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. 
September 13th
Danni from Silo Hill Farm

Hi Everyone and Happy Saturday.  This week I am introducing you to a wonderfully sweet blogger . 

   Danni in my book is a hero because she fought for adopting two children as a single mom and won.  After not giving up she was able to raise two beautiful  children and give them a great start in life.    Ok not to give anymore away on Danni please read on about her and I know you will fall in love with her and her lovely blog.

Hello to all of you fans of Junk Chic Cottage!  I'm excited to be here and a little bit baffled as to why Kris asked me to be spotlighted.  I don't really have a cottage and I don't really have a lot of vintage-ish stuff, although I love both.  

I come from a large family, five sisters and one brother and I love them all!  I grew up in Chicago and dreamed of leaving it most of my life.  I was pretty sure I was never meant to be a city girl and longed for wide open spaces.  It didn't take me long to move when I turned 18.  I'm kind of a girl of action and oh just try telling me "no". 
I moved to Missouri and adopted two children as a single parent.  (Can you believe the state of Missouri told me I couldn't do that?...Like I said, just try telling me "no".)  They are grown and out on their own now, but here they are in younger days.
Aja and Will
When my kids were 8 & 10, I met and married my husband Sam.  He's awesome.  He adopted my kids and life got even more exciting from there.
 We moved to Montana where we lived in a cabin on a mountain with a stream.  Picture perfect and I loved it.  Moose, bear, mountain lions, elk and deer right outside my front door.  I still miss it everyday. 
After about 8 years, we moved back to Missouri to be closer to family.  We bought a farm with a creek and since we didn't know what to do with our spare time, we started a pumpkin patch and haunted maze that we opened to the public every October.  It was a blast!  Schools came out for field trips and brave and not-so-brave teens came out every weekend night.
When we had a horrible drought, we learned that maybe a weather dependent business was not our thing.  Last year we sold our farm and bought a bigger house in town to renovate.  We finally moved in in May and have been surprised at how much we enjoy living in town.  I especially enjoy having a bigger house with an entire room dedicated to crafting and creating.
Even though we have moved into town, we are about to get into the cattle business out in the country, which means we'll be back to wearing farm boots and driving tractors again.  I can drive a tractor. 
We have 3 grandchildren whom we adore...

I took a part-time job this summer as a bookkeeper for a graphics design company.  I'm a nerd, I love bookkeeping, but I can't wait to get my hands on some of their equipment and maybe make some cool signs and wall art.
I love blogging, although I have less time for it now that I work.  I love all of the inspiration I get from the blog world and I spend way too much time scrolling through link parties and pinterest.  I have made some great friends in the blog world and even met a few of them.  I hope to meet more.

If you aren't familiar with my blog, it's mostly a crafting blog where I create my own decor, although my most viewed post happens to be Caramel Corn recipe, go figure.  (It is awesome stuff though.)  Here are the links to some of my popular posts.
Easy Caramel Corn
 I've made some fun pallet projects.
Deck the Halls Pallet Art
Pallet Shelf
My Fairy Garden has had a ridiculous amount of views.  I had no idea people loved fairy gardens so much.
Fairy Garden
Since it's almost Halloween, here are my two most popular posts for the upcoming season.  This first one really took no time at all, seriously, 30 minutes and there's a quick tutorial.
Witch Hand
This Umbrella Witch is not an original idea, but I did put my own spin on it.
Umbrella Witch
Lately I've been working on a few projects for my Coastal inspired bedroom.
Coastal Wreath
Seashell Display Stands
If any of this interests you, please stop by and visit my blog at Silohill Farm or you can follow along on facebook
Thank you Kris for this glorious opportunity to be featured here on your wonderful blog!

Thank you Danni for being in the Spotlight this week.  It was a pleasure to feature you.  After you have read about Danni please hop over to Susan's blog and read about another wonderful blogger Deb from Garage Sale Gal.

Have a wonderful week end.



  1. Yay - I wanted to be the first comment ( it's soooo great being an insomniac LOL )
    Loved this Danni ( and Kris )
    My whole love of fairies came from your planter Danni ( but you know that )
    Have a great day ladies

  2. What a wonderful person to share today. I love danni.

  3. So excited to see Danni featured! Love her! She can make anything! And I learned some things here about her I didn't know. Great feature Kris!

