Friday, September 19, 2014

Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger

Susan from Must Love Junk, and myself 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 Susan's and my blog. 
September 20th
Patty from Creative Ideas .... Cottage Style

This week I have the pleasure of introducing you to a really sweet and talented blogger.  Patty is from Creative Ideas Cottage Style. So please enjoy getting to know Patty and then take time to visit her wonderful blog.  You will love her style.

Thank you Kris for the invitation to tell a little about myself, my family and my blog. I began blogging as a way to deal with a difficult time in my life.  I had suffered a torn rotator cuff that led to adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder).  It was a chronic pain to the point where I really could not even stand myself.  Opting for physical therapy instead of surgery as I was told that surgery could possibly make it worse.
It was at this time when I had discovered Pinterest which led to the discovery of many wonderful and talented bloggers.  A few of which got started in much the same way as I ... dealing with something in their lives that blogging seemed to help escape for awhile or as a means of sharing creativity or a passion.

A little about me ... I was widowed at 28.

  Blessed with two wonderful adult son's and a beautiful granddaughter that I feature at times in some way on the blog.  (Inspiration from Alicia)

My oldest son Donald and granddaughter Alicia

 She has all of us right where she wants us ... wrapped around her little finger!!

Youngest son Chris

Blessed with a 
rewarding career as a full time Ophthalmic Technician I used to assist with Retina Surgery.  Now talk about amazing ... any type of surgery in such a small space as the eye ...
that is truly amazing.  After healing to the point that I could return to work I began working with Cataract surgeons ... my job is to do all the measurements and testing necessary for my surgeon to be able to pick the correct lens to replace the natural lens that is removed.  It's very rewarding to greet my patients the morning after cataract surgery when they come back for their day post op visit and the gratitude that they share of how much better they are able to see.  PRICELESS!

My blog is a hobby to me ... a wonderful hobby.

It's given me an outlet to share my creativity, decorating ideas, recipes and other fun family and home projects.

I use a Nikon D3100 camera and have fallen in love with photography!  Still learning but having fun doing so.
I don't post every day but when I do I try to make it interesting for my readers.  I am a creative person and have to be doing something whether it is making something, sewing, repainting, cooking ... got to be doing something.
Sometimes I will have more than one project going at a time.  I find great solace in so many things,  some so simple.  I love to garden.
I tackle big overwhelming projects at times and think to myself ... what have I gotten myself into?
But the reward when it is done is so worth it.

If you get a chance ... stop by my blog.  I'm very proud of the work I do and the simple things I share with you.  Come visit with me at Creative Ideas ... cottage style.

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Thank you Patty for sharing your life and love of family with all of us.  Now that you have gotten to know Patty please hop over to Susan's blog and meet another wonderful blogger Marsha from Tattered Chick.

Have a great week end.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fall is in the Air!

Happy Thursday.

I started some Fall decorating.  We had fall like temps last week end.  Actually had to put the heat on.  This week it has warmed up some to the 70's so I am hanging onto these wonderful days.
Got my fall mantel decorated.

My new little Harvest Angel in in the wreath sitting on the pumpkin.

Some faux wheat and sunflowers.

Pumpkin on old chippy post.

Blessings runner and pumpkins.

Love to decorate for fall with these cute fabric pumpkins. 

Took my sand and old milk bottle and added some fall flowers for a centerpiece on the dining room table.

As the sunshine streams into the entry way I have my new chippy swing and spread out a few fabric pumpkins up on the bench.

I am sure this bench will change up a few times as I get more fall decor.

I guess this summer girl needs to say good bye to summer and hello fall.  Just hope fall holds on for a while.  I do love when the leaves all start to change here in the midwest.

It makes me think of Chili in the crockpot, warm homemade Apple pie and Terry watching his Chicago Bears on Sundays.  Yep fall is here.

Hope your fall decor is starting where you are too.

I am slowly starting the outside of the house.  Some of my summer flowers are still hanging on.

Have a great rest of the week.
Be sure to come back on Saturday for Spotlight.  Susan and I have two wonderful bloggers for you to get to know better.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Coffee Anyone?????

Happy Tuesday! 

Remember this:

It is now this:

A New Coffee Bar.

I have lots of storage in these little drawers in this buffet table for napkins and k-cup refillers and teas, etc.

Remember this old chippy post I got at Anne's (White Lace Cottage)  Vintage Home Sale.  I was not sure what I would do with it just knew I needed this chippy piece.

Terry and his trustee tools cut the post in half so I could frame out the chalkboard space of the coffee bar.  Thanks Anne.  I knew I would find a good use for that chippy post.

Le Cafe hanging basket to put muffins and bakery items.  I am going to fill these with cute french linens too.  On the hunt.

Cute creamer and also cow candle sticks and a cute cow creamer.

A little chalk board paint and an old chippy frame.

Now I have a nice place for desserts and yummy coffee's and Latte's when I have guests or it is just Sunday morning with just Terry and I.

The fun part about all of this is I do not drink coffee.  Never could get a grip on the taste of coffee.  Believe me I have tried through the years to like it.  Even with all the yummy creamers just could not embrace the taste. 
 Love the smell of coffee brewing just not the taste.

I am a tea drinker and love the chai tea's I can make in my Keurig.
Now Keurig has so many great choices for cold or hot drinks.

