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 March 8th

Good Saturday Morning.  I have a wonderful blogger to introduce you to this week.  Kathleen from Musings From A French Cottage.  Please grab your favorite beverage and sit back and enjoying learning about this really sweet blogger.

Thank you so much Kris, for inviting me to be here today.  I'd love to share a little bit about myself!  

I'm Kathleen, the blogger behind Musings From a French Cottage.  I'm a wife to my wonderfully amazing husband, mom to four fabulous kids,

and dog mom to Jack, our yellow lab!

As a family, we love to be outdoors.  We love the beach, hiking, swimming, camping, baseball.  You name it, we try to fit it in.

About a year and a half ago, my husband and I bought a tiny cabin in the mountains by a beautiful lake.
We love to camp here all year long.

We go tubing in the winter, right out the front door (the view is amazing)...

and tubing in the summer.
We love it here and have such a good time gathering with family.

Okay, so little bit about me...
I have always loved to decorate, paint, create, and take pictures.  This has been a passion for as long as I can remember - all the way back to my childhood.  
I used to work in the airline industry.  I loved it and I traveled A LOT!!
Going to Paris was an amazing experience for me and it is why I love French and European decor so much today.  It had such an impact on me and I've had a love for it ever since.  I worked and traveled up until our first child was born and then I left the industry to be a stay at home mom.  I have loved every bit of the journey, both then and now.  
Being home has allowed me to pursue my passions, family and motherhood being the most important!  In my spare time though, I love to play with paper...

and create pretty things...

I just recently opened up an Etsy shop called The French Marketplace and I love it because it allows me to share what I've made as well as connect and encourage other people who are doing the same.  I'm still learning but I'm determined to make it work!

I also love to paint furniture.  I think it is such fun to find an old piece and turn it back into something beautiful.  Old furniture has so many stories to tell and so much amazing character!

I'm especially fond of the French pieces that I find.

Finally, I enjoy photography.  I'm always trying to learn new things and hone my skills but most importantly, I love to capture moments in time, our children, and childhood.  I want  to remember every moment.  I love  scrapbooking and am a huge fan of Project Life!!

Well, that's a bit about me in a nutshell. 
 Kris, I thank you for allowing me to share the spotlight today.  I enjoyed coming over to share a bit about myself!

Thanks Kris.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Thank you Kathleen for sharing your beautiful family and the more personal side to you.  Now that you have gotten to know Kathleen hop over to Susan's blog and learn about another fabulous blogger Revi from Revisionary Life.
Have a great Weekend.


  1. I enjoyed learning about Kathleen who is a new blogger to me, so I'm on my way to check out her blog.
    Mary Alice

  2. It was nice to meet Kathleen. Her little creations are so sweet! Thank you for sharing..

  3. It's nice getting to know more of Kathleen. I have pinned at least one of her projects, a chest with a grain sack motif, for inspiration.
    Rita C at Panoply

  4. Wonderful feature, Kris! I went over to Kathleen's blog and found it to be beautiful and so interesting! I'm now following her! Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo, Leena

  5. Great post! It was wonderful to learn more about Kathleen. She makes such pretty things, too. I noticed those French word flashcards recently and will be looking to purchase them in the near future.

  6. Kris, I loved seeing Kathleen's family photos. I am going to visit her blog later today. Hope you are doing better in the windy city. It has warmed up some here too. xoxo,Susie

  7. thanks for another great great feature, kris:) i love her paper projects and her cute family! have a great day!

  8. Kathleen,
    I am so glad to read about your charming blog and your beautiful family. Handsome fur kid too. I adore paper art and look forward to sitting down and enjoying your blog... Which I didn't know about, thanks Kris for spotlighting Kathleen.

  9. I love what I saw and read and am headed over to check things out.

    I love those French flash cards.

  10. I'm visiting from Must Love Junk...loved reading your post and seeing your French-inspired creations!

  11. Kathleen, thank you for sharing with us! It was nice to learn more about you :)

  12. What a fun spotlight, Kris. Thanks and I will pop by her blog to check it out! xo Diana

  13. Kathleen has a beautiful family! Love the family time they share together it's so important to spend quality time together!

  14. I love Kathleen's paper work and will be heading over to her Etsy shop soon. Thank you for sharing her with us today!

  15. Kris, Thanks for the introduction to Kathleen's blog. I am headed over to say hello.

  16. Hi Kathleen,
    Beautiful choices! I'm sure it's difficult to break away from what you’re used to and downsize at the same time, but the reward will be worth it. Good luck with the move and decorating!dinning room ideas

  17. Love the basket? is it a peat pot with the charlotte in it? Great to know more about you and your wonderful family! Found your Etsy shop and favored it!

  18. Kathleen sounds like such a sweet and talented blogger and artist. I am in awe of all the things she can create while taking care of her family!! I am off to visit her blog!


  19. What a beautiful family Kathleen nice to meet Kathleen here. How nice it must have been to be able to travel extensively before kids...I can see why she loves everything French...once you go to France, you are hooked....great feature Kris...!!

  20. Kathleen has such lovely style...I always enjoy my visits to her blog! So fun to learn more about her!