  4. What a great blog to follow! She has had a most interesting life, and I just love crafts!

  5. What a very cool history you have, Danni! You may be a nerd (I am too), but you definitely have your right brain working too! It's great to meet you, and I'll visit your blog soon. Kris, thanks!
    Rita C at Panoply

  6. It was nice to meet Danni. I really love her Deck the Halls pallet art!

  7. Great feature!! Danni is amazingly talented and has had so many wonderful experiences that have truly enriched her life and family!
    Mary Alice

  8. Great to learn more about you, Danni! Thanks for sharing :)

  9. Danni is so cool and has some very original creations!

  10. I cannot believe that I found out two things i did not know. We have been blogging buddies for so long and I appreciate and treasure your friendship, Danni. What Danni did not reveal that in a skinny minute she can presto-chango any of her craft projects into something different - quite the talent. I am looking forward one day to walking the beautiful beaches of Missouri with Danni (a private joke I had to throw in!) Thank, Kris, for turning the spotlight on Danni this week.

  11. Kris,
    Happy Saturday and thanks for introducing Danni. Her story of adoption of her two beautiful kids is heartfelt. I see Danni is another lover of decorating for the seasons, I love Halloween too :-)

  12. Kris, thanks for featuring Danni. I used to read her regularly, but I realize that she must not be on my blog roll. I am glad to have her back.

  13. Kris, you couldn't have picked a sweeter, nicer blogger to feature! Love you Danni and oh, how I wish you still lived in Montana!!!!!!!

    Loved hearing your story xoxox

  14. I really enjoyed reading about Danni her family and life. Keep up the Bio's love them Thanx Jo XX
    from Anne's Attic - design blog

  15. I just LOVE Danni! One of her guest posts generated huge traffic for me--that's the kind of gal she is!

  16. Hi Kris and Danni. This post is a perfect example of why I love these Saturday posts! What an adventurous life you lead, Danni! Blessings on both your houses. :)

  17. I've followed Danni since the beginning of my blogging and I knew there was something amazing about her. She's so awesome and to find out that she adopted kids as a single parent just adds to the wonderful quality she possesses. Love that Danni is the first of this series. What a wonderful idea!

  18. Good evening, Kris! Thank you for coming to visit me! I have seen your lovely photo in Blogland for so long, and you know how hard it is to visit everyone! But thanks so much for coming over and now I get to meet you!

    Your cabin in Montana is gorgeous! And what a sweet life with your children. There are so many lovely lives to read, to get to know, to cherish. I must visit Danni for I don't know her. Thank you for sharing yourself, and for Danni, too!

    Enjoy a great Sunday. Anita

  19. Hi Kris, what a joy to meet Danni and read her spotlight. She is an inspiration and very talented blogger.
    Love the pics and the journey she has had over the years. I am going over to say hi on her blog too.
    Thanks Kris for a great spotlight pick. Have a nice rest of the weekend.

  20. Hi Kris, Danni is a new to me blogger. Loved reading her story and she sounds like my kind of gal. A real go getter! Really enjoyed meeting her. Will hop over and say 'hi'.

  21. I really enjoyed learning about Danni! What a great blog she has. I also enjoyed sharing about myself on Susan's blog today.

  22. Oh- I like this gal! Headed over to follow her! She is fun and talented! xo Diana

  23. Danni never ceases to amaze me. From adopting 2 children as a single parent to running a farm to getting into the cattle business. I've been following her for a while now and enjoy every post!! It's always nice to hear a little bit more about the background of the bloggers you follow. Great idea for a series!

  24. That's the first picture I've seen of Danni's cabin in Montana. Love it! She's one of my favourite bloggers and I never miss a post.

  25. I just love Danny and her family! I adore wwhere she lives and she' s very talented. Thanks for sharing, Kris!

  26. How lovely to see Danni featured. She is so talented. She is also such a kind hearted blogger. So nice to see all her fabulous projects recapped. She is certainly the queen of Halloween :)

  27. Danni, you are an inspiration to us all! One truly amazing woman with a heart of gold. Cheers!

  28. It was great to meet Danni here on your blog. Will head over to her blog for a visit.

  29. Danni is just the best!! One of my favourite bloggers. It's so great to see her featured here.

  30. thanks for sharing danni's story, kris! would love to have that cabin in the woods!

  31. So great learning more about Danni! Thanks, Kris! Danni, I guess this means you won't be moving back to Montana anytime soon....darn. Well, at least you know you're always welcome for a visit!

  32. Danni is one of the biggest reasons I am blog-addicted. It's all good!

  33. I loved learning more about Danni's story!! She's one of the sweetest ladies in her!!! Thanks for sharing!~~Angela