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 November 2nd

It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to Sherry from Thrift My House.  I have gotten to know Sherry in blogland and just love her style and her creative talent.  Sherry makes some of the cutest crafts especially her latest venture of making cute ornaments.   Please enjoy your Saturday morning beverage and read and learn more about this sweet  and talented blogger.

I'd like to thank Kris for inviting me to share a little more about me and my family.   

My name is Sherry and I have a blog called Thrift My House. 
It's mostly about crafts and home decor. 

I had a blast looking through old photos preparing for this blog post.
I can't believe how fast time flies!

Whew, can we all say LOOK at that permed 80's hair! And, is that a mullet my hubby is sporting? This photo was taken soon after my husband and I were married 26 years ago.

Here we are, a little older...a few more wrinkles 
AND less hair.

My life behind the blog revolves around caring for my husband 
and 4 children.

 My oldest children are Matt and Katie, Matt's in his 4th year of college and Katie is a senior in high school.
My younger two are Jessica and Jacob. Jessica is in the 6th grade and Jacob is in the 3rd grade. 

We are a Homeschooling family. I've been schooling children for 16 years now. Here is just one of my many school rooms. I used to keep it changed up from year to year. 

Now, we school all over the house. My oldest has school in her room, my 6th grader has school in my room, and I school my 3rd grader at the dining room table. I absolutely LOVE homeschooling. It's been great for our family.

We also have a huge garden. It keeps us very busy.

Meet a few of our beloved pets.
 (We have many, but here are just a few) 
Clarabelle is our Queen Cat. No dogs allowed around here. She simply wouldn't stand for it. Snowflake is one of our rabbits. Red and Big Boy are 2 of our pet chickens. (We have 50 more and most of them have names)

Back in the day, we used to raise whitetail deer. They make good pets. We love anything to do with the outdoors. My guys love to hunt and fish and we always eat or freeze what they bring home.

Because we also raise birds, we needed a pond. What we ended up with was a huge mud puddle. The kids liked it but it wasn't what we envisioned, so my husband did some research and...

Problem solved. Did you know that you can line a hole with plastic and fill it up with water? TIP- poke holes in the plastic or you will have a huge black bubble dome in your backyard. How do I know? And why didn't I take a picture of that?

After a few adjustments (poking holes in the plastic so air could escape) It turned out to be a beautiful pond, and years later, it's still full of water, fish and turtles.

Having lots of critters to care for has been good for homeschooling. We have lots of chores, plenty to keep kids busy. 

Here are some of our prettier birds.

Doves are definitely one of my favorites. I love the soft cooing sounds that they make.

This Lady Amherst Pheasant is a major show off. Talk about some pretty feathers! This bird is fun to watch.

I've been blogging for 2 years now. I've learned a lot about many different things all thanks to the many talented bloggers I follow.

My most popular blog post is one I did about chalkpainting. I chalkpainted this stool that I picked up for cheap. And that led me to paint my entire bedroom suite. Funny how that happens :)
While the guys are out hunting or fishing, you'll find us girls out thrift store shopping. We love looking for bargains and spending girl time together. It's one of our favorite things to do.

Blogging has inspired me to craft. It's therapy for me. I love to take something and change it up or make something out of nothing. 

Last year I started selling my projects on Etsy. I couldn't believe someone would want to buy something that I made. These are a few projects I blogged about and eventually sold.

This past year I challenged myself to make 12 ornaments a month so that I'd have new ornaments this coming Christmas. Without my blog, this would not have happened. My readers have held me accountable and I'm on track with this commitment.

So there you have it. Life behind this blogger is mostly about my family, taking care of my home, creating, and decorating in my spare time while being thrifty. 
Thank you so much for taking time to find out a little more about me. 
I hope you will visit Thrift My House

Thanks Sherry for sharing your personal side.  I loved learning about you and your wonderful family.  Love the last picture of all of you together so sweet.  Now that you have gotten to know Sherry please hop over to Susan's Blog and learn about Dani from Frugal Ain't Cheap another sweet and talented blogger.


  1. Sherry,
    I loved learning more about you. Thank you for sharing with all of us. Love all the animals and that you take the time each day to home school your kids. That is dedication. Your home and property are wonderful. You have a great life thank you for sharing.

