Sunday, January 20, 2019

January Candles



Does anyone need to be told “It's WINTER?” Even in the South, we are feeling a little chilly as frost appears each morning outside the window. . .or an occasional snowflake falls from the gray sky. . .We close the shutters and drapes to ward off as much 'cold' as we can. . .It's in WINTER, when the rooms are filled with very little sunlight, bringing a kind of calm and peace to the atmosphere. . .that I find myself decorating less, but always with candles. . .


Being a Farmer's Daughter, I am no stranger to a restful WINTER. . .Once the harvest is finished in the fall. . .and the Christmas holidays are over. . .there just isn't much else to do but snuggle down for a long winter's rest. . .before the SPRING ground warms enough to start planting. . .and another year on the farm begins. . .


 


 
But until then, I'll enjoy being in. . .where it's warm. . .and cozy. . .but I will
keep my Candles burning. . .knowing that Spring is right around the corner. . .

. . .from my farmhouse to yours. . .
THE FARMER'S DAUGHTER


Monday, December 3, 2018

Simply White

 
No matter how often I try, I just can't get away from CHRISTMAS WHITES. . .I love the way it looks against our already NEUTRAL DECOR. . .and you can't beat it for the WOW factor. . .

I pulled together SHADES OF WHITE among my everyday items. . .with touches of EVERGREENS and COLOR here and there . . .So simple. . .So classic. . .

Throw in an ANGEL or two. . .and. . .


It's PLAIN AND SIMPLE FARMHOUSE at it's best. . .


WISHING YOU FARMHOUSE BLESSINGS 
DURING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON. . .



Thursday, November 29, 2018

Thoughts While Gathering the Greens



The winter lays her fingers cold
On dark and lonely nights
But Christmas it will soon be here
To usher in the light



And when morning breaks and the bells ring out
It is such a joyous sound
To hear them echo in the trees
That are green the whole year 'round


I have begun foraging for evergreen, berries, holly and ivy. . .well, just about anything I can use to decorate the house for Christmas. . .and thinking of all my Christmases past. . .Lately I have been longing for the ones of my childhood. . .the simplicity of them. . .It was a different time. . .a different era. . .but it sure does bring back good memories. . .


Like those of the outings we took about this same time each year to scour the woods and river banks for our decorations. . .no artificial wreaths. . .or plastic Christmas trees back then. . .We created our own unique blend of nature and crafts. . .The days leading up to Christmas meant more to me than all the presents under the tree. . .We did everything as a family. . church, parties, caroling, pot luck dinners. . ..and there were so many secrets as each of us created gifts for the others. . .It was a time to truly share our love for family and friends. . .So very special. . .bringing a smile as my thoughts wander on. . .

Monday, November 19, 2018

Giving Thanks

Forgive me if I point out the obvious. . .Soon it will be the Christmas holidays, and we will all be busy, busy, busy. . .But, just so we won't forget. . .THANKS GIVING does comes first. . .
For a Farmer's Daughter, Harvest is such an important time of the year. . .We have spent months and months with our crops continually on the mind. . .Too much rain. . .Not enough rain. . .Hail. . .Pests. . .Counting the days before frost. . .We worry over our livelihood as if we were a Mother watching her children grow into maturity. . .And then Fall arrives. . .the time of Harvest. . .All the nurturing has been done. . .and we hold our breath until we have those crops harvested and sold, when we can rest easy that bills will be paid in the coming months. . .Each year is a gamble. . .but one that is so fulfilling that we can't wait until Spring planting is near. . .when we gladly start the cycle all over again. . .
Harvest and Thankfulness to this Farmer's Daughter is a web woven together. . .that cannot be--and should not be--broken. . .Another year is almost over, yet I am always so humbled at the bounty that has been provided. . .So. . .will you join me and take a few moments this week to count your blessings. . .one by one. . .for family and friends. . .health and well-being. . .provisions and bounty. . .Then let's offer THANKS for each and every one. . .


I also wish to THANK YOU for following along with us during the year. . .
We do treasure each and every one of you. . .

THANKSGIVING BLESSINGS TO ALL. . .



Tuesday, November 13, 2018

A Little Bit of Christmas At The Old Company Store


OUR OLD COMPANY STORE as seen in COUNTRY RUSTIC MAGAZINE
"Ninety-seven. . .ninety-eight. . .ninety-nine. . .one dollar." I was thrilled! With the four dollars I managed to save from my allowance, I had enough money to buy the little plastic cowboys and Indians for my brother, the red suspenders and bow tie for my Dad, and the  sweet-smelling Lily of the Valley cologne for my Mom.  I gathered up the pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters and walked alone to the company store with excitement and anticipation in my every step. Even now as I transform that same mercantile into an enchanting Christmas past, it thrills the very depths of my soul. . ."
OUR OLD COMPANY STORE as seen in COUNTRY RUSTIC MAGAZINE 
And so begins my latest article written for COUNTRY RUSTIC MAGAZINE. .which has just hit the stands!!!!   Watch for it. . .because. . .there are some fantastic articles and Christmas ideas for your own traditional Christmas plans. . .Check out these article titles as seen on the Winter Issue cover. . .

We have become a family at the magazine thanks to D J Williams, our editor, who works so very hard to ensure that each magazine issue feels like home to the reader. . .and the best way to do that is to encourage the writers to write more personable themselves. . .to open up and tell their story. . .It's been a wonderful experience. . .and the good news is. . .I'll be writing for them again in 2019!!! and. . .beginning with the Fall Issue 2019, the COUNTRY FARM HOME will be featured each season for a year. . .John and I are so excited about this and I look forward to working with D J once again. . .
So. . .That's the BIG NEWS. . .that and I noticed on the calendar that it's almost Christmas. . .Time for me to start baking. . .and wrapping gifts. . .Where DID this year go?
 



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