Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The King Is In. . . .


The King of the House is on his throne. . . .
 
 
 
Hmmmm. . . .
Seems he's upset with his subjects. . . .
 
Just a little Tuesday humor.
 
Boo continues to amaze us
with his fight against and research for:
 
He has now survived every other feline in his research group of 600,
although his last flare took a toll on him.
The photos above were taken just before that flare.
 
He wants to remind you to hug your pet today.
Life is too short not to.
Treasure the moments. . .
 
. . .from HIS house to yours. . .
 
 
 


Friday, July 18, 2014

Cool Blue

I've made the farmhouse bath a cool place to be. . . .It was very simple. . . .
 
 
Blue canning jars on a shelf. . . .and. . . .
 
 
the sweetest little vintage romper. . . .
a very recent junkin' find that  has brought it all together. . . .
It's the exact color of the jars above.
 
 
Sweet and simple, isn't it?
There's another plus, too. . . .
The soft blues have made the farmhouse bath feel 
like a cool retreat from the hot summer sun.
Who knew that such a simple change would make such an impact?
Well, I love it. . . .though it may be a bit simple for some folks.
 
I'm finding that my decorating instincts are becoming simpler and simpler. . . .
'Stuff' feels chaotic. . . .'less' feels serene and peaceful.
A few years ago you never would have convinced me that I wouldn't need
all my clutter and collections around. . . .I was in a rut.
 
 Life is a series of changes, isn't it?
Ever revolving. . . .
I like to think I am, too. . . .moving on. . . .no longer stagnant. . . .
becoming who I'm meant to be.
 
 
Good News. . . .We're beginning to see some progress with our farm projects. . . .
yet. . . .there's much more to do. . . .It sometimes seems like a never ending list.
I'll continue to pop in every now and then. . . .or. . . .you can follow our progress at:
 
DUNCAN FARMSTEAD

DUNCAN FARMSTEAD @ FACEBOOK

DUNCAN FARMSTEAD @ PINTEREST

I also update from time to time at:
THE COUNTRY FARM HOME @ FACEBOOK

I'll be at one of these places!!!
Come on over and visit for a while.

Here's hoping your Summer is loaded with Farmhouse Fun. . . .
Make the most of it!
 
 
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Feed Sacks--Flowers--Wood

 
 
I'm playing with the farmhouse living room d├ęcor again. . . .or maybe I should say 'still'. . . .This is strictly playtime. . . .Making-do with what I have at hand for the moment. . . .mostly trying different looks. . . .various textures and colors. . . .bring in a little of this. . . .and a little of that. . . .testing to see if it feels right. . . .looks right. . . .and fits our lifestyle. . . .It's possible that no permanent changes will be made for a while. . . .If you'll remember, we have a floor to put down and walls to paint. . . .I'll get more serious then. . . .We have many drop-in friends during the Summer. . . .I like having a place where we can all sit comfortably and enjoy each other's conversation. . . .and I like things to be a little tidy. . .
 
First I bought a inexpensive slipcover for our old, tired couch. . . .With that tiny change I was inspired to tie the living room in with the kitchen for the Summer. . . .where I already have the theme of white--feed sacks--flowers--wood. . . .
 

 
 
 
 
I did bring pieces in from another room--but not storage. . . .This wonderful prim table is one. . . .It came out of the Crossroads Baptist Church before the building was razed a couple of years ago. . . .I simply love it. . . .The patina is fantastic. . . .and the color matches the blues in the bathroom, which is right off the living room. . . .It's too tall--I guess? . . .but I just cannot cut it down to coffee table size. . . .not now. . . .In the end, I may set the table in front of the window, with a huge bouquet of cotton bolls. . . .Boo loves a table by the window so he can watch everything that goes on outside. . . .He's not interested in going out. . . .Too hot. . . .or too cold. . . .and a lot of scary things out there!
 
 
I used feed sacks to cover pillows on the wicker settee last Summer, which is now on the back porch. . . .I decided to cover a few for the couch. . . .The big Liberty Baking Company sack is just laid across the back for now. . . .getting the feel for that, too. . . .Actually, I like it. . .Might tack it down permanently. . . .
 
 
The old packing crate came from the grocery store museum. . . .You've seen the wagon crate before. . . .This time it's keeping magazines close at hand. . . .and of course, geraniums (my favorites) with their pop of red. . . .
 
 
 
 
 I had many photos to share. . . .I don't know HOW MANY I uploaded for this post only to find that they look totally different today on Blogger. . . .But, I decided to share these with you anyway. . . . It's a beginning for the farmhouse living room. . . .I love the Plain and Simple of it. . . .No clutter. . . .Favorites all around. . . .Isn't that as a home should be? . . .After all, a Home should be one of peace and calm (if you're lucky). . . .a place of security.  . .a place to be yourself. . . .a place to make you smile.
 
I'm smiling. . . .
 
 
 
 
 
And now my Friends, I will be taking a break from The Country Farm Home blog. . . .It was a very hard decision to make, but in the end it's the only choice I have. . . .I love visiting with you. . . .sharing a little of our lives. . . .but I simply don't have the extra time that I need to do this blog justice. . . .
 
It's time for me to get busy and help prepare the Duncan Farmstead for Fall tours. . . .so much to be done and only a few months to accomplish it. . . .Renovations to complete. . . .A grocery store museum to put in order. . . .A log house to finish. . . .A shotgun house to make ready.  . . .Advertising to do. . . .The list is way too long. . . .There's only John and me. . . .sometimes a friend or two. . . .He jokes and says between the two of us, we might make one person. . . .We joke about it, but I do have fibromyalgia and often have to limit my time at physical labor. . . .John has an artificial leg. . . .He says he's old, too, but I don't believe that (grin). . . .So for the next few months I will literally be 'Gone to the Farm'. . . .If I have a few extra moments, I may pop in every now and then and add a post or two. . . .Show you what I'm doing to the house. . . as the house gets further into it's renovation. . . .and there will be mini updates on The Country Farm Home @ Facebook
 
 
There's a new blog! . . .Did I just say I didn't have time to blog? . . .Well, this one is an extension of our website that has been online for years. . . .The website already has tons of info. . . . I've found blogs to be much easier to share updates and stories. . . .and, too, it seems a little more personal. . . .

 Duncan Farmstead will be geared toward daily Farm Life--from Past to Present. . . .The projects. . . .Snaps inside the barns and grocery. . . .Local attractions. . . .Farm happenings. . . .DIY projects. . . .Gardens. . . .Pets. . . .Southern Farm Cooking. . . .Resources for Teachers. . . .We hope it will give readers insights about life on a cotton farm. . . .Postings will be made as time permits.

If you'd really like to keep up with us, LIKE us at the Duncan Farmstead @ Facebook page
and follow along all the happenings. . . .

We will continue to sell Rag Rug Looms and other goods at Our Old Country Store
 
See there. . . .I'm not totally disappearing. . . .You can still find me at any number of places. . . .but all centering here at the Farm for now. . . .This is where we are at our best. . . .It's the family legacy that we're devoted to. . . .Hope you'll pop in every now and then to see what's happening at our Duncan Farmstead. . . .
Watch for updates at The Country Farm Home, too. . . .
First update--We're Featured in MAKING IT SIMPLE (LINK BELOW)!
 
Have a wonderful Summer. . . .
I'll miss Ya'all!

 
As Always
. . . .from my farmhouse to yours. . . .
 
 
 We're featured in the Free Online Summer Edition of:
 
Creative Steps to a Siimple Life EWEnique Treasures Summer Issue June 2014

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