  2. Thanks for featuring Sherry. I am not familiar with her blog so I am headed over there right now to check it out.

  3. I love Sherry! She's one of my favourite bloggers... so talented and sweet. Her 12 month Christmas ornament challenge has been so much fun to follow. It was so great to read more about her.

  4. Sherry has such a beautiful family! I didn't know much about her so this was very interesting! (And love all her animals and that pond :)

  5. Thank you so much Kris! This post was so much fun. Going down memory lane. I love that you are doing this and I am honored to be a part :)

  6. Really enjoying meeting bloggers each week....Sherry is no exception! Btw, Sherry, you & your hubby are getting better and better with age, IMHO!

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  8. Thank you for letting me peek into Sherry's life! What a fun versatile home she has and she is talented. Her "garden" is fabulous.

  9. What a great idea to make 12 ornaments a month! has anyone done a linky party where everyone can share what they've made? I may set this as a goal for 2014.

  10. Sherry is so lovely!!! I am so glad to know more about her life and family. Sounds like she has great priorities in pouring herself into the raising of well rounded children. What an amazing pond!!!
    Mary Alice

  11. I am a follower of Sherry's love her blog and talent. It was nice to learn more about her and her family. She has a gorgeous family and that pond is seriously something!!


  12. Thanks for sharing! I will have to go by and say hi to Sherry.

  13. What a gorgeous piece of lad! I'd love to have a pond like that and all of birds that come visiting! I'd spend all day admiring them! Very nice post! This is a blog I hadn't heard of, so I'll be checking it out! Hugs, Leena

  14. I loved hearing about this blogger, I will check out her blog.

    Amy Jo

  15. Hi Kris, I am heading over to check out Sherry's blog. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Hi Kris, I am not familiar with Sherry. It's so fun getting to meet new people through you and Susan. Reading about her we have a lot in common. Cute family and oh how would it be to raise those darling deer. Her pond is amazing and I love all of the beautiful critters she has! Hopping over to say 'hi'.

  17. I follow Sherry, but I learned more about her and her family today.

  18. What a beautiful family and life!! I am heading over to Sherrys blog!

  19. Loved reading about Sherry ... the garden looks like a mini wonderful....and how great it is that she raised the deer and now birds...the pheasant is to see Sherry!...Have a great weekend Kris!

  20. I really enjoyed reading about Sherry. I'm intrigued about the pond, those are some lucky birds!

  21. I love following Sherry's blog, she is so creative and has a lot of great ideas. I never knew her life was so filled with cute children, homeschooling and animals! Where does she find the time to blog!! Good for you, Sherry!! You inspire us! :)


  22. Sherry is wonderful I love her and her blog, this was lovely to find out about her behind the blog life, how badly I want her garden!!!

  23. I love Sherry and Thrift My House! I've been a long time follower of hers and I learned some new things about her here today. I love these features! Thank you for sharing more about Sherry!

  24. What a lovely family. And her projects are so cute and inspiring. I've been trying to make my blog-reading more personal so I really enjoyed reading about her family and I'm excited about visiting her blog. I love the spotlight feature! Thank you so much for sharing.
    Blessings to you,

  25. I really enjoyed reading about Sherry. I had no idea that she lived on a farm! Well, it's a farm to me with all the animals, birds and garden. That garden is FANTASTIC! It's huge! I also didn't know that she homeschooled her kids. She sounds like a very devoted mother. I know it must take a lot of time to do that with 4 kids. She and I have a couple of things in common that we have an older son (hers in college and mine in the military) and a child in the 6th grade. And we've both been married the same amount of years. It's a small world!

  26. What a great family to share. So inspiring. Sometimes I think if I had it to do all over again I would of homeschooled my kids. Now with a granddaughter coming to that age I really have considered it. I sure love all her values. Amazing. Thanks for sharing her with us all.

  27. What a lovely feature.
    Sherry is one talented and busy lady. And what a garden.
    I enjoyed visiting, and I am a new follower.

    White Spray Paint

  28. i just love the deer and other animals! and the awesome pond, too! thanks for sharing your story, sherry:)

  29. What a gorgeous family you are Sherry - and I had no idea that you homeschooled - how the heck do you find time to do it all???
    I can barely pack up a house ( and my kids are on their own )
    LOVE the pond..................LOVE you !!!