Kindred Spirits?

Good day and Happy Independence Day to each and every one of you! I hope that you really enjoy your 4th of July weekend, and take some time to remember why we celebrate this day, and even if you don’t live in the states remember how wonderful your nation is to you. We are so blessed to live in a wonderful world. That wonderful world starts with us in our home with our loved ones and friends.

           “We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.”                    William Faulkner

                  Do you believe in Kindred Spirits? 

“Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.”

– Lucy Maud Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables)

I just love this saying, it sums up how I feel when I meet someone for the first time and know that I have met them before, and very often I get this vibe just by visiting a blog or having someone visit mine and leaving a comment. I think that it is a true blessing that we have such marvelous technology to link us to the world. I have met sweet friends from France, Australia, England, The Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Canada, USA, and  right in my own back yard. I would had never had the pleasure to meet them without becoming a blogger. I am so glad that I did because their friendship is dear to me and a great treasure.

Jo and Jann

Jo and Jann

I am so excited to share with you my experience of meeting someone almost right in my own back yard. That someone is Jann Olsen from the blog Have a Cup with Mrs. Olsen. If you don’t know Jann yet take the time to check out her amazing blog, and for those of you who do know her I’m sure you know just what I am talking about. She is a lovely, kind, fun-loving and beautiful lady, with a heart of gold.  Her blog only shows a little about just how talented she is. When I first visited Jann’s blog I felt like I had known her forever. Jann just lives about 45 minutes away from me and I had the privilege of attending a Meet and Greet blogging party at her lovely home in Alpine, Utah last Saturday afternoon. I want to share with you some photos of Jann’s lovely curated home but before I do I want you to meet two new bloggers and one new Instagram lady that I meet there. Now I am following their lovely blogs, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. Oh yes, when I follow someone I follow them all the way!

                From left to right. Paula from Pollyanna Reinvents, Joanne from Instagram,   Me,  Jann from Have a Cup with Mrs. Olson, and Trina from Tea Time with Trina. Anne a friend of Jann’s was also with us, she was the one taking the pictures. Now I have 5 lovely new friends and 2 great blogs to follow. Here are a few pictures from the gorgeous luncheon that Jann made.

Jann lunch

That is Anne at the end of the table. Look at that beautiful feast. Jann and I are up snapping pictures.

Jan photo

Yup there she is clicking away. Look at her beautiful decor behind her. She has got TALENT my friends.

Are you ready? Welcome to Mrs. Olson’s house!

Front entrance

Front entrance

Her house was totally decked out for the 4th. Here is what you see as you enter through the front door.

Sitting Room

Sitting Room

Talk about chippy delight!

Jann great room

Sitting in her great room are these fabulous chippy shelves. Look at her amazing curtains.

Jann coffee table

Also in her great room is this great coffee table made out of burlap with an old wooden box and an American flag made out of yoyos.

Jan mantle

Look at this amazing mantle, so summery and a salute to our nations birthday.

Jann hall mirror

I fell in love with this darling display in her hallway.

Down stairs we go . . .

Jann Media room

As you go down the stairs to Jann’s basement off to the left is a theater room, a huge screen and soft comfy sectional. for watching movies with the family.  Look how she has it decorated. Love this pizza sign.

Jann media shelf

Does this great hutch take you back to the day’s of yesteryear?

Jann bathroom

In the down stairs bathroom is this beautiful old chest made into a sink vanity. There is Trina peeking around the corner. I love the black and white tile!

Jann family room

Here is Jann’s family room. This is where she entertains her big family. Don’t you just love this old incubator and vintage suitcases?

Jann family room 2

This room is so light and bright and it’s even in the basement. Doesn’t it look fun? Here is whats on the other side of the red leather love seat.

Jann 2nd kitchen counter

This is her second kitchen! It is all done in such a great cottage look.

Jann farm sink

Now these next few pictures made my heart skip a beat. I love this farmhouse sink.

Jann 2nd kit hutch

Jann has several of these great old chippy hutches decked out. She loves the cherry theme. You can tell that she has been collecting for many years. She just knows right where to put things in her vignettes. They are amazing.

