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November 12, 2009



Hello Rue. you have perfectly described the way I feel about my 1909 house! As soon as I saw it, I knew it should be mine. My husband said, "It's too small. It only has one bathroom." But I won him over. We still have work to do to make it perfect, but it's ours and that's what counts.

Your house is gorgeous!

p.s. Happy Birthday! It's my best friend's birthday to day, too.


Lovely, just lovely. There is nothing like a makeover whether it's a house, a yard, or someone's wardrobe or face. This was really fun.

And I'll happily take that birdhouse off your hands!

Esther Sunday

Happy birthday, Rue!!!

I really enjoyed your story, and LOVE what you have done to the (already) lovely home!


I really loved the pictures of Rue's house. I like the old vintage homes also. I was born in the wrong era I believe! I am so drawn to anything vintage or antique. I would love to win the cute bird house.


Pick me, pick me. I love the charm of the little birdhouse. And I really enjoyed the visit at Rue's house. What a neat lady! I love what she said about being an old soul. I think that is what could be said about me too.


Rue, I agree with you completely about older homes. :)


What a beautiful home!

Hattie Ligon

Kim, I have read this post again. Please help me! Rue mentioned that she read your letter to Daisy Cottage about two years ago when she started blogging. I have only been reading your blog for about a year. Please where can I read that particular letter. I have searched in vain for it.
Many thanks.


Rue's PB&J is a favorite of mine - one of the first I go to after Daisy Cottage. I love her new home and am enjoying their updates. PB & J are very hard workers!!!
Love the sunshine yellow birdhouse - hope I win!

Andrea @ Big Creek Cottage

Thank you for sharing Ms. Rue....what a gem. and the reminds me of Daisy Cottage!!! I love little holiday houses and would love to add this to my all so small but beautiful (start) of a collection.......


Hi Kim and Rue,

Happy Birthday Rue - may you have a beautiful year filled with Blessings and Love. Oh my goodness - what a wonderful story about yall's journey to find the perfect house - and what a lovely house you have. Thank you for sharing your before and after photographs.
Please include me in your drawing for your adorable yellow bird house - love it.



pssst..... on "about" above Kim's picture on the left side bar and you'll see her letter ;)



What a sweet dream home for some lucky little birds!! Your home is beautiful, Rue!!
Thanks so much for sharing - Bev


Hi Rue, so great to see you over here! Loved your post and I don't have to tell you how much I love you and your blog. Great post!


I've watched the transformation of Rue's home from the beginning. It is truly heart warming.

Happy Birthday Rue!

Kim, I just adore your blog. Truly charming.



Ive looked at your blog a couple times, and its great!

Love the birdhouse!


Thank you for sharing the home tour. It is lovely, and the bird house is too.


Happy Belated Birthday to Rue. The make over pictures are wonderful.
Love the birdhouse.



Happy Birthday Rue! Isn't that the cutest name! I have been a frequent visitor to Rue's blog for a while. Thanks for having her today Kim.

Southern Lady's Vintage

Happy Birthday to you RUE!!! I love your home and your little birdhouse is adorable!! But I must say that it looks like it belongs at Daisy Cottage!!


Happy Birthday Rue!!

I love visiting your blog and have enjoyed the ongoing transformation of the Peanut Butter and Jelly cottage. You give alot of yourself to your readers and we love visiting you. :)

maría cecilia

Happy birthday to you lovely Rue!!! I´m so happy that your dreamed house came true!!! And the work you are doing in your home is amazingly beautiful... congratulations!!!
Muchos cariños
María Cecilia


NOVEMBER is a GREAT month, Happy Birthday to Rue! My birthday is the 15th, grandson is the 18th and my daughter Allison is the 25th! Love the birdhouse, my house too, is yellow! Polly


Beautiful house Rue. You've done a great job.


Oooohhh, love all the before & afters......also love, love, love the cute birdhouse!!!


A beautiful home for a beautiful soul.


I always enjoy reading Rue's blog and she's done a great job giving such a good summary here. And "happy birthday to Rue." I love the before picture of her kitchen, with her husband looking up at the top of the cabinets, --it looks like he is thinking about what lies ahead in the redoing of it all! Thanks for posting this all, Kim, such a treat!


I have followed both you and Rue for the past are both inspirations!


What an adorable little birdhouse!


Isn't it great that we each have a distinct idea of what our perfect world would be? I love it when I see someone begin to form that world.

Linda Escue

I always love checking out Daisy Cottage and have enjoyed the pictures of her friends' homes. Rue has a lovely home and I enjoyed seeing it. The birdhouse is darling. I would love to enter the giveaway.
Happy day, Linda


Two of my very favorite bloggers EVER! Love you both, and I would love a chance to win that cute birdhouse. It's adorable.

Sending hugs and love to both of you girls...


Sheila :-)

What a gorgeous holiday house!!! Please enter my name!


Loved the home tour! Absolutely beautiful. Happy Birthday Rue, hope you are treating yourself to something special!




Happy Birthday to Rue! What a sweet post about her love for all things old! I enjoyed seeing the photos too of how they are making their dream home a reality.

I would love love love to win the darling birdhouse. I would love to have it myself, but it screams for my "Other Mother". She would be thrilled to have it. It has her name written all over it. Adorable...just adorable.

Have a wonderful weekend sweet friend.



