Thursday, May 18, 2017

Little Chapel in the Field and Garden Bikes



I have had a bike and a tricycle for several years. . .intending to paint them for our  backdoor garden. . .I never got around to it. . .When I ran across them this year, I decided to just blindly start with the paint and let inspiration take over. . .I was as surprised as anyone when it led me to a fairly 'PLAIN AND SIMPLE'  result. . .a vintage peach box. . .a wreath of barbed wire. . .a couple of Rosemary plants. . .a little hay. . .and my favorite Simplify sign. . .












Even more surprised to realize I had the makings of a unique sundial. . .









I bought the sundial years ago and have used it in the past as a bucket top. . .It's a nice change. . . Speaking of which. . .remember the LITTLE CHAPEL GARDEN HOUSE in Missouri that I shared with your several years ago?


With that garden house as inspiration, we started another project. . .our own LITTLE CHAPEL IN THE FIELD. . .Damage from the wind/tornado/storms a few weeks ago on our own smaller storage building included the need to replace the porch. . .Instead of rebuilding as it was. . .we decided it was a good opportunity to create a farm style chapel. . .

STORAGE BUILDING BEFORE



We have worked on it a little at a time, sneaking in a few moments here and there. . .Still have more to do-obviously-but it's beginning to take shape. . .When finished, we'll paint the 'chapel' and the ironwork white and add a little landscaping--farm style. . .For a while, it will continue to serve us for storage but in the future, we plan to add the pews, piano, podium, and songbooks from a 1920s local church that was torn down a few years ago.

If you would like to see the progress of the LITTLE CHAPEL IN THE FIELD, I try to up-date at Facebook often. . .Add us to your LIKES or FAVORITES at: DUNCAN FARMSTEAD FACEBOOK PAGE . . .and follow along. . .


Wait til you see what we're doing to the rest of the HISTORIC DISTRICT. . .and there's a big ESTATE SALE coming soon. . .This Summer will be a busy one. . .but what Summer isn't? . .I tell John that's it's 'JOB SECURITY' . .(laugh)

. . .from our farmhouse to yours. . .



Monday, May 8, 2017

Farm Junkin' for the Breezeway Porch


From COWGIRL WESTERN to a RUSTIC FARMHOUSE STYLE for now to BLACK TIE AND BLUE JEANS coming later. . .poor John says he can't keep up. . .He never knows when he walks in the door what theme he'll be living in.
Personally, I don't see it as a bad thing. . .Keeps him guessing. . .as well as others. . .Adds a little spice to our FARM LIFE. . .


This past weekend, I cleared out everything from our breezeway porch. . .What a job, too! . .But once it was all out, I could visualize better the elements I wanted to keep. . .and those I needed to 'go junkin' for. . .Some times a person just has to start from the beginning. . .in order to see new possibilities. . .In doing so, I feel we acquired a whole NEW ROOM in the house. . .Before. . .the room was full of cast-offs and plants and extra wicker pieces too fragile to sit on. . . .It was time to change it up--and gain another usable room. . .It also gave me a chance to go JUNKIN' at a different place. . .right here at OUR FARM. . .Let's face it. . .I have one of just about everything. . .if I can only find it. 

I tried to look at things with a new attitude. . .Items I could paint or fix for a coordinated room. . .not a flea market cast-off, don't-know-where-else-to-put-it room. . .These made the cut. . .


The CUPBOARDS will need a new coat of paint. . .as will the CHAIRS. . .I think I'll keep the VAULTED CEILING natural. . .as I will the COTTON BASKET. . .Need facings on the doors and windows, but maybe a fresh coat of paint on the walls first? . .All changes that will have to wait a week or two. . .or more. . .In the meantime, I wanted to enjoy this new-found space. . .for having my morning coffee. . .and maybe some lunches. . .I needed it to work right now. . .Hmmmmm. . .I stood back and thought. . .'Let's go with a RUSTIC, SIMPLE STYLE. . .a little SHAKER and a little PRIM and a little PLAIN OLE FARMHOUSE.' . . .I knew what I needed to complete the look. . .that library TABLE in our store museum from my old high school. . .It would make a perfect FARM TABLE. . .that I can also paint later. . .It's been well-used and loved over the years. . .No one ever noticed it in the store building (including us) because it was heaped and covered up with way too much 'stuff.'


It's seen some rough times. . .but that only adds to its PATINA and PERSONALITY. . .Notice the very worn lower crossbar. . .from hundreds of students propping their feet on it daily. . .including myself. . .Eventually, I'll shabby paint the bottom and refinish the top. . .There are many water rings I'd like to remove. . .That will come later. . .


While talking John into helping me move the table, I did a little more 'FARM JUNKIN' but limited myself to only a few accessories. . .including a 48 STAR FLAG that has seen better days but I cannot part with it. . .I was reminded that Memorial Day is soon. . .I thought it would be appropriate. . .


This will work out well until we can get to the task of painting and trimming. . .I like the RUSTIC FARM LOOK. . .What I like the most is less--FAR LESS--clutter and only a few loved pieces that will work even better together once I get out the paint bucket. . .Evidence that my goal to SIMPLIFY is finally on it's way throughout the house. . .FINALLY. . .and I'm LOVING it.






Wednesday, April 26, 2017

ROUND EM UP: The Farmhouse Goes Western for a Day



ROUND EM UP. . .MOVE EM OUT. . .
That's just what I did. . .Rounded up the 'CATTLE'. . .John's (huge #13) COWBOY BOOTS. . .and our COTTON. . .for a really FUN challenge. . .