So that is what I did this past week end.  Love my new coffee bar.  Now who is coming by for a cup of Joe!

Have a great week.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014


Good Sunday Morning.  Hope your week end is going great.  We are having fall temps this week end here in Chicagoland.  Had to put the heat on last night ughhh!  

No worries it is suppose to get back up in the 70's this week.  Hope they are right. 

I went junkin with a friend on Thursday and one of our stops was at the Janet's shop Lucky Junk.  My heart beats just a little faster each time I walk in her shop of unique treasures.

I found something small and oh so cute that flooded back a lot of great childhood memories for me so I bought it.  Was not sure where it would go in my home but just knew I needed this treasure.

Yep!  Look at this sweet vintage wooden swing in yellow.  Too sweet.

I hung it for now in the entry way with all my vintage garden items.  It will go outside next summer and probably be in my big tree out front.  For now I want to keep it inside.

Grace even came out to try out the swing.

Love all my fall fabric pumpkins I have collected and have been gifted with.

I will be finding some new places for these pumpkins when I start my fall decor.

These sweater pumpkins I was gifted from my friend Susan from Must Love Junk last fall.  They made me smile to pull them out for this years decor.

You never know where one or two or three may pop up.

Ohhhh what is this mess going on in my dining room?????  Stay tuned hope to have this little project finished this week end to show you soon.  I will be excited for you to see what new decor space this will become.

Have a great start to the new week.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger

Susan from Must Love Junk, and myself 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 Susan's and my blog. 
September 13th
Danni from Silo Hill Farm

Hi Everyone and Happy Saturday.  This week I am introducing you to a wonderfully sweet blogger . 

   Danni in my book is a hero because she fought for adopting two children as a single mom and won.  After not giving up she was able to raise two beautiful  children and give them a great start in life.    Ok not to give anymore away on Danni please read on about her and I know you will fall in love with her and her lovely blog.

Hello to all of you fans of Junk Chic Cottage!  I'm excited to be here and a little bit baffled as to why Kris asked me to be spotlighted.  I don't really have a cottage and I don't really have a lot of vintage-ish stuff, although I love both.  

I come from a large family, five sisters and one brother and I love them all!  I grew up in Chicago and dreamed of leaving it most of my life.  I was pretty sure I was never meant to be a city girl and longed for wide open spaces.  It didn't take me long to move when I turned 18.  I'm kind of a girl of action and oh just try telling me "no". 
I moved to Missouri and adopted two children as a single parent.  (Can you believe the state of Missouri told me I couldn't do that?...Like I said, just try telling me "no".)  They are grown and out on their own now, but here they are in younger days.
Aja and Will
When my kids were 8 & 10, I met and married my husband Sam.  He's awesome.  He adopted my kids and life got even more exciting from there.
 We moved to Montana where we lived in a cabin on a mountain with a stream.  Picture perfect and I loved it.  Moose, bear, mountain lions, elk and deer right outside my front door.  I still miss it everyday. 
After about 8 years, we moved back to Missouri to be closer to family.  We bought a farm with a creek and since we didn't know what to do with our spare time, we started a pumpkin patch and haunted maze that we opened to the public every October.  It was a blast!  Schools came out for field trips and brave and not-so-brave teens came out every weekend night.
When we had a horrible drought, we learned that maybe a weather dependent business was not our thing.  Last year we sold our farm and bought a bigger house in town to renovate.  We finally moved in in May and have been surprised at how much we enjoy living in town.  I especially enjoy having a bigger house with an entire room dedicated to crafting and creating.
Even though we have moved into town, we are about to get into the cattle business out in the country, which means we'll be back to wearing farm boots and driving tractors again.  I can drive a tractor. 
We have 3 grandchildren whom we adore...

I took a part-time job this summer as a bookkeeper for a graphics design company.  I'm a nerd, I love bookkeeping, but I can't wait to get my hands on some of their equipment and maybe make some cool signs and wall art.
I love blogging, although I have less time for it now that I work.  I love all of the inspiration I get from the blog world and I spend way too much time scrolling through link parties and pinterest.  I have made some great friends in the blog world and even met a few of them.  I hope to meet more.

If you aren't familiar with my blog, it's mostly a crafting blog where I create my own decor, although my most viewed post happens to be Caramel Corn recipe, go figure.  (It is awesome stuff though.)  Here are the links to some of my popular posts.
Easy Caramel Corn
 I've made some fun pallet projects.
Deck the Halls Pallet Art
Pallet Shelf
My Fairy Garden has had a ridiculous amount of views.  I had no idea people loved fairy gardens so much.
Fairy Garden
Since it's almost Halloween, here are my two most popular posts for the upcoming season.  This first one really took no time at all, seriously, 30 minutes and there's a quick tutorial.
Witch Hand
This Umbrella Witch is not an original idea, but I did put my own spin on it.
Umbrella Witch
Lately I've been working on a few projects for my Coastal inspired bedroom.
Coastal Wreath
Seashell Display Stands
If any of this interests you, please stop by and visit my blog at Silohill Farm or you can follow along on facebook
Thank you Kris for this glorious opportunity to be featured here on your wonderful blog!

Thank you Danni for being in the Spotlight this week.  It was a pleasure to feature you.  After you have read about Danni please hop over to Susan's blog and read about another wonderful blogger Deb from Garage Sale Gal.

Have a wonderful week end.