~ bring a bit of The Farmhouse with you after every visit ~

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

I am so grateful to have a beautiful home
in which I can follow my dreams
with my husband who happens to be my best friend.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Cheers ~ Erica

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Midweek Inspiration...gratitude

We are grateful for being able to spend each day at
The Farmhouse!

Whether we're cutting down trees & loading firewood,
clearing the property for our new propane tank or
gutting our kitchen...

We feel blessed to be able to work on the place we now call home.

What are you grateful for?

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Sunday Still Lifes...Thanksgiving Inspiration

I truly love Thanksgiving. I love that it is one of the
few holidays that isn't centered around giving gifts,
but instead giving thanks. It is all about
coming together to celebrate gratitude,
the season's bounty & community.

This year we'll actually be spending it at
The Farmhouse, with just the two of us & our animals. Our kitchen
is gutted right now, with a two-burner electric burner,
toaster oven & microwave.  Our gorgeous Viking is sitting
in the garage waiting to be hooked up.  So we'll see
what we end up with this year.

Some images from Thanksgiving at my parents last year...

They have a gutted kitchen as well this year,
so won't be able to host dinner again.

Sweet little Sammy girl's dirty paw prints from our
annual hike out to my parents last year.

We are so very grateful to be starting
our new life & creating our dreams up at
The Farmhouse.

What are you grateful for this year?

Friday, November 8, 2013

Five Faves for Friday...Dumpster Diving Picks

We are working on a lot of not-so-sexy projects
at The Farmhouse right now (like getting our new propane tank,
fixing our water pressure with a 2600 gallon water holding tank &
clearing & chopping oak trees for firewood)
since we moved in full time.

That being said, I haven't had time to work on fun projects like taking photos of new rental items, fixing up my office / craft room or painting & fixing up some of the items I've collected.

Here is a little selection of things I've found in dumpsters, on the side of streets & from construction sites.

~ tons of shutters in all sizes in both white & pink ~
great for showcasing table numbers, family photos or messages

~ a fabulous ornate wicker chair with green chippy paint ~
needs to be repainted, maybe a bright green or turquoise, but probably just clean white

~ awesome wine boxes of all shapes & sizes ~
perfect for displaying flowers, appetizers or a cake

~ amazing wooden french doors with double paned windows ~
What more can I say!?! We're excited to find a spot for these...maybe the barn

~ another galvanized watering can ~
needs a little repair - or not - could be perfect as is with a gorgeous bouquet

What have you scored lately?

Cheers ~ Erica

Sunday, November 3, 2013

We've Moved!!

Well it was a long journey, but we made it. We bought
The Farmhouse 2 years ago & thought we could renovate it on
the weekends in a couple years. As most of you probably know,
things tend to take twice as long as you think they might.

We also found that working on projects on weekends
(even long weekends) wasn't as productive as we would have liked.
We spent a lot of time setting up & breaking down projects
instead of actually completing them.

So we packed up our "beach cottage" rental & moved out
after being there 9 years. Let me tell you...that is a lot
of time for someone like me to collect & pack away
a ton of vintage goodies.

We spent 2 days packing & re-packing our 20' U-Haul
(after already bringing about 10 truckloads up previously).
We were feeling good on the first day
like we had a ton of space. 

By the end of the 2nd day it was like we were working on
a puzzle to get all of our items to fit in the U-Haul. We filled
every square inch of that U-Haul. When we finally
pulled in to our driveway at The Farmhouse we were so elated!

In order to get the U-Haul back without paying for another
extra day we had to just unload everything into the driveway.
A bit of a mess, but it was a happy mess.

We are so excited to start working on our house & all the
projects that we've dreaming about. We have a ton of good things
coming for 2014, so stay tuned for our new adventures.