Friday, January 17, 2014

Saturday Spotlight: Linda from Itsy Bits and Pieces

Hello! Every Saturday Kris (Junk Chic Cottage) and I 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.

Today I'm pleased to introduce Linda from  Itsy Bits and Pieces.  We definitely share a love of vintage decor!  On her fun, colorful blog you will find her decorating and repurposing in a creative, whimsical style.

Please sit back, relax, and enjoy getting to know Linda better!

Hi!  I'm Linda from the blog Itsy Bits And Pieces!  I'm so pleased to be visiting here with Susan and all of you on Must Love Junk!

I live in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota...but that wasn't always the case.  I grew up as an Air Force Brat and lived all over the place.  Born in Illinois, we moved to Washington and Texas, followed by 3-1/2 years in Japan.  I have many wonderful childhood memories living there.  Take a look at this kindergarten photo...I insisted on wearing a Christmas corsage...signs of my future infatuation with all things vintage Christmas!

Returning to the states, I spent the remainder of my childhood in Greenville, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia.  It was while living in Savannah in the 60's that I first began going to the thrift store with my parents.
There is a lot of Southern girl in this Minnesota woman...including eating the black-eyed peas I made on New Year's Day!

As a teenager, I moved to Minnesota...later meeting my future we are at my senior prom in 1972.

We have been married for 41 years now and have three grown children and six grandchildren...number seven is on the way!  I posted about my daughter's barn wedding last August.

We all enjoy getting together at our family lakehome in Southern Minnesota, it's a place that we gather and just enjoy catching up on life!

I have been a vintage dealer for many years.  After going to school for floral design, I started a custom design business, but quickly realized I was much more interested in the vintage containers I was using!  I sold vintage goodies and junk re-use projects in shops, with my daughter for many years, as well as 4 years of monthly occasional sales, and 6 Junk Bonanzas!  This past fall I decided to take a step back from the big sales, take it easier, and concentrate on my etsy shops.

I love to bake and cook and have taken up the challenge of developing tasty recipes for family members (including myself) with dietary restrictions~ gluten free, egg and dairy free, etc.  I love spending time in the kitchen.

I have loved blogging!   My newfound love for the photography was a wonderful surprise, as have been all the friends I have made during the 4-1/2 years I have been writing!  I have been blessed to meet many other bloggers at sales and get-togethers!

I am looking forward to some fun opportunities and adventures in 2014!  I hope you'll stop by my blog for a visit and to say hello...I love meeting new friends!

Thank you, Susan, for inviting me here and allowing me to share a little of my more personal side today!

Linda, thank you so much for sharing!  Your 'story' is so interesting, and I really enjoyed learning more about you!

Please visit Linda at Itsy Bits and Pieces then pop over to Kris's blog to learn more about Kathleen from Faded Charm!


  1. Hi Linda,
    It was fun to see pictures of you and your lovely family. I did not know you did Junk Bonanza. Love Junk Bonanza. We just did a girls trip from Chicago up there for the fall and the 1st spring show. It is an amazing show. So nice to get to know you on a more personal level. Thanks for doing spotlight.

  2. Thanks so much for having me's been fun!

  3. I love this, Linda. I love the pictures of you! Your daughter is beautiful-I think she looks just like you. I have loved following your blog and am so glad to know you even better. xo Diana

  4. Linda is new to me so I loved learning more about her.

  5. How is it that your were still in high school when I got married yet you have a bunch of grandchildren and I have none. My kids need to get busy.

    I loved reading about you at Must Love Junk.

  6. I'm so happy you featured Linda. I love her blog and have been a happy follower.

  7. Loved learning more about Linda, I've followed her for a while now and always enjoy her blog.

  8. Linda is truly beautiful inside and out. I hope we meet some day!

  9. Great intro to Linda....Linda, you really look like you're enjoying your life and what you do!

  10. Great feature! I love Linda's blog!

  11. So nice to be introduced to Linda. I'm going to hop on over to her blog to take a look around.
    Very nice feature.
    Mary Alice

  12. What a wonderful profile of Linda! She is a sweet blogging friend.

  13. Thanks so much for featuring Linda! She was one of my first followers when I started my blog, and I have enjoyed following her.. Love her vintage style, it's great to know her even better now:)

  14. It was nice to learn more about Linda, Susan! Looking at her picture, I can't believe she's been married for 41 years! I actually spent some time visiting Linda's blog yesterday so it was a pleasant surprise to see she is featured here today.

