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February 02, 2010


I love to sign in and see your cheery posts and all the bright and charming corners of your home! Can't wait to see the new projects ~ I'm sure they will be the envy. :)
I love your aprons too but I really love the hall tree.


What IS it about your new camera! Lovely! Great lighting! A delight to see!

Lisa @celebrate CREATIVITY

The cheery photos. A reminder that it's time for this snow to melt-lol.

Hope all is well on your end.


Think I'll hang out in your Granny room, if you don't mind. Maybe I'll read a few pages of Thorn Birds and rest my mind.

Kathleen Grace

You have an awesome apron collection Kim! Too cute:>) Great photos, and I am looking forward to your new projects. Everything you do is so fun!

Kathleen Grace

I forgot to say, Lallee amkes the cutest things doesn't she? And she is such a sweetheart. SHe was kind enough to make some wonderful crochet book suggestions for my nieces when they were learning to crochet. The best thing is, her cupcakes won't end up on my hips! LOL

Carol @ Old Glory Cottage

Your pictures make me dream of Spring! Which is really kinda sad, because it just snowed again last night. We won't see Spring 'til late April or early May!
Have a great day!


When the weather first got gloomy, I was definitely in a feathering mood, now I am getting as gloomy as the weather!! I'm happy to hear you are motivated and have plans...I can get inspired!

Love your Granny room and aprons. So pretty and happy!



I've been really motivated too, but the weather just isn't cooperating! I want to paint, to clean and organize my garage, but it's too rainy and cold.
I love your post today. Your aprons are so cheery, love them!



Your blog certainly brightened my day today...I've been so lax in catching up...I'm sad to say I may never be able to catch up with all my friends out here in blog-land. I DID however want you to know...just in case you haven't seen my blog (it's been forever since I posted)...but we have our new precious bundle in our of 1-15-2010...he weighed in at 7lbs. 11 oz and measured 21 inches long. I am smitten...please take a moment to check out my blog...I think you will be smitten, too!

I also read the sweet and heartfelt post from Jack about his adored Tabatha...WOW...I'm still crying over that one...I will keep him and his family in my prayers. What a sweet thing for him to take the time to let you know what an inspiration you were to her...what a blessing that is!!


Lore D'Sa

Hi Kim!

I've also been sprucing up around the house, mainly the outside. By doing small things - like, sweeping the dried-up leaves, planting some vibrant primroses to add color to the garden, makes quite the difference to how the house looks and feels. So have fun tending to your treasure of a home. Hugs and kisses xoxoxox


Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality

Oh, Kim, I just read the post about Tabatha and the notes from her hubby. Oh, how sweet that is that he took the time to write you. I know you must feel so blessed to be a small part of her life and inspiration to her. You're such a dear! xoxo See, we never know how we are touching people through blogging. I've found that out too as I hear from readers periodically. ANd how special is that?!


Hi Kim,
Thanks for motivating me. I need to do some cleaning inside the house, so when Spring does get here, I can play outdoors. Oh, yes!!
Love & Hugs,


You're photo's are always so pretty and bring me a smile! Thank you!


Lovely! What a great way to use a hall tree! I love the aprons on it! Oh, how I love when you write a post with all the beautiful pictures! It really is so refreshing! Thank you so much!

Danielle Jones

Hi Kim,
I am loving the images in today's post...those heart-topped knitting needles are precious and I think the yellow and brown apron might be my favorite :)

Mom Wald

Lovely as always, but the cupcake really has my attention. Over to Lallee's I go!

Janet (Shabbyfufu)

Wonderful images....I assume with the new camera?! Our weather down here has been dreary too....waiting, waiting for some sunshine again! ~xoxo~

Patti VZ

Love the aprons!! Kim, you are such a joy to visit - love what you do, even those "quickie" visits are such fun!


I love aprons too! I just finished making one this weekend. Vogue released a vintage pattern from 1952 and it is really full skirted. Lots of fun with hearts and pink cupcakes! Thanks for sharing your fun collection! Sherri : )


hi kim,

how cheery to visit your blog and see such bright and happy colors. here in RI it is so cold and bleak! even a dusting of snow would be nice just to add something. it's all brown grass, patches of ice and fallen pine cones. lovely! LOL

thanks for the sunny glow! i needed it.


Nancy Hutson Maisenbach

Yes you are nice Kim and much much more.
So nice how our homes motivate us and give us such enjoyment and comfort. I can see that your cheerful home is just what so many need to get motivated themselves.
Love Daisy Cottage and you,
Nancy M.


It's very chilly here in Kentucky. I am going attempt to make my first real homemade soup tomorrow.

I love, love old aprons too. My next door neighbor was tossing out a shiny black coat rack and I took it. It holds my kitchen aprons. I also have some frilly ones in the bedroom and some random ones in the laundry room.

I have had a lot of redoing energy. I was up late last night working in a fireplace face plate I found. They just wanted rid of it and I was happy to take it off their hands. I'm supposed to be hanging a shower curtain now but here I am at Daisy Cottage :).


Hi Kim, I LoVE your blog, yes I do! Love the aprons too!


Cheerful photos, as always. Perfect for a dreary winter's day.

Jolie Anne

Hi Kim,

What's with our gloomy days here in Sunny FL?...that's fine, now I don't have to water any of my ferns or flowers!
Love seeing all your nice aprons.

