Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind The Blogger

Kim from Camp and Cottage Living

Hello Blogging Friends!
I am Kim and my blog is Camp and Cottage Living.

This week Kris has invited me to be her Saturday Spotlight guest.
Thank you, Kris!
I'm inspired here at Junk Chic Cottage and appreciate your invitation to be featured this week.

I first began blogging four years ago and I recall what a scary venture it was to me then. Now I can't imagine life without it. I have been blessed by the friendships and the comradeship that I have with many of my blogging buddies. You are like jewels to me ladies!

If I were to pick a theme for my blog, I would have to say it is all about Home and Travels.
I love everything about home. I am a self-confessed decorating addict; who enjoys sewing, re-purposing, and perpetually re-making my home. I think this comes from having moved so much! Whenever there was a new home, there was always the necessity to redecorate to make it our home.
Having been raised in the farmlands of the Mid-West, I grew up in a family that had huge gardens. My Mother canned everything. I was the youngest of seven children. I must have been a bit spoiled, because when I married I didn't know the first thing about housekeeping. I'm glad to say that I did catch on real fast though!
Tim, my high school sweetheart, and I have been married for over forty one years. We are blessed with three sons, one daughter, and now nine grandchildren.
Tim and I were married in Missouri, but moved and raised our children in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Then when our youngest son graduated we bought a business in my husbands homeland (Canada).

After the business was sold we bought a log home on Lake Superior and split our time between living there and working seasonally in The Yukon Territories.
 It is an amazing and beautiful place to experience.
We have since moved to a house that is located north of Lake Superior, where we are often entertained with black bear passing through our yard and moose sitings.

I do thank the Lord for the blessings He's given me and the grace that He bestows to me, one of His slow learners!
I don't think Kris wanted me to write a book about myself, so I'll stop here!
If you would like, pop over to Camp and Cottage Living to visit. I love meeting new (to me) bloggers! My latest venture there is an Etsy shop that I am filling with French and Country style tea towels that I've created.
Thanks again, Kris,  for the invite.
Blessings to all-Kim

Happy Saturday Everyone.  Thank you Kim for sharing yourself with all of us in Spotlight this week.
Please take time to head over to Kim's blog Camp and Cottage Living and introduce yourself and also visit her new Etsy Shop.
Have a great Week End.

Re Love of Table and Chairs and Deck

Happy Sunday.  Hope the week end is going great for all of you.

I decided to go out and re do my outdoor deck the other day.  I wanted Terry to paint my table and chair set and I took everything off the deck to power wash and re arrange things.

My poor plants have taken a real beating this summer.  I had a lot of hanging geraniums and they love sun and heat and like it on the dry side.  Well our whole month of June was cooler temps and it rained almost every day.   I thought I would move them around and try to nurse them back.

Well that just started a whole thing!  I decided to take everything off the deck and power wash it and start to rearrange things as I put them back including the hanging baskets.

Normally these hanging geraniums would be to the ground and so lush and full.  With all the rain they are very thinned out and not growing much.
I moved my lounger back onto the deck first.

I moved it from the corner of the deck to under the potting shed sign.  I also hung back up a chandelier for night time. 

Most of you that know me know I love to take the unusual and put them into my garden.  I had this white vintage birdcage holder so I hung one of the ivy geraniums in it for a little whimsy.

I love my lounger for reading on a nice summer day.  

Ok you got a sneak peak at the newly painted table and chairs.

This was the set I got at Walmart for $89 which included the umbrella.  I love that this is a small table that seats four.  Terry got out his handy paint sprayer...

Here is the set painted white.  I love the lighter fresh look it gives to the deck.  Now I need some cute cushions.

Great for dining El Fresco.

This really shows the hanging  ivy geraniums so thin and scraggly.  They normally are very full and lush.  They just had too many days of rain last month.  So now that we are getting heat and sun I am hoping with some TLC I can get them back on track.

I planted one of my baskets down into this vintage fire place log holder.

Just another unusual use of something for my plants in the garden.  Love the chippy legs on this cast iron log holder.

All my baskets with petunia's are holding up pretty good to all the rain we had.  They love it hot and sunshine too but they can take the rain.

So just moving the plants around and rearranging and painting the furniture makes the deck feel brighter.

Have a wonderful start to the new week ahead.