Wednesday, September 11, 2019

GATHERING FALL

Can you feel it? . .I can. . .It's strictly intuitive because the heat index has been 108 degrees. . .and yet, I see all the signs that FALL is on its way. . .There is something in the air. . .and businesses are already decorating with mums, pumpkins, corn stalks, gourds, and anything that sets the stage for FALL. . .
I think we are all a BIT tired of summer. . .and looking forward to some cooler weather. . .As always, I begin gathering for FALL DECOR early. . .Now is the time to scavenge around the farm, ditches, and woods for naturals. . .My first stop was to grab the gourds I've accumulated. . .and filled three baskets with them. . .
Handmade brooms fit well in a crock. . .along with. . .(you'll never believe it). . .dried day lily stalks. . .My brown crocks will come out of storage, too. . .
Next. . .I'll be cutting cotton stalks to add to the mix. . .Some field corn. . .A little wheat. . .

I do try to use as many on-hand items as I can find. . .They don't need to be meant for FALL. . .just in the colors I'll be using. . .But. . .the pumpkins and squash I'll need to buy from a pumpkin farm, along with a few hay bales. . .
 
It will soon be another FALL at THE COUNTRY FARM HOME. . .a time of HARVEST. . .a time to be THANKFUL for so many BLESSINGS. . .
Yep. . .FALL is almost here. . .I can feel it in my 'bones'. . .
I bet you can, too?

Thursday, August 8, 2019

It's Almost Time: Fall Home Feature in Country Rustic Magazine

Has it really been a year since DJ Williams contacted me and asked to do a photo shoot of our home for the 2019 Fall Issue of Country Rustic Magazine?. . .My how time flies. . .But the issue has been sent to press and will be on news stands very soon. . .I mean VERY SOON. . .And for the first time, you'll be able to buy a copy at Walmart, Kroger, and many other mainstream stores. . .
I've already seen a PDF of The Country Farm Home feature. . .There are ten pages of photos and information about our farmhouse style. . .including how our Delta cotton farm influenced the color palette. . .how we decorate with found and natural materials. . .and the fun we have had incorporating family treasures into the mix. . .It was a treat working with DJ on this project. . .I sure learned a lot about how much time goes into a single issue, too. . .Some of you have noticed I haven't been posting as often. . .Now, you know the reason why. . .It is a lot of work. . .but so rewarding. . .
The really hard thing was not sharing photos I took that day of the shoot. . .The photographer took over 500 photos. . Until I saw which DJ selected, I didn't dare show you mine and let the cat out of the bag. . . I think I took about 200. . .But. . .I can't share many of them right now. . .because. . .
There's MORE good news. . .The Country Farm Home will be a feature in the Winter, Spring, and  Summer Issues as well. . .By that time, you should know all our tips and secrets as we have renovated and restored the old farmstead and house. . .
 

It's all beginning soon. . .Please watch for it. . .
and I'll be back later with more of the inside scoop. . .

 

Monday, July 22, 2019

A Second-But Rustic-Farmhouse Bathroom

Yes. . .we have another. . .but a more rustic. . ."bathroom". . .If you have followed The Country Farm Home for a few years, you can probably figure out from where the photos in this post came. . .Our farmstead necessary room out back. . .better known as the outhouse. . .But. . .I'm not concentrating on the outhouse itself. . .but rather providing some inspiration for rustic farmhouse baths inside your home. . .
With a huge basket, I went through Our Old Country Store and picked items I have successfully used in the farmhouse bath. . .but when in the combination of primitive walls and painted barnwood, it takes on a totally different look. . .more suitable for rustic farmhouses. . .
 Old bottles and hand towels. . .
 Ironstone pitchers. . .shabby step stools. . .a bird nest in the drinking ladle. . .a weathered fence. . .our garden bunny. . .and a wreath of soft blue to set off the stool. . .



Don't forget to add a farmhouse chair, too. . .a plain and simple one. . .

Here is another idea. . .I'm never happy with just one. . .I started with a mannequin wearing Grandmother's nightgown. . .added cotton stalks to a shabby ice cream bucket. . .a smaller bucket to the side. . .And notice the blue bird perched on the fence. . .It picks up the blue in the smaller bucket. . .
I think I will give you a peek of the outside, too. . .because the wooden wash tub would make a fine accent in a primitive, rustic or farmhouse setting. . .

And in the window. . .it's Old Spice and another ironstone pitcher. . .


The secret to making everything work is plenty shades of white. . .
with touches of a pastel. . .
Lots of texture. . .and bringing a little of the outside in. 

Most of all, just have fun with it. . .
Make it your own. . . and throw away the rules. . .

I do. . .

Monday, June 24, 2019

Love These Tea Boxes For A Unique Sofa Table

The photo doesn't look like The Country Farm Home? . . .It's not. . .but I'm thinking about getting a set of these Tea Boxes for it. . .I just love them. . .They were handmade for us by our friends at Sassafras Creek Originals and are now in our home at Ste. Genevieve. . .

They are the handiest things I've found in a long time. . .I am such a "paper lover". . .magazines, books, writing pads, journals. . .that I always have more than I have room for in a basket. . .it overflows onto the floor. . .Now. . .at our Heil House, I can hide it all where it is very handy. . .

Kandye and her husband Dale are both so talented. . .Her store is full of handmade and unique colonial items that in many cases can be utilized in any decor. . .I've already bought several items for The Country Farm Home from them that fit well in my plain and simple farmhouse style. . .

Yep. . .I think I might need another set for the farmhouse. . .I'm positive these will never leave our Missouri home. . .CLICK HERE TO SEE AND READ MORE. . .



Thursday, June 13, 2019

Faith-Love-Joy-Stockings-Angels-Christmas


What a title combination of words, huh?. . .but I bet I got your attention, didn't I? . .I just couldn't wait for the winter season to show you. . .I am so impatient. . .sometimes. . .and what's wrong with having Christmas in June. . .? ? ?
Faith. . .Love. . .and Joy are needed the year round. . .as are Cotton Bolls and Baby's Breath. . .in our Farmhouse anyway. . .

But. . .a stocking, too?
To tell you the truth. . .I've been photographing again for Country Rustic magazine. . .for the 2019 Christmas issue. . .It is forever strange to me having to look ahead two seasons from now. . .but I am getting more accustomed to it. . .And I'm also getting better in developing vignettes that I can possibly let remain set up. . .as with the bathroom shelf. . .If not for the stockings below, it could be intended as a year round display. . .with its soft message pillows. . .the cotton. . .and baby's breath. . .none of which are especially "Christmas". . .

And. . .Mom continually commented that Angels were needed all year round. . .not just at Christmas. . .She always had some of her collection scattered throughout the house, no matter what season it was. . .


True. . .a Christmas tree is a little harder to explain. . .hmmmm. . .I suppose it will have to be stored in the closet until the proper time. . .
But. . .now I ask you. . .
Do I really have to take my stocking down? 




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