Love, JolieAnne


What a nice way to spend a rainy day! I love the sweet little cupcake and the hearts on the knitting needles. I'm a knitter and I would love to know where you found them?


Oh yes, these gloomy, damp days make me so anxious for Spring flowers and greenery. I've just had a couple old, scraggly trees taken out and the yard looks so much neater -- moved a few planters around and planned what plants I need to buy. And then there's the family room, which right now is rather blah -- needs some paint -- I'm thinking of a lovely soft robin's-egg blue -- my favorite color.

Have a happy day!!!



The red and yellow and white bouquet took my breath away!


Hi Kim,

Oh my gracious - how fun to see all of your adorable aprons
hanging together. I loved seeing each one separately - but together they look like happy friends all together enjoying the cleaning day in Daisy Cottage. LOL - Kim you have inspired me to put on my vintage apron and start my Spring cleaning early.
Have a lovely day.
Erin and Bentley

Margie DeArmon

I adore your aprons! Especially the print with the big roses! What is it with aprons that tug on my heart strings? At my grandma's house, she had aprons for me and my sister to wear while we cooked! That must be it! The apron I wear now was made by my oldest daughter when she was in home~ec, 3 years ago. It's full of little tinkerbells, and it's so dear to me! Blessings ~ Margie

cindy roberts

My son has been sick and home for the past 3 days. I knew I could count on your colorful images to make me smile! Just the color of your house does just that!


Love your collection of aprons Kim & your "Lallee cupcake" is adorable ♥

Bella StyleBook

Very the aprons on the hall tree...great idea. Also, thanks for sharing the cupcake. Now I'm hungry ;)


Debbie from Texas

I am hoping to have an apron event for my club. Funny that we were thinking about the same thing. Aprons are in again, you know!
I have one from my grandmother that I love-gingham checks. Have fun in your "nest".

Kimberly Padilla

Kim, I love aprons too. A few months before I was born my great grandmother on my father's side died, but before she did, she had a dream that I would be a girl and made me the cutest little apron. Due to so many problems and so much moving in my life, I have sadly lost it, but it has left me with a love for aprons.

Brenda Kula

I love Lallee! Such a sweetheart she is. Kim, we come here to see these little pieces of your life. It doesn't matter how many times we see them, they are always a new feast for the eyes. Never stop showing us these corners and such. It makes us feel like we're there visiting.

Mary Lou

I just saw cute aprons at TJMaxx yesterday and resisted buying..I'm in a condo now and trying not to add to...OH SO HARD!!
I'm nesting too. Must be the weather.


Hi, I hadn't listed myself as a Follower yet, so today I said to myself, self "why not", and joined your many other adoring gals out there."D Will come back by to see what your up-to. Always enjoy your beautiful photos :)
Thanx, Happy Daze,

Jennifer Hayslip

Visiting your blogs always makes me smile. :) XOXO,Jenn


Gazing upon the beauty of your aprons and books and cupcake (thank you ~ it's delish) I see the cookbook that I was given at my wedding. Better Homes and Garden's plaid book of wonderful recipes has been in my kitchen for 40 years and as we celebrate our anniversary on February 14th (sentimental us), the pages full of splatters of batter and what-not, still is where I go to find just the right comfort food. I'm not that old am I? Ah, sweet memories.

Kate Reddan

Kim, I'm in a feathering mood myself! Today I bought the cutest little china closet for only $30.00 from a great second hand furniture store . I can't wait to get out my trusty can of bright red paint and bring it back to life. With spring around the corner there is so much to do. Who cares about the cold, outside. If I keep the vision of spring in sight, and whistle while I work, I will be all ready when the robbins are chirping outside my kitchen window. I, like you, just love my treasures. And I love your blog. You put me in a good mode everytime I visit.

Terri Morse

I love the aprons on the hall tree. What a great idea. Hmm...where can I display all those vintage linens? That cupcake is adorable. I just finished up another project that I'll probably share on Pink Saturday. I made these cute little door pillows. They're crazy patchwork with coordinating pink and yellow fabrics. I hand embroidered over the seams in a contrasting floss, put a ruffle around the outside, and embellished them with fabric flowers and leaves. Oh, and did I forget? They're heart-shaped! I'd better plan another project, quick...on Friday we're going to be slammed with about 18 inches of snow. It's supposed to continue all day Saturday. According to the weather service, our little corner of the world will be right at the heart of it! It's a good thing I have a nice, strong 18-year-old son to dig us out! Maybe I should bake him a pie in advance. Hope your weekend is warmer and thanks for being such an inspiration to me. Hugs, Terri

sweet cottage dreams

Kim, your apron collection looks wonderful on the hall tree. Is that a new piece? Well my friend, whatever you decide to do to Daisy Cottage will be just wonderful. Changing things up a bit gives new life to our homes. Don't you think?

I LOVE the cupcake....infact, so much that I have one JUST LIKE YOURS! Laura's confections are perfectly sweet....and not damaging to the waistline either.



I have so much nest feathering to do and no time to do it. So, I'll just enjoy yours!

Betty Jo

My mother had a similar hall tree which my brother has now. It's a perfect place for aprons! Love, love, love yours!! ♥


Kim and Maggie - your Blog and your home are so warm and cozy! We live in a wonderful 1912 Florida cottage that is the love of our lives so we truly appreciate the joy and work involved in the Daisy Cottage! Visiting your blos is like a visit with an old friend. I can't wait to return.

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