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  • What I hope for my readers and for all keepers of the nest, is that they embrace their homes with their heart and all of the passion that it holds. I want them to know that they can decorate on a limited budget by seeing things in new ways; by rescuing the broken and transforming the ugly. I hope that they flaunt their favorite color and decorate their life with it. I hope that their homes feel like one giant hug that welcomes them each and every time they walk through their front door. More than anything I want everyone to have their own home-sweet-home dream come true! xo, Kim

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August 27, 2009



What inspirational letters those are! Kim you certainly are an influence to so many with your beautiful charm, your beautiful home and your beautiful heart. Keep on doing what you do because you do it so well.

Esther Sunday

Wishing you the very best, Suzanne. You can't go wrong with Daisy Cottage for inspiration!


What beautiful sentiments! I wonder if Suzanne would allow you to share with us the photos she sent. I would love to see her 'daisy chair'!

I'm sending good wishes your way, Suzanne, as you go back to school. We head back on Monday and, as excited as I am to see my students, I will miss the lazy days of summer! But I always make time to visit Daisy Cottage.

Lavender Dreamer

How beautiful! And how wonderful to know you've made a difference in someone's life. Thanks for sharing this and reminding us all of our blessings.


I'm sending good wishes your way, Suzanne! Daisy Cottage brings happiness and inspiration into my life too!
Kim, you are such a sweetie to share your beautiful blog with all of us!

Karla Nathan

Your cheerful blog does wonders for so many of us!

Country Lady

My heart is moved! Wow! I do feel that Dear Daisy Cottage is a blessing to all who venture upon it and share in your writings and pictures. It's your gift to our world! Thank you for that. I also send my prayers and blessings to Suzanne. Thank you for opening your heart and touching ours. May God's love shine richly in your lives!


I'm praying for you Suzanne! And Kim........your wonderful, cheerful, beautiful blog touches so many people in so many ways. I cannot imagine a day without Daisy Cottage!

Just a side note....the parsonage committee visited yesterday to do their yearly "walk through". One of the ladies jokingly said..."Well, when you guys are moved to another church, we will just have to start about a month before you leave covering all the little nail spots from ALL your artwork".

Now, I wonder what lady gave me this advice (when I e-mailed her about my love of artwork and feeling a tad uncomfortable about having so much in the parsonage).........."Hang em high and Hang em low" Daisy Cottage should be REQUIRED reading for all parsonage committees. I think I will talk to the bishop about that!


Dear Kim
What beautiful letters from a precious lady! It's people like that, that make blogging so rewarding. You are making a positive impact on all our lives Kim and we love you!
Many hugs, Rhondi

The Decorated House

Dear Sweet Kim~
I so understand the feelings of these precious ladies of being so happy to be alive. That alone is the greatest gift each day. Thank you dear ladies.

Those who know you very well will also know to the depth these letters have touched your heart and soul. And those who might have just met you, even today, will know so as well.
Hugs, Donna


Oh Kim,

Reading these letters made me smile. This is such a wonderful example of how deeply you touch and inspire your readers and how truly loved and special you are.

Blessings to you and Suzanne.


Tracie~My Petite Maison

Beautiful. Thank you Kim and Suzanne! Would love to see the chair as well, sounds darling.


That was so heartwarming Kim. Thank you for sharing that with all of us.


Wendy McDonagh-Valentine

What a wonderful post!! It truly touched my heart and I am so thrilled that Suzanne is returning to teach again. What lucky students they will be to have her!! Isn't it just incredible what this wonderful world of blogging has been able to do for so many people?!!? I am a new reader to your blog and I am thrilled to have found it. Take care and God bless. : )

~ Wendy


Wow. You never know how you may touch someones life. Your blog is a colorful and beautiful blessing. I always smile when I come to visit.
Keep up the good work!


Kim, this post is beautiful! I feel just like Suzanne and I have made myself a Daisy Cottage pillow! Your pictures inspire me and I look forward your posts every day.
Suzanne my prayers are with you and... can I see your Daisy Chair? I'll show my Daisy Pillow!


Isn't it wonderful the way you can have such a very positive influence on someone you didn't even know. How great that because of today's technology you could touch a life in such a way, and Suzanne could find you and let you know how she felt about you, sort of created a circle there (-- a circle of kindness!).

I'm sending Suzanne positive,healing thoughts (wherever she is, they will find her!).

I especially loved your photos for this post, and what you said at the end is so true. Which is why I named my own blog "Heart and Home". Home is truly where the heart is.


What a wonderful heart-warming post. To Suzanne I send good wishes, blessings, and my prayers. I hope that she gets to return to teaching soon.

