"Life is amazingly good when it's simple and amazingly simple when it's good." ~ Terri Guillemets

Thursday, November 29, 2012

December's Coming!

Yes, December's coming...ready or not!
With the beginning of the new month almost upon us, 
I wanted to throw in a reminder that the Old Time Party will be happening this coming Monday.

It will be a little special this month as I've been asked to join in the 'Creating Christmas' blog hop with
Traci at Fishtail Cottage doing Natural Christmas decor on Dec. 11
Jann at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson doing Vintage Christmas decor on Dec. 13.

So exciting! And me? I'll be doing Farmstyle Christmas decor on Dec. 3 at our Old Time Party.
I'll show you mine if you show me yours!
Here's your chance to add your farm style for the holidays to the Old Time Party.
Of course all pickers, crafters, and healthy homemakers will still be in on the fun.

And do ya remember that I'm adding the giveaway into the mix?
Whole bunch of fun all rolled into one.
Lots coming up this Monday.
Hope to see you there!

Farmhouse hugs,

Monday, November 26, 2012

Farm Fresh Feature - November 2012

Let's all give 
The Farmer's Daughter at The Country Farm Home a farm fresh welcome! 
She has graciously agreed to share her story and her farm with us for our first Farm Fresh Feature.

I adore The Farmer's Daughter. 
And so will you.
Let's get to our interview...shall we!  

What would you like to share with us today?

           I’d love to share a little about our farm—show you around the place.

Do you have a name for your farmhouse/homestead?

In 2007, the entire farm complex was designated and listed on the National Register of Historic Places as The Widner-Magers Farm Historic District. The Country Farm Home is just one of fourteen buildings located within the five acre district.

 What farm fresh style do you embrace?
Plain and Simple Farm Style—inside and out. A little primitive, a little Shaker, a little  Delta folk style, and a lot of “make-do” and “can-do”.

(1930's Door)

(Cotton Art)

Tell us a little about your space.
We’re located on a 500 acre cotton farm in Northeast Arkansas. My Grandfather bought the farm in 1930 and built the house we live in for his manager (who was also his brother-in-law) the same year. He also built all the barns, the farm shop, and several out buildings in the early 30s.  After he passed away in 1957, my father took over the farm.

(Magers Barn)

(Corn Crib, 1910 Barn, Shop)

Although we never lived on the farm—our home was “in town”—I spent many summers roaming around in these barns and sheds. Through the years, I had the dream of returning one day and restoring the old farm buildings and living in the farmhouse. A series of events made the dream a reality in 2004. That was also the year I made the mistake (?) of bringing John from Virginia to see where I grew up and to show him my farm. He took one look and didn’t want to leave. He quit his job at Colonial Williamsburg—I took a leave of absence—and we moved to Arkansas. We’ve been here ever since. I still have a hard time getting him off the farm! It’s a laid back, easy-going place to live.

(Grocery Museum)

(Corn Crib)

Please tell us more. What have you done? Any future plans?

What haven’t we done is the question! All of the barns and buildings had to be renovated or restored. Our goal was to put the farm back to the 1930s cotton plantation style and to preserve the history of our local farming community. We were so blessed to have my Dad’s input and 1000’s of his photographs to help us accomplish our goal.

Our home was the only building that was changed somewhat from the original. Here it is in 1951. 

The front of the house is to the right. The porch was enclosed in the 1960s, adding a third bedroom.

Here it is today. . . .


We added ten feet onto the back of what is now the keeping room, also a “breeze-way” off the keeping room connecting the house with the new garage. Then we added a porch around the original house on three sides—still in the manner of a Delta home—but not original. In my mind’s eye, I’ve seen that exact same porch on it ever since I was a child.

Inside, the layout remained the same as it was in the 1930s. Based on a four-square Craftsman style, it had no indoor bath or closets. We moved the bathroom off the back porch (I’m serious) and put it in one of the three bedrooms. 

Then, we removed all the kitchen cabinets and started with an open room for the kitchen. 

(Kitchen Cabinet)

The orange shag carpet had to go—not a surprise—and the original cypress floors were restored in the living room and one bedroom. John began crafting the cabinetry to look as if they were old. 

(Living Room)

Along the way we began filling the house with vintage items that were appropriate for the 1930s era. A friend of ours dug up the iron bathtub in his flower bed so that we could refinish it for the bath. The sink is a dresser we found in the barn.

