Author Archives: Marcia Ren

🎄A Christmas Cottage…Part 1…The Dining Alcove☕️🎄

“Kindness is like snow. It beautifies everything it covers.” – Kahil Gibran Hello, sweet friends… I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! This past weekend I was able to get most of my Christmas decorations together… and was excited to begin decorating our home… When it comes to decorating, no season shines brighter than the Christmas holidays…It takes me a while to think about where I want to place things… I enjoy the whole process of deciding exactly where each little trinket should go. That being said I thought it would be fun the next couple of weeks to share … Read the full blog post

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Christmas is Coming!🎄My Christmas Cottage Haul🧑‍🎄

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world” ~Gandhi Oh dear…it seems as if Christmas is coming to our house! I was told that one of the previous owners of our home… had envisioned it as a Christmas cottage… During the holidays I am always looking for ideas and inspiration… Sometimes I find them in the unexpected places… Like discovering a vintage picture in our attic. I feel that there must be a place somewhere in our home at Christmas for this wonderful find. As this magical season begins to unfold I wish you all the joy and love … Read the full blog post

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My Pre-Holiday Getaway

Your first thought in the morning should be ”thank you” -anonymous Hello, sweet friend… I hope you are well… I recently returned from a fun getaway to Portland, Oregon…and before I left I had asked a few friends (who once lived there) where I might find the best downtown shopping… I discovered that depending on the people I asked…I would get a variety of opinions! the Pearl District along with Northwest/Nob Hill were highly suggested… however I decided to check out Pioneer Place… which houses big-name fashion stores such as Nordstrom taking up a whole city block… And nearby, spanning … Read the full blog post

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🍂 A Friendsgiving Gathering🍁

For the kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. ROMANS 14:17 Hello, sweet friend… I hope you are doing well… Thanksgiving is just around the corner… a beautiful time dedicated to celebrating and focusing on what we are most thankful for. That being said along with my sweet little family & furry kids…I am grateful for all my wonderful friends… which of course includes you! So naturally Thanksgiving is also the perfect time to have a ’Friendsgiving’ gathering. There … Read the full blog post

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November…Adventure Calls…🍁🍂🎃

“Yes! Decorating for Christmas early is actually good for you!” –Hyggehaus Hello, sweet friends… I hope you are doing well… Recently I visited a clock repair shop and was reminded that daylight savings time is just around the corner…(this weekend) where has the year gone? earlier in the week on Halloween while in a clothing store…Christmas music was being played…time is flying! these two experiences made me wonder…was I behind or ahead in my seasonal decorating?… That being said…no doubt as soon as I finish working on getting this post published… I’ll be heading out to the attic…to see what … Read the full blog post

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🍂 An Autumn Charcuterie Board 🍂

“There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin,” -Linus, it’s the great pumpkin, Charlie Brown Hello, sweet friend… I hope you are well… Recently I created an autumn charcuterie board… I am so excited to share it with you! It combined all the best flavors of fall (think pumpkin, cheese, fruits, and treats!) This charcuterie board is actually a Christmas board… I just added a bit of decor to make it work for the autumn season. This is such a delicious fun way to entertain & serve up snack favorites … Read the full blog post

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🍂Celebrating Autumn: apples, pumpkins, & decor, OH MY!🍂

“Autumn is the season to find contentment at home by paying attention to what we already have.” -unknown Hello, sweet friends… I hope you are doing well… Autumn is a time of many simple pleasures… Today I’ll be sharing two of my favorites. Baking and decorating! What’s Cooking 👩‍🍳 Mini Apple Pies These mini apple pies are a fun twist on classic apple pie and the individual serving makes them easy to serve! Ingredients 4~ 5 apples 1 cup Dark Brown Sugar 1 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice 2 tablespoons Flour 1 pinch of Salt 3 tablespoons Butter 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon 2 rolls of Pie Crust at room temperature Instructions Start by heating your … Read the full blog post

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🍂A Bit of 🎃Decor…🍁Soup Recipe… & an Anniversary Getaway…🚗

“Keep calm and carry a wand.” -unknown Hello, sweet friends… I hope you are well… By the time this post publishes I will be on an anniversary getaway in Carmel, California… Until then let me share a few updates I did with my Halloween decor shortly before I left on my trip… Not too many things have been added, since I don’t have much Halloween stuff… however…after getting into one of my fall decor bins I was quite charmed with a few items…and thought they would be perfect for a china cabinet that sits in our dining alcove… 👩‍🍳 👩‍🍳 … Read the full blog post

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Romanticizing The Everyday…🍂🍁

In times of doubt and anxiety the attitudes people show in their daily lives, in their homes, and in their work, are of supreme importance. -Queen Elizabeth Hello, sweet friends… I hope you are well… More and more I’ve become aware how important the smallest of things mean to me… October is one of my favorite months… and before… it slips away… I’ll be out there seeking joy in the everyday ordinary… 👩‍🍳 WHAT’S COOKING A Victorian Sponge Cake There are many ways to bake up this beautiful dessert…however this is my easy copycat version you can do in a … Read the full blog post

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🍁A Fall Fashion Show🧣👗👠👛

“Fashion fades, only style remains the same!” – Coco Chanel👠 Hello, sweet friends… Here’s a fun fashion show I created just for you! I hope I inspire you a bit to shop your closet this season and see what fun creative things you can put together!

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