Kim, thank you for sharing a little of your world with all of us. How wonderful to know that your blog has touch so many. I know that I sure enjoy visiting your wonderful blog. Daisy Cottage is a special place!!


Beautiful and inspiring post! Kim your blog touches and inspires us all. Thank you for being YOU and reaching out to us all. Suzanne your in my prayers!!! :)))XO,Jenn

Patty Boyd

Amen sister.

Kris Grover

Beautiful! I posted today about Random Acts Of Kindness, as I watched my precious neighbor boy next door, sit out on the curb in the heat, waiting for the trash man to come so he could give him a cold Pepsi. He is 17 yrs old, and has Down Syndrome. He reminds us every day about true kindness, from a heart that is pure!


WOW! This is just the daisy chain of love isn't it?? Visiting your blog is like going to a dear friends home. You always leave feeling warm & fuzzy. Thanks for all the warmth and inspiration! And for those cute pics of Maggie, of course ;)


To Suzanne, through Kim's blog:

May you beat this, and feel wonderfully well, happy and healthy.

Praying for a cure every single day, for you and so many wonderful others.



Elaine Vermette

So very touching... thank-you both.


Suzanne is so right! This blog is so peaceful! I love to click on Daisy Cottage and find a new post! I know it will be something beautiful or some sweet words of encouragement. Thank you for making this blog and thanks to Suzanne for finding the words to tell you how much it means. Praying for Suzanne. That she will recover and keep on being a blessing to those around her.

Florence Muma

Kim that was beautiful, I am so glad you shared that story with us. Your blog is an inspiration to all of us. The colors are so vibrant, they always make me smile. Thank you.

Diane Stephenson

Kim, your blog has taught me so much, and I have especially learned from this post, with just the glimpse of coming in your door and seeing the things that you love, Kim. It brought home the importance of making your own choices. If you didn't express your own taste, we would miss out on so much!
Thank you Kim and Suzanne, for reminding us that we have a choice, and to be open to expressing what is beautiful to us, individually. That is so thrilling and energizing!


Aww this was so touching! But Suzanne is right, your blog keeps so many people smile, i fall in love right away in your pictures:) Thank you for this great blog Dear Daisy Cottage! Big Hugs from Poland

Jane Weston

What wonderful letters!

Smiling here in Rugby UK :o)


Good morning Kim :)

Thank you for sharing Suzanne's emails to you. She truly is a beautiful person. I'll say prayers for a complete recovery.

love you,


Kim, I thank you too for your sweet blog. I have had so much enjoyment going through your archives. I hope you don't mind me saying "hi" to Suzanne.
Dear Suzanne, I was dx'd with breast cancer 10/08,and completed lumpectomy, chemo and radiation. I have been comforted by Kim's blog, too. It is nice to know that we are not alone. I am so happy to hear you will be done with your last chemo in September. I pray for your continued healing. Thank you again, Kim, for sharing your home with us. It is good therapy and a Blessing! :)
God Bless you all.


Please let Suzanne know she is in my thoughts and prayers! What a beautiful person!

Your posts are the bright spot in my day, Kim! It is filled with beautiful things and even more importantly, a stunning attitude!

You are a blessing!


I hope all go's well for Suzanne I have a sister-n-law going though cancer and its not a fun time.


What a great letter! Your blog fills me with joy, too.

There was a show on HGTV about the common decorating mistakes people make. I think using silk greenery and flowers was the first.

I was shocked as my home is filled with silk greenery and flowers. Everyone who has been here thinks they add a beautiful background (of course, one could have too many but that's another issue). :)

My daughter has a four year interior design degree. She has always told me if I put together what I love, it will look great.

Mary Lou

Dear Kim,
Thank you for sharing all that with us. It is a blessing to read something like Suzanne's notes. You are so special, and bring so many people joy here. Thanks, too, for taking the time to reach out to people who contact you.
Mary Lou


It is always amazing to make such a difference in someone's life. What a blessing she gave YOU by letting your know it. God bless you both on your journey's in the life.


Dear Kim and Suzanne-thanks so much for sharing your wonderful,positive,and loving thoughts. Wishing you the very best,Suzanne. I truly do believe that this wonderful blog has enormous power of love and sending it out to all of us is incredible. Love to read Kim's interesting views and look at the beautiful photos. Oh- I checked out the cute daisy chair on Pier 1's website. Cute! Hugs to all!


Goosebumps...oh my goodness!

Blessings to you Suzanne and may the Lord keep you forever in His care. You are a very strong woman and survivor.

Kim, you are a true spirit of inspiration and loving thoughtfulness to your readers. I'm so happy to know you.

