Friday, February 24, 2012

A Cottage by the sea



Last year I was at an art fair and found this wonderful little shell journal filled with watercolor papers.


It was made of real shells for the cover and stitched so perfectly.


Thank you Anita, she gave me this lovely shell tag and beautiful note in her gorgeous calligraphy.  The quote was so dreamy and perfect for my little daydream.


I have been filling the journal with little paintings.  Last year I sat in the gardens of Heritage Gardens in Sandwich on the Cape.  I painted the little cottage in this tiny journal.




 I dream of having a little cottage by the sea some day.  And in case you do too, I created a little artwork for you.

Click HERE to download

and a Pink one for Pink Saturday.

Click HERE to download


You know the best part of daydreams?  They decorate your day. Sigh, a little music to daydream by, Fly Me To The Moon, sung by Diana Krall.

Bev, from How Sweet The Sound is hosting Pink Saturday, stop by and be inspired by all the pink posts.

Take time this weekend to daydream.

P.S.  Did you know that Susan Rios has a shop on etsy and sells the loveliest miniatures?  I just bought a little cottage by the sea.



27 comments:

Sarah said...

Karen, I'm envious of your little shell journal. What a sweet idea. Love seeing your beautiful watercolor. Have you filled more pages? Thanks for the download and all the quotes. I'm going to add some of these quotes to my own journal. Wish I had your talent to watercolor some of my thoughts. ;-)

Kathleen Grace said...

What a perfectly charming little journal, it will be such treasure filled with your art!

Snap said...

Wishing you a cottage by the sea and a beautiful weekend, too!

poppilinnstudios said...

Beautiful little watercolors!
-Lynn

T Opdycke said...

Oh how I yearn for a cottage by the sea, well actually I lived in a cottage in Centerville on the Cape for a few years. It was an amazing adventure. The shell journal is ever so charming.

Vee said...

What a dear gift...sweet little journal with its shell covers. I didn't know that you dream of a cottage by the sea. It is a lovely dream.

LV said...

What a dull and boring life would be if we could not day dream.

Grace said...

Happy weekend Karen. I love that cute shell journal. How clever. Grace

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

The shell journal is so unique and perfect! I wish I could create something like that! Thank you for the beautiful art! I'll save it! ♥

Marti McClure said...

Karen, That shell journal is so fabulous! I really love the idea. Happy Pink Saturday. ~Marti

Jo-Anne's Rambling said...

The shell journal looks so cute I would love to have something like that........

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Well, I see where two old friends will be living their lives out :)

What a charming post today and thank you for the download. Just simply darling.

Hugs dear friend.

Claudia

Elyse said...

everything begins with a daydream ... i daydream of a charming cottage in chatham with a studio. (just a short walk from candy manor!)

lovely artwork as always!

xo
elyse

NanaDiana said...

Thank you, Karen, for the sweet pictures. I love your little shell journal. That is surely a treasure to pass along someday.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I hope to have a cottage by the sea someday- xoDiana

Deanna said...

This is so absolutely precious. The shell journal is darling but your sweet little cottage by the sea makes it perfect. Thank you so much!! And I love Susan Rios paintings...they are just so charming.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

OMGOODNESS, you just inspired me!!!! That first image with the satin ribbon and then the beach scenes...KAREN, YOU ARE TRULY A PAGE OF INSPIRATION! And to answer your question about how long it takes to find a photo to go with my words? It works the other way around for me. I peruse the photos, find one that SPEAKS TO ME then I speak for IT. Crazy, but that is how my mind works: BACKWARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LOVE! Anita

Katherines Corner said...

Lovely and wr share the same dream. I even have a page on my blog titled cottages to inspire me. Happy Pink Saturday, wishing you a lovely weekend filled with happy. xo Katherine P.S> Have you entered my sweetheart giveaway? Only two days left to enter :-)

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Karen Sweetie...
Happy Pink Saturday and thank you so much for my little cottage by the sea. I can smell the sea air, and feel the warm sand beneath my feet. Oh and I hear the seagulls crying out above me. How wonderful the sunshine feels on my face as I enjoy this beautiful cottage by the sea. Thank you for the wonderful image. I am just tickled pink. It is going by my desk at work.

What a beautiful little journal of love from Anita and Ruben. They are the most precious couple I have ever met. So gifted.

Have a glorious weekend dear friend. Many hugs and much love, Sherry

1CardCreator said...

Love what you made with this shell journal, so inspiring! So glad I saw you at Beverly's Pink Saturday. ~Diane (I am #21)

chubskulit said...

The shell journal is so pretty!!

The Pianist in Pink, have a great weekend!

Beverly said...

I enjoy very much stopping by your blog, listening to the beautiful music, and seeing your wonderful fabrics, and all of the soft pastel colors. It's a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing!

**CREATIVE CARMELINA** said...

Your PINK is very pretty!
thanks for sharing...and HAppy PINk SatURday!

ciao bella.
Creative Carmelina
xo

Susan said...

Hi Karen....What a perfectly charming little shell booklet and your cottage by the sea is awesome!

I believe you WILL have one some day. Our realities begin with our dreams. Susan

The Tablescaper said...

I have a few prints by Susan Rios. I have always enjoyed her work. Love the little mind vacation you took us on! I'd love to have you join Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Beverly said...

Happy Pink Saturday, dear Karen.

Oh, how my heart longs for a little cottage by the sea. But, those little cottages come with not so little price tags. We've looked, but I'm having a hard time wanting to commit.

LaVerne said...

Karen, One of my favorite books is Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindberg...Next time I read it, I'll think of your lovely shell journal and your watercolors...that would my daydream...to be able to watercolor in a sweet little journal.

kerrie of sea cottage said...

Karen I just love your little shell watercolor tablet and cottage painting inside. I still have your clothesline watercolor print that I purchased from you so so long ago. It is still a favorite. You encouraged me in my own art and I opened my etsy shop last year~ Seawashed. thank you. ox Kerrie