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February 16, 2010



Oh my goodness...that picture of Maggie needs just one word change and I'd buy a whole pack of them that said "Will You Be My Valentine"!! She will forgive...she is precious.

Feel like nesting today too with the snow outside.

Have a wonderful day!!



Kim McLaughlin

You've got me in the mood to nest now too. Great day for it too, since it is snowing, yet again, outside. Love all of those splashes of red - so pretty!

Kim Nichols

I love looking at all your wonderful photos. I hope to get a good camera someday. I love the photo of Maggie. I think my dog, Bailey, is feeling neglected lately since I started this blog. It takes a lot of time right now since I am still trying to learn all the new things I can do on it. Still have to figure out how to add photos from other websites to my blog. I have learned a lot since I am not very smart about a computer. Good to learn new things though. Have a wonderful day, Kim!



Your photos are a day brightener for us here in the north country. Maggie is so adorable....who can not love that face? I have a red doxie....spoiled rotten. Someday I hope to have another....perhaps one like Maggie. Daisy Cottage blog!


I am in the mood to nest now too! I am off to light a cnadle and follow in your inspirational footsteps!



I would love to be her mommy. I don't think that I would be as good as you though. Might take her out of that pouty mood. Or her 120lb Great Dane roommate would definitely. I love coming here and seeing all the bright, clear colors. Your house is just so lovely.

Cindy S

Your home is looking fresh and pretty today. I always enjoy your photos, they never grow old with me. Don't worry Maggie will get over her mad some day, girls always do. Thank you for my dose of morning sunshine with my coffee:0)
Hugs, Cindy S.


Oh, Kim! No one could replace you as Maggie's Mommy! LOL! You silly girl!

Love your nesting.

I wanted to drop by and see you before I'm computerless for a bit, and I'm glad I did. It was a pleasure as always...


Sheila :-)

Jo Anne

Dogs do hold a grudge. My mom had to get down on hands and knees and beg forgiveness of a Pekingese named Toy.
Love your music. Does that mean I'm old?
In AZ we have sunshine and 70 degrees. That inspires a desire for yard work more than nesting here.

Daisy Cottage

Dear Jo Anne,

We are SO NOT old.

But we ARE alive. :-)



Poor Miss Maggie! So obviously will she go on? :) Nesting is so fun, but truly, it was that little dollhouse bluebird that sent me right over the edge!


OOOhhhhhh waking up to Kim's eye candy!!! Yay!!! Call is nesting, clal it testing your new camera, call it showing maggie live can be like normal again- call it what you will;, but Kim's at it strong today whoo hoooooo.

Thanks, as always Kim.

Romeo the kitty says hi to Maggie May.


your pictures are so bright and beautiful! :) i love all the red and yellow. GORGEOUS!

Becky G.

Yes, Kim, she has already forgiven you (Doxies are good like that) but she's not going to let you forget it any time soon! (Doxies are good like THAT, too!)



My husband is ready for me post a picture of HIM with the caption "will you be my new wife?" Ever since I have started blogging! Kisses to the little Magster....she looks like she is ready to cave-in! marcia

Debbie Horvath

That is the special thing about our furbabies, they are always willing to forgive and forget! We love our Smokey dog!!


I am in the mood to nest too! Maggie is just the cutest!

Jennifer @ Fiddle Dee Dee

It is amazing how a cold, winter day can bring out the nesting! I love all of the color in your home. It warms my soul, as does the adorable picture of Maggie. Enjoy your nesting, and I am sure when it is all finished and just the way you want it, Maggie will forgive you. =)


Teacup Lane (Sandy)

Kim, Ms. Maggie will NEVER leave her Mommy! Although most of us would LOVE to be her Mommy there's only one Kim and Ms. Maggie knows it. God Bless you both for bringing sunshine into my home!

Teacup Lane (Sandy)

Miss Jean

Tell Maggie she can come live with me. I'll pick her up at the airport. She can visit her "sister in name only", my Maggie. But then she goes right back because that is where she loves to be. Don't let her fool you.

jenT - She Endeavors

This is my first trip to your blog and it made me giggle. Thank you - I needed that!


I would be Miss Maggie's mommy in a ❤ beat, but seeing that I have 7 little ones I think I will let you resume the absolute most precious adorable position to be Miss Maggie's dear mommy forever.
Love Claudie


Could it be that you, like me, are just tired of winter and ready for real Spring to get here?
And I'm sure Maggie will forgive you. Dogs are the most loving, forgiving creatures on the planet!

