Friday, February 5, 2016

Rag Rug Loom Gift Sets Available for Purchase Through Valentine's Day

 
 
It's almost the DAY OF LOVE. . .Candy, Flowers, Cards. . .A Special Holiday for those SPECIAL PEOPLE. . To celebrate we've put together six Rag Rug Loom GIFT SETS--five Mini Loom Gift Sets and one 2N1 Loom Gift Set. . .They'll be available for purchase through FEBRUARY 14 only. . .They'll disappear after that.
 
 
 
 
 
 


Thursday, February 4, 2016

Love That Farmhouse Denim

 
Everyone who loves DENIM raise your hand.
(Both of my hands are raised. . .grin)
 
I needed a pick-me-up for the FARMHOUSE this week. . .Something that promised Spring was coming. . .Something comfy and cozy feeling. . .Something utilizing what I already had on-hand.
 
I was thinking about this as I sewed up a few more MINI RAG RUG LOOM GIFT SETS for VALENTINE'S DAY. . .noticing that the ones I favored were SOFT DENIM BLUES. . .and suddenly realizing how nice those soft blues looked with neutrals. . .As we all know, denim can come in a lot of different shades. . .but MY STYLE appeared to be the softer hues.
 
 
Actually, my LOVE and RESPECT for DENIM has evolved gradually. . .
I was reminded with the gift bags that little by little
I had incorporated DENIM into my PLAIN AND SIMPLE FARMHOUSE STYLE all along  . . .
The difference this time was settling on the WORN AND FADED SOFT BLUES. . .
instead of a hodge-podge of colors. . .Maybe an occasional darker denim to make things interesting. . .MAYBE.
 
Sometimes an obvious idea is overlooked. . .DENIM CLOTHING has always been a huge favorite on our COTTON FARM. . .Denim IS made from cotton, you know. . .(duh--another no brainer I missed)
 
 
So. . .I began gathering together the worn, faded, frayed denims. . .stacked up in the sewing room. . .to see what I could do.
 
The FARMHOUSE BATH was the first to get a make-over. . .
It was the obvious choice since it already had SOFT BLUE WAINSCOTING. . .
 
 
Gertie and Mamie got new duds. . .mixing together LACE, LINENS, COTTONS, and DENIM. . .
Blue JARS. . .and denim tied SOAP. . .LOVED IT. . .
 
Moving on to the KITCHEN. . .another realization.. . .I already had a denim blue vintage bucket and a blue prim cabinet. . .
All I needed to do was add POPS OF DENIM to the room. . .
 
 
My enthusiasm grew. . .
INSPIRING me to make new(?) KITCHEN TOWELS to add to the mix. . .
Again, I grabbed possibilities close at hand. . .bought at yard sales last Summer.
 
 
There's NO RULE that we must buy our KITCHEN TOWELS. . is there?
If there is, then I'm a REBEL. . .
because this TOWEL was made from the back of a man's DENIM SHIRT. . .
and parts and pieces from others. . .LOVE IT. . .
 
 
I was on a roll. . .On to the living room for a few ACCENTS there. . .
as the entire house began to come together. . .
 
 
An afternoon spent. . .and see the results!!!
From now on, I'll be looking at the SOFT BLUE DENIMS in a different way. . .but will use them as ACCENTS. . .not as the primary focus. . .NEUTRALS continue to rule here. . .Yet. . .Simple POPS OF COLOR do freshen up the OLE' FARMHOUSE. . .
at no real cost. . .only a little elbow grease. . .
 
How about you?
Would DENIM DECOR work for you?
It's PLAIN. . .SIMPLE. . .and LIVING EASY APPROVED.
Worth considering?
 
 
 
 


Saturday, January 30, 2016

BOTTLE TREES: A Southern Tradition for Your Spring Garden


Have you joined the BOTTLE TREE craze? . .It's not too early to be thinking about SPRING PLANTING and GARDEN DECOR. . .It might be cold and snowy now but soon we'll have warm weather and be itching to get outdoors. . .A bottle tree is one choice I plan to add to OUR yard. . .
 
 
John and I spent several days this week at the early 20th century HOPSON PLANTATION in Mississippi. . .We 'lived' in a SHARECROPPER'S HOUSE for three days. . .Nothing frilly or fancy. . .but 'MAKE-DO' and COMFORTABLE. . .It was warm enough that we often sat on our porch and looked out over the entire plantation. . .Right smack dab in our line of view was this lovely BOTTLE TREE. . .reminding me of my intention each year to add one to our farmstead . . .Never seems to happen. . .but I have hope for this year. . .It's a long established SOUTHERN TRADITION. . .and one I would like to continue. . .
 
Photo by Eudora Welty, 1930s
 
The LEGEND goes that empty GLASS BOTTLES were placed outside the home, close to the entryway, to capture spirits (usually evil ones) that roam the night. . .These NIGHT SPIRITS are lured into the bottles and trapped until the early morning SUNLIGHT destroys them. . .It's a legend that was deeply rooted in the beliefs of the African American slaves who worked on the plantations. . .but one that  many workers adopted. . .Often the first thing SHARECROPPERS did upon arrival to their shack was to scavenge the area for DEAD TREES or large LIMBS to securely 'plant' close to the door. . .Garbage piles were rummaged for COLORED BOTTLES, the BLUE ones being considered the best. . .According to Folk Lore, BLUE is the most powerful of any color. . .Since that time, BOTTLE TREES have come to be a symbol of the RURAL SOUTH. . .Thanks to Pinterest and the internet, the interest has spread literally around the world. . .
I like this DELTA TRADITION not only for it's deep-seated history. . .but because they are FUN, ECONOMICAL  and colorful works of FOLK ART. . .
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bottles to trap those IMPISH SPIRITS aren't limited to trees. . .They can be placed around the doorway in a number of ways. . .
I have a board on PINTEREST with a few more ideas. . .Some of them are quite unique. . .
CLICK HERE to see some very ingenious displays. . .
 
Here's one idea we found on the plantation. . .
This rack is attached close to a door. . .Actually, there were bottles on either side of the entry.
Doesn't look as if a 'haint' has a chance to enter this dwelling.

 
 
After spending several days in our little SHARECROPPER'S HOUSE, John and I came to the conclusion that whether the bottle trees are for one's ENJOYMENT. . .or to ward off those IMPISH LITTLE CREATURES. . .the legend must be TRUE. . .We never saw a single NIGHT SPIRIT the entire time we spent at Hopson. . .although. . .I did have a visit from a GHOST CAT early one morning. . .but that's a story for another time. . .(a wink and a grin)
 
 
 

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