It has been three years since I started this blog.
My opening post was a bit about myself.
When I learned about my friend Vicki's
I knew I wanted to be a part of it.
It seemed like a naturally good time for
Besides which, I wonder how many people
who read my blog today,
read it at the beginning?
Eight years ago, as my 30 year marriage
came to an end,
and my daughter Kate
would soon be going away to college,
my sister Nancy and I decided to
pool our resources and buy a house together.
I was ready for a change and needed to downsize.
We found our "Buttermilk Cottage"
in a nearly 100 year old bungalow.
It was "almost" perfect.
There was plenty of space upstairs
for Nancy to have an apartment
and I only needed to add a
bathroom and office/sewing room
to the downstairs for me.
Our first order of business was getting
Nancy's space ready for her.
I was committed to staying put for a while
while Kate completed her final
year of high school.
Besides some cosmetic changes,
we only needed to add a small
efficiency kitchen upstairs.
Nancy is not a cook,
but we both saw the merit
in having both the upstairs and downstairs
as self contained units.
She moved in within a few months
of our purchasing the house.
I spent the next year making the
necessary downstairs additions,
remodeling the kitchen,
stripping wallpaper, painting,
sewing window treatments
and generally throwing myself into
what was for me,
a huge project.
It was the most empowering
time of my life.
Who knew I could buy a house,
plan and then manage
a successful renovation???
The house was all ready for me to move into
when we returned from Kate's
Since then, the time seems to have flown away.
Kate has graduated college,
moved to New York City
where she still lives and works as
an editorial assistant.
Nancy and I still share and love the house.
We DO tell people what has made
it work so successfully for us is that
she has her space and I have mine.
One of her big passions is gardening,
which I must admit is not my forte.
She has developed the garden here into
such a showplace that we have been
included in the last three
neighborhood garden tours.
You can read about the garden
at her blog.
I spend my time with my two big passions,
yarn(knitting) and fabric(sewing).
I also spend my time
cooking, reading, decorating,
managing the dogs, Daisy and Chaos,
These are some of the things
you'll read about when
you visit Buttermilk Cottage.
Which I hope you'll do often.
In the spirit of celebrating Vicki's blog party,
along with many of the other participants,
I'm going to have a give-away on February 1.
All you need do is leave me a message
that you visited this post,
making sure I have a link back to you
so I can let you know if you win!
The winner will receive one of my handy little
"Tag Along" Bags,
similar to the one pictured.
I have several different fabric choices
and you'll select the one you want.
So leave a comment
and then go party with
some more of Vicki's guests.