Tuesday, March 28, 2017

An Almost Square Rag Rug Completed



Bet you thought I had quit weaving RAG RUGS, didn't you? I almost had. . .not because I don't LOVE it. . .I do. . .but because LIFE kept taking up all my down time. . .So when I learned that John would be busy with a project and the LOOM business was 'on vacation' for a week. . .I began WEAVING. . .How I have missed it !!!


I have had an 'ALMOST SQUARE RUG' started for ages, so that was where I began. . .I used this one for WORKSHOPS on RUG MAKING. . .Wanted to start another one in brighter colors next. . .It didn't take long to finish.


If you have John's LARGE and 2n1 LOOMS, you can make this square, too, by interchanging the vertical and horizontal arms. . .CLICK HERE to read more. . .


I've got the 'BUG' now. . .The 'WEAVING BUG'. . .John's back to his LOOM MAKING and LIFE has already started happening again but I figure if I set my looms up close-by. . .I can weave a ROW OR TWO every now and then. . .It's a stress reducer for me. . .I can get lost in ANOTHER WORLD. . .

 FOR A FEW MINUTES MAYBE?

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. . .from my farmhouse to yours. . .

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Lightening Up The Farmhouse Kitchen, or. . .'So Long, Winter!'





It may have been 29 degrees outside this week but inside I've been looking forward to SPRING. . .It will officially be here in a few days, so. . .I took out the 'heaviness' of Winter. . .added some SOFT SPRING COLORS. . .brought out the UPHOLSTERED CHAIRS to soften up the room. . .and took a 'LESS IS MORE' approach to accessories.

Now it's so OPEN and ROOM-Y that it doesn't matter what's going on outside. . .because. . .
inside it's CHEERY and filled with the anticipation of the 'SUNSHINE-Y DAYS' ahead . . .




Soon I'll be changing all again. . .SLIPCOVERS for the chairs. . .WHITEWASH on everything. . .
touches of BLACK TIE and BLUE JEANS. . .but it's a beginning. . .
and I couldn't be happier to be able to say. . .




"SO LONG,  WINTER. . .see you again in nine months. . . "


 



Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Black Tie and Blue Jeans: The Plan




I found it !!!! My Newest Farmhouse Style Label. . .
BLACK TIE AND BLUE JEANS !!!!!!!
My definition: RELAXED ELEGANCE. . .Light, bright and free flowing rooms using total opposites. . .Modern and Traditional. . .Sophisticated and Inviting. . .Elegant and Relaxed. . .Polished and Informal. . .
OR. . .to put it another way. . .(and I love this). . .
It's a GAP T-SHIRT WITH A FORMAL ARMANI SKIRT
(I read that somewhere.....)



If truth be told, I've been a Black Tie and Blue Jeans kind of gal most of my life. . .but never had such an amazing description of it. . .I'm comfortable in evening dresses as well as overalls. . . in heels or clogs. . .fancy hats or ball caps. . .and my fashion sense does seem to spill over into our Farmhouse Decor. . .This may not be a revelation to you. . .but it sure has been for me. . . I thought I was just 'different'. . .until I ran across a Traditional Home magazine and read about a kindred spirit with what they called Black Tie and Blue Jeans decor in her home. . .That set me thinking. . .

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NATURE'S TEXTURES, RUSTIC ELEMENTS WITH SIMPLE STYLE, BLUE JEAN GRAYS AND WHITES

Now I have a PLAN, a NAME for it, and a DIRECTION to go. . .I've also fallen back into old habits. . .I do love Pinterest. . .for inspiration. . .but when it comes down to making a decor plan, I'm 'Old School'. . .Give me a super-sized artist tablet, a bundle of favorite magazines, scissors, tape, glue stick and I'm happy. . .

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My goal is airy and open simplicity of contemporary style mixed with the elements of a traditional farmhouse home. . .and I have some ideas of how to do that. . .new ideas that come from my BLACK TIE AND BLUE JEANS heart. . .




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WHITEWASH AND MILK PAINT

There will be a lot of tweaking going on the rest of this year. . .but I'm excited about it. . .I can view the finished product in my mind's eye. . .and it will be fun to see it come about. . .So. . .Hold on tight. . .We're off on another 'ADVENTURE'. . .

NATURALS AND 'BLACK TIE', BLUE JEAN GRAYS AND WHITE

In the meantime. . .look over my plans and see what you think. . .

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AN ADDITIONAL NOTE: It seems months to me since my last post. . .Right after I published it, we lost the phone line and the DSL internet service. . .Took almost a week to get that back. . .Then my computer stopped working. . .and the cell phone 'fried' from four viruses. . .Then when we thought we could relax a little, we had tornadic winds hit us one morning before sun-up. . .I dreaded to see the damage once it was daylight. . .It turned out that we only lost the shingles on one roof of the third shotgun house, which is scheduled to be re-roofed anyway. . .and some minor damaged to the rafters of the big barn. . .and smaller items blown everywhere. . .It took a while to secure all. . .I think we're back to normal. . .but who knows?. . .It's 'life as usual' for us. . .so I'm sure there's more on the horizon. . .We take it all in stride. . .and maybe it's the inspiration for me to make what I can control in life a little more simple and not as complicated. . .instead of too much clutter and chaos. . .It's not only the decor I'm striving to simplify, it's a personal thing, too. . .If I've learned anything in my lifetime, I've come to see that if you really live life as it is intended, there will be change and a sense of evolving. . .This year should be fun and bring on more changes. . .as I tweak our FARMHOUSE HOME. . .and our 'here at the farm' life. . .