Jann 2n kitchen chippy cabinet

It just gets better and better. I love all of this chippiness. I’m almost into heart failure right now so I had better end before I can’t finish this post. lol  From here you go into her studio, which is amazing! Because of a linky party going on at My Desert Cottage I won’t be showing these. I don’t want to give away any of Jann;s surprises that she has for that day. The party starts on July 11, 2015, so go and see where Jann makes all of her wonderful things for her home, and see many more of the places that us bloggers create.

Jann Collage

I have almost recovered now so I had better say my goodbyes. Just a quick thank you to Jann and all of here hard work getting her house and food prepared for us bloggers (There was NO DUST anywhere). lol Thank you to Trina that treated us all with a pie to take home, special thanks to Anne who helped Jann prepare. Thanks to all of you sweet bloggers that came and had the pleasure to meet you, and to all the bloggers that came to Jann’s Meet and Greet on-line, I loved your posts and getting to know you better.

Do you believe in Kindred Spirits now?

Happy Birthday USA!

Signature blue

I will be at these amazing parties this week, come and join me!


Amaze Me Monday @ Dwellings-the heart of our home

Inspiration Monday Party @ What Meegan Makes

Make It Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House

Show and Share @ Coastal Charm

Something to talk about @Karen’s Upon the Hill

Inspire me Monday @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia


The Scoop @ Cedar Hill Farm

Trash to Treasures Tuesday @ Kammy’s Korner

Roses of Inspiration @ The Enchanting Rose

Let’s talk Vintage @ Bella Rosa Antiques


What’s It Wednesday @ Ivy and Elephants

Vintage Inspiration Party @ My Salvaged Treasure

Before and After Wedensday @The Dedicated House


Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From My Front Porch to Yours

Share Your Cup Thursday @ Have a Cup with Mrs. Olson

Share your Style @ The Essence of Home

Blog Hop @ Katherine’s Corner

Idea Box @ Mila’s Little Thing’s


Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home

Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage

Shabbilicious Friday Link Party @ Shabby Art Boutique

Home Sweet Home Party @ The Charm of home

Anythings Blue Friday @ The Dedicated House

Home Matters Linky Party @ Life with Lorelai


Pretty Pintastic Party @ Seeking Lavender Lane

Upcycled Linky Party @ Funky Junk


Sunday’s at Home @ Thoughts from Alice

Silver Pennies Sunday @ Silver Pennies

30 thoughts on “Kindred Spirits?

  1. Jo, indeed, I believe in kindred spirits, and I think you and Jann could pass for sisters! It’s really great to see Jann’s amazing home through the eyes of a visitor – it’s outstanding, and obviously a place for gathering family and making (and collecting!) memories. I’m so happy to be following your blog now and getting updates in a timely way. 🙂 Have a safe and fun weekend. God Bless America.


  2. Oooh such vintage loveliness, how I love to get a glimpse into collectors homes and see their displays, especially Jan’s. Looks as if you ladies had one fine day! Blessings and have a great Fourth!


  3. I believe in kindred spirits too. Jann’s house is just lovely. Sounds like all you beautiful ladies had a wonderful time…Gotta love this wonderful Blogland. Wishing you a wonderful 4th od July.



  4. Thanks so much for the tour and fellowship with others. Wish I lived close enough to meet in person with all of you, but it is great that we have your blog and those of others to share parts of our common core selves that make us kindred spirits. Wonderful tour of Jann’s house-love all the vintage goodies that you showcased! Happy 4th!


  5. Oh Jo, what a delightful time for all of you lovely ladies! Jann is such a precious lady and what a blessing to be able to spend time in her gorgeous home! 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing your time with us.

    I hope you had a wonderful 4th of July, sweet friend! Hugs!


  6. What a great post, and yes, I do believe in kindred spirits! It is wonderful that you were able to meet with other bloggers in person. Thank you so much for taking the time to share the tour of her amazing home.
    ~Dorene @ Seasonal Chapters


  7. Jo, you cute thing! I did not even see you snap a photo. lol! I was having so much fun visiting with you all I think I was in la, la land! You are so sweet and said the nicest things! I love that quote and I do believe in kindred spirits. So happy to have you as a friend! I get so inspired by your blog and I love your cheerful and positive attitude!


  8. It’s always such a treat to see what Jann has been up to; she’s one very talented lady!! Thanks for sharing your day at Vintage Inspiration Party.


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