Sunday, August 3, 2014

A blog tour and an introduction to two of my favorite blogs

I hope everyone had a nice weekend, we had another soggy one but what's new?!? None the less, it was a good one!

I was invited to participate in a blog tour and I want to say a big THANK YOU to JoAnne at A Pocketful of Blue for the invite!

Here's a sneak peak at her beautiful blog:

I love the touches of blue in her home

Her style is simple and that is what I'm most drawn to in home d├ęcor. 

I love her bedroom, I would love to incorporate some toile fabric in my own home

I love her attention to detail, simple farmhouse style with a bit of rustic elements, right up my alley!

Be sure to stop by A Pocketful of Blue and meet JoAnne and her beautiful blog.

I was given 4 questions to answer........

1. What am I working on right now?

I always have several irons in the fire and I work on them when I get a chance. I'm in the process of covering another old lamp skeleton with vintage and antique doilies. I have a French chair that I have to reupholster but haven't had time to go shopping for fabric, and I'm working on a large sign that I would like to hang in my home. To name just a few! For me, it's never ending but I need to take a breather from time to time, and regroup. We just finished building our pantry and that's a good job done! All these will be featured on my blog once they're finished. 

2. How does my work differ from others in this genre?

I think my decorating style is pretty much like most of the blogs I follow who decorate in the farmhouse style but I have some who decorate with more traditional decor, and then there are those who have a French influence. I think my furniture differs, however, large, one-of-a-kind rustic made out of old barnwood type furniture, I would call farmhouse/primitive:)

You can see all of my furniture and decorated home by clicking on my pages tab "home tour" at the top of my blog.

As far as my work goes, it differs a lot. There's not much I can't paint, I love painting children's murals and furniture, it's one of my favorite things to do.

have painted 19th century Rufus Porter style murals, in clients homes, and on furniture

Painted furniture styles

My painted chests are influenced by late 1700 & 1800 folk art and Pennsylvania Dutch 

But I also love repurposing whatever I can find to repurpose, like all of us bloggers do!

Click on my pages tabs and you can see all of my murals & boxes.

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

I started writing my blog just as a way to stay connected to my friends that I left back in Iowa. We moved here to Ohio 20 years ago and left some wonderful friends back home. I still write for that reason, but now I blog because I love it! I create what I do because I love making old things look new and new things look old. I have always loved rustic decor, I have always loved antiques and antique finishes. When I was 16 years old I picked out an antiquing "kit" for my mother to use on my bedroom furniture. The kit came with paint that had several colors to choose from and an antiquing medium that you put on over top. I chose a cream color with a dark medium and it really turned out beautiful, after that I was hooked, so it's been in my blood for a very long time! I also love sharing my ideas and giving others inspiration, and to show them it's not as hard as it looks, to create a beautiful home and have beautiful furniture on a budget.

4. How does my creative process work

My mind NEVER shuts down, it can be kind of a curse at times, I'm sure you all can relate to that! When I'm out junking all I have to do is see a piece of furniture or whatever catches my eye and I know what it needs to be, whether it needs to be refinished, repainted or repurposed, whatever. I get such a thrill from the outcome I can hardly contain myself, you could safely say I'm obsessed! So it comes when I'm out and about and it comes from the inspiration I get from other bloggers and Pinterest, my mind is always going. 

I would love to introduce you to two of the blogs I follow:

I just recently ran across Darrielle's blog D.D.'s Cottage and Design  while perusing other blogs that I follow. I was, of course, drawn to her painted furniture! She has a gifted way of making furniture look authentically old and takes it a step further by adding special touches to the pieces she paints.



love the quiet elegance of Empire furniture, and this one is so gorgeous


I love all of Darriell's furniture transformations, but this before and after is my favorite. This piece was pretty beat up


But look how beautiful it turned out! I love what she did to the drawers, what a pleasant surprise you get when opening the doors!



This piece is beautiful, I love her color selections for her furniture as well!

If you love beautifully painted furniture you have to visit Darielle and get some painting ideas for your own home.

The next blog I want to introduce is Judy's at DIY by Design. I think hers is the very first blog that I started following.

What I admire most about Judy, besides her ability to decorate a gorgeous home......

I mean, look at this home! 

She knows how to pull a room together so beautifully

and has a beautiful way of mixing color and patterns.

But what truly amazes me is her ability to turn anything, I mean ANYTHING, into beautifully functional pieces!

Like a donut box.........really........

turned into the sweetest little Easter basket! I love the crocheted edges!!

And cereal boxes.........

Made into these cute and functional magazine holders! Crazy creativity!

And the papered cardboard letters used to decorate her Spring mantle, so Springy:)

 Judy has so many more ideas, I just picked my favorites, I mean the girl is creative! Visit her blog for some inspiration! 

Thanks for taking the tour with me, I had fun and I hope you did too! 

This tour will continue next Monday, be ready to be inspired again:)


  1. Very interesting post Rhonda. It's great to read more about you and see the blogs you favor.

    1. Thank you Linda! I have many favorites that I follow, I love to see what everyone's working on and I get so inspired from them all!

  2. You put together a wonderful post, Rhonda! I really appreciate your kind words about my blog and I love the blogs you chose ~ they are definitely very inspiring. Looking forward to seeing more of your talent and projects!!

    1. Thank you JoAnne, and thank you for inviting me to participate, it was fun!

  3. I must follow a Pocketful of Blue! You knew that would happen, right?! No one loves blue like I do. Well-done post, Rhonda...really well-done!

    1. Thank you Nancy! Lol! I figured you would absolutely love A Pocketful of Blue:) I'm glad you started following her:) Another blog you might like, in case you don't know, Miss Mustard Seed has beautiful blue and white decor that you might like!

    2. I'll definitely check that out, Rhonda! Thanks!


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