Friday, April 25, 2014

Saturday Spotlight: Pam from House of Hawthornes

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'm happy to introduce you to Pam of House of Hawthornes.  I love Pam's fun vintage style, which is infused with bold hits of color here and there.  But what I really love is Pam's sense of humor-her posts always leave me laughing!
Please sit back, relax, and enjoy getting to know Pam better!

Hi, I'm Pam and I blog at House of Hawthornes.

House Of Hawthornes blog @

I am so excited, and just a tad nervous, that Susan and Kris invited me to talk about myself a little bit in their Saturday Spotlight - Life Behind The Blogger Series.

House Of Hawthornes blog @

That's me on the left.
I'm one of those Moms that is always behind the camera and never in front of it, so this is the most recent photo I could find of me. From something like 9 months ago.
I could have had a baby in that time. Could have. But didn't :)
Where to start . . . where to start? OK, let's go back to the beginning.
One day almost four years ago, on a whim, I decided to start a blog.
Everything else in my life has been very calculated and thought out. I'm an Accountant in my former work life after all. But for some reason my entry into blogging was not over-analyzed.
I just closed my eyes and jumped.
Luckily there was a world of great people out there to catch me in their arms. And open my eyes up to all types of decorating, writing and photography.

Vintage Kodak Brownie cameras @

Now, I can't imagine a day without blogging.
Or reading a blog. I still read just as many blogs as I did before I started my own. I love to get immersed into someone else's story.
As for my story, I was born and bred in Ohio. I grew up not too far from where Susan lives in Northeastern Ohio.
It was a very, very, very small town and I always dreamed of the day when I could go off on my own and experience more of the world.
So I moved to Columbus for college.

Vintage pink McCoy mixing bowl with fish scale petal feather pattern @

OK, not exactly Paris, France, but still quite a big city for this small town girl.
It took me forever to learn how to drive on the busy downtown streets. They had four lane roads with cars parked on the sides of the streets. What the heck?
Did I mention it was not unusual to see horse and buggies driving around my hometown?
Even had hitching posts at the post office and grocery store. So anyhow, the traffic in Columbus just about killed me.

Eclectic vintage vignette with Kodak Duaflex camera, plaid Aladdin lunch box and rusty scale @

After college, I did a stint in Cincinnati for a while before moving back to the central Ohio area. Cincinnati is nice (they actually have traffic there too), but I've always preferred the Columbus area.
So now I live just a little outside of Columbus with my husband of 20 years and my 15 year old son who just happens to have Cerebral Palsy.

Vintage spring front porch decor @

I rarely talk about my son on my blog, since my blog is my creative outlet for all things non-mommy and non-disability related. But in reality, I try to fit blogging into my free time when not dealing with school issues, doctor's appointments and advocating for my son.
That's why you might see me on Pinterest at really weird hours :)
Some of the things I blog about are:
Thrift store finds.

Vintage Buddy L Zoo Truck @

And how I incorporate them into my home decor.
Truth be told, I'm running out of space here at the house and will probably have to start reselling some of this stuff soon. Before one of the hoarders programs comes a calling.

Monarch butterfly on a Purple Coneflower @

I was hooked on gardening once I planted my first petunia in 1984. And it actually lived. And grew larger.
Miraculous, I tell you!

Crabapple blossoms @

And my third area, which is really my first love, is vintage.
I'm a sucker for all things vintage. Not fine antiques (who can afford them anyhow), but chippy, worn and well loved items.

Vintage green portable Royal typewriter

I remember being about seven years old when a neighbor of mine came home with a pickup truck full of stuff he had cleaned out of someone's attic.
He was just stopping at home for lunch on the way to the dump, but he let us neighborhood kids dig in the back of it and pick out stuff. And take it home!!!
I'm sure he had no idea what he was starting. No idea at all.

Collection of vintage thermoses used as kitchen decor @

But it was the start of my love of junk.
Now, I cannot pass up a yard sale without stopping. An estate sale is my playground. And the great stuff that people donate to the thrift stores still amazes me.
I'd love for you to stop by my blog, House of Hawthornes, and have a Coke Zero with me.
I don't do coffee. I hear that is for grownups and, as you'll soon find out, I'm nowhere near grown up yet:)
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Pam, thanks so much for sharing your fun self with us!  Please visit her at House of Hawthornes then head to Kris's blog to read about Judy from 20 North Ora.
Have a great day! :)


  1. Helllloooo Pam! lol Love seeing you here. I think I started blogging just a bit after you did and you helped me out a couple of times when I was "stuck". I love all your collections and have loved following you. You forgot to mention that you have a WICKED sense of humor....hello? lol It is fun seeing you here! xo Diana

  2. Hey...I'm the first to post unless someone beats me to it!! Thanks so much, Susan, for having Pam. are my kind of girl...happy, funny, in love with your world and sure about what you love! I can't wait t have a peek at your blog! I know your son must be the biggest joys in your life and I can almost see the twinkle in your eye as you mentioned him.

