Monday, July 28, 2014

The Blog Tour Continues...

Today I'm happy to be part of a blog tour that's been making its way through blogland!

Betsy from My Salvaged Treasures invited me to participate, and being a big fan of hers, of course I said yes!  I've been following Betsy's blog for a long time, and we're kindred spirits as she shares my love of hunting for good junk!

 I am always awed and inspired by her endless creativity.  (I've even ordered some of her fantastic jewelry!)

She is seriously one of the most talented artists that I've ever 'met'!  She can take the most ordinary, forlorn piece of junk...

...and have the vision and talent to turn it into something extra special!

And I appreciate that she has always been so supportive, and such a sweet blogging friend!
Thanks, Betsy :)

So, now I'm gonna get right to it...

The 4 questions that I've been asked to answer are:

1. What are you working on right now?

I don't have any major projects going, but I'm always tweaking or rearranging a room, and right now it happens to be our sunroom.  This is a space that my hubby, 2 cats, and I spend a LOT of time in through most of 3 seasons...

During these summer month, I've been drawn to adding more soft blues and greens to our home, and that's apparent in the sunroom...

Just before that I was working on our master bedroom...

Who knows what room it will be next?  :)

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Maybe what makes my blog a little different is that my posts are strictly focused on decor (with the occasional post about my 2 kitties...



...or my shop thrown in...)

                                                               {Home Sweet Home}

You won't find any cooking or gardening tips here (unless you want to burn a meal or kill a plant-lol! :)

But that's ok with me...I just try to keep it real and write about what I'm passionate about, which is decorating with 'good junk'!

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

I began blogging as a way to share my excitement about bargain hunting for vintage goods, and decorating my home in an eclectic style.

Like I said before, it's something that I'm so passionate about, and I can't keep it to myself!

In sharing my home and shop with others I get to connect with other like-minded peeps who 'get' me and my style, and that is such a treat!

4. How does your writing/ creating process work?

I rarely plan what I'm going to post about.  If I've recently found some great treasures while out junkin', then I'll share that.  If I've just created a new vignette that I'm excited about, then I'll post that.  I just try to focus on whatever is inspiring to me at that moment, and that usually involves good junk! :)

Well, I hope that you enjoyed learning a little more about me!

Next I'd like to introduce you to the 2 amazing bloggers that I've invited to be on this tour (they'll each be posting next Monday.)  These special ladies have very different styles and different blogs from one another, but I admire each of them for their own unique talents and personalities.

First is Donna from Distressed Donna Down Home.  I love Donna's funky style and her fun attitude!  And just look at all of that great 'junk in her trunk'! :)

"Distressed Donna Down Home, my blog, started in April, 2012.  I am a retired teacher of 22 years and have been in several antique malls over the last 16 years.  My motto?  Have junk, will travel!"

Next is Lin from A {Tiny} Cottage In The Woods.  Lin is a sweet blogger who proves that you don't have to have a lot of space to have a lot of style! She's decorated her charming cottage in an absolutely gorgeous, French farmhouse style that I adore!

"Hi! My name is Lin, and my husband and I built a tiny cottage in the woods together in the Colorado mountains. I love DIY projects, decorating in French Nordic farmhouse/cottage style, drawing, watercolors, paper crafts, gardening, and spending time in nature."

I know that you'll really enjoy these 2 wonderful bloggers!  Please visit them next Monday as they carry forth the tour!
Thanks again, Betsy, for inviting me! :)

Friday, July 25, 2014

Saturday Spotlight: Tania from Little Vintage Cottage

Hi, everyone!   Kris from Junk Chic Cottage and I wanted to do a regular feature on our blogs, something unique that hasn't been done before.   So we came up with an idea to 'spotlight the real life behind the blogger' in a more personal way.
There is so much talent and inspiration in blogland, and we thought it would be fun to bring you a closer look at the person behind the blog.

Every week on Saturday we will spotlight a blogger and have them tell us a little bit about themselves and their blogs.  You will be able to see and read about each of the bloggers on both Kris's and my blog. 


Today I'd like to introduce you to Tania from Little Vintage Cottage.  On Tania's blog you might find her showing off her latest 'junkin' treasures, or upcycling an old piece of furniture.  She has a fun, vintage style that I love!
Please sit back, relax, and enjoy getting to know Tania better.

Hi everyone, I’m Tania (pronounced Tonya) from Little Vintage Cottage. I am a regular follower of Susan’s blog so I was very excited when she invited me to be a part of her Saturday Spotlight features! 

My blog is about my decorating and DIY projects, junking trips, and my efforts to grow my small business.