We found the original, hand-made paneled interior doors under the barn—one of which had three bullet holes in it. Wouldn’t that make a great story! We also found glass door knobs and vintage brass hinges. A chandelier for the bath came out of my Mom’s home. The furniture was mostly family pieces. The rest came from junkin’ in Arkansas, Missouri, Tennessee, and Kentucky.

We recently finished the keeping room/kitchen. Next on the list is the living room. Right now, it’s an eclectic mix of hand-me-downs in a cottage style. I’m ready to change all that into my newest love—plain and simple Farmhouse style—much like the keeping room.

(Chamber of Commerce Tour)

 At one time, we were allowing groups to tour our home, as well as the other buildings, so I tried to keep everything very 30-ish. Now, it’s only on special occasions that anyone sees inside our house. I’ll never be a person who is comfortable living in a new home or with all new furniture and accessories—but, I don’t mind mixing in new trends and ideas in small doses.  One lesson I’ve learned over the years from owning several homes is that if I stick to the basics—white or light walls, neutral fixtures, wood floors—it’s very easy to go from one style to the next--almost on a whim. So, it will be fairly easy to change the living room. I want the feel of an early, simple farmhouse. It’s a style that both John and I feel right at home. 

What is your favorite spot within the space you are sharing today and why?

My favorite spot would have to be the keeping room, with its huge open hearth fireplace. The entire room just makes me smile when I walk in. It’s also the only room that is totally completed.

Do you have any collections, interests, and/or hobbies that you would like to share?

Well, I’m an “old soul”, so I collect anything vintage. Probably the one collection I’ve stayed with all these years would have to be my vintage clothing collection. I don’t care what era, if it’s old—and reasonable—I’m buying it!

(Clothing from the 1900-1940's)

What do you cherish the most about your farm fresh life?

The simplicity of the life we’ve made here—the simplicity and the feeling of being a part of the family legacy. Living with old things and preserving history is in my blood. Living on our family farm is certainly a dream come true.

Where can we find you?
I have two blogs with links to Facebook on each of them:
Two websites: widner-magers.org and dellarkansas.com

Thank you so much, The Farmer's Daughter, for sharing your farm with us today.
Hope y'all take the time to visit her.
And thank you so much for stopping by at our first Farm Fresh Feature!
I hope you enjoyed it as much as I have.

The next Farm Fresh Feature will be January 28 
since we will taking December off due to the holiday.

Sharing at...

Fresh farmhouse hugs to you,

Saturday, November 24, 2012


The countdown has begun for the first
Farm Fresh Feature!

Monday, November 26
Featuring The Farmer's Daughter at
The Country Farm Home

Sneak peeks:

You'll have to come back here on Monday to see what this sweet little building is, 
to read an enjoyable journey of coming home, 
and to view her farmtastic decor! See ya soon!

Farmhouse hugs,

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

May you take the time to pause and give thanks for the blessings in your life.

Fat holiday hugs from the farmhouse,

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Up Close and Personal

We are going to get up close and personal this coming Monday, November 26th.
It will be our first Farm Fresh Feature! 
The Farmer's Daughter over at The Country Farm Home so graciously agreed to be our first guest. Love her! She is just so full of farm charm.

So mark your calendars.
Monday, November 26th.
First Farm Fresh Feature.

Oh, and if ya know anyone else that should be featured in the future, I'm a listenin'.
There will be no Farm Fresh Feature in December due to being Christmas Eve,
but we'll pick up again in the new year.

Big ole farmhouse hugs,

Monday, November 19, 2012

Party #2 Features and a Winner!

Thanks to all those who joined up at the November Old Time Party!
Appreciate your support and we are growing...slowly, but surely.
Nothing like a little farm fun.

And now for a little farmhouse love. 
Today, I will be featuring the most viewed in each category.

The most viewed in the "Callin' All Pickers" category- 

She's been tweaking her goodies to give them holiday appeal. 
Such a cute little Ball jar now in a Christmas mood. Go see!

The most viewed in the "Callin' All Crafters" category-

Check out how she does white washing for old wood. Nice to know if you have some old wood projects. Gives that wood a little face lift. :)

And the most viewed in the "Callin' All Healthy Homemakers" category-

You need to see her organizing skills. And better yet? Go check out her collections...wow!

