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. 
August 9

Happy Saturday.  I am excited to introduce you to another wonderful blogger this week.

Keya from Vintage Prairie Style Blog

 Keya from Vintage Prairie Style blog.  Keya has a wonderful sense of decor style and she can re love a piece of furniture like nobody's business.  Love her vision and creativity.  Enjoy getting to know Keya and then take a visit over to her blog.

First of all I can’t believe that my tiny little blog caught the attention of the girls behind junk chick cottage and must love junk. I am truly honored that they asked me to participate and tell you all a little bit about me. For those who have never heard of me, and I’m assuming that’s most of you, I operate a little corner of blogland known as vintage prairie style. It’s all about me and my adventures (and often misadventures) in decorating our home, selling vintage and antique items and rehabbing furniture. From time to time little bits of my personal life sneak onto the blog as well - but not too often.

So when I was asked to share a little bit about myself I was excited and a little nervous. What do I share? What should I say? What might people want to know????
our 1965 "dream kitchen" that I made-over with some paint, new curtains and hardware

Should I tell everyone about how this month my husband broke a few ribs while I was diagnosed with an inner ear condition related to pregnancy (I’m 7 ½ months Prego with our 3rd) which has been giving me some pretty wicked bouts of vertigo. Should I tell you that while this drama is unfolding we were also dealing with a skunk family taking over our side porch and a squirrel trying to set up residence in the basement of our 1965 dream home… Yes, it’s been a banner month for our family; and yes we are happily living critter-free again - with the exception of our small pup Fynn. Am I sharing too much? Have I made you uncomfortable yet???
our ever-changing house...

But we aren't a chaotic mess all of the time. About half the time we are a fairly normal family of 4 (soon to be 5). Our home runs on a single income, my husband's, and it is because of his job that we have decided not to post pics of of our family and children up on the blog. Sounds mysterious doesn't it... It's not as exciting as it may sound but there is just enough risk that we feel strongly about keeping our family identifiers private. It was also the nature of his job and unpredictable schedule that lead me to decide to stay home with the kid's full time. It was pretty tough to give up my career and I do miss it from time to time, but I have never regretted the decision or wished for something different. In fact I feel pretty lucky to be able to have made the choice.  Staying home has also allowed me to explore some new hobbies like refinishing furniture, researching, collecting and selling a range of vintage/antique items and it has also lead me to continuously make changes to our home.
one of my favorite furniture re-dos

So while I can’t show you pics of my little ones, how about I tell you a little bit about them while continuing to show you some images that you will come across, should you decide to hop over and visit me.

one of my many lighting projects
Our oldest is about to start a major milestone in September, Kindergarten, I am in awe of how quickly the time has passed and how much this little lady has taught me in the short 5 years she has been on this earth. One of her ongoing lessons involves teaching me to embrace my inner girl. I will admit that my inner girl was pretty well non-existent before our little miss made her debut. I was never a lover of pink or fashion or makeup or any of it. I am a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl, nothing too fancy. Now I am learning about fanciness and fashion and tea parties and dance. And you know what, I'm loving it. I don't foresee becoming a tiara wearing princess any time soon, but it sure is fun to play! 

my style, for better or worse
I am also momma to a little man. This one is all about trains and building. He is a boisterous and rough and tumble as they come and he is so much fun. He also suffers from pretty sever asthma and allergies. Until we got some control of his symptoms we were in  and out of the hospital and our pediatrician’s office. It has been an up and down battle and we have had to make a lot of lifestyle changes in order to accommodate his issues but everyday I am thankful for modern medicine and our easy access to great medical care. Everyday.

a local handmade show that my sis and I participated in...

Parenthood has brought so many surprises. As I’m sure it has for countless others. Who knew that I would have a “fancy” girl for a daughter and an all-out-boy for a son. I can’t wait to meet #3 and learn what s/he is all about. One thing I know for sure is that I would not be doing any of this without my family. They encourage and inspire me. They offer a helping hand when they can and give me their straight up honest opinions, which sometimes smarts a little when a 3 year old is telling you where you've gone wrong. They come along to craft shows and antique malls and they are always there for photo shoots and treasure hunting; and best of all they accept ice cream as payment for a job well done!

So that about wraps it up. I want to thank these wonderful ladies again for asking me to participate!

Thank you Keya.  It was so much fun to learn more about you.  I can tell you are a great mom and enjoy this part of life's journey for you right now. Good luck with #3 on the way.  How exciting.  Thank you for sharing with all of us.

Now that you have learned a little bit more about Keya.  Jump over to Susan's Blog and meet another talented blogger Lisa from Lee's Hideaway

Have a great week end.


  1. I love your redos! Great artist for sure! I will be following you soon. Thanks Kris for always delighting us with new bloggers.

  2. How lovely to meet, Keya this week, Kris! I'm loving what I am seeing of her home. I can totally understand not sharing TMI about family, especially such a young one. What you post on the internet is here forever (plus there are some whacko's out there). Glad to hear your home is critter-free now. That would freak me out!

  3. Keya, I love your style, both in fashion and your home! Kris, thanks for the intro. I'll definitely be visiting Keya's blog. Oh, and that table that's your favorite, Keya? I love it!
    Rita C at Panoply

  4. Keya, it was nice learning more about you and your family! And I love your style! Thanks for sharing :)

  5. Kris,
    Thanks for spotlighting another charming blogger. Keya, your style is refreshing and I love it, I'll head over to visit your blog.

  6. It was so nice to learn about Keya. She sounds like a great mom and wonderful decorator. Will be popping over to see her posts.
    Tanks so much Kris for sharing.

  7. I haven't met Keya or her blog before so this was a treat! I'll have to go give her a visit now. Sounds like a wonderful family and some great style all mixed in one. Thanks for introducing her today.

  8. So nice to meet Keya and I'll definitely visit her blog! Love her style ~
    Thanks to both of you for sharing!

  9. Wonderful to meet Keya, wow does she have style!

  10. I have been a follower of Vintage Prairie Style for awhile, but I had no idea she was pregnant and young uns. How fun to read this post.

  11. Keya is so delightful, as is the rest of her family I'm sure! Love her wonderful spirit and talent in creating a great style in her home.
    Mary Alice

  12. So happy to get to meet Keya! Just her unique name makes me smile. She sounds like a wonderful and loving person and mother. With talent to boot! Hopping over to get to know her better.

  13. so nice to meet you, keya! love your kitchen! thanks for sharing, kris!!

  14. So nice to meet you have a gorgeous home and I love that black table!...and then there is that fabulous kitchen of yours!...Thanks for sharing your home showcasing your creativity and great talent....thanks Kris for another great feature this week!!!