Monday, August 18, 2014

On the Blog Tour!

When my blog buddy Tuula invited me to be a part of the blog tour that's been going on here in bloglandia, I was honored and excited! I immediately said I would do it because it sounded like fun! I'm all about fun! Tuula and I share a love of vintage things and we both like to take a lot of those things and transform them into something else or at the least, give them much needed updates. Tuula is the queen at transforming things into unique, one of a kind items. Just check out these gorgeous plate flowers.

I'm always excited to read her latest post so I can see what awesome project she has been working on. Lately, she's been redoing her master bedroom. It is looking so good! I love the colors she is using to decorate. They are so bright and cheerful! Just check out her funky toile dresser she recently redid!

In addition to turning her vintage finds into treasures, she also has gorgeous garden spaces in her yard. She creates some beautiful pieces of art to place throughout her outdoor spaces as well. I love this most recent vignette she created. Go check out how she did it!

Tuula also sells some of her treasures. You can visit her Etsy shops, Spoonfuls of Whimsy, where she sells the whimsical items she creates from her found treasures. She also has Thrifty Rebel Vintage Collectibles which features vintage items of all sorts. I love this gorgeous plate flower in the Spoonfuls shop!

You can read Tuula's blog tour post here. Go by and give her some love. 
If you've never visited, you're in for a treat.

Now, it's my turn to share!
I am supposed to answer four questions. I'm a teacher...I'm used to asking the, but I will try to answer them to the best of my ability. So, here we go!

What are you working on right now?

OK...let me try to answer this one quickly. I (along with my hubby) have been working on renovating my living and dining rooms in my mobile home. For those of you who are new here, I live in a 24 year old double wide mobile home. That's a home that's built somewhere else and delivered to your property when complete. We were planning to build a house in the future, but since now is the future we had planned to build in, and we don't want a mortgage at our age, we opted to renovate what we have. It has been a blast! We get to do what we want and pick out what makes us happy. So, with that said, here are a couple shots of  what we've been up to. 

First up is the built in bookcase that I am in LOVE with! You can check it out here.

Next up is a project I haven't shared yet. I will blog about it soon, but here's a sneak peek!

You can see the entry I created here and my dresser turned buffet project here

OK...on to question 2.
How does your work differ from others of its genre?

This one is a tough one to answer for me. I mean, in a way, I think we are all different, but in other ways, I feel we are the same. I mean, I create what I love. Sometimes it may be something I came up with on my own, and sometimes I may create something similar to a project I saw online. One thing I do know is I create what makes me happy. I don't care if anyone else likes it. If it makes my heart happy, then that's enough for me. I don't try to keep up with all the current trends, although I do love some of the current trends and incorporate them into my decor. My decor is very eclectic since I mix old and new, trendy and vintage all together. it's what makes me happiest. I love a mix of things....just look at my new buffet area in my dining room. 

I took the vintage French Provincial style dresser from my bedroom, chalk painted it and placed it in from of my trendy new plank wall. I topped it with vintage milk glass pieces, two old repainted brass lamps topped with new nailhead trimmed shades, scrabble tile words, an anniversary clock my mother in law gave me years ago, an antique candy dish that belonged to my granny, and a few other odds and ends. Above it hangs a thrifted print that I fell in love with! So, I guess my work isn't all that different, it just fits in several different genres. Does that make any sense?

If not, just pretend it does and let's move on the question 3!
Why do you write/create what you do?

Well, this one's easy for me! I write and create what I do because I love it. My blog is an online journal of sorts for me. I am documenting my life on here. My blog is a lifestyle blog. I don't share just one type of post like many bloggers. I might share my thrifty finds one day, and a new recipe the next. I may share vacation photos, furniture makeovers, my grown up children, my sweet Sadie Lou, or some kindergarten fun. It's always's my life folks. Life changes daily and I just share what's going on with mine. So, here's a recipe for's one of my favorites!

And just for fun, here's my Sadie Lou...:)

Last, but not least, question number 4!
How does your writing/creative process work?

Well, I wouldn't really call it a process...not for me anyway. I almost never plan a post. I mean, I might have an idea every now and then, but like I said above, I blog about my life and what's going on in it. So, I write about something that's currently happening in my life. I'm a very visual person as well,  so I take (and share) lots of photos in my posts, since that's what I enjoy. I love visiting blogs who also post lots of photos. 

