Tuesday, July 11, 2017

She Shed or Playhouse? The Makings of One. . .or The Other

A BEE SKEP AND A BARN WOOD BENCH


A BEAUTIFUL WHITE CREPE MYRTLE. . .WITH BEES. . .FOR SHADE


COUNTRY GOURD BIRDHOUSES 


STAR QUALITY


BEAUTIFUL VIEW FROM INSIDE


I have such a fondness for the antique garden house. . .Built of cypress barn wood, it was once the chicken house. . .When we moved to the farm, the poor little building was about to fall down. . .There wasn't much left. . .John 'transplanted' it  and put it back together with parts and pieces found around the barn. . .Since then, I've called it the garden house. . .but. . .it was far removed from our garden. . .although, after about five or six big dust storms this year, I could have planted a garden inside of it!




The day came to clear it out and clean it up. . .and to give it a new purpose in life. . .a SHE SHED !!!!


When I was growing up I had a PLAYHOUSE much like this one. . .Daddy built me a little table and chairs. . I had an old cast-off metal bed that served as a sofa. . .and I prominently displayed a NO BOYS ALLOWED sign on the front. (I had all boy cousins.)


It was my private place. . .where I could go and dream dreams. . .write my stories. . .read my books. . .and maybe nap on a hot summer's day. . .
So. . .the question I have to ask YOU is. . .
What's the difference in a SHE SHED and a PLAYHOUSE?



'ONLY THE AGE OF THE OWNER'. . .(wink)

You'll have to 'stay tuned' for the reveal. . .coming later. . .


. . .from my She Shed to yours. . .



Saturday, June 10, 2017

Our Denim Inspiration In Woman's World Magazine!!!!


Remember the tutorial on how to make a DENIM SHIRT PILLOW? Well, Woman's World Magazine was inspired from that post to feature denim in a whole house and to add our pillows to the mix. . .



It's in the June 12 Issue, already on sale!!!!




Interested in making a pillow of your own? 
Summer seems to be the perfect time for DENIM, doesn't it? Follow the links below for more DENIM  inspiration from THE COUNTRY FARM HOME. ..


 
 




There are many more. . .These are just a few. . .I use DENIM everywhere because it has played such an important part in our Farm's History. . .If you would like to see more, SEARCH 'DEMIM' in the Search Box in the right hand column. . .
Later!!!!!


Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Advertising Tins, Tool Aprons, and a Vintage Flag




It's hard to believe that Summer is already here. . .but, I know it's true because John and I found ourselves venturing up to Missouri and the 100 Mile Yard Sale this past weekend. . .which makes it official for us. . .To be honest, we only covered about 35 miles of it. . .That took us all day. . .We returned home late that evening with smiles on our faces. . .very tired faces. . .


A few of my finds ended up on our porch table for the Memorial Day cookout. . .I'm a glutton for advertising tins, especially when I see red and white. . .'Back in the day' families were larger and groceries were often bought in quantities. . .Lard was used for frying. . .and greasing wheels. . .Livers were eaten for iron. . .plus, they were cheap. . .and every lumber yard gave out free tool aprons with the purchase of their lumber. . .Nowadays we don't use lard. . .livers are pretty much out. . .and carpentry is becoming a long, lost art. . .What to do with the cast-offs? . .Put them in a yard sale and the Farmer's Daughter will buy them!!!!!!. . .(wink). . . 


Actually, the advertising tins are being used in a lot of decor these days. . .I carried the advertising theme one step further, adding vintage tool aprons to the old farm chairs . .and the 48 Star Flag to tie it all together. . .With a few items, I have the making for a 4th of July table, too. . .Looks very Patriotic without being over the top. . .





Obviously unrelated items working together well.
The secret is to follow a color scheme. . .and to think outside the box. . .
Works every time. . .
With the warm summer days ahead, I want to soak up as much outdoors as I can. . .which is a good thing. . .We have had tornadoes, straight line winds, torrential rain, and hail over and over again for the last few months. . . Plenty of clean-up to do. . .
And then. . .there's always our 'Little Chapel in the Field'. . .which is coming along just fine. . .Yesterday it received it's first coat of paint. . .


We do have our work cut out for us, don't we? . .but we also enjoy it. . .There's something about living on a farm that brings out the best in us. . .

. . .from our farmhouse to yours. . .
 




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.






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