Tuesday, July 29, 2014


It has been a beautiful summer so far here on the farm, not too hot.  Atticus is in his usual spot, wherever I am.  Funny boy, he just loves to be near you all the time, which is adorable except when his plops his 115lb. body on my feet.

The gardens are looking quite nice this summer, although when the huge trees fell in the back my herb garden was ruined for this season.  We are rebuilding the raised beds in the Fall so I will have a brand new Herb Garden next Spring.

I love to repurpose things and the old work table was perfect to put on the terrace porch, I made the Garden sign 15 years ago and it still looks great.

We spend a lot of time in the screened room, it is perfect on the really hot days, although there have not been too many of those yet.  The bed was our son's when he was little now our grandaughter plays Barbies on there.  My $20 sofa is still going strong, best thrift store buy ever!

I freshened up the porches with a coat of Provence Blue Paint.  I got tired of the Burgandy doors ( which were suppose to be red) and the black bench's and tables.  It looks so summery now I just love it.

The strawberries were especially sweet this season due to all of the rain....yummm!  My antique rose put on a wonderful show I wish it lasted more that a couple of weeks though, they smell heavenly.  They have probably been here as long as the farm, 235 years!

As I have mentioned in previous posts I have changed my way of eating and lost 55 lbs. since the end of September.  It is coming off at around 1 lb. a week sometimes a little more and it is staying off.  Being a vegetarian everyone thinks that it is a challenge but I have become very regimented with my meals.  One way I organize food is to make big batches for a few days worth of meals.  This is a stir fry of all kinds of good veggies which I will eat in wraps, with salads or as a stir fry.  For me it is working great, I really do feel better and I have so much energy.

Must dash, we are doing the bedroom floor today and as you can see we need to redo the porch too, although Atticus does not mind the conditions it is comfy for him.  Have a lovely day everyone!

Saturday, July 26, 2014


Well hello there!  I know I have been M.I.A. for most of the summer but it has been a crazy one so far.  As you know we have been renovating the upstairs of the farmhouse.  It just seemed to take so long!  I find that smaller spaces are really tough sometimes and tend to take longer than a big room.  Well at long last, after designing, discussing and arguing, the closet/computer/cozy up in the winter room is finally finished.

Let's start top to bottom.  The sky ceiling made it from the old garden room.  Since the room is so small, around 8 by 9', painting the ceiling and walls cream would have made it look like a box so I left the clouds to see how it would look and I love it, I still have a little bit of my garden room with me.

Now for the floors, oh how I love these floors!  We had never stripped them, they were always painted since we moved in over 30 years ago.  The last paint job was a deep moss green so when we started to strip them and the green was in the nooks and crannies it looked just fabulous.  My sweet husband painstakingly hand sanded these to keep as much of the patina as possible.  All I did later was one coat of good varnish.  I am so happy with them, they remind me of floors from an old factory.

Now for the "office" part of the room.  This is a gorgeous oak table that my great-grandmother inherited from her mother, which she brought from England with her.  It sat in front of the diningroom window for years, covered in plants.  Needless to say the top was a mess so I sanded it down and left the bottom.  A bit on oil and voila, back to it's original glory.  I do not know if my great grandmother knew it but in the front of the desk the panel opens and it is a drawer, a very nice surprise for me, now all of my computer stuff is hidden.

I have had the ladder back chair in our bedroom for years.  Basically it has been my husband's clothes hanger.  It is very sturdy so now it is my desk chair.  The shutters made it from the garden room as well, I am so glad they fit after we built the closet,  hubby made those too.  The great celadon green lamp was a very cheap HomeSense find.

This is the "cozy up in winter" part of the room.  We like to sit up here in the winter and watch movies on the computer.  I had this sofa from Ikea, very comfy, it was a brick red.  I reupholstered it in this amazing Suzani fabric I found for the reduced price of $3.99 a yard!  If I do say so myself I would buy this sofa if I saw it in a store, I am very pleased with the results.  The beautiful art were paintings I found online and just had to have them.  I searched until I found posters and framed them.  I love how the one women appears to be looking at the other woman feed her Raven, who is wearing a crown.  The fantastic wooden lamp with the burlap shade was reduced to $19.95 at HomeSense.

I have some treasures in my room too.  My grandmother always talked about a postal rack she had in the chicken coop, where she stored items for her Anitque Store, that she was holding on for herself and would never sell.  I never did see it and now I know why.  When we were loading up things from my Uncle's house we were in the garage and my husband found a pile of old wood.  Being restorers of old things we never throw anything away.  Thank goodness my sweet guy saw that pile of wood because low and behold it was the postal rack in pieces.  He put all the pieces together and just wiped it down.  I knew it would be perfect in my studio but once the closet room was finished it was if the empty wall was made for it.  I filled it with some of hubby's collection of Nature Craft figures which I have given him for memorable occassions like the birth of our son.

The pretty plates were a gift from my Grandmother and the dog nutcracker was something that sat on my Great Grandmother's fireplace front, I played with it all the time.  It is one of the few things that my Great Uncle did not sell off, I think of her every time I sit at my desk.

This poster of "The Flock" is something I bought so long ago I don't remember where I purchased it.  I found it rolled up with some of my son's artwork, it now hangs proudly above my desk.

TA DA!  First I must say that I am so lucky to have a talented husband who is willing to build whatever crazy things I come up with, mostly without complaint.  And now here is my closet.

It goes right across the back of the room, three doors, one section for shoes and boots and the rest for my new wardrobe (I am now 55 lbs. down and counting) .  We made the closet look like an old armoire, I wore it out and used our signature curved bottom we put on most of our furniture.  The knobs were a real good find at Michael's of all places, for a mere $1.50 each!  Inside the door I hung all of my necklaces on little hooks with an old scarf behind them because they made a lot of noise when I closed the door.  I collect them from thrift stores and either repurpose them for my Etsy shop or I also like to buy really long ones and wrap them around my wrist for a cool bracelet.  The print was a $9.99 buy from HomeSense it reminded me of Audrey Hepburn from Breakfast at Tiffany's.

I hope you have enjoyed the tour.  Redecorating does not have to be a big expense.  By doing everything ourselves, repurposing things we had and watching for bargains, like the lamps, this redo was well under $500.00 that includes the fabric for the sofa. 

Now we are almost done the bedroom and it is really going to be gorgeous.  I picked up the ocean green stain for the floor yesterday so stay tuned.