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.
|Melanie from Sweet Melanie|
Happy Saturday. This week I am going to introduce you to Melanie from Sweet Melanie. Melanie is one of the first blogs I followed before I started my blog. I immediately bonded with Melanie and her blog. We share the love of shabby chippy chic.
If you do not already know Melanie and her blog please hope over and check it out after getting to know her better here in Spotlight.
What a treat it is for me to be able to share a little about myself and my life thanks to Kris....thank you so much Kris!
First I'd like to introduce myself, my name is Melanie (~Sweet Melanie~). So nice to meet you!
I live in the Capitol city of West Virginia which is Charleston.
We have a beautiful Capitol and a beautiful state! I have traveled all over the United States but have "never" wanted to live any place but here.
I grew up in a small town called Ansted. It is close to Hawks Nest and the New River which is a major attraction for tourists for it's rapid waters and white water rafting.
We have a celebration day called "Bridge Day" that thousands travel to, to participate in some unique festivities such as parachuting off of the New River Gorge Bridge. It is the longest and highest steel arched bridge in the Western Hemisphere. I was just a little girl when they started building it in 1977.
Our state is absolutely stunning any time of year.
Can you tell I am proud of our little state?
As the song goes that John Denver sang, "Country roads take me home to a place I belong, West Virginia, mountain mama, take me home, country roads".
I also love the different seasons we have. I am truly a Winter gal though, then Spring, Fall and last Summer. I hate being hot, lol!
Our home sits on little over one acre all by itself up against a mountain. I absolutely love living here. Our home was built in the late 90's and we have done so many updates to make it to our liking and to function for us. If you all know me, I truly love flowers! Especially Peonies or any that are pink!
I married my high school sweetheart at the age of 21 and we've been married for 23 years which is such a blessing to me! We dated 3 and a half years so all together, we've been together for 26 and a half years. We have two beautiful daughters which are the apple of my eye! I have dedicated my life to them, stayed home to raise them while my sweetheart brings home the bacon. lol
We've shared good and bad times throughout our marriage with health problems and family issues. But as the Good Book says, God always works to the good for those that love the Lord....and that is what He has always done. I couldn't imagine my life without Him in it! He is my rock and I thank Him daily for blessing me with my little family!
My mom is who I share everything with on a daily basis. We live an hour apart which kills the both of us! But we call each other everyday numerous times and we share photos of things we've done, online. It definitely helps fill in those miles. I love her dearly! We've had our share of ups and downs but God definitely has done a work with the both of us!
I have always had a knack for decorating, creating ect. since I can remember. I always made my own Barbie furniture from blocks of wood and magazines along with dishtowels for bedspreads. I used silk flowers for trees and even made a swimming pool. I even had Christmas trees and lights. Mom still talks about how beautiful my little house was one Christmas. Creativity definitely flows in my family. My daughters are truly artists but without the confidence. Maybe one day they'll realize just how talented they truly are. I know I sure do!
Thankfully my sweetheart has been wonderful with not being fussy when it comes to our home. His motto is a happy wife, a happy life. And as long as he has a full belly, a comfy place to watch TV and relax, he is A-OK! The girls are the same way but they do enjoy their rooms being pretty and getting makeovers from time to time.
Our dog, Gabe and our cat, Oliver even enjoy it!
So that's a little about my life...thanks so much for letting me share it with you.
I love our home, my life and my family. God has been so good to us!