Today’s feature has got me sooooooooo excited, I can hardly stand it.  I’m a big admirer of Brittany, the creative chick behind Cottage Road Designs and her blog Whatever & Stuff.  Not only are her sites completely delightful to visit, her creative work is incredibly inspiring.  Brittany’s profile says it all:

“I have always loved to create things. It is part of who I am. From the time I was a young girl into my college years Fine Art has always been my passion. I continue to dabble in anything and everything that catches my {fleeting} attention. I work out of my 200 year old converted barn and love every minute of it!”

Yup, Brittany is exactly the kind of creative chick I LOVE to highlight!

Recently, one of Brittany’s paintings caught my eye; it’s called: “Brave.”

Brittany Cottage Road Designs Bird Painting

This painting is incredible and her description won my heart:

I recently had twins to make five children. As I drove up to the school to pick up the older kids, the PE teacher wanted to look at the babies and then she looked around at the overly filled car and smiled at me and said, “you’re brave.” I said, “well, I don’t know if it has anything to do with being brave.” and she looked at me and said, “you are doing all this and you still have a smile on your face. That’s being brave.”  I had never thought of it that way! So that’s what inspired this painting.

My husband and I are currently in the process of becoming licensed to become foster/adoptive parents.  We feel that someone is missing from our family that is going to come to us through this way.  When I saw Brittany’s painting, “Brave,” I loved it for how it reminded me of our situation.  I actually want to buy the print to put in the bedroom that our foster/adopted child will be in so that they’ll see it and feel that our home is a safe place, that there’s a “mother bird” watching over them and that they can be brave enough to fly.

Here are some other favorites I have from Brittany’s creative shop (click on pics to be redirected to her store):

Brittany Cottage Road Designs bird nest painting

Take to the Sky – 11 x 17 print of original mixed media painting – $32.00

Description: I recently had twins and as I was watching them sleep, I found myself wishing things for them in thier lives. they are so pure and perfect right now and I have so many hopes and dreams for them. This painting was inspired by those thoughts. The words under the branch read “your potential is unlimited,little ones” and in the leaves of the tree, there are affirmations that I would hope for them. some of them are: hope, dream, forgive, believe, smooches, accept, choose, love.

—> Yup, I’ll probably need to snag this painting to put with the other one; so beautiful. <—

painting lover not fighter cottage road designs

Presenting Affirmation No. 37 – Set of 5 notecards w/envelopes of original mixed media painting – $10.50


Sunbeams Journal – 6 x 6″ – $25.00

Get your dose of creative inspiration by seeing her other creations at Cottage Road Designs and glean some creative juices by reading her lovely blog, Whatever & Stuff.  Thanks for your creative inspiration, Brittany, and for sharing your talents with the world!  I completely love what you’re doing!


p.s. If you’re in or near Lehi, Utah today or tomorrow, you’ve GOT to check out Tom & Lucy’s Art Shoppe!  It’s sure to have some phenomenal, creative inspiration and yummy finds!