have touched with your site. " ~ Francesca

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  • "I visited my friends with their tasteful beige homes and sometimes questioned if there was anyone else in this world who loved the things I did. Then I found Daisy Cottage and a whole community of other women who shop the side of the road, paint their furniture fun colors, and aren't afraid to fill their homes with touches of whimsy and fun. What a relief! We aren't alone! I'm not alone. Thanks for all your inspiration and for confidently sharing your home and the idea that we can have fun with our decorating. I never get tired of visiting here Kim." ~ Kathy

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  • "That hankie is like you and your blog Kim. In the middle of all of the other beautiful hankies, it's the one that stands out and makes you feel at home." ~ Rue

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  • "Sigh.... between your music, red and yellow mellow feeling and wonderful writing I just feel so calm. What would I do without you in the morning with my cup of coffee." ~ Jeanette

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  • "My eyes have been opened to a world I never knew existed. Such vibrant creativity, such caring community: it literally takes my breath away. After so much loneliness and isolation it is overwhelming to me that such a world even exists. In time I hope to be able to fill my garden of life with lovely, loving friends instead of the weeds of loneliness. Until that time lace tablecloths will come out of storage, music and lovely scents will fill the air of this home. And I shall visit the Daisy Cottage when I feel despair raise its dark, obscuring head, for I know from experience, that it is ever lurking behind that next bout of pain and weakness. Your kind and generous response has strengthened my resolve, you have helped me more than you will ever know, my new-found friend." ~ Lenna

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  • "What I love best about Daisy Cottage is Kim. I love the way you appreciate every good thing in life and embrace joy in every moment." ~ Rose

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  • "Here's how I can best describe into words how your blog made me feel. You know when you wake up in the morning and there's an early morning thunderstorm and every room in your house is as dark as night? Then, the rain and thunder stop and the sun comes shining through all the windows and you just know it's going to be a beautiful, sunshine day? Well, that's how finding Dear Daisy Cottage made me feel. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Kim. You blessed my day and may God do the same for you." ~ Lisa B.

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