Friday, January 3, 2014

Saturday Spotlight: Kathy from Creative Home Expressions

Hi, everyone!   Hope your 2014 has started out great!

This bug has had me down for almost 2 weeks now,  and I'm ready to be over it!  It seems like about everyone I know has been sick; unfortunately a lot of nasty stuff has been going around.

Now that we're officially into the New Year,  Kris (Junk Chic Cottage and I are back with our Saturday Spotlight!  
Every Saturday we each feature a blogger where they tell us a little bit more about themselves so we can get to know the person behind the blog.  

For my first Spotlight of the New Year I'm pleased to introduce Kathy from Creative Home Expressions.  
Her blog name describes her well, as her home and her Etsy shop are filled with her beautiful creations!  (She also has extra points with me for being a fellow 'Ohioan'-ha! ;)
Please sit back, relax, and enjoy getting to know Kathy better!

Many thanks to Susan for inviting me to visit here at the Saturday Spotlight!

I had a big birthday this October when I turned 50.  My birthday is on Halloween which many people find interesting.  You might be surprised to know that I don't go all out decorating for it.  I am married for 28 1/2 years and I have two adult children ~ a daughter (26) and a son (23).  I also have a granddaughter who is 3.  She is a true joy in my life!

Up until two years and a few months ago, we all lived on Long Island.  A job opportunity for my husband within his company came up.  We had already had our house on the market to downsize anyway, but this move took us to Ohio.  A state I had never been to until we came to look at homes.  A big change for native New Yorkers!

It was an interesting experience ~ downsizing, moving to a new state, and becoming empty nesters all at the same time!  My son-in-law works for the same company and was able to transfer as well, so my daughter and granddaughter are nearby and I get to see them a few times a week.  Now we just need our son to come here!  He is currently going for his Masters in Pennsylvania, so he is closer now than he was when he was finishing college on Long Island.

I've come to realize that I am sort of a "jack of all trades and master of none".  I can do a lot of different things well, but I wouldn't consider myself an expert in any of them.  I love to sew and craft, and have challenged myself at times to make things.

I also love decorating and always have.  I used to move my bedroom furniture around all the time when I was a kid.  I think I get that from my Mom, as she always had a beautifully decorated and put together home.

I love thrifting and repurposing things I find.  My newest hobby this year was hitting yard sales and estate sales.  I was finally able to get a space in a booth, the weekend before Easter this year, which gives me an outlet for my creativity and makeovers.  It is in an antique mall that is not too far from where we live and I am enjoying the experience.

So, that's me in a nutshell!  Thanks again for having me, Susan!

Kathy, thank you so much for sharing with us-it's wonderful to learn more about you!
Please visit Kathy at Creative Home Expressions, then head over to Kris's blog to read about Michelle from Petite Michelle Louise.

Thanks for stopping by, and stay healthy!


  1. Kathy,
    It has been a pleasure to visit your blog this past year and get to know you and now with you doing spotlight I have come to know you even more. You are a delight and have a wonderful blog and give me so much fun and inspiration when I visit. Thanks for doing spotlight. It was fun learning more about you.

  2. I have been a follower of Kathys blog for a while now......she has a beautiful home and I enjoy all her thrift store re-creations for little cost! And I can't forget....I'm an Ohioan too! Blessings~~~Roxie

  3. Nice to meet you, Kathy! Great photos of your home's interior - makes me want to see more! I'll be coming to visit your blog soon. :)
    Rita C. at Panoply

  4. So very nice to meet Kathy !
    Us Ohio gals should all meet up and have lunch !!!
    Happy New Year !!!

  5. What lovely spaces! Such a wonderful post -- Nice to meet Kathy! And Happy New Year to you both!

  6. I really enjoyed learning more about Kathy! She has such a lovely home to showcase her creativity.
    Mary Alice

  7. Hi Kathy. Your living room looks really cute. You have added a lot of things. Also, your shop space is so full. It looks nice too. Still haven't made it there or to Sue's place. I agree, us Ohio girls need another get together.

  8. I love Kathy and her blog, she is always such an encouraging person and all of her crafts are gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

  9. Wow! I didn't know that we share the same birthday! It's rare to find someone born on that day. I will turn 50 this year so I guess we are exactly one year apart in age. So much fun to read about Kathy's background. Sounds like she's living a wonderful life. She further along with her family than mine since she's already an empty nester and grandmother. She's a young grandmother! Thanks for sharing her story today.

  10. Thanks for featuring Kathy and letting us learn more about her. I love her style.

  11. What a fabulous feature! Kathy is very talented and so creative; I love her style! I know so many of her projects by heart! I have followed her blog for some time and really enjoy it! I was blessed to meet her at Haven too; she's so sweet! Thank you for featuring her today! I enjoyed learning more about her.

  12. I loved learning more about Kathy, her family and background...she is indeed very talented and a lovely girl! I'm happy to hear that she is finally feeling better so that she can continue to do the things that she loves!

  13. Thanks so much for having me, Susan! It is an honor to be your first spotlight for the New Year. An Ohio get-together would be great! Maybe when we are past our frigid temps and all the snow/ice going on. : ) I will have to keep track of all the Ohio bloggers that comment and see what we can do.

    Thank you all for the wonderful comments!

  14. Love the photo of you guys, Kath! For those of you who don't know, Kathy is my oldest sister! =)


  15. I have e
    ben a "Kathy follower" for some time..Love her style and ability to re purpose just about anything..Happy 2014

  16. Thank you Susan for taking the time to greet me into the new year and all it's newness to follow.
    Thank you for this feature I have been to Kathys place but must go catch up with all she is inspiring.
    Just beautiful here.
    Now I am off to check out all that I have missed with you in your older postings.


  17. Kathy- You look just beautiful. I loved being 50. That is quite a move-from NY to least your granddaughter/daughter are nearby. That really makes a difference. You do a great job on whatever you do-you just don't give yourself enough credit. Fun post!! xo Diana

  18. Well Kathy sure doesn't look 50 she must have posted a picture back when she was 29 ? LOL

  19. Thanks for featuring Kathy! She was one of the first bloggers to show any interest in my little blog and I have so enjoyed getting to know her through blogging. She is one sweet and talented woman!! ~ Jamie

  20. Great feature! I love getting to know more about bloggers. Kathy is so talented & creative plus she's beautiful! Love the photos ~


  21. Nice feature. Kathy, that's a great photo of you and your husband. Always love visiting you, and I love knowing a little more about you.

  22. Wonderful feature! I've known Kathy for quite some time and am always in awe of her talent and creativity!

  23. It's been fun learning more about you, Kathy!

  24. Hi Susan, what a great way to meet new people and their blogs, I love this idea. I will check out Kathy and her blog. I do hope you are feeling better. Take care.

  25. Pretty nice Kathy, You are truly amazing and so inspiring! Love that you are giving back. I send you a HUGE hug on this Thanksgiving holiday and I am grateful for being your blogger friend! Little by little, I will be redecorating our house and I look to your blog for room design

  26. Kathy I really enjoyed learning more about you. You know I think you are so talented. Great that you get to see your granddaughter so often, it is important to be close to family.


  27. I love Kathy and her blog…Kathy is such a creative and talented person…she does it all..her sewing projects are always amazing and I always love seeing what great decorating project she is working on…Great feature to start off the New Year!…and also enjoyed finally meeting Kathy at Haven!

  28. kathy is such a talented girl--thanks for sharing her story, susan!


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