Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Saturday, June 17, 2017

right across the road


           I needn't go far to find my color palette....

                                       There it is.

           Literally right across the road from our farm...







Sunday, June 11, 2017

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Shhh...

There is this secret, back behind the barn...
                                                                  acres of wonder.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

my home, my heart



Dave has been in Seattle this past week with our Ian.  We both agree, 
Seattle fits Ian well.  This was my gift to Dave as he celebrates a 
milestone birthday.  They are both 1800 miles away as I type.  My heart 
resides in Mill Creek, WA...indeed.

In the midst of this week, a Maywood kindergarten friend asked where
we should go next year to celebrate our milestone birthdays that are a 
week apart.  I laughed a "seriously?"  She responded, "Hawaii, Europe?...
the flight is on me".  With her husband employed at a major airline, she is
indeed serious.  

Yesterday I traveled 270 miles round trip to a flea market in MN...I was delighted 
to go, and thankful to be home.  I actually relished the 2 hours on our riding
mower as much as the 2 hours traveling to Minnesota.

What I know is that I am a home body...and feel most content here.  I enjoy day trips,
but want to be home, in my own surrounds, at day's end.  Ian is pushing my 
boundaries, as home is now expanding to include a mountain community on the west coast.

My first answer to my friend was to travel to Norway or Sweden (and of course I would 
cover my flight)...but secretly, my heart says home.  I would need to pack my ruby
slippers.




Saturday, May 20, 2017

Lucy Lily




               I am an equal opportunity cat~momma!  



Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Daisy Grace




                 Sometimes the best part of the day is provided with a purr.



Saturday, May 13, 2017

Friday, May 5, 2017

color

I have never been timid with color.  Although I admire
the white on white palette, it has never been for me.

I am drawn to color.



Layer upon layer upon layer...

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Little Moo

There are these moments you know you will never forget...
Such was Monday evening.
Our timid patriarch goat was ill, the vet was called.
We knew what was right.
While we waited, I sat next to Little Moo, stroking the thick black fur on his neck.
We talked about his long life at his farm and how he had blessed my life.
We listened to the lullaby he had heard at dusk a thousand times...
  a leaf against the straw, the wind on the barn flaps, the coo from the silo.

Little Moo left us quietly & bravely...just as he had lived.


Monday, April 17, 2017

spring booth

Reboot in my booth at the Hixton Schoolhouse Antique Mall!
Farmhouse, cottage & cabin vintage finds await...




Wednesday, April 5, 2017

little white holder

One of my favorite finds is this sweet white holder.
Paired with vintage Easter grass & bunny & chick cutters...
adorable!

Some sweet pot holders & dish towels round out the charm.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April, sigh...

This month always brings with it a sigh of relief.
In the Midwest, it means we made it through winter.

So, I treat my home to sweet spring treats.




The vintage wicker & glass tray is perfect to show some of
my vintage spring cards.  The teapot is from my childhood
home.  The firkin was a fabulous $30 find!  And the zinc 
topped trunk provides the perfect coffee table.

Happy April!  Happy Spring!




Thursday, March 30, 2017

Saturday, March 18, 2017

spring kindness

For a number of years, "kindness" has been anonymously left at
our roadside mailbox to commemorate spring.  This year was no 
exception.  We arrived home to find this sweet vintage watering can
tucked into the evergreens that winter at our mailbox.  


Thank you dear friend, whoever you are.  You make me feel ever 
so special...and you remind me that spring always returns.  You are 
like my extra special Robin.  I am touched!


Saturday, March 11, 2017

hello sweetie!

Green - check!
Chippy - check!
Needed storage - check!

This sweet cupboard had to come home to our farm!

           Our kitchen always can use more storage!

Her "sister from another mother" lives on the other side...
           next to our hardworking jelly cupboard.

The new green cupboard freed up space in the jelly 
            cupboard...cleaned & reorganized!

Green, green, green!  Be still my happy heart! The new 
cupboard can be seen on the left next to the fridge. 
Kitty ribbon on the floor...they love the kitchen too!


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Oops, I did it again...

I found a second French enamelware pitcher for an
incredible price.  Was all set to resell....then it found a spot
with the blue one in my farmhouse.

Keeper...at least for awhile!



Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Sunday, February 26, 2017

soon...



    Anxiously awaiting warm green days!



Wednesday, February 22, 2017

gentle farewell

Saying goodbye to a pet is just never easy.  Over the years we
have become very attached to all of our dear hearts...even those
that call the barn home. 

In the early morning hours, dear Chestnut Violet ~ one of our oldest kittens
born on this farm passed on.  She will be greeted in a heavenly meadow by many
beloved siblings and one Taffy goat.

We will miss you Nutskie...




May her memory be for a blessing.



Sunday, February 19, 2017

check!

I have had "make a new sink skirt" on my list for just
about forever!  Today I decided to officially check it off.

This sink is original to our 1857 farmhouse...and quite
likes to dress up in sweet fabric.  The blue floral top edge
mimics the fabric I used at the two windows in the 
kitchen.

What you won't see is the rough line of stitches holding
the pleats to Velcro.  I broke 4 needles in process.  I used
my vintage lace trick to cover up the unsightly stitches.

She is a happy little sink in a happy little kitchen!


Saturday, February 18, 2017

spring on my mind


Our sweet little property in Winter, Wisconsin.  Can almost feel spring!


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sunday, February 12, 2017

I heard the crows call...

I am this odd personality...in the Myers-Briggs world, a rare INFJ.
I see a lot of things in metaphor and/or analogy.
In a world that often makes no sense, I will walk into the fire...not afraid to share my opinion, but often will be my own worst critic when I do.

My husband, Dave, is my opposite, my shadow personality.  He doesn't overthink (like me)...but takes action.  In my eyes, he is heroic.  He, too, is a protector.  When we hear the coyote at night...he will just go out and shoot into the air ~~ scattering them from our farm.


The other morning, as I was getting ready for the day ahead, I heard the crows call.  This is
always an ominous sound to me.  There is a good reason a group of crows is called a 
"Murder of Crows".  I watched where they flew...to the side of the road between our farm & 
the next.  I assumed they had found a carcass to pick at.  My disdain was obvious as I made
sure to go that way to work.  I promised myself I could even take on crows...fighting back
their selfish greed.  Metaphor.  Analogy.  Thus is the world of an INFJ.  If I can't wrap my 
mind around how exactly we fix the greater good, let me take off after the crows.  I may
just learn a lesson along the way.

Moral of the story...do not let coyote or crows intimidate you.  




Sunday, February 5, 2017

little hearts

   A little table near the window in our livingroom is host
   to sweet nods to Valentines Day...


Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Big Red Barn



In the winter, all the barn cats come home--even my 
traveling Luna.  We open the inside stairs to the hayloft 
so they have more space to hang out.  

This winter we have an extra cat, Patches...an older boy that 
now calls this barn home.  He was cautious around me at first, 
but now let's me pat his head, following me around with a raspy meow.

One of my favorite times of the day is when I get home from
work.  I am always greeted by a small herd of cats, anxious
for a refresher of food & water, a kind word & touch and a reminder
that this big red barn is their home.


Sunday, January 29, 2017

golden

29 years ago, this boy stold my heart...he calls me mom.

           Happiest Golden Birthday to my Ian!

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