How I Caught the Vintage Collecting Bug

Please join me today to hear How I Caught the Vintage Collecting Bug as part of the Fantastic Fifty Fall Blog Hop.  I am excited to be a part of this wonderful group of bloggers.

I love the vintage look and always had a few vintage goodies as decorative pieces around my house.  My early collection is items I inherited from my grandmother and my mother.  My grandmother is really the one who gave me vintage bug when she gifted me with her antique dough bowl.  She used it to make biscuits from the early 1920’s when she married my grandfather.  I’ve had it since the 1980’s and it is still my prize possession to this day.

Even though she gave me the vintage bug I didn’t get into real vintage collecting until I was well into my 50’s.  Before that I was busy raising two daughters with my I sweet husband.  .

Then in 2012 my life took a hard turn in May when I lost my husband to cancer.  As he and I planned before his death, I retired in December of that same year.  By then I had discovered blogs and knew I wanted to share my love of vintage and thrifting.

Blue Willow House became a reality in 2013.  My first post is about a vintage brass bar cart I found at one of my favorite thrift stores for $35.

Thrifting, collecting and sharing is a way of life for me since that first post.

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I can’t think of anything that makes happier that a great vintage find at a good price.  At this point in my life I am wise enough to know what makes me happy and follow that path.

My Philosophy

Getting older is a fact of life but being old is a choice and I choose not to be old.

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Wordless Wednesday 141 ~ A Plate and Roses

No. 141 – From the post – Vintage Fascination No. 78

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Happy New Year 2017

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you and let you know how much I appreciate you, the readers of the Blue Willow House.

 

Looking forward to blogging even more in 2017.

 

Always,

Sharon

Veteran’s Day 2016

November 11, 2016

Thank you to all who served in the armed services.

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Between the Lines: Conclusion of Series

Today is the conclusion of the “Between the Lines” series at Katherines Corner.   We answered Katherine’s questions now she answers a few of ours.  

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So hop on over to Katherines Corner to see her answers.

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I enjoyed being a part of this series and I hope you enjoyed hearing a bit about Act II of my life.

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sharon

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Between The Lines

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Today, I just wanted to give shout out to the series Between the Lines which is the brain child of Katherine at Katherine’s Corner.  My friend Diana of Adirondack Girl @Heart’s feature is today. So be sure to read what Katherine had to say about all the bloggers featured today then continue down the linky to see what each of the bloggers wrote about blogging at age 50 plus.

I’ll bet you will find at least one new blogger you want to follow.

always,

sharon

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Between the Lines @ The Blue Willow House

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Katherine from Katherine’s Corner had an idea to help highlight bloggers over 50.  So she announced a series named Between the Lines on her blog to see if there were  bloggers who would take part.  She hoped to fill 50 slots but ended up with almost 90 applicants.   I am both happy and excited to be a participant.   Katherine asked us to introduce the series to our readers and share our feelings about blogging in the second half of our lives.  The series is every Tuesday for 10 weeks.  She introduces several bloggers each week with a link to their Between the Lines post.  As part of her introduction she shares the blogger’s response to two unique questions.  Why don’t you join us and read along.  See links at the bottom of this post.

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Reading DIY and home decor blogs started about a year before I retired from the corporate world.   I knew after an active corporate career a creative outlet that kept me engaged  with others and incorporated pursuits I always loved was the answer.  For those reasons blogging appealed to me.  I retired in December 2012 and my blog went live in January 2013.

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During that first year I struggled to find a rhythm and a consistent posting schedule.  I still struggle sometimes.  At the end of the day life overrides blog for me because early on I decided that my blog would not be monetized.   Opportunities have come my way but I always resist.  Yes, it would be nice to offset some of the cost of having a blog but I really just don’t want the stress of having to answer to others.    My stage in life and age definitely contributed to the decision not to monetize.  I enjoy the engagement with others and it allows me to pursue my passion for antiquing and thrifting.

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Pushing the publish button on that first post was an anxious moment.  Once I started seeing that people were reading my blog and commenting  I was so excited and proud.   So now three years later I publish several times a week and have two regular series going now and I co-host a link party.

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Wordless Wednesday is a series that I started about two years ago that sprang from an invitation to join a Wordless Wednesday link party.   In my other series I share my thrifting/antiquing finds each week.  The day of the week and name have changed several times but the type of content is consistent and I a currently on week 85.  This series is Vintage Fascination and published on Monday.  

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 The link party I co-host with four other bloggers is Vintage Charm which runs from Thursday until Monday morning each week.   My co-hosts are Diana – Adirondack Girl @ Heart, Cecilia – My Thrift Store Addiction, Tuula – Thrifty Rebel Vintage, and Kathleen – Charm Bracelet Diva (At Home).  We would love for you to share your vintage inspired posts with us.

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Here are the two questions Katherine asked me and my answers.

Have you purchased any literature about blogging?
I have attended several blogging conferences where literature is abundant so I really haven’t had the need to buy any literature specific to blogging. In fact I went to a blogging conference before I actually started my blog.  I did a lot of online research and read many different kinds of blogs before I started my blog Blue Willow House.

When I was in the corporate world I often attended conferences related to my field of  expertise . So when I wanted to start a blog I knew that going to blogging conferences was the quickest and most efficient way to learn the ins and outs of blogging. Of course the big plus was meeting and talking with other bloggers.

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What is your current obsession?
Oh my, this is a tough question for me because I get obsessed with a lot of different things at a time. So here goes:

• TV – Game of Thrones – once hooked there is no going back
• Shopping – cannot stop myself from going to a thrift store, garage or estate sale at least once a week but usually more often
• Gardening – obsessing over my hydrangea but thankful that it is finally blooming
• Home projects – my current project obsession is my outdoor living space

Okay, I’ll stop there before I become obsessed with my obsessions.

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I am thankful every day for this wonderful blogging community I joined three years ago.  Thank you Katherine for including me in your terrific series!

 

 

Always,

Sharon

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Top Five Viewed Posts In 2015

2015 has come to a close and it is time for some reflection.  

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With that in mind I did an analysis of my posts this year and here are the top five viewed posts excluding thrifting posts.

Globe Bowl on tableHow To Use Baskets Around The House 

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Decorate Vintage Style CollageHow To Decorate For Christmas – Vintage Style

Vintage Picnic BasketDo You Collect Picnic Baskets Too?

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As in most years some of the most viewed posts surprise me.  Thank you so much loyal readers.  Without you I would have just been talking to myself which I have been known to do on occasion.  So thanks for listening and commenting.  I do so love to hear your comments and thoughts.   Even though I may not always answer them I read and cherish each one.

Don’t forget that the Vintage Charm party is open until January 4, 2016 so come join the fun.

Always

Sharon

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Southern Hospitality

Dwelling The Heart of Your Home

A Tray of Bliss

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Happy New Year 2016

 

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Happy New Year!

Always,

Sharon 

 

 

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Friday Thrifty Treasures is back next week with some charming vintage finds.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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).

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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.

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Always

Sharon

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