Friday, October 26, 2012

Farm it Maybe?

Checking my emails this morning I had a message from one of my wholesale companies sharing with me what they are carrying for the Christmas season. They do a video on youtube. 
Informative but not all that creative.  
Ever look on the side to see what is related to that video????

Yeah I was tempted and clicked on this video.

Check it out!!! so cute but also reminds me how much work dairy farming is (well all farming ) and thank goodness families out there are still doing it. George's grandfather had a dairy farm and I recall his dad telling me how you had to milk them twice a day. Couldn't forget, decide to do it later, do something else, take the day off, take a long weekend. I thought plants were a lot of work but they are not a cow. I can kill a plant!
Such dedication to a life you have to love.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Pretties and random thoughts

 If you didn't know it was October on the calendar, notice the cooler weather,pumpkins all around you might think I was stuck in Spring or Summer by these photos. I had fun the other day finally shooting some of the little things I bought at Brimfield. Sorry for the Easter card too!  I'll save some of the other Holiday ones for another time. Couldn't start with the Christmas cards quite yet. I was lucky and found a booth that sold vintage postcards only. They were a cute old couple that just let me quietly peruse their extensive collection. What fun to read some of the messages on the back. Almost as wonderful as the images on the front. Wish they made them like that now. 
The ribbon you see was from that wonderful booth I showed you here.  I spent more time buying various linens. Too many to show you now. The salvia is from the huge pot I keep . It has to be brought in the greenhouse during the winter. It was immense this year. I dried it out so many times but it still survived. I think it likes a little abuse. By abuse I don't mean I forgot about it for days. It needed 2 gallons of water everyday at least. I have a bouquet in the kitchen by my sink and makes dish washing more enjoyable. You might be surprised but I like doing dishes! Gets the dirt under my nails cleaned! 2 birds with one stone.  
Well I just put in another loaf of ciabatta bread. Out in 30 minutes and then I have to run. I was off eating bread for a week but I just can't do it. I have to have bread in my diet even if I have to cut out something else. Not sure what that will be......there isn't much bad food I eat anymore.
Is there a certain food you can't live without?  

What does bread, dishwashing and my salvia have to do with these vintage finds? Nothing just gives you an idea how my brain works:) 

oh yeah it's Friday I think I will join Deb at VIF

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Creatively Made Home

I'm here today to let you know about an incredible e-course being offered. The beauty of having it online
is that you can view it as often as you'd like and you don't have to travel to attend a class. You can sit in your jammies if you want to in the comfort of your own home. I won't tell.

Join 5 talented women as they begin this online journey... discussing their homes, hearts and lives in this exciting new e-course! This course is designed to inspire and encourage you to create and style a home that you and your family love to live in. Let them help you to define your decorating style so that it is a true reflection of your heart...

This is a course that celebrates making life beautiful in the everyday!

Here is the jam-packed schedule for this course:

* Each week you will have amazing truthful videos from not only the five teachers but other creative women.

* Each week we will take a room from one of YOU and all five women will give their suggestions telling you how they would transform the room with their style.

* There will be 50+ project videos.
These will be incredible videos that include everything from gardening, cooking, gift giving and decorating.

* There will be written tips from each woman telling you how she starts a room, picks paint, fabrics, etc. You will learn where to start when putting your own home together.
* Tons of beautiful house photos from each of the five women.

* Videos that truly reflect what life is like in each of their homes. The stuff that life is really about.
* Each woman will share their own truthful journey about how they started making their home a reflection of their hearts.

* Each person registered will get an easy entertaining e-book to download.
It will contain go to recipes for beautiful and easy entertaining (they do go together), photos of table settings that take the stress out of having people over, favorite drinks and so much more (and their funniest entertaining story).

* There will be a private Facebook group to connect with other class members.

* There will be a once a week live discussion with one of the teachers!

* You will get printables and pdfs to keep and use again and again.

Class begins October 22nd
Registration is now open
The price of the course is $58 for all 5 weeks


to sign up 

{please go *HERE* for frequently asked questions}

I am so excited about starting this course. 

How about you are you taking the course???

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Time to enjoy life

How are you loving Fall?  See how I assume we all love it! But really what's not to love?
Besides all the wonderful things about Fall, for us it's a time when things slow down a bit and we get to spend time with friends. The bluegrass concert was something we had been looking forward to for months. It was held at a private home in Lyme, Ct in their 18c barn.  It was beyond fantastic. The name of the band was The Stray Birds. A trio of young talented artists. After the first session we all looked at each other and they are sooo good. I felt so lucky to see them in this intimate venue. We sat in the front row and as you can see from the second photo I was sitting right in front of them. It was a little weird at first to be that close but I got used to it and was thankful it wasn't a rock and roll concert where my eardrums would be ringing still. We bought their cd's and have been listening to it almost everyday since. I love bluegrass. A true American style of music. 
I also went to my annual perennial open house. Well actually they only have it every other year now but I still go every year at this time, they just don't have the amazing breakfast and lunch laid out. Their fields are incredible and full of color. I always gets me excited about the next spring season. Even gets me wanting to clean the greenhouses up sooner. We still have a long way to go. I want to get one house cleaned so I can store ribbon and bows in and other wreath supplies that customers can shop from. It was the plan last year but it never happened. 
I've done a little Halloween decorating at home but I've decided to keep it under control. I'm still searching for those pharmaceutical jars and test tubes I bought in Brimfield a few years ago. Makes a great mad scientist lab. 
We've been walking every night with Petey. Something we are all enjoying. I couldn't wait until we had more time to do that. It's hard to find the time in the Spring and Summer. 
I guess I'm off my diet because I have been baking bread again.  I've been making bake french bread. It's not much different then my normal recipe except there's more flour added. Yes more carbs. Not that I've ever tried eliminating carbs in my diet. Carbs are good if they are the right kind. Last night I made english muffins. Now that is really a different recipe. Uses milk, eggs, butter and honey. It was a lot more work but what a difference in taste. I may never feel the same about Thomas english muffins.