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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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March 26, 2010


Beki - TheRustedChain

Don't scare me like that!

And have a good time. :)

Debbie L.

Kim, I will miss you very much. I hope the MOPS meeting is a success and I know it will be... :)

Happy Birthday to your dear Mom and have a glorious Easter!

Looking forward to reading the new article and seeing the hearts so lovingly given. Have a wonderful weekend!

Debbie L.



I will miss you while you are gone. I so enjoy your blog! You do such a wonderful job! I hope you have a great meeting and enjoy photography and writing your article. I hope you have a wonderful Easter. Happy birthday to your mom!


Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita

Have a wonderful time. Happy Easter and Happy Birthday to your Mom!


Have a wonderful time and please don't stay away too long:)
Tell your sweet mama Happy Birthday from Vintage Sassy.



Kim, I really appreciate the fact that you work in a bit of creativity and inspiration into each day. The little bits of beauty bring so much joy! That's exactly the subject of my most recent blog post -- the fact that the busier we are, the more we need to do creative projects to refresh our spirits. In my post, I share ideas to work a bit of creativity into each day even if you are very short on time (and money!) Thanks for all the inspiration!

Screaming Meme

Oh sweet girl...Fluff and nest...and do what you do best...warm their souls with your sweet home and friendly personality...:) I look forward to your return...Meme


Even though I totally understand, my heart hurts. I will miss you and your beautiful photos so much. It is such a joy to open your blog first thing in the morning. Your sweet words and wonderful outlook on life just makes my day brighter. I hope that you enjoy your Easter and all the people that you love. I know I will be eagerly awaiting your return!

Fay Marie Torzsok

Hi Kim

Sure will miss you. Happy B/Day to your Mom and also A Happy Easter to the family.

You seem to have taken on so much, but I know that you will do a good job. The visit tomorrow will be more than enjoyable for the Mops I'm sure. Take care of yourself. Will be looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Fay Marie



Have a wonderful weekend Kim ~ Happy Birthday Wishes to your Mum ♥

Jody Smith

How nice of you! I was a member for 7 years at MOPS! Are the little ones coming too? Or just moms? Have a great day tomorrow!


judy hale

Kim, I wish all the luck in the world for your MOPS meeting I know you will do fine because you are great at all that you do.I will miss you just like all your fans will miss you please don't be gone too long.Hope your Mom has a wonderful Birthday and a very blessed Happy Easter.

Carmelina Lounsbury

I shall await your sweet return with much anticipation!!!!

fare thee well, my love!


Barbara Theobald

I was a little worried when I saw your words "I'm really going to miss you". Held my breath for a moment until I scrolled down and was relieved! Happy Birthday to your MOM and Happy Easter to you and your family. I'll be waiting for your return.


Good Morning Kim,
I'm not sure what WOPS meeting is but I want to wish a very Happy Easter to you and your family and a Happy Birthday to your Mom! Take a break from us and enjoy your family and spend some time on yourself. When you have a chance come over to see my new blogger template. I'm so pleased with myself for updating my "look". Hug Ms. Maggie for me!

Teacup Lane (Sandy)


I will miss you Kim...enjoy all the things you have going on in your life! I will be looking forward to all the photos of the hearts for Jack! Daisy Mae says to kiss Maggie's whole face for her!! Don't stay gone too ya muchly!!


Have a wonderful break. We will all miss you. Best wishes and a big birthday hug for your mom!



And lots of hugs and kisses and good wishes right back to you! Have a good time and see you soon!


We'll miss you but it's nice to know you're going to be doing some fabulous things. Hurry back. Diane

Jennifer S

I'm one of those MOPs moms who is coming to visit! I had not heard of your blog until our leaders shared it with us and your beautiful invitation to come and see your home.

For those who wonder... MOPs stands for Mothers of Preschoolers. MOPs can be found all over the US. It is groups of women who come together for some grown up time while they learn from one another about life as a mom.

This Saturday we are have a Mom's Morning Out that starts with coffee at a local shop and then our visit with Kim. Many of us are looking forward to all of it, especially the decorating part because, well, some of us are very challenged in that area!

See you Saturday!


Hope everything goes well, and you all have a GREAT time! Be sure and let us know when that article comes out. :) "See ya" when you get back!

Barbara Anne

I'll miss you,too. Please don't be away too long.

The photos of the many hearts you've received are awaited eagerly! I look forward to seeing how many directions our imaginations have taken us.

Happy Birthday to your Mama!



Kim, the MOPS moms will LOVE Daisy Cottage. What a wonderful offering for you to let them visit in person! MOPS ministry is dear to my heart. I helped keep the nursery at our church for their meetings for a few years. It is the best outreach our church has. Blessings to your group.

