Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind The Blogger

Susan from Must Love Junk, and myself 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. 
April 26
Judy from 20 North Ora

It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to a wonderful and talented blogger.  It is Judy from 20 North Ora.  Judy and I have become great blogging friends and I cannot wait for you to get to know her better.  Enjoy.

Hi!  I'm Judy Clark from the blog 20 North Ora.  I have been blogging about 1 1/2 years.  Here are some things you might
or might not know about me!!

I love to paint.  I have painted one actual oil painting in my life.  I did this for my husband for Christmas for his office.  I have taught tole painting, acrylic and watercolors. 

I recently bought a dollhouse and am eagerly awaiting the time to start furnishing it.

My favorite thing to do is sew.  I love to sew.  My Etsy shop is comprised of mostly pillows.  I started sewing at the age of seven and have really never stopped.

I have collections!  Boy oh boy, do I have collections! 
I collect:

 Vintage Mother's Plaques
Noah's Ark Items
Vintage Dishes
Coca Cola Memorbilia
Vintage Lace and Doilies
Vintage Hankerchiefs
McCoy Pottery

I do a weekly Saturday Treasures on my blog showing what I found at Estate Sales and Garage Sales that week.

In the Fall, I do a weekly "Christmas on Monday" series where we make items for the holidays.

I love taking old vintage items and using them in my home.

Last year, I created Miss Begonia out of an old dress form I purchased at a garage sale.  Miss Begonia made it into Romantic Homes!!

I love making wreaths for my front door.

My husband and I have been married almost 46 years.
We have one son, one grandson and four granddaughters, three great-granddaughters and one great-grandson (Landen) in Heaven.

I went back to college at the age of forty-five to get my degree in Interior Design.  I dearly loved every minute of school.  I had been doing a lot of interior design work but decided that a degree would help and it did.  I retired from that when my husband retired four years ago.

I have lived in the same house for almost 44 years.

My Dad's name is John Smith.

I am the oldest of four girls.  This photograph was made just days before my youngest sister was born,  I am the oldest, followed by blonde Jeannie and then dark eyed Rita and then baby Jane came along.

My folk's home was 20 North Ora.  It was where they lived their whole married life.  Hence, the name of my blog and my Etsy shop.

I love red!

I have a precious dog named Bella.  She is a mix of Australian Shepherd and Blue Heeler.

And, last but not least, I do have a Coca Cola cooler in my
back yard.

So, there, hope you learned some things about me.  Thanks to Kris for this opportunity and hope you'll visit 20 North Ora.

Thank you so much Judy.  Now that you have gotten to know Judy please hop over to Susan's blog and meet another great blogger Pam from House of Hawthornes.

Have a great week end.


  1. I have loved Judy since the day I met her. She is a wonderful woman...and has such a kind heart. She forgot to mention that she took her neighbor under her wing and "adopted" her as family. She is very talented and finds the best deals of anyone I know. xo Diana

  2. Kris...thank you so much for featuring, Judy!

    And you my lady (Judy), I have loved following you since that sweet Brenda introduced us to you. You have a great buddy there and I would love to have you as my BFF!! You have made me two table runners (one you didn't even charge me for!) that I love and they show what a wonderful seamstress you are. I also won one of your giveaways, so I know your talent very well. I DID not know you could paint like this...that's a talent you should pursue (if you had the time...ha!). You have more energy than women half your age. I wish you all the best...I hope that all you do in life continues to make you a happy person. Love ya!


  3. Loved the post. I will be checking out her blog . Thanks

  4. It was fun to get to know Judy, we actually have a bit in common. I'm heading over to her place now! Thanks for sharing her blog and some fun facts. Blessings and continuing to pray for Bob, Cindy

  5. I have followed Judy for a long time - I guess it is the red connection we have.

  6. I follow Judy, but I realise I didn't know half there is to know about her.
    She is very talented person. I love her beautiful pillow!
    Thanks for the feature, Kris.

  7. Judy is so talented and creative. Love the wreaths she's made. What an accomplishment to go back to college for a degree at 45!
    Mary Alice

  8. Thanks for your spotlights Kris, always nice to meet a blogger. Judy I thought your introduction was an enjoyable read, you live an interesting life. I'll come visit your blog.

  9. Great post! It was wonderful to learn more about Judy, although some things I knew from her blog. Like her painting - so beautiful and I loved seeing it again. Always love to see what Judy finds at her yard and estate sales. I think a lot of her doily and lace finds came in handy for Miss Begonia! Beautiful and well deserving of her feature in Romantic Homes! Thanks for sharing Judy's blog, Kris!

  10. I love Judy's blog and enjoyed getting to know more about her.

  11. So fun to learn more about Judy! She is such a creative lady! I thought the Miss Begonia dress form was the prettiest I had ever seen...wasn't one bit surprised when Romantic Homes picked it up!

  12. Judy, You knock my socks off !! What don't you do ?? LOL. I knew you treasured hunted all the time, just didn't know you had so many collections. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

  13. Judy, so great to learn more about you! Thanks for sharing :)

  14. Hi Judy! It's fun to see you here and learn more about you. I'm always inspired when I visit your blog and I have most of your pillows in my Etsy favs! heehee! Thanks for a wonderful feature Kris! Hugs to you both, Diane

  15. I love your feature on Judy, Kris - thanks! Judy, Miss Begonia is all over the place! Ever since she was featured on Common Ground, I have had her pinned on my Crafty board at Pinterest. You are so very talented, I love all your collections, and I just know I will love following your blog. Consider me your newest follower!

  16. So nice to meet you are so truly talented in so many ways...and you are so blessed with such a wonderful family and so many beautiful grandchildren...your pillows are beautiful and the painting exquisite!...So wonderful to read your story!...and thanks Kris for this wonderful feature today...Have a fabulous weekend Kris and Judy!

  17. I know Judy! But now I know her even better! It was fun to learn more about her. I had no idea that she was an interior designer when she was younger. I knew she liked to sew and sold things on Etsy. I didn't realize that she could paint so well. Thanks for sharing her story.

  18. I have been following Judy since I started blogging and she is great. It's so nice to get to know the blogger. Thanks Kris so much for spotlighting Judy.

  19. HI Judy - so nice to meet you!
    How talented you are - I'm in love with your wreaths - thanks so much for sharing -
    and of course Thank you Kris and Susan for doing this....................
    Hugs from Montreal

  20. Wow! Love these posts. We get to know our bloggers on a more personal level. great post, Judy!! I like all the photo's you included, too.
    Isn't it nice how Kris, and Susan do this? They are super gals!

  21. Great feature! What a talented lady. I'm new to Judy but not for long. Thank you so much Kris for sharing.

  22. judy is such a talented lady! great write up, judy:) thanks so sharing, kris!

  23. It is nice to meet you Judy and your are very talented. You have such an interesting life and I am hopping over to your blog to start to follow. Love so many of your wreaths.