Thursday, October 28, 2010

What a storm here at the farm-and over the country!

Wow! What a storm! Granted this tree was old and not in the best of shape but--wow did it come down. No damage to the fencing. Lost a lot of the shingles on the barn roolf. Hope everyone was safe. That is some way to bring in winter.

Stay warm and safe

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

You have to see this one!!! An Incredible Etsy Treasury!!!!

These are just a few--great collection--see it and it speaks for itself!!!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The entryway continues!!!!

This has been a work in progress for a while. Here is where we are so far.....

When you step into my home I would like you to feel welcomed and hugged in the warmth of memories that days gone by can give.

The plastered top of the entryway was painted a wheat color---appropriate for a farm. The wainscoting was painted a traditional blue/gray and then a glaze of cinnamon brown was added to give it that old, weather look. The doors that are hard to see, but roll on the black tracks you see near the top of the wall are actually the stall doors to the barn in the days it was a barn. Super idea for the bathroom!!! lol (a real stall door for the bathroom!)

THe goose makedo as well as the veggie patterns are available at PrimPatternEmporium:

The Faith Hope and Love sign as well as the candlesticks are available at:

Next week- the other end of the entryway---the mural is finished!!!!!! Hurray!!!!!--Now onto anther home project! What will it be?


Monday, October 25, 2010

A Marketplace Monday with I Sly Pond Primitives

Winter is coming and we will all be spending more time than we want to indoors. Time to make it more welcoming and comfortable.

I Sly Pond Primitives offers so many wonderful items to help make your house a home--a welcoming home.Each sign is handcrafted one at a time in our shop using the highest quality materials. We only use authentic Olde Century Milk paints on all of our signs and furniture. Most of our signs have a routed edge to create a framed look. Each sign and piece of furniture is then put through a antiquing process and finished with protective sealant. The backs are finished with stain and sawtooth hangers.

Your sign, peg racks and furniture can be done in your choice of Milk paint colors:

Barn Red
Saratoga Blue
Dark Mallard Blue
Old Clay Red
Old Parchement
Petwer Grey
Brierwood Green
Revere Green
Old Forge Yellow

Take some time to see the many items that could make your home is nice at:

Relax and enjoy


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Giveaway at Holly Ridge creations!

Please stop by Jody's Blog and find her post on a giveaway. When she reaches 100 followers- she will celebrate by having a giveaway.


Have a great Wednesday.


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Prim Decorating my Barn!

I am fortunate to live in a wonderful old - nearly 100 year old dairy barn. The construction is incredible. Now it just needs to feel like home.

It apparently was the site of many an old barn dance, as people have driven up the driveway and told me of the fun times they had here. It is good to know that it has been the site of good things.

This barn is a work in progress and I will try to share some of it here. It has not always been easy but it is worth the trouble.

The entry is nearing completion.

Here I took a new table, painted it black, distressed it and put it into action. One thing this old barn does not have is storage. I added baskets on the bottom shelf for storage of hats, mittens and work gloves, and scarves.

Each of the drawers has been assigned a purpose. One has emergency candles and matches (for the those power outages which occur often in the winter), one with electric fence testing equipment for those time when you want to make sure the fence is at full strength or to ease your mind after a storm, and the thrid hold flashlights- both hand held and head mounted ( for when you need those hands free- as for working on the fence). My grown kids like the head mounted - especially Ted---an electrical engineering major. He grew to have an understanding of electrical things as he was the go to guy here on the farm for everything electrical. lol!!!!!

p.s. The lamp on top of the table is a functioning gas lamp---always thinking of those power outages they we seem to have too many of here in the winter.

Here we attempt to combine looks and function--everything has a job!!!!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Still trying to catch up!!!

This week the great work from Judy Baily is featured here. She is a wonderful artist from the Olde Farmhouse Gathering group on Etsy.

Take some take to get to know her and the beautiful things she creates.
1. What is the name of your Etsy shop and why did you choose that name?
I have had the name of 'Foxglove Folkart' for about 12 years or so now, ever since I began to sell my hand painted items. The reason I chose Foxglovefolkart' way back when, is because I love gardening, and Foxgloves are a flower I just love, but never had much luck with. Well, if I can't have the flower every year, I got the name ,lol!
2. How long have you been on Etsy?
Ummmmmmmm, for about a year or so.
3. What type of items do you offer?
I offer my hand painted and usually one-of-a-kind items. Everything from Shabby Chic Roses to Prim crows and Salt Box Houses. I like painting different styles, and I love painting on glass!
4. How long have you been crafting?
I've been crafting since I was a kid. I learned to sew in school, fell in love with that and ever since have made my own and others clothing. I have also at one time or another, done ceramics, macrame, embroidery, doll making, cross stitching, played with Polymer Clay (Sculpy), and I still am an avid knitter and crocheter. I also used to do A LOT of quilting, and still have a fabric stash to prove it,lol! I need something to do with my hands when watching the 'boob tube' at night with hubby. I taught myself to paint about 13 years ago, soon after a car accident. I'm an x-truck driver by profession, but after the accident, I couldn't drive my personal vehicle any distance, let alone the Highway trucks we used to own. One day, I don't know exactly where, or when, I saw some decorative painted ornaments, and I think it may have been in a magazine I seen them in, but I was intrigued. Since then, I've bought tons of pattern books, paints,packets, brushes, supplies, and my own scroll saw and sanders. I was worse for bringing home new power tools than my husband!!! ANyways, since learning to paint, it's been my main focus and a source of added income for us.
5. Who or What inspires you?
There are a few designers I just love,which include Terrye French, Ros Stalcup, Renee Mullins, Holly Hanley, Renee Mullins and more. But I've also created my own designs from time to time. As for inspiration, I suppose leafing thru my paint magazines or pattern books makes me drag out the brushes. But in general, I can't point a finger to anything definitive that inspires me, and I can't say I'v ever given it much thought, truth be told.
6. What is your favorite item in your shop and why?
I would have to say my Sap Bucket Angel is my favorite. She is my own design, and done on a 're purposed' maple syrup sap bucket. Painting on used items is a hand down fav of mine!
7. Other places where you can be found (Ebay, webstore, blog)
Just in 2 local shops. One is a make-your-own-wine shop, and I sell my hand painted wine glasses there. The other is seasonal, and called 'Cabin Savy', and located near Bala Ontario. One of the KEWELEST gift and garden shops around.
Please stop by her Etsy store and do some shopping for the holiday season.