My parents have always had a love of antiques and vintage (my mom – furniture and home d├ęcor; my dad – old cars and motorcycles) so I grew up surrounded by beautiful, well made things and grew to love them myself. We are also a very creative family and we love building and creating art in many forms. I started out, following in my mom’s footsteps, with decorative “Tole” painting and added other forms of art that interested me later like creating artist bears, altered art, and sewing.

My mom and I participated in several local craft bazaars for years selling our art and even put on our own show in my house for several years as well! We cleared out a couple of rooms in my house and set up our own bazaar and we did quite well at that for a while but it was a LOT of work! Then we discovered eBay and started selling together there. Unfortunately, as many of you probably know, eBay started going all crazy town with their rules and prices and now it seems the big box companies have pretty much taken over. So in our search for another venue to sell our things we discovered Etsy and fell in love! We opened The Vintage Dresser  Etsy shop and we still share that shop today.

We both ventured out and started our own shops, separate from The Vintage Dresser, as well. My other shops are:

Little Vintage Cottage - My love of antiques and vintage is showcased in this shop where I sell cottage, farmhouse, industrial, and boho-chic items!
Little Cottage Crafts – The “sister” shop to Little Vintage Cottage offering upcycled, recycled, repurposed, and reimagined goodies I’ve made!
Something Special Bears – This is my newest shop, it is dedicated to my love for creating artist bears and is a work in progress offering my original designs. Here are a couple of my little bears.

Aside from all this I work a regular day job at a government facility (boooorrrriiiinnnngggg) :o) and I just finished up my schooling and received my bachelor’s degree last August (I'm 45 so it's never too late)! My dream though is to run my small business full time and I’m working toward that goal with my fingers crossed!

In my free time (when I’m not at work or working on my Etsy shops) I enjoy DIY projects and decorating and fixing up my house. Remember I said I work for a government facility? Well, the town I live in was built back in the 1940’s basically to support the workers that came from all around to work at this very same government project. They built houses and an entire town for them and I now own one of those houses! When they built them they assigned each one a letter and they are now referred to as The Alphabet Houses! Mine is an ‘F’ house which is a two-story with a basement, built in 1944.

I live here with my two dogs, Roxanne and Pongo. 

My daughter who is now almost 24 is off on her own and has also got the “vintage” bug :o) I am at a good time in my life right now as an empty nester where I can do what I want, when I want. In fact, I’ve always wanted a vintage travel trailer so when I became single I bought one!

My dad and I spent an entire summer fixing it up. I’m looking forward to taking her out camping this year!

I also enjoy thrift shopping and going to garage and estate sales on the weekends looking for things for my shops and my own home and lately I’ve been working hard to create a little personal oasis in my backyard complete with a fire pit and awesome patio lounging areas.

My newest hair-brained scheme is to sell this house and purchase a fixer upper... my family and friends think I'm crazy... I think it'll be fun :o) I hope you'll follow my blog and join me in that adventure... starting soon! 

Tania, thanks so much for sharing!  LOVE that sweet little trailer! (And what a cute pic of you and your dad!)  Please visit her at Little Vintage Cottage then head to Kris's blog to read about another great blogger, Alessandra from My Romantic Creations.
Have a great day :)

Saturday, July 19, 2014

New Slipcovered Chair and Flea Market Finds

I want to thank all of you for your kind comments and congratulations regarding my Vintage Style Magazine spread!  I appreciate all of your support so much!

A couple of posts ago I showed you my new 'cubby thing' in the corner of our sunroom, here.

I've been making a lot of changes to the sunroom, so now I'll show you the opposite corner of the room.

My mom gave us this wing back chair awhile back. She bought it new years ago, and it's in great shape and very comfy, but has an outdated striped fabric.  I had a store-bought slipcover on it for some time, but the fit was sloppy, so I finally got around to having a custom cover made in a neutral canvas fabric.

I'm pleased with how it turned out!

I added a vintage grain sack and new pillow to jazz it up a little.

I crudely covered a little footstool that I had with a piece of ticking, and I think it makes a nice pairing.

A shabby little bookcase fits nicely in the narrow space behind/beside the chair.

Of course, I've loaded it with goodies, and you can see that I've continued to add more soft blues and greens to this room.

Most of these items are recent flea-market finds, purchased at unbelievable prices!

Such as, the pretty colored glass bottles...

...this unique old bucket (which I don't know what it is, but I love!)...

...the charming iron planter (which I filled with softly hued eggs)...

...and this cool weathered ammo box...

Gotta love the flea!

I added a few other things that I had...

...and to complete the look, above the bookcase I hung a large frame with some old flashcards, and placed a lamp that gives a soft glow at night.

And now I think this all makes for a happy, summery corner...

...where I enjoy reading or perusing Pinterest on the iPad...

That is, if Bo isn't hogging it!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Have a fantastic day! :)

I'm sharing this at:  Ivy and Elephants