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April 25, 2010



Wow...looks so lovely! Beth


I love the idea of "planting dishes"! Could you post a pic of your entire dish planting? It's something I'm considering but am not sure how Mr. BH will like it. Your cottage always looks so friendly and inviting. Just love visiting--thanks for having me.


Had a great day, house ready for a ladies spring brunch today (Sunday.)

I decided to go with color versus my normal pastel spring pallette. Kim, you are rubbing off on me, haha.

Looks great, starts in a while and thought there is nothing I would rather do to change my mood to joy than logging onto Daisey Cottage. Thanks Kim for all your happy inspirations.

Love your new pics - the dishes in the garden is such a unique idea!


I love your little dishes in the garden too. I like to collect them and hang them on the wall. Each one has a sweet personality all their own.

Take care ~Natalie


What a lovely and whimsical post. Just brings smiles to the face and heart. Love to come visit to see your wonderful photos...
Wish I could come and visit down there...
I love to play house too...
It is a "happy place" to go to when there is time just to putter and think only smiling thoughts and put your "vision" ideas into working vignettes and settings.
Makes that feathering the nest just delightful! HUGS for a great Sunday. Thanks for your blog to visit daily. It is a treat.


Love the dishes you planted! Will they grow? Oh, of course they will - they will multiply and each one will be as beautiful as the others. ~Adrienne~


Everything looks so pretty. Love the dish idea! I wonder if my hubby would let me do that?!


So pretty! I love the roosters! I did a post not too long ago on roosters in my kitchen! A real passion of mine! LOL! You're so luck to be out in the garden in warm sunshine. Typical Vancouver style we had rain on Saturday! So I made a nice dinner! Just popping in with my cup of tea and then heading out to do a Walk for MS this morning in honour of a girlfriend. We have a little sun so hopefully it stays for a few hours: ) Beautiful pics! Have a great Sunday ! Sherri

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions

We had a lovely Saturday here as well, Kim. I took advantage of doing some outdoor gardening since rain was in the forecast today {and they were actually right}. Today I'm hoping to get some sewing in.


Hello Kim,
Your photos are always so beautiful. I have some planted dishes too! Hope your Sunday is a good day as well. ;)

Privet and Holly

My mom and I are having SUCH a LOVELY time on our trip....meeting beautiful people, tasting new and delicious foods, laughing and loitering....over flowers, houses, lattes and....WHATEVER we want to, which makes it the most special. The place we stayed last night is called Anchuca, a Choctaw word meaning HAPPY HOME. That SURE applies to Daisy Cottage! Enjoy the rest of the weekend! xx P&H

Karla Nathan

Its nice to see the chickens at home!

I've had plates in a row around a flower bed for a while, but now, my grand daughter has discovered them and wants to sneak them out to play tea party with!


Are the dishes going to produce a crop of tea cups and saucers? LOL! ;)

I love Saturdays, I slept in very late, it was great and then spent the rest of the day making minis. :)

I love all of your red and yellows. So bright and cheery. :)

pogonip @ meadowsweet cottage

I thought you'd mistyped when I read planting dishes...silly me!

Lovely Saturday here with sunshine, a sparkling clean pond, a puppy to babysit, growing chicks and not much pollen. My kind of day :)


COLOR COLOR COLOR - Kim, you make me happy!!!


goog morning - what a beautfil sunday - the skies are blue and i hear the birds all around- the iris and roses and other flowers are finally popping - so beautiful - i just love it - my saturday was great with friends and family that surprised us, we've always had an open house and invitation to those that just want to come on down without reservation - - i don't mind surprises there the best and the company lasted throughout the night, lot's of appreciation for each other and lot's of laughs and love, isn't that what makes this world go round - have a Blessed Weekend all - hear from you tomorrow - maria - cottage feel


Kim, I love playing house along with you! Love the "planted" dishes. I have so many odd plates - what a great idea. Gotta go look for a place - Have a blissful day. Lisa

Julie Harward

I love your signs and plates...I'm still not feeling quite up to it yet but yesterday I had my hubbie moving things around in the house, how refreshing it is to do that, makes everything new again! Have a nice day and come say hi :D

Kelly McMaster

I love everything!!!!! As always....


Beautiful little vignettes. Sounds like you had a lovely Saturday. We have had rain the entire weekend, but I don't mind. It's a good time to cuddle up in the house, read and nap!!


Debbie L


I love it when you play housekeeping:) You know these pictures are so lifelike that I feel like I am right there along with you. I enjoyed this sweet time at Dear Daisy Cottage.

