Thursday, November 6, 2014

A New Look and a New Fur Baby!

Such a happy day!

Tada!  My blog has a new look! I am so excited that it has been updated!  I am thrilled with the new look!!  Since I retired I really hope to be able to blog more.  And since we have completed the house renovations I will have a lot to share.  It seemed that my blog should be refreshed as well.  I had no idea where to turn.  I googled blog designs and found a few sites that I thought would be helpful.  I wasn't sure if I needed a total custom blog design. Although I liked the idea of something custom, I didn't feel like I could justify the expense of that since I am not a full time blogger.  I wanted a simple design that had some of the features of some of my favorite blogs.  Lucky for me, I found Blogaholic Designs.  They offer free templates, templates in a variety of price points, and custom designs.  Most of the options are "downloadable"; however, they do offer some pre-made templates that they will install for you.  You can also purchase "add-ons".  I decided to go with a pre-made template. I knew I would be frustrated trying to complete the process myself.  I had it installed and modified a bit so it is what I wanted.  I highly recommend Emily at Blogaholic Designs. She has been a delight to work with. We emailed back and forth quite a bit and my "goofy" questions never bothered her at all!!  I really love the finished product. You can visit their website here: Blogaholic Designs

And.... introducing Oliver - aka Ollie!  Our sweet male Cavalier, Bentley, passed away in May.  We were heartbroken.  Once we were in our new home, I wanted to get a new furry friend for Clarabel.  Jon wasn't sure about taking on a puppy since we had just had all of the floors refinished.  While looking (Seth says I stalk her FB page :-) at a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel breeder's website one day, I saw this precious boy who was looking for a forever home.  He is a retired show dog and stud.  I called her and we talked a couple of time and decided we were a fit for each other.  We traveled to Birmingham this past weekend to meet our new friend.  He is such a joy!!! We are completely smitten with him.   His personality is so precious.  He is a blenheim Cavalier, just like Bentley; however, their personalities are so different.  Bentley was an "old soul" even as a young dog. We always called him our little old man.  Ollie is six years old, but he is so playful and "puppyish".  Clarabel loves him too!!  Cavaliers are truly a wonderful breed. 

Sweet Ollie

Come back soon to see pictures from our new home!  

As always, thanks for visiting Buttercup Bliss. 



  1. I'd dying of preciousness!! What a sweet puppy you have! Enjoy making memories with little Ollie!

  2. Thank you so much! We love him!! Thanks for visiting :-) I always love your blog. I am adding it to my blog roll so I will know when you post.

  3. Your blog looks fabulous, and I'm so happy you're sticking with it. I was afraid the blog would go away when you moved! I wish you were closer to us so you could come to our monthly blog meetings. If you are ever in the area on the second Tuesday (Wed. this month) of the month, pop in to see us!
    And, that's one precious pup!

  4. What a precious dog! We have a 4 year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Bella. This breed is just so sweet.

    1. They are the sweetest breed, aren't they? We just love them so much. Thank you for visiting Buttercup Bliss!

  5. Love your new blog look! Isn't it inspiring to get your blog freshened up? Kind of like a new cup towel or something in the kitchen. :)

    Can't wait to see your new house as you make it your home. It's a process for sure...we've been in our house 2 years and I'm still staring at a few spots wondering what to do.

    Your puppy is precious!! There's nothing better than puppies and kitties. :)

  6. Oh how wonderful! I love dogs. Yours is beautiful too. I'm glad that you found one that fit your family well. I can't wait to see your new home too! Sounds like you've been very busy lately. I also like your new blog design. Thanks for the recommendation of who you used.


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