Kimberly Padilla

Maggie is so adorable anyone would be crazy not to want to be her mommy, but she belongs at Daisy Cottage with you! :) Enjoy your nesting. I need to do some nesting of my own... if it weren't for school.

Julie Harward

I just love you...too bad I didn't find you sooner! I love all your colors, they are my colors too. I love to nest, I call it.. "feathering my nest"..cause thats what little birds do, they are constantly adding a little stick here or there. I love to change things around in my home and make it all look new. Come say hi :D


Hi Kim,
You motivate us all to get some nesting done. I want to get some done, so I can go out and play (yard work) when Spring comes. At the present I am snowed in. What better thing to do, than some nesting?! I'm going to see if I can find some more red and yellow around my house to brighten things up a bit. Your influence is far reaching, dear Kim.
Love & Hugs,


I just love Maggie.... she's so adorable and would make a great sister to our dachshund, Sophie! Your blog is great too!


I don't remember when that post was now, but YES, She is welcome to come home to ME! :) I honestly don't know where you get your energy. During these deep deep cold spells in So. FL, all I want to do is sleep. I hate that, I am not a sleeper. . . it's almost like I'm sick (allergic to the cold, no doubt). We have another week of it, but I know it's the northern gale coming into windows that won't quite close. . . because we aren't set up for this stuff. BTW Maggie, I do have a nice warm waterbed :) just to entice! Blessings, Janet


Hi Kim,

Thank you so much for your bright, cheery photos on this snowy day. I never tire of looking at photos of your home. And I am sure Maggie has forgiven you already, but it does make for quite a cute picture!

:) Kerri

Mary Lou



Dogs are angels with fur....just look in Maggie's eyes. My Molly and Pedro keep me focused when I stray into thoughts that are not positive or useful.

This morning I saw a "twitter" necklace for dogs on Good Morning America. The dog wore it on the collar and it allows you to send messages while you are away on your dog's twitter account. It allows the owner to see if the dog is still, moving, barking, etc. while you are away.

I am retired now so I don't need it but I thought it was a great present for dogs whose owner's have to be away.

Beautiful pictures that inspire all of us to "nest" and "fluff" our feathers today!


Love the photos and of course, Maggie!

Tracy Barkett

As soon as I saw the snow I began nesting myself. fluffing, dusting, rearranging. Lolloia candles lit and the music from your blog on the computer. Perfect for a snow day in Mass!

Nancy Hutson Maisenbach

Sunny and bright or dull and cold outside our homes can be warm, inspirational places to make our own. Daisy Cottage is proof of that. Thank you Kim for providing the inspiration to look around our abodes with creative eyes. Maggie, Don't be so spoiled. Your mommy is the best!
Now I am going to go paint something a bright color.
Nancy M.


Kim, it is so wonderful "being in your home" via your photos. You are surrounded by color and pretty little vignettes...thus, so are we. Thank you.


Kim, you made me laugh so hard... I needed a good one... I just love camera what kind is it? It takes the best pictures. Please share with me....


Nesting sounds so wonderful. Only one more month of the 9-5 and I will be nesting. I love to putter around the house but after working all day I just don't have the energy. And weekends always seem spent just trying to catch up. Your pictures certainly put me in the mood though. But no fair--I can't see the titles of the books on the chair. I'm a book collector too and I love to see what other collectors have found. Maggie is so adorable--who could possibly resist her.
Have a wonderful time "feathering the nest".

Nancy Omachi

Oh Miss Maggie! With that look you could get anything you want! It feels like spring. Nesting must be catchy...yesterday I painted some walls!


Very sweet pictures of your beautiful house. The picture of Maggie is just a masterpiece, it's beautiful

Diane Price

I recently joined your blog and it is delightful. It is the only one I check everyday. Everything from the music to the content and photos is perfect. Keep up the good work.

Cindy Meguiar

Glad you made it to Savannah. Were you here for the snow? On your next Savannah trip, just bring Maggie. She can hang out with Bella, Jayce, and Fresca!

