She now lives in the Midwest, Nebraska to be exact and has a life in the country that most of us just read about.
So here are some fun facts about how she got there and what her life is like:
K: Tell me about your house, I think I read that you bought it without actually seeing it. How did that happen!!!???
A: When we decided to move from California to Nebraska it was in a moment...literally...we talked about it on Saturday and had our house on the market on Monday. At the time, homes in California were selling like hotcakes so we had to find a home in Nebraska fast. We searched online, with our priorities being good schools, small town, a little acreage and an old farmhouse. After seeing a farmhouse online that seemed to meet our criteria we had my brother (who had recently moved to Omaha for a job) go look at the house and tell us what he thinks...after seeing it...he said, "Either you buy it, or I will"...so we made and offer via fax the next day. Our first visit to the home...was after it was already ours...we pulled up in our U-haul and that was our first look at the town and house... and we love both
As you can tell Andrea has incredible personal style, uniquely her own.
I LOVE IT
K: That is an amazing story and can you imagine how fun to see your new home for the first time like that. It must have been like having a new baby!!! You seem to have a lot of farm animals. Do you sell your products, like eggs or milk or is it just for your family? Boy do I sound like a city girl or what.
A: We have fainting goats, chickens (2 roosters) and geese...as well as 2 farm cats and 2 dogs..but I'm sure we'll be adding to the mix soon...we always do...and we also sell eggs to help pay for their feed.
I don't know about the goats but I'll take one or two of the rest of the group. Oh MY are those little babies the cutest...
K: I love your internet business/shop Faded Plains. How did you start it and do you make most of the wonderful items?
A: I started the online shop about 21/2 years ago after we moved here. We decided I would be a stay-at-home mom...which was a dream come true...but I still needed some kind of creative outlet...thus the internet shop was born.. As for the items I carry...some are made by me (rosettes, french flags, grainsacks) and some are made by wonderful women artists.
Andrea made these little votive covers out of the sleeves of an old sweater.
She has what I call "the Martha gene"
K: I know you sew, which I'm so jealous of, but what other things do you do that would surprise us?
A: I'm the kinda girl who sees something and says...I can do that...I've always been that way. When I see something in a catalog or magazine that's way out of my budget...I figure out a way to make it for less...not surprising I know!
I want to add that Andrea is a great photographer too! This is her workspace which to me is such a creative spot. You can really see who Andrea is in these photos.
K: Tell us about Stella, your beautiful vintage Truck!!
A: Ahhh...Stella...now that's my girl! For years, I had an old page from Country Living magazine ripped out and attached to the refrigerator...and it was of a girl driving her old farm truck down a country road with a bale of hay and dog in the back...I had written "Andrea" with an arrow pointing to the girl and an arrow pointing to the dog named Tango (after our boxer)...never did I imagine the one day I would live in the country and have an old truck...dreams do come true.
When she did this post of "Stella" I just smiled. I knew exactly what she ment.
True love for sure.
K: I just love your blog...how long have you been blogging and what inspires you when you sit down to write a post?
A: I've been blogging for about 2 years and have to say...it has been so good for me. Being that I work from home and don't have neighbors too close... I can sometimes feel a little out of touch with the real world...but having this blog has made me feel like I have neighbors all around me...there is such a wonderful community of women (in blogland) who just embrace you ...and I love that they just get me. As for what inspires me to post...life...just the day to day goings on the I love sharing with all my girls (that's you guys!)
Thanks so much Andrea....And you have lots of neighbors who love your work and enjoy what you do. We love it that you share too!