Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger

Ricki Jill from Art @ Home

 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.

This week I am honored to introduce you to Ricki Jill from Art @ Home.  Not only is she talented and creative she has a big and kind heart.  So enjoy getting to know Ricki Jill and then head over to say Hi on her blog. 

Hello!  My name is Ricki Jill Treleaven, and my blog is Art @ Home.  I'm so humbled that Kris asked me to write a post for her Saturday Spotlight.  Thanks so much, Kris!  :D

I'll tell you about myself first, and then I'll tell you a little bit about my blog.  I've been married to my college sweetheart for 27 years, and we have two daughters: Shanley Belle, who's a graduate student in Communicative Disorders at the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!) and Shelley Angèle, who's eighteen and a senior in high school.  I homeschool Shelley and we're often interrupted by our naughty Westie named Finlay.  I'm a former high school English teacher and an artist.  I also have a fairly new second blog, Meditation of my He{art}, for my art journaling and art prayer journaling.

I was trying to think of what in the world to write about as far as introducing my blog to y'all because my blog is not very tends to be "all over the place" like my life!  So I think I'll just share with you my Top Ten List of stuff I like to blog about.

10.  Family Life.  Although we're almost empty nesters (both girls were living at home when I first started blogging) I still like to share about my family with my readers, especially homeschooling.

Shelley's first day of school 2015

9.    MacKenzie-Childs   We've collected MacKenzie-Childs majolica since we married.  You'll see our collection from time to time on my blog!

MacKenzie-Childs flower frog

Honey pot

8.    Home Decor  I love fluffing the nest and sharing it on my blog.

My art studio

Our kitchen

I enjoy tablescapes for all seasons!

7.    Finlay   He's naughty and full of Westietude!

6.    Recipes   I enjoy cooking for my family and sharing recipes with my readers.  I have a recipe page on my blog with links to the recipes I've posted.  My buttermilk pie and iCarly spaghetti tacos recipes are two readers' favorites!

Southern Bourbon Balls

Strawberry Lemonade Muffins

5.    Crafting   I wish I had time for more crafting because I love it!  Whenever I have time for crafts I try to write posts about them and share.

4.    Link Parties   I enjoy link parties, like the Mad Tea Party.  You can read more on my Link Parties page.

3.    Flowers    I love, love, *love* flowers...and anything with flowers on it!

2.    Art    True to the name of my blog, I do write about art (usually on Mondays).

"Peonies in Mercury Glass"

Some of my paintings in various stages 

1.    Books    Hello!  My name is Ricki Jill and I'm a bookaholic!  I write a weekly post on Fridays (Literary Friday) that's also a link party.  So if you read a good book (it can be about anything....I shared a recipe book last Friday!) please write a post and join in on the literary fun!  ;P

Thanks again, Kris, for inviting me to share my blog with your readers.  You're the *sweetest*

Ricki Jill

-- Blessings! Ricki Jill Art @

Thank you Ricki Jill for sharing yourself with us.  It was fun getting to know you better. Finlay is too cute.  Hope everyone has a great week end.

An the Winners Are!!!!!!

Well my friends thank you to all of you that entered to win a copy of the Somerset Life magazine that I was recently published in.

I am listing the winners below.  If you see your name please email me your address and when I get my order of magazines hopefully this week I will send you your copy.

Nancy Comer Nancy's Notes
Nancy Reinke Joyful Cottage
Sandi Barberry Lane Designs
Deb Garage Sale Gal

Congrats girls.  Please send me your address's.

For those of you that did not get your name pulled out of the hat.  I have the post here where you can read the article and see the feature.

My good friend Nana Diana at her blog is giving away a copy of this magazine too.
So if you did not win one here and want another chance please hop over to Nana Diana Takes A Break and leave a comment.

Have a wonderful rest of the week.  Be sure to come back on Saturday to meet a wonderful fun blogger in the Spotlight.

Fall is in the Air but Summer Flowers are still Holding on!

It says fall on the calendar and fall is in the air with cooler days and nights.  My summer flowers just do not want to let go just yet.

My ivy geraniums are hanging on and the passion flower plant while not budding anymore is still green and lush.

The geraniums are still popping with pretty color.

My knock out roses are still blooming with lots of buds ready to open.

My deck boxes still are having a few blooms and the greenery is holding on.

It won't be long and there will be frost on the pumpkins and the flowers will be done for the season.   I am holding on for just a few more weeks of enjoying these pretties.
A little fall mixed in on the front porch.

Hope you all have a wonderful start to the new week ahead.