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 décor; 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 :)

38 comments:

  1. Hi Tania,
    Nice to meet you and get to know you better. I love love love your vintage glamper. My dream is to own one of those some day. Love how you fixed yours up so cute. Thanks for doing Spotlight and letting us get to know you better.
    Kris

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    1. Hi Kris! Thanks so much, it's so fun to be featured on one of my favorite blogs!

      Tania

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  2. Tania has so many fun interests and is quite talented! Lovely to meet her. I'm off to visit her etsy shops and blog. Great to meet a new to me blogger.
    Mary Alice

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  3. I love your glamper!! I have one named Sweetie.....Yours is cute as it can be...LOVE your colors! Blessings and enjoy your first trip out with her~~~Roxie

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    1. Thanks so much Roxie! I'm heading to you blog now!

      Tania

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  4. Thanks so much for featuring me in your Saturday Spotlight!

    Tania

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  5. It was so nice to meet Tania and see all of the wonderful projects she has going on! It sounds like she is having a blast with all of her creative efforts. Super cute bears!

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  6. Susan, Hello and thanks for the introduction to Tania. Adorable photo of her and her Dad in front the sweet glamper. Nice spotlight, I will go and visit Tania's blog.
    XO,
    Vera

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  7. I love that trailer!!!! You should drag it out here and visit me! Loved hearing more about you Tania. I can't wait to see your fixer upper project begin.

    xox

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    1. Lol! Wouldn't that be fun to actually meet in person?!

      Tania

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  8. Susan, It was nice reading about Tania. I love her sweet camper. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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  9. Love the vintage trailer and I'm in awe of your energy and enthusiasm. This may be because we just moved and it was a horrible experience still haunting my dreams. Good luck with your plans.

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    1. Thanks Michele... moving can take it out of you for sure!

      Tania

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  10. I love the vintage trailer!!! Tania's teddies are very sweet. Very nice reading about the story of the alphabet houses.
    Kisses
    Alessandra

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    1. Thanks Alessandra! If you ever want to know more about the alphabet houses just Google "Richland WA Alphabet Houses", it's a very interesting story :o)

      Tania

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  11. So enjoyed this Tania! I learned a couple things I didn't know...:) Haven't seen Miss Maizy in a while...still love her! She is so cute. Have a wonderful weekend and have fun junkin'!

    Blessings, Vicky

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    1. Hi Vicky, thanks for the sweet comment :o)

      Tania

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  12. What a cute trailer--that kitchen is adorable. Love the color! Nice to "meet" you :)

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  13. Fun to meet you, Tania! If you have the ability to take on a fixer upper, why not? Sounds like you are in a good time of life to be able to pursue what you want :) Love that darling camper!

    Jeanette

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  14. Hey Tania - I am a long time follower of your blog, your post here is lovely - I am off now to have a mooch around this blog, oh I am going to need more hours in the day.

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    1. Hi Lorna! Yes, you'll definitely need more time in the day!

      Tania

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  15. It was so nice to meet you Tania and congrats on the feature! Wow you sound like you are so busy with work and your etsy shops!! I love your camper and the colors. I hope you enjoy camping in it! Your dogs are adorable! Good luck if you move and fix up a new house! Just thinking of that is making me tired! Lol. Thanks Susan and Kris for the introduction.
    Julie
    Julie's Lifestyle

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  16. Nice to see you as a feature!!!! Love the blue of your mini trailer too:)

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  17. love your maizy, tania! and your bears are adorable! thanks for sharing, susan!

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  18. So nice to meet Tania!...I love that travel trailer!!!...How fun it must be to fix it up with her dad...loved the story about the homes in her town!...and must say that her bears are adorable!!!!...Great feature..enjoyed meeting Tania!!

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  19. Dear Tania,
    I really loved your post. =) That little travel trailer is so pretty! Love the idea of houses being named after letters of the alphabet how charming. You are so very talented. Blessings, Valerie

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    1. Thank you so much Valerie! I love the alphabet houses too... you can even buy Christmas ornaments with your house on them!

      Tania

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  20. Oh that darling camper! Lucky girl she is! Thanks for sharing! xoxo Jen

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    1. Thanks Jen, I do feel very lucky to have that trailer... and my awesome dad who helped fix it up with me!

      Tania

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  21. What a wonderful spotlight. I'm so excited to pop over to get to know Tania better. I love her trailer.

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