Guest Post – The Cottage Home

Over the next several weeks you will see guest posts popping up here and there from some of our friends in the blogging community. They have generously donated their time to write a post for the Lil Blue Boo blog as Ashley goes through chemotherapy. We are incredibly grateful to these wonderful people, and we are excited to share their posts with you. We gave them a subject to write about: how do you find joy in blogging or crafting? They were welcome to interpret that however they wanted. Enjoy!

To read past guest posts please click here.



Please welcome Lindsay from The Cottage Home.


Thank you so much for having me here, at Lil Blue Boo.  Ashley, you have constantly been in my thoughts and prayers ever since I heard your news.  I am so relieved that things are moving in a positive direction and continue to pray that it only gets better from here!

So, the question is “How do you find joy in blogging?”

I started my blog, The Cottage Home, almost exactly two years ago.  It originally started as a way to share my projects, recipes and ideas with my family and friends.  I began blogging through the encouragement of one of my friends.  She was really into reading blogs and knew that I was into, what I like to call, the domestic life.  When she told me that she would read my blog if I wrote one, I couldn’t believe it.  Really?  Someone would actually be interested in my life?  I figured if even one person would read what I had to say, maybe others would too.

Read more after the jump.

I find blogging to give me an identity outside of being a mother.  Yes, mother and wife are my two central roles, but I think it is so important for us to continue to pursue our passions outside of those primary roles.  I also want my children (two girls and a boy) to see me as something outside of their mother. I hope that when they look back at the blog I have created they will not only see their mother, but they will see creativity, passion, drive, a business woman and more.

Being a stay-at-home mom is wonderful, but sometimes it is hard to find other women that have the same passions and interests as myself locally.  Through blogging I have connected with more women who share my love of sewing, cooking, crafting and all things domestic than I could have ever imagined.  I love knowing that there are other women out there that share my same desire to create, my same addiction to fabric, and my same focus on family and the domestic life.

There is an innate desire within me to create.  Whether that may be creating a project for my children, creating a gift for a friend, or creating a comforting meal that I can share with my family.  Through creating I show those around me how I love and care about them.  The true joy comes when I can inspire others through my way of life to create things in their own lives.

My blog is pretty sewing focused and it is thrilling to receive an email from a reader where I have inspired them to get back into sewing.  Perhaps they used to sew, but got bored with it and now I have created a project that they are excited about trying.  Or maybe it’s someone whose mother sewed while they were growing up and now they want to sew for their own children.  Or maybe a grandmother has seen the girls clothing I create and is inspired to create something for their grandchildren.  Whatever the reason may be, if I can inspire someone to return to their sewing machine, then in that, I find true joy.

Not only do I hope to inspire others through blogging, I am forever inspired by my fellow bloggers as well.  So, since this is Ashley’s blog, I thought I would share some of the dresses her sewing patterns have inspired me to create.
Thank you so much for inspiring us all through your blog, Ashley! Keep staying positive ~ we are all rooting for you!



Thank you Lindsay!
To read more from Lindsay please visit The Cottage Home.



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  1. 1

    Lindsay you could not have hit home any harder with me! You are a woman after my own heart :)
    I would love to start a blog, but I haven’t quite made the leap yet! I love all things creative, but with 3 kiddies 3 & under I struggle to find the time to pursue all my projects. Maybe next year will be the time, when I send 2 off to preschool…

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    This was a treat. Lindsey, I have followed your blog from the beginning, along with Lil Blue Boo. When you mentioned how your blog helped to give you an identity outside of the all important role of mother, I related. Blogging has, in a way, made me a better mother and wife by allowing me to feel complete and creatively productive. Thank you for this guest post. It was a pleasure to read.

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    Beth Morrow says:

    Loved your blog…I am new to Ashley’s LBB blog but cried as I read about her, cried as I read about her Dad and cried when I read her friends Joy’s Mom made it (not sure that the right name of the blog). Even as a mother of 5 and grandmother of 10 I feel the heartache and similar threads that run through all of our lives young and seasoned (I don’t fill old so I won’t use that descriptive). I have sewn all my life, made Easter dresses for my 3 girls, pageant dresses, dedication gowns etc., lost two twin babies at 13 weeks, and was by my Dads side as he entered eternity. Reading these different blogs just reinforces the desire that I have to continue pursuing my own gifts and talents and to pass that love for creativity and design along to others. Great job Lindsey, keep doing what you do…I will read your blog too!

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    Those dresses are very sweet and I love reading both your blog and Ashley’s.

    But, OMG, you took apart a hanna andersson dress!! Ack! Sacrilege to this hanna purist! LOL! I recognize that pink polka dot print. One of my fave hanna playdresses. Your dress from it is super cute.

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    Hi, my name is Ann. I am a cancer survivor and that was the reason for me to start a blog. It’s called Being Blessed @
    I am following The Cottage Home for the past five months. She is such an inspiration to me when it comes to sewing. Now I will be a follower of this blog as well.
    Ashley, you will be in my prayers. Our God is faithful and gives hope and love. I pray that He will give you strength and peace at the same time.
    Blessings to you and your family.

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    I’ve been a reader of both blogs for several months, ever since I started sewing. I’m a huge fan, I think you are both so much creative and very inspiring, it’s actually great to find Lindsay on Ashley’s blog. Take care, Ashley and thank you both for your strength and your creativity.

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    SueMurphy says:

    Ashley prayers are with you always!
    Thanks Lindsay for putting in print what I have always felt, but is hard to express. I have been toying with starting a blog for exactly the same reasons you have stated and wasn’t quite sure it was enough. I get bogged down in seeing how far the blogging world has taken others and get intimidated. I must stick to the simple joys of doing things as an outlet of creativity aside from the joys being a mom of 7 brings.


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