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April 17, 2009


I love Maggie... she is such a princess with her crochet collar!! Love your yellow -white check valance.. Very cute! Happy weekend!


Maggie has such a human face sometimes!

Diane Duda

Maggie's like a cottage style super hero!

Daisy Cottage

LOL Diane!!
Too funny - thank you for that!
That is SO what she looks like!!

sarah  abeachcottage


I love stopping by here...especially as you are new to me so I kinda discover new things, like a new friend, you know?

funny really isn't it, seeing as my cottage is errrm, like virtually *all white and yours is errrm, all bright and mine is right down on under, the other side of the world...guess that's the beauty of this medium though...

thanks for popping by my blog

happy weekend and happy cottage days!


Lisa ~A Cottage to Me

We are having gorgeous weather here, so of course that makes me smile! And so does little Maggie, love her kerchief! She's such a little lady!

Lea Harper

Maggie is very svelte in her scarf. I love it.

Have a lovely weekend and thank you, thank you, for sharing your lovely pictures!



Thanks for making me smile today!

Susan G


I would love a bright sunny day...because it snowed all day yesterday. It was beautiful to see all those big flakes gently falling to the ground, but wait...I remembered that it is April not December! I want to see any sign that the tulips I planted are growing. Love all your pictures! And you too, have a great weekend :)


Love that yellow checked valance - perfect!
And Miss Maggie-does a face get any sweeter?

Dear Kim,

I love love your blog. I enjoy it everyday. I love love the plate rack you have above the window. I want to try that in my home someday. I really love that you live in a yellow house. My mom favarite color is yellow and I alway thought some day I will have a yellow kitchen. Maybe we will remodel someday. Wishing you a sunny day from my sunshine state to yours, ( I'm in SO. CA by the beach) Nanette

Bobbie Lynn

Are those curtains you found at Good Will? The look very pretty and they welcome the morning sun. : ) Beautiful photos and if I had a small dog like Maggie I think her paws would never touch to ground. That is why I do not have a lap dog. It would be in the arms. She looks lovely in her crocheted scarf. Happy Friday to you too and have a wonderful weekend.

Daisy Cottage

Yes Bobbie Lynn, these are the curtains that I found at Goodwill!
(I'm here, doing some writing, so I am catching some of your comments as they come in)


Oh Kim and all the other posters thank you for smile today...I actually laughed out loud!
I am going to miss my morning coffee with you all the next few weeks...I hope there is wireless internet in the hospital...


Sending smiles and love back to you too...and hugs!

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio & The Comforts of Home

Have a wonderful weekend Kim. Maggie looks beautiful in her green scarf!!


What a lovely, happy post to find on a Friday morning! And Maggie looks SO chic!

Fay Marie

Happy Spring Morning to yo Kim,
That valance is just perfect. The sun shining throught the window on it giving it such a fresh, spring look.
Maggie is so adorable with her crochet scarf. I have some of those, but don't think my cat would be happy with one of those around her neck. What do you think? Any help from cat lovers?

Fay Marie

Donna Warrington

Sunny days to you...and Maggie.


The curtains look wonderful there! Maggie is adorable! Thanks for being a bright spot in my day again!


Your blog never ceases to make me smile with your vibrant colors. Maggie, the gentle soul, looks so feminine with her green lace.


You delight me, my friend! Happy sunny, fragrant, smiling Friday to you, too. Your photo reminded me that I need to trim up my geraniums today. :-D


Sooo cute with the scarf! It really made my Friday.


How sweet! Your pictures made my smile and brought joy to my heart. May He spill over his blessings onto you dear sweet Kim.


Love You Too (as well as Maggie)!

Have a blessed & beautiful weekend,

Pat@Back Porch Musings

Happy Friday, Kim!

I love that first shot!! Full of sunshine and good thought!


Love the DOG...precious. Neat pics.


Happy morning to you. I love the pictures. I love checking your entries. It always puts me in a good mood. I love the plates above the window in your first picture. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog the other day and for adding me to your "Blog Candy". It makes me feel a part of Daisy Cottage. Pat Maggie on the head for me. She's such a cutie!


Omigosh...that lacy little crocheted color is too cute!


Well that's about twenty five smiles right there. Have a great weekend, give Maggie a kiss. She's so elegant!!!


