A thrifty, romantic country lifestyle...

Oct 18, 2014

Warehouse House...

Today I went on a local Fall House Tour.  My favorite dwelling 
was actually an old Tobacco Warehouse...

 Inside was this massive open space with a loft hallway...

...big dining area...
  
...and a neat DIY kitchen space.  
The lower cabinets are IKEA door fronts attached to other cabinets.  
The back splash is actually roof slate - cut to resemble 
bricks and painted and grouted in black.  (love this!)
That tin star sculpture (from a welding class) shades the sink light.

The huge opposing kitchen wall is done in chalkboard paint.  Fun!
In talking with the homeowner - I learned a bit more about this makeover project.  
They had recently lost their business and quite a bit of money but happened to own this old building.  
With no where else to call home - they moved in.  
Renovating is happening on a shoestring as they are able.  (Some parts still have dirt floors!)  
Her story of how God has provided for them along the way just melted my heart.
We need to keep holding on to Him - He's got it under control!


This was a very old stone home also on the tour.
(We're talking Williamsburg style and era)...
 

And this log cabin owner always does her porch to the hilt...

My partner (niece actually) for the day.
 We picked a really bad place to do a selfie - but here we are - 
enjoying an organ concert in an old church balcony...

Had to get a shot of the German street dancers too.
  Goodness I love this area I live in. 

After 'wasting' my day - I hope to be more productive this evening.  
I'm actually working on this...
What did you today?

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Oct 17, 2014

Fall At the Antique Mall...

The mall where I sell is also home to a wedding, etc. events venue.  
As such - the grounds are getting tweaked into shape for 
group photos and more.  I'm enjoying the current Fall look...

To enter the grounds (an old farm) - you walk through this original corn crib...


This guy greets the public as they walk through the space...

Love, love corn stalk bouquets.  You can't get much easier than this!

In the center of the courtyard - this grouping delights...
  
But check this out - a mums planter with a garland of
 burlap or landscape fabric.  Love this!

And just a few scenes from my booth...

My recently finished bench - see yesterday's post.

 And an old tool chest...

This bottle carrier has since sold...



And back to the mall in a barn - gotta love old foundations...


I think I'm starting to like fall decor more than Christmas.... 
It's simpler with much less pressure!
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Oct 16, 2014

Finished Projects...

 I finished a couple of paint projects recently...
 
I found this old fabric at a thrift shop for 50 cents.  
It has a ticking look - but is in upholstery weight.

It was the just the right amount to cover this old bench 
I picked up in a pretty rough state some months ago...

Combined with multiple layers of quilt batting that I had on hand - 
the bench gained a new look!

I also had this vintage Home Interiors sled that just
 wasn't selling in its original state...(anyone remember these?)
 

So both pieces got a shabby paint treatment...

 Like it or not - Christmas is just 9 weekends away. Time to begin stocking the booth!
I'll share a few booth scenes tomorrow.
Linking to the Inspiration Gallery @ Craftberry Bush



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Oct 12, 2014

Harvest Home 2014...

Every year - the church we are currently attending honors the pastors 
by blessing them with grocery goods donated by the congregation.  
They call it Harvest Home Sunday. 

This year the display included a small country wagon scene.
That's quite the character!  Somebody was very creative.

Our view from the pews...
What a blessing for the pastors and their families!
How does your church celebrate Pastor Appreciation Month?

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Oct 11, 2014

Under His Wings....


Isn't this a beautiful thought? Sort of like a cozy blanket that 
we can hide under when the storms of life are just too fierce to behold.  
I'm so thankful for Jesus who provides a refuge when I need it - 
sometimes daily!

This dear butterfly was found laying on the ground - sadly dying.
I had to take his photo to extend his life.  What intricate beauty.
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