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

What a Journey Through FARMHOUSE STYLE We've Had!



I read recently that FARMHOUSE STYLE is a way of life that reflects a love for the land. . .I like that. . .It's an attitude. . .a state of mind. . .and as individual as the decorator. . .
I dearly loved the simpler, dramatic look of the living room a few posts back: STRIKING HEART IN HAND FOLK ART IN THE LIVING ROOM . . .One day this past week I began to think that I would like to go this direction in the future. . .but. . .What made it work? What style would it be called? Was there a style that embraced this look already? In order to answer those questions, I found myself reviewing my journey through several  FARMHOUSE STYLES these last five years. . .It's always good to see where you've been so that you know where you're going. . .or not going again!
I learned that FARMHOUSE actually 'marries' well with many other styles such as COTTAGE, ROMANTIC, RUSTIC, MODERN, INDUSTRIAL,  TRADITIONAL and PRIMITIVE. . .Unintentionally, I have decorated with just about every one of these styles. . .It WAS  a surprise to me. . .I never started out to decorate with cottage. . .or shabby. . .or traditional. . .Where most people do start with a decorating style in mind. . .I don't. . .just go with my likes and intuition. . .although they did fall somewhat into the various decor styles that are popular today . .
SHABBY CHIC: COTTAGE STYLE: ROMANTIC: Characterized by Soft Colors: Chipped Painted furniture and Re-purposed items: Dreamy: Feminine: Sparkly Chandeliers and Mirrors: Floral touches
I admit I was influenced at first with the SHABBY CHIC, ROMANTIC COTTAGE STYLE. . .Our 'move in' LIVING ROOM looked almost like an ENGLISH COTTAGE STYLE . . .Did I really choose so many different flower patterns?
Remember those days?

The BEDROOM and BATH were toned down a bit. . .a softer look. . .styled with COTTAGE, SHABBY, ROMANTIC.



 




 


 



Truthfully, COTTAGE CHIC is a look that I had incorporated for at least ten years. . .I was a little bored with it. . .and the trend seemed to be heading toward less fuss. . .Simpler. . .I was ready to try my hand at it. . after we got settled in. . . after a time. . .I began to add FARMHOUSE TOUCHES to those parts of COTTAGE that I liked . . .
FARMHOUSE CHIC: CHARACTERIZED BY A LITTLE FARMHOUSE WITH A ROMANTIC FLAIR: Mostly Neutrals and a lot of White: Floral in pops of color: Old feed sacks and other farm found items: Homey: Relaxed: Welcoming and NOT fussy. . .Make-do

 



















About a year of FARMHOUSE CHIC went by when I began to simplify a bit more. . .I looked to Shaker and Primitive and chose the elements I liked. . .
PRIMITIVE FARMHOUSE: Simple: Unsophisticated: Primitive farm items: often Crude; Unrefined: Patched: Life's basics: Feels of an earlier age: Lots of Patina in woods and antiques
That winter, I turned our home into a semi-PRIMITIVE FARMHOUSE. . .

KEEPER: Some Prim Element but with a Twist







I like PRIM for the Winter months. . .always have. . .but when the warm days and sun return, I'm ready for a brighter feel inside, too . . .The FARMHOUSE does light up in the Summer months, as the sun streams in through the windows. . .
FARMHOUSE STYLE:  Simple: Unpretentious: Welcoming: Old paint: Chipped and Aged: Weathered barn wood: Recycled: Up-cycled: Soft colors with lots of White, White, White: Nostalgic farm items

KEEPERS: White Dishes and Egg Sign. . .




KEEPER: the Denim. . .

I think DENIM mixed with FARMHOUSE are my favorites. . .I'll keep some DENIM in my new concept for The Country Farm Home. . .Denim goes with anything. . .as you will see. . .





KEEPER: Touches of Worn, Chippy



Now I was getting closer to our LIFESTYLE. . .With a few tweaks, magic seemed to happen. . .
RUSTIC FARMHOUSE STYLE: Roughen, Weathered Pieces: Rusty Wire and Tin: Honest: Organic: Warm, Earthy Colors; Burlap: Natural Fabrics: Galvanized Farm Items: Barn Inspired Elements: Off-beat Lighting: Folk Art

KEEPER: Touches of Wire and Metal




Keeper: Simplicity


KEEPER: Boo (the cat)


KEEPER: Cabinet in White and Black










KEEPER: Black and White and Checks

 Do you see the pattern here?. . . .FARMHOUSE DECOR is a base. . .a starting point. . .on which to build a decor--and a home-- that is all your own. . .It is so versatile and inclusive. . .Now that I know that capturing the spirit of FARMHOUSE STYLE is personal and individual, I'm ready for a new journey. . .I think. . .FARMHOUSE is still my base to build on. . .but I will try a little something different. . .Besides, it's time for paint and polish and updates. . .


I thought with this review I might begin with a specific FARMHOUSE STYLE as I move on to new ideas. . .but I have found old ways don't change easily. . .To be boxed in with any one style doesn't sound interesting enough to me. . .So maybe in the long run, I'm better off keeping the description PLAIN AND SIMPLE FARMHOUSE STYLE. . .and letting you guess what that is. . .(grin)




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