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

Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy Spring, A Better Pickin' Season!

First of all...
Happy Spring Day to y'all!
It fills one with hope and wonderful things to come, doesn't it?
Sigh. It has been a long hard winter and I'm looking forward to spending some time outdoors.
I think my garden missed me and I'm looking forward to getting reacquainted with it.

It seems like I haven't been on here much. Lots happening here.
My shop needs some new merchandise listed to make it more exciting again.
Let me tell you, that is another reason the coming of spring is a blessing. 
It's a better pickin' season which makes for a better shop.
Now I do have some things hidden away here and there that are patiently waiting for me.
I'll be working on getting them listed so they can find new homes soon.

It's funny how I find things that I have completely forgotten about that I have previously picked.
Like these cool brass cow tags. I came across them stuffed in a bag on a shelf.
I immediately listed two of the five I had and they quickly sold.
They were bought by another blogger who makes some really cool upcycled items.

I'll probably list two more of the cow tags soon, but I've decided that I need/must keep one for myself. What I like is that these tags each have the old, rusty chain that actually went around the cow's neck which are harder to find these days. I have a few ideas on what and where I want my tag to go. Once I decide, I'll have to share.

Just yesterday, I had a sale for three rustic items which are going to CA. The customer emailed me her concerns on how I was going to package two pitchforks and a wheel. No problem. Actually, it will be a piece of cake. Way back when, I shipped a cast iron fireplace surround to CA. Well, I should say we as hubby had to build a wooden box for it. It was a really cool piece. That surround is one thing (out of many) that I really, really wish I had kept. It was salvaged out of an old home that was being torn down and had its own personal private history. What's funny is that the person who bought it had no clue what she wanted to do with it. She just had to have it. Can you relate? 

Well, time to get busy. So much to do and never a dull moment.
Wishing you a warm and wonderful weekend!!!

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Revisiting More Farmhouse Features

Hey y'all! It's that time again.
Time to go back and visit a couple of Farm Fresh Features of the past.

First, we have Dawn of Creative Cain Cabin.
It was so fun to feature her and her colorful log cabin.

Dawn sure has an eye for color and knows how to make it work.
Such a sweet style! Sigh.

Check out her feature here.

Check out her blog here.


And next we have Elizabeth of Blue Clear Sky.
Elizabeth knows how to bring a farm fresh style to her suburban home.

Her farm style reflects all things country and rustic.
Isn't it lovely?

Check out her feature here.

Check out her blog here.
(Her new blog name is Rustic Maple.)

Thanks for stoppin' by and checking out the features! 

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Sunday, March 8, 2015

A Beautiful Day

It was a beautiful day.

And today is just as wonderful.
The sun is shining and the birds are beginning to sing.
It is warming up and the snow is melting. 
Time to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring. 
I'm ready. Aren't you?

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Eternal Spring Is In My Heart

I know that spring is officially here in 14 days.
I think someone forgot to give Mother Nature a kind reminder.

We awoke this morning to over 20" of freshly fallen snow. 
Shoveling paths for the dogs (and the poor, little birds) began at 6:30 a.m.

Snow drifts made art sculptures in the yard and it is all so pretty, but this much snow is causing problems in our area.
There are miles and miles of stranded motorists on the interstate so the National Guard has been called in. Bless them for their efforts in this time of need. We hope to stay inside for the day and stay as snug as bugs in a rug.

Winter is all around me, but eternal spring is in my heart.
Two more weeks.
Stay safe and warm!

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Friday, February 20, 2015

A Past Farm Fresh Feature

Hey...how's the weather?
It's a fabulous and freezing Friday here!

I'd like to thank you for the feedback on the idea of giving life again to my Farm Fresh Feature.
I emailed everyone a thank you, but my email went down for almost 2 weeks.
So...I'll thank you here for the feedback and positive responses.

I'd like to share another Farm Fresh Feature from the past.
I'm sure y'all know Angie from Knick of Time.