  15. I met Linda and her daughter at Junk Bonanza, and they're just as sweet as they look! I always enjoy visiting Linda's blog to see the lovely photographs of vintage finds and the interesting ways she uses them in her home. Thanks for the feature, Susan!

  16. have enjoyed "meeting" Linda online...and her blogs is one of my favorites - appreciate getting to know a little more about her...thanks for featuring her

  17. Thanks for featuring, Linda - I've always loved her blog and enjoyed getting to know a little bit about her!

  18. It was fun getting to know Linda better. She has a beautiful daughter! It sounds like she is doing what she's meant to do.

  19. Kris
    Thank you for featuring Linda!
    I follow her blog and enjoy her
    collection of vintage and her unique
    re-purposing skills...
    I sure love her prom picture.
    The apple didn't fall far from the tree
    with her daughter!

  20. So nice to learn more about Linda. It was nice of you to feature her.
    I am a new follower!


  21. Well here's my Linda! Once a southerner always a southerner so "Hey There Girl!" So proud to see her here! One of my first blogging friends and a very talented lady! Great choice!

  22. In case anyone is doing the math on Linda's age and having attended prom in 1972, I'm here to tell 'ya in person she does NOT look old enough to have gone to a prom that year!

  23. The Minnesota connection led me to Linda's blog, and hers took me to yours. So fun to find so many people with common interests. Nice post.

  24. I adore Linda I have been blessed by her blog friendship for a few years now. She is not only beautiful and talented she is a gracious woman. Love you Linda!!!

    Kate xoxo

  25. Isn't it funny how the vintage vases led you to your true passion? Love that! BTW, your daughter could be your clone, Linda. :)

  26. It's always fun to learn more about each other. I agree, your daughter looks almost identical to you!
    Great series, Susan. I always enjoy it.

  27. Oh, I love Linda! She has such a great sense of style. So fun to learn new things about her, like I had no idea she was an former southerner. Maybe that's why she's so nice!

  28. Thank you for featuring Linda. It was nice to learn a little more about the great person behind Itsy Bits and Pieces.

  29. Very interesting! I'm so glad you introduced Linda...I was unaware of her blog. Must hop over and see it!


  30. Sooo nice to meet you Linda! Love the blog!

  31. I've met Linda a few of times and she is the sweetest person! We share many of the same interest. Blogging has it's rewards and meeting other bloggers is one of them. So happy to know Linda!

  32. It's so nice seeing Linda over here today :)


  33. Loved reading the story about Linda…I was born in Japan when my dad was stationed there…but only spent 6 months there before my dad was shipped back to the states…loved the school picture…and learning more about her life's passions and love of family. Great feature…thanks Susan and have a wonderful weekend!

  34. I must check Linda's blog out! What an exciting life! Blessings~~~Roxie

  35. What a pleasure to meet Linda and discover how a passion an be a business and a lifestyle! A lovely family!

  36. I know Linda through etsy and Junk Bonanza and can tell you that she is awesome and supportive and her vintage bits and pieces are always displayed in amazing ways! Fun read!

  37. I adore Linda and all her junkin ways. It still blows my mind though that she has been married 41 years. She is a cool lady and shares some great ideas!

  38. a new blogger to me, i'll check out her blog--tfs, susan!

  39. Linda, how wonderful, reading a bit more about you, and your life,
    I love the photoes of you, -all of them ,you are still so good looking, my friend.

  40. What a wonderful feature on one of my favorite bloggers and friends! Thanks for letting us a find out a little bit more about Linda, and I loved the pics!


  41. I loved hearing about Linda. Hopped over and am now a new follower. She's very talented and I love her style! The photo of her with the corsage is fantastic and I love the prom pic too!

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