A Introduction, Goodbye, Hello

I have lots going on in my life right now. It seems that life can throw you a curve and then you find out it is an amazing blessing. Before I go into that I want to introduce to you Ivory.


Ivory is the last piece to my puzzle on the wall behind my sofa. I have had the frame hanging there empty for a couple of years and have not found the right picture for it.


In the February Country Living Magazine they spotlighted neutral decor and shared a wonderful mill that had been moved and redone into a wonderful home! If you can get your hands on one of the magazine’s check it out it is amazing.


Anyway, the lady of the house Theresa Halverson or mill I should say couldn’t find the right picture that she wanted for her new home, so being that she lived in cheese country, Wisconsin she went out and found the right cow with the colors she loved and shot a picture of her. She now sells the prints on her Etsy shop at Millhouse Mercantile.  They come in different sizes. I love the whites and pinks in the face of Ivory. That’s what I call the cow. lol


Now for the goodbye. My little peace of heaven will be moving. This little home houses seven people and is splitting at the seams. So I sat down with my son and his wife and we decided that I should find a new place to live. We all wanted to make sure that this was the right decision so we were very prayerful about what I was to do. I ask Heavenly Father to find me a place close by and that I would be able to afford it. I ask that it would not hurt my heart or the hearts of my dear family that I have shared my life with. There were some tears but once my little grands saw that they could just walk over any time they needed a grandma fix they seemed much better. The biggest tears came from my son the big firefighter. I love it that a man can show emotions.


The roller skates above were a Christmas present from this sweet family.

Introduction –  Within 24 hours I found a darling duplex just two blocks away. The money was the right amount. It has 800 square feet. Almost the same that I have now. So everything that I have will fit. It also has lots of storage and that is so exciting for me. It has a great yard which is taken care of by the landlord with a wonderful deck to watch the beautiful sunsets over the Great Salt Lake.  I am packing and will have neighbors help me move this coming Saturday.

I will be posting as I decorate this darling little cottage. It’s full of windows! This is huge to me because I have lived in someone’s basement for the last eight years. The little cottage was built in 1960 and has not changed much since then. Because it is not mine I cannot change anything structural. So all of the changing will be through the decorating.

 I want to name the cottage so I thought that I would let you guys name it for me. The person whose name I choose will win a sweet prize made by me. So make sure you leave a name in your reply!

Next time you hear from me it will be from my new cottage!

xoxo Jo

38 thoughts on “A Introduction, Goodbye, Hello

  1. That is wonderful, but also somewhat frightening at the same time; but, do not worry at all! You are still close to those that you love, and they are close to you. It will all work out very well, indeed! Remember the old saying, “When one door closes, another one opens” and you been through that one door more than once, so you will be just fine. You will be able to work with this new space wonderfully, and I can’t wait to see what you do with it all, esp. the windows! Love and hugs-but wish I could be there to help you move! Phyllis in Delaware!!!


  2. Wow! You have some big changes happening in your life! The best part will be being able to decorate to your heart’s content and I, for one, can’t wait to see what you come up with. As for a name – how about “Ivory Rose Cottage”?


  3. Wishing you happiness as you start a new chapter in your life. Have fun decorating your new nest!! You are so creative Joann, I can’t wait to see photos of your creativity!


  4. Jo, Ivory is perfect!! I’m excited for you. I know you will make the little cottage yours in no time at all. Glad that you are still close to your family! I wish I knew what flowers grew in the garden. Don’t know why, but Hollyhock cottage popped into my head.


  5. Love the cow print Jo she is so sweet. Good luck as you move into your new cottage. For names I thought you love lace and vintage so maybe vintage lace cottage. I know you will come up with a great name for your new cottage.


  6. I can imagine your inner turmoil, Jo. The thought of moving can scare anyone, but I wish you inner peace. Blossom, New Leaf or Dream Catcher all seem possibilities as new names for your cottage. No matter your choice, Ivory is perfect! I dog-eared that page in last month’s CL issue, I loved it so much! Happy, safe trails.


  7. I’m glad your so upbeat about moving and that the 800 sq st duplex will work for you and all your treasures.
    I would love to be 2 blocks away from my little grandsons.You are a lady with many talents for sure and who ever wins your contest will be thrilled.

    How about naming your new home,- Home With A Heart – or- Jo’s Mansion –

    Good luck with your move, I will be waiting for all your updates on the new Home With A Heart



  8. How exciting! Moving is always thought of as such a chore, and it is, but I always look at it as a fresh start! It seems like your new home was meant to be! Good luck with the move. I am looking forward to seeing you make your new house a home!


  9. I’m so glad that you have found a cottage so close to your family. It sounds lovely and I have no doubts that is will be beautiful when you decorate it. My name for your new place is Heavenly Cottage. Your love of angel wings and Madonnas seem to fit. I hope you are very happy and I can’t wait until you start blogging again.


  10. Hi Jo….just discovered your fabulous blog. Love, love, love your new cow picture! Looking forward to seeing how you make your new place yours. How about “Romantic Ivory Rose COTTAGE” for her new name?


  11. My lovely,
    you’ve create such a stunning corner and I’m sure you’re going to find the right plce for everything you treasure and for your heart too !

    Wishing you all the best,
    I’m sending my dearest love to you,
    thinking of you with much love

    XX Dany


  12. Hi Jo! Just checking in to see how you are and I see you’ve moved! I hope you’re settling in by now and that soon you’ll show us photos of your new cottage. I know it will be darling, and that whatever you name it will be perfect for you. Lots of great suggestions from previous commenters. I’m really excited for you! Hugs, Nancy


    • Hi Nancy, I am finally moved and the house 🏡 looks so cute. I won’t have the internet for a couple of more weeks. Then I will post my little cottage. It costs so much to get into a place so many extras. Thank you for thinking of me. Have a wonderful weekend. xoxo Jo


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