Love love love Rue's house and her blog in general. I covet her kitchen sink :) Thanks for having her as a guest writer.

sweet cottage dreams

First of all, let me say HAPPY BIRTHDAY to sweet Rue!!! I just LOVE you, Rue!! Your story is so romantic, heartfelt and honest. You and Rich have put your heart and soul into making your current home warm, beautiful and just amazing!!

Congrats on being Kim's guest blogger!

L*O*V*E the sweet, sweet birdhouse and I would be honored to win.

Kim, you are just so wonderful and a true friend!!!! BTW, I made your chocolate chip bundt cake this week and we so enjoyed it - for about the sixth time around.

much love to both you and Rue,

Terri Bartgis

From one November baby to another - Happy Birthday Rue. I love your blog as well as Kim's. The bird house is adorable. Please enter my name.



And another Happy Birthday Rue! You and DH have done a wonderful job. What you did outside made such a difference and I love the front door; you've made it a focal point. Enjoy your home everyday. It's hard to enjoy what you've done and not think of all the things you want to do isn't it?


Dear Kim and Rue,

Oh what a sweet blog post..........and being from Ohio may I say that it is nice to know someone so awesome lives near me somehow. (I live in north Cols.)

Love your home, love your style of writing, so so happy you are happy. So glad you and Kim are friends because you are meant to be (obvious) and lastly - GO BUCKEYES!!!



Aloisia Tomschin

What a beautiful house Rue, I also live in a 1898 house, it's been in the family since 1900. What stories these walls could tell, We have been giving it loving care since we took over in 1974. And it has given us back many beautiful memories.


Gretchen Gerg

Kim and Rue,

Thanks for sharing your blog with Rue and Kim thank you for giving me the challenge of blogging to.

You both inspire me.


Laurie Munc

I loved the story of your old house and I love the house too. We bought an old, 1867, farm house on 133 acres in SE Ohio in 1996, Took 10 years to renovate and we love it. I always wanted an old house and land. We are so happy here in the home we made. The bird house is great! Laurie

Elisa Guthrie

Hello Kim and Rue,

I am an avid follwer of both of your blogs! I read them everyday and have for almost a year.I found Rue's first and saw Kim's on hers. You two inspire me a lot. I take things from each of you to do at my house. I would love the birdhouse because it looks like Kim's house and maybe I could be a little like Kim:) even though I am trying hard!!

karen cox

Happy Birthday Rue,
I love all of your ideas, and how you and your husband are such a terrific team. I love how Rue created her blog because she followed you Kim, I remember that story. The two of you have such a loyal following because the love you both put into everything shows in everything that you do. Look at this giveaway Rue.

Happy Birthday.



Hi Kim, Happy Birthday to sweet Rue...she is the reason I started blogging. I would read her blog and it lifted my spirits each and every time I did. Thank you for having her as a guest blogger...both of you are the best!

Sherri Bailey

I just love your blog. You have given me so many ideas for our "vintage" home.


First of all the very best of wishes and blessings for a beautiful birthday! lessons...aren't they grand?..

Thanks for giving us such a lovely tour of your beautiful home...

I too found Dear Daisy Cottage and Kim at a time when I was fretting more about my house than looking at the beauty of it...after reading Kim's blog...I blossomed and embraced the rustic style of my home on the ranch...and voila..I made it victorian rustic...and its me!!!! I owe the motivation to Kim...she made me stop and realize home is what I make of it...what I put into stop whinning and bloom!!!
Yay Kim...oh Rue..your home is a joy..hugs..

Now the birdhouse....well...that is just a sweet temptation!!!


Sandy LA 90034

What a wonderful renovation! And an adorable bird house as a giveaway! Look forward to checking back to both blogs.


Happy Birthday Rue! Your house is sooo lovely. I could move in without changing a thing. I'm loving that birdhouse too.


Hi Rue your house is soooo adorable! Thanks so much for inspiring! Hey Kim I would looove to win the birdhouse. Thanks!

Love, {Madison}


I was transfixed! I want an old house again...this is the first new(ish...37 years old). I loved seeing the transformation in her beautiful soulful home!

And that birdhouse...Home Sweet Home!


What a beautiful story! I can see why Rue fell in love with the house.


Carol from Indian Springs

Rue has such a beautiful home! And the birdhouse is just precious. Please enter me in this giveaway! Thank you.


Such a nice post. Love the birdhouse.

Kristen Smith


I dream of the day when I can buy a really old house and make it my own too, I know it will come...I can't wait!

Lisa Barnes

Dear Rue,

Happy Belated Birthday!!! Hope your house turns into the home of your dreams. The birdhouse is absolutely darling. Thanks for introducing Rue to us all Kim!


I've been a fan of Rue's from nearly day one of her blog! She's the sweetest and I love her blog, Kim....Thanks for making her day on her birthday!
Hugs, Pat

Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Gorgeous Rue sweetie, just gorgeous! Great guest post Kim, really enjoyable. You and Rue are both just a couple of sweethearts!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

Alison Gibbs

Rue how wonderful your home is becoming
Sweet giveaway


Oh Rue! I'm so happy to sit here and read your story. It's so encouraging to me. I'm so happy you guys followed your hearts.

laura @ the shorehouse

Aw...I love, love, love me some Rue, too!! It was so great seeing her new/old home's transformation all in one post -- it's amazing how much progress you can see when it's all in one place.

Thank you for inviting Rue over to your "house" -- and thank you for inspiring her to start a blog. :-)

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