Maggie is stylin in her pretty lace....

My Friday wish is for those valances to appear in my house...LOVE THEM !!!

Have a great week-end Kim...and everyone else in blogland !!

xo Kathy :)


You too, Kim! Ohmigosh, Maggie has such expressions on her face! Love the lace wrap no her. :)


oh my, your puppy does let you play with her attire! So cute. Love the plate view too. Sunny day here in Carolina--time to plant some flowers, finally (still chilly though).

Tina Lawver

What a darling blog you have. I'm glad I stopped by.


maggie is so adorble..


The curtains are PERFECT there! I think I may have to make some just like that for my next home. The trim really makes them special! Maggie is a doll, as always. Thank you for channeling some warmth out here to us still in the cold!

Brenda Kula

It's been hailing outside. Hope it doesn't damage my flowers. Otherwise, I love storms. You look like you have a fine sunny day there.


I'm smiling! I always smile when I visit your place! Maggie is just adorable. Sure wish I could get a photo of Nugget like that. He's a cutie too, but not nearly as photogenic as Miss Maggie!


Happy Spring to you, Kim. I am still speaking, although I didn't win the magazines or TUREEN;-(
Today, I bought the magazines myself and they are really worth it. You are amazing! Hugs, Marcy


Your place always make me happy and smile. So bright and cheery, makes me forget all my troubles. The music is perfect for your blog! My mother had some hankies like those in the earlier post. Thanks for sharing a piece of your world with us and Miss Maggie too! I have that same terrazo tile !


Hey, Friday's are a good day - it's my day off! The sun is shining, there is a slight breeze, I have tiny little shoots poking through in my garden and Miles is laying in the sun. All is good. Thanks for sharing a sunny day. ~ Robyn

Randee Willmore

I love to stop by your place. I also love Maggie's scarf. Yesterday I bought a really pretty "napkin" white with yellow flowers on it at Pottery Barn, I tied it around my Boxer Mary Kate's neck. she is a really small Boxer only 40 lbs. and 2 yrs. old so it fit really well. I adopted her last month, she came from a puppy mill background, and is so little for her breed, but she fits in my lap and that makes her and me happy. I am going to be on the look out for napkins that I can use for scarves at GW, which since I found your blog has become a weekly place for me to shop.
My happy girl and I send you and Maggie
Love and hope you have a great weekend. Randee in Houston


Maggie usually looks happy in whatever scarf you place around her neck... but I have to say she does not look happy in this new doily look... It's okay, Maggie... I think your mama will take it off after the photo shoot... poor thing.

The Blue Ridge Gal



Love your yellow curtains....they look perfect! I am a curtain junkie...especially from the Goodwill....I bought a load of them...70's calico all different them....Maggie looks soooo adorable and huggable...Have a wonderful weekend...


Daisy Cottage

Di, you know our Maggie so well.
She was irritated with me and me being the good doggie mom that I am, I took her crochet "shawl" off so she could promptly get to the business of lizard hunting. Then she was VERY happy. ;-)

debi @ life in my studio

Beautiful pictures! Love that cute yellow valance!! And Maggie is looking very stylish in that lovely 'scarf' pretty!
Have a wonderful Friday,

Daisy Cottage

Randee, congratulations on your new baby girl!!! That is wonderful!


Hi Kim,
Lovely to see tht you have sunny weather-still raining here in Ireland!! The valance is super. Have a peaceful weekend.


Hi Kim, I wanted to say thanks for coming by my blog via the girls, Sue and Rue. I want to spend some time on your past posts, but as I just can't see this darn little screen on my new mini laptop, I will have to come by later with the spectacles! It is just the pits to admit that I can't see teeny tiny type any more! The squinting is giving me a headache. LOL- Maybe I should check out those contact lenses that I see advertised on t.v.?!
Back soon. Sue

Heather Clark

Thanks for the lovely thoughts of sunshine. It's been pouring rain here all day so I sure can use it.
Just wanted to let you know that my three year old son said, "Hey, that music is beautiful and great. I want to hear it," when I pulled up your blog. Thank you for making us both smile today.


Your photos brought a huge smile to my face. And frankly, I could use one so thanks. Your puppy is too cute.