My heart for Jack is going out in tomorrow's mail. Whew! I made it in the nick of time. I was determined to join in.


Cindy S

I will miss you too, sweet Kim, but I know you will be back. I have enjoyed your blog posts so much this week. They really are a ray of sunshine to me! I adore your white pillow with the numbers on it. I have been trying to find ideas for some new pillows. Perhaps I should make one with 1927 on it, that is the year our house was built. Hugs, Cindy s

Deborah Downing

With life swirling around me, seeing your Dear Daisy my inbox brings a huge sigh and sometimes even tears of joy. I have a comforting place to rest for just a moment. Thank you, dear girl.

Marianne & Mindy

MOPS sounds like such fun. I know you will enjoy. Wish I could be there to see all of the smiling faces when they enter your home.
Happy Birthday to your mom and Happy Easter to you and your family. Happy Easter sweet Maggie.
Enjoy your road trip writing for Romantic Country. I can't wait to read all about it.
Looking forward to seeing ALL of the hearts for Jack.
Happy Easter everyone.

Kimberly Padilla

Kim, we will miss you too. Have fun with the MOPS.

Kathleen Grace

Have a great time with your mom's birthday and the MOPS and just doing what you do. If you have time stop by, I'm having a give away to celebrate 3 years of blogging and I think you would like it:>)

The Lady of the House

Bye Doll! Have a great time and we'll miss you while you are gone but we'll look forward to your return! Happy Birthday to your mother. xoxo, The Lady


Kim, "Happy Easter" and "Happy Birthday" to your mom-I will miss you but be assured I will be thinking of you everyday and saying a prayer for you my precious far away friend-


I'm really going to miss you, too!!! I look forward every morning to reading what you have posted. But I understand - enjoy the MOPS meeting (they are in for a treat!), enjoy writing your article, and photographing the precious hearts - and have a very happy Easter with your family! Then please hurry back, OK?? Til then, I will be reading your older posts - they are a delight, too!

And a very Happy Birthday to your Mom!
Blessings - Pauline

Nancy Omachi

I already miss you! Have a great time!

Lavender Dreamer

Enjoy your weekend! The weather is fabulous! Have fun! ♥

Brenda Kula

See ya in the funny papers! That's what my grandma used to say.


(((((HUGS)))) to your Mama. I'm sure the MOPS will be in heaven vistitng your beautiful home. Take some time for yourself and enjoy BUT hurry back PLEASE.


My heart stopped when I thought that I could no longer visit Daisy Cottage! Whew! Have a wonderful break. I love your blog!

Trish Rowley

Hi Kim Have a wonderful time with the Mops!!!! and a Blessed Easter, a very Happy Birthday to your Mum xox Heaven smiled the day she was born!!!!!!!!!! looking forward to what is to come but will miss you until then Trish xox ;)

Debbie from Texas

I will miss you, too. Happy Birthday to your Mother!! My Mother is 87 and I treasure each day she is with me. Enjoy!! "Hoppy" Easter, too!


We will miss you Kim. Come back soon. Happy birthday to your mom.

sweet cottage dreams

Have a wonderful time tomorrow with the MOPS! I am certain the day will be filled with a lot of love and laughter. Please wish your dear MOM a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY, too.

Looking forward to all of Jack's hearts!!

Happy Easter to you and yours,

Nancy Hutson Maisenbach

You know what everyone;
I think this would be a good time to review Daisy Cottage archives.
Thanks for letting us know you will be away from here for awhile. I hope you have a great time with your MOPS moms and in all you do.
Happy Birthday to you Kim's Mom!!
Happy Blessed Easter to everyone.


Oh, you're a busy girl right now... good luck with everything, and I'm so glad your Mom is having a birthday-- celebrate!

P.S. Kim, I just posted a blog giveaway. I've started a Fair Trade Friday giveaway once a month to highlight the Fair Trade movement and their craftswomen from around the world-- there's a darling purse up for grabs-- knew that last line would get everyone's attention ;)

Take care sweet Kim, see you soon! xoKelly


You'll be missed, but have a wonderful time. I am excited to see all of the different hearts!


Kim! You about gave me a heart attack! But I see your absence will only be temperary. You deserve a break. Enjoy all you do while you're away. Blessings to you, dear girl. I liked someone's suggestion about enjoying Daisy Cottage archives. That's what I am going to do.

We'll all look forward to your return.

Love & Hugs,

pogonip @ meadowsweet cottage

Dear Kim, enjoy your little blogging break while you prepare for the MOPS visit and Easter. Dipping into your archives was a wonderful idea so that I can keep getting my Daisy Cottage "fix" each day. The happiest of birthdays to your mother--she gave us all quite a gift in you!


