Friday, March 4, 2011

Visiting Cottage Gardens - Part I

I woke up to a most glorious day outside... a perfect day for taking long walks in the Sunshine and reveling in a Springlike atmosphere.  And since I was in Olde Downtown Glendale I decided to visit the COTTAGE GARDENS Shops and see what Carol, Meilan and Sandra were up to.  The Girls are always a Joy to visit with and I knew Carol was recently back from a buying trip to Las Vegas and had many new fabulous fashions for Spring... Note to Self: Lose that weight so I can find these styles in my size!!! *le sigh*  Take a peek and you'll see what I mean... delightfully feminine French Country looks in a divine crinkly fabric and color palette... and the best part, they need no ironing and come in a little bag where they can be twisted up and easily carried... then viola, ready to wear!!!  How cool is that!!!!!!  They would layer so fabulously with my core wardrobe pieces... and if I can manage to get down to a size Large by Summer I Hope there are some left!?! *me pouting petulantly*  Ah well, nothing like inspiration and a Goal to whip you into shape and keep you accountable, right?! *winks* 

I was surrounded by the fabulous creations of one of my favorite Artists, Laura Van...  the Frames, Boxes and Crosses... if I could I'd buy them ALL!!! *LOL*  But I'll have to be content for now to cherish the pieces I already have and take away photos of the rest to share with you my Friends... are they not divine?!?!!  I must confess the Turquoise Frame and the sweet Pinkish-Peach colored Box with the Bird were calling to me like a Siren's Song though! *Smiles*   There were huge bundles of dried Lavender... oodles of Artist created Bohemian Bling... and the amazing Pure West Bags.  Meilan's creative touch was everywhere, such a creative Spirit and Display Master she is!!  I'll conclude my COTTAGE GARDENS trip with you tomorrow as we move from COTTAGE GARDEN 2 over to COTTAGE GARDEN 1 and you can see what Spring loveliness lies in store there... until then... if you're not yet enjoying a Springtime day, may it always be like a breath of Springtime in your Heart and Spirit... Dawn... The Bohemian


  1. LOVELY:)I like everything...


  2. i absolutely LOVE the clothes on the 1st pics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    they are soooooo me!
    i've tried growing lavender from seeds with no success at all!!!!!!! best way to do it is throw branches!!!!!!! i've done it a 100 times and it always works!! a bit of good soil and plenty of water for some 4 weeks and it's done!!! lavender is meant to grow in mediterranean gardens! in fact here it grows on wild woods so you should be able to grow it at your place, at least in vases. good luck with it!
    loved the post! can't wait for the 2nd part!
    happy day

    ♥ ♥

  3. Hi Dawn,
    I LOVE every single thing in your pictures!!!!!!!I would be in that shop every week, right after the bank. What a great selection of things. You must have so much fun in there:) Have a great weekend:)
    ~Debra xxx
    Capers of the vintage vixens

  4. Dawn! Oh Myyyy! what a super beautiful charming and inspiring! Have a happy wkd!

  5. Thanks so much for sharing that blog it is wonderful. I too need to lose more weight so I can fit into clothes I really like.

  6. Oh my, don't they have lots of lovely little things. What pretty picture frames :)

  7. It is real lovely, what a beautiful things!
    Thank you for showing,

    Regards Janny.

  8. Again you have the BEST stores!! Those frames with the tole roses are so calling my name! Course I'll take flowers any way I can get em! Vanna

  9. What a lovely shop.

    I have always loved that crinkly fabric.


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