Friday, April 11, 2014

Saturday Spotlight: Olive from Olive Out

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. 


My guest for today is Olive from Olive Out.  She is a true kindred spirit with her love of vintage items and staying true to her decorating style.  On her blog you'll find evidence of her amazing green thumb, see her fun vintage finds, and read about her sweet cat and dog.
Please sit back, relax, and enjoy getting to know Olive better!

Hello y'all. I'm Olive from Olive Out. I have been happily blogging for four years. I had not one iota of knowledge about it when I started and simply dived into the deep end of the blogging pond. I have learned from all of you as I went along. I have much that needs doing and much that I absolutely ignore. 

I am a retired R.N. I worked in a large university teaching hospital for twenty five years. Nursing enriched my life greatly. It also made me kind of crazy.  A teaching hospital is nonstop chaos. You have to be an adrenaline junkie to make it in that environment. One burns out fast. I burned out fast. 

As part of that university system I also worked for the Department of Corrections in two state prisons. I retired at age forty-five with a full retirement because I had the years to do it. Thank God. I have sweet, sad, and scary stories to tell. You can read some of my stories, personal and professional, in my Hold Everything Lightly Series.

This charming, beguiling, and wonderful man is an enormous blessing to me. We recently celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary. We are incredibly thankful to have found each other at our advanced age. He enjoys Olive Out nearly as much as I do. He reads every comment and goes to many of your blogs. We spend a lot of time on our yellow house and on my antique booths.

This is South Korea Girl, or CC to many of you. She is our smart college age daughter who will be returning from a semester in South Korea soon. She also followed that by an internship there. She had been living with a missionary couple. Now she is living with a Korean family from the church. CC's faith in God has deepened with this trip. The Korean language is her minor. She has studied Korean for almost two years. No doubt she will be returning to South Korea. If only she would do all my tech work for the blog.

I propagate my own hydrangeas by the layering method. 
It sounds difficult but is very easy.

I am obsessed with transferware. 

I have a growing gallery wall.

I  love thrifting like my cat loves milk. I have been a thrifter since I was a teenager. We have two houses. An old old one and a yellow house which for now is our second home. The yellow house and it's garden appear on the blog. We furnished the yellow house almost completely with second hand finds. I hardly ever buy new items. An item with patina means much more to me. Saving money means quite a bit too.

After completing the decor of the yellow house (which is never done…wink), I could not stop thrifting.  I had been a pretty large consigner therefore it was not a big leap to go into an antique booth with my business partner (and dear friend). Beth and I now have four antiques booths and would like to have more. They keep me quite busy but I love the work. The joy of the hunt is thrilling. Ya'll know, right?

I especially enjoy working in my flower garden. I may not be an expert at gardening but my soul is certainly soothed and bathed in peace in that garden. There are always flower pics on the blog.

We have two fur babies. Shelley, a male German Shepherd and Gremmie a gangster dilute calico female cat. 
We three are at their service at all times.

Please come see me at .
 I would love to chat with you.

Thank you Susan for giving me this moment on Must Love Junk.

Olive, thank you so much for sharing with us!  Please visit her blog at Olive Out then pop over to Kris's blog to read about Melissa from Shabby Love!
Have a wonderful day :)


  1. Thank you Susan and Olive! I've followed you (Olive) for such a long time and it's really sweet to hear you talk about some details of your life. You are candid and thoughtful and smart..I get so many gardening tips from you...not to mention some advice with cold/flu/asthma issues. You are just the greatest. And we all pray for CC on her adventures.

    Thank you, picked a winner this week! :)


  2. Olive, have I told you how much I love you, lately?

  3. Thanks Susan, Olive's blog sounds so interesting and I will be following her. Thanks so much - great Spotlight.

  4. Thanks, Susan, for another great intro. Olive, so happy to make your acquaintance - I'm hopping right over to visit!

  5. So nice to meet Olive I will jump over to her blog !!
    Thank you Susan for sharing such great gals on your Sat. spotlight !!!
    Enjoy the sunshine !

  6. Hi Susan, I am deeply honored and tickled pink to be here with you today. Thanks bunches, Olive

  7. It's so nice to see my friend Olive featured..She is a dear friend to me and to so many others.
    Love, Mona

  8. I just adore Olive! She's so sweet and kind to all. :)

  9. Good Morning Olive,
    It is such a pleasure to read your story and learn more about you. I am a semi retired RN also and love how it really changed my life too. I bet we could share some good stories together. Thank you for doing our spotlight. This was a wonderful treat to learn more about you.

  10. Hydrangeas, transferware, and gallery walls ~ they are at the top of my list, too! : ) I didn't know you propagated your own hydrangeas, Olive. I may have to get some tips from you on that. I just bought three small ones that were on sale {I have them in the house right now}, but I want to plant two in the front bed of our condo. It would be great if I could eventually propagate them to expand in that bed.

    Thanks for turning the Spotlight on Olive, Susan!

  11. Susan, Thank you for featuring Olive Out...I love that sweet girl. I like to visit her site and see how the gallery wall is going. xoxo,Susie

  12. Thanks Susan for spotlighting Olive. Olive, love your name I am going to enjoy reading your adventures and stories on your blog. Happy Saturday,

  13. How wonderful to see my girlfriend Olive featured here today and I enjoyed learning more about her. I haven't met her yet but I got to shop in one of her antique shops (on one of our trips) and bought a beautiful piece of turquoise jewelry that I treasure. She later gave me the pillows I wish I had bought when I was there. That's a true friend! Lovely post and sweet sweet lady! Thanks Susan! Happy weekend!

  14. I love how she prefers used to new. I do too. I wish hydrangeas grew here.

  15. I follow Olive's wonderful blog! It's always fun to see the newest things she finds for her home and her antique booths. I also enjoy seeing her garden. I can learn a lot from her since we live in the same region. I'm always impressed when I read about her daughter and her education overseas. Not everyone gets that opportunity!

  16. Oh- I have never been to Olive's blog and I think I have been missing something. I am headed over there now! Thanks, sweet girl, for finding her and bringing her here. xo Diana

  17. I love Olive's blog and her beautiful vintage style.

  18. Thanks for featuring Olive - one of my favorite blogging friends!

  19. So nice to meet Olive, I'm heading over to her place now!

  20. Thanks so much for featuring Olive Out since I have never visited. I am headed over there right now.

  21. Olive Out is probably one of my most favorite blogs! (I'd say it is my MOST favorite, but then I'd annoy my other blogging haunts :) Thanks for featuring her and her crew!

  22. I Love Olive and her blog!! Her writing style is wonderful...making me laugh, smile, or cry. I have really enjoyed and gleaned a lot from reading her personal stories and experiences.
    Mary Alice

  23. thanks for sharing olive's story, susan!--new to me, off the read her blog!

  24. What a great spotlight feature! xo Jen

  25. Olive and Susan I am very behind with email and apologize. Olive, wow, what a career you had and have. I applaud your nursing and being a corrections officers. Both take much dedication and bravery for sure. T hanks for helping people and I am heading over to your blog to follow along. We have two pups that we spoil like crazy. I hope you will hop back over and take a peek.


  26. I can attest Olive is just as nice in person as she is in the blog world. I have been so fortunate to get to know her and her family. Junkin' with Olive is quite the experience. Thanks, Susan, for featuring her!

  27. I'm new to Olive. What a sweet and smart lady, I look forward to paying her a visit. Great post!


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