Thursday, November 14, 2019

Beginning The Holidays At The Fireside

It's Christmastime again. . .or it will be soon. . .and even though I love the Holiday Season at hand, I also often visit old memories, too. . .So why should this one be any different, huh?
I've been thinking today about an honor that is very connected to my camera-toting Dad. . .totally to his credit. . .and not my own. . .and I'll tell you why. . .
It all began when I opened the box of 2019 WINTER ISSUE OF COUNTRY RUSTIC MAGAZINE! . .I was speechless. . .One of my photographs had made the front cover!!! . .And there were more inside. . .
Wow!!!
But honestly, I take no credit for it. . . It is to my Dad's credit. . . All my life, Daddy was an historian with his camera. . .He documented his WWII experience with a camera. . .The first thing he did when I was born was grab his camera. . .We have the usual family photos of our outings and vacations. . .and it wasn't Thanksgiving or Christmas unless he was sneaking shots of the merriment that filled our house. . .He documented local and state activities as they happened. . . and took thousands of photos that are irreplaceable. . .
Daddy's many cameras were always with him. . .He taught courses in photography through a local college. . .He was Vice-President several times of the National PSA. . .as well as starting a Camera Club in our county. . .For several years, he went professional for weddings, parties and the school annual. . . He had his own dark room. . .He won gold medals nationally. . .The legacy he left just goes on and on. . .
The funny part is. . .I was his one failure. . .I just did not 'get' all those stops and buttons on a 35mm camera. . .Finally, Daddy gave up. . .One Christmas, he presented me with a Minolta 35mm automatic. . .My photos began to improve. . .but I still pretty much left the photo-taking to him. . .I still loved following him around to art shows and PSA meetings. . .We spent hours together in his dark room. . .I drove down many old country roads with him while looking for the perfect shot. . .But, I was content just to be with him. . .and leave the photography to the expert.

Then three things happened at almost the same time. . .First, I lost my Dad to cancer. . .Second, the digital camera came along and was affordable. . .Third, I realized that my head was full of photo shoot possibilities and it was time I put to use some of the skills my Dad had taught me. . .I almost felt him looking over my shoulders and encouraging me. . .Showing me what to look for. . .Guiding me as I looked for the right angles. . .I never snap the button that I don't think about Daddy and what he would have seen through the camera's eye. . .He is still with me. . .and I'm so glad a little bit of his talent rubbed off on me. . .but. . .

I claim no credit for the Country Rustic cover. . .because. . .
"This one's for you, Dad. . ."


Sunday, November 10, 2019

Thankful and Blessed

What? Didn't I say I'd begin Holiday posts next? . .Well, yes, I did. . .but I decided I had one more I wanted to share first. . .once I realized that tomorrow is Veteran's Day. . .for we should all be thankful and blessed to have a country such as this. . .and to those who defend it to keep it free. . .
My Dad was a World War II Veteran. . .He returned from the War with a deeper understanding of what freedoms we so often take for granted. . .And, he instilled in us that same pride in our Nation and never let us forget how blessed we were. . .in so many ways. . .
Yeoman First Class Curtis C. Duncan, 1945

He flew the flag proudly. . .365 days a year. . .
He loved God and Country. . .and felt it his duty to defend both. . .
and he wasn't alone. . .he isn't alone. . .


So. . .to all our Veterans. . .I'd like to say. . .
This is still the Greatest Nation in the World. . . 
Thank you for keeping it safe. . .



Thursday, November 7, 2019

Fall Cupboards and a Couple of Farmhouse Decor Tips


Isn't this an amazing Fall wreath? . .It is handmade of dried grasses and berries. . .and seed pods. . .And it's so big. . .Which brings me to a farmhouse decorating tip. . .GO BIG WITH A FEW ITEMS INSTEAD OF A LOT OF CLUTTER. . .

Here's a good example at the pie safe cupboard. . .See how it isn't lost in the photo? . .I had to learn this and it was a tough seeing with the eye what the camera, and usually others, see. . .My tendency is to do too much. . .Such as in this photo. . .
Learn from me. . .While interesting and speaks of Fall. . .this cupboard can come off as too busy. . .if you only look at the open doors. . .Don't you think? . .A large wreath on closed doors below does help overall. . .

Next year. . .I'll close those top doors and simplify with larger objects. . .

Nothing wrong with this Fall vignette. . .and it might be your decorating style. . .but for me. . .and for my Plain and Simple Farmhouse Style, the pie safe cupboard is my pick. . .
When I say Simplify, I don't mean minimal. . .and I don't suggest you never use smaller objects. . .as you see in this photo. . .
So. ..here's another tip I have found. . .Clustering smalls together can give the illusion of being one large item. . .The secret is to allow space in between as I have done on top of this baker's cupboard. . .The LARD sign helps to connect the rest of the vignette but with 'white' space below. .Makes it so much more pleasing to the eye for my Farmhouse decor. . . 


