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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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May 09, 2011


Lisa Adams

See you soon.

Ricki Jill Treleaven

Kim, I will be joining you in a couple of weeks with graduation and New Orleans relatives headed to town. I hope you get much accomplished during your break!

~Ricki Jill


Happy Cleaning! A clean house just feels so good.


You will be missed so much Kim but we all know one has to keep up with our "woman" duties. I to had to get away from the computer for a while for the same reason. SPRING CLEANING.

Take care my dear and upon your return, you will be welcomed back with open arms.


Alice from Arkansas


Om Goodness. I can't believe you will take a time out of blogging. I just starting following you and I love your blog. Have fun spring cleaning. I do spring cleaning at all time since I am a stay at home wife.


I will miss your blog immensely however we all need time to catch up with life.Do you have any tips for spring cleaning besides hiring housecleaners ;) ....which I can't afford .Have a good day.


Just the idea that someone I know lives within a daily visit of SWANS is one of the most enchanting things I can think of.

We're doing up the living room and sitting room today, with new covers, the Summer pillows, and the new pair of Spring-themed parlor lamps which were in my Easter basket.

Happy Cleaning!

Shannon Olson

oh, I wish my house looked as lovely as yours...even after I got done cleaning!! I must paint the bathroom here perhaps I should take a break and get going too! Have fun...

linda moczan

as they say - "a clean house is a happy house! ":)
happy cleaning and enjoy yourself -
you deserve it!
:) hugs, linda


See you soon, Kim.

When you are done with Daisy Cottage, you can come to Ohio and work on my house. :o)

Melesa Garrison

Love your blog and will miss you, but totally understand the need to clean. I need to do a thorough cleaning myself!

God Bless and enjoy the swans and your sweet doggies!


Happy cleaning! Don't stay away too long or the fumes will get you. ;>

Susan Freeman

Hi Kim! I am taking a few days off this week and will be cleaning this cottage from top to bottom too. I'll be thinking of you when I do!!!

Lots of love,
Susan and Bentley

Dena Palmer

You will be missed. Maybe I can get motivated to do the same. I really don't mind deep cleaning it feels so good when you're done. See you when you get back.


Kim, beautiful pictures as usual. Tell babies hello from us everytime you visit. Tell Marley and Maggie will be thinking about them too. Will be doing some spring cleaning myself. Such a good feeling to have a clean house from top to bottom. Love as always, Cindy Okla

Cass at That Old House

Enjoy your respite from blogging! I know it won't be a respite from activity. And I also hope you inspire me to do the same... the dust bunnies are setting up housekeeping here, and we've got a wedding in June!

Terri Morse

I'll miss you, Kim, but soon Daisy Cottage will be sparkling! Happy Spring Cleaning! Hugs, Terri


thank you kim for giving us the time you do - you are such a Blessing - you've motivated me, - while your away i'll be doing the same, look out dust bunnies - thanks. the photo's are just beautiful - check in with you a little later - God Bless!

love ya, maria - cottage feel-


Have fun cleaning! That is something that I so need to do!!!

Catherine Denton

Enjoy your time away!
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Fay Marie Torzsok

Happy cleaning. I know you will feel much better after it is done.

I keep avoiding cleaning certain things like you mentioned drawers. I find it very difficult getting rid of some of the clutter which are really sentimental things.

It's only so much we can keep without limiting space that we can put to better use.

See you soon

Fay Marie


You will be missed, Kim. Take care- see ya soon.


Michele from Ohio


Enjoy your time and your spring feels so good when everything is clean and in order....even if it doesn't stay that way long. See you soon!


'Til next time!!!


Enjoy your time sprucing up your nest - I am doing the same as we await the arrival of our 13 week dachshund pup at the end of the month. We have to have a calm and tidy home ready for his arrival - so we can all enjoy getting to know each other. Will miss your posts - don't be away too long...

Julie Harward

Enjoy the spring cleaning and I can't wait to see pics of the babies by the time you get back! :D

Trish Rowley

I love Spring cleaning as Martha would say "It's a good thing" have fun Kim, see you when you return I will miss you. Trish xox ;)

Sarah  at meandmyyellowhouse

Sounds like a wonderful break! I love to clean, especially on bright sunny days with a breeze and good music.....

It's a well deserved break...thank you for all the wonderful inspiration you give to us all.

Sarah xo

Sandi ~ A Cottage Muse

My spring cleaning has been stretched out this year as I am still recooping but, silly as it may sound, I still enjoy it!

Jana T

See you soon, Kim! You'll be missed. Be sure to take pictures of the baby swans on your daily visits so we can watch them grow too! Jana in Texas


Kim ~ enjoy your time cleaning and fluffing your nest. We will miss you, but there are some things that need to be attended to ;-)


I'll miss the updates on the swan family but completely understand, I've only been blogginh 3 weks but I can see how iy does take alot of time and I'm really hooked.I'll look forward to your return,, I've joined as a follower and will follow,, lol


Happy Spring Cleaning! Love and hugs, Cindy


Enjoy your break!
We will all be here when you return.

The Beautiful Life

GOOD for you!!!!!!!!! So glad you will take some time for YOURSELF! :)

You rock!



See you soon! Don't work too hard. I have not posted on my blog in almost 2 months. Just too much going on in my little corner of the world. Not bad stuff... just craziness/busyness! I'm hoping that things will settle down real soon. See you when you return! Love & blessings from NC!

Barbara Anne

As has been said, you'll be missed!

Hope you return with new ideas for storage and simplifying. There is always more to deal with.


