Blue Cottage Design
When I lived in the country, our house was the most outrageous color of blue; kind of like a bright blue crayon. Neighbors loved to giggle as they drove by and ask why in the world we would paint a house that color. My husband would say, “We couldn’t find a red we liked.” We laughed in stride with our friends and neighbors and it soon became the house people told directions by…”you go past the bright blue house, then you go…”
What fun we had with that blue house.
As time went on and our families grew, we decided to start a newsletter to help our families stay in touch with the events and milestones celebrated throughout the year. The newsletter called, “Blue House News” was a great success. Each family would write a little blurb of what their family was experiencing such as school activities, sporting achievements, weddings, etc. I would organize it adding my own comments now and then. It was great fun.
Then, unfortunately, life happened. As the families grew and children began moving away from home, the family happenings blurbs began to dwindle. Busy lives took the place of reflective notes of newsworthy happenings. Soon Blue House News had to close its computer file and say goodbye. It was fun while it lasted, but all things are subject to the circle of life. They sprout, grow, mature and die. So it was with the newsletter.
During our lives in the Blue House, we spent many hours working at our passions, gardening, maintaining, mowing, and raising animals. It was all very hard work, mind you, but neither one of us was afraid to get our hands dirty or bend our backs a little. We also raised goats, rabbits, chickens, a rooster, ducks, geese, dogs, cats, a horse, and when the occasion presented itself, an occasional squirrel, raccoon, coyote, birds, etc. We harvested our garden, canned, froze, preserved and dried many of the garden treasures we grew. We helped our children learn how their groceries grew and how they looked in their natural state. Cotton, asparagus, garlic, dill, parsley, and many other plants and herbs were just a few of them. I would do crafts, sew, crochet and many other things teaching our family the value of good living and the rewards it can bring.
As I sat there reminiscing one morning about the days in the blue house and how much time we had spent working to make it our own; planting, gardening, harvesting, canning, freezing, butchering, preserving, mowing, weeding, trimming, digging, and enjoying our passion, I began to think how many times we had been able to share our ideas, tips and talents with friends and family. Then as if it were meant to be, I was approached to start a website business and was asked if I could do any kind of business on the internet what would it be? My answer was simple; to share what has been my passion… HOME. A small cottage home, where gardens are grown, children are raised, flowers are tended, and friends and neighbors drop by conversing about the newest garden tool, read about tips for joyful living or celebrate with a cup of coffee and a friend.
I moved to town recently, and I still pine for the days in the country I loved so much. Well, I thought, life goes in circles. This just happens to be the circle I’m in right now. But as I thought I began to look around at what I had done with my new home that would be worthy of a website business. I had recently hired my house to be painted, some new windows replaced and a new front door. I was stumped.
Trying to come up with a name for this new venture was a problem since I had no inkling of what to call it. I knew how I wanted it to look, I knew what I wanted in it, but I just couldn’t come up with a name for this new found adventure I was about to embark upon. Then, sitting on my front porch one afternoon as I sat drinking a cool glass of water after working in the garden all afternoon, I looked up at my beautiful newly painted home that looks like a cottage, on a corner in a small town, USA and it dawned on me…I had painted my house blue, AGAIN!!! This time, however, it is a beautiful soft baby blue. It looks so pretty next to the green grass of the yard and the spring flowers I planted this year, (perennials so I don’t have to do it again each year) and even the grey of the rainbow shaped driveway. It all fit together. I knew exactly what I wanted to call my new friend.
“Blue Cottage Design.”
My new venture would be called, “Blue Cottage Design.” It spoke to my past, present and future of what I hoped to achieve in this new home starting over with a new garden, new tools, and new life.
I wanted Blue Cottage Design to help you find just the right tool for the right job in your home, new inventions to help make your life easier or faster. I knew I could use a place to look for those items in one simple place, at the kitchen table with a cup of coffee and the computer and browse through www.bluecottagedesign.com where there is no stress, just leisurely shopping. I was sure you could too.
Come on in! Enjoy the items you find here and bring a friend. Dream of sitting quietly in the English garden with a lemonade on a hot summer day, or looking out the window of your own cottage at the beautiful winter scene of Cardinals, Jays and Chickadees, squirrels and rabbits nibbling on the seeds and grains you provided. Thank you for stopping by.
Ya’ll come back now, ya hear?