 

To see more of my Farmhouse decorating style,
check out the FAll ISSUE OF 
COUNTRY RUSTIC MAGAZINE
and

I'm leaving Fall with this post. . .and moving on to the Holidays. . .
Ready for some Christmas CHEER. . .
Time to turn on my favorite Christmas songs
and get decorating!!!!


Tuesday, November 5, 2019

A Bath For The Photo Shoot

As promised. . . I have bathroom photos that I took as I decorated for the Fall Issue of Country Rustic magazine. . .I know that many of you have seen our bath many times, in various stages of decor. . .but I added a few new items and vignettes. . .that have become my favorites. . .such as this welcoming bath sign that can be seen from the living room. . .

and below. . .a whimsical towel holder. . . 

Isn't this wonderful for a bath? . . Someone made it from old metal plumbing elements. . .So appropriate for welcoming visitors. . .Let's face it. . .the bathroom is almost always the most visited room in the house. . .
The small scale utility door found in an out-building on the farm, hides the more modern commode and shower. . .so that the bath from the living room appears to be the 1930s. . .




The only tribute to Fall in this room are the cotton stalks. . .I like to keep the room really simple. . .clean. . .and relaxing to the eye. . .
A little explanation about the bath for our new followers. . .This room was once a small bedroom. . .When we began renovating the old farmhouse. . .the bathroom was a make-do area on the enclosed back porch. . .There was no place to put the hot water heater. . .the central heat duct work. . .or the washer and dryer. . .In fact, there were no closets anywhere in the house. . .So, we took the small bedroom for the bath and hid all the modern conveniences behind the louvered doors. . .

Then we tied the window treatment to them with vintage shutters on the inside. . . giving the entire room a feeling of a farmhouse plantation style. . .

I absolutely love this vintage style bathroom. . .
It is so big and roomy and a delight to see. . .
 Friends and visitors love it, too.


I think next I'll wind up this series with the cupboard decor for Fall in my next post. . .
Then it will be on to the Christmas holidays. . .
This year. . .I plan to pull out my log cabin collection. . .
for something new and unique . .
I have gathered miniature animals and embellishment for them all. . .
Although it's only November, I'm ready for some holiday cheer. . .
aren't you?

I'll be back again later this week!!!


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Sharing More Photos of the FALL LIVING ROOM. . .Part II

 
In the last post, I shared the  FALL LIVING ROOM. . .on what we call the 'guest side'. . .If you haven't seen it. . .then CLICK HERE. . .You don't want to miss it. . .
Now, in Part II. . .I'll share the side that John and I use the most. . .It's the practical side of the room. . .He has his chair. . .I have the couch. . .with BJ (my "Velcro" feline) joining me there most of the time. . .

I use throws on both sofas deliberately for two reasons. . .It hides the fact that the two don't match. . .and on a farm, there is always dirt and dust. . .It is so convenient to pull them off and throw them in the washer. . .I also cannot find newer sofas as well made as these. . .and to my liking. . .Besides, I'm used to these hanging around. . .  
We only have five rooms in our house. . .(and a breezeway porch) but those rooms are quite large. . .Needless-to-say, we have to live in every one of them. . .No formal living room that stays immaculate for others to see. . .I think the trend is going more and more toward smaller homes, where every inch of space is utilized. . .It was a choice we made when renovating the old 1930s farmhouse. . .We had had larger homes. . .filled with furniture and 'things'. . .We were ready for some simplicity in our lives. . .

The front area of the living room was once a porch. . .Probably in the 1950s, it became an addition to the room, making the area quite large. . .You wouldn't know the difference unless you saw original photos of the house. . .
As you know. . .I like to coordinate the entire house in some way so that there is a flow from room to room. . .bringing colors or objects common in one room to the next. . .A good example of this is in the photo below. . .We wanted the walls a soft white. . .so for interest, I had the ceiling painted the same creamy color of the kitchen-keeping room walls. . .Also, there is the black, white, neutral color scheme. . .a pop of color. . .and cotton placed around the room. . .just as in the rest of the house.
One of my favorite additions to this side is the cupboard in the background, made from pallets and recycled wood that we found around the fam. . .and an old screen door. . .It was the first among many uses we found for cast-offs. . .(See: THRIFTY CUPBOARD ) . . .Notice the black cat, cut from wood and settling on the ledge. . .
Do you see the Hot Bath sign through the door? . .That IS our bath. . .also a large room . . .It was all decked out. . .but with simplicity. . .for the photo shoot also. . .and may be the subject of my next post. . .You won't see it in the Fall Issue of Country Rustic magazine. . .so all the photos will be new. . .For you who have followed me all these years, you know it has changed its look often. . .In fact, I like to change up every room with the seasons. . .something made possible with the neutral backgrounds. . .but always with the thought in mind that we love things plain and simple. . .and we love that we live on a farm. . .
More than any other season, Fall means Cotton. . .picked, ginned and sold here. . .so instead of lots of orange and yellow in every room, the living room decor reflects the fact that we do live on the family's Delta Cotton Farmstead that is not only a livelihood, but also our legacy. . .

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