Maureen d. Connolly

Enjoy your precious time away . . . we'll miss you . . . and will be thinking about those precious little swan babies!!! xoxoxo

Sweet Cottage Dreams

My friend, don't work too hard! Would you like for me to come and help you? I'd love to clean those pretty dishes! Shannon looks adorable with Marley...both just precious!

Love you girl!

You know I do!

Enjoy the break.


Screaming Meme

Dont leave I need you! :) Hurry back!

Xo, Meme

BTW, I am having a $100,000 $100...:D I hope you can stop by and sign up!


take care....

Bluebirds and Butterflies

Dear Kim,
Your home is so adorable, as are you! I love seeing the photos of Daisy Cottage. Your nest is a reflection of the beautiful love that lives within it. "She loves me, she loves me not....
"----the daisy picking always ends up on "SHE LOVES ME" at Daisy Cottage! Enjoy giving Daisy love and attention on your break. She will reflect that love by shining even more brightly. We bought our new home in Washington State a year ago, and I am now beginning to paint and personalize a little more...Southern gals have always got to have their color, ya know? It doesn't take but a year to need to reorganize...and I am starting to go through some of my closets and drawers, too. Our homes are always a work of love in progress... Enjoy having the time to get a few things accomplished. I look forward to your return and will miss you! Love always, Kim xoxo
p.s. I LOVE the photo of Maggie at the cute!


Sorry to see you go for a while. I love the photographs of your dog.

Sharon Kindall

I have just recently discovered your Blog, and it is such a joy to come on and see your beautiful pictures and read a little about a day in your life. My favorite pursuits always include something that brings a smile to my face and now that includes visiting with you! Thankyou, sharon in Pennsylvania



If you don't come back before I leave for Mexico (in a week) :-) .....I'll "see" you when I return.





Happy spring cleaning! We'll still be here when you get back!

Kary Gonyer

...i just got back from a 6 week blog break...
enjoy yours

see you when you get back

you'll be missed

Mary Lou

Happy Cleaning!!! See you when you return.

Debbie @ Shabby Garden Creations

Don't work too hard; life is too short to worry about a few dust bunnies here and there but I know you know that!

Patty O'Malley

Yes, we all have to take the time once in awhile to do what has to be done!! Will miss you but look forward to your return!

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

You're always greatly missed when you're away, Kim. But we all need time to regroup. Hope your "time off" is very productive and restful. ;)

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage


We'll be here when you return.Hugs.
P.S. I have your lovely blog on my cottages page at Katherines Corner :-)


Hi Kim,

I will be thinking about you while I do the same thing!
I am going to be home for the summer-no work!
But I will work around my house so I can change things up.
I will miss your posts but I know this kind of chore feels great when it is done!
Love the dog photos, always!


AWWWWWWWW that babies are so darn cute,,, glad they are doing fine..... I have started to clean my home too,,,, so much to do,,, I am always late for Spring cleaning..... oh well. have a great weekend.


Crafting Marfa

I will miss you, Kim. You've been an inspiration to me. I hope that you'll be back posting soon.



I discovered Daisy Cottage about a year ago on a rainy day in autumn. My mom had died just a year before, and I was in search of a place to rest my aching soul. I found it here... and I have nestled myself in the comforts of Daisy Cottage... like a cozy and fluffy patchwork quilt. And the music...Moonlight Serenade...Theme from a Summer Place... Moon River...Over the Rainbow...reminded me of home.

As I came through the doors, I knew I was home. Daisy Cottage...if you could have wandered through the membranes of my mind over the past 40 years of my would see that here is where my heart has yearned to be. I have dreamed it over a thousand times, I am sure. Your beautiful photography... is reflective of how I see life...mismatched china...colorful materials...your personal touch - the giving of yourself. Thank you.

I understand crossroads. I am there myself. -- Enjoy your time away to reflect and dabble in those things that pull at your heart strings. Take time for you. Cleaning house and going through drawers, I feel, is less about dust bunnies and more about reflection. Cry a bit, laugh a lot, make scones and sip hot tea, journal and recharge the batteries of your heart and soul. I await your so many others.

God Bless You, my new friend. Thank you for sharing you.

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woman" duties. I to had to get away from the computer for a while for the same reason. SPRING CLEANING.

Take care my dear and upon your return, you will be welcomed back with open arms.

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That babies are so darn cute! Happy cleaning! A clean house just feels so good.


what a fun, bright and cheery blog :)


You are a great example. I too need to take some time off and do the very same thing!(But I just started blogging last month!) LOL Any way, I hope it goes well and you come back soon with even more yummy delicious decor to share with us.
Missing you.

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I hope it goes well and you come back soon with even more yummy delicious decor to share with us.
Missing you.


Missing your blog posts, hope you are doing well!


Just wanted you to know that I still come home to this blog to relive the posts of yesterday.

Gardening Auckland

Wow and just wow. What a beautiful person you are. Your blog with all it's AMAZING photos instantly put a smile on my face. You are so luck to have swans, they really are special creatures.

Allyson M

I know you don't write on here anymore, but I just wanted to say that I picked up a magazine and almost immediately recognized the cover as being a picture of your house! I miss seeing all the little beautiful things you do in your home! xx

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  • "Kim, I love your blog. I so appreciate you sharing every day. I miss you when you're gone. Losing my dear sweet baby boy in Iraq has made me treasure life and those so dear to me. Reading your blog is such therapy for me. You have made me treasure the finer things in life that I use to overlook. Birds singing, flowers blooming, my home and all of the treasures within it. I'm not sure that I ever looked at a teacup or saucer and saw such detail and beauty in it." ~ Dena

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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

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  • "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

Thank You Rose!

  • "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

Thank You Lisa!

  • "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.

Thank you Pamela!

  • "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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  • "Your blog has helped me start to see the beauty in life again." ~ Joy

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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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