Have a wonderful weekend :)


Carol @ Old Glory Cottage

Oh Suzanne, you're so sweet and brave! I hope after Sept. 1 that you will be free and clear! Thank you so much for letting Kim share your story. It is very inspirational, and proof that surrounding yourself with beauty, and things that make you happy, can be very uplifting.
Kim, thank you for sharing Suzanne's story. You touch so many lives with that sweet soul of yours!


Well I join Suzanne in congratulating you on a beautiful blog and home. Your sharing brings joy to all of us that love our homes. Suzanne thanks for sharing your life story with us and may you continue to recover and enjoy your home.


Betty @ She's Sew Pretty

That was wonderful Kim! You really are an inspiration to us, in more ways than you know! Thank you for your beautiful blog and your gift for making us all feel that we have a friend in you!

Nancy Hutson Maisenbach

Dear Suzanne, Kim and all readers,
I had chills down my spine as I read your communications with Kim Suzanne. Thank you for sharing them with us! I must never never forget what the power of prayer and love has upon us.
Your letters Suzanne and your life Kim remind me of one of my favorite scriptures: "Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Philippians 4:7-9
Your love is contagious.
Nancy M.


I think Suzanne beautifully put into words what so many of us feel about you and Daisy Cottage. You are good medicine and Suzanne's letter, about choosing the bright side, is just the medicine I needed today. Thank you both!


OMG your blog post came at a perfect time for me. Thank you so much for everything Kim and for your story Suzanne. And yes, we'd love to see your new daisy chair! xoxoxo Jennifer


Kim, what a sweet note from Suzanne. You are everything that she has described you as being, so many have benefited from your loving messages on your blog. You are a gift from God to me, too. Your sweetness and enthusiasm warm some very lonely hearts around the world. My heart goes out to Suzanne going through chemotherapy. My own sweet daughter underwent chemo for seven months and the her husband had to, also. Thank you for being YOU and for reminding us that our homes are meant for US. Big hugs, Cindy S.


A kind Word in a long line at the grocery,letting a car out in front of you,posting wonderful Blogs...all ways we can spread our inner light,no act of kindness no matter how small goes unnoticed!

Thank you Kim,your blog is a great place to rest our weary heads......

Rose - The Center of My Self

Lifting a prayer for Suzanne, from one cancer survivor to another. Blessings and peace to you, and may you thrive with good health for many years to come.

And the same blessing to you, dear Kim!

Julia @ Hooked on Houses

These letters got me all choked up. What a beautiful post. Wishing Suzanne health and happiness and a good first day back at school! :-)


Kim, I would love to say ditto to all the comments above, beautiful blog, it makes you feel so happy. Thank you Suzanne for expressing what so many people feel. I had tears in my eyes reading the letter. May Suzanne have a full recovery and may Kim keep right on spreading happiness where ever she blogs. I would love to see Suzanne's chair also~


Exactly!! I have been smacked in the face far too many times by so called design blogs...the ones that preach what we should abd should not do. Phooey. At 53, I KNOW who I am and what I love. I will not let someone else tell me I need to rid myself of this or that and to spend thousands of dollars (which I don't have anyhoo) on what is IN at the moment.
Like you sweet Kim, I adore color. I revel in it. I also like my clutter, the *controlled* clutter, the stuff that tells the story of my life and makes our house, OUR house.

Dear Suzanne...I wish yo good health and a long life...and a home that is YOU! Don't let anyone steer you away from what you love. If you love faux anything, GO for it! If you love purple walls, GO for it. Our homes should be unique...just the way God made each one of us!

God Bless you Suzanne and God Bless you Kim!

Love to you both,

Barbara Jacksier

Hi Kim
I've re-read this post several times. It defines what blogging and being connected and making a home are all about.

To Suzanne
I'm keeping my fingers crossed. We're all pulling for you.

Toni from NC

That letter really touched my spirit, Miss Kim. Thank you for sharing it.

Dive Boracay

Truly inspirational! What a great feeling to be able to take part of someones life and make a difference. What a wonderful person you are. God bless!

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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

Thank You Kathy!

  • "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

Thank you Rue!

  • "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

Thank You Jeanette!

  • "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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  • "I am so touched by your words and photographs. Whether in happy or sad times, you inspire my heart and soul. We all need each other's light and you offer us that dose of sunshine." ~ Pamela

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  • "Thank you for your wonderful blog. I have been "lurking" but had to share with you how much you have helped me embrace the fun of decorating. I came to your blog looking for pictures to inspire me as I redecorate my house with cottage style. Today I was so tangled up in doing it "right" that it was really depressing me. I visited your blog again for some fresh ideas and came away realizing that there is no "right." Just me being me and enjoying my home! I am laying here in bed with tears in my eyes - tears of happiness that it is okay to be me and let that shine through in my house and what I wear and what I make with my hands. You are God's gift to me today and I thank Him and you." ~ Anne

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