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. 

Happy Saturday.   This week our blogger behind the talent is Lynn from The Vintage Nest.  I have come to know Lynn over this past year and her blog and lifestyle are as sweet as she is.  Lynn did a really nice introduction so without further a do here is a little about Lynn.  Enjoy. happy to see you!  My name is Lynn and I belong to the blog The Vintage Nest and the online antique/vintage shop by the same name. I am thrilled to be here at Kris's blog. She and Susan of Must Love Junk have a new feature called "Saturday Spotlight". Thank you Kris for having me.

I live on a "lane" honest to goodness winding country dirt/gravel lane, where the only humans that pass by our home are the FedEx/mail lady in the front or the fishing boats in the back.  In fact, my postal address has Lane in it. :)  Unless they are invited, anyone else coming down the "lane" are lost. :)  On my daily walks with my beloved companion, Ben, our golden, we see all kinds of critters and always stop to nuzzle and treat our neighbor's horses.

I have been married to my college sweetheart for 44 years this week.  :)  He went to college on a football scholarship and I went to an all girl's teacher's college. The photo on the left was just taken a couple weeks ago, the other back in college, just after a football game. We haven't change a bit have we? LOL...Don't say it!!

We have two sons, one living outside Chicago and the other in New York city.  They are both funny, handsome, kind, very Southern, mischievous, smarter than their Dad or I, and have grown up to be fine young men, that I am so proud of. I adore my daughter-in-laws and they have given us two sweet little grand-daughters and a very boy grandson, born this past Christmas.  We love the beach and try to have family vacations there when we can. 

Our home is what I "lovingly" call a farmette, with enough land to never ever finish taking care of.  The deer don't really let us have a big garden, so I don't even try anymore.  The "farmette" sits on a lake, where he spends all of his free time fishing (when he's not cutting and planting and raking and hauling and tractoring something) .  We actually own part of the lake, so he takes great pride in keeping it environmentally beautiful and clean. 

We have chickens who make us breakfast daily and give us lots more beautiful eggs for baking and cooking.  Their home, which we call the Romantic Roost, was at one time a children's playhouse, built by someone's grandfather(a Craig's List find) We added the nesting boxes and run.  Our chic chicks love nothing more than to sit in the windows of their home and look out at the world.

 I love vintage and antiques and old stuff and just plain fun and quirky....the unusual.  I am so happy and grateful to never have a boring day.  There are so many facets that challenge me on a given day, from treasure hunting, to re-inventing something old into something new, to just freshening up the old and forgotten.  If I am not out hunting for my website shop, you will find me happily playing, ..... I could never call it work, in my studio/office.  This work table, Bobby G. built for me, I would not give up for the world.

 My love of old has always been with me. I went to my first auction as a teen and my first piece of furniture, as a new wife, was an unfinished dry sink which I painted barn red and antiqued.  (still have that piece by the way).  :)  I love seeing the old happily coincide with the new. My very favorite objects of art to find are something that you will never see in anyone else's home.  This vintage cast metal horse once was part of a dime store carousel.  Remember those?  The modern ones you see are plastic nowadays.  He rest on top of an antique armoire in our guest room. 

I also have a love of old books and constantly look for the best of the best for decorating and to put in my shop.  I love to use them in displays and as risers.The more worn they are, the better I love them. 

Beautiful old lamps also attract my eye.  This French black marble lamp I found 2 years ago and it sat without a shade until just about 4 months ago.  What did I use?  A vintage lady's hat, complete with big black silk rose.  Don't be afraid to think out of the box and's all about the collected home which takes time and love and patience. 

(yes I know, antiqueing is spelled wrong :)

 Again, using the obvious in an unexpected way, these pieces of stained glass were once cabinet doors.  Now they are beautiful pieces of art hanging in the far window of our family room.

And lastly, I thought I would share one more thing about me. I am not fond of symmetry and probably the only two things hanging symmetrical in my home are those two glass cabinet doors.  You can see that most obviously in this vintage (antique) :)  photo of me.  Check out those pant's legs. See I told you I don't like symmetry.  What a fashion statement!  LOL....

  If you read through this whole thing, I thank you so much and I thank Kris for having me today.  I love blogging. The world of blogging has opened up a whole new world of home fashion not to mention the incredible, marvelous and fascinating friendships I have made.  xoxo  Lynn

Thank you Lynn for letting us see the personal side of your life.  Happy Anniversary to you and your lovely hubby.  Your family is so beautiful and your lifestyle amazing.  Thank you for sharing with us.  Now after reading about Lynn please hop over to Susan's blog and read about another really wonderful blogger Shirley from Housepitality Designs.

Simply Shabbilicious Issue 3, 2013

I am so honored to be featured in Simply Shabbilicious Magazine.  This is Kerryanne at Shabby Art Boutique's beautiful magazine publication.  Please take a look at her lovely magazine Simply Shabbilicious Issue 3, 2013. This magazine is available on line to view for free or if you are like me and love to have the hard copy of the magazine you can order it from the link below.  Thank you Kerryanne for featuring me and sharing this beautiful magazine with all of us.

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DIY Lamp Shades Up Do

Happy Thursday everyone.  I have been getting so DIY of late.  Here is my latest creation.  

I had these lamp shades I made awhile back for the chandelier in my bedroom.  I decided to change them up some for the chandelier in my living room.

I just took white chandelier shades and added the rosette trim to the bottom and then used cream colored buttons on the top of the shade.  I used my hot glue gun and it was easy peasy.

I had these buttons that I bought at the flea market a few years ago.  Did not know at the time what I would do with them but glad I bought the jar of them for $3.

I used the rosette trim I got at Jo Ann Fabrics around the base.  Love when all I have to do is hot glue gun something.

Here is the new look I gave them.  I just used a sharp craft blade and sliced out the material part of the shades.  It was pretty easy.

Here is the before and after.

I love the look these give to my chandelier in the living room.

I did not want to overwhelm the chandelier with the heavy feel of the original shades.  By opening them up they give a little bling to the chandelier but keep that open look I want in this room.  I just wanted to enhance the chandelier not make it heavy and fussy with the shades.

There you have it another DIY Re purpose what you already have look.  I love to re make old things into new.
Hope this week is going great for all of you.  We have had the best weather the last few days.  Loving this summer low 70's weather.
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Chair Up Do

Happy Monday.  Just a small post on a couple of dining room chairs.

I had two burlap valances I bought from The Feathered Nest in Morris.  I was not sure where I would put them just knew they were too cute to pass up.  Since I do not sew I always take advantage of sweet cute sewn items like these when I see them.  Kim is one of the shop owners of The Feathered Nest and she is a dream sewer.  I just love anything she sews and sells in her shop.  Here is how I re purposed these cute valances onto my dining room chairs.

I took the seat cushion off and then just used a staple gun to attach the valances to the chairs.  Sorry these pictures are not the greatest I took them at night.

With the angle of these chairs I was not sure if I wanted to leave the back open or cut some of the valance to fit in the back.  As you can see I decided to put some of the valance in the back of the chair.

There you have it a new look for two of my end chairs in the dining room.  It just gives a little bling to the chairs.
Have a great week.

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