Welcome to the world of Mrs. Padilly.
This blog serves as the “personal blog” of Mrs. Padilly (aka DM Johnson). It is the place where I share my photography, art, and thoughts about those things that interest me.
It is also the place where I come to connect with the larger blogging community, which I first joined back in 2012 with the launch of Mrs. Padilly.
In contrast, MrsPadillysTravels.com (launched 2014) is my outdoor lifestyle and travel blog where I hope to inspire my readers with unique and practical how-to projects, plus Texas travel tips from my boating, camping, and road trip adventures.
Articles you find on Mrs. Padilly’s Travels include my popular glamping makeover series of my Casita Travel Trailer, plus tips for Living Life in the Outdoors ~ Texas Style. This summer (2017), I started a new series on the makeover of my 1961 Shasta Airflyte Reissue.
My life as DM Johnson and Mrs. Padilly intertwine together, past and present, combining my worlds of design, travel, and storytelling through the pen and lens of Mrs. Padilly.
As a digital designer-artist-writer, I create digital media (print/web) and written content for my clients and myself, which includes MrsPadillysTravels.com.
I’m also an educator (retired 2011), with over 20 years experience in higher education. For sixteen of those years I was fortunate to teach in the fast-growing and fast-paced field of visual communications; including positions as Technology Chair and Lead Faculty.
When I retired in 2011, and launched my freelance design business, I also took on the pen name Mrs. Padilly* for my blogging and writing interests. As Mrs. Padilly, I have built an identity as a glampy, campy, artsy-craftsy outdoor lifestyle and travel blogger. In fact, many people in the blogosphere only know me as Mrs. Padilly.
A New Horizon:
For those who have followed me for some time, you may have wondered why I have been “absent” for so long and hardly (not) posting.
If you have wondered this, I certainly understand. After all, MrsPadillysTravels.com, which I launched in 2014, has only twelve published posts and about as many pages. But the facts are, as of summer 2017, those few posts have generated well over 240,000+ views, 300+ comments, and have kept me very busy physically creating projects, updating posts, and responding to questions.
But that is not all that has kept me busy; the truth is, when I took on the pen name Mrs. Padilly in 2011, it wasn’t to use as a travel blogger. I created the pen name Ms. Padilly for a character in a children’s book I am working on.
It has been a long road (six years!), but soon Mrs. Padilly will take on her original role — unfortunately, not with the release of my book…yet.
Then why I am making a big deal about this? Because this is the beginning “of the beginning” of creating the illustrations for my book.
One thing I promised myself long ago, after spending almost two decades in the field of visual communications, was that I would be the writer and illustrator of my own books.
Unfortunately, I cannot begin to create the illustrations for my book until I have created the physical scenes in my garden.
That’s all I can say for now, but the followers of this blog will be among the first to know about the physical creation of Mrs. Padilly’s Garden©.
I thank you for taking the time to visit and read my About page. I hope I piqued your interest.
(last updated August 14, 2017)
DM Johnson: Overall creative junkie, digital designer, artist, writer, educator ~ also known as Mrs. Padilly.*
*Mrs. Padilly and the Texas Padilly logo is a trademark of the “Mrs. Padilly,” a division of studioDMJ.
For a more information on my professional background, please visit my profile on LinkedIn.