A few weeks ago, I heard about the 'westerm decor challenge' by  KING RANCH SADDLE SHOP. . .They sell COWBOY and COWGIRL BOOTS of every kind and style. . .It intrigued me. . .thinking that this would be an OPPORTUNITY to show how versatile The Country Farm Home is for changing themes. . .I had never considered Western but it had it's possibilities. . .and I did live in TEXAS years ago. . .
I put on my thinking cap. . .and started 'rounding up'. . .deciding that since my 'SMALL BUCKLE COWBOY' cousin was coming to visit. . .I could try my hand at OLD WESTERN STYLE for our luncheon. 


What's a 'SMALL BUCKLE COWBOY' you ask?. . .It touches the little bit of  COWBOY in you--with boots, western belt and blue jeans for instance. . .but nothing overly done. . .just like the cousin's small Ozark farm. . .not too many cattle. . .only one barn. . .a small ranch style house. . .  His definition of a 'BIG BUCKLE COWBOY' is one who is a lot more serious about it than he is. . .For one thing, I bet no Big Buckle Cowboy names each of his COWS. . .My cousin did for years. . .


Thinking about that, I decided on a 'SMALL BUCKLE WESTERN STYLE' to decorate the keeping room. . .with a little FARMHOUSE thrown in for good measure. . .



















He'll be so surprised when he walks in . . A table fit for any SMALL BUCKLE COWBOY. . .including juicy, grilled HAMBURGER STEAKS with. . .of course. . .COWBOY BEANS. . .


Looking forward to hitching up to the CHUCK WAGON in the next few days. . .
Two SMALL BUCKLE COWBOYS and one TEENY BUCKLE COWGIRL.
Good friends. . .Good food. . .Good Old Western Style. . .
How much better could it get?





Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Black Tie and Blue Jeans Challenge



"Exactly WHAT do you mean by BLACK TIE AND BLUE JEANS? How would it look?"
John asked with a totally confused look on his face.
I tried to explain it, but the more we talked, the more confused I could see he was. . .

I took on the CHALLENGE. . .
and borrowed John's BOW TIE from his TUX. . .
and grabbed my BOW TIE PIN. . .
and a 1950s FORMAL. . 
and a SILK SCARF. . .
and other ACCESSORIES.


Meet EMMA. . .my newest addition to The Country Farm Home. . .
I had no idea how I would dress her when I started. . .
but it didn't take long to come up with a STYLE for her.
It's totally FUN. . .isn't it?


And. . .now. . .John understands. . .
but. . .he's not getting his BOW TIE  back any time soon.
I'm working on a post for next week in which you will probably see Emma again. . .
  King Ranch Saddle Shop in Kingsville, Texas has challenged me to a post
on how I would decorate WESTERN RANCH STYLE. . .
So. . .be watching. . .


And, something else to watch for. . .
I've been selected as BLOGGER OF THE WEEK
by Woman's World magazine!!!!
Not sure which week we'll be published. . .but it will be soon. . .
Wheee. . .a BUSY week we're having!!

By-the-way. . .John wanted to know if this meant he could wear
BLUE JEANS with his TUX next time? 
I'll have to think about that. . .(GRIN)





Monday, April 17, 2017

NEW ITEM!!! Adjustable Rag Rug Loom



John has done it again. . .He is always busy trying to improve his RAG RUG LOOMS. . .but I have to take a little credit for this one. . .for you see. . .I CHALLENGED him to make me a LARGER LOOM that could be adjusted to whatever size I needed. . .That was a few weeks ago. . .but I can't complain. . .We've been busy. . .

Then this morning, the kitchen door opened and here he came. . .with the NEW LOOM in his hand. . .


I simply LOVE it. . .I can make RAG RUGS as big as 31" X 47" and smaller ones at whatever size I need. . .I have no idea how many combinations are possible. . .but I can tell you. . .'It's a BUNCH'. . .John gave up counting at 40. . .

If I want a size other than the sizes using the drilled sidebar holes and eyelet screws. . .all I have to do is drill another hole and/or move the eyelet. . .So CLEVER. . .
The individual sized looms (Large, 2n1, Mini) still give you the option to make several rugs at one time, but this is an option that certainly lets you make many more sizes than the sets. It all depends on your needs. The PLUS is. . .you have a CHOICE!!!


Want MORE INFORMATION? . . .Wish to ORDER?. . .Go to: 
OUR OLD COUNTRY STORE 
and read all about it. . .

I'm working on this Rag Rug with colors of purple, lavender, light blue, pink, and pale yellow in a NEW PATTERN that I'm making up as I go. . .Once I get it worked out, I'll be sure to share it with you. . .


This will be a really FUN one to weave. . .while. . .
I'm totally LOVING this LOOM. . .

HAPPY MONDAY!!!!





Wednesday, April 12, 2017

A Welcoming Denim Blue Farmhouse Entry




When John's away. . .that's when I play. . .and I certainly did!
I awoke this morning with the full intention of removing everything not wanted out of the breezeway and giving it a thorough cleaning. . .John would be working with the roofers at the shotgun houses. . .I had a whole day without interruptions to clear out and clean up. . .


I was making a little headway when I took a couple of minutes in the kitchen to stir my soup that was simmering on the stove. . .then headed out the back door. . .And that's when it hit me. . .'That primitive cabinet that's been sitting in the backdoor entry for YEARS is DENIM BLUE!!!! 
Does that ever happen to you? You see something so often that you don't actually see it anymore?
Since I'm planning a BLACK TIE AND DENIM JEANS style for the house. . .I thought the entry needed a new look. . . You guessed it. . .Clear out, clean up was put on hold. . .Maybe tomorrow. . .















John will be so surprised when he walks in. . .or. . .will he notice at all? . .He may be so tired from his long day's work that he won't. . .Hmmmm. . .Let's see how long it takes. . .

 


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