Marianne Robinson


I love your pictures and Maggie is such a doll. Don't worry, she loves you very much.....and would not be happy anyway but Daisy Cottage. I was home yesterday and was nesting myself. My yellow sun room is where I was nesting yesterday and I spent the whole day in my sunny yellow room looking out at the snow as I fluffed and feathered.
Thanks so much for your wonder pictures today...a reall inspiration to us.


Your photos are inspiring. I'm looking around the house with "new eyes" & taking a lot more "close-ups." Thanks for the inspiration.


AW-w-w-w-w-w....come to ma-ma baby!!!!


Kim, I just love your blog and discovered it last fall. I have come to appreciate COLOR and love your choices! I love the roses on the piano, among everything else too. One question, what candle scent would you be burning?
Maggie is adorable! Thanks for sharing your creativity.


Keep nesting...I want more pictures! And as for cute maggie, I would take that sweet girl in a heartbeat!

Tracie~My Petite Maison

Of course, I'll be your mommy Maggie and you'll have one big Great Pyrenees brother and three cats (that actually like dogs). Please come over and play... except I'm nesting this week too. Your new brothers and sisters will gladly keep your company at the maison! Have fun Kim (candles lit here too ;)


Maggie,you don't really mean it! But ok,got a fire going and pillow....


I so enjoy your blog and the photos are beautiful... Maggie is also a joy! She is so peaceful...



That is just too cute! I'm sure there would be many takers!! Happy belated Birthday Maggie! (I think it's time to forgive your Mom. She's probably been punished long enough!!)


Oh Maggie, my Hagrid would love a sister but your mommy would miss you sooooo much!

Terri Morse

Maggie, I'd love to be your Mommy, but I think your real mommy would be heartbroken. Besides, my Molly would be a very jealous stepsister. Have you seen Cinderella? Be careful what you wish for!

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita

I love your Nesting! That's one of the reasons I gave you the Sunshine Award on my page - Daisy Cottage is always so warm and welcoming!


I'd take her in a heartbeat. Look at that sweet face. Well, if she didn't have a cozy place to call home I would :).

Hi Kim,

With all the snow in Ohio and the schools closed rendering me off from work, I've been doing a lot of nesting lately too. I love to put on a pot of coffee, and start cleaning and moving things around. I too, am in the company of a wonderful canine and it makes for a nice day when it's so cold outside.

As always, I love reading your blog and seeing the photos of your home and sweet Maggie! You are such an inspiration to me and I'm so glad I found your blog!



Trish Rowley

Hi Kim, I would love to have Maggie come and stay with us here in Australia I would show her some kangaroos and koalas, and Im sure that she would get along fine with my two Poodles they would just love her. But I'm also sure that she would very quickly miss her Mum, she will get over it Kim one of my Poodles sulks that bad that she turns her back on me and will not have anything to do with me but she gets over it after a couple of days they are soooo funny and we love them. Its far to humid over here to be nesting but you have a great time I get like that in the winter aswell. I love reading about all this snow I know from reports over here that you have had alot of snow this year I have never even seen snow. Love the pics have a great day Trish xox :)


Lovely Pictures....Love that Nesting...


Maggie has a good home. She is loved and loves you. I love your Blog, always have since I started visiting. Your photos are great. Thanks for the happiness and love you bring to me every day. Hugs to you and Maggie. Hug each other and enjoy each other. Enjoy your nesting with Maggie.

Screaming Meme

You make my smile! Thank you so much! I want you to stop in when you get the chance...I've been changing things around... I made a hole in the wall into a hutch...:) I'd love to know what you thought...Meme

Oh, and I have a new blog...This Family's Gone Crackers...Hilarious! It is a comical journey of a family that is Insanely going gluten free...


Why YES Miss Maggie...I would love to be your Mommy. And Miss Daisy would love to be your sister. But...little already have a Mommy and a special one at that! So go give her some love and let her know all is forgiven.


Kathleen Grace

Your nesting is always fun to watch. I have plenty of nesting to do myself...and here I sit blogging. Lol!


I just love looking at your pictures. :)

I'm sure she'll forgive you soon, after lots of treats! ;)

(this is the third time I tried to post, IE kept closing down on me)


kate Reddan

I always feel like nesting after visiting Daisy Cottage!!
I love that picture of Miss Maggie!!! She would never give you up but I would love to be her mommy if she would let me!!! You could visit any time you like and we could feather my nest together.


HA - that made me laugh. Maggie is SUCH a cutie!

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