Creating Success Around the World- Interview and Blog Hop

The worldwide blog hop tour, that introduces you to creative people from all corners of the globe.

Every Wednesday our hosts on each continent will introduce you to someone new whose creativity is inspiring! Come take this worldwide tour with us! 
You can visit each host below and read about a featured creative person on each continent! All interviews are posted simultaneously around the world, resulting in one big crafting party.  And then, add your blog to the Blog Hop party below.  You could be featured in the next Around the World Interview!  Fame. Notoriety.  Pure Awesomeness!  It’s all in the touch of a keyboard button… 

Our Guest this week is from Wisconsin, USA

Today we are welcoming Michelle from Trash to Treasure Decorating.  Michelle is an artist, a writer, a speaker, and is pretty darn amazing with frugal decorating.   

My buddy Tom Selleck, his mustache and I are very excited to have her come visit us! 
And the Sitcom Green Room is a busy one today.  Seems that Tom’s buddies, William Shatner and Brad Pitt, have volunteered their services to help Kris Humphries deal with his current “situation”.  Who is Kris Humphries, you ask?  He’s that extremely tall dude that married Kim Kardashian just a few months ago.  You know, the one that just kinda got dumped.  All the men here at the sitcom have teamed together to support him in his hour of need.  And I am very proud of them.
Brad feels that he can help him with his current relationship.  You see, he is an expert on how to keep a relationship going even when the woman you are living with is crazy as a box of weasels.  He feels that his calm, cool demeanor is similar to Kris and that maybe he can help him put the marriage pieces back together and move on.  Seems he has lots of experience dealing with massive mood swings, over the top emotional outbreaks, not to mention weird collections of vials of blood and even how to get cheeto stains off your linen trousers.  And if things smooth over, he can even get Kris a “buy one get one free” deal at the local orphanage! 
Tom feels that his vast experience as Quigley in “Quigley Down Under”; as Magnum in “Magnum PI“, and even his role in “Three Men and a Baby” will come in handy helping Kris out.  Tom thinks that Kris needs a good “manly-man” overhaul.  You know, a good boost of testosterone- enough to get that woman in line and show her who the boss is.  Maybe drink a few beers, belch a few times and certainly growing a good respectable mustache wouldn’t hurt.
And our buddy Bill feels that if all else fails, he can certainly help with hammering out the divorce, using his experience as the Priceline Negotiator.  And who wouldn’t want the Priceline Negotiator on their side?

So let’s leave them to their counseling and Michelle and I will sit down in my office for the interview.

Suzy: Tell me a little about yourself, your family, your other hobbies… 
MichelleI’m a freelance writer, speaker and singer. I also give piano lessons to 14 students in my home. I’ve been married to my husband for 21 years and we have two boys, one in high school and one in college. I love bargains and especially garage sale bargains. It’s so fun to take something that someone else doesn’t want anymore and turn it into my own treasure. I also love to read and I like to sew when I have time.
Michelle: I’ve worked in many different jobs both out of the home and from home, but I’ve really found my calling as a writer and speaker and I’m very content with life. Raising boys is awesome too!
Suzy: When and why did you start blogging, and where would you like your blogging to lead?  
Michelle: I’ve been blogging for several years now. At first, I didn’t post very often, but then I got rolling and I love it. In addition to my Trash to Treasure Decorating blog, I keep another blog called Faith Creativity Life where I post inspirational material, practical tips and advice, as well as links for free Kindle books and books I’ve reviewed. My goal as a blogger is to inspire the reader. If I don’t inspire the reader, I’m just wasting their time. Not everything I write accomplishes that goal, for sure, but it’s a worthwhile goal. I see my blogs as an extension of the writing and speaking work that I do.
Suzy: Can you tell us a few things that most folks don’t know about you?
Michelle: I spent 11 years in the Wisconsin wilderness on a cranberry marsh. My husband worked for a grower and we lived well off the beaten path. The wildlife was beautiful, but getting snowed in once in a while wasn’t so great.

Suzy: Can you give any new bloggers out there some pointers that you might have learned along the way? 

Michelle: Keep your reader in mind. Imagine the person sitting on the other side of the screen reading what you wrote. Although blogging can be great therapy for the writer, it’s still all about the reader. Post regularly to build a solid blog presence. Also, keep your blog simple without a lot of extras like background music. If your reader listens to digital songs online while reading, your music makes that frustrating.

Suzy: Can you tell us about your fascinating house?  I read that it used to be a church!

Michelle: It was a church. I meet many people who say they’ve been in my house at some point or another. The parsonage was attached to the church, so we have a ranch house with a sanctuary attached. The sanctuary is great for teens to hang out. The church part of the house is nearly 100 years old, so there’s a lot of history here. And I love to imagine all of the people who were married here over the years.
Suzy: This crafty blog community is full of wonderful folks.  Can you tell me what blogs inspire you? 
Michelle: I read extensively, so it’s hard to summarize my favorites. However, there are a few that stand out among many.  I read Long Miles Coffee Project.  They moved to Africa to help the people there get a better price on the coffee they export. This is an amazing family.   I’m a bargain hunter so I read Deal Seeking Mom.           Another one for saving money is Money Saving Mom.   A blog for bloggers is Copy Blogger.  And trash to treasure blogs and crafty blogs that inspire me include: Thrifty Decor Chick, Todays Creative Blog, and Junk Market Style.  
Suzy: Can you tell us a little about what you are promoting right now? 
MichelleRight now, I’m trying to streamline my blogging a bit because I’m working on a book project. I’m hoping to have it out by next spring. It’s an inspirational book to help women laugh and find hope in the middle of whatever circumstances they face. I’m also doing a lot of speaking which involves being away from home, and sometimes limited internet access. So, I get behind on blogging. But I love speaking for church groups, retreats and women’s corporate events and I think people can tell I’m passionate about encouraging women.
Suzy: Thank you so much for stopping by to visit with us, Michelle!  Please take a few moments to check out Michelle’s sites, Trash to Treasure Decorating, and Faith, Creativity, Life.  There is so much there to be inspired with!  And be sure to keep an eye out for her new book, The 30 Day Tour of Faith for Soldiers; Stories of Hope and Courage.
Well, we had best get back to the Green Room.  It seems that Brad had to leave early.  Angie called and was a bit incensed that he hadn’t picked up her movie premier gown at the cleaners yet.  (Seems that cheeto stains aren’t always easy to remove).  She also ordered him to go pick up the kids from daycare, stop by the grocery store and pick up a gallon of milk, a box of cheerios, a carton of eggs, three cases of wine and a National Enquirer. 
Ha!  I knew I wasn’t the only subscriber!
Tom was joking with Bill about how Angie apparently keeps Brad’s “man parts” in her purse, and how he needed to learn how to keep her in line, kinda like he does his wife.  No silly woman would be able to order him around like that! 
And then his cell phone rang, and he had to leave suddenly.  Seems that Tom’s wife reads the Sitcom. 
You go girl.
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