Hi Kim; I am going to miss you,,, I really enjoy stopping by here,,Wishing you and your family a Wonderful Easter... will be keeping my eye out for your return... take care... and enjoy your time



Kim, I keep forgetting to come her and tell you how I enjoyed and LOVED reading your story in the latest Romantic Country!! And to think I know a FAMOUS Journalist and blogger!!! WOO HOO! :)

Kathleen J.

Happy Easter to you and your family. How wonderful that you will be opening your home. I know all will leave with smiles on their faces and joy in their hearts!


kathleen J.


Whatever you do or whereever you go, please have a wonderful time and remember your blogging friends will always be here to welcome you back.....



Oh Kim, I too was one of those who read the first few words and was scared--glad it is only temporary. Enjoy the MOPS and most of all enjoy and wish your Mom a Happy Birthday. (you are fortunate to still have her)


Oh no! But I just found you! Okay, wait, no, it's okay -- now I'll have time to catch up on things I've missed on your beautiful blog.


what a blessing to have your mom, Praise God - what things you do and you do them well. thanks for sharing - i've learned alot from you. hear from you soon - Happy Birthday to Mom and have a great time doing what you do best.

love ya, Maria - cottage feel - california gal


Not Goodbye,just a little down time!

Enjoy your Mother,she must be so proud!

Have a glorious Easter!

Let the words flow like water down the banks of a beautiful stream

Kathy (AuntiqueK)

Beki (The rusted chain) said "Don't scare me like that". Iknow! I thought you meant goodbye goodbye! Whew! That was close. I'll miss you but look gratefully forward to your return!

Kathy (AuntiqueK)

Ann at the Handley Bungalow

I did MOPS for years! What a great organization. I met so many great women. I know they will love your cottage! Have a great time and Happy Birthday to your mom! I'll miss you!


Happy Birthday to your Dear Mother and Happy Easter too.


Happy Birthday to your mother and Happy Easter to you!

I am late, I'm late, for a very important date! I have three hearts for you, but I'm here and you're there. I will get them to you. I am SO upset with myself, but I thought I would be coming your way this week. Long story, but I am going to put in the mail tomorrow and hope for the best. I hope you give us a period of grace!!!

Love you much...


Sheila :-)

Shelly Capehart

I think your blog is amazing. We have been trying to move into an older house and fix it up, but have had to wait to sell our house in town. I am so excited it is finally happening. I love referring to your blog for ideas, beauty, peace, and just sweetness. Thank you so much.


I miss your sunshiny blog each day but I understand. See you soon and Happy Spring. It finally got warm in MO.

Va lLinn

YOU ARE SOOOOOOO MISSED..But hope you're having a good time off..Val

shannon linde

Hi Kim! I just found your site and it is BEAUTIFUL!!! I hope you are not gone for too long, as I have just had the pleasure of finding your beautiful, inspiring site! Have fun with your MOPS. My friend, here is Wisconsin,is a member of MOPS and has been for years! She has 6 kids and MOPS was wonderful for her! Shannon

Deborah Downing

I'm missing you...


Have a wonderful break
loved your laundry post!! Great wisdom there!!
Happy easter to you and your family!!


I hope you have a wonderful Easter Kim! Missing you!!



I hate goodbyes. I keep coming back, this blog is like a drug to me, haha. Anyone else feel that way, too?

You are loved, KM!

Elizabeth Savage

You scared me too ! Be back soon, okay...

Kelee Katillac

Hi Kim!

Just wanted to say Happy Easter Shackster! Thank-you for your beautiful blog-gift to the world!

love, kelee and oliver


When are you coming back? I miss you and Maggie!!! Love, Robyn and Daisy Mae

Janette Ingram

Hi Kim, My husband and I were at an Antique shop in Hazel, Kentucky over the weekend just enjoying the day. It had rained the night before and was too wet to work in the yard so we "played". I ran into a girl in the store with an arm load of chenille bed spreads and I asked if she were collecting them or just making something from them. This started a conversation of "things we do with what". Just a very sweet person and she and her mom and sisters had been to the Country Living Fair, in Ohio, I think she said. I told her I go on a trip almost every day to Daisy Cottage!!! I just went on and on and on about your site. you have a new viewer. She was just so excited about it.And was scratching in her purse to find a scrap of paper to write it on. I knew she would be. You know, all of us are just "kindred spirits" in this beautiful world that God chose us to be a part. Thank you for such a bright spot in my corner of this world. God Bless


I love everything about your site Kim. what a blessing to have shared Jack and Tabatha's story. Thank you. jan

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