Hugs and I hope you have a wonderful day!
Debbie L.

Barbara Anne

How delightfully charming!!

I have two old iron roosters that my mother had hanging on her wall when I was little, her ceramic "Alex" and "Elizabeth" rooster and hen, and her set of Metlox Red Rooster dishes. She was before her time.

Playing house is fun!



Who needs to go window shopping, I just come over to your blog:)


Marianne & Mindy

Beautiful post. I love the "Planted" dishes! Now I'm going to have to plant a few of my own. Thanks for the lovely idea. It's raining here, so I've been playing house too.

Kimberly Padilla

You're house and garden look beautiful Kim. I love the tray in your kitchen. I can't wait to get back to my home in New York, get out of school for the summer and play! Have a splendid day!



I am glad that you had such a wonderful Saturday. We participated in a 5k race to benefit a no kill animal shelter. The weather wasn't the best, but we still had a good time and what a wonderful cause.

I love all of your pictures! I hope you Sunday is going as well as your Saturday did!



Everything looks so pretty! Your colors just always make me happy!

Robyn Fields

I love looking at photos of your home and makes me so happy! I smile everytime I drop by... =-) Love ya muchly...Robyn and Daisy Mae

Brenda Kula

You sure have the magic touch, Kim! Everything in your house is something to behold. And now everything in your garden as well. Are you having fun out there? I have that same gardening magazine that I keep thumbing through for inspiration.


I love the little chicken sticks for decoration - you should make some cute cupcakes and use them!

I like puttering around the house. I'm finally making plans to make our house our own. We've lived there for a few years now - and we haven't done a thing to personalize it.'s time. time indeed. Let the projects begin!


You had such a beautifully productive day. The first photo is really stunning. A very lovely still life. . . .

Barbara @ Southern Lady's Vintage

Everything looks so beautiful, fun, bright and cheerful!

Marfa (crafting marfa)

WELL, I will be a monkey's uncle! I never thought about planting dishes, but what an extraordinary idea! I love dishes. I love my garden. Therefore, I SHOULD have made that connection before. As usual, your house is fantabulous.

Donna Rae Barrow

Saturdays are meant for playing! I love the planted plates and all the color, color, color... it's always such a joy to visit Daisy Cottage!!!


I have to agree with post above me:

"It's always such a joy to visit daisy cottage".


hi kim!

those little chicken picks are just the cutest thing! i am off to google right now! LOL


i am getting into red!

Terri Morse

I just love your hearts! I've never thought of planting dishes! The first time I read your post, I did a double take. I thought I'd read it wrong. They look really cute. I spent my weekend dyeing wool I got at the thrift store. I've got lots of wool applique projects planned! I'm glad you had a productive weekend! Hugs, Terri

Alison Gibbs

Nothing can be more fun than playing house... well maybe cruising blogland:-)

sweet cottage dreams

Kim, you play house VERY well

I just love all the loving touches everywhere.

Those rooster picks are fabulous! So cute, and so YOU!

*********love ya****************


Yes, playing house is so much fun! Love your dishes planted in the garden. How cute!!! And your basket of hearts are so special too. Glad you had a wonderful Saturday. I was attending a Beth Moore conference in Atlanta with my 2 precious daughters, so it was a great day for me too. Love & blessings from NC!


How pretty. I love the glasses. Reminds me of the kind of glasses my grandmother had.


Oh Kim, you have such pretty things and soo much imagination. I enjoy visiting dear Daisy Cottage so much.


Aww I love those signs in your garden, they are too cute :) Spring is really the best season of all.. I've spend a wonderfull weekend at the lake and in the forest.. it was a blast. Much love xoxox

Nancy Hutson Maisenbach

Your Saturday sounds delightful as were the pictures. My Saturday was a nice day too. I was preparing for Sunday. I love seeing our home through the eyes of another. I can over look a lot with my eyes. After sprucing up I planned, shopped and chopped. You all know the routine.
My favorite today was the basket in the kitchen. So pleasing to look at!


OH MY GOSH Kim..........I LOVE the idea of planting plates!! I'm such a softie for china, but I can't really use it all...........maybe I can!!..........thanks for such a terrific blog.....


Ah ha, - someone else noticed those pretty drinking glasses! I thought I was the only one - I am certain I had those kind of glasses growing up! Wow, it sure brings back memories!!! It is interesting how something you didn't remember, will suddenly come back to you! Anyway - always love your blog, your colors and your optimism!!! Oops, and your pictures too!!!

Hugs from Michigan - Diane

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