Friday, June 6, 2014

Saturday Spotlight: Donna from Distressed Donna Down Home

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. 


I'm pleased to have Donna from Distressed Donna Down Home as my guest today.  Donna is a kindhearted blogger who shares my love of hunting for good junk, selling some of said good junk, and of course keeping some good junk!  She has a fun, original style, and I love her quirky sense of humor!  Please sit back, relax, and enjoy getting to know Donna better.

Thank you, Susan and Kris, for inviting me over for the Saturday Spotlight Series.  I was so excited when you asked.  

I am Donna from Distressed Donna Down Home

I started blogging in April, 2012, when I realized how much I missed daily journaling with my students.

I taught for 22 years and have had booths in antique malls since 1998.

The real Distressed Donna is a small statue I rescued from the roadside many years ago.  She stands in the container garden at the end of the driveway.

Many of you know I am a Rust Goddess whose purpose in life is to thrift, buy excessive amounts of vintage goodies, and paint furniture.

I love my husband of 34 years - I had to chase him down, but I caught a good one.

I love my pets.

I love our home in South Carolina.

I love Horror Monster, my craft stash.  Here he is in all his glory.

I collect and decorate with body parts.

No, really I do!

Frozen Charlottes, tiny German dolls from the 1880's, are my favorites, but I have antique doll heads, arms, legs, glove molds ...

Well, you get the picture.

(I even have a large crock once used at a local medical college to hold body parts in the anatomy department - it holds kindling now.)

Now for things you may not know about me.

I used to carve stamps and still do on occasion.

This one was published in Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine.

I collect old photos - of my family and of other people's families.

This is one of my favorites of my mother and grandmother walking down the street.  My grandmother was appalled the street photographer took it in front of a bar.

Even though you see many cottage-y items on my blog, my home is an eclectic mix of vintage and primitives.

I collect folk art and outsider art.

The funky chicken dough bowl is a piece by Ernest Lee, a well-known South Carolina outsider artist.

The student pottery birdhouse I call Teddy Roosevelt is one of many student pieces I have.  Most of them heads, of course!

To my husband's utter dismay, I am not afraid to tackle huge redecorating projects - often in the middle of the night.

Four years ago I ripped all the carpet out of the living and dining rooms, painted, refinished the floors, and moved all the furniture around.

SSSH!  Don't tell Chucks I have ideas for the kitchen.

When I am not thrifting, painting, redecorating, hunting for rust, or playing with the pets, I like to work with assemblage art pieces.

One of my pieces - An Angel Bound.

I better go before I reveal too much about myself.

I do like being a woman of mystery.

Thanks again, Susan and Kris!

Come over and visit any time.

See y'all!

Donna, thanks so much for sharing with us today!  I love old dolls and doll parts, too (even though my hubby thinks they're creepy!) and I love your creation 'An Angel Bound'!!
Please visit Donna at Distressed Donna Down Home  then head over to Kris's blog to read about Mary from My Dogs My Garden and Mary.
Have a wonderful day!


  1. It's kind of funny, I follow Donna on Etsy but never made the connection to her blog! I'll be heading over there now to check it out and learn more about this eclectic lady! Thanks for sharing, Cindy

  2. I need to go visit Donna's blog. I like her style. Fun sot- xo Diana

  3. I have followed Donna for quite awhile and I don't think that I knew she had been a teacher like me.

    Thanks for this fun weekly feature.

  4. Thank you for the feature here, Susan. I have enjoyed my visit and look forward to meeting more bloggers.

  5. Great info on Donna, Susan - thanks for sharing her story. She has become a great blog friend of mine recently.

  6. I learned some things about Donna I didn't know today! Love her angel bound assemblage.

  7. These features are always fun- love Donna's wit and fun style!

  8. It's so nice to see Donna here! She's such a sweet lady and lives in a beautiful part of the country. Thanks for the fun feature! Happy weekend!

  9. Thank you Donna for doing Spotlight. You have a fun style. Love the angel bound. Awesome.

  10. So fun to learn more about, Donna! I always love seeing her finds! Thank you for sharing with us!

  11. I don't believe I've seen Donna's blog before. Thanks for featuring her. I'll have to go over and visit her now. She's a very artistic and creative gal!

  12. Donna is one of my favourite bloggers, and she never ceases to amaze me with her creativity and her junkin' spirit. So glad to see her featured here!

  13. Susan, I was happy that Donna told what those little dolls were called. I never knew. Thanks for featuring her today. xoxo,Susie

  14. Hey Donna, you know I love ya, and all your fabulous chippyness! Enjoyed learning more about ya. You always have me wishing I lived closer!

  15. I just love her eclectic style! Great feature!

  16. Thanks for the giggles Donna. Will have to go visit your blog.

  17. I love Donna and her blog and it was nice to find out more about her today!

  18. I've been following Donna. Thank you for featuring her. It was very interesting to learn about her.

  19. I know Donna personally and she is just as wonderful, quirky, educated, and fun as she is on her blog. She also has the capacity to make me tired (Read I AM Jealous) with her continuous completion of project after project. We go thrifting together and have great fun. Thanks Susan for another stellar feature. Olive

  20. Oh I couldn't wait to start reading this one !!!
    I adore Donna - and her eclectic style - ( except her frozen Charlottes creep me out - they make me think of " Hush Hush sweet Charlottle - with the head falling down the stairs )
    But I love everything else about this creative lady lol :)

  21. Well son-of-a-gun...I did learn some things about Donna that I didn't know! She is so amazing!

  22. What a treat to find Donna here today! She does have an amazing junk-detector, and I adore her sense of humor! Donna, it was so nice to learn more about you! Love these features, Susan. :)

  23. Great feature Susan and I am hopping over to check out Donna's blog!


  24. love this feature, susan! her bound angel is so darling!

  25. So nice to meet you Donna!...I admire you for refinishing the floors on your own...what a huge task to take that photo of your mother and grandmother...

  26. This is such a fantastic idea Susan. It was nice to meet Donna and visit her blog.


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