Saturday, October 18, 2014

Saturday Spotlight: Jan from Curtains in my Tree

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 please help me welcome Janice from Curtains in my Tree.  Jan is a pro at collecting and displaying lots of wonderful vintage finds! And it touched my heart how she rescued a homeless cat!
Please sit back, relax, and enjoy getting to know her better.

It's hard to write a post about yourself don't you think so ? Try it.

Anyway I have collected something since I was 21 years old. My first old item was an iron full size bed I found at a junk store in Paducah Kentucky in 1971 I paid $10 for it and had it for years and a friend bought it at a auction I had 20 years ago she still has it and uses it.
I am a  grown up lady with 3 grown up children. I love dogs and now have a cat who was cold and hungry and I took him  in 2 winters ago.
My little pugs have gone on to doggy heaven and I miss them .

Another thing I have always collected is blue and white dishes and crock bowls. My first set of dishes I ever had my Grandmother gave them to me age of 14 the was the pattern of Blue Willow  like the tea set in the above picture.These ended up in a grave at the bottom of a canon  in New Mexico or Southern California I can't remember which one since it was 50 years ago. I was newly married moving across country we had a flat on our luggage  trailer out in the middle of a desert  someplace where you see another car maybe once a day (this was in the 1960's)  and my husband said put everything you want in the car I'm pushing the trailer over the mountain side OMG !!!!!!!!! I didn't make smart choices Grandma, forgive me the dishes went over the mountain !!!!!!!!!!!! We had a new 1964  Red Chevrolet Corvair convertible and I made sure I got all my clothes and shoes in the car and a few linens. It was Drama and I was very upset. I married very young.

Didn't mean to make such a long story about my drama and blue and white dishes LOL
Needless to say through all my years I have bought more blue and white dishes . My main pattern is Staffordshire Blue Calico. I seen them for the first time in a bridal magazine in 1971. I knew I wanted them just didn't know where to find them. We lived in Kentucky at this time and had 2 small kids and I didn't visit bridal shops and didn't even know where one was really LOL
Years passed and I move to Missouri , kids in high school I got the fever of  looking for antiques every day off work and went to a little town Moberly Missouri one Saturday and seen a sign Antiques  slammed on the brakes did a u turn in the street. Anyway as I walked in my heart was beating so hard !!!!! There was my dishes I had dreamed about that I had seen in the bridal magazine  years ago.
They were very expensive ,since I had rent, car payment and 3 kids now.  However the lady who owned the shop offered to put them on lay a way for me (bless her heart) . This was the old antique set from England I also have the new set made by Burleigh from England also and lots serving pieces.


I have sold and bought at flea markets through out the years and did very well till I hurt my back lifting heavy objects. It is so much fun to set up at an open air market and visit with people who love your junk LOL. I miss it.

I am a senior lady now and selling small items on etsy to clean out some of my boxes and drawers in my studio and have done very well. I  still think young LOL I can't believe all the years I have enjoyed vintage items. I don't feel old till I look in the mirrors LOL

I have some furniture pieces I am working on. I have a chair in my bedroom I am recovering with Country Life wedgwood toile material to match my bed comforter and valances in my bedroom . The chair above will be painted white with the blue & white toile material.
Then I have an old secretary I have always wanted to use chalk paint on and use in my kitchen.

I have painted furniture since 1971 back when oak furniture was gold and people I knew died when they seen a piece I had painted, I remember I bought an old oak wash stand and painted it antique green with a gold glaze and some friends came over who lived in a very high end home all new furniture they were speechless, probably thinking I was crazy LOL

I love buttons
antique lace
estate sales and auctions
toile material
and of course my babies

I live in Columbia Missouri now and work part time for University of Missouri , have  an etsy shop and I am a catholic convert.

I started blogging in 2010 to entertain myself. I am a widow however divorced previously and was at the time lonesome not now.
I travel when I can love Savannah Georgia and New York City.

I LOVE BLOG WORLD and love you all who leave comments.

Thanks to Must Love Junk for asking me over to her wonderful blog world.

                                                                    Janice Dauksch

Jan, thanks for sharing with us-I love your spunky attitude! :)
Please visit Curtains in my Tree then head over to Kris's blog to get to know another wonderful blogger, Gigi from Old World Patina.
Have a wonderful day!


  1. Jan,
    I loved learning more about your life. You have had some great experiences in life. Love that you find so much enjoyment in your vintage finds and also selling them. Thank you for doing spotlight this was a fun read to learn more about you.

  2. I Loved reading Jan's story!!! I'm heading over to her blog now. Thanks Susan for sharing Jan with your readers. She is definitely someone I want to follow.

  3. Oh Yay! One of my best blog buddies! I love her style and the fun she has with her blog. She's great to visit with and get to know even better. Thanks for featuring her, Susan! I hope you both have a fabulous weekend! Hugs, Diane

  4. I follow Jan's blog and loved learning more about her!

  5. I loved learning more about Jan ~ a beautiful lady! It's been like crazy town around here so I must catch up on the other features.


  6. Hello Janice! I loved hearing about your treasures. I too made some bad choices regarding dishes in my younger years and I still think about them! Isn't it great how blogging makes us feel less lonely in this big ole world? I credit my positive attitude to blogging and all of the new friends I have met. I feel like I have a lot in common with you. Have a joyful day!

  7. Hi Jan- nice to meet you!
    Loved your blue dish stories.

  8. Susan thanks for spotlighting Jan. I enjoyed reading her story and will head over to read her blog.
    Happy weekend!

  9. I have followed Jan for a long time. WHAT a story about pushing the trailer into the ravine!!!! OMG! Can you imagine doing anything like that today?
    Love your collection and that you are so full of life. I never feel my age either....maybe it is because I am in my second childhood. You are a beautiful lady! xo Diana

  10. Susan, This is a great post of Jan. I like her collections. I have visited Jan's before . I like her blog too. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  11. Another great intro - thanks Susan. Jan, love your story, and I'll be over to visit your blog. :)

  12. What a great post. That story about your husband pushing the trailer over the mountain is so sad. I guess that was long before cell phones and AAA. Thanks so much for sharing Janice.

  13. You are a beautiful lady and I'm already a follower. I love your blue and white and I'm glad you like Savannah, GA:) I'm a GA girl.

  14. OOPs, Susan. I thought I was commenting on Janice's blog. I love what you do too:)

  15. HI Susan

    This has been more fun than I originally thought, meaning blabbing about me LOL

    Thanks so much to all who left you a comment

  16. Jan sounds like a fun person to have as a friend! I love her trailer over the cliff story!! I'll have to go visit soon! Blessings, Cindy

  17. Thanks for sharing, Jan! (and Susan) You know I'm already a follower, but I never knew so much personal stuff about you and your "collections!"

  18. Your story came right from the heart. I loved it. Treasures come and go but isn't it funny we remember some so well?

  19. I love her blue and white china! Thanks for introducing another lovely blogger

  20. It was fun learning more about, Jan! I have followed her fun blog for a long time!

  21. another great feature, susan! thanks so much!

  22. Nice to meet you Janice...I can just imagine the shock and awe over the painted piece in 1971 !!...I do not remember too many painted pieces back then...just some antique pieces with layers of original paint...and then there were the pieces that were painted and stenciled ( favorite)....Another wonderful feature Susan...have a wonderful week ladies!


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