Tuesday, April 22, 2014

White--Wicker--Wood

 
 
 Good Morning, Everyone! . . .I have a special reveal in the kitchen for you!
Setting the stage for warmer weather and ending the clutter of winter.
White-Wicker-Wood are the style elements. . . .The wall of cupboards 
was the place I focused on. . . .It's the bright spot of our kitchen,
 especially when the sun is shining as it was this past weekend.
Put on you sunglasses. . . .
A few of these images are bright. . . .and not due to a
camera malfunction either. . . .The room is honestly this bright.
 
 
My 'Go-To Three' for Summer--every Summer--are:
 
WHITE--Bright, Warm and Clean
WICKER--Warm and Inviting
WOOD--to make everything Pop!. .A 'backdrop'. .
.A 'canvas' to 'paint' my style upon
 
I threw open the cupboard doors to show the white
 of our ironstone pieces and the backdrop of wood. . . .
I pulled the white wicker chair off the porch and wrapped a
flour sack around the cushion. . . .That took care of the 'white'. . . .
What about the top of the cupboards?
It's always a challenge to me for some reason. . . .until this year.
 
 
I've loved wicker storage for years and have accumulated
numerous baskets. . . .open ones and picnic style.
Until now, I've utilized them in the library to hide loose papers,
cards, office supplies, anything that was potential clutter.
In that room I also stacked the baskets on top of the bookshelves. . . .
As I began cleaning out the library this winter, I gave away boxes of clutter
 that had collected over the years. . . .that I'd crammed into the wicker baskets.
Once I finished, I had several empty ones. . . .That's when I decided
to move the extra baskets to the kitchen to help with the clutter of my collections there,
as well as to hide those items I didn't use everyday but still needed them handy. . . .
I'm sure you know what I mean. . . .Seems like every time I put those
not-so-much-needed items into storage, within a few days
I'm looking for them again.
 
I wasn't sure how the wicker would look in the kitchen--might be
too plain and maybe look top heavy--but John and I both love the look. . . .
the clean lines and  simplicity.
 

Isn't it odd that we get into such ruts of thinking without
 challenging ourselves with new ideas? . . .The wicker baskets have always
been a part of the library. . . .I never thought to use them anyplace else.
There's a lesson in this, ladies!
We need to walk around our homes more often 
with an eye for the possibilities, don't we?
 
That's how this one wall reveal came about in the kitchen. . . .
Not a lot of changes but made a big difference.
Oh. . . .As always, I needed a splash of color, too. . . .but I'm sure you noticed that!
What can I say? . . .I like a little color with my whites.
 
There are many images for inspiration in this post. . .
I won't talk on and on about each little detail. . . .
Instead, I'll let you scroll down them at your leisure.
If you'd like to see what my other 'Go-To Three' for the kitchen are, please visit
 
Hope you enjoy these changes with Summer in mind. . . .
Time to scoot Old Man Winter out the door!
 
 










 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 . . .from my farmhouse to yours. . .
 
 
Post Note: I'm having problems with my email--found out yesterday that this
has been going on since the first week in April. Some of my emails are not going
to you and I'm not receiving a few of yours. . .If you've tried to get in touch with me
and I haven't answered, I probably didn't get the message. . . .I've also noticed
some of my comments on your blogs are coming back also. . . .Yahoo is suppose to be
working on it today. . . .We'll see. . .(sigh)
 
 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Fit To Be Tied


Hi Everyone!
We woke up yesterday morning to frost. . .VERY rare for us this time of year. . . But I think some of our friends to the North had snow! . . .It IS the middle of April, isn't it? . . .and Easter is right around the corner?

I wanted to brighten up the summer kitchen chairs with slipcovers for Spring. . .I let time get away from me to do any sewing before Easter. . .Then I remembered an idea I saw in one of the popular country magazines this year (was it Country Living?). . . I thought it was a clever idea and so simple. . .Made me say to myself, "Now why in the world didn't you think of that?"

APRONS. . . Straight from the collection. . .Washed--starched--and ironed. . .It's a fast dress up for  farmhouse chairs--like one-step slipcovers! . . .


It's as simple as tying the apron onto the chair. . . The magazine suggested that you leave the strings a little loose so they won't pull when you sit down. . . .A good idea. . . I went one step further and placed double-side sticky tape right on the chair to keep the aprons from shifting. . . Problem solved. . . .


For Easter, I love the pastel colors of these half aprons. . . Luckily (grin),  I have quite a collection of the smocked ones to choose from. . . I had plans to one day draw patterns from the different designs. . . Back when Mom and I were English smocking everything in sight, I thought the gingham smocking would be a nice diversion. . . That was how many years ago? . . .I don't want to count. . . I no longer have any illusions that I'll ever copy the patterns. . . But, I'd never part with the aprons. . . Probably because the very first apron I made in Home Ec was a smocked one! . . .I know you're not surprised. . . I do still have it. . . A gold gingham large check number. . . not at all as delicate and beautifully made as these. . .


While I was primping the farmhouse chairs, I wanted to try a bibbed apron look. . . I started with an adult apron. . . .For me, it was way too long, too wide, and I saw nothing of the chair. . .I remembered a couple of children's aprons I'd picked up on a recent junkin' trip. . . Maybe they would work? . . .I love them! . . .Perfect size, too. . . The problem (if you want to call it a 'problem') is---I only have two. . . .Oh, Shoot! . . .Now, I have to go junkin' again. . . (grin). . .

