Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger

Susan from Must Love Junk, and myself (Kris) Junk Chic Cottage 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.

Saturday October 4
Debbie: Debbiedoo's

Welcome to another Spotlight Saturday.  I am so excited to introduce you to this special blogger.  Her name is Debbie and she blogs over at Debbiedoo's.  I am sure a lot of you know her blog because it is fantastic and full of great crafting.  Debbie is so talented and fun.  Debbie has a special place in my heart because she helped me when I first got started in blogging in her newbie feature.  Debbie's newbie feature introduced me to a lot of you in blogland and for that I am so grateful.  After one conversation with her you will feel like she has been your friend for life.  She has a big heart and a great sense of humor.  So here is her feature enjoying learning more about her.

Hi there everyone!
My name is Debbie better known in these parts as Debbiedoo's.
When Kris asked me to be a part of her Saturday spotlight, I without hesitation said yes.  Not because I like talking about myself, because, really, it is kinda weird and uncomfortable for me. But because I really like Kris and Susan:)
I have been blogging for a over 3 years now, and still very much have a passion for it.  I started off sharing our home and all the ways I change things.  However, that quickly died off when I realized I don't have ever changing decor or  deep pockets.  I went in a different direction, and started crafting more.  Honestly, I stunk at crafting {in the beginning}and felt much more comfortable sharing our home and decor, but again, that was getting old for me, and although, a big hobby of my husband and I's is thrifting, there is only so many places, nooks and crannies and corners I can fill.
Fall porch 2013
My favorite season is Fall, and you can come on over and see all the Fall decorating I have been up to.
LOTS! All on a budget too.
I have been married for 18 years to one handsome fellow and have two very handsome boys {who look like their Dad} ages 16 and 12.  The dynamics of our home is quickly changing and I am feeling a bit emotional about that.
Happy Birthday to mike
Did I mention I am going thru menopause?
Well, yes indeed I am, and it stinks, as many of you know and have been there, so I feel quite comfortable sharing that with you.  My moods are shifting, my butt is spreading, and boobs, well, where are they? Oh yes, there they are I just had to pick them up off the floor, and they aren't even that big!
I have developed some strange fears and phobia's that many people don't even know about. Ya know, not something you want to share every day that you are turning into a whackadoo:)   I act cool,  calm, and collected  most of the time and appear to be very outgoing, all the while, would rather be at home with my little family taking over the kitchen crafting.
It just calms me:)
In  my past life, I actually worked in the Medical field.  My last job was for a female oncologist.  I worked there for 8 years and I actually enjoyed the field.  I would say I enjoyed the patients.  I became very close to many and even though that was over 16 years ago, I think of the many who touched my heart.  That job, certainly humbled me, and made me appreciate the gift of life and love that I have been given.  Did I mention, I get wishy washy too now, yeah, that darn menopause thing again.
I truly love blogging and have met so many of fine folks out here.  I would say I get to know you pretty quickly just after a visit or two. There was a time I was all about newbies, hosted parties and basically scouted out the net for newbies.  True, I did, I wanted everyone who started  a blog to feel warm, welcomed, and to feel a part of the the sphere. Because, honestly, when I started, I was scared, felt alone, and who would even read me anyway?  I did that for about two years, basically until I exhausted myself.  I realized, I had to start thinking about my blogging and the direction I wanted to take, and knew, these girls would be just fine without me.  Many are, and many I still see blogging away and I have continued my treasured friendships with them.
 So that's the deets on the DOO!
Hope to see you over at my place sometime.150 menu-debbie--blueflower
I have a gallery filled with my own ideas, crafts and thrifted decor.
You can also follow me around if you want.

Thank you Debbie for your beautiful feature.  Thanks for sharing that you worked for a oncologist years ago.  We have that in common .  I worked as an oncology RN when I first started my career in nursing.  Doing that kind of work does keep life in perspective and it teaches us to enjoy the journey we are on and not to take it for granted.  Thanks for sharing with us today.

Love you girlie!!!!

Now after learning about Debbie please jump over to Susan's blog and check out Linda from Costal Charm.


  1. I have loved DebbieDoo since I found her blog a few years ago. She is a great gal and she really helped me a lot when I first started blogging. I found out that we grew up not too far apart-her in upstate NY and me just across the state line. Great person to feature here, Kris!!! xo Diana

  2. Informational and interesting blog. My blog

  3. Debbie has a special place in my heart because early on her newbie parties connected me to a lot of bloggers, and she's always been so supportive and sweet! Loved learning more about her!! :)

  4. She is such a cutie and I love her blog, always so creative and fun. Hugs, Marty

  5. Kris, thank you so much for sharing me today with your readers. WOW you were an oncology nurse, how awesome! I still am good friends with the nurse I worked with for years, she is still in the field ans works for the same Doctor. Here to you and the rest of the gang! Cheers! XO

  6. What a great feature. Thanks Debbie for sharing a little bit more about yourself. You always have such creative ideas.

  7. I so love Debbie...and I loved her "newbie party"....she certainly has helped us newbies grow...She is as beautiful as her blog and I loved reading her story!...thanks for this feature Kris!...Have a great weekend!

  8. Loved hearing more about Debbie through her humorous style of writing! Her newbie party was a great help to me in getting started blogging. It was great not to feel alone when I was first starting out.
    Mary Alice

  9. I don't know what I would have done without Debbie when I started my blog. For years, we talked on RMS, shared our homes with many and then became friends on fb. She finally got through to me that I did in fact need to start a blog of my own. She walked me through many steps, even called me to talk me through them a few times. Now how sweet is that? Debbie will always have a special place in my heart with her kindness for newbies....we are all truly blessed to have such a great mentor! And did I mention that her home is always evolving, becoming more beautiful as time goes? It is so warm and welcoming...I have always loved what she does. That's how I get my fix for warm colors since I am a shabby chic'er, lol.

  10. Debbie helped me get past that all important 100 friends mark with her newbie party! It was fun getting to know her a little bit better :)

  11. Kris another great interview. I enjoy Debbie's blog very much and it so nice to learn things about her that I did not know.


  12. Debbie is still helpful to new bloggers! I can attest to that!

  13. Debbie is very sweet. I've emailed her with questions and she responds right away. Her blog has inspired me many times. Love her cute hairstyle too ;-)

  14. It is always so fun to hear the life stories behind the bloggers. Great feature. xo Laura

  15. love debbie's creative blog! thanks so much for sharing!

  16. So fun to read about Debbie. I was surprised to read that she had only been blogging for a few years. I thought she was one of the originals.

  17. Kris,
    What a nice person to feature...luv Debbie and her fun blog!


  18. LOVE Debbies sense of humor!! I will be checking her out!

  19. How can you not love Debbie? I think her smile alone is fabulous! Hang in there through the pause sweetie!

  20. Thanks everyone for your sweet words!~ It is so nice to be here. XO

  21. I love Debbie.I need to visit her blog more! It is so hard keeping up with everyone.But I think she is an amazing person,super talented and I love her style.And yes I too am going through menopause....just call me know Dori from Finding Nemo.Yes you recall I forgot your name Kris...what the heck!

  22. Awesome, loved hearing about Debbie. Love your party and this idea. All too often we bloggers get lost in endless projects and can you top this...type of posts. Love the personal part you are offering. It is wonderful!

  23. Wow, the birdcage is fabulous!! Love the idea of the party. Thank you so much for the kid words and for stopping by My Dream Canvas.