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 February 8th
Patty from Patty's Pretty Things

Good Saturday Everyone.  It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to a fairly new blogger I have just been getting to know myself.   Patty from Patty's Pretty Things.  Her blog is awesome and she shares the same career of being a nurse as I do.  So sit back and enjoy learning a little more about this wonderful blogger.

Hello, I'm Patty from Patty's Pretty Things ( I'm completing my 2nd year of blogging this month. I had no idea what having a blog would do for me when I started writing it. Initially, I thought it would be a creative thing to do but besides that, Patty's Pretty Things has helped me to connect with many wonderful people and make new friends. My blog features articles about how I decorate my home, things I make and things I do.

I've been a registered nurse for 35 years and started in the nursing field when I was 16 years old working in a nursing home. Nursing provided for a wonderful career but last June I decided I wanted to devote all of my time to my blog, to keeping up with the household chores and to travel with my husband. It's such a good time in my life. We have two grown children and experienced becoming grandparents to a beautiful grandson last May. After working outside the home for so many years, I truly appreciate every single minute of having the opportunity to make my own schedule. 

One of the very first posts I published was about making this wreath. It has by far been my most viewed and pinned post of all! 

I like to make a variety of things. Lately I have used my Silhouette Cameo to make cards, tags and journals. I use my Cinch book binding tool to put the journals together. I also purchased a one inch button making machine and have had fun with that. I have been shopping at vintage stores to collect items I can use in making mixed media projects. I also like to sew and paint and experience it all!

my creative space

I have just started to attend art retreats. In October I joined in on Sweethearts on the Homefront and met many talented and creative bloggers there. Going to art retreats is a great way to meet other bloggers in person who share the same interests. 

Our daughter is an artist who specialized in charcoal drawings. Here I am holding a drawing I just purchased from her at one of her recent exhibits.

My husband is very supportive of my blog and is my editor. Here we are at my brother's Christmas party.

I'm excited about entering my third year of blogging and enjoying the fulfillment it will bring to me. Please stop by Patty's Pretty Things as I would love to meet you.

Many thanks to Kris and Susan for putting me in the Spotlight this week!

Patty Antle
Patty's Pretty Things

Thank you Patty.  Now that you have gotten to know Patty please hop over to Susan's blog and meet another wonderful blogger Meg from Farmhouse 5540.

Have a wonderful Saturday.


  1. Patty is one of my favorite people in blogland and I enjoy reading about her pretty things.

    Thanks for featuring her on your spotlight.

  2. So nice to meet you, Patty! I'll be visiting your blog this weekend (I can see why that wreath is so popular!). Congrats on having a good career as a nurse, and now a well-deserved creative outlet.

  3. I have visited Patty's blog and love it. She is very crafty. Her daughter's art is impressive. xoxo,Susie

  4. So nice to meet you Patty…such a very talented family. So nice to be able to pursue your creativity after 35 years of a great career…Love the wreath and can understand why it was the most viewed!…Thanks Kris for another great "spotlight" today!!! Have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Always great to meet a new blogger! Patty is very creative...heading over to check out her blog.
    Mary Alice

  6. Patty, is was nice to learn more about you! Thanks for sharing :)

  7. I have followed Pattys blog over a year now and enjoy it very much. She brings an "edge" for me with some of the things she creates and places she travels. I can tell Patty is a very dedicated person with a huge heart in whatever she does, or the next venture she is in! Glad to read and see about you on Saturday Spotlight, Patty! Blessings~~~Roxie

  8. I am already a follower of Patty's blog, but it is nice to read all about her. xo Laura

  9. Hi Kris. I think you two came up with a great idea. I have enjoyed reading about Patty as I hadn't seen her before. She just got a new follower because of you..Happy Weekend..Judy

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  11. Nice to meet Patty! I have to pop over to her blog. I love the wreath and her daughter has a lot of talent as well!


  12. I have not seen her blog before. Thanks for introducing her to me. I will go check it out now!

  13. Kris, just stopped by to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. I love your style! I was just looking at your kitchen redo. It's amazing. I'm really glad you are doing this feature. It will give me a chance as a new blogger to be introduced to new creative blogs. Thanks!

  14. So nice to meet Patty ~ thanks so much for sharing! I'll pop over and check out her blog.


  15. So fun to meet Patty! Love her daughter's artwork, too!

  16. patty's daughter's drawing is fabulous! thanks for sharing her story with us!