A Tour Through Blogland | Vintage, Paint and more...

Monday, September 1, 2014

A Tour Through Blogland

 Hi everyone,
Today I am going to take you on a tour through blogland where you get to meet a couple of new bloggers and I answer questions about myself.
I am so excited that my friend Kim who blogs at The Kim Six Fix asked me to join in the "Tour Through Blogland" tour.  You see, I met Kim through a Blogger Facebook Page Group that I participate in and let me tell you she is one awesome lady.  Kim is a scientist - you know with the test tubes and everything but decided to become a stay at home mommy for her 3 kiddos.  She is the most awesome "jack-of-all trades" diy-er ( my hero) I have met in blogland - I mean she uses power tools ( not for me) and cooks!  She also builds her own projects , crafts, sews, paints - you name it, she does it.
 Just go check out her kitchen reno - you'll see what I mean.  Be still my heart!

Vintage, Paint and more... Kim Six Fix kitchen reno

Now here's the part I am supposed to tell you a little bit about me.   Let's see... I am a retired nurse (finally) - I looked forward to that day let me tell you.  I am also a wife, mother of two grown sons and grandmother of nine.  We live with our youngest son and his family - so we have a multigenerational group that can be quite interesting on any given day.  I come from a very talented and creative family with both my mother and father  and 5 siblings being diy-ers and dabbling in the various arts whether it be woodworking , sewing, jewelry making, quilting, textile weaving, and so on.  There aren't many mediums we haven't got covered by someone in our family.

I began blogging in 2011 right after we moved to the beach to get away from the cold southern Illinois winters with all the ice and snow.

Vintage, Paint and more... beach scene

  I started the blog as Retired in Carolina - a newsletter to keep our family abreast of our life here at the beach.  But, as I became acquainted with other blogs I began adding more and more crafts and projects I was doing for our home and soon Vintage, Paint and more... was born.

Vintage, Paint and more... decorative columns made from old paper back books

  I love to learn and have taken formal classes in tole/decorative painting, upholstery, landscaping, cake decorating, quilting, sewing and creative writing.  If there was something I wanted to learn I either found someone who was willing to share or I found a book ( you know, before the Internet) and taught myself  how to do it.  My favorite medium is and always will be painting with paper crafting as a close second so you will see lots of those types of projects here.

1. What am I working on right now?
   Right now I am working on some new  fall projects to decorate our home with.  I have challenged myself to use mostly paper to make them and hope to come up with some really cute ideas.

Vintage, Paint and more... fall chevron wreath made form burlap ribbon and dollar store tray
(Fall Wreath 2013)

  I have a couple of big projects in the wings but am waiting because there may be some big changes here soon.  We rent and although the landlord is very kind in letting us do small things such as painting; anything big is not going to happen.

Vintage, Paint and more... chalkboard painted wall turned into family communication center

2.  How does my work differ from others of  its genre?
      Now that is a hard one because I am not sure I fit into any specific genre.  You will find a myriad of projects here because I love to try new things all the time. If I see a new technique I like you better be sure it will turn up on here eventually.  I am totally unfocused - so sticking with one genre isn't going to happen.

Vintage, Paint and more... dollar store and thrift dishes custom painted to blend with decor

3.  Why do I write/create what I do?
     I would have to say that I am passionate about what I do.  If I am working in paper crafting at the time - I am most passionate about that and want to share it with everyone because I think it is something they would enjoy.  I also love to teach and show others how to create. So I share my tutorials so everyone can create something themselves and enjoy that most awesome feeling of "look what I made".

Vintage, Paint and more... a paper organizer made from cereal boxes and scrapbook paper, painted and decorated tin cans, twine wrapped lamp with stenciled lamp shade

4.  How does your writing/creating process work?
      As I mentioned above I am not a focused person so my writing is quite sporadic.  I have tried to make schedules and lists and so on but some days I just cannot get it together and wind up doing whatever pops in my head that day. Therefore many days I am scrambling to meet a deadline or sitting in front of the computer with not a thought of what to write.  It's all very last minute most the time.

Vintage, Paint and more... organizing for blogging

 I now want to introduce you to a wonderful blogger I met through the same Facebook Page Group I met Kim in.   Meet Pam at Pam's Party and Practical Tips.  You can also find her on Facebook

Pam is the very busy mother of three teens who keep her on her toes.  She started blogging as a way to share her themed parties she loved putting together when her children were younger.  She comes up with the most unique and wonderful ideas for parties, costumes, crafts and some pretty awesome recipes.

I love how Pam always comes up with the cutest things to serve at her themed parties - like this adorable Olaf Marshmallow Treat for the ever popular Frozen parties.

Vintage, Paint and more... Olaf marshmallow treat by Pam's Party and Practical Tips

She shares some of the most valuable tips like how to know if your Wilton Candy Melts have expired - I needed that one for sure.

Vintage, Paint and more... Wilton candy expiration by Pam's Party and Practical Tips

But I think my most favorite part of her blog is when she shares her son Kyle's cooking adventures in her series Cooking With Kyle.  I have a son who is an executive chef and he started out cooking at a very young age like Kyle.  So, hats off to you Kyle you do a marvelous job.

Vintage, Paint and more... Cooking with Kyle at Pam's Party and Practicla Tips

I hope you take some time and visit Pam especially next week when she introduces us to her favorite blog.
You might also want to check our her Dare to Share link party she hosts every Friday.  I know you will fall in love with all the projects that she features each week.  

Until next time - have fun creating something you love

I will be linking up to the parties listed on my I Party At page above.  Please go and visit them and see all the great projects found there.


  1. So many great shares! Thanks Cathy!!!

  2. Hello, Cathy! Nice to meet you! Love those book columns. I'm now following you- would love for you to visit me and follow back at www.thebfarm.blogspot.com. Now I'm off to look through your blog. It's always nice to find a new to me DIYer.

  3. I love this post Cathy...I got to know you a little better!

  4. Thanks for sharing, I love your post. I'm looking forward to reading more of your blog.

  5. Too cute, Love hearing more about bloggers and the behind the scenes little tidbits!

  6. Loved the post. Felt like I was sitting across from you having a cup of coffee and chatting like friends do. Look forward to more of your posts.

  7. Thank you for such a nice feature Cathy!

  8. Loved reading this, Cathy - it has been interesting just to see how similar and different we all are! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  9. So great to learn more about you :) Thanks for sharing with us!