Friday, October 31, 2014

Outside In: The Story of a Pair of Vintage Doors

 
This is the story of a pair of wrought iron screen doors,
handmade circa 1948. . .One for a Mom and Dad's front door. . .
and one for the newly married daughter who lived behind them.
 
The Mom and Dad were Alice and Earl Magers. . .my grandparents.
The daughter and husband were Irene and Curtis Duncan. . .my parents.
 
 
The doors served the owners well for many years. . .until security and storm doors came on the market.
Then the beautifully crafted wrought iron doors were removed and stored in the barn. . .
where pigeons roosted. . .mice made their winter nests. . .
years of dust and dirt and grime built up on their swirls and turns. . .
Gone. . .forgotten. . .


UNTIL. . .
 
The Farmer's Daughter, who loved to climb and poke around in the barn lofts,
discovered the aged and dirty doors under stacks of cast-off tin and cypress. . .
That was the day their new life began.
 
She talked her Super Carpenter Honey into replacing the rotted wood. . .
Then she scrapped and painted the old doors to their former beauty. . .
and added them to her 1930s Farm Manager's home. . .
the "M" on the front. . .the "D" on the back.
 
And there they remained for many years. . .
Until time and the elements worked away much of their wooden frames. . .
So much so that only the handmade wrought iron could be salvaged. . .and brought inside. . .
where the Farmer's Daughter felt they had earned the right. . .
to remain sheltered and appreciated for the rest of their lives.
 




THE END. . .OR IS IT THE BEGINNING. . .AGAIN?
 


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Dream Kitchen


If I had plans (GRIN) to build one more home in our future, this kitchen featured in the K+BB MAGAZINE would be my dream. . .I simply love it. . .It's timeless beauty. . .TIMELESS is the key word here. . .It spans decades. . .fitting a vintage farmhouse kitchen style with a few additions such as crocks and enamelware. . .to the more contemporary sleek and clean lines that you see here. . .

Basic white. . .shades of white. . .neutrals. . .touches of wood to bring a warmth and contrast. . .to take away the starkness of too much white. . .No clutter. . .Lots of natural light flooding the room. . .Let the kitchen speak for itself--classic design and top-notch materials are all that's necessary.


Now don't go telling John I'm planning another home. . .although I've told him I have one more house to build in my lifetime. . .He thinks I'm kidding. . .I think I'll leave it that way. . .You know how us gals are. . .new ideas flooding our minds. . .Blogs and Pinterest inspire us everyday. . .It doesn't mean it will happen. . .just Dreams. . .Letting the mind roam around. . .

Come to think of it. . .Is it just me or is my kitchen a lot like this one? . .As I write this post and look around. . .I realize how much our present farmhouse kitchen somewhat mimics the K+BB one. . .That was rather a shock. . .but good to know I'm happy with my style and have picked another with the same elements. . .Same color walls. . .white cabinets. . .similar feet on the lower built-ins. . .wood floors. . .a punch of black. . .Hmmmm. . .




Isn't it uncanny? . .True my kitchen reaches back to the past. . .the K+BB kitchen is more contemporary. . .Two takes on the same theme. . .and tweaked to satisfy individual tastes. . .By George. . .Have I finally settled into MY STYLE?. . . After so many years of trial and error? . . .Awesome. . . .A GOOD THING to know. . .


I think I'll keep this Dream kitchen handy, though.
I do love it.
One never knows when I might need a new plan.
Beside that. . . . .It makes me smile as I dream of new possibilities. . .

 
 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

SUNDAY: Lawdy, Lawdy


"For the most part. . .Southern religion is about decorum. We dress up right, we sit in the pews waving our fans just so, we nod when we're supposed to and whisper amen, and we sing just loud enough for the Lord, but not our neighbors, to hear us. And when the service is over, we make sure we say a kind word or two to the minister on the way out the door. . . .

Now, even those of us who've been singing Southern hymns since time began sometimes forget that that classic hymn is NOT called "All Glory, LAWD, and Honor" but "All Glory, LAUD, and Honor"! But this mix-up is purely Southern, and we'll forgive it. Other expressions you're likely to hear in a Southern church include:
"Lawd, have Mercy!"
 
"Good Lawd!"
 
"Lawdy, Lawdy, Lawdy!"
from The Grits Guide to Life
 
I'm poking a little fun at our Southern ways, but I wouldn't change my upbringing in the Church for anything. . .
Makes me want to break out in song:
 
"Do Lawd, Oh Do Lawd, Oh do you 'member me?
Oh Lawdy. . ."
 
 
(BIG GRIN)
and SUNDAY BLESSINGS. . .

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