Angie pointed out to me that we had similar styles and I had to agree.
Can't help but love a vintage farmhouse style.

Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend!

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Snowbound and Busy

We're stuck here at home with over 12 inches of snow and more on the way.
Snowbound and not going anywhere soon.

And it is so cold that the lake is almost completely frozen over.

I'm staying indoors as much as possible and staying busy.
I'm redoing our kitchen cabinets with a glaze and poly finish.
Just one of my many projects going on here.

I'll share soon.
And if anyone wants any snow, I have plenty of that to share, too!

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Pass the Chocolate

Hi. My name is Cindy and I'm a chocoholic.
I like to have chocolate everyday. Yes, everyday.
I love my chocolate so much that at one time I owned a franchise called Candy Bouquet.
I was able to play and smell and eat chocolates all day long.
The thing is that now I prefer healthy alternatives without all the sugar and bad ingredients that can be added. So...I found a recipe and then tweaked it. Do you do that? I find myself changing up a recipe to make it fit my wants and needs. Anyhoo, here is the recipe and I call it Sweet Treats.
1/2 cup Coconut Oil, melted and added at room temperature
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup natural nut butter (I use organic almond butter with no sugars added)
Up to 1/4 cup raw honey (this can be adjusted to your own personal taste and in combination with stevia) 
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
Combine in a food processor. Pour into ice cube trays and put in freezer to harden.
When formed, pop out of trays and enjoy. Extra needs to be stored in fridge.
You can also use cute candy molds if you have them.
Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours!
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Monday, February 9, 2015

Bee My Honey

I'm so excited! I just attended my first beekeeping class.
I want bees. I want honey. I want beeswax.
I've been so interested in the possibility of keeping bees.
I just need to make sure it's a good fit for me before I jump into doing it.

As you probably know, our bees are in trouble. They are dying and their numbers are dwindling.
When I was a kid, there were bees everywhere. Not so much anymore.
I plant flowers specifically to bring the bees to my garden because I need them. We all need them. 

I've always been fascinated with bees. One of my first memories is being stung by a bumblebee. I was in the backyard of my grandparent's home at the age of 3 or 4 playing with my cousin. I saw the bee land on clover and I told my cousin that bees were nice and don't hurt you. Well, I proceeded to prove that theory by cupping my hands over the bee to capture him. Meanwhile, my cousin was screaming at me, 'NO, Cindy, NO!!!' Too late. Of course the bee stung me. And I remember crying and running into the house for sympathy and attention. It was a family gathering and all the women were hustling about in the kitchen preparing a meal for all of us. Needless to say...there was no time to baby me over a little bee sting. I do remember a baking soda paste was made and applied to my little injury. And here I am 50 some years later, still wanting to play with bees and prove that they are nice. 

Bees can be nice if handled properly. That is what I want to learn.
Our instructors handled the bees with no gloves and let the bees crawl on their hands.
 The photo above is of fellow class members suited up to help the instructors.
We will actually be building a hive and will be able to release bees into it.
I do want to become comfortable handling bees, I do...but for now...I think I'll be wearing gloves.
And I think after this first class, there's no turning back. 
I'm in love and in awe of these amazing little creatures.

Bee Happy!

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Farm Fresh Feature

Good Monday morning, y'all!
Okay, I've been thinking. Thinking about bringing back the Farm Fresh Feature.
I miss it, Some of you may remember it. It's been awhile.
It was where, once a month, a country type blogger was featured here.
I enjoyed doing it, but I felt it was quite a bit of work for the blogger who was being featured.
That blogger had to submit photos and answer questions that would be of interest to the readers. 
If I was one of the big name bloggers, I could see how anyone I asked would want to be featured.
But, I'm not a big blogger.

I'm just a simplistic, country gal who enjoys having a blog. No huge audience or followers.
I'm all about no frills, no fuss, no foo foos. So...what to do?
I think, for now, I'll revisit the old Farm Fresh Features and share them with you.
Then I'll get a feel if I want to start them up again. 
So here we go!

