Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger

Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger is a feature done each Saturday that introduces you to a blogger you may already know or a new blogger for you to get to know. This feature gives you a peak into the personal life of the blogger.  Getting to know the special person behind the beautiful blog.

There is so much talent and inspiration in blogland so enjoy getting to know these talented bloggers each Saturday.

Kirby: Kirb Appeal

Hi Everyone.  The blogger I am going to introduce you to today just cracks me up and seriously missed her calling to be a stand up comic!!! I mean it when you get to know her and her blog you will see what I mean.  Kirby  from Kirb Appeal is the real deal.  Kirby is fun and genuine and what you read is what you get with Kirby.  After getting to know more about her here make sure you hope over to her fun blog.  You are gonna luv it!!!!!
Have a great rest of the week end.

Hi!  I'm Kirby and I blog over at Kirb Appeal, where I am mostly just ridiculous.  I have been blogging for a looooong time...back when I looked like this:

But it has just been in the past two or three years that anyone other than my two home-town friends have read the blog.  I really enjoy getting ideas from other bloggers, but I believe it's the friendships that are the best part of blogging!

I am a high school English teacher, but in order to have a retirement "activity," my partner-in-crime for the past 32 years (DL) and I purchased a cottage ("Brandywine" --it came with a name, fercryin' outloud)  in need of a complete renovation.  He also bought the contents of a bankrupt furniture factory and he is storing all the wood in case every tree in America dies at the same time.  In which case, he will hold all the power.

One of the problems in an old house

Things I like: Charles Dickens
                        Mod Podge


painting furniture


Things I love: Downton Abbey
                          My sweet DL...
                           ...And of course my family who doesn't love it when I write about them.

Things I am not crazy about?         
                               The fact that I don't  have like a hundred companies wanting to send me free stuff to try like wine or beer or paintbrushes.  Or a car.  Or maybe big diamonds.  I'd like to try their big diamonds for them and let them know if I like those particular big diamonds.

Anyway, I want to thank the lovely Kris and her awesome white house for inviting me to share.  If you ever need to get a dose of ridiculousness, feel free to visit me at Kirb Appeal!  We have a lot of fun over there, mostly.

  -- *Kirby

Winner! Winner!

Happy Wednesday
Gotta Love "Hump" Day!

Give Away includes One Wonderful Romantic Country Magazine and Pink gummy cadillacs and a delish box of Shortbread cookies.

Since I have never figured out that Raffle Copter thingy we picked the names for the give away the old fashion way.  We put all 114 names on pieces of paper and then My hubby Terry picked out the winners from the trusty fire chief helmet!!!

Ta Da and the winners are Susie from She Junks and Jo from Annie's Attic.  Congrats girls just email me your address and your gifts will be on the way to you.

Thank you everyone who entered.  I wish I had a prize for all of you sweet bloggers.
Thanks for all your wonderful support of my blog over these past 3 years.
Have a wonderful rest of the week.
Come back on Saturday for Spotlight I have a wonderful blogger for you to get to know.

Happy Blog Anniversary Give Away

Happy Sunday Everyone.
I am heading into my 3rd year of blogging.
Never in my widest dreams would I have thought I would still be doing this after 3 years.  It has been such a joy in my life and I have met so many wonderful blogger friends during this journey.

To share the LOVE, I am going to have a giveaway for my Blog Anniversary.

When I first started to blog over 2 years ago Gridley and Graves professional photographers approached me and said that the editor from Romantic Country would like them to come out and take pics of my home.

I was so thrilled and honored that they saw a few of my brand new posts and thought my home worthy of being in a magazine.

So the story began.  Gridley and Graves came out to Chicago land and spent 9 hours here setting up shots and taking pics of my home.  They told me I would be in an up coming Romantic Country Magazine.  

They left and I never heard anything more.  Then about 2 months ago Jan Soults Walker a writer for Romantic Country contacted me for an interview and told me my home would be coming out in the upcoming Summer issue of  Romantic County.

Wow I thought I have evolved and changed my decor so much since those pictures were taken over 2 years ago.   I thought this is going to be hard to do an interview based on pictures that have been changed and not even a part of my home for a long time.

Jan was so easy to talk too.    Jan did a great job capturing who I am and how I create and feel about my decor.  That is so nice to see the feature written so well and capturing my essence with decor.
So a big hug to you Jan.  Our time spent together during the interview was so much fun. :)

I did the interview and just kept in mind that this was how I started my decor and even if it has changed and evolved I am still proud of where I was in my decor at that time.  It is an honor to be featured.

Some of you that know me will see these pictures of my home and say "wait a minute her house does not even look like that" but it is all good it was where I was and what I loved at that time.

Fifi O'Neal is the Editor now of Romantic Country and I love that she picked my signature bike to be in her opening editor's letter.  Very honored and Thank you Fifi for this wonderful opportunity.

Now on to the Giveaway celebration.

To celebrate going into my 3rd year I want to offer up a copy of this lovely magazine  and some sweet treats to enjoy while you relax and enjoy paging through this magazine.

Every girl needs a pink Cadillac or two right!!!!  These pink cadillac candies are fun and delish.  The shortbread cookies and a cup of coffee or tea will be so good to curl up and enjoy too.

All you have to do to have a chance to win is to leave me a comment.  That's it easy peasy.

I so appreciate all the wonderful friends I have meet in these few years of blogging.  All of you have been so kind and wonderful and I have learned so much.  

Have a wonderful Sunday and please enjoy the beginning of the new week.