Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Fun is in the Living Room Planning




"I collect things I love and they live happily together. . ."




























MY FAVS. . .

AND A. . .

'NUF SAID. . .
 

. . .from my farmhouse to yours. . .

 
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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Real Simple Style


What? Not Plain and Simple Farmhouse Style?. . .Not today my friends. . .Today there's a spotlight on Debi Rosin's REAL SIMPLE STYLE. . .but I think you'll see an awful lot of similarities. . .

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It was a chilly, gray day Sunday afternoon. . . I needed something to cheer me--some small effort of change that wouldn't be an all day affair--but something big enough that it brought smiles. . .The first thing I did was clear out most of the Winter decor. . .Our Spring is getting close. . .I hope. . .Then I stood back and looked at the empty spaces, thinking to myself that I needed inspiration. . .hopped onto the internet and checked out Debi's blog REAL SIMPLE STYLE. . .It's often my go-to place. . .Our styles are so similar. . .She says she borrows ideas from my blog. . .What she doesn't know until now is that I do the same with hers. . .


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Her home is so lovely. . .It's simple. . .uncluttered. . .farmhouse. . .You'd never guess that she lives in Montana and not right here on our Delta farm. . .


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Have you spotted my inspiration piece, yet? . .As I scrolled through the posts, my eyes spied the aprons hanging from pegs on Debi's back porch. . .

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Made my heart flutter. . .A good place to start, I thought. . .I couldn't match her display exactly. . .so they are not 'two peas in a pod'. . .but very close, don't you think?


LEARN FROM OTHERS, YET MAKE IT YOUR OWN. . .that's the real secret to decorating in any style. . .

I was interested in getting to know Debi a little more and how her REAL SIMPLE STYLE came about. . .Here's a little of what she said:
"We live in my husband's grandparents 1930's bungalow.  I have done all the remodel and refreshing projects myself. I have power tools that would make most men jealous. My most recent was the bathroom. (It is explained in a blog post. . .) I'm a lover of all things vintage. I like you and many decorators. . .am constantly changing, rearranging,  painting and fluffing."
Debi has seven grandchildren who live close by. . .three dogs--all senior citizens--a Rottweiler and two pugs. . .She spends a lot of time in her yard tending to flower beds when the Montana weather allows. . . Whee. . .Where does she find the time to decorate?


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If you hop over to REAL SIMPLE STYLE to see more of her amazing decorating inspiration, be sure and click on the links from earlier years. . .She began with almost a blank slate and documents the ever evolving farmhouse style in her home. . .
Thanks so much, Debi, for permission to use your photos. . .Whether we call our styles PLAIN AND SIMPLE FARMHOUSE or REAL SIMPLE, we sure seem to be cut from the same fabric. . .Thanks to your inspiration, seeing the aprons hanging in my kitchen makes me smile. . .







Friday, February 13, 2015

Sweets for the Sweetie


It's VALENTINE'S DAY--almost. . .The sweetest day of the year. . .


I wanted to make something special for my Honey. . .something that's a bit more man-ly than a box of candy. . .something that you could quickly make for your SWEETIES, too. . .


I've been going a little crazy lately making trail mixes. . .For years I've searched the store shelves for trail mixes for myself without so much sugar and preservatives when one day it dawned on me, "I can make my own !" . .with lots of nuts and sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds and unsweetened coconut flakes. . .ingredients such as that. . .I loved it. . .John loved it. . .So this VALENTINE'S DAY I decided to make a special trail mix for him. . .True, it's full of  'sugar'. . .but hey. . .it's VALENTINE'S DAY. . .SWEETS FOR THE SWEETIE are okay for a special day.


I gathered together lots of red and white. . .yogurt covered raisins, vanilla flavored red and white chips, salted peanuts, almonds, unsweetened coconut. . .a few dried cranberries, too. . .It needed a little chocolate. . .Honestly, it's not VALENTINE'S DAY without chocolate, is it? . .Semi-sweet chocolate chips and crushed peppermint candy did the trick. . .all mixed together and packaged in a large Ball jar and a VINTAGE VALENTINE. . .just like the one's so popular when we grew up. . .I think the Honey will love it. . .I think you will, too. . .Adjust the mix to your own taste and have fun with it. . .There's still time to make a batch for YOUR SWEETIE before tomorrow. . .




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