About Me

Welcome to The Old White Cottage!


My name is Melanie and I'm a lucky wife and mother to 2 daughters.  Five years ago, I was a full-time engineer.  That all changed with my first pregnancy when I was unexpectedly told I could no longer work due to pre-eclampsia.  After giving birth, I fully expected to return to work, but I didn't have the heart to put my colicky baby in daycare.  Just when things were settling down, baby number 2 arrived.  It wasn't my plan but I've been home ever since.

Blogging happened for me by accident.  One day, I accidentally stumbled onto a home and garden blog ... then another and another and another.  At the time, I had a 3 year-old and a 1-year-old and I was bored with the monotony of life at home.  I know many women dream of staying home but I missed my professional life terribly and  and I felt like I needed more.

Prior to having children, I loved to decorate and garden but between being a difficult pregnancy and being sleep-deprived with two bad sleepers in a row, I had I put that part of my life on hold.  However, I was at the point where life had settled down (and I was getting some sleep!) so I thought, "Why not create a blog of my own?".  Blogging also presented me with the opportunity to complete all the unfinished projects that had piled up and to document it at the same time.  I created this blog as a diary to myself so it was a surprise to find friends out there who shared the same enthusiasm.   

Blogging helped me find happiness in my home again and now life couldn't be better!

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