If you were featured, you are more than welcome to grab this featured button or the one in the sidebar containing the code.

I'm sure you are all waiting to hear who the winner of the 
bead board and chalkboard hearts is. Drum roll please...

Congratulations Cindy at Cynthia Lee Designs!!!
Waving to Cindy! Email me, my friend!

Small Announcement-
Starting in December, the Old Time Party and Giveaway will be held the first two weeks every month instead of the first three. The first Monday of the month will be the Old Time Party and also the reveal of the  Giveaway. Join the party to get your farm gal/guy on. Visit three party participants and leave a comment to qualify for the Giveaway. The second Monday of the month will be the Old Time Features and the announcement of the Giveaway winner. This set up will be easier and more fun for all of us.

One More Announcement-
The Old Time Party next month will also be a 'Creating Christmas Party'.
I'm joining Jann at Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson
and Tracie at Fishtail Cottage.
See the sidebar button at the top for the dates and details.
I'm honored to be asked to share my farmhouse Christmas decor.
Mark your calendars!

Have a wonderful week!
Sendin' out farmhouse hugs,

Friday, November 16, 2012

Last day to enter the giveaway.

Just sayin'...

Sending out farmhouse hugs to last ya all weekend,

Wednesday, November 14, 2012


'An open home, an open heart, here grows a bountiful harvest' ~ Judy Hand

My porch in its natural state...
little spiderwebs tucked away in crevices,
fall leaves scattered here and there,
and mulch thrown about due to squirrels digging in my containers.
I like it and to me it says welcome even in its natural state. 

Joining up at Share Your Cup Thursday!

Farmhouse hugs,

Monday, November 12, 2012

Sweet & Simple Giveaway #2

Monday morning y'all!
Time for another Sweet & Simple giveaway here at Old Time Farmhouse!
Whoo-hoo, I'm so excited!!!

This month I'm pleased to be giving away...not one, not two, 
but six bead board hanging hearts. Each heart measures a good 5 1/4" tall and
is topped with a rustic twine hanger. And...

not only that, but they have chalkboard painted backs. 

Two fun farmhouse looks with each heart!
You can leave them as is or embellish them to your heart's desire.

I must say that I had so much fun making these that I'm pretty sure I will have bead board hearts 
available when I open the Old Time Farmhouse shop.
You may remember that my first giveaway consisted of stuffed hearts.
What can I say? I do like hearts.

Now, how to win? Here's the deal...
*You must be a follower before you can enter. 
*Go to the Old Time Party #2  from last Monday and visit at least 3 links of party participants to give them some friendly farm love. 
*Come back here and leave '1 comment only' that you shared the love. You can comment how many visits you made, or what you enjoyed, or what you learned, or who ya visited, or yadda, yadda....
See...sweet and simple. And this is on the honor system so please follow the sweet and simple rules.
Giveaway will remain open all week till midnight this coming Friday.
Winner will be announced first thing next Monday morning.
Good luck to y'all!

And just a quick thank you to those who linked up to the Old Time Party and to those who took the time to visit...

Hugs from the farmhouse...

UPDATE: Giveaway Closed

Friday, November 9, 2012

I'm Working On It

Well, I was working on it.
It's done now.
Just for you.
Here's a little peek.

Ha, it's more of a fuzzy close up. 
I don't want to give it away...yet.
I'll let you know what it is on Monday.
That's the day I do the giveaway announcement.

And I will be giving it away.
So come back on Monday.
I'll be waiting for you cause you'll want to enter to win.
It's sweet and simple! Good luck to y'all!

Sending farmhouse hugs to last ya the weekend,

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Why A Party?

Want to know why I decided to have a party?
Of course it's fun, but it is so much more.

I have met the most wonderful bloggers through parties.
I don't mean that I've met them in person, but sometimes it seems like that.

It all starts when you stop in at a party and think a link looks interesting.
Then you click on it. And then the chemistry clicks.

This blogger is like you. This blogger has a style you like. This blogger strives to be better.
Something just clicks and before long, you become friends.

I have 'collected' a few friends due to blogging.
That's a good collection, better than my collection of white dishes or of my granite ware.

And so I have high hopes here. More than me just throwing a party.
This is about bringing friends together...new and old.

My wish is that this Old Time Party grows and friendships blossom.
Yes...I have high hopes for y'all.

Sendin' out some farmhouse hugs to my collection of friends,
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