“Guest Post Fun” – Meet Lani from Simply Fresh Vintage

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This week on the “Guest Post Fun” Series you get to meet Lani from Simply Fresh Vintage!

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I’m guest hosting over on her blog today as well, so be sure to stop by there too…. now meet Lani:


Hello Artsy Chicks Rule readers!
My name is Lani … short for Leilani … and I blog at Simply Fresh Vintage.

My blog is pretty brand-spankin’ new … so new, in fact, that I haven’t
quite grown out of my newborn onesies yet! But I’ve been having a blast
getting to know so many new friends and faces and enjoying incredible
talent in home decor, gardening, cooking, baking, cleaning, organizing,
crafting, and so much more.

Simply Fresh VintageI’ve been married 32 years to my best
friend in the whole world.  We are the proud parents of five …
boy-girl-boy-girl-boy … all “A’s.”  We are also blessed with a
son-in-law and a grandson.

In 2011 my husband and I and our three youngest made a bi-coastal move
from central California to central Virginia.  Our two oldest stayed
in California.  My husband is an automotive mechanic by trade and
retired from his job right before we moved.  I’ve been a homemaker
for the last 26 years, doing part-time administrative jobs here and
there, volunteering at our church and serving on the board of my
daughters gymnastics parents club.  What a privilege it has been to
be able to stay home and raise my children.  We were a
homeschooling family for many, many years and loved every minute of it.
Our move to Virginia ended our homeschool adventure.  Our
three youngest are now attending a wonderful Christian school, with our
middle son graduating from high school this year and heading to Liberty
University in the Fall.

Simply Fresh Vintage was born on the one-year
anniversary of the purchase of our home in Virginia.  Finding the
“perfect” home was quite an experience.  You can read all about it
in my post “A Very Good Place to Start.”

Sunnyside Manor
God so richly blessed us with this beautiful house.  It was truly a
gift from Him, because without His working in all the details, we would
have never been able to purchase it.  The very first day I walked
in to see this beauty, my first thought was that it would be a perfect
house to blog about.   We have fondly named it “Sunnyside Manor,”
not because it sits on acres and acres of land (we only have one) but
because it is bright, bright yellow and to us it is huge!  And it
has a nice ring to it :)

Our New House

I’ve put together a 3-part series of posts introducing our house.
You can find them all here …

Sunnyside Manor … Part 1 … featuring the
exterior and basement
Sunnyside Manor … Part 2 … featuring the
upper level
Sunnyside Manor … Part 3 … featuring the
main level

When we made our big move, we brought only
the bare essentials with us.  We really wanted to start all over.
The title of the blog is really a reflection of where we want to
be with the decor of our home.

Keep it simple.
Make it fresh.
Pepper it with some vintage not only for style, but as a way to remember
our heritage and our upbringing.

It’s taken us a good year to really get to
know the house and for the house to get to know us … know what I mean?
Now that we are settled in, we are starting to make changes … a
little bit of paint on the walls, some furniture re-do’s, some fun
Pinterest remakes, a whole lot of landscaping and gardening … ah yes,
we’re finally putting our fingerprint on it.

One of my favorite posts is about a re-do
of a vintage dresser that belonged to my husband and his older brother.
You can read about it HERE.

Vintage Dresser

You’ll also very quickly figure out that one of my biggest passions is
quilting.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to make quilts.  I recently
finished a postage stamp quilt for our guest room that I started last
summer.  Well, actually, I started it back in January of 2011,
before the move.  But you know how moves go … things get packed
away sometimes for a very long time.  Now it’s all done and rests
at the foot of our guest bed.  You can read all about it in my post
Never Too Late For the Party.

Postage Stamp Collage

I would be absolutely honored if you would stop on by the blog and say Howdy!  If you leave a note, I
promise to write back.  I love spending time chatting with my readers.

And, of course, you can follow me on all the major social media locales …

Facebook ... Simply Fresh Vintage    Twitter...Simply Fresh Vintage    Pinterest ... Simply Fresh Vintage    Google+ ... Simply Fresh Vintage

Flickr ... Simply Fresh Vintage    Hometalk ... Simply Fresh Vintage        RSS ... Simply Fresh Vintage

Thank you so much, Nancy, for letting me spend a few moments with
your readers.  I’m truly honored!


Be sure to check out the rest of Lani’s pictures of her home….it’s gorgeous!!

Thanks again for visiting and sharing a little about yourself here today Lani!!

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  1. Nancy,
    Thank you so much for letting me share a bit about myself and my blog today. I look forward to meeting all your friends!
    Hugs & Blessings …

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