Archives for March 2016

Make a Hanging Rustic Storage Crate, or Three!

Make Hanging Rustic Storage Crate The farmers have been out getting their fields ready for planting in my neck of the woods, and the other day I was thinking about a talk I had with my dad just a few days before he passed away. He was becoming increasingly confused, but one morning he was fairly alert, and I wanted to engage him as much as I could while it lasted. I recruited my niece and nephew to assist me, and gave them a {Read More}

Talk of the Town #13 – Repurposed Ironing Board + more

It’s been a busy week for me, with lots of projects and spring cleaning going on!  Our Talk of the Tow bloggers have been busy too, and we have some wonderful features lined up this week.   tott collage First, let’s take a look at what you may have missed from your party hosts! Farmhouse Blue Projects and Printables Salvaged Picnic Table wood Turned Barn Gate Repurposed Graters Photo Display Trash to Treasure Photo Display  Jelly Cupboard Paint Makeover Charming {Read More}

Made to Last – Cast Iron

I find it so frustrating that so few things are made to last these days. I can’t tell you how many vacuum cleaners I’ve owned in my adult life, and don’t even get me started on blow dryers. But there are a few things that are made to last, and at the top of my list are my cast iron skillets.  I know there is a lot of quality cookware available on the market, but I’ll never use anything but {Read More}

Kitchen Graters Turned Clipboards

I’m fully convinced that men are selectively deaf when traveling with women.  They become so focused on the destination that they don’t seem to understand that women like to “stop and smell the roses” along the way. Here’s how it works when my husband and I are traveling…  I spot an antique store, and suggest that we should stop. He pretends he didn’t hear me and keeps driving. He puts on his headphones, to ensure he doesn’t hear my next suggestion.   {Read More}

Reclaimed Wood for My Spring Entryway

Whenever possible, I always choose reclaimed wood over brand new wood, because I want the aged and weathered look, so when given the chance to get some reclaimed wood for free – you can bet I’ll take it! Remember that chippy weathered photo backdrop I shared a few weeks ago?  Well, that photo was the top of my mom’s old picnic table, and she told me I could keep it (yippee!!), so my husband took it all apart and we transported {Read More}

Singing the Blues with Blue Farmhouse Style

While I love white as the wall color in my house, I think blue in all shades makes the perfect companion to white in farmhouse style, so let’s take a look at some of them that “sing the blues” beautifully! Blue Farmhouse Style

Talk of the Town #12

Before we start this week’s Talk of the Town party, I thought I’d chat a bit – hope you don’t mind! 🙂  I arrived back home on Sunday, and Spring had definitely sprung in my neck of the woods!  I left the dry, desert Southwest, but arrived home to a front yard full of green grass, which was so refreshing.  It did my weary heart good! What wasn’t refreshing was my overflowing email account. Seriously – emails breed faster than bunnies, {Read More}

Easy Rustic Handled Coffee Tray

The last few months of my dad’s life, his internal clock got a bit out of whack.  While he was still able to walk by himself, he’d wake up in the wee hours of the morning, make some coffee, and park himself in the recliner to drink it. He usually fell asleep with it in his hand, and my sister and I often tried to remove the cup so he wouldn’t burn himself, but the moment he felt the cup move, {Read More}

Lucy and Ethel and My Heartfelt Thanks

To all of you who shared your own stories of loss, and left condolences on the passing of my dad, please know I read every single one of them, and they meant so much to me.  The first day after he was gone was so quiet and strange.  We had become accustomed to the sound of his oxygen machine, and when we turned it off, the silence was deafening, and we’d become so used to talking in whispers, that it {Read More}

It Was Father’s Day

I had only been back home from New Mexico for a few weeks after my mother-in-law passed away, when my sister called saying that my dad’s health had gotten even worse. I had to go back. I had to talk to my dad before he passed away. I had something I needed to talk to him about, or I would never have peace in my heart. I got on the train again and went back, and I’ve been staying with my parents {Read More}