What do you think? . . .Which are your favorites? . . .Aprons and Farmhouse go together. . .There's no doubt about it. . . like two peas in a pod. . .The inspiration came from a magazine. . .but I made it all my own. . .without getting out the sewing machine!

PLAIN AND SIMPLE. . .Farmhouse Style.


To all of you dear, dear blogging friends. . .Thank you so much for your kind and concerned comments about my close call with a staph infection. . . I haven't been able to visit much with you these last few weeks. . . My time on the net has been limited. . .only a few minutes here and there. . . The swelling and infection affected my eyes, making it uncomfortable. . .besides the fatigue. . .To tell you the truth, it zapped me!. . .And that's it in a nutshell! . . .I am doing MUCH better. . . Now to get caught up. . . and get back--GRADUALLY--into the world again. . . I hope this will be the first of several posts to come this month. . . and I plan to be visiting with you again soon. . . Let's keep our fingers crossed. . .

Hugs and Blessing to You All
 
 


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Crocks-Wood-Hearts




I was recently asked how I pulled the country farmhouse look together in the kitchen. . . .
What were the things I returned to over and over again?
I had to  think about it.
Some things are such a constant at the farmhouse that it's a surprise when others ask. . . .
I forget not everyone lives this way. . . .(grin). . . .

I sat down at the kitchen table and looked around. . . .
what WERE the elements I cherished the most in farmhouse d├ęcor?
 
I decided that flour, milk, sugar weren't the only staples in my kitchen.
WOOD and CROCKERY are used over and over again,
in one form or the other.
Everything else is accessories. . . .
one of my favorites being prim hearts. . .
reminding me of the love and care that goes into homemaking. . . .
love and care I grew up with and strive to achieve in our own home.
 
 
I also began to see a pattern developing in the choices of Crocks--Wood--Hearts:
NATURAL--FUNCTIONAL--LOVELY PATINAS--PLEASING TO THE EYE
 
 
 
 
 
 
Crocks are rarely used for their original purpose, though. . . .as many of you know. . .
This one is filled with napkins. . . .
 
 
These are filled with packages of quinoa, noodles, and other cooking needs. . . .
 
I suppose you noticed I don't always use bread boards for cutting either?
Especially the vintage ones. . . .They are too special. . . .
I lucked out with this beauty to serve as a crock lid.
 
 
 
 
Yep. . . .I'd have to say, CROCKS--WOOD--HEARTS
are my main Go-To Three. . . .
They are the  Plain and Simple Farmhouse Style kitchen staples.
 
Every true farmhouse has them. . . .and I think
Every true farmgirl loves them.. . . .Don't you?
 
Maybe you don't have as many as I have. . . .
Afterall, I've been collecting and using crocks, wood, and hearts for 30+ years. . . .
but, I bet you have plenty stashed away somewhere.
No?
 Then visit those thrift stores and flea markets!
Crocks can be pricey, but every now and then I come across a good buy. . . .
Wood items are always plentiful. . . .
I bought all the bread boards you see in this post at thrift stores for pennies.
Add a few to your kitchen and you have. . . .
Instant 'Farmhouse.'


I have more decorating staples coming you way, but first. . . .

I would like to give you a quick update on a couple of things I feel I should share with you. . . .
 
I found the 'gifters'. . . .and did they get a chuckle out of it! . . .They only confessed last week. . . .Turns out it's a family piece--from my oldest cousin and his wife. . . .which makes it all the more precious to me. . . .They live two hours or so away but were in our area that day and decided to leave the ironstone at the door since we weren't home. . . . Then they sat back and enjoyed seeing me try to find the donor. . . .It IS funny. . . .yet, I'm sure glad I now know the answer to the mystery!
 
I've been posting few and far between lately, I know. . . .It's been a long and busy winter. . . .We're re-thinking and re-vamping our farm for special programs and tours. . . .taxes. . . .bookwork. . . .making contacts. . . .I've been plagued with health problems besides the 'normal' fibromyalgia aches and pains. . . .First vertigo again, then the flu and a cough that has lasted two months. . . .Then last week John had to rush me to my doctor 45 miles away. . . .Evidently during my recent vacation in the hills, I came in contact with staph that began spreading quickly. . . .A long story. . . .The short report is that I was able to stay out of the hospital but was on 24 hour watch by John (and Boo). . . .John--bless his heart--had to be sure I took the super strength antibiotics every six hours (I was pretty out of it). . . .He had to place hot compresses on the affected areas, change dressings and kept in touch with the doctor. . . .What a wonderful nurse he turned out to be! . . .The initial outbreak was on my face. . . .I'm still 'whop-sided'  with swelling and a couple of 'bad' places but am doing better and I think on the mend. . . .still tender. . . .weak. . . .The medication takes a toll on me. . . .but I can handle it. . . .I just feel so thankful that it didn't get any worse than it did. . . .thanks to John who got me to the doctor on time.
 
I'm not one to share my aches and pains normally but I've missed so many of your posts and emails that I thought I should let you know what was going on with me. . . .I treasure each and every one of you and that you're always there for me with comments and support. . . .I am truly blessed with blogging friends.
 
Don't worry! I'll be fine now. . . .taking it easy and mending. . . .The crisis is over. . . .Just wanted to let you know what was going on here. . . .As usual, there's nothing normal about our life at the farm. . . .or maybe it is the norm now that I think about it?
 
. . .from my farmhouse to yours. . .
 


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