Saturday Spotlight: Betsy from My Salvaged Treasures
Spotlight: REAL LIFE BEHIND THE BLOGGER
Hi, everyone! Myself and (Kris) Junk Chic Cottage 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.
When I first came across Betsy's blog My Salvaged Treasures, she was posting about some jewelry that she had made. I was smitten! She recycles things like vintage keys and old clock faces, etc...it's just fun jewelry and right up my alley! I promptly emailed her to see if I could buy some of it (and happily she obliged :)
But she's also incredibly creative and talented at repurposing all kinds of other things, too-she'll take a forlorn piece of true junk and turn it into a work of art! I knew I loved all of her creations, but I didn't know much about her personally.
Well, you're gonna love getting to know her better! So sit back, relax, and read on...and when you're finished here, please head over to Kris's to read about Anne from White Lace Cottage.
In keeping with the "Saturday Spotlight" theme, I'm sharing a little bit about myself long before the days of blogging. I sorted through loads of pictures and narrowed it down to a few old ones that shouldn't embarrass anyone...like me.
old young me standing on the porch of my grandmother's (Nana) house during the holidays. I have some of the glass pieces that you can see on both sides of the door, and I still remember how pretty they looked with the sun shining through the windows.
This picture was taken when I had my mom and dad all to myself....gulp, back in September 1955. My brother was born three years later, and my sister five years after that. I shared this picture once before in a Father's Day post in June 2012. My dad passed away on Father's Day in 2004, and my mom is still my best junkin' pal.
in the late 30s or early 40s. I remember spending many weekends with her when I was a little girl and I was always so fascinated with her antiques and painting projects; she was also a master repurposer. Imagine that! I always wanted to do what she was doing.
Fast forward many years....
I met Mr. MST waaaay back in the early 80s when we worked at the same aerospace company in the San Francisco Bay Area.
After moving back to California and bk (before kids) we spent every weekend during the summer water skiing or camping, and almost every weekend in the winter snow skiing.
Fast forward another few years and two sons later.....
He doesn't see or hear too well these days, but he's still our sweet baby.
I've been hunting down treasures at antique shows, flea markets, and yard sales for as long as I can remember. I started selling my treasures and repurposed items at craft and antique shows about 18 years ago, and still love every minute of it. I also have an Etsy shop that's begging for some more inventory, and a few months ago I started selling at The Paris Flea Market, a local home decor and antique store.
I couldn't resist sharing a picture of my first indoor booth set up. This was just the second time I had ever set up at all, and it sure was dysfunctional.
Fast forward to the present and what keeps me busy these days.....
My booth at one of my favorite outdoor shows, Mes Amis Vintage Antique Faire, April 2013. I love being able to spread out in the huge 15' x 20' space.
Some of my goodies from an early morning treasure hunt....my favorite thing to do.
I love repurposing old junk. This 1950s wooden car seat must have been so uncomfortable, but it sure makes a great shelf.
This rusty old metal foot board makes a great chalkboard sign.
I love giving new life to old junk. Mismatched silver, buttons, typewriter keys, and broken jewelry give these little pumpkins some real attitude.
Minutes turn to hours when I'm on a jewelry making binge.
I hope you enjoyed my trip down memory lane.
Thank you so much Susan for including me in your Saturday Spotlight series along with so many creative and talented bloggers.
Thank you so much, Betsy, for sharing more of your personal story with us!
Now everyone, please stop by Kris's to read about Anne from White Lace Cottage! :)