    On my way! Thanks again, Susan. You are making me follow too many darn blogs!!


  3. Pam,
    Thanks so much for doing spotlight. This was a great feature this week to learn more about you. You are a new blogger to me and I have become a new follower. This was great to get to know you on a more personal level.

  4. As usual, I loved reading more about a blogger I follow.


  5. Yep, Pam is My kind of girl: I don't do coffee either :) Thanks for sharing your friend, Susan! HeHa...Sweet Salvage was AWESOME!!! Blessings, Cindy

  6. This is a GREAT post from Pam!! Love her positive spirit in the midst of life's challenges and her love of all things vintage. So fun to get to know her better.
    Mary Alice

  7. Thanks Susan for spotlighting Pam. Pam your photography is beautiful and your collections fun. When I return tonight from a day with my Grands I will head over to your blog and check it out.

  8. Pam, Nice to meet you here. I love the green typewriter...never seen one like it. Love your collections of thermos . Susan and Kris are great ladies....nice of them to spotlight others. I wish you a wonderful blog life too. xoxo,Susie

  9. So glad to see my Pam here!!! She's amazing and a hoot! Think we started blogging close to the same time, but she took off at it full speed...I am a leisurely person and I'm still hunting the blast off button. I'm thankful for all the friendships I've made through blogging and it's always good to learn a little more about the personalities behind the blogs. Best, Vicki

    1. Thank you Vicki! I'm so happy that Susan invited me today! I don't know if I'd call it full speed though. More like speeding through traffic lights and then getting pulled over and sent to internet jail :)

  10. Love all Pam's vintage finds...great feature Susan!!

  11. I just love Pam...her blog, her design sensibility, her love for vintage, and her humor! She would be so fun to go thrifting with! I've loved learning a little more about her today!

  12. I love Pam's blog, too and it's fun to get to know her even better. When I see her great vintage finds, I want to jump in my car and go hunt for some, too! heehee! Thanks for a great feature. Hugs to you both, Diane

  13. Hi Pam, I read your blog and follow you on Google+ (we first met through a FB message re: surgery discussion). I didn't know you are an accountant (that's my background, too). One of my Panoply sisters lives in Cincinnati, so we jaunt back & forth for our ventures. Love reading your story, and if we ever meet, I'll bring my Diet Coke, you grab your Coke Zero, and we'll hit the thrift stores! Thanks, Susan, for featuring Pam.

  14. Pam, you take beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing them with all of us

  15. Hi Pam! I love seeing what you've been collecting and how you're displaying your new found treasures. Fun to see you over here!

    xo Danielle

  16. Hi Pam! So glad to hear your story!

  17. It was so nice to read about Pam and her blog! I will have to go check out her blog now.

  18. Fun to learn more about you, Pam! Not to worry, I'm on pinterest at odd hours as well. And a former NE Ohioan (is that right? it doesn't look right to me). Ohioan. One who hails from Ohio. :)

  19. Love pam and the things she talks about. Great seeing her here.

  20. I am in awe of Pam's nice to read the person behind the blog...great feature Susan....Have a wonderful weekend Susan and Pam!

  21. What wonderful photographs! Crisp, clear and colorful! I am on my way to her blog. Thank you!

  22. I love Pam's blog--she has such an awesome sense of humor. Her photography is amazing!

  23. They had 4 lanes - with cars parked on both sides LMHO !!!
    You have me giggling here with a huge grin on my face.
    I blindly jumped into blogging too - can very clearly remember being terrified to hit the " publish " key - and truth be known I still get overwhelmed - seems like you've aced it !!!
    Loved reading this - and I'm still in love with that red truck ( my Dad's name was Buddy so it just melts my heart )
    Thanks for sharing - and thanks to Susan and Kris for this wonderful series!

  24. I must say....Pam always gives me a smile whenever I read her posts. She is lighthearted, and finds delight in the smallest of things. I am glad she is featured today. Her blog is always interesting, and she finds the neatest stuff to arrange in the nicest ways..
    Thank you for letting Pam tell us a little more about herself. Love her.

  25. I'm new to Pam. I love meeting new bloggers with similar interests. Definitely heading over to say hello! Thank you Susan for sharing.

  26. Another one of my favorites! I love her collections! She is a kindred spirit in the thrill of the hunt!

  27. One of my favorites her taste in vintage things and I hope one day to find a gray typewriter that I had when I was in my teens!

  28. Hi Pam, It is really nice to read your story and learn more about your life. I love your collection of vintage items. The typewriters and the cameras are so cool. I am a follower of yours and would love for you to pay me a visit!!!


  29. a new to me blog-thanks for sharing her, susan:) off to check her out!

  30. Awesome! I will be off in a few to check out her blog! xo Jen


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