Meet and Greet with Jann from Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson

Jann is a blogging friend that unfortunately I have never had the opportunity to meet in person.  She hosted a luncheon for her blogger friends on Saturday and I so wish I had been there but in typical Jann style she is giving everyone the chance to join in by hosting a virtual “Meet and Greet” on Monday June 29th.

Front of house(TST Winter Ice Skate Wreath)

The Blue Willow House blog was born in May of 2012 but my first post wasn’t until January 2013.   I even went to a blogging conference in Raleigh NC before the first post.  The Blue Willow House blog has a modest following and it continues to steadily grow.  I started the blog when I retired from a lifelong corporate job.  Silly me, I was afraid boredom would set in but so far boredom is not the problem but finding enough time to do all that I want to do is.

Blue Willow House Treasures(Decision Made:  Treasure Hunt Antique Mall Booth)

My tag line “Thrifting and Repurposing with Southern Style” goes a long way in describing what my blog is all about; however, I share vintage finds, home decor, recipes, nature, my antique booth, and pretty much anything else that tickles my fancy.


I have two daughters, two granddaughters and one grandson read more about them at  Family Sunday Funday.  The photo above is my youngest daughter and my grandson.  Between us all we have three dogs which for various reasons all live with me.  Baby, a Miniature Pincuter and Boukie, a pit bull mix are rescues and I can’t forget our adorable Isabelle, Yorkie extraordinaire.


I love all the dogs but Isabelle has my heart as she did my late husband’s.  She was his constant companion during his illness and I called her his little nurse.  He would take her for a ride in his truck almost everyday even though he barely felt like getting out of bed.  He said that Isabelle expected her ride every afternoon and he didn’t want to disappoint her.


Attending blogging conferences, taking furniture painting classes, and joining blogger groups are just a few of the fun things that have come my way since I became a blogger.   As a member of the Atlanta Area Home and DIY Blogger’s facebook group I have the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with other bloggers in my niche.  We are not just a facebook group but have group meetings with presentations related to the business of blogging but sometimes we just have lunch and shop.

TTT Wk 35 title

The Blue Willow House regular weekly features include Wordless Wednesday and Thursday Thrifty Treasures.  My Wordless Wednesday is truly wordless.  I choose one of my photo’s to share with the Wordless Wednesday community.  The only words are in the post title.  Thursday Thrifty Treasure is where I share my latest thrifty and/or vintage finds.

Title(Pink Teacup Wreath)

A couple of other semi-regular features are Thrift Store Transformations (TST)

Title What Would You #3(What Would You Call This Thrift Store Find #3)

and What Would You Call This Thrift Store Find.    I haven’t found any unknown items lately but I’m sure something will turn up soon.  For a brief time I co-hosted a Linky party called The Southern Special with several other bloggers.  We decided to discontinue it at the end of 2014.   I enjoyed co-hosting the party and if the opportunity presented itself again I would seriously consider it but as I’m sure Jann could tell you they are a lot of work if you do it right (and she does).

SLC Collage(Salt Lake City)

TF CollageTulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point Utah 

Traveling is my passion and I want to travel more over the next few years.  The photos above are from Utah a couple of years ago at the SNAP blogging conference which was held at Thanksgiving Point just outside of Salt Lake City.  My bucket list of places to visit is long and diverse.  One of my goals is to write a travel blog.

Well that’s a little about me and I can’t wait to visit the bloggers who join in the fun over at Jann’s place.

If you don’t already subscribe to my blog be sure to sign up by e-mail on the side bar or Hello bar at the top, that way you will never miss a post.  I would love for you to follow me on Pinterest here and Facebook here.  Thanks for visiting and come back soon!



 Sharing at

Between Naps on the Porch

Coastal Charm

French Country Cottage

My Romantic Home

Savvy Southern Style

Stone Gable

A Stroll Thru Life

My Salvaged Treasures

The Cottage Market

Jann Olson- Meet and Greet

Shabby Art Boutique

Cozy Little House

A Delightsome Life

From My Front Porch to Yours – Treasure Hunt Thursday

Thoughts From Alice

Shabby Nest

TTT Week 41 – Vintage Brownie Hawkeye Flash Outfit

Brownie Flash Camera 2

For the next few months I am changing up TTT since I have limited thrifting time during the summer months.  Instead of showing you a lot of thrifted items I will be highlighting a special vintage find each week.  Do you remember last year when  I discovered  A New Way of Thrifting online with ShopGoodwill?  Recently, I looked […]

[Continue reading...]

Wordless Wednesday #47 – Queen Anne’s Lace

No. 47  

[Continue reading...]

TTT Wk 40 Vintage Finds

Blue Delft Bowl

My daughter moved this week but she still isn’t in her new place full-time yet.  We are taking a few more small things tomorrow and she is spending her first night there.  I’m hoping to check out one or more of those junk/antique stores and flea markets I saw.  Let me show you what I […]

[Continue reading...]

Wordless Wednesday #46 – Vintage Globe

No. 46  

[Continue reading...]

Surprise – I’m Here With A Few Saturday Finds

Metal Scoops

My daughter and I randomly stopped at a thrift store on Saturday.  She found some designer jeans and I found some vintage goodies. Come see what I found.  The first thing I found was this 1980’s Pillsbury Poppin Fresh Goodies jar with a wooden lid. When I found it my assumption was that the wooden top […]

[Continue reading...]

Revisiting – Kellogg’s Pink Depression Glass Measuring Cup

My daughter is moving and I’ve helped her look for a place to live this past week.  She is moving to North Georgia which is a very beautiful part of our state.  She is moving about an hour and a half away so that’s not so bad.  While helping her look for a place to […]

[Continue reading...]

Wordless Wednesday #45 – Flowers at the Nature Trail

No. 45  

[Continue reading...]

What Happens When I Neglect Orchids All Winter

Phil plant 1

OK, all you gardeners out there don’t freak out about this post.  My experience is probably not typical but here is my orchid story. Last fall I had two orchids that were looking pitiful and I fully expected them to die.  So I stuck them in the sunroom which doesn’t see much action during the […]

[Continue reading...]

TTT Week 39 Vintage Finds

Vintage Princess Pillow Case

It was a thrifting week that yielded a lot of dishes. The week started with me finding an old favorite but more about that later. Normally I wouldn’t buy saucers without cups but the pedigree on these was too good to pass up. So I’m going to try some mix and match teacup and saucer […]

[Continue reading...]