ABOUT MRS. PADILLY

It started as a blog ~
It morphed into an identity.

Mrs. Padilly's Bad Hair Day


My life as Mrs. Padilly and Donna Marie Johnson intertwine together, past and present, combining my worlds of design, art, travel, and storytelling through the pen and lens of Mrs. Padilly.

MrsPadillys.com is an informal place where I share creative projects I’m working on, photos from my travels, or simply what is on my mind.   

This blog also includes galleries of some of the work I’ve done as a graphic designer, artist, writer, and educator; both for clients and for self. I share them on this blog to show my creative styles, interests, and personality.

I consider MrsPadillys.com my personal blog and have no formal schedule for posting. If what I do interests you, I would be thrilled if you follow along — it’s always nicer to travel with friends.

Happy Trails,
Mrs. Padilly

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Happy Camper: Camping Journal and RV LogbookMrs. Padilly's

After eight years blogging about Texas travel, camping, and glamping on MrsPadillysTravels.com, I’m happy to announce the release of my Happy Camper Journal & RV Logbook (affiliate link), which provides lots of prompts and space to record the campgrounds you visit and the memories you make. It’s your perfect camping companion for noting all the details and memories of your trips!


Other Blogs by Mrs. Padilly:

MrsPadillysTravels.com A Glampy-Campy, Artsy-Craftsy Lifestyle and Travel Blog for “Living Life in the Outdoors ~ Texas Style!”

svBeautifulDreamer.com – A new blog about living the sailing life, and preparing our Tayana 37′ sailboat to be moved from her home in Kemah, Texas to Tampa, Florida. (New for 2019!)


The long story behind Mrs. Padilly:

Padilly Texas LogoMrsPadillys.com initially launched in 2012 as a simple road-tripping travel blog. At that time, I needed a new creative outlet after deciding to retire early from a 17-year teaching career in the field of visual communication.

So I turned to blogging and took on the pen name Mrs. Padilly.

As a new blogger, I began sharing photos and stories of my trips around Texas — mostly with other bloggers. It was a great time, and I made many blogging friends (a few who I’m still connected to today).

But everything changed in 2014 when I purchased a new-to-me 2006 Casita travel trailer. I started a new blog, MrsPadillysTravels.com, to expand the travel scope of this original blog with camping and boating — and glamping, and put MrsPadilllys.com into semi-retirement.

Mrs. Padilly's Casita Travel Trailer: Free Range

Also at that time, I did a complete makeover on the interior of my Casita travel trailer (it was worn and tired) and decided to write a few articles on that transformation.

Suddenly my camping-boating-travel blog turned into a how-to blog, or what I like to call “a glampy-campy artsy-craftsy lifestyle and travel blog for living life in the outdoors ~ Texas Style!”

While I continued to write travel articles for that site, 95% of my readers who visit MrsPadillysTravels.com come to read my how-to makeover articles for ideas on glamping their own travel trailers. Since that is what my readers want, that is what I give them.

My newest series on MrsPadillysTravels.com is the makeover of my Shasta Airflyte reissue. Once those articles are complete, I’ll put that website on autopilot for a while.

Which brings me back to this blog; my creative space. If you are interested in a Texan known as Mrs. Padilly, I’d be honored to have you follow along.

Happy Trails,
Mrs. Padilly


(last updated July 3, 2019)

*Mrs. Padilly and the Texas Padilly logo is a trademark of MrsPadillys.com, a division of studioDMJ.

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