apples, gifts & cozy white cottage giveaway

by | Oct 28, 2019 | a slice of life, All Things Home, Decorating, Favorite Things, Holiday | 952 comments

While I’ve been healing from my surgery, people have been so generous to us.  We’ve been brought meals and I’ve received notes, cards, and gift cards to get takeout.  It’s all been such a blessing.  It’s just an arm, but it was major surgery and requires lots of time and rest in the first few weeks.  I’ve still just been working part-time, but I’ve been up and about more…going on short walks, out to run errands, to church, to small group, and to the climbing gym to watch the boys lead climb for the first time.

My mom left on Saturday and it was hard to let her go.  She’s been a tremendous help!  She’s taken care of Sebastian, ran me to appointments and on errands.  She did dishes, cooked, picked the boys up from school, and helped me blow dry & style my hair.  Friday, she spent the day doing laundry and some cleaning before she left.  She also made sure we had a stocked fridge, made us banana bread, chicken and wild rice soup, and a container of jello.  I’ve been eating a lot of soft foods because, in addition to feeling nauseous the first week, I ended up with an infection in my mouth the third week!  It’s totally unrelated to my shoulder, but I started having pain in my jaw that got pretty intense, so I went to the dentist to have it checked out.  I have extra bone in my mouth and I somehow cut or burned one place on the excess bone and it got infected and caused inflammation under a tooth, right on a nerve.  Thankfully, everything was okay with my teeth and I just needed to be on antibiotics.  The pain is gone and I’m now able to chew normally.  It was such a flukey thing.

Anyway, I’m healing well.

Before my mom left, we were planning to make some apple pie together and my antiquing buddy, Cheri, brought some apples from her tree for just that purpose.  My mom and I ran out of time and didn’t make the pie,  but I have loved having the apples sitting out in a bowl.

Cheri said they aren’t pretty like grocery store apples and I know what she means, but I think they are lovely.  I’ve been growing weary of a sense of sameness and I appreciated the lack of uniformity in these apples.  So, I’m enjoying them as a bit of fall decor before I make them into a pie. (Or I’ll talk Jeff and the boys through making a pie!  I usually peel and cut my apples by hand, but I’m going to buy a crank peeler, corer, cutter in order to get the job done easier.)

I also received a box from my Instagram friend Liz Marie Galvan containing her new book, Cozy White Cottage, and a couple of other gifts – a wood trivet and a Warm Caramel Crumble candle.  If you follow Liz Marie on Instagram and love her feed, you’ll enjoy this book.  It’s filled with well-styled vignettes, beautifully collected spaces, and lots of ideas.

Just like with the bouquet of flowers I received a couple of weeks ago, these items stirred my creativity.  I arranged them on our kitchen island, a manageable, simple fall display.

Let me tell you what… taking these pictures with my left hand was a feat!  My camera is full-frame, so it is heavy!  My left hand was shaking as I was trying to push the shutter button with my pinky.  I ended up with far more blurry, crooked photos than good ones.  I’m going to have to figure out a better solution until I can hold my camera again!  Taking pictures is pretty important in my line of work.

Anyway, since Liz Marie sent me a copy of her book and I already owned one, I’m going to give away one copy of Cozy White Cottage along with a $100 Target gift card.

To enter the giveaway, just subscribe to my blog and leave a comment letting me know you have (or already do!)  The giveaway will end Friday, November 1, 2019, at midnight PST.

Good luck!


  1. Carol C

    I’m a long time subscriber and fan! This book is on my wish list!

  2. Belinda D Gibson

    I’ve been a long time subscriber and follower. The apples are beautiful!

  3. LISA

    I’m a long time subscriber. Love you to blog and be am totally envious of your beautiful silver ink set! Thank you!

  4. Amanda

    I’m a subscriber. Giveaways are so fun!! Can you believe it’s November already?


    Marian I have been a fan of your blog and you for along time. I have loved watching this new House morph into your Home. We have similar tastes in styles and colors. I have modeled my Home after yours. Im so excited for this giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity!

  6. Paula

    Oh I did subscribe.

  7. Carolyn

    I subscribe to your blog and I LOVE IT! Prayers for your recovery! xoxo

  8. Teresa

    Thank you for sharing the book forward!! You still managed to capture beautiful photo. Well I already receive your email notifications, and very much enjoy your blog.

  9. Diana

    A long time follower.

  10. Susan

    Subscriber! Love your blog!

  11. Cyndi

    Love the way you can put things together. You make it look so easy!

  12. Michelle

    Read your blog faithfully every day at lunch 🙂

    • Caitie

      Subscriber…Love your blog!

  13. Cathrin

    What a pretty fall vignette!

  14. Teri

    I’m subscribed and I love your fall display!

  15. Cassandra e

    I’m subscribed…just making it under the wire to enter. I’m so excited about Autumn and for your healing and for new seasons.

  16. Kim g

    I’ve been a long time follower of your blog. This book looks yummy (but don’t most books?).

  17. Toni

    I am a subscriber, following your progress through several years. Love those books on decorating, and this one looks interesting!

  18. Becky Cavnar

    I’m a subscriber and long time follower. You and your style are such inspirations, Marian!

  19. judy van houte

    I am a long time follower. I just subscribed. I so love your style. Much like mine.😊

  20. Beth B

    Your blog is my favorite because it feels the most genuine and unique to me. I love antiques and try to stay away from too much of the trends. I’ve been a subscriber for several years and absolutely love your book, Inspired You.” Hope you’re healing fast!

  21. Maureen

    I’m a long time subscriber. Thanks for the give away and so glad you’re healing up!

  22. Diane Bennett

    Just signed up-glad for a new inspiring site!!

  23. Yolanda

    I have been a subscriber since you started your blog and have truly been a big fan. I hope you get well soon and would love the decorating book.

  24. ruby

    been following you for quite some time! you and your blog are so very unique. at first, i thought the cover pic was of your studio. there’s a lot of you there… thanks for the fun!

  25. Cindy Fear

    You have such a great eye with the camera, I love your Blog. The travel blogs are just wonderful, it is like being there too.

  26. Kim

    Long time subscriber, and met you at Lucketts a few years ago when you signed a copy of your book for me. : ) We miss you, but very happy your family is doing so well.

    I love your blog.


  27. Rebecca

    I’m already subscribed. Love your posts. Hope you are better soon!

  28. Hannah

    I’ve been subscribed to your blog for some time. Love to follow you!

  29. Suzanne

    Follower and subscriber!!!! Hope you are healing and feeling better and better day by day!!!!!

  30. Linda Gilliam

    Been a follower for a long while, love your style and postings!!!

  31. chris

    Thank you for sharing your extra copy, very thoughtful. You have a sweet heart.


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