Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday: A Blessing


Another holiday. . .
Another opportunity to step back and realize how blessed we are.
 
Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend!
 
And the freedom we share to pursue our life's work. . .
whatever path that might be.
 

 


Friday, August 29, 2014

The Only Way to Go Was Up

I'm pretty much in love with step stools. . .Never have enough close at hand for a personal boost or for decorating the farmhouse. . .When not in use, most end up on the back porch. . .where I can see and grab quickly. . .I did pare down to three of my favorites that I wasn't using. . .Not enough room for all of them on the porch floor. . .so I figured the only way to go was UP!
 
 
Placed on a weather-worn farm bench, the little step stools became part of the porch décor. . .Of course I had to add a few touches to the vignette. . .a birdhouse. . .vintage flower pots. . .an orphan drawer from a long lost prim piece. . .a bird's nest that fell to the ground during the Summer. . .brushes from times past. . .a 40s fold-up chair. . .Such dissimilar items to bring together, aren't they?
 
 
 
 
There's no rule that items being stored can't be decorative, too, is there?
 
 
 
. . .from my farmhouse to yours. . .
 


Monday, August 25, 2014

Hiding the TV Farmhouse Style


How long has it been since I posted SHABBY MEDIA STAND FROM A VINTAGE VANITY ? . .Almost a year I think. . .


That's also how long I've looked and looked and looked for a solution that would fit into our Plain and Simple Farmhouse Style when it becomes necessary to hide the TV--mostly when we need a 1930s Era look for visitors. . .A woven throw over the TV was the best idea I had. . .Nothing else was large enough--or 'farmhouse' enough--or portable enough. . .When it's just John and me, the TV is never covered. . .We like Netflix and PBS too well.

Then one day I was cleaning out a few items of Mom's that were stored ten years ago. . .TEN YEARS AGO!!!. . .I've been in no hurry (chuckle). . .I found a big black trash bag with something very heavy in it. . .A forgotten piece of folk art found. . .from a Christmas long ago. . .a gift to my Mom. . .How many years ago was that anyway? . .I had to count on my fingers AND toes. . .and used every one of them. . .It was at least twenty years or more. . .

Oh! HOW I HOPED I'D FOUND A TV COVER-UP!

The colors were the same soft shades that I've used this Summer in the living room. . .They also compliment the soft blues in the bath. . .The folk art fits well in our 'make-do' farmhouse style. . .when not needed the fireplace screen folds up and could rest on the floor against the wall. . .Only the center panel would show. . .That might work! . .I kept my fingers crossed from the storage room to the house. . .

I'll leave you with the verdict. . .Does it work or what? . .(grin)






That's suppose to be me hanging out my favorite quilts to air. . .dressing up and playing the Farmer's Daughter. . .

If you look closely, you'll see the back of a cat in the bushes. . .That was Puppy. . .A long story. . .Just suffice it to say that I didn't like cats until Puppy came to stay with us. . .At first I refused to acknowledge he was a cat. . .Thus the name of 'Funny (looking) Puppy'--or 'Puppy" for short--took hold. . .Sure confused a lot of people in the vet's office. . .The sheep? . . .I have no idea. . .It's FOLK ART. . .You can pretty well paint as you please if you call it 'folk art'. . .(grin). . .Maybe sheep were the 'in' thing at the time?

Whatever my thoughts were, Mom loved it. . .She displayed the screen every Summer in front of the fireplace. . .and every Winter to the side of a roaring fire. . .Now it's my turn. . .

 
FARMHOUSE CHIC. . .I like it!
 
 
 
 
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