August 19, 2014

Blog Tour continues...

Thanks to Lynn over at Shabby Story for inviting me to the tour.

If you don't know her, she has one of the prettiest shabby chic homes in blogland.
She's so sweet and and her home is so inviting.

I can only dream of living in a white house!

           She's also mom to Bailey, Bruce's pretend girlfriend in blogland.   


1. What am I working on?

I'm currently trying to sort thru vintage linens to add to my online shop.

My embroidery machine is humming away! 

I have three pieces of unfinished furniture waiting on me, 

three custom jobs to complete,

 and a house full of slobbering dogs

I should be mopping.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

If anyone can tell me what genre that is, I'd be happy to answer that question! 

I have no focus on one thing.  

I'm aware that it's advised by the pros, but that's just not me.

 I love the writing aspect of blogging but love getting behind the camera lens even more.  

I spend hours each week taking photographs.  

You'll find just about anything on my blog...

life stories, my projects, silly animal photos or found objects that I want to share 

with all of you who "get it".

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

Growing up I was influenced by a large number of family members who were artistic.

Artists, musicians, crafters...everyone used their hands in some way in the creative process.

The environment was rich for soaking up all kinds of creative energy.  

Summers spent with my grandparents led to my love of nature and animals.

My mom and aunts were always in the kitchen cooking, sewing and most times singing.

My architect/artist dad was at his drafting table.  

A huge influence was my DIY grandmother.  

She constantly encouraged me to create.

I learned to sew and embroider as a child.  

I wrote constantly and was an avid reader.
I guess that's why my interests are so varied.  

I picked up something from everyone.

I like that my words and photos will be left behind for my 

future generations of family- that they'll be able to know me by what I did here.

I wish that generations before us had left more pieces of themselves behind-

more words, more journals, more photos.

More everything.

4. How does your writing/ creating process work?

I don't really have a process.  I don't feel that it's something I have control over.  

It just lives inside me.

I get joy from creating, it's who I am.  Who I've always been.  

That's why I love the friendship and inspiration from blogging.  

No explanation for our crazy needed here!


Now I'd like to introduce you to two other blog friends who I really think you'll love.

I might have a girl crush on her.

The French Pressed Home was created after our move

 from California to Alabama last year. 

 We bought a fixer upper in a neighborhood rich with historic homes.  
Currently my blog is about the renovation of our home and the
 discoveries of the South, which we love! 
I am also working on launching my new business in about a month or
 so which will feature found treasures and refinished furnishings 

in a French Country style.

I learn something new and interesting from Dana with each post.

If you have any interest in mid century/modern furniture, she's your woman.

I taught English at the secondary level for 27 years, 
then was a librarian for 3 years before retiring in 2002. 
I write a daily blog about modern design, which I started in 2010. 

I love to decorate, paint, and make jewelry, 
and I usually stay signed up for 2 or 3 free online college courses at a time, just for fun. 
If I run out of things to do, my grandsons, aged three and four, make sure I don't get bored.

Both are very creative and fun and I have really enjoyed following their blogs.
Amber and Dana will be sharing their blogs next on the tour.
 I hope you'll go visit them and say hello.


  1. Hi Tina:
    Just checking in before I go to bed this evening. I love your photographs...especially the "cheesy Corgi" and the walnut on moss. sigh

    Thanks for such a soothing post, letting us learn more about you, and for introducing us to a couple of your other blog buddies.

    Hugs from FL and my Corgi,
    to you and yours.

  2. Thanks so much for featuring my blog on your tour. I'm very honored, because you have such a beautiful blog yourself.

  3. Yay, Tina! Love this info, and that pic of the walnut is to die for.

  4. Lovin' the smiling pup pic:@)

  5. Well my dear friend, I learned a few new things about you! You know I love your blog and your crazy dogs too! I might have to show Finn that picture of Bruces girlfriend though. You are so wonderful and this was fun to read!

  6. I'm blushing! ;) Thank you for inviting me along, Miss. Tina. Looking forward to sharing my blog friends too! xo

  7. Tina, you are a nut with a big heart.

  8. your photos are always great - except when you feature big, scary looming rabbits. your creativity runs rampant. :)

    interesting how former generations didn't leave much of themselves behind, didn't talk about themselves much, just worked hard. we, on the other hand, leave tons of drivel on the internet every day. *sigh*

  9. By being who they are, your relatives created a masterpiece - you.

  10. Tina, you little sponge girl, I can see your family's influence all over you! I'm getting visual images of an artsy Walton's family here...and I love it that you're a Renaissance Woman. :) Besides that, you make me laugh out loud. :)

  11. Very interesting!! I had always hoped that Paisley could be Bruce's online girlfriend...;)

  12. fabulous post, tina--as always! bailey and bruce make a great pair:) thanks for joining the blog fun and sharing a bit of yourself:)!

  13. Wow Tina, you came from a very creative family. I really enjoyed reading this post. Love the nut pic!

  14. Brucie and Bailey - how cute! i know it's already the title of another blog but man are all white interiors dreamy! thanks for the intro Tina! good luck with the linens!


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