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 oliveout.com .
I would love to chat with you.
Thank you Susan for giving me this moment on Must Love Junk.