Good Day!
Gorgeous pot of begonias. Maggie is a happy pup in her frills and I love the window valance. Happiness is knowing you are loved and you must be very happy Kim!
Happy heart,


your posts are as bright, sweet and happy as receiving a cheery card in the mail.

have a great weekend!

(i'm having a little giveway if you'd like to pop over)



Hi sweet Kim :)

How could anyone not smile when the music cues... Daisy Cottage appears.... and there's a picture of Miss Maggie wearing her new crocheted scarf? ;)

I hope your weekend is filled to the brim with smiles sweet friend....

love you too!


Love that doily doxie!
It was a fabulous sunny day here!
And the estate sale I went to made my day even sunnier. Two sparkling cake plates, a glass decanter with charming stopper (it served pink lemonade tonight), another heavy glass dish, and a couple tiny doo-dads.
All for $15 !! I was walking around with my head held high. Love to find delicious things like that! What else could a girl ask?
Thank you for a happy place to always come to Kim!

Kelly Henderson

What you can't think of to do with a thrift store doily-- you made me smile!! Have a wonderful weekend, Kim!!
Lots of love to you,


maggie looks so cute Kim, but your comment about her lizard hunting made me smile. Your valance is so pretty, as I missed your previous post my favourite colour is purple to wear but I like blue and yellow around the house. Jane x

Betty Jo

Hi Sweet Kim,

Maggie just brought the biggest smile to my face. My Friday was a little sad, but incredible too. My son and I faced a hurdle, and scaled it. We wrote about it on my blog for Pink Saturday. Have a wonderful weekend my friend. ♥

SoBella Creations

Have a great weekend!


Oh, Miss Maggie, you ARE beautiful:)


Maggie is so precious!! What a love!!

Thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures. I truly enjoyed them.


That was sweet. A great way to start my day!


Thank you for those sweet wishes! Your blog always makes me smile.


Sending sunny smiles your way too! I have been smiling..the 17th was my sons Birthday and I remember when...Plus, I took a road trip with my Mom to a Outlet Mall in Hanson,KY and it was a beautiful Spring day!:)Leah

Kelee Katillac

Maggie: Mon chien belle amour! (My beautiful love dog!)
I cannot wait for your visit to mon chateau on Monday....

Fondly, The Katillac Shack basset hound and your
forever servant---Oliver Wendell


I love those curtains! They're so cheerful, and Miss Maggie is the epitome of sweetness! It's a beautiful 71 degrees here today. Hope you have a great weekend!


You're just my kinda gal! I alway enjoy seeing Miss Maggie. Your blog's just the best!


Have a great weekend, Kim! Maggie looks SO CUTE!



Little Maggie is so patient, isn't she? She must know she's a star! :-)

Have a wonderful weekend.



It was Maggie who got me coming to your blog always hoping to see her sweet face in a post. I had just lost my dog this past autumn when I came across Maggie's photo and somehow I just helped to see her dear expressions.
Have a great weekend. :)


Soooo cute...that little Maggie. Definitely made me smile! :-) Susan

Kelly~Rose Vine Cottage

Your new old curtains look so perfect in Daisy Cottage, they look like they were made just for her and Miss Maggie is looking so pretty too!

Gabriela Delworth

Hello Kim,

This dog is always so sweet and ready for your photos.

~ Gabriela ~



I quoted you in my last blog post. Hope you don't mind - you just spoke to my "heart of inspiration" when you did your guest post at the Inspired Room!


You know what sweet friend? It's ALWAYS fun to visit you. You're like a breath of fresh air. Thanks for being YOU.


Terri Morse

Miss Maggie looks like an angel!


Hi Kim

Maggie looks gorgeous as usual. I wish my little fluffball would sit still.



Hi Kim Hope you are well. Love Maggie!

sweet cottage dreams sweet!!!


PS: Your new curtains are perfect in you dining room!!


Love that gingam valance, and Maggie is just beautiful. That face is so expressive. laurie


Oliver Wendell is a handsome lad alright,but I'm not sure he's the one for Miss Maggie. I think she'll be bored with him after the infatuation wears off. Your blog is my happy place- thanks for the smiles!

Susan Ramey Cleveland

Oh Maggie, that color looks great on you, girl.


love all the pooches and beauty I see when i step in..

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