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.
Theresa from The Old White House
I would love to introduce you this week to a lovely lady in blogland. She shares my love of whites and chippy. Please enjoy meeting and getting to know Theresa from The Old White House.
First of all I want to say thank you to Kris for inviting me to be featured for Saturday
Spotlight among many bloggers that I admire. I am truly honored. My name is Theresa
and my blog is The Old White House.
I have been married to my wonderful husband for 28 years and we have 5 awesome
children with age ranges from 11 to 27.
These people are my life.
...and we live in a very old white house.
I have spent what seems like my whole life making things. I am the second oldest of a
family of 12 children and we spent a lot of time creating our own fun.
My mom was a teacher and always had something up her sleeve to keep us busy.
Even when we went
camping she would bring along paints and we would paint on rocks
or go on a tour of a factory to see how things were made.
Which is most likely the reason that most of my
brothers and sisters are also creative in one way or another.
I started following a few blogs years ago and then one day in a moment of pure panic
pressed the ‘publish’ button and well, here we are! It gave me a place to share what I was
creating besides at the dinner table with my family, who quite honestly was thinking, find art
friends and share it with them!
I am drawn to history. I see a garage sale with two old men standing in the garage and my
heart goes pitter patter, it’s okay my husband understands. It’s just that they have all the
best old junk that I love to add to my work.
After years of creating primitive dolls and other fabric creations I moved on to mixed media
altered collage and assemblage pieces. I felt a freedom of using more and more vintage
treasures and letting my inhibitions go wild with the photos of strangers and their past that I
love to use.
This piece is a wax collage that I created a few years ago. I had been saving the photo for
just such a project. The men in the photo were so intriguing to me, especially the one right
up front with the bow tie. I used him in a few creations before I finally used the original
photo in this piece. I have a thing for bow ties too.
…. and birds. Seriously, ‘put a bird on it’ was a theme that I ran with for a while! I love
them, I think they are a combination of fragility and strength along with their resourcefulness
that I connect with.
(put a bird on a wreath too!)
I loved creating mixed media altered pieces and all of the history that I could use in them,
but my life took another turn when I created our line of natural lavender laundry and cleaning
I no longer had time to create large scale items (and clean up the mess that I made while
creating them!) because we started going to farmers markets and craft shows on a very
This is a labor of love for us.
It began with our laundry soap. Like many, I found a recipe on pinterest for laundry soap,
and then I tweaked it to make it my own, one that did an amazing job cleaning the huge
piles of laundry that a large family accumulates along with smelling beautiful. I then made
our organic lavender dryer sachets and lavender linen & room spray to go along with the
soap. We now have a full line of natural lavender cleaners with more on the horizon. This is a family business, I no longer do it on my own. 'My husband, Duane, now makes many of our products and attends every Saturday market with me and is the salesman extraordinaire.' Our children help with every aspect of it,
from the youngest two still at home helping to make and package the products and selling
at shows with us, to the oldest three who live on their own and contribute by giving us
marketing tips, finding stores that would carry our products, investing in the company, and
sharing news of our products to people they meet in their new communities. Their support,
love and belief in this business fills my heart with joy beyond measure.
Every week you can find us at a farmers market or two now, and the response from our
customers has been overwhelming. I feel blessed to have met so many wonderful people
that are on the same path that we are on as a small business. At the farmers markets that
we attend there are so many folks creating products that are good for the earth and healthy
for your family’s well being, and even more that are looking to buy those products that
embody that philosophy for their family. The conversations that I am able to have with both
sets of folks fuels my passion for our business more than ever.
Along with making all of our products in our home, I still had the urge to fill that piece of me
that NEEDS to create art. I no longer had the time to create large pieces so I have scaled
my artwork down and now make repurposed assemblage art jewelry. Plus I wanted to add
some art to our booth, and it seemed like a good way to do that.
This way I can still use treasures of the past that I love, but on a smaller scale. ( I do still
however make a mess and I would like to say on a smaller scale as well, but my momma
taught me to tell the truth, and I am pretty messy when I work!)
I started with soldering, making tiny collage art and encasing them in nice thick glass
wrapped in lead free silver solder.
Once I started adding rosary style beading to them, I was hooked on becoming a jewelry
maker. I threw myself into it and it has become my go to ‘art therapy’!
I find it relaxing as I work and exhilarating when I complete a piece,
it’s a win win!
(there's that bird again)
My days are long, and mostly consumed with getting products and jewelry ready for the next
market, but I would not want it any other way. I love what I do and I know that that in itself is a
blessing. I try to blog as often as I can, but after looking back through the blog for photos to
use for this feature I realize how much I miss blogging like I use to be able to do. As soon
as I would get a project finished, waalaa it was on the blog. I am going to make it my
mission to do that again, I hope you will stop by for a visit and take a peak!
Thank you again Kris, for inviting me here today!
Now that you have gotten to know Theresa please visit her blog and also hop over to Susan's blog today to learn about another wonderful blogger Christine from Little Brags.