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 January 4th
Michelle from "Petite Michelle Louise"

It is my great pleasure to start the New Spotlight for 2014 with the lovely Michelle from Petite Michelle Louise blog spot.  Sit back and enjoy learning more about Michelle.  I have gotten to know Michelle this past year with our shared loved of vintage, white and all things french.  You will love getting to know her on a more personal level.  Enjoy. name is Michelle, better known as “Petite Michelle Louise”. I am so very honored that Kris invited me to be her first “Saturday Spotlight” of 2014! I started my blog & opened my ETSY shop, both called “Petite Michelle Louise”, just about 4 years ago after our only child left for college. It was at that same time that I lost one of my most lucrative contracts as an Educational Audiology Consultant and, with a husband who traveled frequently, I was facing a completely “empty nest.” It was my mother who said to me: “You need to go back to doing what you need to pursue your artistic passion once again.” And so....with no direction or vision to follow but with the unwavering support and encouragement of my loving husband...I listened for that whisper in my heart to guide me on the path that would lead me back to my heart’s true “art.” 
Never could I have imagined that in doing so..... my life would change in so many ways. 

“Moi” with my husband, Mark & our son, Tim
Summer 2013

I found  ETSY while perusing a creative magazine. I went to their website and was amazed at the “caliber” of artists who owned shops on the site. I would describe it as a community of artists, creators, collectors, thinkers and doers. It’s a wonderfully-supportive community that allows artists to own a small (and sometimes larger) creative business and helps them to introduce their products to a world-wide audience. 

Opening my ETSY shop led me to the world of blogging and now, I can't imagine it not being a part of my life. I must admit, I was hesitant at first. I wasn’t sure if I would have anything  of “value” to share or that there would be anyone out there interested in reading about it. Slowly but surely, I started to share my creative passions and then, without intending to.....a very big part of my heart & soul as well. In doing so, I have had the great blessing of meeting incredibly wonderful women whom I know will be lifelong friends.  Each and every one of them has added their unique beauty to my life and I consider myself blessed beyond measure because of them.

I hope you will consider stopping in at “Petite Michelle Louise”. I look forward to getting to know the unique beauty that lies within “YOU.”

“The desire to create is one of
the deepest yearnings of
the human soul. No matter our
talents, education,
backgrounds, or abilities, we
each have an inherent
wish to create something that
did not exist before.
Everyone can create. You don’t
need money, position,
or influence in order to create
something of substance. Creation brings
satisfaction and fulfillment.
We develop ourselves and
others when we take organized
matter into our hands and mold it into something of

Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“Merci” Kris for sharing your beauty and inspiration with us all and allowing me this opportunity to share a little bit of “me” with all of your lovely readers.

Thank you Michelle for sharing your lovely family and life with us.  Now after getting to know Michelle better head over to Susan's blog and learn more about another sweet blogger Kathy from Creative Home Expressions.
Have a wonderful start to the new year.


  1. Michelle is a gifted artist and a very nice lady. I enjoy her work and blog so much. It was nice to read this lovely profile

  2. I just came across Michelle's blog recently and love it! I am sooo looking forward to all she has for us! Roxie

  3. I just love Michelle and her beautiful artwork. She has become a dear friend in this wonderful blogging and etsy community. I also just temembered Kris that you emailed me! Oh my I am sorry I havent responded yet. With the holidays (and age!) I forgot! I will email you soon. Xxo

  4. I found Michelles's blog before several months...It amazed me with its elegance, eclectic beauty and so high classed decorations....I follow her with open mind and I think she could teach me to see the beauty in the vintage things:)Thank you, Kris, for giving us a closer look to her:)Happy holidays to all ofyou, my friends:)

  5. Hello, Michelle, it's nice to meet you! I just had to look up your blog after reading this introduction (there was no link! so allow me: ) I think I'm going to love this one...
    Rita C. at Panoply

  6. Michelle, thanks for sharing! It's great to learn more about you :)

  7. Lovely post by Michelle! Love getting to know the real people behind the blogs.
    Mary Alice

  8. Please add a link to Petite Michele Louise. Or do we have to Google for it? Linda

    1. Thank you LInda it is now added my mistake. Sorry Michelle I thought you had the link in your post. It is now in my introduction to you. So now everyone can come and enjoy your blog.

  9. I have recently been following Michelle - I think I found her through your blog - and love to see what she is up to. It was fun to learn a little more about her and her path.

    Thanks for sharing Michelle with us.

  10. Loved reading Michelle's bio and now I'm on my way to her blog so I can start following her. Thanks for introducing Michelle to us Kris!

  11. Hi Kris, Thank you for bringing in the New Year with à visit to m'y place.
    I adore this blogger you featured, Michelle is a doll.
    I am going to watch closely Kris, to see what creative pieces and pieces of white you inspire this 2014.

    Beauty to you this year.


  12. Thanks so much for featuring Michele, Kris! I follow her blog, and really love her style, and her passion as well! It is always nice to learn a bit more about fellow bloggers:)

  13. This was a great idea and sure I will enjoy reading about the next gal or guy

  14. Great feature! It's nice getting to know Michelle.


  15. Oh, Michelle is one of my favorite people in blogland. Thanks for featuring her.

  16. It's always fun getting a personal look at a blogger! Thanks!

  17. I have become friends with Michelle here on blogland and consider myself very blessed to call her friend! t.xoxo

  18. I love this feature Kris and am so happy to see Michelle here!
    She has a beautiful smile, doesn't she!!

  19. It is a pleasure to meet Michelle! I've just become a follower of her blog, which is just beautiful. Such a great feature, Kris!

  20. Hi Kris thanks for intro to Michelle now following her on Bloglovin. What a wonderful way to meet new people. Thanks I love this idea. Have a wonderful week.

  21. It was fun to learn more about Michelle's background. I'll have to go check out her shop now!

  22. Happy New Year Kris!! Loved that you featured Michelle...someone so dear to so many! She is just a delight, and a very talented and gifted artist!!
    Have a lovely week!

  23. Great spotlights to start 2014!!! I enjoyed them both and will absolutely pop over to her blog and Etsy. Thanks for the chance to discover another great blogger!!


  24. I always love reading the story behind the blogger…so glad that Michelle was able to pursue her dreams and creative talents. Great first feature of the year!...

  25. i love michelle's work and loved reading her story! thanks, kris!