Way back when...I introduced you to The Farmer's Daughter at The Country Farm Home, my first Farm Fresh Feature.

Over the last few years, she has become my best friend and a soul sister.

She has a fabulous style that I adore and she inspires me so.

If you wish to see more, please click here to see her Farm Fresh Feature.

And please, let me know your thoughts on bringing the Farm Fresh Feature back to my blog.

Thank you kindly!

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Friday, January 30, 2015

The Tucked Away Shop

We drove by it and out of the corner of my eye, I saw it.
I told hubby, "We have to turn back."
It didn't look like much from the road, but I just knew.

Tucked way back off the road was this old, rustic building that looked like a junk shop. Our type of shop. 
I could see some good old rust and crust treasures outside of the shop. 
And once we entered the building, we could see that it was stuffed to the rafters with all types of vintage and antique goodness. 

The owner was as unique as the items he's collected over the years.
Big guy. Bib overalls. Long hair and a beard. And as smart and as nice as they come!
He knew his history and he knew the actual worth of all his items.
He was one serious collector and everything was for sale. Well, almost everything.

On the far end of that porch was a glider. A two seater. Rustic, yet cute as a button. 
Hmmm...I never seem to have enough seating in our backyard that overlooks the lake. 
"So how much for that little glider on the front porch?" I ask.
He says, "Sorry, but that belongs to my wife and she won't sell it. She still likes to sit on it in the evenings."

Well, that's disappointing. I was sure I heard that little glider calling my name. Oh, well! As long as someone still appreciates it. 
Maybe someday, another little glider will find me and want to go home with me. Someday.

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And here are some new items in the shop just waiting for a new home!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Is House Hunting a Hobby?

I grew up with my family always on the hunt for a house.
Not that we were in the market for a new home. Nope.
It was just the idea. It was just the possibility. 
Was it just a hobby,too? Somewhat, but we did do some moving here and there.
(Beautiful, yellow Victorian farmhouse)
As an adult, I prefer to find a house I like and stay put.
We've been in our current home for 22 years and the house before that was 12 years.
Why am I bringing this all up now? 
Well, I've been doing some house hunting and right now it is only a hobby. A fun hobby.
(Blue country farmhouse)

Realtor.com can become addictive. 
I am a former Realtor and used Realtor.com to list homes that I had for sale. 
And now I'm having fun using Realtor.com to look at homes across the U.S.

(White farmhouse cottage)
All you have to do is go to the site, type in an area and type in your criteria such as price range and how many bedrooms. 
Push view and have fun house hunting.
And me...I love farmhouses. Can ya tell?
And I enjoy the possibilities. Yes, all the possibilities.
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Saturday, January 24, 2015

Sharing Some Snow...Surprise!

Everyone seems to be getting some snow lately.
And so did we...but it wasn't predicted or in the forecast.

First we had some ice and then over 6 inches of snow.

It's beautiful, but causes plenty of problems when no one is prepared.

I took these photos early this morning. And I took the dogs for a walk.
They are both 10 years old, but they acted like little pups and had fun frolicking in the snow.

Me? I'm back in the house, sitting at the window that overlooks the lake.
I think I'll stay put for the rest of the day.
I like staying warm and being as snug as a bug in a rug!

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Friday, January 23, 2015

The Shop Owner is a Little Lax

She's neglecting what she says she loves.
Items in the shop are dwindling. 
Choices are at a minimum. 

And why?
Oh, the shop owner is lax due to her own personal agenda.
She's updating her home. Yep...and it may continue for months.
Now it's not a complete overhaul, but still some hands on.
Lots of dirty work with some aches and pain involved.

All these vintage items are waiting patiently. 
Waiting to go into the shop. Waiting for a new home.
A home where they don't feel neglected.

So this shop owner is making a commitment to give the shop a boost this weekend.
Cross your fingers! I can use all the help I can get.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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