I’m Belle, a Texas girl through & through, transplanted and living out a dream in a quaint, little Midwest town. My roots…I grew up in South Texas. A town that has an abundance of palm trees, tropical weather, and a few minutes drive will get you to the “island”, and the most delicious Mexican & seafood anywhere. Growing up in a big family of mostly girls, there was always lots of cooking and making happening in my childhood and throughout. It set the perfect foundation for my love of everything homemade & handmade. And family!
Family is everything
I’m a wife, a mom, & a grandma, (known as Mimzy to two awesome little boys)! My oldest of my two, is a son… blessed with amazing talents. He is a songwriter/ musician/ singer/ artist, who resides in the music capital. This momma, of course is and always will be… his BIGGEST fan!
The daughter, is amazing and a rock star at everything she tries! If she’s not in the classroom teaching, she’s managing her online boutique, or chasing around two of the cutest little boys. Her husband is a wonderful daddy, an avid outdoorsman, handyman, and the best SIL any Mother could ask for.
For work and enjoyment, the hubs and I, own and operate a Bed & Breakfast in our small town. We bought a stunning 138 year old Italianate Victorian home to turn into a B&B while restoring it back to its original beauty.
When I’m not here posting on GCC, I’m spending time with the family, in the kitchen making something fabulous, entertaining guests at the B&B, OR doing some cool woodworking project. Keeping busy is a favorite thing as long as the power tools are working and there is plenty of sweet tea!
I share & document my passion for the things I love here at GCC. I enjoy cooking, interior decorating, fashion, and wielding power tools! I’m an accessory hoarder, a tea addict, and I’ve been known to go nuts when I see old stuff that I can re-purpose.
I love to share my story, to inspire through creativity, cooking, and more.
The blog name
A lover of water, I grew up along the coast in Texas. Although I no longer live along the coast, up until now, I had somehow managed to always end up BY or UP a creek!
At one time surrounded by both a GULLY & a CREEK!
The COTTAGE —well, because of my love of dwellings and my background in architectural design.
Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you will follow along for some inspiration!
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