Friday, September 26, 2014

Saturday Spotlight: Life Behind the Blogger

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. 
September 27

Good Saturday Morning.  This week I am excited to introduce you to a really sweet and very talented blogger and artist.  Gee from Simply Designs by Gee.  Gee and I have become blogging friends and I just love her wonderful heart.  She express herself through her beautiful paintings.
Please enjoy getting to know Gee and then hop on over to check out her beautiful blog.

When Kris asked me to write a post for her series 'Behind the Blogger ' I immediately said 'yes'. I mean, what an honour!!
Then the nerves set in.
What have I done??
You see I can talk about my family, my work, my home. But me... stutter... stutter.

Me, Gee, in a nutshell :)
I am the eldest of 4 siblings.
Was raised by my father after my parents split when I was 12.
Married to a wonderful and supportive husband of 23 years, Douglas.

 Mom of two amazing young men, Mark, 26  and Jesse, 21.
Now, Gigi to the precious Bella 6 and Winston 4 weeks  ( still trying to wrap my mind around that one). Gulp!
Then there is our most demanding, our fur baby, Master Vic.

When we were expecting our 2nd child I had to take medical leave from my job and well, resigned to stay at home with my boys. I never went back to a full time job.
I have had the pleasure of being at home watching my babies change to teens and now wonderful young men . It is a decision we have never regretted. There were sacrifices made, hard ones at times, but we were willing to stand behind it.
During this time, as I was then able to  take my boys with me, we volunteered for many, many years at the Local Salvation Army in the Social Service Department. I was the fill in Social Worker, fill in Receptionist....
The boys were stacking shelves in the pantry as soon as they were able. I believe in a life of service to my community and encouraged my family to be active. To always pay it forward.
This is the first year I have not been there .
But since the marriage of my son Mark to the beautiful Danielle , that brought our sweet Bella into our family, I have been helping out with and garnering some Bella time as often as I could. Now with the addition of Master Winston in August, I have made the decision not to go back this Fall , but instead to be available to watch that little luv nugget as often as I will be allowed , when his parents return to work.
I started blogging 2 1/2 years ago while on bed rest due to illness. I had stumbled upon the world of Blogging a few months before , and was an avid reader  on the sidelines.... quietly reading .
Then while confined to my bed and going stark crazy, I jumped in. I started blogging.
A decision I have not regretted.
I blog to share my luv of family, my luv for decorating and my art. I blog when I am moved to write... to share.

Some years ago, during a difficult time in my life I met an artist. She encouraged me to  channel my anguish and emotions into art. I started with charcoals. A very unforgiving medium in some aspect. Then moved on to oils.
When my toddler took one of my palette knives and chased his big brother across the house one afternoon, I packed them up and made the leap into acrylics.
I was in luv!! There has been no looking back for me.

The medium I prefer to work on is mainly reclaimed wood. With the joint efforts of a keen woodworker, I have used quite a bit of construction cast offs to paint on and to frame the finished pieces.
I have also done some murals in homes, construction models, churches, offices....
Chosen colours and décor for clients.
Have had my work displayed in galleries, sold quite a bit of canvasses throughout the US and abroad.
Created and sold painted furniture.
All while raising two wonderful boys and on my own schedule.

 Over the years my decorating style has changed as I have.
When the lads were little, we had a nice denim, plaid, red white and blue all American ala Ralph Lauren style. It was luvly while it lasted.
Then we moved into a more relaxed country /farmhouse, and a home full of antiques, which changed to an all white French cottage , to now, well, not sure what we can call it.
I just know it  is reflective of my family and how we live. Comfy, relaxed and easy.
Filled with things we luv.
My ever continuing affair with dishes. Ironstone, transferware, circa 1950 American glassware...
Family pieces to add some soul to this newly constructed home. This that was our transitional home, but when the market dropped, well, we had to stay as there was no selling it in a market flooded with homes. Pieces we have reluved and rehabbed into what fits our style.
But it's home :)

Over the last 3 years we have come to the conclusion that it's where we will be for a few more years at least. With our kids one street over, it's perfect for seeing the littles and kissing cheeks.
So we snuggle in, and we make it 'Us'!