Here are a couple of my favorite photos.....I love photographing nature.

Read post here.
Read post here.
As for my creative process, I am often inspired by things I see online or in magazines, stores, etc. I will use the idea and create my own version of it. Sometimes it's very similar and sometimes not. I see it in my head and then make it come to life. That's why my renovation has been so fun....I am finally getting to see all the pictures in my head come to life! It has been amazing....truly! I am blessed to have my own creative space to play in as well. It's one of my favorite places to be because it's such a happy place. Check out all my craft room posts here.

You might find me creating something like this sweet sewing basket. See the before photo here.

Or...maybe something like this little ironing board project!

Whatever I'm creating, you can be sure I am having fun! It may not always turn out like my original vision, but that's usually because it turns out even better! 

Well, I did it! I answered all the questions. So now I get to introduce you to my sweet friend Cecilia! She blogs over at The B Farm and she'll be taking over next Monday, so be sure you go visit her! Cecilia and I have been blog buddies for a while now. She took part in the Christmas Ornament Exchange I hosted last year and she was my partner. She is an amazing artist and she sent me two pieces she painted just for me! I will treasure them forever! Check them out....

Aren't they precious? I can't wait until Christmas gets here so I can unpack them and see their sweet little faces! You can read more about them here. And now, here's a face to go with the name. Cecilia is such a beautiful person...on the inside and out! I just love this photo of her, barefoot in front of the big oak tree! 

Cecilia is an artist who loves to create and decorate. She started her blog "The B Farm" two years ago after buying the farm to document all the projects and improvements she and her husband made to the house and land. She looks forward to the day they move there permanently and she can have the art studio of her dreams.

Cecilia will be posting her blog tour next Monday, the 25th. Be sure to go pay her a visit. You will love the projects she's always sharing. I always look forward to visiting and seeing what she has been up to. 

As always, thank you so much for stopping by. May your day be beautiful and blessed!
Until next time.......


  1. Wonderful, informative post...great job! Love it all...

  2. You're so sweet Vicky! Thanks so much for all your kind words. I'm so glad you did the blog tour with me. I learned a few things I didn't know about you, and you've got me wondering what that sneak peek project is all about. You're so creative, and you always post such great photos. I know Cecilia, and I'm looking forward to checking out her post next Monday.
    Wishing you a great week Vicky!
    Tuula :)

  3. A great post Vicky. So nice to find out more about you and I love your zest for tackling any project! Now I am off to visit Cecilia!

  4. I know you pretty well by now, but I did find some little tidbits about you. Great post and love Miss Sadie Lou! Of course, the bookshelf wall is one of my all-time favorites. I look forward to continuing the Blog Tour with Cecelia.

  5. Love your post Vicky! I'm off to check the other bloggers!


  6. I knew you were remodeling and you are smart to be thinking about no mortgage.

    I can't believe you have any time to create now that school has begun or will soon.

    Have a good school year!

  7. Great post Vicky! I am quite familiar with everything you shared since I rarely EVER miss reading your blog. This is a nice introduction to anyone who may not have discovered you yet.

    Thanks for introducing me to two new blogs to visit. I'll be sure to let them know you sent me over ;)

    Have a great week my friend.

  8. Love your tour, Vicky! I've really enjoyed your renovations and the projects that went with them. Love Tuula's blog too. She always has something amazing going on.
    Oh my! Such a sweet introduction! I hope I can live up to your wonderful words. :-) looking forward to continuing the tour.

  9. I loved learning more about you vicky! I didn't know you lived in a mobile home. Since we are considering an rv I will be sure to keep my eye on your redos!!

  10. Fun post! The blog tour has been fun and it's always great to learn more about blogging buddies!

  11. There's that sewing basket that I just love!

    Wonderful post, my friend. I enjoyed reading more about you and your whole process for blogging. Enjoy your week!

  12. Oh, that sneak peek made my day... I can't wait to see more of it!

  13. It's lovely reading more about the person behind the blog, especially you lovely lady! Great post Vicky xx

  14. Hi Vicky, what a lovely post and thanks for sharing a little bit more about yourself! That Sadie Lou is too cute and give her a big hug! Have a nice weekend.

  15. What a great post Vicky! I really enjoyed getting to know you better! Your home is beautiful and you are so talented! I LOVE your craft space! I'm a little jelly ;-)


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