So come on over, we will have coffee and a nice chat. Hope you luv dogs though, because our Master Vic is a lot of chocolate lab energy and wet kisses.
Thanks for having me Kris. It was a HUGE honour!!


Thank you Gee for sharing about you, your beautiful family and your wonderful talent with all of us.  It was a true pleasure to feature you this week my friend.

Now that you have gotten to know sweet Gee please hop over to Susan's blog and meet Tina from What We Keep.
Have a wonderful week end.


  1. Thanks so much for such a sweet feature Kris. I am so honoured. Truly!
    Big hugs dear friend!!
    Gee xx

    1. Thanks Gee so much for doing Spotlight. I am hoping everyone enjoys getting to know the sweet and talented person you are. Hope you find some new blogger friends from this too. Have a great week end and thank you again my friend for being in the Spotlight.

  2. Love it when I discover someone totally new here Kris! Love reading about Gee and looking forward to getting to know her!

  3. Gee, it was great to meet you and hear about your talent and wonderful family. You are very talented and happy you turned to blogging. I love it and will be following you. Hope you follow back!! I have two doxies that are the love of our lives so I get the wet kisses, LOL. Would love to see your babies.


    1. Thanks Cynthia. I look forward to following you as well. Oh puppy kisses!!!
      Hugs, Gee

  4. Great to meet you, Gee! I have seen your name around blogland and I am so glad to have the opportunity to learn about you. You have a beautiful family and an amazing talent. I am definitely a dog lover! I'll take those wet kisses any day. :)

    1. Hello Tina :) Thanks so much. Our first Pup... only a bit spoiled I promise.
      Hugs, Gee

  5. Kris thank you for featuring Gee on spotlight. I will enjoy a leisurely read of her blog. What a wonderful family and wet doggie kisses are sweet!

  6. Hi Kris, so great to meet Gee. She is so talented and what a wonderful life she has shared. She has a beautiful family and darling dog.
    Gee, it was a joy to meet you through this spotlight and I look forward to coming over to your blog too.
    Have a great weekend girls,

    1. Aaaahhh. Thanks CelestinaMarie. Looking forward to your visit.
      Hugs, Gee

  7. Thanks for the introduction to Gee.

    Each week I am amazed at who you introduce us to.

    I am mailing the package today so I hope it arrives in time!

  8. Gee, you are one of the first bloggers who found me and left comments and I appreciate that! It was great learning more about you~I think you're so talented! Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Aaahhh Susan. How sweet of you to say. Thanks so much! My pleasure popping in for a visit and saying hi.
      Hugs, Gee

  9. How nice to meet Gee, Kris! An amazing story she has and one that gripped me through reading the whole post. She has a beautiful family and I can understand totally the love she has for those little ones! I can't get enough of my granddaughter.

    1. My pleasure Kathy!! Got to kiss some cheeks today.. makes my day.
      Hugs, Gee

  10. Gee is so sweet and so talented. Perfect spotlight Kris!

  11. Kris, It continues to be a joy to meet and visit 'new to me' bloggers each week! Thank you for sharing Gee, I'm heading to her place for a cup of tea :) Blessings, Cindy

    1. Looking forward to your visit Cindy. Tea at the ready :)
      Hugs, Gee

  12. So much fun meeting Gee! Thank you Kris for another great feature. I'm heading over to follow :-)

  13. I love meeting new bloggers and making new friends. Kris, you are great at making this happen and so great at opening up your self to others. Thanks for sharing. Will be making a visit to see Gee!

  14. Love getting to know the fab Gee a bit better...she is such a wonderful artist...and we both share the love for North Central Florida....great feature Kris!!!....

  15. Thanks for sharing another lovely blogger.

  16. what a wonderful artist gee is! thanks for sharing her with us, kris!